January 18, 2018

Parachuting Into Winter Break!

Dear Families,

Due to our crazy schedule and the missed school days, some of the book clubs in our historical fiction reading unit were not able to finish their books in time. Listed below are the names of students that are required to finish their book over Winter Break. If your child forgot their book at school, then I strongly suggest you inquire with the Multnomah County Library to see if you can check out a copy. If not, they’ll have a lot of work to do when we return from Winter Break.

The Captain’s Dog by Roland Smith– Dempsey, Miguel, Anand, Corniliy

Sacajawea by Joseph Bruchac– Abigail, Jessie, and Brenna

Lewis and Clark by George Sullivan – Keira, Amelia, and Abby

Seaman by Gail Karwoski– Isabel, Isabella, Italia

Speaking of the historical fiction reading unit, we came very close to finishing our read aloud book (Number the Stars by Lois Lowry). I love many aspects of my job, but I think that what I love most is reading books out loud. The students’ loud pleas to read more chapters and “KEEP GOING!” proclamations warm my heart and soul. Alas, we unfortunately didn’t finish it before the end of the day, so we’ll have to wait until next month to finish it. Ultimate cliffhanger!

Our Publishing Party/Ice Cream Social today was terrific. Mrs. Carroll and I have commented repeatedly that we’re extremely impressed with the students’ effort, determination, and focus during this unit. Everybody published his or her piece! Additionally, students were able to read other student’s persuasive essays. Thank you to those of you that made a financial contribution to help with the cost of throwing this soirée (ice cream and ingredients).

We wrapped up our S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) challenge this week. Students worked in small groups designing and engineering a parachute. We went to the high school gym where Corbett’s versatile and talented custodian Steve dropped the parachute from a height of roughly 18-20 feet. Congratulations to Ethen, Corniliy, Justin, and Deanna’s team for building the parachute that took the longest to float to the ground out of ALL the fourth and fifth grade parachutes. Additionally, their egg did not crack!

I’ve been posting more and more photos and videos on our classroom Instagram account. If you’re on Instagram and are interested in seeing what we’re up to in the classroom, send a request to “mr.barnard.”

Enjoy the next two weeks with your family and don’t forget that your child should still be reading! Here’s the link to the online reading log.

Mr. B

Idiom of the Week: Lay It On The Line

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.