CPETV #17: The Coast Trip!

Finally, after all this time, we finally have a new episode! This one covers our Oregon Coast Outdoor Ed Excursion from June 2018. The Coast Trip is always hectic and the kids are busy from start to finish, but our hosts, Daisy and Jocelyn, managed to write their host script on the bus as we traveled and then squeezed in the host segments whenever we had a spare ten minutes–which wasn’t often. Pretty impressive. Enjoy!

Blobfish Vocabulary

Here are the vocabulary words for this week. In addition to knowing these ten, students also must be prepared to spell two random review words from our last test. The bonus word this week is sesquipedality. Students should have this list and the definitions in their homework folders. The test is likely to be Wednesday or Thursday.

Cafeteria Elves

Santa’s little helpers have arrived in the CPE cafeteria! If you haven’t been down to see the “Cafeteria Elves” created by our Room 15 fifth graders, please make an effort to stop in and seen them before they scamper back to the North Pole on December 21st. (You can also see them from 2nd Street as you drive by after hours, but it’s not the same as seeing them up close and personal). The elves’ arrival is an annual event that’s been going on for fifteen years. Although they’re all cut from the same template, each one is unique, wonderfully reflecting the individual personality of its creator.

Red Ribbon Week and More

Last week was Red Ribbon Week at CPE (and I think nationwide). In Room 15, kids had the chance to sign my “Drug Free” banner. By doing so they’re pledging to try their best to stay away from illegal substances. The next time you’re in the building, stop by the room and check out the Red Ribbon, which hangs near the backdoor of my classroom. It is one of my most precious possessions because it bears the signatures of nearly every student I’ve ever taught–all the way back to 1994! Even better, now it includes the signatures of nearly all my current students! I’m proud of them for pledging to stay drug-free. After the new year, we’ll be starting our DARE (drug resistance) classes in which the kids will learn how to deal with peer pressure, how to make good choices, and how to avoid illegal substances.

In other news, The Sams Valley Mini Marathon is this Friday. Nearly every 4th and 5th graders in District 6–all 800 of ’em–will be busting through the starting gate and running the 5,000 meter course along local roads. There’s also a mascot dance-off, a medals ceremony, and lots of bling from Dr. West Orthodontics, our sponsor. The starting gun fires at 9:30 a.m., but arrive early to find parking. Late comers will need to park on the corner of Table Rock and Highway 238.

Room 15 Update

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.