Baby Picture Show & Year-End Awards

Click here to view the 2017 Year in Review and 5th Grade Baby Picture Show. Also, congrats to our year-end award winners! Our Presidential Scholars (akin to Top 5% academically) were Suzy Foster, Maya Gonzalez, and Jonathan Curwood. Our Fitness Medalists were Ethan Johnson, Jaime Gonzalez, Jason Diaz, Alexis Silva, and Mason Nieto. Ethan ran almost 300 miles this year!  Our Fact Car Rally (math facts) Co-Champions were Jonathan Curwood and Alexis Silva. Our Room 15 Co-Artist-of-the-Year Awards went to Skylar Petee and Abby Long. Our Room 15 Actor-of-the-Year Award went to Rubie Esqueda. And finally, our Classroom Spirit Award went to Brianna Stratton. When Brianna moved into our class halfway through the year, she brought with her an uncommon enthusiasm. Congrats to all these super students, to all those who earned student-of-the-month awards this year, to all those with perfect attendance, and to all those who demonstrated grit and perseverance this school year. Well done, Roadrunners!

Coast Trip & End of Year Schedule

Despite sometimes challenging weather, our outdoor ed trip to the coast appeared to be a roaring success. The kids were well-behaved and enthusiastic throughout. Thank you to all who attended and to all who supported their kids by sending them on the trip with proper gear and clothing.

If anyone has pictures they’re willing to share, I’d love to see them so that I can post them here on The Platy and possibly use them in the year-end slide show, which I hope to finish over the next two days.

Also, we’re fulfilling our community service obligation to the City of Central Point’s Adopt-a-Street program tomorrow (Monday) at 10 a.m.. If you’re willing to chaperone one last time, please come on down.

I rarely show movies in class, even education videos, but we’re going to be watching a movie in class this week entitled Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is based on a Roald Dahl book we read early in the year. If you have an objection to it please let me know and I’ll provide your child with an alternative activity during those times.

The rest of the schedule this week looks like this:

State Testing: every day…no, just kidding.
Monday 10:00 a.m. — Adopt-a-Street clean-up of Hopkins Street
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. — Student vs Staff softball game
Wednesday 9 a.m. — Roadrunner Day activities (some of you have volunteered to help. Thanks!)
Thursday 8:45 a.m. –Year-end assembly (incl. Baby Pic show)
Thursday 1:15 p.m. — Report Cards go home; Dismissal.

Coast Adventure

Coast Itinerary 2017 Coast Packing List 2017 Coast Permission and Info Sheet 2017 Coast Trip Packing Instructions Coast Volunteer Form We’re ready to board the bus for our 2017 Oregon Coast Excursion this Thursday at 7 a.m.! The kids will be hiking, performing field science tasks, swimming, and exploring in an epic adventure. For a complete itinerary, click here. The weather is forecast to be drizzly with occasional showers. That means dress for cold, wet conditions, but be ready just in case it warms up. For a complete cargo list, click here. Finally, to upload the permission slip and information form, click here.

DARE Graduation

DARE logo imageCPE fifth graders who have completed the DARE program will be participating in graduation ceremonies on Monday, May 22nd, at 12:45. The DARE is a nationwide drug resistance education program that teaches kids how to overcome peer pressure, deal with bullying, and say no to illegal substances. The Central Point Police Department is the only southern Oregon agency to offer the program, meaning only CPE, Jewett, and Mae Richardson kids receive this important training. This is a big event at CPE. Not only are our students graduating from DARE, in a sense this is also their graduation from elementary school. We encourage kids to dress up and we encourage families to attend.

Congrats to Suzy Foster for being selected to read her DARE essay at graduation!

Graduates also get to attend DARE Day at Twin Creeks Park on June 2nd. This all-day event is the post-graduation celebration. More info to come!

