January 21, 2018

October 31 – November 3

Welcome November!

Math:  In addition to working on our Saxon math lessons and assessments this week, students have been learning and reviewing geometric shapes.  Mr. Clark made some impressive triangles to help us with angles and triangles.  We reviewed the types of angles:  an acute, an obtuse, and a right angle.  We used our knowledge of angles to help understand the differences between isoceles triangle (2 sides equal), an equilateral triangle (all sides equal) and a right angled triangle (90degree angle between 2 sides).  We also played a game called All About Shapes to help us look closely at squares, rectangles, parallelograms, trapezoids, and more!

Science:  Ask your child if they saw what happens when you combine the colors orange, yellow, red, blue, violet, green, and indigo!   If they did…ask them how they did it!

Writing:  This is the final week for students to complete their Chinook books and their paper on the Condit Dam. Any incomplete work will need to be done outside of the classroom time (home or last recess).

Social Studies: Next week we begin to learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Our class will explore why the journey was begun, who were the leaders of the expedition, and why they were chosen.  We will look at the route that the Corps of Discovery took, the preparation that was needed, and things that happened along the way.  Students will make a few of their own discoveries on how this country was changed due to the expedition. Let the journey begin!

Gorge Studies:  For the next few weeks we will be working on a few art projects that are tied with our exploration of the Columbia River Gorge.  We will be weaving some baskets and making a few beads to trade with our buddy class.  We will also be creating a “Stick Indian” mask out of clay.  Our school has a kiln that I have been trying to repair and prepare for a lot of mask baking.  All of the  K-5 students will be making these masks (about 290 of us) which is a lot to ask of one kiln.  If you or someone you know has access to a kiln and could help with firing our masks, please contact me.

On Wednesday, November 23 our students will have the honor of having the Canoe Family Dancers perform for our school.  These dancers are Warm Springs Tribe members.  Their performance consists of song and dance and they will tell the significances of their dances and the legends behind them. They will also speak on spirituality and traditions as well.   Their performance and travel fees are being paid from our Confluence Project – Celilo Falls grant!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION regarding a change in pick-up instructions for the end of the school day: Beginning Monday, November 7th, please meet your child at the outside door of our classroom if you are picking him/her up at 3:35 p.m.  If you are not there, students will head to the front hall outside the office. Early pickups at 3:05 will continue to be in the front hall outside the office. Thanks for your patience and flexibility while we adjust our routines.

Dates to Remember

  • Sunday, November 6th Salmon Festival at Multnomah Falls 10 am-4pm
  • Thursday, November 10th PTA Meeting 4 p.m. Grade School East Commons
  • Wednesday, November 16th Picture Retakes
  • Thursday, November 24th Thanksgiving Holiday (No school Thursday or Friday)
Michelle Dawkins About Michelle Dawkins

My husband and I have lived in Corbett since 1983 and I have taught at Corbett Grade School since 1994. Chris and I loved having our children grow up in the community of Corbett. They both received a great education and made many life long friends while attending school here. Both Steph and Joe graduated from Corbett. Joe is a graduate of Oregon State University and Steph has graduated from Linfield College and completed her MBA at University of Tennessee. Chris and I are extremely proud of our children! Both are enjoying life and share our love of nature.

"If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." ~Rachel Carson