Room 8- Adrienne

Classroom Updates

Adrienne's Update 5-10/22

Hello, families!

Wow! It’s May! By now your students should be well underway either conducting their science experiment or having finished their experiment. If they have not started, please support them in this effort. I am happy to assist at school, but they likely need your support getting supplies. Some of these experiments have to be completed at home due to the nature of the experiment. Experiments are due no later than Monday, May 16. Your student will also need a tri-fold board for their presentations. You can pick this up at the dollar store. I will also have some on hand.

Hopefully, you have seen the Ridgeline Dispatch, our inaugural student newspaper. I am very proud of how hard the class worked on this paper. If you haven’t seen the paper yet, bug your child.

In math we are reviewing fractions because it is a huge standard in all three grades, and exploring geometry.

AAPI Heritage Month - Did you know May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month? To honor AAPI individuals who have contributed to our shared history, we are writing Who Am I? Biography booklets. Who is your student studying? Why did they choose them?

Thanks for all your support and the delicious lunch last Friday for teacher appreciation. We couldn’t do this work without you!

Thank you!

Adrienne's Update 2-25-22

Hello, families!

Students wrapped up their biographies on key black figures from history and those who excel in their fields. It turned up some inspiring work with sentences like these:

“On August 1, 1920 a girl named Loretta Pleasant was born but little did they know that her cells would long outlive her body.” —Anya

“Harriet Tubman’s want for justice became apparent at the age of 12Harriet was able to persevere with the help of the Underground Railroad, and was able to make it safely to Pennsylvania and, ultimately, freedom.” — Ginny

“Malcolm was inspired by the Islamic traditions and started protesting for civil rights all over the world. He was known for being brave and charismatic.” — Gabriel

“ She was often denied the opportunity to train and compete with sports organizations because she was a black woman. She improvised her training by running barefoot on dirt roads and fields to help her run faster, and she improvised her high jump by jumping over old equipment” —Beatrix

“Despite being judged and treated poorly because of his race and sexuality, James Baldwin lived authentically and bravely.” — Evelyn

Two students took upon themselves to spend weeks researching the history that informs the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Their research was nuanced, concise and distilled very complex information into a presentation students could understand. They presented this the day before Russia invaded Ukraine. This led to a discussion with your students about the current events unfolding and Jonanthan and I did our best to keep the conversation grounded in facts, ease fears and also be as truthful as possible. I was really proud of how your children showed up for that conversation. Your kids may need extra processing and support at home.

Adrienne's Update 2-7-22

Hello, families!

Students are turning in some great reports from the Oregon Trail on the Cholera outbreak, Life on the Trail, Lewis and Clark, Manifest Destiny, The Gold Rush and much more.

This week we watched Hidden Figures and worked as a class on the biography of Katherine Johnson. They wrote a plan, rough draft, went through the editing process and are ultimately publishing some quality biographies! Next week, they will select a person from history, highlighting black excellence.

We started “Caught-Ya,” a daily grammar work that the kids are really enjoying along with a daily writing prompt to get their pencils and brains moving first thing in the morning.

Deadline for ordering t-shirts and sweatshirts is fast approaching! February 7th will be the last day to place your orders online so we can get totals to our printer and get the goods to families by the end of this month. Click here to get to our ordering site!

Report Cards Sent home. Please ask your child for the envelope marked for your eyes. You’re welcome and encouraged to share these with your child.


Adrienne Parker


Adrienne's Update 1-21-22

Hello, families!

We have started exploring the Oregon trail. Students have a booklet they will be completing and then they will select an event or a key player to create a research report on and that will be used in future years for an Oregon Trail timeline.

I am happy to report that the classroom has normalized. What is normalization, you ask? It was when the students know what is expected of them, complete tasks independently, and conduct themselves with grace and courtesy. It has taken quite some time for us to get to this point, but it feels so good to see and hear the quiet buzz of productive, meaningful work.

The class newspaper is well underway and much of the editorial content is complete. Expect to see the printed edition in your hands by Spring Break or sooner.

Going-outs have also begun. I have several students conducting their own independent research and one student ready to plan her first field trip. It is very exciting to see what inspires them and watch them throw themselves into their work.

Students’ math scores have improved, pretty much across the board. We will begin studying fractions, decimals, percentages, probability and cubing.

Next month is Black History Month. I talk about black history all year and really use this month to celebrate black excellence. Students will be creating biographies of key figures from modern history. We will also be discussing black pioneers as part of our Westward expansion studies.

Have a great weekend!

Adrienne's Update 1-7-22

Hello, families!

Happy 2022! Here are some reminders and a look ahead.

Gear Up for Rain

The next two weeks will be wet! We are making adjustments in our snack, lunch and recess procedures to help keep kids dry, but all children should be still prepared to spend some time in the rain and to walk through puddles. Please remember a raincoat and boots or sturdy shoes. If your child's clothes have gotten wet at recess and they needed to borrow a change of clothes at school in the past, please also include extra socks and pants. These extras can stay in their backpack or be hung on their hook and stay at school.

Snacks and Water Bottles

The school lunch program does not provide snacks. Please remember to pack a daily snack, even if your child gets a school lunch. Make sure to pack a full, labeled water bottle for your child as well.

Masks and Covid Safety

The New Year brings a new Covid variant, so it’s a great time to reinforce our Covid safety measures as a community. Be on the lookout for an email from Ridgeline with strategies you can use to promote children’s safety, including through effective masking.

As a reminder, our classroom keeps child-sized surgical masks (and a limited stock of KN95 masks) available for students. We routinely offer these to children to replace ill-fitting masks or masks that become wet. As school starts up again, we’ll review mask etiquette with the children. We’ll also make sure that kids who’d like to double mask can get the help and supplies to do so.

