Dear families, Oct. 4, 2012
This week, we began learning about the stages a salmon goes through from egg to adult. Each writing group is making a book about a salmon’s lifecycle. The kids have been very intrigued to see the physical changes a salmon experiences as well as the dangers it faces and its place in our ecosystem.
One of the bulletin boards in our classroom is becoming a beautiful river scene. The children have been working hard making paper salmon in various stages to display. This bulletin board will grow throughout the year as we learn about other plant and animal members of the Columbia River Gorge.
In addition to learning facts about salmon, we’re also celebrating the (sometimes imaginative) beauty of fish in general. This week, we chose either warm or cool colors of tissue paper and decorated a paper fish shape. Then, we covered it with Mod Podge to make it shiny and smooth. The finished products are really lovely and will soon be happily swimming across our windows.
Thank you to all of you who came out for parent/teacher conferences. It’s always fun to sit down and chat with people about their wonderful kids. If you couldn’t make conferences this week, please contact us to set up a time right after school sometime in the next couple weeks.
If you drive your child to school, it is essential that they arrive by 7:55. School begins promptly at 8:00 and when we have kids arriving late, it’s quite disruptive as they come in not knowing what we’re in the middle of or where they’re supposed to be. This week, we had a couple days with more than 5 children arriving after 8:15. Please make this a priority.
Next Tuesday is picture day. Order forms were sent home last week. If you did not receive one, please contact us so we can send a new one.
Speaking of Tuesdays, the following Tuesday (16th), we’ll have an all-day field trip to Wildwood Recreational Area near Welches. This field trip is part of our study of salmon. The blue field trip form came home this week. Please return it soon.