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Classroom City Open House

Hi All,

Just a reminder that we will be having our Classroom City open house tomorrow (Thursday) night from 6:00-7:30. You are welcome to come with your child for some or all of the time to visit our city and see their business in action. All six of the 4/5 classrooms will be open for business, so you are welcome to tour as many cities as you like. We will be providing you with Classroom City money to spend!

Also a reminder that your child should be prepared to give their oral report next Tuesday about a business in the community that they have been learning about. Please let me know if you have any questions still about this.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Classroom City BOP

Hi All,

As part of our Classroom City project, our final BOP will be an oral report related to a business in our community. Each student will be responsible for learning about a business that helps our community in some way. We ask that in addition to doing traditional research about the business, they arrange to interview someone at this business, either in person or on the phone. They will create a visual presentation, either on the computer or on a poster board, and then share with the class on June 4th. The details on this assignment were sent home yesterday, so please check in with your child if they didn’t yet show it to you. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Classroom City

Hi All,

I wanted to give you a little information about our “Classroom City” project. As you may know, during our Social Studies time, we have been turning our classroom into a functioning city. There are elected city officials, a variety of appointed officials, city laws, city council meetings, businesses and more.

Children are working either by themselves or with a partner to create and run a business. I will be giving them significant amounts of time in class to work on this, but they may also need to do some of their work at home. If you haven’t already talked with them about their business, please take some time to do so. Ask them how it is going for them, and if they think they need any help at home with planning, supplies, etc.

Our city will be opening for business a number of times during the month of May, with our final opening happening at an open house for family on May 31stfrom 6:00-7:30. If you and your child are able to make it for the open house, it would be great.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Fun Night and Our Classroom Raffle Basket

Hi All,

Our annual Edgewood Fun Night is coming up soon and the school is looking for volunteers to help put in this great event. Please see below for information on how you can help out.

Also, each classroom is asked to donate items for a classroom basket. These baskets will be raffled off at Fun Night. Our theme is “Sports Fan (Go Ducks)!”. Feel to bring things such as balls, sports gear, tickets to sporting events, sports books, Duck gear, etc. There is a basket outside our classroom where items can be left. 

And… I have volunteered to be in the Dunk Tank at Fun Night at 7:00…

Edgewood Fun Night Volunteers Needed

Edgewood’s fantastic carnival and silent auction is fast approaching, and we welcome all families to be involved in creating a night of memories for our very important customers – the children! Fun Night is April 20 5:30-8 PM and uses the whole school campus for face painting, snacks, food trucks, cake walks, auction items, and more! Help make the fun happen as an event volunteer. Event volunteers can choose their spot online at http://signup.com/go/pjEEmXk or contact Gayle at gayle.lb.sawyer@gmail.com for more information. There are signups for the week prior to the event, as well as the week after, if you are unavailable the night of.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Cozy Clothes Day and Spring Break!

Hi All,

Tomorrow we will be having a Cozy Clothes Day in our classroom! Kids are allowed to dress in pajamas/cozy clothes, and to bring a blanket or sleeping bag, a pillow, and a stuffed animal. They may also bring a non-sugar snack to share with the class if they like. It will be a fun way to celebrate a successful conclusion to this part of the school year and the beginning of spring break.

When we return from break, we will have many things we are working on, and I’ll just mention a couple of highlights. We will continue our Endangered Species research project, which will include note-taking from various sources,  a multi-paragraph research paper and a drawing or painting of an animal.  We will also be beginning Classroom City, which is always a favorite. In this civics and economics project, all of the 4th and 5th grade classrooms will be transformed into cities, which you will be invited to visit during a spring open house.  You’ll be hearing a lot about this one I suspect.

I hope you have a wonderful time during the break, and I look forward to being back with the kids in April.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Middle of the Year

We’ve reached the midway point of the year, and I have to say it’s been quite a pleasure to work with this group of students. 

A couple of pieces of information. Report cards will be sent home on the 9th, so keep an eye out for them. Please keep the report card, and sign and return the envelope so I know that you got it.

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and we will be having a class party on the 14th from about 11:30-12:30. I will send home a class list of names, and if your child wishes, they may bring Valentines. However, my request is that they either bring a Valentine for everyone, or for no one. Please don’t just bring them for certain friends.

Currently, we’re working on a variety of things in class. Here are a handful of those things…

In Science, we’ve begun a study on Mixtures and Solutions, and have most recently worked on finding ways to separate a mixture of various materials using methods such as filtering and evaporation. We had a great time looking at our evaporated salt crystals with our microscopes.

