Most students turned in their timelines on time. We will be using these starting Monday for a class project, so if you haven't turned yours in, be sure it is here on Monday!
I can hardly wait to see your heritage dolls! Be sure to turn them in by Monday, December 14th. Did you learn a lot about your family heritage?
Another item due on December 14th is the family tree project. Please be sure that you have included 1) a photo or picture of each family member, 2) the family members' names in the banners underneath each picture, and 2) the family members' birthdays. Also, be sure to NEATLY color in the entire page--no white space.
Written Report Outlines
These are due on Tuesday, December 15th. Use it to practice your oral presentation!
Oral presentations will be starting on Tuesday, December 15th. Every student must be ready on that day to do their presentation. If I call on you, and you are not ready yet, you will be marked "late" and lose points. These are always popular and fun projects; I am looking forward to hearing from each of you! If you have read this far, send in a slip of paper with your student's name and their favorite pizza topping.
Leaving Early from Class
Parents, I realize that, now and then, everyone has a doctor's appointment or other obligation so it is necessary for you to pick up your student early from school. We all have super busy lives outside of school. That said, class goes on all the way until 3:15. There is no time during the school day that instruction is not happening.
A few students are going home early once or twice each week. These students are missing important instructional time, particularly in social studies, science, music, art, and/or PE, as these are subjects we often do in the afternoons. There really is no make up time for these activities, and students end up falling behind. We don't do very many "worksheets," so there is really nothing for me to send home as "make up" work.
Please try to keep your student at school the entire day if at all possible.
Hour of Code
Next week we will be participating in an event called the Hour of Code. This is a super fun event when students will be able to learn the basics of computer coding in an easy and exciting way. We will be continuing our "hour" of code throughout the year and will be exploring coding every week.
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and fewer students are studying it than a decade ago.
That’s why our class is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.
Our Hour of Code is a statement that Fair Oaks Ranch School is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to volunteer, reach out to local media, share the news on social media channels and consider hosting additional Hour of Code events in the community.
This is a chance to change the future of education in our community. See http://hourofcode.com/us for details, and help spread the word.