Here are the vocabulary words for this week. In addition to knowing these ten, students also must be prepared to spell two random review words from our last test. The bonus word this week is sesquipedality. Students should have this list and the definitions in their homework folders. The test is likely to be Wednesday or Thursday.
Santa’s little helpers have arrived in the CPE cafeteria! If you haven’t been down to see the “Cafeteria Elves” created by our Room 15 fifth graders, please make an effort to stop in and seen them before they scamper back to the North Pole on December 21st. (You can also see them from 2nd Street as you drive by after hours, but it’s not the same as seeing them up close and personal). The elves’ arrival is an annual event that’s been going on for fifteen years. Although they’re all cut from the same template, each one is unique, wonderfully reflecting the individual personality of its creator.
Last week was Red Ribbon Week at CPE (and I think nationwide). In Room 15, kids had the chance to sign my “Drug Free” banner. By doing so they’re pledging to try their best to stay away from illegal substances. The next time you’re in the building, stop by the room and check out the Red Ribbon, which hangs near the backdoor of my classroom. It is one of my most precious possessions because it bears the signatures of nearly every student I’ve ever taught–all the way back to 1994! Even better, now it includes the signatures of nearly all my current students! I’m proud of them for pledging to stay drug-free. After the new year, we’ll be starting our DARE (drug resistance) classes in which the kids will learn how to deal with peer pressure, how to make good choices, and how to avoid illegal substances.
In other news, The Sams Valley Mini Marathon is this Friday. Nearly every 4th and 5th graders in District 6–all 800 of ’em–will be busting through the starting gate and running the 5,000 meter course along local roads. There’s also a mascot dance-off, a medals ceremony, and lots of bling from Dr. West Orthodontics, our sponsor. The starting gun fires at 9:30 a.m., but arrive early to find parking. Late comers will need to park on the corner of Table Rock and Highway 238.
Thanks to all of you who made it to parent-teacher conferences. These are really helpful in making sure your kiddo has a great 5th grade year. Additional thanks to Luke’s dad, Maryfer’s dad, Logan’s grandpa, and Ethan’s mom for joining us on the Crater Lake trip. The weather was great; it was the first time in three years that the trip to the rim wasn’t cancelled for my class due to weather or smoke!
Upcoming events include the Sams Valley Mini-Marathon on Friday, Nov. 2nd. This wonderful event is being sponsored by West Orthodontics. It’s one of the oldest running events in the state, and with nearly 800 participants (all D6 4th and 5th graders), it’s among the largest!
We’re also heading to Lava Beds National Monument on Thursday, Nov. 8th, for our annual caves exploration. In class, kids are learning about geology and bats in preparation for the trip. We desperately need chaperones for this outing! It’s a bit of exercise, but it’s well worth the effort. Let me know via note or email if you can join us.
Student’s, post last week’s “Compound Sentence using a Joining Word” by clicking on this post and then typing the sentence in the comment box. Be sure to make all the recommended changes, and make sure you don’t make any new mistakes (such as forgetting the endmark!).
Congrats to Adrian G. and Maryfer C., Room 15 Students-of-the-Month for September. Both have been coming to school every day with a positive attitude, a great smile, and a solid work ethic. Great job!
Our fall trip to Crater Lake is scheduled for next Tuesday, Oct. 16th. National Park rangers will be hiking us to the fire lookout on the top of Watchman Peak and leading us in some science-related activities down below. The weather is expected to be favorable. We need chaperones for this trip. If you’re interested, please let me know.
Goal-setting conferences are scheduled for Oct. 17th-19th. If you haven’t yet scheduled a session, please click on the “Fall Conferences” tab above.
The Sams Valley Mini-Marathon is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 2nd. This 5K run is always an exciting and rewarding event. Nearly eight hundred 4th and 5th graders will be running down the dirt roads of Sams Valley! It’s one of the oldest running events in the state, and one of the largest in the region. If you’ve never witnessed The Mini, please make an effort to come out, either with us on the bus (we leave CPE around 8:45 a.m.) or on your own (but arrive early; parking is difficult to come by). The mascot dance-off and awards ceremony takes place around 10:30. Thanks to the extreme generosity of West Orthodontics in Medford, there is no fee for the event again this year.
Fall parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17th through Friday, Oct. 19th. Fall conferences are modeled after a “goal setting” strategy. We’ll be discussing where you’re child is at academically, behaviorally, and socially and discuss strategies for encouraging improvement. I look forward to visiting with you about your child. To schedule a time, click on the “Fall Conferences” tab and follow the instructions. Thanks!