February 18, 2018


Dear Families,

First of all, I want to give a huge SHOUT OUT to all the families that worked tirelessly to raise money for our school’s PTA in this year’s Jog-a-thon! We raised a boatload of money. Well, maybe a kayak. We raised the second-most of all the classrooms in the grade school! Woo-hoo!

Students started putting their research on dinosaurs into a feature article this week! It’s obvious that they are enjoying the process of writing an article as evidenced by the loud declarations/questions along the lines of, “MR. B!?!??!!? How do I insert a picture?!??!!” We’re focusing on using transitional words and phrases, elaborating the facts, and using non-fiction text features like tables, definition boxes, and illustrations. Here are some highlights from their writing:

“Did you know that the Tyrannosaurus Rex is massive? It takes almost 20 people to be the size of it!” ~Jordan

“Some people might think that triceratops are just dinosaurs with just horns, but they actually have more than that.” ~ Brenna

“The allosaurus was so savage that it ate both herbivores and carnivores. It hunted fast and accurately.” ~Jaiden

“The jaw is loose because when it hunts it can bite a bigger bite.” ~Abel

“The Microraptor was a interesting dinosaur it could not fly but is could climb and glide.” ~ Lizzie

“The stegosaurus has 4 spikes on its tail that can help the dino protect its babies from predators and they also have 17 plates on their back.” ~Grace

We are close to finishing the book Volcano by Patricia Lauber and we’re excited to watch the NOVA documentary tomorrow, on the 37th anniversary of the eruption.

We are getting pumped for the overnight field trip! Of course, a lot of logistics go into this adventure. On your end, it’s important that you pay careful attention to the packing list. I shared it with you last weekend, and some students requested to bring home hard copies on Monday, which I graciously did. It’s too early to tell what the weather will be look for sure, but PLEASE make sure your child(ren) has their own stash of sunscreen and bug spray. Hats and sunglasses will also greatly help. It may be beneficial to drive your child to school Tuesday morning if possible. We’ll arrive on Thursday afternoon between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. We’ll send out an automated phone call when we know a more accurate arrival time.

Enjoy your weekend,

Mr. B

Idiom of the Week: Old Wives’ Tale

Upcoming Important Dates

  • 5/23-5/25- Our overnight trip to the Scablands!!! Geology!!! Yeah!!!
  • 5/29- There’s no school on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.
  • 5/31- Our portfolio night, a collection and reflection of your child’s work and progress this school year, is scheduled during the late afternoon and early evening.
  • 5/31- Band concert for the 5th graders in band at 7pm (students are supposed to arrive by 6:40pm)
  • 6/2- The final day of school! Woah!
  • 6/3- Tentative 5th Grade Camping Trip, weather dependent
  • Week of June 13th- Progress Reports will be mailed to your house
  • Summer 2017- From robotics to art to summer school, various staff members are offering different enrichment courses this summer. Check out the courses offered here.
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.