Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pysanki Eggs

Happy New Year!

Hello JCOS Family and Friends!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful winter break. Peter, the girls, and I have been relaxing on our “staycation.” R & Q have enjoyed playing Lego Batman and have slept in late every morning. Peter finished assembling a marble maze contraption and has been cooking delightful meals (homemade saag paneer being one of my favorites). The cats have been found sleeping awkwardly in every single half-empty box in the house. I have been dieing pysanki eggs and experimenting with a T-Fal fryer donated to the IA this year; I’ve learned how to make some awesome brussel sprouts (although the girls would argue there is no such thing).

We have all done a lot of reading. I thought I would share with you the three titles I have most recently enjoyed, in the hopes you will write back and let me know what you folks are reading.

Vessel, by Sarah Beth Durst, is a teen fantasy that takes place in a desert world where, once every century, an individual from each tribe is selected to be a vessel for a god or goddess. By page 35 Liyana is cast from her nomadic family and left to die. Oh, and her world is full of drought and wolves made out of flying sand.

Cherub, by Robert Muchamore, stars James, a rebellious, intelligent teenager with a little sister and a mother who deals in stolen goods. CHERUB is an institution of highly trained and talented spy agents all under the age of seventeen. I’ve read a lot of books recently starring the “teenager trained to be the superhero/villain” lately, and this is one of the better ones.

The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham, is a science fiction classic published in 1951. Everyone around the world oohed and aahhed at the amazing meteorite shower, only to wake up blind the next day. Everyone except a handful of people who, for one reason or another, were kept from seeing the spectacular event. The few remaining sighted people are left to witness the post-apocalyptic scenery. Bad enough? Wait for it… How about those three legged carnivorous plants that have suddenly started roaming the streets shooting people with poisonous stingers?

I look forward to seeing you all soon. Remember, when we return to school we are in full on BRIDGES mode and will be working on our Passages lessons and deciding on our SDL topics. Consider making your final payments for the Snow Mountain Ranch trip. At this time, we don’t have enough money to cover the room and board, let alone the classes we hope to take!



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Get well soon!

Hello to all of our JCOS family, friends, and sick students stuck at home. We miss you!

The sixth graders have been revising and editing their persuasive essays. Everyone has been typing them up and some students have done over five revisions! There are some fabulous published pieces waiting to be read.

Additionally, we have finished up our study of mean, median, mode, and range. A quick check yesterday showed that nearly everyone understood a concept that, just a few months ago, no one even knew what the question was asking them to do.

In reading, we read a book called BAA and made inferences/predictions based on our schema and text evidence. It didn’t turn out too good for the sheep, in the end. Students are continuing to read their “Just Right” books and are making daily entries in their idea notebooks, showing how their reading strategies deepen their thinking and understanding of a text.

Homework this week is due tomorrow. You should be documenting the texts you read at home and you need to plan, write, edit, revise, and finish one quality journal entry.

Our class party is on Friday. We will be watching The Lightening Thief in the morning and having a party with treats in the afternoon. Please make sure you bring in a present if you plan on participating in our Friday gift exchange. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Early release Wednesday and...

Homework is due in Thursday. Anyone have egg cartons? We need them for the quail eggs.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pompeii Day was Super-OK!

Thanks, as always, for the wonderful parents and support staff who made this trip possible. I hope everyone had a wonderful time!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Important! Field trip on Monday!

Don't forget to bring a sack lunch to school as we will be eating at the museum on Monday. Also, drivers need to show up by around 9 o'clock so we can guarantee we have enough spaces for all the students. Hope you of all had an excellent break!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Durbin Day tomorrow and HELP! Who can drive on Monday,November 26?

Please email me if you can drive and let me know how many passengers you can take. We still need a few more adult drivers in order to make it to our field trip the Monday after we return from Thanksgiving break. We plan to leave the school at around 9:15 and we plan to leave the museum by 1:15 so we can be back at the school at 2 o'clock.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Our trip to the symphony.

Tomorrow is an early release day! Friday is Durbin Day and the 6th graders are providing the side dishes for our family group Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Colorado Native Program at JCOS

Don't forget to bring your money and pack a lunch for tomorrow's field trip to the symphony.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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