Showing posts from December, 2017

Spirit Week and Candy Engineering

We apologize for the delay in sending this link out to everyone.  Our sixth graders have planned a busy spirit week, as you can see by the flyer they created for everyone to take home. One of the activities they chose was to make gingerbread houses. We ask if everyone can bring in needed items such as, graham crackers, frosting, or even old Halloween candy. The gingerbread house decorating will be tomorrow,  December 20,2017.  If we don't get enough supplies, we can postpone it until Thursday.  Please click on the link to specify what your child will be bringing, to ensure that we have a good balance of supplies.  If you have any questions, please let us know!

Our Christmas shop fundraiser is going very well, and new items continue to be added.  Thanks for your support of all of our children's fundraising efforts to pay for all aspects of our big trip to Camp Surf!

Wax Museum Tips

We are noticing this year that several of our newer students have had a hard time gathering sufficient sources on their topics.  Sometimes, a difficult or obscure group was selected, while others simply lack enough background knowledge in certain subjects related to history and geography to be able to fluidly and deeply explore their chosen civilization.  We encouraged all of our students to watch videos over the weekend from reliable sources such as BBC, PBS, National Geographic, Nova, Khan Academy, etc.  We also recommend taking a look at reliable youtube channels (crashcourse, CGPgrey, veratasium, etc) Watching such presentations will help students gain the background information needed to fluidly discuss their topic during the wax museum.  
We do not want students to read from their reports, but to be well-versed enough to look at their board and discuss the concepts they have studied with visitors, using their own words.  While we have had several discussions about expectations, o…

Camp Surf Meeting is Tomorrow!

We hope that everyone is able to attend our Big Trip Meeting that will take place tomorrow, in Mr. Larry's Room.  We will discuss ongoing fundraising plans for the bus at 4:30, and then continue with details about the trip itself at 5pm.  Childcare for siblings will be provided and students are welcome to attend with their parents if they wish.
We have recently updated our class contact list.  If you haven't received any announcements from us, please send an email to to send us your current information.  snack calendars were also sent home today, but they aren't posted on the blog.  We continue to remind all students to write their snack day in their planner and promptly share with parents.

Also, tomorrow is the last day to submit orders for our Popcorn Palace Fundraiser.  So far, we have raised over $500 to cover the bus to Camp Surf with this fundraiser, which is a third of the way toward our goal, after adding our previous fundraising efforts.  Thanks…

December Dates

Ms. Kathy and I have really been enjoying watching every child show off their work during student-led conferences.  We look forward to seeing more parents next week as well.  We are so close to our goal of 100% attendance at conferences.  There are still plenty of times left on our schedule for anyone who missed signing up.  
We have a lot going on in the Month of December, so please mark your calendars!

December 4th Deadline for popcorn palace fundraising orders.  We have a friendly competition with Mr. Larry's class to see who is able to submit the most orders.  I am planning a huge art activity for the winning class.  Remember that half of the order totals will go toward paying the cost of the bus to go to camp surf.
December 5th We are holding a meeting in Mr. Larry's room to discuss our fundraising efforts for camp surf at 4:30, and will transition into discussing the specifics and logistics of the big trip at 5pm.  We will be finished no later than 5:30pm.  Childcare is pr…