May you all enjoy a warm and refreshing seasons turning. I look forward to seeing you all in January.
Winter Break: 12/21/15-1/4/16
Homeschooling/Semester Planning Meetings/No Classes: 1/5/16-1/29/16
Non-Instructional Days (no need to keep records): 1/4, 1/18, 1/29/16
CRMS Classes Begin Again: 2/3/16
Teen Movie/Game Night: Wed., January 7, 6-8:30pm in Room 14 at the Quail Hollow Homeschool Site. Hosted by Amber Walker and Marcy. All charter middle and high school students are invited.
Capture the Flag: Monday, January 11, 10:30am-12:30pm at Quail Hollow Ranch. Rain or shine.
Book Club: Next Meeting Thursday, January 21, 2:15-3:15pm. This month’s book is: Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
Math Tutoring: Wednesdays, 2:15-4:00pm. Start Date in January TBA (as soon as Aaron settles his class schedule).
Ukulele Club: Could meet on Jan. 14, 2:15-3:15pm, but I need a parent volunteer to supervise. The kids are excited about taking charge of the group and learning new chords, strums and songs together. Even though this group is now student-led, they still need an adult supervising. I cannot do it because I have to be doing other teacher-y tasks (such as meeting with families). Perhaps the parents can take turns supervising so that each parent only needs to volunteer two times this semester. Let me know what you think. Are any of you willing to volunteer for 1/14?
Community Service Project: We collected four large bags of warm clothes for the homeless shelter, and one student even finished her knitted beanie. It will still be cold in January, so I’ve asked the kids to work on their knitting during the next month and I will make another run down to the shelter with the rest of the hats.
Semester 2 Planning Meetings: Attached to this email is a copy of the semester planning meeting schedule. If you haven’t signed up yet, please look at the open dates/times and send me an email about when you would like to meet.
Knitting: Hannah R. finished her hat! Others worked some on knitting, but most will be finishing at home.
Project Presentations: This week we heard presentations on: Fishing Regulations, Bora Bora, Firefighters, and the History of Basketball. Bravo to all presenters for providing such a wide array of interesting topics.
Gardening: The kids made their second observations of their lettuce experiments and then worked in groups on different projects: pruning roses, clearing beds, weeding beds, installing frost cloth hoops, harvesting gourds, or planting cover crops.
PE: We practiced volleys over a line with a volleyball and we played Banana Tag with the Fall Creek students.
Book Club: After a fun game of Jeopardy, the kids and Andrea settled down to share stories from their lives about perseverance inspired by Where the Red Fern Grows. There was one request for the next book to be Science Fiction, and another request for Fantasy. Thanks to BJ who came up with a Science Fiction/Fantasy book that also met my criteria of having a female protagonist, and not being a popular modern book that the kids would have read already or would read anyway.
Mindfulness: We focused on responding vs. reacting, participating in a guided meditation, discussion, and writing exercise. I gave out a Mindfulness in Action sheet that as a reminder of steps that will help them to respond instead of react when difficulties arise. I have attached the document in case those of you with children in the play would like to print it out and share it with them.
Seasons: Some of us measured the shadow cast by Justin’s sundial in the garden and compared the shadow length to the measurement we took at the autumn equinox.
Art & Party: We went to see the all-charter play, The Jungle Book. Kudos to all of the actors! It was super fun to see our classmates up on the stage. After lunch, some of the kids cut complex snowflakes (with Jeanette leading), others created a hand-painted ornament (thank you Charlene). Others made and tested paper airplane designs, many made a hot cocoa pouch (thanks Kacia), some worked on knitting (thanks Amber), and many played Holiday Bingo (thanks Faith). Thanks to all for sending yummy food!