NO SCHOOL MONDAY
Enjoy your Martin Luther King holiday!
IMPORTANT FOR THIS TUESDAY: Photos for Art Class!
7th graders should bring in a fairly recent photograph of themselves (a head and shoulders view so the face is close up) for art class on Tuesday. They will be working on self-portraits. We set a deadline of Friday for bringing these in but most of the students forgot them, so please be sure they bring their photograph on Tuesday.
WORLD LANGUAGE TRIPS ABROAD INFORMATIONAL EVENING
Thursday, January 28th, 5:30-6:30pm
Please be sure to attend this informational evening with Frau Krieg and Maestra Bolton about their plans for trips to Mexico and Germany in the summer of 2017. Even if 7th grader is not in world language they are welcome to participate in a trip. We are working with Walking Tree Travel in Denver to plan our trips. A representative from Walking Tree will be there to present a general overview of registration, what is included in the cost, travel safety and insurance, and fundraising. After his introduction the groups will split for Mexico and Germany to go over some specifics.
Last Monday our 6th and 7th grade explorations combined to explore many ways to start a fire. One group was able to start a fire with a flint and steel; most started their perfectly built fires with just one match. You can see more of the photos on Mrs. Albert's Blog http://www.mountainsage.org/mrs-alberts-blog
CLASS PLAY COMMITTEE AND PlAY ROLES
A huge thank you to Reneca and Jackie for agreeing to be on our play committee (and thanks to all of you who signed up for sewing and thrift-store shopping). We will have our first play committee meeting in about a week. It would be great to have one more person to help us assess what costumes we can reuse/repurpose and help organize our efforts. If you’d also be willing to help out with this please send me an e-mail.
We did a very early sneak peek (reader's theater style) of our play, which we won’t actually perform until May 3 and 4. This year I’m working to assign parts much earlier than usual to allow the puppet show crews within the play to begin work with Ms. Albert in handwork on creating the puppets and props for their shows. Inevitably many students don’t get their first choice of part so remind your son/daughter of this if they are feeling any sadness around the matter. It is normal for some of them to feel disappointment at first, but we always wind up having a wonderful group experience producing the play, and in the end, it should be a very enriching experience for all of us. Our goal is to let the students know their roles by Friday. We won’t really dive into work in main lesson on the play for a couple more blocks though.
Liam’s Class Report
On Monday we started to learn about basic and simple mechanics. This consisted of simple things like the pulley and the lever and the ramp, also called the inclined plane. Today was also a very special day because instead of the normal outdoor ed and woodworking, the sixth and seventh grades experimented with FIRE! I know it sounds SOOOOOOO safe to teach to kids but there are actually some really cool and educational sides to this awesome event. For instance while the kids are studying the fire and its changes, kids also get to start the fire. But before they just go and start fires they are taught how to contain and take care of the fires etc…
On Tuesday we drew self-portraits of a partner for 5 minute intervals. It was really hard but when your five minutes were over you would feel very very refreshed.
On Wednesday we worked more on our geodesic domes in gardening, and in main lesson we dove into in-depth information on the pulley. In handwork we read lines for our class play, and also read lines in language arts.
On Thursday we played a graphing game in math and did more physics experiments. We just ended the legacy of the pulley and we began investigating wheels and axles.
On Friday we played an epic game called . . . well it didn’t really have a name but it was a mix of capture the flag and soccer. Some of the rules were a little sketchy but overall it all made sense.