Sarah's Weekly Update 2-24-12

posted Feb 24, 2012, 10:12 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Academic
I’m really happy with the progress that’s happening in math right now. Most of the class is learning to find area and perimeters. Some are working with finding areas and perimeters that involve fractions and mixed numbers, while others are finding areas of parallelograms or triangles.

The class is still hard at work putting the finishing touches on the Class Constitution. We’re also gearing up for an election. This week students made speeches, and answered questions from the class. I was really impressed with the thought that went into both of those things. It’s awesome to see the kids taking this process so seriously.

We’ve started writing stories that focus on "setting." Students are writing stories set in the European country they chose to research. The focus of the assignment is to add details specifically on the setting they chose.

Peace Education this week focused on the power of a group to get results. The class wrote skits where several students get together to stop a situation where someone is being harassed. The skits came out very well, students really thought about realistic scenarios and solutions to the problems.

Middle School Info Night
For 5th & 6th grade students and families: If you’re wondering what middle school is going to look like for your child, Jon will host a middle school info session, Thursday, 3/1 from 7-7:45pm.

Nut Eating Area -
In an effort to ensure a safe environment for a student with nut allergies we will implement a "nut eating area." This means that students with nuts for snack/lunch will need to eat at a specified location. The designated "nut eating area" will be cleaned after each sitting. Students will also need to thoroughly wash their hands after consuming the nuts as the nut oil can cause a reaction in the student with the allergy.
End of the Year Trip
If your family has not returned the Intent to Participate form for our End of the Year Trip, please do so as soon as possible. We need to know how many people we will have so that we can adequately plan food and transportation for everyone. Students not participating must attend school as normal and will be placed in another classroom during this time.

Volunteer Hours
Thank you so much to all the wonderful volunteers we have coming into the classroom right now. It's been fantastic to see the work you've been doing and it's impact on the students. Make sure you're logging those hours with the office, or online at
Volunteer Time Tracker .

Computer User Agreements
Upper El and Middle school students brought home computer user agreements last week. These are contracts that students and parents must agree to in order to be able to use computers at school. Agreements are due back at school on February 22. After that Students will only be allowed to use computers at school if that agreement has been signed.

Thanks,
Sarah, Emily, and Room 10
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