Thanks to all of you who made it to parent-teacher conferences. These are really helpful in making sure your kiddo has a great 5th grade year. Additional thanks to Luke’s dad, Maryfer’s dad, Logan’s grandpa, and Ethan’s mom for joining us on the Crater Lake trip. The weather was great; it was the first time in three years that the trip to the rim wasn’t cancelled for my class due to weather or smoke!
Upcoming events include the Sams Valley Mini-Marathon on Friday, Nov. 2nd. This wonderful event is being sponsored by West Orthodontics. It’s one of the oldest running events in the state, and with nearly 800 participants (all D6 4th and 5th graders), it’s among the largest!
We’re also heading to Lava Beds National Monument on Thursday, Nov. 8th, for our annual caves exploration. In class, kids are learning about geology and bats in preparation for the trip. We desperately need chaperones for this outing! It’s a bit of exercise, but it’s well worth the effort. Let me know via note or email if you can join us.
Student’s, post last week’s “Compound Sentence using a Joining Word” by clicking on this post and then typing the sentence in the comment box. Be sure to make all the recommended changes, and make sure you don’t make any new mistakes (such as forgetting the endmark!).
Congrats to Adrian G. and Maryfer C., Room 15 Students-of-the-Month for September. Both have been coming to school every day with a positive attitude, a great smile, and a solid work ethic. Great job!
Our fall trip to Crater Lake is scheduled for next Tuesday, Oct. 16th. National Park rangers will be hiking us to the fire lookout on the top of Watchman Peak and leading us in some science-related activities down below. The weather is expected to be favorable. We need chaperones for this trip. If you’re interested, please let me know.
Goal-setting conferences are scheduled for Oct. 17th-19th. If you haven’t yet scheduled a session, please click on the “Fall Conferences” tab above.
The Sams Valley Mini-Marathon is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 2nd. This 5K run is always an exciting and rewarding event. Nearly eight hundred 4th and 5th graders will be running down the dirt roads of Sams Valley! It’s one of the oldest running events in the state, and one of the largest in the region. If you’ve never witnessed The Mini, please make an effort to come out, either with us on the bus (we leave CPE around 8:45 a.m.) or on your own (but arrive early; parking is difficult to come by). The mascot dance-off and awards ceremony takes place around 10:30. Thanks to the extreme generosity of West Orthodontics in Medford, there is no fee for the event again this year.
Fall parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17th through Friday, Oct. 19th. Fall conferences are modeled after a “goal setting” strategy. We’ll be discussing where you’re child is at academically, behaviorally, and socially and discuss strategies for encouraging improvement. I look forward to visiting with you about your child. To schedule a time, click on the “Fall Conferences” tab and follow the instructions. Thanks!
We just received new letters from our friend in Nepal, Riva Malla. Riva wrote back specifically to Taylor, Zoie, Emily, and Emilee (click on your name to read it), because they each wrote a letter to or sent a drawing to Riva last February. Understand, though, that Riva is really writing to the whole class. She also sent her latest report card, which shows she ranks fifth overall in her 7th grade class (which from what I can tell would be like 6th here). If anyone would like to write back to Riva on behalf of our class, please feel free. You can email it to me either in an email or as a PDF, but I need it by August 1st. Thanks!
Daisy, Zoie, Taylor, Dagan, Natalie, Elliana, and Kayleigh recently attended SOU’s Summer Academy program. Judging by the pictures, they seemed to have had a good time. Academy is a week-long college experience for high-achieving students.
And here’s proof. To avoid digital glitches, let it fully load before trying to play it (pause it when it starts to play and let it rest for a minute, or try downloading it to your own device first). Many apologies for the small screen size, but our web protocol doesn’t allow for a lager file. Be sure to listen to the final segment in a quiet place. Enjoy!
In our final episode created for Exhibition 2018, Sterling, Angie, and Nikkie give us brief tours of the school and the “old brick building.” They also teach us some basic science concepts using dry ice, a piece that won a Exhibition “Oscar” for best science segment.
In this episode, our 5th grade filmmakers, Mia, Eliza, Hannah, and Zoie, teach us about chemical reactions while making elephant’s toothpaste. They also give us a glimpse at the Jo County Tree Plant and CPE’s annual floor hockey tourney.