Newsletter 18 – 1/29/16

We are excited to tell you about our Leap Year Learning Symposium – an upcoming event in the ⅚ classroom on Monday, February 29.

What is the Leap Year Learning Symposium (LYLS)?

Well, since 2016 is a leap year, and we have accrued some time through the rotation of the earth – we have decided to make February 29th unlike any other day of school. We will be hosting a conference in which all students will lead sessions and provide instruction all day long.

Today we had a brainstorming session and kids proposed initial topics. They ranged from “Saving Endangered Animals” to “How to Tie a Tie” to “Multiplying Negative Numbers.” We asked kids to make sure they picked topics that they are interested in teaching, not just topics they like. Next week, we’ll ask them to decide on a final topic, write a lesson plan, and after some feedback – practice, practice, practice!

When is the Leap Year Learning Symposium (LYLS)?

It will be on Monday, February 29th for almost the whole school day. Math, recess, lunch, and passions will happen as usual.

What will my child have to do to prepare?

Starting February 8th, we will make several homework assignments leading up to the conference. There will be a conference proposal, a call for materials, and a requirement to practice in front of an audience. A lot of the work for the LYLS will happen outside of typical school hours. Because we’ll depend on hours outside the school day, we’d like to ask about your availability to support your child at home.  We ask so we can determine what other structures we’ll need to introduce to support the project. We understand that work/family schedules may not allow for you to do all that you would like.  We want to support you and the kids.

My availability to support my child with preparation for the LYLS is:
______ Very limited- I’ll need school to help
______ Somewhat limited
______ Quite a Bit
______ Whatever time is necessary

Please sign and return this letter. Alternatively, you can email Kalei (ksabaratnam@theprojectschool.org) and Jim (jmorrison@theprojectschool.org) with your availability/confirmation of receipt. We will post this information digitally on our wordpress so you can access it whenever!

 

Other Weekly Updates

This week was our school play! We appreciate all you did to support students in remembering lines, coming up with great costumes, practicing songs, and sooooo much more.

 

Newsletter 17 – 1/20/15

This past week we spent quite a bit of time finishing up our argument essays! Students have been writing claims and proving them through research, personal stories, interviews, and statistics.

We also started our book club work. Your child is likely in a book club unless they are in another small reading group. Homework for the next few weeks will be done through these groups. You can find several of the book club packets and schedules here.

We also started a new spelling program this week. We took a short spelling assessment and based on student performance, they are going to be doing a self study. Most kids in the class will have three categories of words:

POTENTIAL WORDS are words you have not spelled successfully to an adult/have not worked on yet

ACTIVE WORDS are words you are working to learn (choose about four per session/week)

RETIRED WORDS are words you have successfully spelled to an adult. 

Each spelling session (about three times a week) kids work to learn their words. Each time they review with an adult by spelling the words verbally, they are also asked to spell one or more of their “retired” word to make sure they’ve mastered them from session to session.

Lastly – we started some collaborative work with the IU organization Books and Beyond. Our students are working on authoring short stories for a publication/anthology that will be sent to a partnership school in Rwanda. 5/6 students are working in small groups to write stories that are about friendship.

Jump n’ Jive Juliet Information –

Below you will find a cast list and basic costume description for our upcoming Jump ‘n’ Jive Juliet performance that is less than three weeks away. If you are unable to find an outfit for the show, or have any questions at all, please feel free to contact Chris at cbultman@theprojectschool.org.

Performances at the Ivy Tech/ Waldron Auditorium will be on

Tuesday, January 26th

Ms. Kalei’s DREAMS cast will perform at 6pm

Mr. Jim’s HOPES cast will perform at 7:15pm

There are TWO separate casts performing (for fire code regulations). Students in the 6pm DREAMS show should arrive at 5:45pm. Students in the 7:15pm HOPES show should arrive NO EARLIER than 7pm, in order not to disturb the first performance. Parents are welcome to attend the dress rehearsals earlier that day, if they would like to see the other cast’s performance. Just let me know, so I can alert security at the theatre.

See you on Tuesday, January 26th!

 

COSTUMES: Our show takes place at a performance/dance hall in Venice Beach, California, around 1945. All students should wear 1940’s style outfits: dress pants/dress shirt/ tie/ jacket (optional), 1940’s dress or blouse/skirt. PLEASE, no blue jeans. Students are free to add their own character specific touches to their outfits! Costumes should be comfortable enough to swing dance in. Those students sharing a role (Juliets and Rons) will need to coordinate similar looking outfits. If you have any questions at all, please email Chris at cbultman@theprojectschool.org . If your child’s name does not appear on the list below, you can email Kalei (ksabaratnam@theprojectschool.org) for their information.