In Social Studies, we’ve been continuing our study of the events leading up to the American Revolution. We recently held a simulated version of the Stamp Act Congress, and we had some lovely and spirited speeches arguing for both the Patriot and Loyalist points of view. The kids sent a strongly worded set of proposals to the English Parliaments, and much to our surprise, Parliament repealed the Stamp Act. We’re waiting to see what will happen next.

We’re working on two different writing projects at the moment. The first is a imaginative story that is serving as a way to examine and practice proper sentence construction, including using subjects, predicates, independent and dependent clauses, and conjunctions. The second project is a fictional narrative about a trip to Washington D.C. The kids are learning how to get information from multiple sources, and use that information to write about an imaginary trip D.C. and its various monuments.

We are continuing our study of line drawing in Art, and our classroom is becoming quite an art gallery. In addition, next week we will be beginning our first of two Artist Residencies we will have this year. Cullen Vance, a professional artist, will be spending two weeks at Edgewood teaching classes on Acting to our 3rd-5th grade classes. We will get four 45 minute sessions with him. We will have a second artist visiting our school later this year.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions about anything.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Happy Winter Break!

Dear All,

As we come to our annual winter break from school, I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for allowing me to work with your wonderful children. It really is a pleasure to spend my time with this group of kids as we learn, play, and grow together. The beginning of the year was good, but I expect that the coming months of the school year will be even better!

There are many engaging units lined up, including (but not limited to!) an exploration of chemistry in Science, a study and simulation of the period of American independence in Social Studies, a variety of reading and writing topics, and our continued focus on Art (you’ll love their portfolios at the end of the year!). 

I’ll be heading up to Vancouver, B.C. to spend time with family, while also just having a bit of time to relax with my daughter (a 5th grader also!) and wife here in Eugene. I wish you a happy and restful break.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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BOP and Cozy Clothes Day

Hi All,

Just a reminder that our second BOP of the year will be due on 12/5. Your child has once again been assigned either a Book report, an Oral report, or a Poem to work on. If your child has any questions about their work, please encourage them to ask me ASAP so that they have plenty of time to get the work done.

Also, we will be having a “Cozy Clothes Day” next Tuesday. Kids can bring a blanket/sleeping bag, a pillow, and a stuffed animal. It is still a regular school day, just a little cozier! They may also bring a non-sugary snack to share with the class, although this is certainly not required.

And of course next week will be an abbreviated week, with only two days of school.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Field Trip on Tuesday

Hi All,

I wanted to let you know that our class will be going on a field trip to the Alton Baker Park area next Tuesday as a part of our ongoing project with the Walama Restoration Project. On our field trip, we will be doing environmental restoration work by planting native plants along the Willamette River. It’s looking like it may rain, so please have your kids bring rain gear and boots if you have them. We will be leaving school at around 11:30 and returning by about 1:30.

Also, if you haven’t already sent back your permission slip, please do so by Monday (or Tuesday at the very latest!).

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Next Couple of Weeks

Hi All,

Just like that we’re coming to the end of October! It’s really been great to watch this group of 4th and 5th graders come together and become the wonderful class that they are. They’re really a joy to be with and we’ve been learning a great deal.

The next couple of weeks will be quite full, so I’ll just point out a few things.

The 5th graders will be going to Outdoor School from 10/31-11/3. This is a very special learning experience, as well as being a bit of a culminating event for their elementary school years. The kids will be having a Halloween celebration at Outdoor School. If you still have any questions about anything related to Outdoor School, please let me know.

I will be staying behind with the 4th graders, and we have a great week planned for them, including visits from a number of guest presenters. The 4th graders will be staying in their math classrooms for the duration, so they already are used to being with that group of kids. Also, we will be having a Halloween party at the end of the day on Tuesday, and kids are welcome to wear costumes. However, please no masks, weapons, gory things, or costumes that would be scary to the younger kids. Yes, they may not be able to wear their complete Halloween costume!

The week following Outdoor School will be parent/student/teacher conferences. This is an opportunity for us all to sit down and talk about your child’s educational experience. We call these “Student-led” conferences, because the kids will be the ones doing the initial sharing. If there is anything you wish to know that you feel would be better said without your child there, just let me know. I’ve sent home a form with your kids today that has your conference time on it. Please return it ASAP so I know if that time works for you.

If you have any questions about any of this (or something else!), please let me know.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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