February 21, 2018

Week of February 13th

Our budding scientists created telegraphs this week and sent messages to one another. It was a perfect way to apply the concepts of closed circuits and electromagnets.

We are down to just a handful of people who are behind in math. Many students, however, have not been prepared for their daily book group this week, or still have not turned in the weekend cursive assignment. Please be sure to check homework logs each day for unfinished work.

For the past four weeks, we have been writing paragraphs on various topics, such as a quiet place, a special object, stories from parents, or other events. Notebooks were sent home today so that students could search through their recent entries and choose one to develop into a complete story. If they can’t find one, (perhaps because they didn’t write much during class), they need to write something new.

Next week, everyone will add to their original paragraphs to make an interesting, complete story. We will write the rough drafts in class and then revise, edit, and do the final copies during the week of February 27th.

Speaking of writing, here is a wonderful opportunity for our creative students:

Tall Tale Writing Contest: “How Crow Got to be So Clever”

Presented by the Friends of Tryon Creek

Submission deadline: March 17, 2012

Portland, Oregon – The Friends of Tryon Creek (FOTC) are accepting submissions for the 17th annual Daryle Seil Tall Tale Writing Contest. The contest is open to students from kindergarten through sixth grade. Participants are encouraged to use creativity, observations and personal research as they write an imaginative tale or fable on the theme, “How Crow got to be so Clever”. The contest is free. Entries must be received by March 17th, 2012.

Awards will be given for First and Second Place and Honorable Mention in each grade level. Prizes include gift certificates to the Tryon Creek Nature Center ranging from $5 – $20 and FOTC camp discounts. Winners will receive a certificate and will be invited to read their entries at the Award Ceremony on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 in Tryon Creek State Park in southwest Portland. The Ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. Readings and Trail Activities in the park will take place from 2 – 4 p.m.

Complete contest guidelines can be found at http://www.tryonfriends.org/teachers-and-schools/620-tall-tale-contest-details.html. For more information please contact Matthew Collins at matthew@tryonfriends.org.

I have registered our class to participate in World Math Day, which is coming up on March 7th. On that day, students from around the world will compete against each other in one minute rounds of math calculations. Students can practice anytime during February. Please visit www.worldeducationgames.com for details. Each student should have their User Name and Password taped to the inside pocket of their green folder.

Our middle school Cardinal choir performed their original poem and Peter Yarrow’s song Don’t Laugh at Me for us on Tuesday. Then our Corbett Class Representatives introduced the theme of the month – Trustworthiness. They reminded us that trustworthy people are honest, do what they say they will, and finish their tasks. Those are all traits that we can continue to develop. The representatives will be lurking with cameras, trying to catch students doing the right thing at lunch, recess, and around the school. Look for pictures posted on the bulletin board in the hallway.

Finally, thank you to everyone who sent goodies for the Valentine party. We enjoyed quite a feast, and even shared with others. On a personal note, thank you so much to all the families who presented me with special treats. I’m going to have to start an exercise program to counteract the extra calories!

Have a great weekend! Remember that it is a long one!

Dates to Remember:

  • Monday, February 20th – Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Friday, February 24th – School Day
  • Thursday, March 8th – Funky Monkey Field Trip
  • Wednesday, March 15th – Progress Reports
  • March 23-March 31 – Spring Break


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