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Monday, February 11, 2013

Lemons, Perspective and Math-February 12, 2013


Dear Sexton Mountain Families:

Last Friday I was outside of Mr. Pfaff’s classroom at dismissal time.  Several of his students exclaimed their delight in our One Book, One School selection.  They confessed to reading ahead because they just could not stop at one chapter.  I hope that your family is enjoying the book as much as the third graders I talked to.  I look forward to the upcoming weeks as kids talk more about the story. 

One of the things I appreciate about The Lemonade War is how the story is told from two different perspectives.  One of the things I often notice about the students I get to work with in the office for major problems is that they have seldom considered the perspectives of others.  I wonder how our world would be different if we could better understand the journey of others. 

Recently, we had some lunch guests join us from Canfield Place (the leisure care center on Hart and Murray).  Mrs. Olson’s and Mrs. Weigel’s classes got to enjoy conversation over lunch.  The two groups thoughtfully questioned one another.  Our kids were interesting sharers and interested listeners, so it was fun to watch the kids learn about different perspectives.

Great things are happening at Sexton Mountain School on a regular basis.  Thanks for sharing your children with us!

Take Care,

Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a. Mrs. C.-B.
Principal

Thank you!
§  Thanks to Robyn Fuenmayor for providing snacks for our last staff meeting.
§  Thanks to Holly Bishop for volunteering in the computer lab so that our fifth graders can have extra morning math practice.
§  Thanks to Kristin Hayes for cutting and counting 100’s day stickers for our students.
§  Thanks to Kate Kristiansen for donating 100’s day stickers for our students.
§  Thanks to our volunteers from Canfield Place Leisure Care Center for giving our kids extra math practice.
§  Thanks to Teresa Wymetalek for finding a guest speaker to share during Poison Prevention week.
§  Thanks to Rachael Cillo for helping to create classroom markers to make school assemblies a bit easier.
§  Thanks to Robyn Fuenmayor for picking up books from Powell’s for us.
§  Thanks to Tiffany Hellum for organizing the Eco Think Club and for recruiting PSU students to help teach our students about sustainability.
§  Thanks to Geri Ingalls for a donation of hand soap and an idea for stretching it further.

Lemonade Math
The characters in our book go through many cans of frozen lemonade.  Did you visit the frozen food section of the grocery store last week?  Did you compare lemonade prices?  A pitcher of lemonade made from a frozen mix costs about a dollar to make.  How much would it cost to make a pitcher of lemonade from scratch?

 According to the recipe below, 4-6 lemons have juice enough to fill one cup.  This week when you visit the grocery story, have your kids check out the produce section. 
§  How many types of lemons does the store carry? 
§  Compare sizes, shapes and prices. 
§  Have your child estimate the weight of a lemon then weigh it.  You might want to have them feel the weight of a one pound baby of baby carrots or a five pound bag of potatoes to given the a reference for different weights. 
§   Use the scale to see about how many lemons equal about a pound. 
§  Compare different types of lemons.  Are some heavier than others?  Why do you suppose this is? 
§  If it takes 4-6 lemons for the recipe below, how much would it cost for just the lemons for the recipe?
§  Would this lemonade cost more or less to make than the lemonade from a frozen can?
§  What are the benefits and costs of making lemonade from lemons compared to a frozen mix?



Last weekend when I visited New Seasons, I found two types of lemons.  According to the produce expert there, Meyer’s lemons are sweeter and juicier than the others.  She picks her lemons by finding the darker yellow colored lemons because they are the juiciest.  The organic lemons were $1.99 per pound.  One lemon was about a half pound.  The Meyer’s lemons were $2.99 a pound.

Remember that following a recipe provides authentic experiences for your child in reading and math.  A  recipe for lemonade is below just in case your family would like to make some lemonade.

INGREDIENTS
                  1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
                  1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
                  1 cup lemon juice
                  3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)
METHOD
§  Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.
§   While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.
§  Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.
§  Serve with ice, sliced lemons.


Lemonade War Service Project
Later in Lemonade War we’ll read about how two of the characters decide to make a donation to help an organization. We’ve entered THE GREAT LEMONADE WAR, a fundraising contest to help fight childhood cancer.  The winner of the war not only contributes to a good cause but also will be rewarded with a visit from Jacqueline Davies,  author of The Lemonade War.
You can make a contribution to the Sexton Mountain team by sending coins to the office or by visiting:

Upcoming Events
February 12-Science Assembly at 8:25am for 4th and 5th grade only (Energy to Share)
February 8-PTC Meeting at 9:00am
February 14-Dress Your Best Day
February 15-Will Hornyak-Storyteller Assemblies (Living Streams)
February 15-Hundredth Day of School Dance, 6:30-8:30pm
February 18- Presidents’ Day-No School
February 20 Passport Club Check Day (Grades 3,4,5)-Email Heidi at glacierlodge@comcast.net to volunteer.
February 22 5th Grade Biz Town Field Trip
February 22-Art Fair 6:30-8:30pm

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