January 18, 2018

December 16th Newsletter

Dear Families,

Well, last week definitely wasn’t as productive as it could’ve been. Alas, that’s life when you live with the East Wind. Here’s what we’re up to as we prepare for Winter Break:

Writing- Next week, we’ll be putting the final touches on our persuasive writing essays where students made a claim and supported that claim with reasons and evidence. Their work will culminate in a Writer’s Celebration at 2:45pm on Thursday, which you are all invited to come to.

Reading- We continue to learn more about reading historical fiction. I’ve been reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry as a model on how to grow our historical fiction reading skills, like understanding setting. Students are working in book clubs reading books about the Corps of Discovery (Lewis and Clark). Given last week’s cancelled school days, there will be a few book clubs that will probably have to finish their book over Winter Break. At the end of next week, I will definitely let you know what students will need to finish their books over the break.

Spelling- Seeing how most students probably left their spelling words at school because we didn’t have school on Thursday, spelling quizzes will be held on Wednesday of next week instead of Tuesday. That will give students the opportunity to study their words Monday and Tuesday nights. There will be now new words assigned until after Winter Break.

Social Studies- We’ve learned about all the different parts that led up to the Corps of Discovery journey westward in the early 1800s, like Napoleon Bonaparte, Thomas Jefferson’s drive for success, and Manifest Destiny. Our focus now shifts toward the actual expedition itself.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)- Students are working in small groups to develop a parachute that can safely hold an egg once dropped from a tall height. On Wednesday, we’re going to compete against other classes to see how well we developed our parachutes.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Mr. B

Idiom of the Week: Rise to the Occasion


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.