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.
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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).
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.
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!
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.
CPE 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!
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.
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.
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.