Thursday, September 18, 2014

Visit our Far Away Lands and Cultures Wax Museum

Dear Parents,
Over the next few weeks, the upper elementary will be researching important
historical periods in time and will create a living wax museum on the Friday before 
Halloween (10-24-14).  Students will have time to work on this project in class, and 
we will research the time period, the lives of the people, and the historical 
significance of a civilization.  Students will need 3-5 scholarly resources, two of 
which must be books.  
We are planning to visit the library in small groups on Monday, 9-22, to 
gather our resources. Students must have a valid Mesa library card in their name 
or their parent’s name in order to participate. Students who do not attend the field 
trip will work with our Outdoor Environment teacher on their online resources and 
will be required to get a minimum of three books for homework.

How you can support your student during each step of this research project:

Return the permission slip for the library trip as soon as possible and 
make sure your child has a library card that is free from fines or holds 
(they need their pin too).
Have discussions with your child about possible research topics and 
guide them toward narrowing their choice.
Have ongoing discussions about your child’s research to help strengthen 
their understanding and help them begin using their own words for what 
they have learned.
Help provide support in finding scholarly resources on the internet. 
(They will have lessons and we will provide further guidance in this, but we 
don’t have as many computers as we would like, so it is helpful to give your 
child more time to hunt for appropriate resources at home).   The following 
link has a guide describing what is considered a scholarly source: http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~janzb/courses/scholarly1.htm
Help with putting together a costume that matches their historical person 
of interest (for example, they could be a farmer in the middle ages). This 
should be very simple—we do not expect expensive costumes (we will also 
provide some time for this in class).
Obtain a trifold project board or similar presentation material.
Attend our open house on October 24, from 10am-11:15!

It is imperative that each child do the majority of their work with as little outside
assistance as possible.  Students will be compiling their research in class and 
receiving as much guidance as necessary in order to become competent and 
independent researchers.  Thanks in advance for your support!

Important Dates:
09/22/14
Library trip to gather research materials.
09/26/14
10 Source cards and note cards due.
10/03/14
20 cards completed from a minimum of 3 sources.  
10/17/14
Written report completed with bibliography.
10/20/14
Bring presentation board to work on in class.
10/24/14
Wax museum. Join us from 10:00-11:15am.
Sincerely,

Ms. Liza and Mr. Joe

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Please Come to our First Annual Show Me Night

You are cordially invited
to our

Upper Elementary
“Show Me Night”

Tuesday, September 30th,
from 5-6:30pm
in rooms 101 &102

Please use the following schedule of attendance
in order to reduce parking challenges:

Last names:
A through L 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

M through Z 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Here your child will show off some of their favorite works
and give a brief demonstration of some of their learning.

Siblings in lower el and primary are also invited to attend.