December 11, 2017

Fun in the Trillium Room

Dear families,                                                                                                Oct. 6, 2011

Chinook culture is thriving in our classroom.  We have gotten into “family” groups and have built our homes.  The bark, wood, sticks, etc. that you sent us is now in the form of 13 sturdy, cozy longhouses.  Next week, we’ll add furnishings and the week after that we’ll add people.  Next week is also the week we’ll focus on legends.  We’ll sit around the campfire and hear tales of Coyote and his friends.  Hopefully you saw an email asking for small boxes.  Each child will need a small box Monday to make a prop for retelling a legend.  Please send a small tissue box, zip-lock baggie box or something similar.  If you have an extra, we’ll take it!

The change in season is exciting for the teachers of the Trillium Room.  We love fall, especially October.  One of our new poems is printed below.  We would like to have some interesting gourds/squash around for the kids to sketch or paint.  There’s no time-line for this, it’s just an option for “Explore Time.”  If you can, just send a gourd or squash with your child sometime this month.

If your child has mentioned working with a male teacher in our class, here’s the scoop: Chad Clark is a student at Concordia College who will be working with us throughout the year, generally for one day a week.  He has been working with individuals on reading and small groups on things like letter formation.  He even took home a truck-load of tree bark and cut it into smaller chunks for us over the weekend.  Next week, he’ll try a little large-group instruction.  If you drop off your child on Wednesdays, please stop in to say “hi” to him.

Picture day is Tuesday.  If you want to order pictures, the money and order form must be turned in by Tuesday.  If you’ve lost your order form, please get one from the office or email us for a new one.

Field trip day is Thursday.  Children must wear clothes appropriate for time outside.  Please remember that the $3.00 fee is simply a contribution and no one will be excluded for non-payment.  However, chaperones must pay the $3.00 fee.

An Autumn Day
Pumpkins in the cornfield,
Gold among the brown,
Leaves of rust and scarlet
Trembling slowly down;
Birds that travel southward,
Lovely time to play;
Nothing is as pleasant
As an autumn day!
-Carmen Lagos Signes

Kristin Wold About Kristin Wold

This is my 28th year teaching in Corbett. I am incredibly fortunate to have brilliant, energetic colleagues; creative, supportive administrators; and parents who over-whelmingly love partnering with the school to make the best possible opportunities for their kids. I have a great job.
Professionally, my passion is working with emergent readers. I strongly believe that our first priority in teaching reading is to get kids to love books. We need to introduce them to authors and topics they’ll love so they’ll seek out reading for pleasure.
Personally, I have been married for 30 years and have a 16-year-old daughter who attends Corbett. I enjoy traveling, hiking in the gorge, and studying Japanese.