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Experiential Learning Trip to Family Harvest Farm is this Friday, December 10th from 9~12:45.  If the weather is good, we will plan on eating lunch at the farm, if not we will eat at school.  Students need to dress in clothing they can get dirty in, and may even want to bring a change of clothes in case they get real dirty. New…If your student needs a sack lunch from the school, you need to let us know by today so we can order it.

Victorian Day on Tuesday, December 21 from 8-12pm.  All participants are expected to come in some type of Victorian era clothing (see attached pictures and article below. Thank you for filling up all the slots for the Banquet – you guys rock!!!  We could still use a couple more hands for the event.  If you can help, we would appreciate it – just let us know!  NEW…students have requested a gift exchange as part of the celebration.  This is optional, but if your student draws a name, then they must bring a gift.  The gift range amount is $10-25.  If you do not want your student to participate in the exchange, let us know by December 8th – we will draw names on December 9th.
The Family Network is hosting a Flurry of Family Fun Night for ACA Families including alumni here on campus December 16th from 6-7:30 and we need your help in making it more memorable. They have decided to have a raffle with baskets to win from each level. Middle School has chosen Gardening as our theme and we would appreciate your donations to make our basket full and exciting to win! No donation is too small. We also accept monetary donations which can be used to buy a bigger item that fits in the theme. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event and the money raised by raffle ticket sales goes directly back to our school. New…The students brainstormed a list of items for the basket, so we will be sending home a SignUp Genius with the list. 

Weekly Work (additional assignments may be added by teachers)
Vocabulary #2: due Wednesday, quiz on Thursday
Current Events #2:With your teacher and group pick one Entrepreneur/Inventor.  Create a collage of mixed media (articles, colored markers, pictures, chalk, paint, etc.) about the Entrepreneur/Inventor you are assigned.  Due December 9

Be prepared to share your collage in class.

Writing #2: Part 1: Due on Friday.  Fill out the Party Planning sheet you got in class. You can find a link to this on the A Victorian Celebration background page. 

Part 2: Write your character sketch for our party. Follow all of the instructions on the following web site. Due on Friday-December 17th.  Use the rubric on the website to guide you. 

RJW #2:  due Friday
Math:  Daily assignments, including classwork & homework.  Assorted due dates, & assessments are usually on Fridays.
Science (Family Life): Parent Homework due next week
Writer’s Workshop:  Portfolio of writing assignments Due in April
Passion Project:  yearlong project with assorted benchmarks/due dates.  Students are given an hour a week in class to work on this project.  Ask what their focus is on. Ask your student how they are doing on the project!

Following are some descriptions of clothing from the Victorian era to help you in creating your costumes…

For Women:
• Skirts and dresses were long and full skirted. Petticoats with a ruffled hem or a hoop skirt can add fullness. White long sleeved blouses with high collars that button in the front or back. Lace or embroidered blouses are wonderful. Wide belts (2”) were usually worn with blouses and skirts. Ball gowns were low cut to reveal shoulders and often laced tightly in the back with short or three-quarter length sleeves.
• Outerwear included capes, cloaks, and knitted or crocheted shawls. Jackets had pagoda or bell-shaped sleeves. Bonnets that tied under the chin were very fashionable. Lace doilies can also be adapted into a hat by merely adding silk flowers or ribbons.
• Accessories included gloves, muffs, fans, parasols, aprons, brooches, small earrings and pins. Cameos and pearls were also popular. Shoes were either low heeled slippers or laced up boots.
• Fabrics were taffeta, wool, twill, velvet, cotton, and linen.
• Colors were rich – garnet, plum, golds, greens, blues, as well as black, gray, beige, and brown. Patterns included plaids, stripes, paisleys, tweeds and herringbone. Trims, lace, and ribbons were also used as accents.
• Hair was worn tucked underneath the hat or tied back. Mob caps were typically worn by servants or lower class

For Men:
• Shirts – A tuxedo, plain white, or striped shirt can be made period by turning up the collar (often with the tips down) and adding a scarf or fancy cravat knotted in the front. Working men wore collarless shirts or smocks with sleeves rolled up. Vests or waistcoats were colorful and made of satin, brocade, velvet, or wool (usually tweed or plaid). To make modern vests Victorian era, merely fold front points under to make the bottom hem square.
• Pants for gentlemen were black for formal evening wear, with gray, buff or white for day wear. Trouser styles varied from tapered to looser at the thigh, then tapered more through the calf. A working man would wear a baggy pair of pants or knickers in wool or corduroy. Frock coats, day coats, or tail coats can be made from a dark overcoat or raincoat. Trim the collar with brocade, velvet, or silk and remove the top few buttons so that the coat will fall open in a cutaway style. The common man would wear a wool coat with a scarf or muffler tied around the neck.
• Hats were a must! Top hats for gentlemen, tweed caps or derby hats for others.
• Accessories included walking canes, pocket watches with chains, mufflers, gloves, handkerchiefs and umbrellas.

For Children:
• Boys wore knickers, trousers, and shirts under coats or vests with a cap like the men.
• Girls wore frocks fastened behind with cloaks or shawls and bonnets for outside.