February 19, 2018

Natural Disasters

Dear Families,

Students have been working very hard in their reading research groups to learn about a specific weather-related natural disaster like hurricanes, tornadoes, or blizzards. This week, groups will take the information they learned and create a presentation to give to the rest of the class teaching them about that specific natural disaster. An extremely big part of our reading has focused on synthesizing information that we’ve gathered from different books. Synthesizing means combining information, and when it comes to learning about a particular topic, it’s very important. Here are some highlights of students’ notes about their natural disaster:

Kate Lanzyski explains as lava flows on the ground, it cools off. Over time the cool lava becomes hard rock and makes new land. ~ Jacob

In the book 100 Facts by Anna Claybourne, it is talking about how tsunamis start and how big they get. Some tsunamis get up to 1,720 feet high and 524 meters. This happened in Alaska in 1958. ~Alex K.

Seymour Simon gives an example of different times of earthquakes that hit different places. ~Lizzie

Ice storms and blizzards can very dangerous. They can end severely injuring someone. Do you really want yourself or your loved ones in risk of getting hurt very badly? When caught up in a snowstorm, I recommend you stay away from traveling and driving. ~Abigail

David Burnie explains Doppler. He explains how it works and how meteorologists interpret this information to help keep people safe. ~Aiden

Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris describe how they measure some tornadoes are and that they can pick up anything and when the tornados are done they drop the stuff they pick up. Imagine if you just walked out of your house after a tornado went by, and you see wood, piece of your wall, pieces of your roof, doors on the floor. Cars crushed, trucks and stop signs, motorcycles, those stuff crashed into pieces, buildings destroyed, window pieces. You would think to yourself, “Man that tornado was big!” ~Isabel

I sent out an email this past weekend regarding our class party on Friday, February 24th. If you’re interested in donating anything to our party, please send me an email. A simple donation of $5 would help us purchase some pizzas.

We’ll be having our first fundraiser for our overnight field trip on Friday, March 17th. It will be a Family Movie Night with lots of cool gift baskets that you could potentially win. We haven’t decided what movie will be shown, but will have it picked out at the end of the month. Save the date!

Speaking of our fundraiser, I mentioned that we’re going to have some gift baskets as prizes. If you are the owner of a business, or work for a company that supports local community fundraisers, we’d greatly appreciate it if you could help support these fundraisers with a product, gift card, or service of some kind to include as raffle prizes. Thank you for your consideration!

The end of the year always is filled with lots of different events, so I’m going to start including some upcoming dates in my weekly newsletter.


Wednesday, February 15th– Spelling Bee

Monday, February 20th – Presidents’ Day Holiday NO SCHOOL

Thursday, February 23rd- Guest speaker: Mark Nelsen from Fox12

Friday, February 24th – School Day AND Class Party!

Wednesday, March 15th– E.C.O.- dress to work outside

Friday, March 17th– Movie Night Fundraiser for our overnight field trip

Wednesday, March 22nd – Work party at the Sandy River Delta – dress to work outside

March 24th – April 2nd – Spring Break!!!


Idiom of the Week: Diamond in the Rough

Vocab of the Week: rage, thrive, ballad, eventually

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.