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News and Notes Email - Jan 22, 2010

Greetings on this dreary gray day (I so prefer sunshine.)

The week that was:

The three school days this week were essentially devoted to two things:

*polishing our memoir pieces and getting them printed out: final score = polishing 90%  and printing 50%.

*Beginning to delve deeper into the Civil Rights Movement via a video of historic events, breaking into study groups around ten milestones of the movement and organizing for an inquiry project in class,and choosing new novels that will also enhance understanding of the “times”.

This all, in turn, connects to the Mixed-Blood performance coming soon to  Barton, our work with Danielle Daniel (a local artist/storyteller) who will be visiting our class to work with social justice issues in preparation for our Sweet Honey in the Rock concert at the Ordway, and our visit to YPC to see their performance of “But My Soul is Rested”. All of these weave together over about a 6 week period of time to create new understandings about ourselves and others.

At http://www.knowitall.org/roadtrip/ you will find an interesting website you may wish to explore together to learn about Civil Rights history.  It’s a kind of a virtual walk through the past and would connect beautifully to topics we are exploring in class and give you a natural opportunity to discuss together.

Another site I encourage you to snoop around is http://www.mpls.k12.mn.us/Student_Online_Resources.html This site has many resources in all topic areas for kids in our district.  It’s a good “bookmark” site as a continual resource and you’ll likely to often  find it handy  for homework or projects.

The week to come:

Word Work: Five whole days for a change! Hence, we’ll be back to Word Work as usual – the focus is the Ojibwe in MN.

MN History:  We’ll be reading a chapter in our Northern Lights book to help the class learn about the history of the Ojibwe migration to the Great Lakes region.

We’ll finally get to share the Dakota tales the class memorized and practiced – and learn some new Ojibwe tales as well.

Reading and Inquiry Project:  The books we’ll be reading  for a time deal with Civil Rights history  and issues both through historic fiction and non-fiction. The Civil Rights milestones groups will have the opportunity to  meet, plan their inquiry project, and begin researching their topic in depth.



We begin work with Aki – a local artist who will be visiting 204 5 or 6 times throughout the spring to help us work with elements of contemporary art and creating art of our own  incorporating these elements.  She’ll be here Monday morning for her first visit.   Ask about what they start with her and what they look forward to doing on subsequent visits.

Friday we have our first (of two) field trips to the Walker Art Center to study contemporary art “in the field”..  A field trip slip will come home on Monday.   There is no cost to this trip, and I would appreciate parent chaperones very much.  The timing is essentially 10:00-1:00 on Friday, 1/29.  Please plan to pack a lunch that day that your child can consume about half of before we leave and the other half after we return.  A minimum of microwave food would really help.

The remaining 50% of the memoir pieces will get printed!

Upcoming:
1/29  Laura Ingalls Wilder play by Historical Perspectives – at Barton
1/29  Field trip to Walker Art Center
2/11 Youth Performance Company field trip – “ But My Soul is Rested”
2/16  Ordway field trip – Sweet Honey in the Rock with VocalEssence

MN Family Stories Homework due 2/14

Have a wonder-filled weekend - I will too if the sun decides to come back out.

Kathy

Kathy Scoggin
Barton Open School
Kathy.Scoggin@mpls.k12.mn.us

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science."
 - Albert Einstein

ADDENDUM

If you have not yet siged up for a goal-setting review conference time please contact me.  I have 4:30 and 5:00 open this coming Tuesday the 26th.  Then I am filled up on after school opportunities until the first week of Feb.

Thanks

Kathy Scoggin
Barton Open School
Kathy.Scoggin@mpls.k12.mn.us

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is
the source of all true art and science."
 - Albert Einstein


If you have not yet siged up for a goal-setting review conference time
please contact me.  I have 4:30 and 5:00 open this coming Tuesday the
26th.  Then I am filled up on after school opportunities until the first
week of Feb.

Thanks

Kathy Scoggin
Barton Open School
Kathy.Scoggin@mpls.k12.mn.us

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is
the source of all true art and science."
 - Albert Einstein