February 23, 2018


Last week was a blur!  We completed our baskets, traded beads and presented four Reader’s Theater legends to our buddies from Mrs. Wold’s, Mrs. Shaw’s, and Mr. Blanc’s rooms.  The back drop that the band kids was amazing!  The final celebration was a wonderful afternoon spent with the Canoe Family Dancers from Warm Springs, Oregon.

The afternoon began with stories, drumming, singing, and dancing.  It was amazing to see about two hundred kids get a chance to join in on the dancing.  Jefferson Greene invited the children who thought they could become bears to join in.  They danced as bears and then as the story progressed, they became rabbits.  The children had to really listen to the change of the beat of the drum to know when to be a rabbit or when to walk in the circle.   How fun to meet new friends from Warm Springs!

Afterwards, we went back to our classrooms to eat smoked salmon (many thanks to the Heuker family), dried berries, and water.  The afternoon was such a wonderful way to celebrate our learning of the first Oregonians.

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