February 19, 2018

Week of December 9th

Thanks for the generous response to our request for items for gingerbread houses. I think that we have enough candy for a few hundred structures! We also appreciate all who plan to come in on Monday to help out. Those who signed up to assemble should plan to arrive at 8 a.m. Hopefully, the crew can finish by 10. Frosting folks arrive at 12:30 and should be finished by 1:30. Thanks again for all your help!

We had a fun time working with our buddies this week to paint Christmas ornaments. They will dry over the weekend. You can expect them home next week in time to add to your decorations.

As many of you know, on Tuesday my husband endured his third surgery in three weeks for kidney stones. I am happy to report that he is recovering fairly well and is glad to be stone free. Now he just needs to stay that way!

Many of you have already filled out the survey regarding our possible intermediate three day, two night field study in May. If you have not done so, please take a couple of minutes this weekend to respond. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2RKQXST

In recent years, I have organized some math teams to compete at the Math is Cool event in Vancouver, Washington. Groups of four students participate in seven math events. Teams come mostly from southwest Washington, but a few come from the Portland area.

This is a wonderful experience for students who love math and problem solving. They need to be willing to cooperate with others and persevere without losing heart. A bit of a competitive streak doesn’t hurt!

Teams compete at either the fifth or fourth grade level. Third graders are allowed to play on the fourth grade teams. Understandably, the questions are quite tough, especially since they are meant to be challenging for fourth and fifth graders. Here are some samples:

• What is the remainder when you divide 437 by 3?

• What is the greatest common factor of 6, 24, and 30?

• How many days are there in 52 weeks?

• What is the sum of the first 18 positive odd numbers?

• What is one-half plus one-third plus one-fourth?

The fifth grade teams will practice after school twice a week in February and early March, probably from 3:40-4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The competition will be on Friday, March 7th. The fourth grade teams (which may include third graders) will practice after school twice a week from early March to mid-April, probably from 3:40-4:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Their competition will be on Friday, April 18th. We usually meet at school on competition day and leave Corbett about 2 p.m., returning about 9 p.m.

If this sounds like fun and your child would like to join our teams, please contact me before 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 16th. Those who sign up agree to attend each practice session after school for five weeks and also guarantee to participate in the competition on the scheduled Friday. There is a $13 fee per contestant. If that is a hardship, the district will cover the cost.


Susan Handy


  • December 20th-January 5th – Winter Break
  • Monday, January 20th – MLK Holiday
  • Friday, January 24th –  School Day
  • Monday, February 17th – Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Friday, February 21st – School Day
  • March 21st-30th – Spring Break
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