February 18, 2018

Week of October 29th

Thank you to all those who completed the home survey last weekend. I am glad to report that many of you are using water wisely! Your family may enjoy playing the water sense game at http://www.epa.gov/watersense/quiz/game_kids.html.

The east commons is now home to dozens of newly hatched alevin! If that term is new to you, ask your child to give a detailed explanation of the life cycle of Pacific salmon. Perhaps he or she may even break into song. Though we have just completed our salmon/stream science unit, we will continue to rear the fish until they develop into fry and are ready to set free. Our estimate for release is early December.

Next week, we will begin our new science unit on fungi and mold. Please let me know if your child is allergic to mold or mildew, as we will be growing some in the classroom. Though I can’t seem to successfully grow green plants, I do quite well with mold!

As mentioned last week, the final copy of the feature article on an environmental challenge is due on Wednesday, November  7th. Some students have already handed theirs in; the rest have three more class periods in which to finish. You’ll be able to see the finished products (and the alevin) when you come to our end-of-the-trimester celebration on Friday, November 16th.

All students should have taken home their explorer folders this weekend, in order to complete their research from books, maps, newspapers, and internet sources. The Mariners’ Museum has detailed information on each of our explorers at http://ageofex.marinersmuseum.org/index.php?type=webpage&id=69. The articles on the site are difficult to read, however, so any help that you can offer at home is appreciated. Next week, we will draw routes of the explorers on a large map, create biography cards, and post names, dates, and trips on our timeline. Then, students will prepare speeches telling all that they have learned of their heroic (or villainous) explorers.  Presentations are scheduled for Thanksgiving week.

Don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend. Fall back one hour. In other reminders, all students need to turn in the Eagle Creek Field Study permission slip, the Fantastic Mr. Fox play permission slip, $2 if you are willing to help the district defray the ticket cost, and the fluoride permission slip (whether yea or nay). Thanks!


  • Thursday, November 8th – Field Study at Eagle Creek (Chaperones – please arrive by 8 a.m.)
  • Thursday, November 8th – End of First Trimester
  • Monday, November 12th – Veterans’ Day Holiday
  • Wednesday, November 14th – Picture Retakes
  • Wednesday, November 14th – Fantastic Mr. Fox play at Mt. Hood Community College (Chaperones – please arrive by 9:40 a.m.)
  • Friday, November 16th – School Day 3 p.m. End of Trimester Celebration (Meet in the gym.)
  • Thursday, November 22nd – Sunday, November 25th – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 21st – January 6th – Winter Break!!!!
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