Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Classroom Notes


We had another busy and productive week. We visited the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to learn more about Japanese American history. Gregory MacNaughton stopped by to frontload this morning’s visit to Cooley Gallery. He asked us questions like, “Are human beings a part of nature or separate from nature?” Third and fourth grades heard from Thomas Doty, a Chinook storyteller, and the whole school heard a high school band that was on tour from British Columbia. Kids worked with Makey Makey to turn everyday objects like Play-Doh, bananas, and oranges into touchpads during technology with Mr. Jamesbarry. And, I am very pleased to report, state testing is finally done. I am amazed by how much time testing consumed. It is nice to be back into the swing of regular workshops.

Art Night Approaches – by Eleanor – Art night is Thursday, May 12, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and all of Team 20 is very excited! So far Team 20 has made thaumatropes, zoetropes, and praxinoscopes, three early forms of animation. Also being displayed is a printmaking project created with artist-in-residence, Ms. Gina, and hallway name cards. Docents will be on hand to guide you through different art pieces. Music groups will be performing, including fourth grade violin and Boomin’ Beats, while others gorge themselves on sweets in the Paintbrush Cafe. It’s a night you won’t want to miss!
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center Field Trip – by Eleanor – Last Wednesday, Team 20 went to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center as part of our unit on Japanese American history, which focused on Japanese incarceration during World War II. There we met our tour guides, Cynthia and Lynn. Lynn led one group to the waterfront to look at sculptures and statues while Cynthia took the other group inside the museum. In the museum, we chose an artifact and wrote why we chose it and what story we thought the artifact told about the Japanese American experience. We then shared our findings and the groups traded out, Cynthia taking her group to the waterfront and Lynn taking hers to the museum. At the waterfront, we walked along a pathway and read haikus carved into large rocks. We also looked at two sculptures to see which one was “experience” and which one was “innocence.” Lastly, all groups meet for some lunch by a beautiful fountain and headed back to school. A special thank you to all the wonderful chaperones!

Last, but not least, a big thank you to the Lewis PTA for the many teacher appreciation week treats and the scrumptious luncheon. Here is a link to sign up for Remind, which is a communication platform for their classrooms. Remind allows me to share messages with families. You can choose to receive messages by text or email.

Mark and Eleanor

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