CRMS Update for 4/25/16

posted Apr 26, 2016, 12:33 PM by Marcy Reynolds

Dear CRMS Families,


Green Ninja:

We’ll get back to Green Ninja when the yearbook is done and we return from Shasta.


Headwaters:  If you haven’t turned in the med form and waiver (attached) and payment for Headwaters, please bring it to class on Wednesday.  It looks like we’ve barely got enough room in all the cars to transport all of the kids.  Thank you, Drivers!  We’ll discuss any last minute details/questions, at our parent meeting this Thursday.  I will send out meeting times and places later in the week.



Please refer to the email I sent out on Friday with the subject line “Yearbook Help” for a list of what your child needs to work on for the yearbook.  Paul Owens, our district tech support was able to come by the classroom to investigate the problem we were having creating accounts.  Sure enough, the district’s firewall will not allow kids to create accounts at school.  I am hopeful that after your child creates and account at home, they will be able to access it at school.  In addition to the information I already sent in the “Yearbook Help” email, here is some more information that will be helpful in working to finish our yearbook pages this week:


*In my rush to create a classmate reflection grid from last year’s form, I neglected to add Nicole.  Please do add Nicole Fraser-Thiede to your grid and include her in your appreciations!


*Treering is sending you deadlines that allow for time for the editorial staff to review all pages.  Since every child in CRMS is an editor, I would like to extend these deadlines.  The real deadline for your child to finish their custom pages (which will only be in their yearbook) and their alphabetized page (which will be in all yearbooks) is the end of this week.  This will also be the deadline for the yearbook editorial team to finish the group pages.  By Sunday I need to have all the pages in their final form so that when we return from Headwaters, we can just add the Shasta photos and description and send it off to print.  Please have your child’s pages completed by this Saturday night.  Also, please purchase your yearbook by this Saturday night so that we can make sure you get it in time for our end of the year celebration.


*Please prioritize getting photos into not only your child’s Treeing folder, but also into the group folders, and the folders of other students.  This will really help every child to have enough to work with when creating their pages.  Thanks!


*When creating your pages, click the little grid tab to the top right of the page.  This will overlay a grid on your page so that you can place your photos and text boxes evenly.  Remember, there will need to be three text boxes one each student’s alphabetized page: one for their name, one for their bio, and one for their classmate’s reflections about them.


Please send me an email if you have any questions!



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

SBAC Testing: During class time, mostly in the mornings on 4/27 & 4/28.  The kids are doing great: really applying themselves, but not stressing.

Next Book Club Meeting: Thursday, 4/28, 2:15pm-3:15pm:  SKY JUMPERS #2: THE FORBIDDEN FLATS by Peggy Eddleman.

Next CRMS Parent Meeting: Thursday, 4/28, 2:15pm-3:30pm.  We’ll meet at the Nature Academy garden while the book club meets in the classroom.

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


Summary of Class Activities:


CAASPP Testing: The kids did a great job of focusing!  Most of them completed the CAT ELA and Math tests.  This week we’ll be completing the Performance Tasks.  Many thanks to parent helpers and Rhonda for helping to create a relaxed and supported experience for the kids.


Project Presentations:  This week’s presentations were on: the history of computers; dirt bike safety and equipment; and volcanos.  Thank you, presenters!


Gardening:  The kids worked on sheet mulching, digging the irrigation line trench, and weeded.  Katherine and Jennifer worked the mornings in the garden and welcomed kids taking breaks from testing, so the garden is starting to look really great!   Please keep that cardboard coming! We’ve almost mulched to the top of the garden.  Renee will not be here this week, but we are hoping that Matthew can make it.


Batik Project:  Most of the kids of the kids transferred their designs onto fabric with charcoal and began to use the hot wax and tjantings.  Some kids mixed dyes and did their first dye bath.


Yearbook: The kids worked on their write-ups or photo-editing for the yearbook. 


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.