December 22, 2014

Mr. Barnard

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“Tell Me Something You Learned Today.”

Dear Families, I remember when I was a kid, I’d come home from school and my parents would ask me, “How was school today.” I always said, “Fine.” In the event there was a fire drill I always mentioned, “Fine…. [Read More…]

Raising the Roof With Metaphors

Dear Families, This past week, we took our learning to whole new levels! We are working on better understanding, identifying, and using figurative language in our oral and written language. We’ve been discussing idioms and puns all year long and… [Read More…]

Odds & Ends

Dear Families, Thanksgiving is upon us. That can only mean one thing and one thing only…we’re three weeks from Winter Break! There’s a lot of random information I need to share: We’ll be watching James and the Giant Peach tomorrow… [Read More…]


Dear Families, Well, last week was a short week, wasn’t it? I remember a discussion the class had at the beginning of last week where we were lamenting how we would have to come to school on Friday and we’d… [Read More…]

Sentence Surgery

Dear Families, Last week we transitioned from learning about the first people of the Pacific Northwest to learning about the exploration of Lewis and Clark. We journeyed out onto the East playground to use the map of the United States… [Read More…]

It’s a Celebration!

Dear Families, Last week marked the last week of our Gorge Studies unit on Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. Our studied cumulated in a celebration that took place in the gymnasium on Thursday. All of the intermediate classes, or… [Read More…]

Reading to Learn versus Learning to Read

When I was a fifth grader, I had this grandiose vision that I could learn how to play the trumpet. One day, I could be as cool as Rashawn Ross, Jen Hartswick, Miles Davis, or Louis Armstrong. Heck, I’d even… [Read More…]

It’s Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s an Idiom!

 First and foremost, it was absolutely terrific to meet with families this week for parent teacher conferences. Conference week is one of the most bittersweet weeks of the year. Nothing can ever compare with being able to sit down with… [Read More…]

Let’s Conference!

This week marks a very important week for families. It’s conference week. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to sit down with you and discuss your student’s progress and our goals for them. I have verified conferences with everybody, but… [Read More…]


For this week’s newsletter, let’s play Pictionary!