CLASS REPORT BY EMMA WARD (with assistance from Reporter’s Assistant Sullivan Kenney):
This week we studied Sofonisba Anguissola and Artemesia Gentileschi, both successful woman painters. It was extremely difficult to be a female painter in the Renaissance because most woman stayed home to bear and care for children. On Tuesday we had endless maps testing, plus one more test on Wednesday, and somehow survived it!
This year we have art class with Ms. Lark, who is awesome! She had us use modeling clay this week. In handwork we worked on embroidery, as well as harvesting a plant from the garden to make dye. On Thursday we had Frau Krieg come and tell us about Renaissance art outside of Italy and that was a very amazing presentation. We made it to Friday and had our Renaissance block test. Next week we start our chemistry block.
In other news:
PARENTS AS PROOFREADERS (AND BEYOND):
One of the biggest things you can do to support your child’s development as a writer and lighten my load as a teacher is to carefully proofread the final drafts of their main lesson book pages while they sit alongside you making any corrections themselves. (It’s also wonderful and incredibly helpful when you can proofread rough drafts as well.) The final draft (complete with artistic work and neat borders) of all Renaissance Main Lesson Book Pages is due this Tuesday Sept. 22. I expect your child to make any corrections themselves (a neat line through a mistake with a correction above is fine) but sometimes they can’t see (or don’t recognize) their own errors. They will learn more from you saying, “Where do you hear the pause for a comma/period?” then from my putting in the editing mark for a period. On final drafts I have to make all corrections with sticky notes, which is time consuming so any advance help you can give me to cut down on this work is incredibly appreciated. Thank you in advance for reading your children’s work – not only as an editor but also as someone who is appreciating getting to read about what they’re learning and how they’re crafting their writing. It’s wonderful for them to have a wider audience. We will try to increase our peer editing as well this year.
CHAIR BACKPACK THANK YOU!!
A huge thank you to Jackie Carlson and her grandmother (Maya’s mom and great-grandmother) for sewing 36 “chair backpacks” for both the 6th and 7th grade classes. Now we have room for our huge binders and all our other supplies and books – plus there’s a little more color in the classroom. We are grateful for this gift to our class and our middle school!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: HARVEST FESTIVAL: OCT. 3, 10:30-12:30
Thanks to those of you who’ve already signed up to volunteer at Harvest Festival. 7th grade is responsible for setting up, serving, and cleaning up the soup that will be served during the festival and it looks like we still need help on the set-up and clean-up end of things. Follow this link to the sign-up genius and scroll down to 7th grade if you are able to help out with this:
STUDENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Kristen Ward, Emma’s mom, will host our first 7th grade student leadership council during lunch on Monday. The group will be open to all 7th graders who want to participate and will focus on service and leadership in our school and wider community (plus get practice in conducting meetings, generating ideas and proposals etc.). Thanks to Kristen for coordinating this!
NATURAL DYE WORKSHOP WEEK
Check out this link to the blog of our practical arts teacher, Mrs. Albert, for a preview of the natural dye workshop week, which the 7th graders will be treated to in handwork this week. (This will coincide nicely with our study of chemistry, which we’ll begin on Monday in main lesson.)
We still need empty rinse jars to set up our painting cart upstairs. If you have rinsed quart jars (old pasta sauce jars could work) in your recycling, please send them in!