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!

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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.

CPETV & Student Council

Congrats to Maya and Kaden for being selected to be the hosts of CPETV Episode 8. Several other students showed promise during tryouts and will be considered for future episodes. Congrats also to Alexis and Kim for being selected by their classmates to serve on the CPE Student Council. Should either of them be unable to fulfill the requirements of the position, including maintaining good grades, excellent citizenship, and consistently good attendance, Abby S. will serve as alternate. Kudos to all the students who tried out for CPETV, and to all the students who ran for Student Council. It takes a strong person to try!

Room 15 Update for Oct. 16

It may be wet right now, but it’s supposed to dry up on Tuesday–just in time for our first Adopt-a-Street Clean-up of the year. Room 15 kids will be donning the orange vests and blue gloves to clean-up Hopkins Street. It’s part of our community service commitment to the City of Central Point and a great way to teach kids to appreciate and care for the neighborhoods in which they live. And, believe it or not, it’s a fun trip…kind of like an Easter egg hunt. Parents are encouraged to join us. We’ll be heading out around 8:45 a.m. in Tuesday morning, October 18th.2016-svmm

Congrats to our 700 Club Members for October. These students all read and recorded on the assignment calendars 700 or more minutes of homework reading during the first five weeks of the year: Jimmy, Jonathan, Jacob, Kira, Skylar, and Abby S.  They’ll be receiving a special reward in class this week.

The CPE Halloween Carnival is scheduled for this Saturday, October 22nd. Room 15 kids will be volunteering to run our booth, which means they’ll need a parent to supervise. Kids will be pleading their case at home over the next couple of days.

The Sams Valley Mini Marathon is scheduled for Halloween. If you’ve never been to one, this is the year you should attend. Over 750 fourth and fifth graders representing all five of District 6’s elementary schools will be charging up the hill and into the Sams Valley countryside. It’s a 5,000 meter walk/run designed to encourage physical fitness on the biggest “candy day” of the year. The race starts at 9:30. (Arrive early for better parking.) Thanks to the generosity of community sponsors, this year’s event is free of charge. CPE’s sponsor is Storage Emporium.

Goal-setting conferences are scheduled for Oct. 26th and 27th. This is an important opportunity to assess how your child is doing and what we can do to help him or her succeed. Please click on the “Fall Conferences” tab above to schedule and to verify your agreed-upon time. Thanks!

Fall Conferences

Fall “goal setting” conferences are scheduled for October 26th through 28th. Click on the “Fall Conferences” tab (above) to get signed-up. Also, don’t forget that Friday, Oct. 14th is a “holiday,” which means there is no school (this is the old Columbus Day federal holiday). Tthe Sams Valley Mini-Marathon is scheduled for Monday, October. 31st. This is a fantastic, “not-to-be-missed” event. Finally, if you paid the $3 for our cancelled Crater Lake trip, those funds will be applied toward our next trip, which is in December. Thanks!

Nightmare Graduates Elementary School

chilleanrose001Congrats to all our elementary graduates! Our friendly tarantula, Nightmare, has also graduated from CPE. She passed her final exam and, so it turns out, is soooo smart, they advanced her right to high school. That’s right. Nightmare will now be attending Crater High School. When you finally get there, perhaps you’ll see her prowling the rooms of the Science building. Good luck, Nightmare!

So Long, 5th Graders.

It’s with a melancholy spirit I send this lovely class off to new adventures in middle school, but it must be done! The 2016 Year-in-Review and Baby Picture Program is a nice way to do it.

Cheers to the award winners from Room 15:

Student-of-the-Month for May: Stephanie C.

Students of the Month for June: all the Room 15 Rotters

Fitness Medalists: Haylee B., Hailee H., Josiah B., Jaden F. (class champion with over 265 miles!), Luis C., and Braydan C.All together, Room 15 kids ran approximately 5500 miles this year.

Presidential Scholars: Alyssa K., Sophie Q., McKenna D., Abigail F., Amelia T., and Yuri G.

Rotary Student-of-the Year finalists: Sophie Q., Abigail F., and Yuri G.

SOU Academy nominees: Rayden G., McKenna D., Sidney L., Abigail F., Amelia T., Alyssa K., Yuri G., and Sophie Q.

Special thanks to all the parents who worked so hard on the 5th grade party and who volunteered for duty on Roadrunner Day. Thanks, too, to all the folks who accompanied us on all those field trips this year. And a heartfelt thanks to all the families who sent in year-end gifts, cards, warm thoughts, and especially prayers during our recent medical crisis. Also, thank you for doing such a great job with your children. What a blessing it is to teach kids who want to be here, who want to learn, and who want to be good citizens. Finally, and most importantly, thanks to all my wonderful Room 15 Rotters who made an otherwise challenging year not just bearable, but enjoyable. I already miss you.



End of Year Activities

IMG_0484A big thank you to everyone who attended the coast trip! The kids had a fantastic time and, I think, have walked away with a ton of knowledge.

Although we have just a couple weeks remaining of the school year, there are still a number of significant events planned:

> Kids have to complete a “math performance task,” the date of which is yet to be determined.

> On Tuesday, I’ll be taking pictures of all the 5th graders for the year-end baby picture program.

> On Thursday, all 5th graders visit Scenic Middle School.

> Friday is DARE Day. Kids need to wear their DARE shirts and bring a sack lunch.

> Friday, May 10th is the 5th Grade Party. It takes place in the courtyard after school. Special thanks to everyone who has donated to our volunteered to assist with it.

> Monday, May 13th is Roadrunner Day and the student-vs-staff softball game.

> Tuesday, May 14th is the year-end awards assembly and baby picture program.

Students will be receiving more information about all of these events over the coming days.

Science, Snowshoes, and Sledding

We're looking for sleds like these.Thank you to all who attended Exhibition and/or parent-teacher conferences. “Exhibition” was an experiment and is a work-in-progress, so we welcome feedback as to how it worked for you. We’re not personally or professionally vested in it so we’re 100% open to both your criticism and your compliments.

Students who didn’t attend will be receiving their report cards and work samples tomorrow (Monday). The report card consists of our A-F “Supplement” and progress report showing individual assignments.

Or these.On Monday, April 4th (a week from tomorrow) we’re off to Crater Lake for our annual snowshoe hike, science stations, and sled fest. This is another fantastic field trip. If you’d like to join us as a chaperone, please let me know ASAP. All you need to do is make sure you have a volunteer form on file with the school office and dress for the snow.  Student permission/info sheets will go home this week.

We also need sleds of the simple plastic or Styrofoam kind (no old fashioned ones with metal parts, please). If you have one you can loan us, please put your name on it and send it in this week. Thanks.

Have a great week.

Anybody Seen Br’er Rabbit?

Our Brer Rabbit musical, which is scheduled for 6:30 Thursday night, is coming along nicely. The kids participating in it are clearly working hard at memorizing their scripts and putting personality into their parts. Thank you for supporting them.

Mrs. Quackenbush is helping us develop costumes, but anything you can do to help your child create a “hillbilly” appearance is much appreciated.

We will need help on Thursday night with face painting. If you’re handy with a paintbrush, please consider coming in to help craft Brer Coon’s bandit mask or Brer Mouse’s whiskers.  We’d like to tackle this at 5:30.

Also, I’ll be sending home a notice tomorrow about after-school practice sessions next week…Monday and Wednesday, I suspect.

Thanks again for supporting this event. Unlike our simple (though important) classroom plays, the Brer Rabbit Musical is a big event. Your kids will remember it for many, many years to come.