CRMS Update for 4/17/16

posted Apr 26, 2016, 12:29 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Green Ninja & Yearbook:

This week we’ll begin the statewide CAASSP testing.  The kids will be working on their tests Wednesday and Thursday mornings, with run-around/gardening breaks, then in the afternoons we’ll be working on our art project and the yearbook.  Those kids who hadn’t done it at home already tried to create Tree Ring and Green Ninja accounts at school this week, but there seems to be a problem with the school’s firewall blocking access.  I am working on resolving this issue with the school’s tech team, but in the meantime, would you please have your child create both accounts at home early this week?  I pasted instructions from my 4/1 Update to the bottom of this email.  Our yearbook deadline is coming up very soon and the kids really need to start working on it.  Thanks!


Headwaters:  I’ll be checking in with Tim Corcoran of Headwaters Outdoor School this week, letting him know our numbers so that he can hire staff and purchase food for the week that we are there.  If you haven’t turned in your permission slip yet, please get it to me as soon as you can.  Checks for $250 should be made out to Headwaters Outdoor School.  If your child has any dietary limitations, please let me know that as well.  Headwaters can accommodate vegetarians.  I can also accommodate no wheat and no dairy.  John Kiersted’s gear list that I’ve handed out is pretty inclusive.  I’ve talked to Tim about it and he says that that the only essential items are: a raincoat, a change of clothes, two pair shoes (one for wet and one for dry), a swimsuit, sleeping gear, and toiletries.  Attached to this email are two forms to fill out for Headwaters.  One is a medical release form and one is a release of liability.  I am happy to keep a hold of and help administer any needed medications for your child while on our field trip. If you will be needing me to administer medication to your child during their time at Headwaters, please let me know and I’ll send you a form to sign from the school.  


Writing Study Hall with Lou: Tuesdays, 2:30pm-4:00pm, at the Fall Creek office (aka The Annex). 

Math Study Hall with Aaron Shaw: Wednesdays, 2:15pm-4:00pm. 

Ukulele Club Meetings: Thursday, 4/28, 5/12, 2:15pm-3:15pm: Budapest, Riptide, Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Practice strums.

SBAC Testing: During class time, mostly in the mornings on 4/20, 4/21, 4/27 & 4/28.

Next Book Club Meeting: Thursday, 4/21, 2:15pm-3:15pm:  SKY JUMPERS #2: THE FORBIDDEN FLATS by Peggy Eddleman.

Next CRMS Parent Meeting: Thursday, 4/28, 2:15pm-3:30pm.


Summary of Class Activities:


Climate Science:  We talked about the causes of surface currents, global winds, El Nino and La Nina.  The kids worked together to apply what they had learned about currents to several historical, nautical events.  I introduced my favorite website,, and we checked out current winds and currents at a variety of altitudes.  They started working on writing captions for different diagrams that illustrated concepts about air and water currents to bring closure to this part of our climate study.


PE: The kids ran one lap, did 20 push-ups, did dribbling, shooting, and passing drills, and played 2 on 2 in basketball.   Thanks to Faith for teaching how to play!


Project Presentations:  This week’s presentations were on: how cat’s see color; the origins and uses of glitter; the geology and geography of different types of sand; and the birds of paradise.  Kudos to all presenters!


Gardening:  I bought 400 feet of 1” PVC for water transport, and some of the kids started digging a trench from the storage tank at the Nature Academy garden down to our garden.  Renee brought back the now-sprouted nasturtiums that the kids planted and they transplanted them into the ground.  Brennen set up the long-term home for the mushroom logs.  The rest of the kids worked on sheet mulching.  Please keep that cardboard coming!


Batik Project:  Most of the kids continued to work on their design ideas, using crayon and liquid watercolor to simulate the batiking process.  Some of the kids started transferring their designs onto fabric with charcoal and began to use the hot wax and tjantings.


Mindfulness:  We practiced a couple minutes of mindful hearing and breathing.


Mop Up: Many of the kids worked on setting up their TreeRing and Green Ninja accounts, with only partial success.  Others finished their partner bios/poems, or worked on photo-editing for the yearbook. 


Ukulele Club: Budapest and Riptide are really starting to sound good!  The kids decided to keep working on those two songs, practice strums and the finger picking part of Riptide.  Faith will be bringing printouts of some new songs to class this Wednesday to hand out for the kids to take home, try out, and choose from.


Wish List:

*Large pieces of cardboard for sheet mulching project.  Feel free to simply throw any big pieces of cardboard over the garden fence if you happen to bring them by the school when we aren’t there.

*Gravel and river stones for the succulent garden.

*Old electric frying pans/woks that you no longer want for melting wax, or a loan of electric wax melting skillet for batik project.  If you have any tjantings, or any other batik supplies, we’d love to borrow those as well.