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!

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