Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Classroom Notes

Greetings,

We have had another busy week in room 20. Kids are continuing to share their survey project findings by writing an article, writing letters as part of the #Write_On Challenge, learning about the Oregon Trail, gardening with Ms. Kathleen, exploring littleBits during media with Ms. Cyndi, playing mini golf during PE with Ms. Layman, dancing and playing xylophones during music with Mr. Jamesbarry, and celebrating Beverly Cleary during library with Ms. Tori. Kids built Rube Goldberg machines during our last Reed Science. A big thank you to Alex, Eric, and Hans for teaching this semester! We even have some new d├ęcor on our windows…spring kites featuring drawings of kids’ favorite things about spring.

State testing is moving along. We are now into the second of the four tests. This test has kids reading some passages and then writing an essay over the course of several days. I have been working to keep most of our usual routines in motion; however, our days are more fragmented as testing and testing direction time gets inserted into the mix. Kids who have opted out are continuing to work on some independent activities during our testing time.

Last, but not least, field trip forms for our visit to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to learn more about Oregon history related to the story of people of Japanese descent before, during, and after World War II were due today. Thank you for turning them in on time. It really helps me out. If your kid has not yet returned theirs, please do so. Also, if your kid has not yet returned their signed report card envelope, please do that, too.

Mark

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