This newsletter is from last week. We had a brief computer glitch that prevented us from posting it.
We grappled with some pretty big ideas this week. One of them was “Who really owns nature?” This question came from a discussion about Celilo Falls becoming flooded when The Dallas Dam was built. Celilo Falls was a native settlement and important fishing ground for thousands of years. However, as the population grew, many people saw a need for hydro-electricity and irrigation resources. Half of the class made a case for saving Celilo Falls, the other half argued to build the dam. We presented to a 5-kid panel of judges who voted 4-1 in favor of saving the falls. However, we know that in real life things turned out differently.
Every primary class has a story board in or outside their room. All year we’ve been adding to it and modifying it to reflect our story of the human history of our area. This week we added cabins, roads, wagons and replaced some trees with stumps and farms. We also began removing Chinook people to show the changing population. We’ve covered a lot of history this year!
Next week the teachers are making progress reports. For the past couple weeks, we’ve been doing a lot of assessment in order to give you the most up-to-date information. We do not schedule conferences in the spring, but please contact us if you’d like to meet personally about your child.