Staking Our Claims

February 18, 2018

Staking Our Claims

Dear Families,

We’re working hard in writing to strengthen our opinion writing skills. Students have expanded their ability to use articles, books, and videos as sources of research and cite evidence. Here are some excerpts of their work:

First, salmon help clean the water. They help clean the waters by: as they swim along all the salmon swimming in the river help the current go faster than the current kicks up all the sand and sends it all out to the ocean. In the article why protect salmon By: Guido Rahr, It states, “They feed us and their Presence tells us that are rivers are still healthy.” And since we all know that Salmon are still here You can see the rivers are still healthy. ~ Oak

My final reason is it helps the forest. In the article Why Protect The Salmon, By Guido Rahr. It states “ In southeastern Alaska, spawning salmon contribute up to 25% of the nitrogen in the foliage of trees, resulting in tree growth rates are three times higher than places without salmon.” This shows that salmon can help with the forest, and not to just be a food source. In fact trees grow and age they eventually return the favor for salmon by falling into streams and forming log jams, which creates homes for juvenile salmon. Also when bears eat salmon they digest it. Then poop it out which nutritious the forest. ~ Brenna

My second reason that salmons should be a keystone species, is as you can see salmon is food. Its food  for animals like birds, bears, and water  animals like sea lions according to the article sea lions v.s salmon by Rick Bowmer states that “50 species of mammals, birds,and fish forage on salmon eggs”   And this shows that animals could not survive without salmon or salmon eggs  and maybe even we can’t survive without salmon so salmon is a really really important keystone species so keep salmon safe. ~ Jacob 

Next Wednesday is the Spelling Bee. Many students have signed up to compete in the Spelling Bee. If your child is competing, you will have received a separate email inviting you to come. Please do so if you’re able to come. It’s certainly going to be engaging to watch.

I sent out an email on Tuesday night with a PDF of this week’s spelling words. I did this because I have this sneaking suspicion that students are not exercising responsibility and bringing their words home each weekend to study. I have this suspicion because I am in the unique position of scoring the spelling tests on Tuesdays. Therefore, when your child comes home without their words, you can say, “Oh that’s ok honey. Mr. B emailed them to us! Now you can write each word 100 times.” Well, not 100 times. That’s a little excessive. Calm down.

I’m excited to announce that we’ll be traveling to the greater Astoria area for our overnight field trip. This is the culmination of our Native American, Lewis and Clark, and Oregon Resources studies. We’ll be leaving on Wednesday, May 2nd and returning on Thursday, May 3rd. We don’t have the itinerary ironed out yet. Thus, we don’t have the times finalized. We’ll be staying at Camp Kiwanilong in Warrenton, Oregon. We’ll be checking out historical sites like Ft. Clatsop, Cape Disappointment, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, to name a few. If you’re interested in chaperoning, please mark it on your calendars. A lot more information will come out before Spring Break.

There is no school on Monday, February 19th in honor of Presidents Day. Therefore, there will be school on Friday, February 22, 2018.

Have a good weekend,

Mr. B

Idiom of the Week: A Lot on My Mind


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.