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The current long-term project is a mystery book project.  For this book project, students are reading a mystery–one they have not read before–and as they are reading, students should pay special attention to the plot of the story.  After reading the mystery, students will be writing a critique of the book, which includes listing the author, title, and number of pages, as well as writing a brief summary of the book and rating the book from one to five stars, with an explanation of the rating.  Additionally, students are to create a sixteen-box comic strip that will outline the sequence of events occurring in the mystery, from beginning to end, without giving away the ending of the mystery.  Students should be taking notes as they read so that they have good ideas of plot-moving events to include in the comic strip.  Paper for this project is available in class, but students may also provide their own materials.  This book project is due Wednesday, March 11th.

Below are some reminders about upcoming events:

Monday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss Day, also called Read Across America.  On this day, students will spend the morning reading and learning more about Dr. Seuss.  Students may wear their pajamas to school and bring in their favorite Dr. Seuss books.

Conference week is the week of March 9th.  On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, students will be dismissed at 1:25.  On Wednesday, students will be dismissed at their regular 1:50 dismissal time.  Not every student will have a conference this week, and conferences will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.  If a conference is scheduled, students should attend the conference with their parents. Students with IEPs or 504 plans will not conference now; each of those students has a meeting scheduled at Kenilworth on March 19th or 20th.  The report card will be sent home with on Monday, March 9th.

Wednesday, March 11th, the students and six adult chaperones will be traveling by bus to the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.  There we will see a matinee performance of the musical, “Newsies.” We will leave school at 11:45 a.m., in order to ensure arrival for our 2:00 p.m. performance time. Children will be eating their lunches at school before we leave for the theater. After the show, we will be departing from San Francisco at approximately 4:15 p.m., and we anticipate an arrival at Old Adobe by about 5:45 p.m. Parents will need to make arrangements to have their child picked up at school promptly by 5:45 p.m.

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A gigantic thank you goes out to all of the parents who drove and chaperoned on our Thursday field trip to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. It was an amazing trip, and we could not have done it without you. One of the interesting stories from the museum is about how the curators acquired the mummy in Usermontu’s coffin. Usermontu’s coffin was auctioned off by Nieman Marcus, a fancy department store, and the Rosicrucian Museum was the winning bidder. When the coffin was being packed for shipment, someone noticed that something was rattling around inside, opened the coffin, and discovered the mummy. Nieman Marcus was simply going to dispose of the mummy, but the Rosicrucian Museum purchasers asked that it be sent with the coffin. Research has now shown that the mummy is not Usermontu (the name written in hieroglyphics on the coffin in which the mummy was discovered) because the mummification technique dates to a different period in Egypt’s history than does Usermontu. One other interesting thing about the mummy is that one of his legs has a pin in it. At first, scholars thought this was proof that he once had a broken leg repaired. Current thought is that his leg fell off during mummification and was reattached so that he could use it in the afterlife. I am sure that your child has many other amazing things to share with you from our time at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.  Some students had some interesting questions for our Rosicrucian docent, and she provided this resource, The Theban Mapping Project, which has some great information.

Next Thursday, February 26th, we have another field trip.  The students will travel by bus to the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, where they will see a spoken word performance by The Mayhem Poets.  After the performance, a few students from each class will perform original slam poetry.  Leading up to this performance, students have been writing poetry in class, and they have had three slam poetry performance coaching from slam poet, Christina Perez.  Students have learned that slam poetry comes in four different forms:  group poems performed by multiple poets, rant poems that passionately speak for or against something, persona poems where the poet takes on the role of someone or something other than himself/herself, and anthem poems that are autobiographical and personal in nature.

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Students had last Monday off in honor of Lincoln’s birthday, and students have another three-day weekend in honor of President’s Day/Washington’s birthday, so this coming Monday is a holiday from school.  Enjoy the extended weekend, and Happy Valentine’s Day!  To learn more about the history of Valentine’s Day, where it is celebrated, and the origins of its celebration in our country, click here. You can learn more about Lincoln or Washington and how they received special holidays by visiting the calendar on this site.

This is a reminder from our student council reps that movie night is tonight in the multi-use room, starting at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m.  The movie being screened is Rio. Students, you must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost is $3.00/person.  The student council will also be selling snacks, so bring some extra money if you’d like to enjoy a treat with the movie.  Please do not bring blankets or stuffed animals.

Students have been studying the history and art of ancient Egypt.  Students will further enhance their knowledge of ancient Egypt when they travel to San Jose to visit the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum on Thursday, February 19th.  The travel time is considerable, but the Rosicrucian houses a formidable collection of Egyptian artifacts, including several genuine mummies of humans and animals.  On the day of our visit to this museum, students should wear comfortable shoes and should bring a bag lunch and a small snack.  The morning of the trip, parent drivers should meet in Room 10 at 8:15 for an overview of the day.

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