April 4, 2014 Newsletter
Our Publishing Party was a huge success on April 3rd. As we passed out our final copies of our writing, I was surprised at the interest that the students had in each others’ work. I realize that that may sound negative, but I mean it in the exact opposite way. During the writing process, we are so preoccupied with what we are writing that we don’t have a lot of time to observe and appreciate what our peers produced. It was truly nice to see that interest explode. Thank you to those of you that donated treats and thank you to those that were able to make it in.
We held an informational meeting yesterday to discuss the two-night, three-day field study to the Scablands of Central Washington. We discussed the itinerary of the trip, addressed transportation needs, food, lodging, medication needs, and other important details of the trip. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have. With that being said, please fill out the permission slip and return it at the beginning of next week. Thank you!
Our new read aloud is a novel that can loosely be considered a sequel to a book that we read last year. Grace Lin, author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, followed it up with a new novel called Starry River in the Sky. It’s a complex novel that is interwoven with miniature stories that deviate slightly from the plot of the book, but are still able to closely parallel the events of the book. Just like in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon,the stories within the main story support the characters and plots and certainly helps thicken the plot. It’s a complex novel, but the ends will justify the means as pieces are finally put together.
We had our Jog-a-thon this past Tuesday and students ran laps in an effort to raise money for the P.T.A. It went great! Now comes the fundraising part of the Jog-a-thon. The forms went home at the end of the day on Tuesday. Students have until April 24th to either collect their money that was already pledged or sign people up for more pledges.
Our focus in writing during the third trimester is on persuasion and opinion writing. The easy part is that students are awesome at giving their opinions and adept in the art of oral persuasion. The difficult task is taking all that energy and crafting it into their own writing. This week, we started writing our opinion speech. Students picked an opinion that they have and they are writing a speech on that opinion. Examples of individualized opinions include such hits like “One Direction rocks”, “One Direction stinks”, “Soda is awesome”, and “Stephen’s Curry three-point dance is the best three-point dance in the NBA.” Next up is a persuasive speech where students will try to persuade the audience to either believe or agree with a particular topic. Students are already armed and ready with their persuasive topics that they are eager to write. Examples discussed include why they should have their own bedroom, why they should have their own bathroom, or why they should be allowed to have a t.v. in their bedroom. I’m certainly looking forward to watching these speeches come to fruition.
Lastly, important information for any families who ride the DQ bus. There are a lot of events and field studies coming up in the last two months of the school year that will affect the DQ bus routes. Below are specific dates and times when the DQ MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE:
April 23rd AM service/ NO PM service
April 24th NO AM or PM service
May 13th AM service / NO PM service
May 14th & 15th NO AM or PM service
May 21st AM service / NO PM service
May 22nd NO AM or PM service
Enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend!