Class Notes for May 4-8, 2015

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First of all, congratulations to Mr. Mark (Richner) and his wife Evie on the arrival of twin daughters Norah Lee and Twyla last Saturday. Mr. Mark is off on paternity leave for a couple of weeks.

In other social news, I am retiring at the end of this year. There will be a gathering to celebrate this change in my employment status on Tuesday, May 26 at 3:30. Please attend if you can. Even though I am retiring, I will still be involved with Lewis. I plan on substituting in the building next year and might help with special projects. The Lonesome Teacher Trio will also continue providing music for the family dance in February.

We have at least one more walking field trip to Cooley Gallery on the Reed campus and it is on Friday, May 8. If you are able to go along with us from 12:00 to 2:15 on Friday, we’d love to have you. Go to tinyurl.com/cooleyft to sign up. Or call or email me.

Please plan on attending Art Night on Thursday at 6:00. It’s always a lot of fun seeing the creations that children come up with and to listen to the docents explain the art. Another high point of Art Night at Lewis is the performances by Mr. Jamesbarry’s instrumental groups, especially Boomin’ Beats. And don’t forget the artistry of the Paintbrush Café.

We are starting a year-end project that will involve some work at home. I will send more info home in the next few days, but we got started coming up with ideas on Monday and will narrow the choices down soon.

 

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Class Notes for April 27-May 1, 2015

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Science Camp is behind us now. The time went so quickly while we were up at Camp Namanu. OMSI made sure that the curriculum was engaging and educational. Although the social part of camp is important, and is a learning experience in its own right, the science component was very well run. To see lots of photos of camp, go to tinyurl.com/sciencecamp2015. These photos are best viewed in the presence of someone who has been there, so they can narrate what’s going on in each picture.

Our tour of Reed College on Monday was a lot of fun. We got to see the fish room, the frog room, a chemistry lab where the kids did a couple of experiments and got to see some amazing things, including one called elephant toothpaste. Then we headed out towards the Reed nuclear reactor. I’m hoping to get some student-written reports on the field trip onto the blog pretty soon.

Speaking of Reed College, we have another trip planned, and this one will take us to Cooley Gallery to see the newest exhibit on the afternoon of Friday, May 8. We will leave about noon (after an early lunch) and return about 2:30. We will need parent chaperones for this trip as well. You can sign up at  at www.tinyurl.com/cooleyft. This is a great way to spend the afternoon with your child.

You should have received an email recently from Front Row Math with your child’s current report card. I want to emphasize that the grade level mentioned on that report is more an indication of the amount of effort your child has put into the program. Those who spend more time on it at home will tend to have higher scores than those who only work on it at school. Front Row is a solid learning platform, especially with an adult nearby who can answer occasional questions.

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Early morning hikers

 

 Several students got up early and went on a hike. 

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Camp Namanu Day One 

Our first half day at camp was spent learning the lay of the land and the rules of the road. We met Camp counselors and had a great meal of chil,i cornbread, and baked potatoes. The best part for a lot of the kids was the brownie dessert. We did field studies and interest groups in the afternoon. The day ended with campfire.

   

                 

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Class Notes for April 20-24, 2015

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I am writing this Sunday night before we head off to Camp Namanu in the morning. We are looking forward to decent weather for most of our time there. I will try to post pictures and updates on the class blog, but I am told cell phone coverage is sketchy up there. This is going to be a lot of fun and with OMSI running the academic side of things, you know there will be a lot of good solid learning going on.

We are still planning on going down to Reed College for most of the day on Monday, April 27 for a tour of the campus including a chemistry and biology lab, plus the Reed nuclear reactor. We have three parents signed up so far, but we would love to have more come if possible. Go to tinyurl.com/reedtour to sign up.

On Tuesday, April 28, we will take the math portion of the Smarter Balanced test.

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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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Class Notes for April 6-10, 2015

OMSI Science Camp is approaching quickly. April 20, 21, and 22 will be here before you know it! Please check over the list of suggested items to bring and start setting them aside (and also note the items that they don’t want) at your house. If you need another copy of the list, let me know and I’ll send one your way. We will be at Camp Namanu near the Sandy River on 550 acres of forest land. Thanks to everybody who turned in paperwork promptly. I am really looking forward to taking the kids to Camp. It should be a fun learning experience for all.

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.

 

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