January 21, 2018

Week of May 13th

Excitement is building as the intermediate kids rotate through each classroom and participate in flight activities leading up to the bottle rocket design unit. Thanks for the influx of soda bottles; we now have more than enough! So far, our students have been introduced to bottle rockets, folded and flown paper airplanes, tried out parachutes (with washers as weight, not themselves!), and created and flown kites. Helicopters are yet to come.

On Tuesday, we will visit the Evergreen Air Museum in McMinnville and gather more ideas and inspiration. (Please return signed permission slips and money for admission on Monday, if you haven’t already.) Remember to send a snack and sack lunch. Only two students have ordered them from the cafeteria.

Our spelling test will be on Monday next week, as the field trip will take up almost all of our Tuesday class time. Study hard this weekend!

As summer nears, some previously established good work habits are slipping. Everyone had homework last weekend, consisting of a crossword puzzle about the judicial branch of our government. Only nine students completed it and turned it in on time on Monday. Three more students turned it in later this week. That still leaves half of the class with late homework, despite my daily nagging!

In math, several folks seem to be in such a hurry to finish a  book that they are cutting corners, not following the routine, and thus not learning the new concepts. Instead of finishing, some have had to back up and complete lessons properly. On the other hand, some students have really hit their stride and are being highly successful. Please check in with your child to see how he/she is doing. Expectations include completing a lesson each day, honestly correcting it, and then redoing any missed problems.

Plan to stop by the Art Show and Sale this weekend at the grade school. More than fifty artists will be showing their wares. You can find some marvelous treasures as well as free food and entertainment. Quite a few Corbett students will also be displaying their work. Be sure to look for our illustrated poetry anthology. Kids can create their own art in the Trillium Room. This is a fundraiser for the Corbett Educational Foundation, which provides college scholarships for many of our graduates. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and check it out!

Please mark your calendars for Portfolio Night – Wednesday, May 29th. No appointment necessary; just drop by sometime between 4 and 8 p.m. You and your child will sit down and take a look at the collection of his/her work, and reflect on progress for the year. You will also be able to see each group’s bottle rocket, before they blast off the next day.

Lastly, earlier in the week I was sharing some of my family’s experiences with Passport in Time projects. These are volunteer archaeological, restoration, and renovation projects. My sons and I spent one week in Northern California several years ago searching for evidence of an old flume, and another week in Idaho mapping out remnants of gold mines. Most projects are for adults, but each year kids are welcomed to a few. Each project posts its own limits – 12 year olds, 14 year olds, adults only, etc. Many of the kids were quite interested and I promised  to give you the link, so here it is: http://www.passportintime.com/ I suggest that you bookmark it and check it periodically when your kids reach the magic age.


  • Saturday and Sunday, May 18th-19th – Art Show and Sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Week of May 20th – FIVE DAY SCHOOL WEEK
  • Tuesday, May 21st – Field trip to Evergreen Air & Space Museum (Chaperones – please arrive at 8 a.m.)
  • Monday, May 27th – Memorial Day Holiday
  • Wednesday, May 29th – Portfolio Night 4-8 p.m. (No appointment necessary.)
  • Friday, May 31st – Last Day of School – HALF DAY 12:30 dismissal
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