Monday, May 16, 2016

Smile, breathe, and go slowly.

What do you see?  A dandelion?  What I see is a sign.  The weather is warming up and the school year is winding down. The sound of lawnmowers have long replaced the sound of snowblowers, and meadows are resplendent with these gloriously abundant yellow flowers. 

OK, so they make you sneeze, but you can take that as a sign, too. The smell of fresh-cut grass & little pollen thingies floating in the air remind you it's time to do a bit of refocusing.  


After months of enduring a litany of educational experiences (a.k.a. learning), you're simply eager for summer to begin.   You're physically and mentally in need of a reboot!

Let's see. . .
You're probably dragging, aren't you?  Moving kind of slow?  Uh-huh.  I hear you.

Want to know how to fix it? One word: Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.      ~NOW~

Instead of thinking about what happened to you yesterday, or worrying about what's going to happen to you tomorrow. . .  

Don't overthink that stuff; focus on what's happening in the present BE HERE.  

That's when you can refocus, enjoy what's going on, and celebrate our last days and (very few) weeks together.

1st Roman:  What time is it?  
2nd Roman: XX past VII.


MAY 16th -- 7th Grade Visit -- 1:00 -->  PM
MAY 17th -- "Heart & Soul" -- 10:30-11:15 AM
MAY 18th -- 6th Grade to VUMS -- 8:00 to 12:00 AM
MAY 18th -- Middle School Parent Transition Night -- 6:00-7:00PM
MAY 20th -- Middle School Band Concert -- 1:15-1:45 PM
MAY 23rd -- Willow -- 9:30-10:30 AM
MAY 23rd -- 5/6 Student Council to Basin Harbor Club -- 10:15-1:45
MAY 25th -- Memorial Day Assembly -- 8:15-8:45 AM
MAY 30th -- No School
MAY 31st -- All-School practice for concert
JUNE 4th -- ACS Spring Concert -- 6:00 -- 6:30 PM
JUNE 6th -- Grade 6 Step-Up Celebration -- 6:00 PM
JUNE 7th -- All-School trip to Branbury Beach 
JUNE 9th -- School Picnic
JUNE 10th -- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (1/2 day)

MAY 16 - 20


Interested in Wars or Military?

Roman Warfare
BBC - The Roman Army
The Roman Army -- read online & answer questions
Roman Military
Investigate a Roman Soldier
Roman Centurion Interactive
The Roman Legion

What the Ancients Knew: Advanced Roman Weaponry video
Roman Weaponry video 

FYI:  I'm kind of thinking this is a Spartan soldier, actually. . .

See the difference?


Learn a little more about the Spartans HERE.  

Look HERE for a History Channel video about Spartans--good information!

Monday - Wednesday: Compare Greek and Roman Military

Roman Soldier
Greek Soldier

Draw, color, & label a picture of a Greek and Roman soldier. (See above. Simpler drawings can be found at the sites listed here-- along with lots of other cool information.) Describe each.


The Legend of the Trojan Horse    


Truth of Troy: Trojan War Story
1250 BCE

1. The Battle of Marathon 490 BCE


2. The Battle of Thermopylae (Parts 1, 2, &3) 

480 BCE

3. The Battle of Salamis 480 BCE

Then there was the Peloponnesian War 441-404 BCE
This was a war between Athens and Sparta that lasted 25 years! Holey Moley: Find out what all the fuss was about.

The Peloponnesian War

Thursday & Friday -- Some of the most important battles of Ancient Greece are described above. Choose 3 to write a brief summary about. Look HERE for more information if you need it to write your paragraph. Cut and paste a picture of each battle from the internet and place the descriptive paragraph beneath it. Don't forget to add a title for each battle.


           Language Arts

Little bits of me that escape to the page. . .

We're nearing the end of our poetry unit.  All poems and illustrations should be completed by this Friday, May 20th.  On Monday, we'll organize them and write our Table of Contents, and on Tuesday, we'll put our books together.  Fini. El fin. das Ende. 
Be looking for some published works here in the next couple of weeks!



This will be the week.
You're Welcome!

dandelion  sneezing face Beaker freaking out   here, us, now   boy with question mark
Roman chariot  Roman soldier   Greek Hoplite    dancing penguin    poetry divider     ta, da duck
  Roman legion    Greek Phalanx
Dowling, Mike. "The Peloponnesian War." Updated May 1, 2016. Web. Date of Access.