December 2 All School Meeting and Pajama Day - Plovers Present!
December 5 Scholastic Orders Due
*Calendar Note: The O&A to Tillamook Forest schedule for December 7th has been postponed.
Homework Due by Thursday, December 1st
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: Which are better: fiction books or nonfiction books?
Upcoming Out and Abouts
This week, we will have 2 in-class presentations and workshops to help support our newly formed classroom business. Educators from Metro will come to lead a project about packaging and ways to decrease waste. We will also work with a local business consultant, John Hunt, to begin developing a business plan for our recycled puppet theater!
We will continue our study of electricity with a Toy Take Apart Day on December 14th! Students will work in small groups to safely dismantle and learn about the "guts" of their toys. We will need parents to help with disassembly, as well as donations of old/broken mechanical toys (stuffies with batteries or switches, dancing Santas, remote-control cars, etc). Tools Needed: All sizes of standard and Phillips head screwdrivers, pliers and wire cutters. Please label tools with your student's name so they can be returned.
Breakfast Donations - Cereal and Fruit needed this Friday.
Out & About Chaperones - Chaperones needed December 7th (12:30-2:30) and December 14th (12:00 - 2:45) for Toy Take Apart Day.
Scholastic Book Orders
December book orders are due Monday, December 5th. Books will arrive before Winter Break. If you plan to give books as a gift and do not want your student to see them, I can place your order in a paper bag or set them aside for you to pick up. Please send me an email if you do not want your child to see the order. Visit our class book club page to see this month's selection, including the Holiday Gift collection.
Open House for Pacific's Biology Department
Saturday, December 3rd, 1-4 PM
The biology department at Pacific University is hosting an open house for students of all ages. Come by from 1-4 to see the biology labs and get your hands on all sorts of fun biology activities: make strawberry DNA, see microbes, race isopods and much more! Hosted in the Strain building (the building by the green house along Cedar St.) on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
Before Thanksgiving break, the Plovers shared some of the things they appreciate about their classroom community. You can read their thoughts below! They also made cards for staff and volunteers at the school and treated Kari McFaddin to a special relaxing yoga class instead of her regular lunch recess duty!
- Grace: I’m thankful for books.
- Isabella: I thankful for being able to read.
- Cam: I’m thankful for PE because it taught me a lot of new games that are really fun.
- Silke: I’m thankful for all the stuffies because it feels so good to be around and it helps me calm down.
- Naomi: I’m thankful for everybody in the classroom because they are really nice to me and they help me.
- Hayden: I’m thankful for my friends and family. And I’m thankful for all the teachers and the time I get to spend with them. They teach me a lot.
- Julian: I’m thankful for the Out & Abouts because we get to learn new things and different things. Like, how our garbage ends up and how it gets sorted.
- Nyadoi: I’m thankful for Laura because she teaches me.
- London: I’m thankful for all the Plovers because if I wasn’t in the Plovers class I wouldn’t have all of my friends.
- Jack: I’m thankful for choice because we get to pick our projects and it’s our time to experiment.
- Evan: I’m thankful for the computer lab.
- Molly: I’m thankful for dance parties because you get to dance.
- Maddy: I’m thankful for Kari for making time for our recess.
- Samantha: I’m thankful for everyone in this room because they are really nice.
- Benton: I’m thankful for PE because we can exercise and it’s really fun.
- Michael: I’m thankful for the recycled materials because it’s really fun to use all that stuff at choice.
- Thabo: I like that we have Dinobaby.
- Hayden: I'm very, very thankful for this class and community breakfast because what we are doing right now is really kind and I like to hear what people are thinking.
- Katana: I’m thankful for mystery readers. And I’m thankful for my mom because she remembered to drop off my stuff.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Parents and students can e-mail me at email@example.com. You can also leave a voice message on the class phone or set up a time to meet with me before/after school.