Letter from Riva

Here are the latest letters (one to class, one to Maya and Kelsey), artwork, and report card from our lovely student in Nepal. Each year Room 15 kids collect small change in order to sponsor Riva’s education in Nepal. Last year’s kids went over and above, exceeding the $300 goal by twenty bucks. Can this year’s class equal that success? For more info about Riva and our sponsorship, click on the Nepal Project link at right.

Take note of Riva’s excellent report card. It says she was ranked fifth in her 5th grade class and she earned the highest level, “Distinction.” Her excellent report card also meant she graduated to a new form, which isn’t a guarantee in Nepal like it is here.

How Are You Spending Your Summer?

All right all you Room 15 kids (past and present), it’s time to report in with your summer activities. What are you up to? Where have you been? Going to the Jackson County Fair? The lake? Taking tennis lessons? Email me a picture and a description about how you’re spending your summer and I’ll post it here on The Platy. To get us started, here’s a great pic of Kim and Abby hangin’ out at the beach. It looks like a lot more fun than spending time messing with video games or watching YouTube.

Coast Trip Pics

Examining sealife under the docks No, these aren’t dead bodies or sleeping people. We’re stretched out on the docks so that we can sea the amazing sea creatures below the surface. It was one of my favorite moments of the trip–a quiet respite with just a handful of kids. To see a bunch of great pics from the 2017 Oregon Coast Excursion, click on the picture at left, or go to the tab under “Special Events” marked “2017 Coast Trip.” Have fun!

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.