It was thrilling to watch the seventh graders become truly theatrical this week. They worked hard to get a long and challenging play down to an hour by knowing their cues, being quick with their lines and projecting and staying in character in a way that kept their school audience engaged in spite of the length of the play. It was the talk of the school on Tuesday, and we enjoyed performing for parents and friends on Wednesday as well. We had to do more improvisational work during our evening performance, and in the end that can require even more teamwork and quick thinking than when all goes as planned. Thanks again to all of you who supported the play and especially to Tracy and Reneca for coordinating costumes and backdrop work, to Aurora and Tomoko for providing handwork and puppetry support throughout the year, and to Lauren for providing the flowers for our evening performance. We are so lucky to have Barbara Albert as our handwork teacher; she devoted hours of extra time to making our play possible and beautiful.
I’m also grateful to Kristen Ward for all the work she’s done with student council this year, and this week in particular as she helped guide the student council in really promoting teacher appreciation week and planting lovely pots of flowers for all the teachers in the school (which their students got to sign). It was a lot of work, and we were really feeling the love as teachers at the school this week.
In May Faire news, Jaymison was crowned King of May! (You should ask your 7th grader to tell you the fun story of his selection.)
We will launch into a Geometric Drawing block this week, which should be a nice way to bring the incredibly high energy that this week produced (with both the play and May Faire) back to a focus.
Homework this week:
*Explorers Reports are due Wednesday, complete with 1st person narrative and map depicting the explorer’s travels (see rubric for details). Students must either turn a rough draft in to me Tuesday or they must have an adult proofread their rough draft to help ensure their final draft is perfectly edited.
*Read Chapter 7 and 8 in The Outsiders by Friday
*Daily math problems
*Some students are also finishing up main lesson book pages (due yesterday for those who didn’t have extensions)
Here are a few dates to keep in mind going forward:
Monday, May 9: Teacher Work Day; No school!
Wed. May 11, 8:15-9 a.m.: Camping trip chaperones meeting (for those who can make it)
Tuesday May 17: 4:00 to 4:30; Cross country informational meeting with Ms. Keyser. Childcare will be provided for younger children
Monday-Thursday May 23-26: 7th Grade camping trip to the Great Sand Dunes (The camping trip fee is likely to be about $90 to $100 per student for those who can afford it, but I will be able to offer reduced rates for those who need assistance with this. Please send me an e-mail if this is the case for you. The fee will cover the campsite fee; a tour of Cave of the Winds, admission to a hot springs pool, gas money and food for the four days.) I will be sending home forms for the trip late this week. Please return them at your earliest convenience.
Jaymison’s class report (with help from assistant reporter Makayla)
On Monday we did a dress rehearsal for our play.
On Tuesday we did our play for the whole school, and we learned more about Pizarro’s brutal conquest of the Inca empire. We had choir and art and learned how to make a new design in ink. Then we went outside for extra recess since we had our play. “Yay!”
In main lesson on Wednesday we learned about longitude and latitude. We also learned about time zones and how they work from the prime meridian, which goes through Greenwich, England.
On Thursday we reviewed for our world geography and age of exploration block test.
On Friday we had May Fair and we watched the other grades dance around the May pole. We also sang a song about May. After that we ate lunch and had language arts and games. Then we had work time to catch up on work, then packed our stuff and left.