ECFE Shaving Cream Skating Fun!

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We do this every year in ECFE! It’s tons of fun:). Shaving cream skating party! I always say “anything can happen in an early childhood classroom” and it does!!
ECFE is a program available for all South Ridge families with children between the ages of birth to kindergarten entrance. This parent/child attended class meets once per week for two hours. Licensed Early Childhood Educators provide developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for children and parents to explore together during half of the class. A licensed Parent Educator provides parenting time during the second half of class facilitating discussions promoting parenting topics. Please contact Edwyna Scouton or Meghan Caine for more information.

Lettin’ Off STEAM with Frank Theatre Perfomance

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The third and culminating performance with Frank Theatre teaching artists Wendy Knox and Emily Zimmer was February 26th in the South Ridge School forum. Students had been working for six weeks on storytelling activities, theatre games, building on writing skills and dissecting a story to find meaning – all of which aided them in the re-telling of The Pied Piper retold by the 3rd-4th grades, Three Strong Women retold by the afterschoolSTEAM students, 3rd-4th Grades,  Anansi Searches for a Fool, Grade 7 Design and Anansi Plays Dead Grade 7 Design students.

Original music was performed by students as well which was composed by Twin Cities musician and educator Marya Hart. Lyrics were written by the students during a writing activity.

In the story of “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” The town of Hamelin was full of rats and were unable to do anything. Even the cats were not able to kill the rats. One day, a fellow  came to town called the Pied Piper. He went to the Mayor and asked him, “What will you pay me if I free your town of every single rat?” The mayor offered 10,000 coins. Happy with the offer, the Pied Piper started playing his pipe. Hearing the shrill, keen note, every rat came out from its hole and started following him into the water and waited till every rat had drowned.

Now the town was free. After all the rats were dead, the Pied Piper returned and asked the Mayor for his money. The Mayor said that he could only give him twenty pounds for such an easy job. Pied Piper wanted to teach him a lesson. This time he played a different tune. Hearing his music, the children came out of their houses as the Pied Piper led the children far, far away. The Mayor sent his men to look for the piper and bring the children back but none could find the lost children.

In the story of the “Three Strong Women” tells of Forever-Mountain is a famous wrestler, smug and rather conceited–until he meets Maru-me. Along with her mother and grandmother, she shows him what real strength is. Under their tutelage, he gains not only physical prowess, but the humility of the truly strong. This version of the Japanese tall tale is filled with sly humor and witty exaggeration. The lesson of kindness being stronger than hate.

In the story “Anansi Searches for a Fool” the lazy Anansi, the famed West African trickster figure, decides to go fishing, he looks around for a fool he can convince to do all the work. Imagine his surprise when hawk, also known for his cleverness, offers to accompany him. Anansi continues to trick his other friends and family until they have had enough and run him out of town. This Ashanti folktale, which illustrates the point that “When you dig a hole for someone else, you will fall into it yourself,” is a humorous story of a trickster being caught in his own trap.

In the story, “Anansi Plays Dead”, There was a famine in the land and Anansi thinks about only himself. He began to plot out how he could have the best crops for himself. Usually West Africans always give the richest part of the animal to the “leader” or father of the house. Its kinda like the social class but modified/conformed to family ranked. So he tricks his family into thinking he is dead and they bury him in the richest part of the garde. Every night he sneaks out and eats until full. Eventually he is found out by his family and he feels so embarrassed. “From that day until now, Anansi has not wanted to face people because of their scoffing, jeering, and that is why he is often found hiding in dark corners.” When you have commited a crime in the town you are held to be very shameful. West African usually disowns people that they put to shame.

Considerable effort was made by South Ridge teachers, district office administration and Frank Theatre teaching artists to provide this opportunity. By the Minnesota State Arts Board approving this Art’s Learning grant South Ridge was provided the opportunity.

