Class Notes for April 13-17, 2015

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It’s almost here! “It” being OMSI Science Camp at Camp Namanu next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 20, 21, and 23. The kids are really looking forward to this experience and so am I. It’s interesting that during my first year of teaching at Lane (before it was a middle school), I took my 6th-grade class to Outdoor School. Those students are now 42 or 43 years old! It can be a very strong bonding experience for all participants.

In terms of getting ready for camp, keep going back to the list of supplies that came home with the medical forms last week. Also pay attention to the list of items that are not to be sent along, like electronic devices. If your child absolutely needs to contact you, we can arrange that with the landline at the lodge. The three days are jam-packed with activities and should zip by faster than anyone wants them to.

I can’t stress enough to send appropriate clothing and footwear. As my cycling buddies tell me, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Your child’s chances of enjoying Camp will be increase greatly if he/she is dressed for the possible wet/cold weather that an Oregon spring can throw our way. The camp itself is at about 1,000 ft. above sea level, so it could be a little colder than Portland is.

Put on your walking shoes and join us for our Reed College field trip on Monday, April 27. This field trip is sponsored by the Science Outreach folks down at Reed. They will show us some chemistry demonstrations, we’ll get a tour of the nuclear reactor, check out some of the biology labs, and get a campus and dorm tour. We will leave the school at 9:00 a.m. and return after eating lunch on the campus. We should be back to Lewis around 1:30. Once again, chaperones are needed for this trip.

You can sign up for this field trip at tinyurl.com/reedtrips. Note that we have cancelled/postponed the April 21 Cooley Gallery trip due to a conflict with Science Camp.

The Math portion of the Smarter Balanced test will be on Tuesday, April 28. Speaking of tests, I was proud of our group during the language arts portion of the Smarter Balanced test last week. Our class worked hard and put in good effort through what ended up being a fairly long time for most of the kids. We will not know the results of any of these tests until at least the end of the school (and it may be after school is out). As soon as I get results, I will get them to you.

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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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