More Awards & Acknowledgments

Congratulations to Taylor R. and Jocelyn S., Students-of-the-Month for January. Our February awards will be handed out on Friday, February 23rd. Also congrats to the Rattlesticks, Nathan W., Lydia T., Eliza C., Hannah H., and Dakota M., the Room 15 Classroom Hockey Tourney Champions. The Rattlesticks, who ended up 5-0 on the season, narrowly beat the Bobbys in overtime. Our school tourney begins next Monday, February 26th.

Student Council Results

Our Room 15 kids did a FANTASTIC job with their election speeches. Nearly all the students demonstrated that they’d make great representatives. Unfortunately, we can only send two to the council. Those of you who didn’t get selected should take heart. You all did a great job!  Congrats to Emilee B. and Jocelyn S. on being voted in, and to Trevor R., who was selected as the alternate. Great job, kids!

Lava Beds Recap

CPE fifth graders braved the snow and wind to visit Lava Beds National Monument last Friday (Oct. 20th). As it turned out, the light dusting of snow at the monument itself made for a unique adventure. Click on the replies/comments below to read our students’ reflection on their trip.

Students of the Month

I have another wonderful class of fifth graders! I have a couple of pleasant and capable students new to our school (Dakota and Hannah). I have kids I’ve known since kindergarten–if not before (Emma and Ella). I have siblings of former students (Tyson, Trevor, Sylas, and others). And I have a whole bunch of other GREAT kids. This week I get to acknowledge two students as Students-of-the-Month. Congrats to Daisy R. and Eric T. These two kids are off to a fantastic start. In addition to being well-behaved and good citizens, they’re eager to participate and they’re producing excellent work. They’ve set a high standard for what it means to be Student-of-the-Month. Great job, Eric and Daisy!

At home kids should be working on their play scripts and preparing for math tests on decimal place value and telling time.
Don’t forget to book your fall conference by clicking on the Conferences tab.
Jog-a-Thon information went home on Friday. Kids are encouraged to start getting sponsors. The event itself is Oct. 12th.
Walk-and-Bike-to-School Day is this Wednesday, Oct. 4th. Kids can gather at Banner Bank on Pine Street or Van Horn Park on Freeman Road to join a convoy of kids, parents, and staff.
School Pictures are next week, Tuesday, Oct. 10th.
Our Lava Beds trip is coming up (Oct. 20th). If you’re interested in joining us, please let me know. Be sure you have a volunteer form on file in the office (if you’re not sure, email me).

This Week’s Super Sentences

Fifth grade students should be able to craft an error-free sentence, yet without practice they struggle with this basic skill. That’s where our Super Sentences program comes in. In addition to traditional writing and spelling activities, kids spend time writing and editing a single sentence per day. Late in the week they’re “tested” and then asked to revise and print their sentences on line. Here is our first attempt of the year.

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!