Since half the school year has passed, I have renewed my efforts to have students complete assignments on time. As you know, basic homework consists of reading at home each day, recording minutes and pages on the book log, completing unfinished assignments (including the daily math lesson), and studying and learning spelling words. Students are reminded each day at the end of work periods to write down unfinished assignments, such as math, writing, or a specific worksheet. At the close of the day, they are reminded to pack up green folders and all homework. As long as your child is honestly following directions, you will see a record of what needs to be done and the materials to accomplish it. If not, then that is another issue!
This week in science, our bright students built circuits to power motors and illuminate light bulbs. Ask your son/daughter about necessary components, switches, and open and closed circuits. We have even drawn schematic diagrams and tested materials to discover conductors and insulators. Most students were able to solve the mystery circuit puzzles.
We began work on Wednesday on a packet of questions about Lewis and Clark. All of the necessary information is available online at www.nps.gov/lecl. However, those without a computer can find answers in our Lewis and Clark materials or resources from the library. Students should finish the packet this weekend. (The Lewis and Clark assignment should have been recorded on the homework log for weekend work!) Those who want to earn a Junior Ranger patch need to mail in their completed packet to the address printed on the last page of the packet. Those who are not interested in the patch just need to share their work with you.
HELP WANTED! It will soon be time to finish our Columbia Gorge art mural in the hallway. We need two or three parents to volunteer to organize, lead, and help our artists in this important work. Parents will meet with Mrs. Hanes to get an overview of what is needed. Then, they will work with me to prepare for our final stage and guide the students in creating their masterpieces. Please let me know if you will help. I’m not sure yet what week we will be working on the art project, so let me know if there is a week or two that would be impossible for you. Thanks!
Finally, please check once again for head lice. The little critters have made another appearance. It would be best if you check your child once a week to make sure he/she is free of unwanted guests.
Dates to Remember:
- Monday, February 20th – Presidents’ Day Holiday
- Friday, February 24th – School Day
- Wednesday, March 15th – Progress Reports
- March 23-March 31 – Spring Break