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Spring has sprung and February is over before it's begun. In this update:
-Picture Book Party
-Field Trip and driver request
-Standardized testing week/Spirit Week
-St Patrick's Day
-Art and Music pictures
-Academic bullet points
Picture Book Party
On Writing Wednesday afternoon, we will be celebrating our Academy picture-book authors. Students are invited to wear something festive that shows their personality, and be prepared to read and show their book around the gathering. Students may bring a snack or treat to share with the class. The creativity, effort, and excitement going into the project is wonderful. Many students asked to work on the project during recess!
Next week on Wednesday the 11th, we will be making a return trip to tour the state capital campus in Olympia. Our last trip was several years ago. All of the students will find it an adventure with educational opportunities on many levels; history, architecture, civics... It's a wonderful experience which includes a mock supreme court trial. We are looking for parents who can commit to the whole day. We will be leaving promptly at 9, bringing brown bag lunches, and returning at 3. You won't regret it!
Standardized Testing Week
If you check the school calendar for March, you'll find that standardized Iowa testing is scheduled for the week of the 16th through 20th. Testing is for 2nd-8th grades. The exam costs $50 to proctor, and there will be an envelope up on the cork board to receive checks. First graders will be with Mrs. Wilson working on state projects. Students need to be in bed early Sunday night and each night during this week. A hearty breakfast in the morning is also helpful. We will be spending some time looking at practice questions next week. Testing will take place primarily in the morning, but some will take place in the afternoon. Please make sure students arrive promptly so that the schedule doesn't get too complicated. Testing week will be followed by spirit week with more details to follow about the fun for each day! If you've never heard of spirit week, each day has a fun theme and students "dress" for the theme. (ie. crazy hair, favorite color...) BUT, don't start planning until the final list of themes comes out from the Academy thinktank.
St. Patrick's Day
Although the timing of St. Patty's day is less than ideal during testing week, we will be celebrating in the afternoon of the 17th by the wearing of the green, snacks, games, and general cavorting. If you would like to send along something Irishey, a snack, treat, beverage... please feel free! No Guinness during testing week for the children.
Art and Music Pictures
Academic Bullet Points
-We looked at a visual algorithm for multiplication taken from Chinese culture.
-We are studying cycles and how they relate to science and social studies
-4th graders presented information on European explorers to the NW region and will start their state reports soon
-5th graders have a Unit Test next week on Monday after a more in-depth tutorial on review strategies and lecture on the highlights
-Liz and Nick are finishing The Devil's Workshop; a novel about Johann Gutenburg who invented the printing press to reproduce the bible during the 1400s.
It was a delightful day for a walk to the park. What an awesome group of kids!