Sunday, December 6, 2015

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

Our final day together in December begins with the 4th Grade Family Breakfast and Sing-Along.  This event will take place on Friday, December 18th, beginning with an 8:15-9:00 breakfast in room 22 and followed with a 9:00-9:30 sing-along in room 24.  For the buffet style breakfast, please bring a serving size of a store bought healthy breakfast item to share, such as pre-bought fruit salad or pre-washed small fruit, bagels and cream cheese, muffins, or granola bars.  Please do not bring sweets, such as donuts.  Teachers will provide drinks, dishes, and cutlery.  Please come by when you can and stay for the whole event or part.  The flyer that is included with today’s Classroom Notes has more information.

In writing, we are continuing our actors and authors study.  Kids will be working with an actor named Anne Rutherford who comes to our classroom for the next five days to help kids share their work through a performance.  On her fifth day, kids will perform by reading a “zoom-in moment” from their writing while three teammates act out that part of the scene.  You are welcome to attend this short classroom performance on Thursday, December 17th, from 10:30 to 11:30.

Kids have begun researching a region of the state for our Oregon geography study.  They are making a travel brochure to advertise their region.  This week, kids are taking their research notes and drafting paragraphs.  We have also been looking at travel brochures and thinking about layout and design strategies.  Rough drafts are due on Friday the 11th and final copies will be shared through presentations on Thursday, December 17th.  More details about our Oregon geography project can be found on our blog.

Last, but not least, our salmon release field trip is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, December 11th.  We will travel via TriMet to Milwaukie’s Riverfront Park where we will meet up with our Reed Science teachers.  In addition to Team 20 t-shirts, please help your kid remember to be prepared for whatever out-of-door elements come our way with warm clothing, a raincoat, and walking shoes.

Mark

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