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2/25/11 Family Letter
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 10:35 AM


Good Friday afternoon families,

The week that was:

Word Work - we wrapped up the work focused on the original colonies. 
Ask about the big ideas of why colonists moved to America and how the
geography of where they settled influenced how their area made money and
developed.  Ellie also used a cookbook featuring colonial times she had
been previously given and generously made very tasty colonial "snacks"
for the class.  Johnny cakes and a popover type thing.
They were greatly enjoyed.  Thank you Ellie!

Reading - we finished our Newbery projects!  Yippee!!  (At least mostly
. . . a few of you will see a bit of homework on this to be completed
this weekend).  Once I have a chance to look them over they will be put
lovingly into the portfolio share folders for the end of the year.

Junior Achievement:  "JA in a Day"  Brian Mair, from Thrivent Financial,
spent his morning yesterday working to share ideas about how businesses
work with the class. Their big idea is to help students think about
possibilities and skills for their futures. He discussed the following
concepts with the class:

Free enterprise

Natural resources
Capital resources
Human resources



High demand
Global economy

Please ask your child about what they found interesting, what they might
wonder about concerning the world of finance, and what was enjoyable
about this experience for them.  They should have come home today with a
CD he left for each of them as well as their "Certificate of  JA

We also had our 4th artist session with Emily to continue work on our
bullying collages.  Please ask your child which point of view he/she
decided to focus on for this and how they are working to show rhythm and
repetition in their work.

Our winter session of options began this Wed.  Hopefully you have heard
positive things about this already.

The week to come:

Word Work:  It's all about snow!  Since we are in the top ten for record
snowfalls here in Minneapolis this winter, and next Friday is our annual
Middles ski trip, this will be our focus.

Reading:  We will start new books at last.  The genre will be mystery.

US History:  Next week the class will learn about the European slave
trade in West Africa.  They will think about it from the perspective of
West Africans facing difficult dilemmas as they were taken farther and
farther from their homeland.

Monday we will work with Emily one last time on the collage completion.
Wed. we will have options.
Friday is ski day at Afton Alps.  The permission slips went home today.

Here is an urgent plea from the Barton Yearbook planners:  If you have
photos from any 204 field trips or  events here at school suitable for
the 2010 -2011 yearbook PLEASE send to   ASAP.  I
have shared what I have - she is particularly interested in photos of
our "Incredible Water Show".  I only have video of this.


Friday, March 4:Barton "Parents Night Out" 
Please visit their blog at for
information on the evening.

Also 3/4 is ski day for the Middles.

Thursday, 3/17  "Good Question" homework projects due.  Hopefully your
child is making good progress on this at this point.

Thursday, 3/31  Student Author Night at Barton.  I have six children
signed up to share currently - would love to see more.

Also, I have six free MN zoo passes – good for up to 5 admissions each.
Please let me know if your family would like to take advantage of this. 

Here is something for a wonder-filled moment - the first ruby throated
hummingbirds have been sighted in their northern migration this week in
Florida and North Carolina.  I wonder how long until we see them here? 
(Ruby-throats generally winter in Central America from Mexico to Panama,
I am wondering why we aren't there too.)