# Everyday Things

As I was brainstorming a newsletter introduction for this week, I felt a little stumped. At a quick glance, there is nothing super special about this week. However, during my reflection, I was flooded with many flickers of joy and hope and love happening all around us. Sometimes it looks like students helping one another, sometimes it looks like a meaningful conversation, and sometimes it looks like throwing heads back in laughter together. This week has been a happy week filled with everyday things.

“I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than this day. I choose to believe that there may be a thousand big moments embedded in this day, waiting to be discovered like tiny shards of gold. The big moments are the daily, tiny moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we grab on to and extend to one another. That’s the drama of life, swirling all around us, and generally I don’t even see it, because I’m too busy waiting to become whatever it is I think I am about to become. The big moments are in every hour, every conversation, every meal, every meeting.” – Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science:

Seventh Graders had two dreamy field trips this week! Our trip to Hampton Park was a success! We were able to find insects, pond water, lichen, fungi, and different soils for our freshwater ecosystem. Of course, there was some tree climbing and playing with geese! The trip to the salt marsh was also memorable and productive! One fiddler crab was found, as well as snails, spartina, pluff mud, and brackish water! We braved the chilly weather and enjoyed our beautiful hike together. It was wonderful to spend that time outside of school with your kids! Next week they will start observing and documenting what’s happening in their ecosystems.

What’s up in Math?

Mathematicians are solving fairly advanced equations. They are performing operations with integers while solving multi-step equations with variables on both sides. They are able to use hangar diagrams to reason for keeping an equation “balanced”. Next week, we will continue working with advanced equations. We are scheduled to test next Friday, that date is subject to change. I feel strongly that they should have a solid understanding of solving equations before moving on. I will ensure they are all on a great page before we test!

What’s happening in ELA:

Seventh Graders have completed their Ted Talk! They did a fantastic job and were very appreciative of Ms. Riley’s assistance in video recording. It was an enjoyable undertaking, observing them working on a topic they were passionate about. We have now moved on from nonfiction reading to “The Art of Argument: Research-Based Essays.”  Your students will learn how to: collect evidence to think through various sides of an argument; rehearse by explaining their position and listing their reasons point by point; plan their claim and reasons into boxes- and-bullets structure; use evidence to support their reasons; include a strong introduction and conclusion; anticipate a critic’s counterarguments; include evidence that will sway their audience. Seventh grade students are also continuing their work on grammar skills: nouns, articles, pronouns, action verbs, strong verbs, homophones, who-which clauses, quotations, ending punctuations, and capitalizations. Please review your child’s writings to see if they are applying the grammar skills they have been taught.

Important Dates:

January 28th- Artist of the Month Series for 1st & 7th Grade

February 1st- Middle School Information Session (6pm-7pm)

February 21-22- February Break