February 21, 2018

Week of November 12th

One of the kids mentioned that this week seemed to go by slowly. It seems to me that our holiday weeks often feel that way. Next week will probably be the exception, since we will only attend school for three days. Since the week will be short, neither the students nor I will send home an end-of-the week message. I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Please make sure to get plenty of exercise to balance your energy in with energy out!

It was great to see so many of you at our celebration this afternoon. As Mr. Barnard mentioned, we plan to gather together at the end of each grading period to show off what we have learned. Mark your calendar for Thursday, February 28th, to learn about colonial America and the road to revolution.

On Wednesday, we enjoyed Mt. Hood Community College’s presentation of Fantastic Mr. Fox. There was a bit of audience participation, which made it quite engaging for the students. Thank you once again to our wonderful chaperones!

Now that we are beginning a new grading period, we have renewed our effort to finish homework on time and keep accurate records of our reading. Please make sure that your child reads each day and records the pages and minutes on the green homework log. On Sunday, please double check the totals for the week.

The theme for this weekend is practice, practice, practice! Explorer speeches are due next week. The early explorers (through 1500) will be presented on Monday, November 19th, those from 1501-1550 will be on Tuesday, and all adventurers after 1550 will be heard from on Thursday. I will score each speech for ideas, organization, language, and delivery.

Each speech should begin with an interesting introduction of the explorer and why he is famous. The body of the presentation includes details of his early life and adulthood, but should mainly focus on his exploration(s). The conclusion should wrap up and summarize his accomplishments. All students should have brought their note cards home so that they will be ready for showtime. (If you still have any county library books at home about the explorers, please return them on Monday.)

We have finally received all (but one) of the fluoride permission slips back. We will start chewing and swishing on Monday.

Progress reports were sent home today. I was actually efficient enough that I could send them home early!

Ms. Trudy DeMott, our wonderful assistant, has decided to return to substitute teaching. She will be training her replacements next week, and then subbing in the building until Christmas break. We will definitely miss her, but wish her good luck!

If you are in the holiday mood, please come visit me at the Harvest Moon Bazaar tonight or tomorrow. It takes place at Good Shepherd Church on Haley Road in Boring, just off of Highway 26. In addition to my husband’s cedar furniture and my bibs and baby things, they are selling hundreds of other unique items. Friday until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hope to see you there!


  • Thursday, November 22nd – Sunday, November 25th – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 21st – January 6th – Winter Break!!!!
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