Monday, March 24, 2014

March 24

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Hello Questers

A big thank you to everyone that made it out for student-led conferences!

Quest Clothing
We will be ordering lovely Quest clothing designed by Siena Mazer (with assistance from Emilee Semprebon and Morgan Longe).  Order forms will be sent home with students later this week. Order Form

Astronomy Test
On Thursday, students will have their end of unit Astronomy test.  Students all have a study guide that was created as a class.  Please review this study guide before the test on Thursday.

Ferry Beach 
Ferry Beach is only 2 weeks away!  A packing list will be sent home with your student this week.  Please let us know when/if questions arise about this trip.  Ferry Beach health forms are due at the end of the week.  We are in the process of placing students in dorm groups as well as study groups.  Both of these groups will consist of only Quest students.  They will have dining groups that will be a mix of Quest, Dream, and Wizard students. 

Students were working on a "Shop Until You Drop" assignment this week, and showed an amazing amount of thoughtfulness when pretend shopping for their families!  We will continue to work with decimal numbers for the next couple of weeks.

Ancient Greece Projects
On Thursday, students presented their Ancient Greece Festival projects.  Students did a fantastic job on these projects.  The progress students made from their Bones and Stones projects was clear.

Questions to ask your student:

What was your favorite Ancient Greece project (not your own)?
What constellation's myth are you researching?
What color are the Quest shirts?
What gifts did you buy for your "Shop Until You Drop" assignment?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March 12

Newsletter for March 12

Hello Questers!

We hope you are all well and if you had to travel, that your travels were safe.

Ferry Beach:  Yesterday, March 18th, two green papers should have come home with all Quest students.  One of the papers was information about the PTO plant sale fundraiser.  The other paper was a health form to be filled out for our Ferry Beach trip.  Please make sure this form is filled out and returned to us at school. 

Genius Hour:  During the last block of each day, students have certain choices.  If a student is not involved in the music opportunities at CBMS, they are asked to read, and do homework.  There is one other choice, and that is Genius Hour.  Students are able to choose a topic they feel passionately about.  They are then given time to research this topic, and to create a presentation for others.  If your student has Guided Study, you might ask them what they might want to work on for Genius Hour!

Coding and Programming:   One of these Genius Hours is taking off.  Beck is beginning to lead classes at the end of the day in coding and programming. (either Mrs. Williams or Mr. Taylor is also in the room) These classes will be offered on Tuesdays and Fridays during Music Block.  Students can choose to be in one or the other, or both if they are available and have their work up to date.  Many students have already signed up for these times to learn about coding and programming, and Beck has shown some excellent teaching skills!  If you have any questions about this, don't hesitate to email.

Drama Unit:  The drama unit is up and running!  A reminder to all students (except for the narrators) that lines need to be memorized by March 20th.  Many students have been working on their lines, and some students are "off script."  We are working on developing personal responsibility with this unit.  If a student with a lead role does not memorize the majority of his/ her lines by this time, a replacement may be found for that student's role.

Students have been assigned a production team as well as a speaking role.  Production teams include props, set, costumes, and publicity.  Students are working in these groups to problem solve and devise lists of items we will need to create.  We will begin to create the props, set, costumes, and publicity at the end of this week.  Students may be scrounging around for props such as fake food, or some old sheets, but we do not need anything too fancy for the play!  If you have any interest in helping with any of these teams, let me know! 

Bake Sale: 
Our bake sale was a success!  We earned approximately $150 towards costumes and props for our play.  Thank you to all who sent in goodies!  Thank you to Amelia, Sarah, Ellie, and Eva, and our other student leaders who organized the sale!

Student-led Conferences:  Our conferences will take place on Wednesday, March 19th.  Please make sure to sign up online to hold your spot for the conference.  You can do this on the CBMS homepage.  The sign up deadline is Friday, March 14th.  Don't forget to bring your student to these student-led conferences.

