Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

Google brought Google Expeditions to Lewis on Friday. Google Expeditions is a virtual reality experience that provides students with an immersive experience on a wide variety of topics and places.  Team 20 took a virtual field trip to the largest living thing on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef.  Google Expeditions uses something called Google Cardboard, which is a virtual reality platform developed by Google that uses a folded cardboard attached to a smartphone.

Speaking of field trips, we have one planned for the morning of Wednesday, February 10th.  We will walk to Reed College to visit Cooley Gallery.  Reed’s Outreach Coordinator, Gregory MacNaughton, has invited us to attend Katsushige Nakahashi’s ZERO PROJECTFamily is welcome to join us for this walking field trip.  We will leave Lewis on February 10th at 9:00 and return around 11:30.  If you would like to join, please send me an email (mrichner@pps.net).  I need to give the office the names of all family by Wednesday, 2/3.

During this past week, kids shared winter vacation essays and began a pen pal letter in reply to our pen pals in Madison, Wisconsin.  They worked on scripts to their book trailers with Ms. Cyndi and researched native Oregon butterflies to begin rebuilding Lewis’s butterfly garden with Ms. Kathleen.  They continued learning about the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the larger story of what happened to those who are native to this land.  We also finished up watercolor name cards, which are on display in the hallway near our door.

Looking ahead…Report cards will be sent home this Friday next Wednesday, 2/3.  Please sign and return your kid’s report card envelope by the following Monday.  Also, a pink flyer about Valentine’s Day was sent home today.

Mark

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