Dear Parents of Flex,
Our class hampers are due tomorrow and we still have not received the food we need for our hamper recipients.
We still need…
Four cans of fruit
Two pkgs of pancake mix
Two pancake syrups
One cake mix
One gift for a 13-year-old boy
One gift for a 14-year-old girl
For the gifts, we are asking everyone to bring in 1 or 2 dollars. We’ll pool it together and get something appropriate.
Check out this link for daily life of a Roman!
It’s time again for the Flex Potluck! I hope everyone can come. I’m a little fearful that the weather will keep some people away, so if you can at all make it please try to attend!
We are asking people to come by around 6:00. Tanis and I are going to do a brief presentation about the year so far. We would like to start eating between 6:20 and 6:30. We’ll wrap it up whenever, but it’ll probably be over around 8:00.
As far as food goes…
We don’t have an organized food list or anything. Just bring whatever you want. It’s always a safe bet to bring an entree rather than desserts, so we’re not overloaded with sweets. Drinks are also a good idea (pop or juice).
Hope to see you all there!
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but we’re going to try to build it by Christmas!
If you haven’t heard already, we are in the process of building the Roman Forum (from ancient Rome) in our classroom. So far we have our foundation (large sheets of cardboard – old Science Fair backboards actually – covered in paper mache and painted), and the blue prints of our homes.
Each student has been assigned a Roman profession and is responsible for building their dwelling (apartment, town house, or villa, depending on their social status). They need to provide 2-D and 3-D plans for their homes before they build them (in 1:30 scale). This part of the project accounts for part of this term’s Math mark.
Students are also responsible for maintaining a booklet in their Social Studies binders. So far they should be done their title page, table of contents, and their “Who Am I” assignment. Parents: feel free to check up on this; many are not caught up. All of this accounts for marks for Social Studies.
This is our first large-scale integrated project this year (we are hoping to do two more, each one with more and more student-control and freedom. So far the majority of students are doing very well. If you have any questions, please feel free to email myself or Tanis. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wow are the next two weeks going to be busy here at Churchill!
Here’s a run down:
Tuesday, December 9th:
Lunch re-rest (grade eight math)
Boys 7/8 Basketball practice
Wednesday, December 10th:
Boys 7/8 Basketball practice
Thursday, December 11th:
Pancakes for Peace money due- $3.00 (fundraiser for the school in Sri Lanka) Pizza lunch money due- $3.00
Friday, December 12th:
Pancake Lunch (see above)
Monday, December 15th:
Winter concert 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 16th:
Middle School Activity morning
FLEX POTLUCK 6:00 p.m. (Come, bring your family, bring a dish, bring dishes)
Wednesday, December 17th:
Grade 7/8 boys Basketball Practice 3:30-5
Friday, December 19th:
Talent Show a.m.
Secret Santa and Christmas “Party”
We have the opportunity to deliver Christmas Cheerboard Hampers on either the 17th or 18th of December. If you are able to drive either of those days please let us know.
Tanis and Dave
We’ve spent much time in the land of Flex talking about bullying and how the words we use casually can often be quite hurtful to others if we don’t think it through. Here’s a good video on the harm people can inflict by deeming something stupid or lame as “gay.” Although I haven’t heard this language from our students in quite a while, I still hear it in the halls from other kids.
Hilary Duff CNN Interview [Thats So Gay]
On behalf of the peaceLEARNERS, we would just like to once again thank all those who helped us with our SOLD OUT rock concert/fundraiser at the Park Theatre last Tuesday. We raised nearly $1 700 from ticket sales alone and are well on our way to our first goal of $8 500 to build a school in Sri Lanka. We have many more fundraisers and events in the works, so we’ll keep everyone posted! See the peaceLEARNERS website for more info…
As you might know, we’ve started making our room into the Roman Forum. Each student has been assigned a job from ancient Rome (such as Senator, Gladiator, Legionnaire, Emperor, Butcher) and has to research this occupation. They should have specific questions about themselves that they copied down as a class in their Social Studies section of their binders. These need to be completed by Thursday.