Table Rocks Tuesday

Room 15 fifth graders will be escorting their first grade reading buddies to Upper Table Rock on Tuesday (May 16th). Due to the federal hiring freeze, we don’t have BLM escorts, so our fifth graders will be stepping up as experts in Table Rock botany and geology!  We’ll be talking in greater detail about Table Rock over the next few days. In the meantime, here’s a video about Table Rock education from the BLM site.

Play Presentations

Parents and family are invited to attend two plays by the Room 15 kids on Tuesday, May 9th, at 12:45 in the gym

Barbed Wire
based on the short story, A Piece of String, by Guy de Maupassant stars Suzy Foster as Festus Grunge. Set in the Wild West, it covers the theme of truthfulness.

The Nose, which is based on a crazy short story by Nikolai Gogol, stars Alexis Silva as Major Kavolyov and Abby Stec as his nose. Set in 19th-Century Russia, it covers the themes of pridefulness and absurdity.

Crater Lake Trip Cancelled…Again!

We’re truly sorry, but today’s Crater Lake trip has been cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. We will try to reschedule. In the meantime, Room 15 kids can wear their school-appropriate PJs to school and bring their electronic devices for an afternoon party.  Thanks.

Another Set of Amazing, Awesome, Extraordinary Students!

Another fantastic group of students were acknowledged at our assembly last month including Maya G. and Suzy F. as Students-of-the-Month for December. These girls have been at the top of the class all year. SOTM for January include December W. and Brianna S. December has worked super hard to improve her math skills while also being a great citizen. Brianna approaches everything she does with enthusiasm and kindness. For February, our Students of the Month are Abby S. and Rubie E. Abby and Rubie choreographed and organized our JuJu on that Beat flash mob (see the shaky video below). Abby is at the top of the class academically, and Rubie has been setting a high standard acting in our upcoming performance of The Nose. Congrats to all our Students-of-the-Month!

We also want to acknowledge our finalists for the Rotary Club Student of the Year Award. This award goes to a student with a long history of academic excellence and good citizenship at CPE. This year’s finalists included Suzy F., Maya G., and Jonathan C. from our classroom. Other finalists included Lindsey S. from Mr. Hadley’s class and Cinch E. and Kevin G. from Mrs. Torrey’s. Kevin ended up winning the award (Congrats, Kevin!), but all of these students are deserving of extra-loud applause for their super success at CPE. Kudos to all of you!

Here’s that sha

ky video of the Juju dance. Cheers to all the students who participated!

 

Kid Power Fitness Bands

Room 15 kids are getting healthier while supporting malnourished kids in third world countries. Through UNICEF‘s Kid Power program, our students are earning “fitness points” which unlock nutrition packs for kids in poor African and Asian countries. UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) provided fitness bands–similar to Fitbits–for every student. Each 2500 steps earns a “point” and each 10 points earns a food packet. So far, the kids seem highly motivated to maximize their steps. To keep them going, they’re also competing against other classrooms, including Mrs. Quall’s and Mrs. Torrey’s at our school. It’s a great way to help starving kids while promoting exercise here at home. At the end of the year, students get to keep their fitness bands and charging cord. They be able to continue participating on their own via an online app. There is no cost to for the program, as our class and school was selected to participate for free through an application process. For more information on the KidPower and UNICEF, visit the KidPower website.

Floor Hockey Success

One of the most exciting and engaging events of the school year is the annual Sportsmanship Floor Hockey Tourney. This year was especially enjoyable for Room 15 kids in that one of our two tourney teams, The Hockey Warriors, won the championship, beating the Pizza Sharks from Mrs. Torrey’s class, 3-2. While winning the tourney was great, the emphasis is clearly focused on sportsmanship. Before and after each game, we “debriefed” by talking about how we demonstrated good sportsmanship and what we saw from our opponents, both good and bad. Hopefully, our kids walk away from this tourney with a healthier attitude about sports and “winning.” Following the tourney, all the 4th and 5th graders cast votes for the classroom that demonstrated the best sportsmanship over the course of the tournament, and this year they selected our class. Congrats to all the Room 15 kids on winning the sportsmanship trophy. Great job!