Dates to Remember:
Wednesday math tutoring 1:45pm-2:45pm. I expect to have Math tutoring on 5/6, but not on 5/13 since that day we’ll be doing the Math test and I think the kids will have had enough of Math!
May 6, 7, 13, 14: CRMS CAASP Testing, ELA the first Week, Math the second week.
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, May 21: Last Day of Class at CRMS. Lou will be leading that day since I can’t be there. My plan for Wednesday, May 20 is to take our Fall Creek Hike which had been cancelled twice due to dangerous critters. End of year conferences begin the following week.
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!
If your child has an SLR camera at home that they can bring to use in class, please have them bring it.
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.
I talked with the kids about the testing and they should all know to bring quiet work, drawing, a book they are reading to class with them next week. We’ll be starting with the English-Language Arts test, so bringing Math homework would also be appropriate. From what I’ve heard from other teachers there can be a wide range of finishing times for each section. This will be amplified by all the kids starting on the tests at different times for the different grade levels. The kids should expect to have some extended study hall time so that we can maintain the quiet of the testing environment. In addition to what they are bringing from home, the kids will also be using that time to work on yearbook contributions.
Summary of 4/29-30:
Persuasive Writing: The kids worked in their groups to fact check, wordsmith, edit, and format final drafts of their persuasive letters in support of the Puma Project. I made a copy for each child of their group’s letter, which should be in their binder.
Project Presentations: We heard presentations on the history of guitars, African wildlife poaching, the history of baseball, and the history of video games. Bravo presenters! Please have your child fill out their self-reflection form while their presentation is still fresh in their mind.
Science: The kids worked in pairs on a lab to investigate the effect of different concentrations of medicinal plant extracts on planaria regeneration. For this lab (which may end up being our last for the year) I did not simplify the instructions, but had the kids apply themselves to reading and really understanding the complex instructions. The kids learned to titrate for the first time and got a lot of practice in measuring liquid volumes as they prepared the different concentrations of the extracts. They also practiced working with the planaria, by repeatedly lifting them out of their water, encouraging them to extend, and cutting them in half. (Don’t worry, they do this on their own, naturally.) In the weeks to come we’ll be making observations of how well they are regenerating in the extracts compared to our water control.
Art: The kids worked on taking photos and uploading their photos to prepare for editing them.
P.E./Health: We played Frisbee and Hillside Banana Tag. We practiced mindful hearing and breathing.
A parent helper for 5/21 to help support Lou.
CRMS photos from the year for our yearbook. You can email them or share them with me.
Garden Help. Please let me know if you have energy/interest in ongoing involvement with the school garden. Neither Bruno nor I have been able to put the energy into it that it needs. We need more help to keep it going. Many hands make light work. Thanks!
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.