Friday, February 09, 2007


Our Camp Pendalouan days were picture perfect for Snow Camp. Students enjoyed cross-country skiing, tobogganing, hikes, group challenges, and numerous outdoor games. I would like to thank those parents who were able to join us for an outstanding outdoor education experience: Rick Petersen, Derrik Velarde, David Reck, Mark Mahacek, Lourdes Melendez, Joanne Dilley and Sharon Burnside.

Mr. Myaard assumes considerable responsibility for classroom instruction this month. I am impressed with his ability to work with students in both small and large group settings. His strong background in language arts has been very helpful in our writing and reading this year. We are fortunate to have Mr. Myaard in cooperation with the Graduate Teacher Certification program at Grand Valley State University.

Beginning this marking period, students will need to complete a Reading Response Form each time they read a book. Along with their written response, this will give us a better idea how well students are comprehending the material they are reading independently. Once again, the goal for this marking period is 500 pages of text.

Students may bring Valentine cards to class this Wednesday, February 14. We will combine our next compliment party with this holiday celebration during the afternoon on Wednesday. We are in need of several more Scrabble games, however. Mrs. Peterson is coordinating the assistance of numerous families to provide a Valentine’s Day treat for the class.

We are finishing up the research part of our class production. The class is divided into expert groups that focus on one of 5 colonial leaders we selected for our class play and video this year: Hercules Mulligan, Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Sybil Ludington, and Peter Muhlenberg.

We have also previewed several scenes as development of the script takes place. As we begin to put all the pieces of the production together, we may need some help from parents this spring as we prepare for this unique stage play and video production.

This project is being funded, in part, by the North Bank Community Fund.

Life is interesting colonial America, especially when you may be preparing for a revolution. Mr. Myaard is providing instruction in history on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings this marking period.


Data graphs and plots remain our focus in mathematics next week. Today we looked at the importance of obtaining a large sampling to obtain accurate data.

We are beginning to wrap up our Junior Great Books reading of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” as students construct directed notes on cautious and brave behaviors of Ali Baba, Morgiana, and the captain.

Please sign and return your child’s report card envelope and comment card by next Wednesday.