Class Notes for January 20-23, 2015

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Boy, last week went by quickly! I think that’s what happens when you’re busy and having fun.

The kids are loving our new read aloud The Princess Bride. In many ways the book is better than the movie, but the movie is the perfect adaptation of the book. Have your child tell you a little bit about what’s going on in the book. Westley and Buttercup, the two main characters are in the Fire Swamp now battling the R.O.U.S. (Rodents of Unusual Size).

Students are working hard on our Colonial simulation and although we didn’t actually set sail last week, they did name their colony, made a flag to represent it, worked on map skills, and have given themselves a name (for example, Silas Foxwell, Seth Hawke, Rosanna Richardson, and Catherine Archer).

We forged ahead in geometry with explorations into the properties of triangles and quadrilaterals. Everybody should know how many degrees there are in the interior of any triangle (180°) and a quadrilateral (360°). Adventurous souls know the same about pentagons. We will start measuring angles with a protractor this week.

The Science Camp Pasta Feed coming up this Friday, January 23.  This is a fundraiser for 5th Grade Science Camp, so it would be great to get parents involved in helping out with that. If you’re not able to help, you could attend it for dinner that night. There is a signup sheet outside Ms. Speer’s class. Volunteers are needed, according to the organizers.

I also wanted to mention that Ms. Tori had to change some dates related to the school play. A flyer was sent home on Friday, but in a nutshell here’s what has changed: the Drama Club information meeting is now on Monday, January 26 from 3-5 and auditions will be held on Wednesday, January 28 from 3-5. The actual performances will now be on the evenings of Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20, right before Spring Break. Please mark your calendar if your child is interested in participating.

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About Mr. Colvin

I'm a retired elementary teacher (classroom and music) who taught at Lewis and Woodmere elementary schools in SE Portland. I like to teach, play guitar, take photos, and ride my bike.
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