Sarah's Weekly Update 1-23-15

posted Jan 23, 2015, 11:04 AM by Cynthia Friedman


This week in science we have been learning about Gregor Mendel and his work breeding pea plants. He noticed that when you cross a tall plant and a short plant, the next generation is either tall or short, not somewhere in between. So students are beginning to learn about dominant and recessive traits.


In writing we’ve been organizing the information that we’ll include in our final articles. We talked about how people read newspapers, and why we would want to put the most important information at the very beginning.


Reading groups are starting back up this week. We’ve had some interest in learning Shakespeare. Right now we have a few students learning a scene from Romeo and Juliet, and we’ll be giving more of the class an opportunity to do that as well. If students find scenes from other plays that they would like to learn, they will be welcome to do that as well.


In math we have a lot of students working with whole number and decimal place values. They’ve been looking at how those place values relate to powers of 10, and have been using powers of 10 labels as they expand the numbers. There has also been some good work happening with integers. Students are learning about absolute value, and how to compare values.


Our grammar focus has been on sentences that begin with descriptive prepositional phrases. We’ve been talking about whether those phrases are necessary and whether they add value to the sentence. Students are practicing writing sentences that begin with descriptive phrases.


Human Growth and Development

Upper el will be going through a Human Growth and Development presentation on February 2, 3, and 4. Planned Parenthood comes to the school and talks about the reproductive system, puberty, the stages of prenatal development and AIDS. To be sure that things are developmentally appropriate, they have one presentation that they give to 4th and 5th grades, and another that they give to 6th grade.


If you would like more information about what will be covered in the presentations, Planned Parenthood will be coming to the school on January 28, for a parent info session. It will take place from 5:00 to 6:00. They give parents an overview of what they’ll discuss with students. If you are interested in attending the info session, please RSVP by e-mailing me by January 26. We need a minimum of 5 families to RSVP, or the info session will be cancelled.


After School Programs At Ridgeline

Several organizations are now offering after school programs at Ridgeline! If you are interested in after school activities for your student(s) see details near the bottom of the eNews in a new section called “After School Programs At Ridgeline.” Current programs include: Imagination Yoga, YoungRembrandts, and TGA Tennis & Golf.


Thanks for everything,

Sarah, Adriene, and Room 7