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency that stimulates and encourages the creation, performance, and appreciation of the arts in the state. The Arts Learning grant program offers funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage learners with skilled teaching artists and high quality artistic experiences. Arts and culture are central to Minnesota’s educational system and lifelong learning opportunities. The arts develop creative minds that maximize new opportunities and find solutions to life’s challenges. In Minnesota, the arts industry is an integral part of the economy. Because of the arts, Minnesota communities are successful, dynamic, attractive places to live and work.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Read Across America – March 11th


“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”

What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday than reading to a child? On March 11th South Ridge kindergarten, first and second graders will celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America. Thank you to all our volunteer readers!

Why celebrate Dr. Seuss? Dr. Seuss epitomizes a love a children and learning. Also, his use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need to be successful readers. When we celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading we send a clear message to America’s children that reading is important.


Pennies for Patients fundraiser

pennies_for_patients Pennies for Patients was a success! The students at SR raised $1,200 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to fund Cancer research. First place is Mr.Kemp’s class which raised $294.00. In second, is Mrs. Hennessey’s class which raised $205.75, Mrs. Deters’ class in third place with $78.18, and Mrs. Wood’s class a close fourth with $75.87. All four groups will receive a treat next week! Mr. Kemp’s class will receive a pizza party from the LLS. A Big Thanks to All Who Participated! Our school rocks!!

Mr. Ray was the winner of the “How High For Who” competition. He will be dying his beard in the near future. Keep your eye out for that piece of art work in action!!!

Sponsored by FOR club (Rachel’s Challenge)  About Pennies for Patients/Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Since 1994, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students throughout the country. The funds, collected during a three-week period, benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Everyone who participates is a winner!


Jeans for Teens

t4j-logo-transparent-enDuring the last six years Aeropostale has collected over 6.5 millions of jeans for homeless teens. This year South Ridge added their contribution to making life just a little bit better for another kid. Thank you to all that donated jeans for our drive! We collecting 72 pairs of jeans this year! Keep doing good things!!

Outdoor Environmental Science

What do we know best about living and learning in northern Minnesota? We know how to have fun in the snow! With record snowfall and dipping temperatures it’s been a challenging year. Environmental Science students took advantage of the season and went sliding. Some will remember this day longer than others due to new bumps and bruises while everyone will remember the time with friends in the northern Minnesota winter of 2014.

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Lettin’ Off STEAM with Frank Theatre

frank perfomance2 068IMG_0896frank performance 015The final performance of “Lettin’ Off STEAM with Frank”  will be February 26th at 4:30 PM in the South Ridge Forum. 3rd, 4th and 7th grade students who have worked with teaching artists Wendy Knox and Emily Zimmer will perform their interpretations of Anansi tales (7th Grades), Three Stong Women (afterschoolSTEAM) and the Pied Piper (3rd-4th Grades).

Over the last six weeks students have developed their story telling skills as well as  public presentation skills in using their voice and body. Theatre skills are life long tools. Getting over “stage fright” while young prepares students for opportunities to present themselves best in the future whether at home or work. Whether in personal or professional life we all need better “tools” to share what we know, demonstrate what we are thinking, and create trust between partners. Theatre builds communication skills needed in life. The arts make life more interesting to live! We have enjoyed the opportunity to work with Frank Theatre! Come out and see what our students have learned!

This program was richly funded through the Minnesota State Arts Board Art’s Learning grant.

Sled Dog Visit South Ridge 2nd Grade

On Wednesday South Ridge elementary students were visited by Billie Diver and Dewey Dupuis. They brought their team of their dogsleds out to the school.  As part of Culture-based Arts Integration (CBAI) grant we had been researching (1st grade) the history and cultural ties of Dog sledding and the Beargrease dog sled race.
We followed the Beargrease this year as a class.  Diver came in 10th in the half marathon, 150 miles.  She was excited to come out to the school to present to 1st graders as she was a 1st grader when she first began racing.  This awesome connection along with all of our answered questions definitely inspired our youth to try new things, follow their heart, and reach for their dreams.


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If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…

Before there was an airplane, there were doodles of cool flying machines. And before there was a submarine, there were doodles of magical underwater sea explorers. Since the beginning of time, ideas big and small, practical and playful, have started out as doodles. And we’re ready for more. One talented young artist will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school.

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