February 19, 2018

Puzzling Evidence

Dear Families,

We are excited to officially announce that our two-night, three-day A Journey Through Time- Exploring the Evidence Field Study will be held from Tuesday, May 13, 2014 until Thursday, May 15, 2014. We will be staying at Delany Environmental Learning Center (ELC) in Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park in Coulee City, Washington. (Feel free to Google it). Delany ELC is equipped with bunkhouses and areas to camp, so no, we will not be sleeping on the floor of a gymnasium. We don’t have exact times worked out yet. However, we do know that we will not be arriving back at school on May 15th until sometime between 4:30 and 6 PM. It’s important you keep this in mind as you will responsible for picking up your child from school that evening.

We are extremely excited for this amazing field study as it will be a tremendous opportunity for students to witness first-hand the catastrophic destruction the Missoula Floods caused between 15,000 and 17,000 years ago here in the Pacific Northwest. Of course, you probably have many questions. From number of bathrooms to flip-flops and electronics on the bus to the availability of Sriracha for dinner, we are mapping out all the details in the coming weeks. We will have a Parent Night at some point in middle to late April where we will address all of the important information once it’s finalized. Keep an eye out on your teacher’s classroom websites for information in the meantime. Here is the most important step that you need to take right now:

Let your child’s teacher know directly if you’re interested in being a chaperone for this trip. We’ll hash out all the details regarding transportation at a later date. For now, we just need to know who can commit.

On the survey we sent out at the beginning of December, we received an overwhelming amount of responses in favor of this field study. Some of you indicated that you needed time to think about this trip. Of course, we understand that you may have some hesitations and concerns about this trip, and we want to make sure that you have all of the details and information that you need in order to make your decision. All of the necessary paperwork will be prepared and distributed in the weeks following Spring Break and we’ll be sure to answer any questions you may have.


Looking forward to investigating,


The Grade School Intermediate Team

Dan Barnard About Dan Barnard

Dan Barnard hails from the Green Mountain State of Vermont where he grew up skiing, biking, and exploring the nooks and crannies of the woods. He learned to drive on his parents' station wagons, learned to ski at Smugglers' Notch, and developed a love for traveling by participating in school trips to France and New York City. He worked in many jobs ranging from ski instructing to babysitting to an after-school program that helped him decide he wanted to be a teacher.

He enrolled in Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and earned a BA in Humanities with a focus on history and a concentration in Elementary Education. After working for two years in a suburban Boston community as a fifth grade teacher, he decided to move west to discover the beauty and bounty of Oregon. He worked for four years as a third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade teacher in Mosier, Oregon. While working in Mosier he enrolled in graduate school at Portland State University and earned a MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University.