Dates to Remember:
Wednesday math tutoring 1:45pm-2:45pm. Hooray for Joe Paine and the kids who are staying for Math!
May 6, 7, 13, 14: CRMS CAASP Testing. (Please see Testing below.)
Wednesday, May 13, 1:45pm-3:00pm: Next Parent Meeting. Come connect with other parents, check in about how the testing is going, begin to plan next year, and sign up for an end of the year conference.
Thursday, May 14: Town Hall Meeting. I’ve requested $500 for CRMS to help offset the cost of our beginning of the year Ropes Course (which costs $48 per student). Come support that proposal and all the other wonderful proposals. The parents who show up make the decisions about how the parent-fundraised funds are allocated.
Friday, May 15: Month 9 attendance due.
Thursday, June 11, 11am-2pm: CRMS Graduation and End of the Year Potluck Celebration at the Trowbridge residence in Bonny Doon. Thank you Rachel, Faith & family for offering to host our party!
I sent home background reading for our upcoming planaria regeneration lab. It would be great if you could read it and discuss it with your child before Wednesday.
If your child has an SLR camera at home that they can bring to use in class, please have them bring it. Sheryl will be teaching about photographic composition and it would be great if as many kids as possible could immediately apply what they learn.
If you have any photos that you have taken of CRMS kids/activities, the next couple of weeks would be the time to email or “share” them with me since the kids might want to include them in their yearbook.
CRMS will not be testing with the other K-8 charter kids this week. Instead we’re going to take the first part of four regular class days for testing in an effort to maintain our usual rhythm as much as possible. I had thought I’d be able to have the kids navigate around a bit on the Smarter Balanced website to help them familiarize themselves with the interface before the test, but with the charter’s Chromebooks needed at the Quail Hollow site, we won’t be doing much on computers this week. If you’d like to go on to the site and investigate the interface a bit at home, here’s how:
*Click on the big square in the middle of the page to get to the practice tests.
*Click the left green button for the student interface in English and click the sign-in button (no need to log in).
*Select a grade. I suggest selecting a grade at least two levels below at first in order to focus on the format without being distracted by the content.
*Click “Yes” to sign in as a guest.
*Pick any test and start exploring.
Summary of 4/15-16:
Persuasive Writing: This week we took the information that the kids wrote down from the Puma Project presentation in their Cornell Notes and compiled it into a master list. In table groups the kids used the internet to research the different agencies that fund the Puma Project and used the information from the agency’s mission statement, tailoring their arguments in an effort to convince the agency to keep funding the Project. Most of the groups have their first draft completed. On Wednesday, the kids wrote reflections on how they felt they worked as a group and what they (as individuals) felt they could do to improve the process. This made a huge difference in how well the kids were able to work together the following day.
Project Presentations: Last week we heard about saddle types, their uses and histories, the history of time-keeping devices, the history of movie technology, and sculpting miniature food out of polymer clay. Bravo presenters!
Art: Inspired by the food miniatures presentation, the kids worked on sculpting and coloring their own. The kids also worked on taking photos and uploading their photos. Some kids began the process of editing.
P.E.: We practiced Frisbee throwing skills followed by a game of Ultimate Frisbee. We also played Cat & Mouse.
Two liter plastic soda bottles, or water bottles. We’re going to need them as cloches in the garden to help keep the pests off of our seedlings. Thanks!
Garden Help. The kids are getting a little burned out on weeding. Some of you had mentioned earlier in the year that you’d like to come help in the garden. If this is still true for you, please let me know and we can arrange a time. Bruno is working on irrigation. Once he gets the supplies, I’m sure he’d welcome help in working with the kids to put it all together.
Neutral-dark colored (black or brown would be good) oil cloth for covering the top of the low bookshelves. The shelves to the right of the door as you walk in are getting a bit rusty from our storing the hand wash water bottles there.
Our own Kira Ruvo is offering a photo contest in which CRMS kids are encouraged to participate! Here are the details:
Here is the link information about the art contest. Let's not worry about the deadline as I am extending it for your class.
And the link to previous cover samples:
It would be good to see some illustrations, though we may not have time to wait. Ideally the picture is a vertical.
New Teen After-School Program at Mountain Community Resources!
Need a comfortable and safe place to spend time after school? Mountain Community Resources has now opened its doors to all Middle and High School students every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Students are welcome to bring a snack or use our community kitchen; enjoy comfy couches and large tables for homework, wireless internet, and volunteer-led activities.
Teens can relax or participate in scheduled activities that include movie screenings, art, games, nature walks, and more. Student supervision is provided by MCR staff and volunteers. The MCR closes at 4:30 pm. Please arrange for timely student pickup or transportation.
MCR is located at 6134 Highway 9 in downtown Felton - look for the building with the big green heart! For more information, contact Nik Martinelli MCR Teen Advocate, at 335-6607 or NikolasM@cbridges.org
Tdap Booster Needed to start 7th Grade Next Year
For the 2015-16 school year, and all future school years, students entering,
advancing or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called Tdap) for school in the fall.
The new requirement was signed into law in 2010. Students without proof of immunization will NOT be allowed to attend school on the first day of school in August.
Please be sure to bring proof from your doctor to the charter office by June 1.