Berndt Savig, a professor of visual arts at Red Rocks Community College and local painter and sculptor, spent the morning demonstrating how to work with clay and techniques for creating small clay pots. Last year, he assisted students in creating life-sized busts of individuals who made a difference in world history. The students appreciated his skill, creativity, humor, and gentle manner.
Sarah Wagner, a PhD. candidate at the University of Colorado, visited our classroom and talked about her interest in foraging behavior of Australian birds to determine their flexibility in responding to different land use regimes and the relationship between foraging niche and range size. She introduced the concepts of natural selection and adaptation in a hands-on activity related to Darwin's study of finches in the Galapagos. Students used a variety of paper clip sizes as beaks and attempted to pick up different size seeds. The number you could pick up on your given island determined whether you were able to live and/or reproduce. At times it was frantic...just like in real life when there there is not enough of a resources.
As a class, we have decided to help support the Thanksgiving Project.
Cheri Felix, Madison’s mom, started the Thanksgiving Project in 2003. The Thanksgiving Project is an organization where families buy food for less fortunate families (usually single moms). The family that we will be sponsoring is a single mom with and 10 year old boy and a 12 year old girl.
If you’re a family who wants to donate, your child will be assigned to bring non-perishable foods. You can also bring a gift card to Target, King Soopers, Whole Foods etc. Your child may be chosen to bring certain foods including, canned vegetables, non perishable stuffing, pumpkin pie mix, (if you want to get a turkey, then buy a giftcard), rice etc. Many people enjoy peanut butter and jelly, tuna, pudding ( no particular kind), and mac and cheese. Please remember everthing has to be non perishable. There is no obligation to donate.
The drop off date is from now until Wednesday the 13th. Please bring all donations to Peter’s room. If you have any questions, contact Peter.
From today's planning meeting lead by Walton and Nate, the following students said that they could donate the following items:
Madison-Mac n Cheese, Gift card
Georgia N-Popcorn, crackers
Peter-Pasta sauce, Gift card
Students not listed will discuss the project with their parents and decide if they want to participate and if so, what they will donate.
Carson, Madison, and Ella on behalf of the class
I have enjoyed the time we have spent together during this week's student-led conferences. During some of the conferences, I mentioned the "Nine Year Old Change" that many of your children may be going through. I find the Waldorf explanation of this stage and behaviors quite fascinating and thought-provoking"