Diamondbacks- 2nd December Update

Dear Parents of the Diamondbacks,

Our class has enjoyed two great weeks busy with exciting work and child-led goings out to the library and the pet shop!  Our research about things great and small continues and we are now the proud keepers of “Taco”, our algae-eating, 2-inch Hypostomus plecostomus!  These along with new lessons, lessons to and from each other, and follow up studies, so everyone has kept productively busy!

New lessons have included divisibility by 11, division of a fraction by a fraction, squaring a quadrinomial, square root: passage to abstraction, writing for science using the scientific process, intersecting lines, parts of an angle and types of angles, Sierpinski’s triangle, needlepoint, needle felting, parts of a flower, perspective, parts of a volcano and a video on beatboxing for our studies in music.  The children have also been passing along lessons to each other on wet felting, needle felting, the spiral of Theodorus, language experience cards, design, divisibility, mandala, rounding decimals, and multiplication and division of fractions.

Our sweet Daisy and Yolo each have places to stay for the winter holiday, however our two fish and one frog (~25 gallon tank with a pump) have yet to be claimed.  If your child has interest, he or she is invited to write a permission slip to take home.  You must give your written permission before pick up next week in order to secure the animal does go home with your child.  We really appreciate your help!

We also have plants in need of TLC this break!  Please let us know if you are willing to take one or two home with you.

Thursday of next week brings our Secret Gift Exchange event.  Your children are invited to bring in their gifts for giving as early as Monday.

This event will also include a small potluck during the work cycle.  Your children have begun signing up for small portions of treats they would like to share.  Please remember we have dietary concerns to keep in mind, therefore the treats cannot be changed from what has been agreed upon.  On a separate note, please make sure to put your name on any dishes you send and your child will be helped to return with them clean before the end of our last day.

I’d also likely to briefly share with you all that our ”lock-out” drill went well and that we will be having our “lock-down” drill this coming Monday, December 17th.  Your children have access to the specific expectations and procedures for both drills; we will be having a meeting the morning before the drill to review.  Please reach out to me or Ms. Dacia if you have any questions or concerns.

That is the whole of it for this Friday update and for the fall semester of 2018.  Thank you for your gracious support and happy holidays!

Warmly,

Ms. Sara

Candace gives a lesson on the Spiral of Theodorus to Catcher and Emilio.

Candace gives a lesson on the Spiral of Theodorus to Catcher and Emilio.

Daniel continues his exploration and illustration of the Periodic Table of Elements.

Daniel continues his exploration and illustration of the Periodic Table of Elements.

Catcher, Andrew, Juni and Jovan (left to right) work together to complete the pin map of Asia

Catcher, Andrew, Juni and Jovan (left to right) work together to complete the pin map of Asia.

Jacob and Cierra present their research on red-eared slider turtles.

Jacob and Cierra present their research on red-eared slider turtles.