March 2 Puppet Show Performance for Families @ 2:30
March 3 Puppet Show Performance for Families @ 9:15
March 3 All School Meeting and Spirit Day (Dress like a FGCS staff member)
March 6 Read Across America Day
March 13 Library Visit
March 15 All Day O&A to Tillamook Forest
Homework Due by Thursday, March 2nd
1. Read for at least 20 minutes every night.
2. Complete at least 30 minutes of math practice.
3. Complete at least 20 minutes of typing practice on Typing.com
4. Optional: Compete Opinion Paragraph of the Week assignment on Google Classroom.
Prompt: Should students be required to raise their hand before speaking in the classroom? Support your opinion.
Returning Student Forms Due April 3rd
With open enrollment for 2017-18 underway, it is time for parents of current students to confirm that they plan to return to FGCS next year. Click here to fill out an online Returning Student Form. Current students are guaranteed a classroom place for next school year when their parents submit a form by the deadline.
Upcoming Out and Abouts
This Wednesday, we will go to the Backyard Garden for a sneak peak of our spring unit - animal biology and ecosystems! What is a habitat? How do organisms' bodies adapt to changes in their habitat? Plovers will explore the micro-habitats of the garden to come up with their own definition of "habitat." In pairs, students will have to design (and redesign) wildlife creatures that can survive under changing habitat. Next week, we will explore some of the components of a forest habitat at Tom McCall.
Spring Out & About Chaperone Opportunities
We have a few all day trips planned for this spring which will require several chaperones. We can accommodate 2 extra adults on the bus and additional chaperones can drive separately (or carpool).
Wednesday, March 15th - Tillamook Forest
Wednesday, April 5th - Fernhill Wetlands
Wednesday, April 19th - Oregon Zoo
Wednesday, April 26th - Jackson Bottom Wetlands
Wednesday, May 3rd - Haystack Rock
Breakfast Donations - Fruit needed 3/3
Library Chaperones - 2-3 chaperones needed for our next library trip (3/13)
Mystery Readers - Read to the class for Dr. Seuss's birthday (we will celebrate on 3/6)
Read Across America Day
Grab your hat and read with the cat! The Plovers will celebrate the National Education Association's twentieth annual Read Across America Day on Monday, March 6. This is after the official day (March 2nd) because we already have puppet show performances planned for March 2nd and 3rd. The Plovers will celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday by reading in their pajamas! We will also have special guest readers, read alouds, opportunities to read with a buddy and read-to-self time. Students are allowed to bring a stuffed animal to read with, but they should not bring in blankets or sleeping bags. Please sign up on VolunteerSpot if you would like to be a mystery reader; I have extra Dr. Seuss books available for guest readers!
Last week, the Plovers presented their Bog Baby puppet show to two classrooms at the ELC. The Plovers also answered questions about their class business and let the kindergarten students visit each of the puppets. As we begin to approach the end of this project, the Plovers are also doing some writing to document their work and learning over the past months. Here are a few reflections that students have shared with the class:
Lowell: I liked when we built the puppets that no one told us how to do it and we could use our raw imagination.
Hayden: I thought we would just use some garbage or trash, but we put more effort into it. And when Kelly came in, I thought, 'this is much more creative than I expected.'
Naomi: I think we are learning about being brave and acting.
Gemma: I think we learned about how to work together and be like a real business that has community.
London: My family has always reused stuff, but I think when we started studying this, I was more aware and thinking about it more.
If you would still like to buy a ticket for either family performance (Thursday, 3/2 at 2:30 or Friday 3/3 at 9:15), you can send in a cash payment with your Plover any time or pay at the door. The students decided on a sliding scale ticket price - the suggested donation is $5, but everyone is invited to pay less or more. Please include the number of tickets you need, along with a note about which day you're most likely to attend so we can make sure to have enough seating available.