Monday, April 13, 2015

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

Hard to believe isn’t it?  It doesn’t seem that long ago that the school year was just beginning and now…we’re three quarters through!  Thursday, April 9th, did indeed mark the end of the third quarter!  As I have written all year long, we have come a long way in the last seven months.  Each member of Team 20 has much of which to be proud! 

Outdoor science camp quickly approaches.  The kids sure are excited!  We will have a great time!  We will leave Lewis for OMSI’s Camp Namanu on the morning of Monday, April 20th, and return to Lewis on Wednesday, April 22nd, prior to the regular 3:00 p.m. dismissal.  A reminder on gear: The bulk of our days will be spent outdoors in the natural world engaging in hands-on activities and hikes.  Since so much of our time will be outdoors in whatever weather Mother Nature sends our way, everyone needs to pack clothing for a variety of conditions.  Raingear (raincoat and pants) that is waterproof (not just water-resistant) is a must.  A warm jacket, hat, gloves, pants, and a change of shoes (no sandals) will help you stay comfortable.  Essential sleeping gear, clothing, personal gear, and field equipment are noted in the equipment list (bit.ly/omsi-camp).  Please be sure to mark all items with your name.  Please no electronics. 

Over the past week, we ran several “Priority Workshops.”  Survey Projects are wrapping up.  Kids are editing together during peer conferences.  We are beginning a new math unit on fractions, decimals, and percents.  We met with our buddies in Mrs. Logue’s first grade for art activities.  Our “Creative Collaborative Creatures” (bit.ly/team20-ccc) are now on display in the dip.  We dissected frogs during our final Reed Science.  A big thank you to Barney, Jesse, and Emerson for teaching this year.  Thanks, also, to Kathleen for teaching this spring’s Outdoor Classroom in the Lewis garden.  We’ve been learning about gender roles, sexual exploitation, and puberty during F.L.A.S.H.  We even have some new d├ęcor on our windows…spring kites featuring drawings of kids’ favorite things about spring.  So, as you can see, we’ve been very busy and productive, as usual.

Mark

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