Newsie On Strike Musical

For this year’s Exhibition, Room 15 kids have opted to produce a musical based on the 1899 New York City newsboy strike (similar to but not the same as Disney’s “Newsies”). Because Exhibition is meant to involve all students in a significant collaborative project, all Room 15 kids will be expected to participate in the musical. Some students will be acting, others will be working on set design and prop construction, as stage hands, or in other support roles.

Tryouts for speaking roles will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 6th. Interested students, regardless of the role they’re pursuing, need to memorize this tryout script. Students will be able to identify desired roles when trying out.

All students, regardless of duties, will be challenged to develop a costume—and they’ll need parent help to do it.  Though Exhibition isn’t until late April, now is the time to get started. We’d like to see costumes completed by Spring Break. These pictures show what newsie “street kids” looked like. Note that a few students will be cast in minor adult roles. They’ll need to develop a costume based on the stylish folks in the picture at right.

Exhibition is quite possibly the most significant focal point of our entire school year. In addition to the musical itself, students will be documenting what they learn and why it’s important. Staging a quality musical is an exceptionally complicated challenge. It’ll only come off if all our students put forth their absolute best effort and families lend their maximum support. However, school musicals are also tremendously rewarding, the kind of thing that students remember and take pride in forever. Thank you in advance for your support!

This Week’s Super Sentences

Kids have completed their Super Sentence test, which appear below. This week’s structure is compound predicate. That means the sentence must have a single subject (the person or thing the sentence is about) who performs two or more actions. Click on the comments to see the kids’ work.

CPETV #17: The Coast Trip!

Finally, after all this time, we finally have a new episode! This one covers our Oregon Coast Outdoor Ed Excursion from June 2018. The Coast Trip is always hectic and the kids are busy from start to finish, but our hosts, Daisy and Jocelyn, managed to write their host script on the bus as we traveled and then squeezed in the host segments whenever we had a spare ten minutes–which wasn’t often. Pretty impressive. Enjoy!

Blobfish Vocabulary

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.

Cafeteria Elves

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.

Red Ribbon Week and More

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.