Stella’s Class Report
On Monday, everybody took notes on their country for our African geography reports. Ms. Addington told an old folk tale from the Congo. It consisted of a prince who wanted everything so he asked for the moon out of greed so all the town villagers built a tower to the moon and the king tried to take a piece but it was too hot to touch. The prince took a piece but he dropped it and the tower burned down. They were falling but the African gods took pity on them and turned them in to monkeys.
On Tuesday Mr. Rhoades, Henry and Oscar’s dad, came to give a presentation about Africa. He explained many interesting things about Malawi and Mozambique. He also explained about how Malawi is a very poor country and their yearly income is only 250 dollars per year.
On Wednesday Miss. Niki came in and gave us an amazing presentation about South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Cameroon. When she came in and started explaining about those countries she brought photos of where she has been and what she did. Miss. Niki told us about how she traveled to Cape Town and decided to help her friends at their restaurant. When she worked there people would asked to be served by the white woman (meaning her). Also when she arrived in Zimbabwe she saw a little small boy running around and when he saw her he cried and ran away; the reason why he did that is because he thought she was a ghost since he never saw a white person in his whole life.
On Friday we had a fabulous presentation about Swaziland from Erica and Mxolisi. They explained about homesteads and how you stay with a lot of relatives. When you go to school if you want to eat school lunch you have to bring a few twigs as firewood so they can start the fire. They also explained that their main food is mostly corn and how they only eat meats on holidays. It was a truly awesome presentation.
In other news:
Drivers Needed: Denver Art Museum Field Trip
Thank you to Amy, Kristen and Sue for signing up to chaperone our Denver Art Museum Field trip on Tuesday Nov. 10. We still need seats for 9 more students in order to be able to go so please consider whether you could drive on this day. Admission is free for both students and chaperones, and it promises to be a wonderful experience for parents and 7th graders alike. Sign up at this link if you are able to chaperone:
I am looking forward to seeing everyone (including your 7th graders) at our parent-student-teacher conferences next week. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so as soon as possible at the link below:
or try this: Mrs Addington, Seventh Grade
African Dance Class
I’m also hoping many of the 7th graders (and families too if you’d like to come) can join us for the African dance class a week from Sunday, Nov. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 1 at Club http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4aadae29a31-artmuseumTico. Students who are feeling unsure about dancing are welcome to respectfully observe.
African Geography Reports: Due dates and google docs
Rough drafts of African Geography reports are due Wednesday. Students are welcome to write these drafts or type them in Google Docs. (Final drafts must be typed.) I am willing to give extensions to students who want to take the long weekend to continue honing rough drafts, but this will require a parent to serve as their very thorough editor because I won’t have enough time to revise drafts in order for them to start working on final drafts without the long weekend to look at them. If your child winds up choosing this option, you will get an email from me on Wednesday reminding you to please serve as thorough proof-reader/editing advisor of their writing. Their African Geography outline and African Geography Project Rubric should guide them in this process. The Rubric also includes due dates for all of the work. They received time in class this week for research and will receive time in class next week for typing/writing rough drafts. The main artistic portion of their project will be done at home, though, so if they haven’t started planning this with you, please check in with them about their plans. Let me know if you have questions. We are planning to have an African geography fair for 3rd through 6th grades on Friday Nov. 6.
Student Council Food Drive
Our 7th grade student council has busily been planning and preparing materials for a November food drive. Look for more information from them coming soon. A huge thank you to Kristen Ward for facilitating student council. They are off to a wonderful start!