Sharon's Weekly Update 9-21-15

posted Sep 21, 2015, 12:48 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello, Room 7 families, and welcome back to school!

My name is Sharon Fitzsimmons, and I am so excited to be working with all of your students. My family and I have just moved to Eugene from Maryland, and so far, we have found everyone to be very welcoming. Thank you for making us part of your community.

In the first week of school, we lost -- and found! -- our class pet; we began our study of botany and astronomy; and we started our first-semester simulation called NUGYRO, which starts for New Ultimate Galactic Year-long Relocation to Outer space. The students have begun working in teams to explore inventive solutions to the challenges of space travel. Next week we will continue our studies with mandatory district testing and an introduction to the NUGYRO solar system.

This year, we will be embarking on a year-long study of botany and geology, as well as a first semester simulation called NUGYRO, which stands for New Ultimate Galactic Year-long Relocation to Outer space. The students will be working together to create inventive solutions to the challenges of space travel.

Please send your student to school with a metal or plastic *non-breakable* cup (prefer NOT water bottle, please) to be left in the classroom. We would also appreciate classroom potted plants for our botany experiments.

Beginning on Monday, September 21, students will need a parent to sign off on their daily homework. Please spend at least 5 minutes each evening on xtramath.com working with the math review. If you have not received a pin number to log in, I will contact you directly with your student's pin. For the teacher email, please use sharon.fitzsimmons@ridgeline.org . I have successfully tested this login with most of the student pins, so if you're still having trouble, please let me know and we'll see if we can troubleshoot together. Additionally, students should be logging 20 minutes of reading per night.

Picture day is next Wednesday, Sept 23rd!

If I haven't gotten a chance to meet you yet, please feel free to come by the classroom sometime after school and say hello. I have really enjoyed this group of students, and I'm excited to meet the adults that support them!

--Sharon Fitzsimmons

 

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