February 19, 2018

Week of May 14th

Our classroom has been the center of furious construction activity this week. After many days of learning about bridge types and components, two field trips to observe bridges in the gorge and Portland, and a few hours of reviewing preliminary designs submitted by all individuals, our corporations have finally begun to build their chosen bridges. Piers, arches, and trusses are taking shape. The final structures will be judged next week. Our champion bridges will vie with the winning bridges from the other intermediate classes to earn top honors.

In reading, we began book groups on Monday and Tuesday. Each group has a daily reading assignment, with an accompanying written response. Some people have not been ready to discuss their books at our daily meetings. All groups have weekend assignments, so please check in with your child to be sure that the reading and writing are completed, and books and papers are returned to school on Monday. We plan to finish all books next week on Friday. (Speaking of Friday, remember that next week is a five day school week.)

Students handed in final copies of mystery stories and Oregon Trail stories today. Some folks had not used their class time wisely, so had to turn in unfinished papers, even though daily reminders were given of the due date.

Our final language arts project is a presentation about A Great Place to Visit. Each student has already chosen a special place in Oregon or a spot in another state that was important to the Oregon Trail or to Lewis and Clark. This weekend is the time to gather information from the internet, books, and other sources. Any photos or maps that you have at home would also be helpful. Bring all information to school next week. We will plan the presentations in class, organize notes, and practice speeches. The formal speeches will be given on May 29th and 30th.

Please mark your calendar for Portfolio Night, coming up on Wednesday, May 30th. This is a time for you to come to school, sit down with your child, and view selected work from this year. No need to make an appointment; just drop by between 4 and 8 p.m. Plan to spend about 15-20 minutes in conference with your student.

The district is once again offering some summer enrichment classes. Robotics, Wacky Water, Japanese, Basketball, and more! Check out the exciting opportunities at
http://corbett.k12.or.us/summer_enrichment/Summer%20Enrichment%20Class%20List.php Class sizes are limited, so don’t wait!

HELP NEEDED! We are in need of one or more parents who are willing to mix salt, flour, and water together to prepare dough for making salt maps. It’s a messy job, but someone has to do it! I will furnish recipes and ingredients. The dough must be made at home on Monday afternoon/evening, or Tuesday morning, in order to be delivered to school by 11:00 a.m. Please let me know if you are willing to take on this monumental task. Thanks!

Plan to stop by the school this weekend to visit the Art Show, sponsored by the Corbett Education Foundation. There will be plenty of art, music, food, and even theater classes for kids. Check http://www.corbetteducationfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8&Itemid=10 for details.
Dates to Remember:

  • Thursday, May 17th – Registration closes for CAPS
  • Saturday & Sunday, May 19th and 20th – Art Show at the school 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • May 21st-May 25th Five Day School Week
  • Monday, May 28th Memorial Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, May 30th Portfolio Night 4-8 p.m.
  • Friday, June 1st Last Day of School – Half day
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