CHARACTER: HOPES Cast DREAMS Cast
Mr. Montague Solomon Mason M
Mrs. Montague Maia Lucy
Ron Montague (1) Nathan Ella
Ron Montague (2) Surya
Brad (lawyer) Silas
Brian (lawyer) Keate Nick
Betty Jaidyn Irene
Deputy Mayor Mark Elijah
Mayor Sophie Wade
Judy Julia G Monet
Mr. Capulet Alden Matthew
Mrs. Capulet Nora Lily
Juliet Capulet (1) Ava Iris
Juliet Capulet (2) Charlotte Julia I
Mercy O’Reily Edwin Cian
Spider Johnson Sam
Queen Bee / Scorpion Celie Ethan
Narrator Holden Dye Dye
Dance Captain Kalen Dye Dye
Mark (Mercutio) Mark Elijah
Robert (Tybalt) Quenten Kadin
John (Romeo) Aidan Keith
Alan (Benvolio) Logan Shane
YES People Abel, Holden,Jamari, Kalen, Oliver Anen, Dye Dye, Judah, Monica, Zachary

Newsletter 16 – 1/9/16

Welcome back!

This week we spent time building a beautiful set of calendar cards to show off our agreements. We also did some team initiatives in naming what we do to work well as a team.

We completed an assignment with the chapter book kids read over winter break. We made “fortune tellers” with some different prompts related to the text. We shared our reading experiences. Thank you for all your support in seeing that they read!

We’ll be starting book clubs with most of the class next week. Book clubs will be: Savvy by Ingrid Law, The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis, Becoming Naomi León by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Holes by Louis Sachar, Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana, and Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko.

Book club work and specific assignments that are not completed in class will take over most of our homework for the next several weeks. We also ask that students are focused on learning their lines and lyrics for our play – January 26th!

Jump n’ Jive Juliet Information –

Below you will find a cast list and basic costume description for our upcoming Jump ‘n’ Jive Juliet performance that is less than three weeks away. If you are unable to find an outfit for the show, or have any questions at all, please feel free to contact Chris at cbultman@theprojectschool.org.

Performances at the Ivy Tech/ Waldron Auditorium will be on

Tuesday, January 26th

Ms. Kalei’s DREAMS cast will perform at 6pm

Mr. Jim’s HOPES cast will perform at 7:15pm

There are TWO separate casts performing (for fire code regulations). Students in the 6pm DREAMS show should arrive at 5:45pm. Students in the 7:15pm HOPES show should arrive NO EARLIER than 7pm, in order not to disturb the first performance. Parents are welcome to attend the dress rehearsals earlier that day, if they would like to see the other cast’s performance. Just let me know, so I can alert security at the theatre.

See you on Tuesday, January 26th!

 

COSTUMES: Our show takes place at a performance/dance hall in Venice Beach, California, around 1945. All students should wear 1940’s style outfits: dress pants/dress shirt/ tie/ jacket (optional), 1940’s dress or blouse/skirt. PLEASE, no blue jeans. Students are free to add their own character specific touches to their outfits! Costumes should be comfortable enough to swing dance in. Those students sharing a role (Juliets and Rons) will need to coordinate similar looking outfits. If you have any questions at all, please email Chris at cbultman@theprojectschool.org . If your child’s name does not appear on the list below, you can email Kalei (ksabaratnam@theprojectschool.org) for their information. 

CHARACTER: HOPES Cast DREAMS Cast
Mr. Montague Solomon Mason M
Mrs. Montague Maia Lucy
Ron Montague (1) Nathan Ella
Ron Montague (2) Surya
Brad (lawyer) Silas
Brian (lawyer) Keate Nick
Betty Jaidyn Irene
Deputy Mayor Mark Elijah
Mayor Sophie Wade
Judy Julia G Monet
Mr. Capulet Alden Matthew
Mrs. Capulet Nora Lily
Juliet Capulet (1) Ava Iris
Juliet Capulet (2) Charlotte Julia I
Mercy O’Reily Edwin Cian
Spider Johnson Sam
Queen Bee / Scorpion Celie Ethan
Narrator Holden Dye Dye
Dance Captain Kalen Dye Dye
Mark (Mercutio) Mark Elijah
Robert (Tybalt) Quenten Kadin
John (Romeo) Aidan Keith
Alan (Benvolio) Logan Shane
YES People Abel, Holden,

Jamari, Kalen, Oliver

Anen, Dye Dye, Judah, Monica, Zachary