ESB Festival Project:  Students have been developing the beginnings of their Ancient Greek Festival Projects in school.  The remainder of the project should be completed at home.  These projects and their presentations are due on Wednesday, March 19th.  Guidelines for the project can be found on the Quest-Ancient Greece webpage.

Math:  We are in the midst of our unit on decimals.  Students have been exploring the meaning of decimal numbers through ordering and comparing these types of numbers.  Decimals are everywhere, and I encourage you to find examples in your daily lives.  Here are links to different websites that can help students practice at home (Comparing Decimals, Rounding Decimals).

Mr. Weekly is back and #8 is due on Tuesday, March 18.  There will be quiz retakes on Friday, March 14th for students wanting to improve on their first attempt.  Here is a copy of the old quiz for students wanting to review some of the question types. 

Homework Board:
Our Homework Board is improved!  We are now using a Google calendar to map out assignments.  We hope this is helpful with the increase in long term assignment.  Click on any of the assignments to see a description.  Moon journals!  POWs!  Festival projects!  Mr. Weekly!  It's all there.

Questions to ask your student:
What is your Festival Project?
What is one of your lines for the play?
Who won the staff vs. students basketball game?  :)
What is a moon journal?  What do you do if you can't see the moon?
What causes a solar eclipse?
Where are decimals used in our day-to-day lives?
Are you retaking the decimals quiz on Friday?

Happy Snow Day!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March 4 Newsletter

March 4, 2014

Hello Questers!

We hope you have had a restful vacation, and that you have been able to stay warm!

Of note:

Drama Unit:
Questers are embarking on their fifth grade drama unit.  There are two plays for our Quest students.  They both correspond with our Greece / Astronomy / Mythology Unit.  One of the plays is The Odyssey - adapted for middle school students!  This is a journey with Odysseus and his men through the dangers of his travels home from Troy (cyclopses, the Sirens, ...)  The other play is called Perseus and Theseus.  I (Mrs. Williams) wrote this - adapted from the book many students are reading called Greek Heroes.  This is about the adventures of these two Greek heroes as they travel on a particular quest.

We are conducting two plays so each student will be able to have a role, and will be able to be a part of the play.  In addition to memorizing lines, and working together to perform, students will be a part of one of the production groups.  These groups include: props, costumes, publicity, set, and sound effects.  If you have talents in any of these dramatic categories, and would like to help out, please let me know.

The production of the play will be during the first week back from April Break.  The Odyssey will perform on Thursday, May 1st at 9:00, and the Greek Heroes will perform on Friday, May 2nd at 9:00 AM.  It will be a low key event, with parents and families welcome.  We will perform in the cafeteria.  Be sure to ask your student which play he/she is in if you plan on attending!

Bake Sale:
To help raise money for our drama unit, we will have a bake sale.  The bake sale will be happening this Friday, March 7th at 1:30.  We would love baked goods!  If you or your student is able to bake, you may drop these treats off at any time before 1:30 on Friday.  Thank-you for your support.

Student Led Conferences:
These will be happening on Wednesday, March 19th.  They will be in the same format as we had in the fall, where your student will lead you through a conversation of their portfolio.  Sign ups for this can be found on the CBMS homepage, and will open on March 8th.

Festival Project
Although we are learning about astronomy during our ESB section of the day, students should still be thinking about their Festival projects.  These are due on March 20th.  If you are not sure what these projects are, please visit our ESB page :)  We will be reminding the students this week, and will be developing a plan for them.

Ferry Beach / Ecology Week
Our Ferry Beach Trip is happening in a little more than a month.  We will begin our study of beach ecology during ESB after our Greece / Astronomy unit.  Let us know if / when questions arrive.

PTO - Thank-you!
After a rocky ride with the cheaper of the Aubuchon's sleds, students were sliding on mere fragments.  Thank-you to the PTO for  purchasing us four Mad River Rockets!  They will survive any winter, snowy or not! 

That's about it for now!  Let us know if you have any questions!