February 20, 2018

February 21 – Room 12 News

It was wonderful to see how many kids were able to complete their Natural Wonder posters this week.  We have had a lot of compliments from other teachers on the completed product this week.   A couple of the classrooms used our posters of examples of what to do!  I will be score each poster for: content, presentation, conventions, and use of graphics.
We also had four brave people complete their speeches on Thursday, February 21.  I did video the speeches for parents to see during our celebration on Thursday, February 28 at 2:45 pm until 3:30 pm.  Next week we will have the rest of the speeches.  We have already signed up Monday’s group! Kids are asked to practice at least 30 times at home.  Students are scored in four areas:  Content – having a main point and giving us lots of details, Organization – clear introduction, smooth transition, and conclusion, Language – Proper grammar and in their own words, and finally Delivery – eye contact, loud voice, and no fidgeting.  We have reviewed what is expected in the speech as a class.
In Science we have been working on more mapping skills.  This week we explored how landscapes change when erosion occurs.  We used stream tables to model this.  Ask you student the difference between a little water and a lot on the landscape.  We will continue our study trying to see what causes stream to “meander” and then move on to topography maps by creating our own.
We also begin our OAKS (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) testing next week.  We will be assessed on reading and math for third and fourth grade and reading, math, and science for fifth grade.  Kids will be instructed to read carefully, take their time, and do their best.  There are some online practice tests if you want to see what type of questions are covered.  Go to: http://www.oaks.k12.or.us/portal/and select “student” to take an online practice test.   To help your child: be have them get plenty of rest,  eat a good breakfast, and RELAX.  Doing their best is all that we can ask. Please email or call with any questions.
We did have a talk about friendships, being nice, and moving on this week.  There were a few tears about note passing and “she/he said they were not my friend” last week, and teasing.   I finally decided to pull us all together and have a discussion about treating and speaking to each other kindly.  We are a school community of 28 kids and one teacher.  We should always treat everyone that we come in contact with kindness – even if sometimes they make it hard to do so. We all agreed to continue to try and if someone hurts our feelings, let them know and then move on…because, tomorrow is another day!  I loved how they are learning to work together and how much empathy and concern they often show for one another.
I continue to be so proud and amazed at how much fun this particular class of kiddos are.  They are hard working, silly at times, and overall very concerned about each other.  Thanks again for entrusting me with your precious children.
Monday, February 25 
OAKS 12 pm – 1 pm, Speeches, Special School Board Meeting 7 pm
Tuesday, February 26
OAKS 12 pm – 1 pm and speeches
Wednesday, February 27
OAKS 12 pm – 1 pm and speeches
Thursday, February 28
OAKS 12 pm – 1 pm, speeches, and
End of Trimester Celebration 2:45 pm until 3:25 pm (open house style).
Last day of Second Trimester
Michelle Dawkins About Michelle Dawkins

My husband and I have lived in Corbett since 1983 and I have taught at Corbett Grade School since 1994. Chris and I loved having our children grow up in the community of Corbett. They both received a great education and made many life long friends while attending school here. Both Steph and Joe graduated from Corbett. Joe is a graduate of Oregon State University and Steph has graduated from Linfield College and completed her MBA at University of Tennessee. Chris and I are extremely proud of our children! Both are enjoying life and share our love of nature.

"If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." ~Rachel Carson