Anyone who didn’t spend their week in the Trillium Room missed out on a great week filled with science. This week was phase one of “Balance and Motion.” We learned some great strategies to make balancing easier, culminating with…I hope you’re ready to be amazed…balancing a pencil on its tip! Yes, that’s right. Your child can balance a pencil on its tip. Mr. Clark, who was leading the lessons, also showed the kids videos of acrobats and tight-rope walkers doing things that seem death-defying, but really show a keen understanding of the physics of balance. Please ask your child about the words “balance point, counterweight and base.”
This week, we continued to read books by Ezra Jack Keats. It seems most kids like, “Hi, Cat” the best. What the teachers appreciate is that Ezra Jack Keats writes about simple situations that kids can relate to. He was also a pioneering children’s author in that he was one of the first to show kids of varying skin colors playing together.
Have you been on the district website lately? (www.corbett.k12.or.us). There are some important articles posted right now. One of them is about the upcoming music program. You’ll want to read it to have a heads-up to prepare your child’s “costume.” Another article is about the future of Springdale school. This is a very important thing to be informed about because it may mean you have an intriguing option for your child’s placement next schoolyear. The most recent article is about property taxes and how our district receives money. If you’re confused about how this all works, please look it up!
Your child has now memorized 2 new poems for January. Here’s one of them:
is soft and cool
so I go barefoot
in a pool.
But winter rain
is cold and pours
so I must watch it
By Myra Cohn Livingstone