Ancient Civilizations

We are wrapping up our research on Ancient Civilizations and the presentations have been amazing. We will begin to study more recent history in the coming months including the Oregon Trail, Black History Month, and Women’s History.

"When I dare to be powerful — to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."

—Audre Lorde

Adrienne Parker

Adrienne's Update 12-6-21

Hello, families!

Students began presenting their research on Oregon Native American tribes, biographies, and events and concepts related to Native American history. We have already learned some amazing things about Nobel poet laureate, Joy Harjo, a brave woman who walked Oregon’s version of the Trail of Tears barefoot and blind, the destructive concept of Manifest Destiny and several Oregon tribes. We also learned what a resume is and how to create and students applied for jobs for the school newspaper. Some of the work is already under way for our first publication and the kids are stoked.

Going Outs

Students started their research for going-outs. Students will be able to pursue something they are interested in and go out into the community to learn about it. Field trips will be accompanied by a family member or teacher.

Spirit Week

Spirit week is Dec. 13-17. Each day will have a different theme. Encourage your children to participate and let’s end the semester strong!

Adrienne's Update 11-19-21

Hello, families!

We paused our Early Humans studies to dive into some research for Native American History Month. Students are conducting research on Oregon tribes, biographies on important figures and research into significant events and concepts related to Indigenous History. We had an amazing speaker from a member of the Siletz Tribe in Southern Oregon. Joe Scott is a doctoral student and has a wealth of knowledge about his ancestors and shared key information about their struggles and triumphs. He taught the kids some words from his language and shared artifacts from his culture. The kids were captivated and asked Joe great questions. Students continued their work on the Road Trip math project and some of them even planned a second trip.

Going Outs

Students will begin learning about going-outs and how to research and plan for their own field trips. Students will be able to pursue something they are interested in and go out into the community to learn about it. Field trips will be accompanied by a family member or teacher.

No School Next Wednesday

We would like to thank the board for giving us an extra day off for the holiday break. Students will not have school on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Have a great break!

Adrienne's Update 11-7-21

Hello, families!

We have had a busy week. We started the third great lesson, The Coming of Humans, with an exploration into Lucy, the australopithecus. Students have been learning about fossils, archaeology and what Lucy’s remains told us about how she lived. We also started our culmination project for math that invites the students to showcase their knowledge of the four base operations while they plan a road trip across the country and learn about national parks and geography. They are gaining some important map reading skills. They are into it!

We have continued our coordinate plane work with students creating their own art for students to map out on the coordinate plane.

Adrienne's Update 11-1-21

Hello, families! We have had a busy couple of weeks with math and our continued cell research. Students put on their scientific thinking caps and pondered questions like, “Is a popcorn kernel alive?” “Why are cells so small?” One student made a clever metaphor for pixels and how more pixels creates more detail.

I am conferencing with your child each week and they are learning a lot about accountability, goal setting and taking pride in their work. On Mondays they write a self-reflection, examining the works they’ve completed and the ones they did not, and we use this template to shape our weekly conferences. The kids are coming up to me and asking, “Hey, when is my conference?” or “Hey, you missed my conference.” They are taking ownership of their learning and I am proud of them.

This week we delved into the history of Halloween, Samhain, and learned how to take good notes. Watching a video is a great way to teach students how to paraphrase because there is no text for them to copy. The kids also got to do a challenging New York Times word search that revealed Halloween themed images and learned coordinate planes and plotted coordinates to reveal more Halloween images.

You Cubed is a great open task math program out of Stanford University. Each week I give the students a task that challenges their thinking and promotes a growth mindset in math. These tasks are called low floor, high ceiling because anyone can access them, and those who need to be challenged can take the task pretty high. For the Ice Cream Shop probability, we had students use pictures to find the answer all the way to a student who found a formula to solve it.

We have started chess tournaments every week. We are still working our way through the first round, but so far, it appears that Jonanthan is the one beat. We may have to ask him to sit out the next round.. ;)

Adrienne's Update 10-18-21

Hello, Room 8 families!

For the past two weeks we have been engaged with the Coming of Life. Students researched and wrote essays on unique and interesting animal adaptations. The cell models are starting to arrive and they are awesome. Some of them are simply delicious!

We have also had to face some social/emotional challenges in how we relate to each other, how we care for the environment and personal responsibility. Because of this, students are writing a mission statement for Room 8 and some values we would like to live by both in the classroom and outside of it!

We have started formal math groups and book clubs and reading groups will begin next week.

This week, students dipped their toes in opinion writing on whether we should celebrate Christopher Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a passion of mine to share history from a more nuanced perspective and they are down for the discussions and have written some thoughtful essays.

Thanks for helping your child with the cell models!

Does your child have a special hobby or outside interest they would like to share with the class. They are welcome to bring anything from home to help us learn more about them!

Adrienne's Update 10-1-21

Current Happenings

Hello, Room 8 families!

We have had a great start to the year! We spent the first week getting to know each other, but quickly jumped into to the First and Second Great Stories over the following weeks. The Beginning of the Universe, and the Coming of Life. Your children re-created the first great story and per- formed it for each other and the office staff.

Students are being asked to write an essay per week on a topic related to our science/history/geograghy curric- ulum. It is a challenging ask and many of them are rising to the occassion. I am very proud of how much their writing has already grown. This week we started formal math groups (although we have been doing math all along) and most students learned the Geometric Form of Multiplication and Squar- ing.


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We are continuing our work with the Coming of Life by studying cells. In general, I will not send homework home, but from time to time, I will send at-home projects. Over the next week, I would love if your child could make a cell model. I will be sending home some guidance tomorrow. Next week we will get into microscope skills!