January 17, 2018

The Week Behind Us and Looking Forward to the Week Ahead

Last week was SO busy.  Our Funky Monkeys were practicing each day to prepare for their performance last Wednesday.  The story of Eagle was wonderful to watch.  The rest of us were busy weaving baskets and painting our back drop for our Reader’s Theater presentations. On Thursday we all joined in to make our “Stick Indian” clay masks.  Many thanks to Mrs. Heuker, Mrs. Logan-Perry, and Mrs. Regalado for volunteering to help.  The masks are AMAZING!   Our routine was a bit disrupted last week, but most of us managed make it through!  We ended our week with a wonderful storyteller from Multnomah County Library. Listening to her tell her story about the memory of flying on a special sled during her childhood was so much fun!  I loved when some of the kids asked if it was a TRUE story.  Her reply was always, “It was TRULY a story!”  Thanks for Mrs. Wold for writing to Multnomah County Library and being selected to for this FREE presentation for our school.

Next week we will finish up the baskets that we have been weaving and complete our essays on “Things we are Thankful For.”  We will also be presenting our Reader’s Theater stores about legends of the Gorge to our buddy classes and we will be participating in a school-wide village celebration will take place on Wednesday 11/23. The N’chi Wanapum cultural dancers from Warm Springs will give a performance at 1:30 pm until 2:30 pm.  We will also be gathering with our buddy class to feast and trade of our beads following the performance.  Parents are welcome to attend (of course, we might put you to work).

If you are able to donate, the following items are needed:  dried berries, such as blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cherries, and raspberries

Also:  dixie cups and napkins

Please send these items by Tuesday 11/22. We could also use help on the day of the celebration so if you are available from 12:30 to the end of the day let me know.

Our thanks to the Heuker family for obtaining 40 lbs of salmon for the kids to sample!  A Chinook feast wouldn’t be the same without this food that was so important to the villagers!

I am currently working on writing out progress reports.  The kids have really been working hard the past twelve weeks.  I am excited to see the amount of progress many have made in their math, reading and writing.

Dates to Remember:

  • Thursday, November 24th Thanksgiving Holiday (No school Thursday or Friday)
  • Wednesday, November 30th Progress Reports sent home
  • Friday, December 16th – Monday, January 2nd, Winter Break
  • Tuesday, January 3rd – School resumes
  • Friday, January 6th – School Day


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