February 19, 2018

Week of May 20th

What a whirlwind week! We packed in quite a bit of learning and fun these past five days. The visit to the Air and Space Museums on Tuesday kicked off our creation of bottle rockets. Students are working in teams to design and create rockets, hoping for their rocket to fly the farthest distance. During the next few days, they will test  them and make modifications to improve performance. The entire intermediate team is competing, with a trophy to the winner!

Our class was victorious in the Mystery Class activity. As you may remember, groups calculated photoperiod (daylight hours) in order to narrow down latitude. At the Spring Equinox, we figured out exact longitude. Then, we were given four clues to identify the continent, country, region, and finally city or town. We correctly found all ten of the secret locations: Birmingham, Alabama; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Reykjavik, Iceland; Mapou, Mauritius; Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain; Palmer Research Station, USA, Antarctica; Hong Kong, China; Antananarivo, Madagascar; Aberdeen, Scotland; and Kaiserslautern, Germany. In the process, we discovered lots of interesting information about the areas.

We are scrambling to finish up projects and organize our work so you can inspect them all at Portfolio Night on 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. If you can’t make it, please let me know so that we can schedule an alternate time and date.

Remember that next Friday, May 31st, is a half day of school. You are invited to join us at noon in the shed for our end-of-the-year ice cream social. Dismissal will be at 12:30 p.m. (Please send a sack or bag that day so that your child has a spot for all of his/her stuff.)

This will be my last weekly post of the school year. I want to again extend my thanks to each and every one of you for sharing your children with me and working together to have a successful year. Thanks for supervising homework, getting kids to school on time, buying materials, supplies, and treats, chaperoning on field study trips, and motivating your children to learn and grow, both academically and socially. An extra-special thank you to our four faithful weekly volunteers-Marge Potts for copying and creating tons of materials, Shana Bucher for reading with kids and doing odd jobs (even scrubbing and disinfecting our mold gardens!), and Ann Chatterton and Mark Nelsen for marvelous math help. You have enriched our classroom community immensely!

If you are looking to fill some of the summer hours and days, here are some suggestions:

Have a wonderful, marvelous summer!


  • 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
  • Monday, August 26th – First Day of School
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