April 2013 - Camas School District

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April 2013 - Camas School District

Dear Families,

We are rapidly approaching

the end of the year.

With spring in the air and

a touch of spring fever it

is important to remind

our children that we have

a lot of learning time left.

With spring also comes

new spring outfits. Please

go over the dress standards

in the handbook that

you received at the beginning

of the school

year with your child. We

do everything we

can to insure that

we set a tone for

learning. One

thing that impacts

how children react

to the learning climate

is their dress.

Also, regular attendance

is essential to a

student’s success in

school. Most subjects are

taught in sequence, requiring

understanding of

each concept in the order

of its presentation. Persistent

tardiness and absenteeism

creates a genu-

ine hardship for a student

and is regarded as a very

serious problem.

All students have the responsibility

to be in

school on time each day.

Parents please set the example

by stressing the

importance of regular,

on-time attendance and

by planning vacations

and appointments on

weekends, holidays, and

after school hours whenever

possible.

We had another successful

week in the Jungle.

When the gym is transformed

into the Jungle

motivation and excitement

are at its peak. The

design of the gym allows

challenges and opportu-

nities for K-5th. The

equipment is laid out so

everyone is moving at all

times. Heart rates are up

and red faces abound.

We are proud of the student’s

behavior traveling

with their lunches from

the cafeteria to their

classroom, eating in the

classrooms and having

safe, responsible and respectful

behavior in the

Jungle.

As we look ahead, a reminder

that state MSP

testing will be in May

for all students in grades

3-5. Lacamas testing

dates will begin May 6th

and finish on May 24th.

You will receive a letter

with specific dates for

your child’s classroom.

Watch for the MSP letter

coming

home at

the end

of April.

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Konnichiwa! We have been studying

the children of Japan and comparing

their lives to our own. We

looked at transportation both to

Japan, and within Japan, homes,

clothes,

schools,

food,

weather,

and

holidays.

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First grade has said good-bye to winter

and hello to spring with beautiful

spring hats. We are excited to see all

the changes that will

happen with the coming

of a new season.

We will soon conclude

our study of

whales with the writing of whale reports.

Ask your child which whale he

March roared right by

us!

We will soon begin our

geography unit that focuses

on map skills and

the use of an atlas and

review communities.

Franz Bakery gives us the opportunity

to see how one business can

enhance our community. The

We celebrated Boy’s Day and

Hina Matsuri. We created cherry

blossoms for Spring. Our cumulating

activity was a Japanese

Festival.

Our Spring FOSS Science kit is

called “Animals 2x2”, and we

worked on the fish portion of

that kit, comparing goldfish and

guppies.

or she is researching!

We will begin our

study of plants,

observing their life

cycle from seed to flower.

Our Zoo Snooze is quickly approaching!

Our Plant Sale Fundraiser

is from April 12-26. You earn $5

credit towards your trip for each

item sold. Please see the details in

smells, and bringing home that mini

loaf of fresh bread adds to the

enjoyment! Watching those

huge mixers dumping a huge

load of dough into the troughs

always delights students!

A lot of our math focus is solving

addition and subtraction

regrouping problems, which can be

a very difficult concept to understand.

Practicing the subtraction

facts at home will help your child

be more successful with

We have moved on to

our Farm

Unit now.

the packet your child brought home.

Mrs. Hansel’s class will attend June

5-6, Mrs. Brech’s class May 29-30

and Ms. Maclachlan’s class May 8-

9. We look forward to our Zoo adventure.

Please be sure the adult attending

has a current volunteer

clearance form on file.

It’s also a great idea to

have a “back up”

adult with clearance in

case you need to make

a last minute change.

this skill. We are also working on

math word problems. Students are

assessed on their ability to problem

solve and communicate in writing

how they solved their problems.

Spring brings the need to make sure

all our students have the basics to be

successful third graders! They’ve

been working hard and it’s amazing

to see the academic growth they

have made since September!

AWESOME!


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In the coming weeks, third graders

will be sharpening their math and

reading skills to prepare for the state

MSP test. A good nutritious breakfast

and a good night’s

sleep will help your child

come to school with maximum

brain power! Please

encourage your child to do

their very best and show

what they know!

In Social Studies, the students are

beginning to study Native Ameri-

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March has marched off into our memories

and April is showering us in rain

and with activities in preparation for

the MSP. Students returned from

their spring break rested and were

ready to tackle the intense review of

reading, math, and writing skills.

Reading with understanding, problem

solving effectively, and writing with

clarity are the targets for this month.

They are working on a review of

skills that have been covered this year

– focusing in math on multi-digit multiplication,

fractions, decimals, and

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Congratulations again to our remarkable

students that memorized and recited

“Paul Revere’s Ride”: Ryan

Toedtli, Christina Gensitskiy, Bryan

Hansel, David Kovalenko, and Ella

Nelson. They will enjoy a special outing

with Mrs. Strohmaier.

We have taken the challenge of learning

the spelling and location of our 50

states and their capitals. It was a great

effort. As we finish up we have already

headed forward into the American

Revolution. The children have a decision

to make, would they be a Patriot,

or a Loyalist.

cans. We will be comparing how

the environment impacts the way

each region lives. We will be

studying the regions of The

Northwest Coast, The Southwest,

and Plains. We are

looking forward to our field

trip to Lelooska on Friday,

April 26 th . This trip in an authentic

experience in the legends,

the costumes, and the

environment of our own area’s

Native Americans.

mixed numbers, geometry/

measurement, algebra, data/statistics/

probability and problem solving; in

reading, reviewing supporting their

understanding with story details; and

in writing, expressing clearly organized

ideas in either a story

(narrative) or describing/explaining

(expository)

styles of writing.

Our study of the

state of Washing-

April brings a shower of knowledge.

We will soon begin work on our state

projects using the strands of Social

Studies: geography, history, civics

and economics. Our State Fair night

will be the first part of June, when all

of our projects will be on display.

Science is focusing on environment

and the factors that contribute to relationships

between organisms. Students

will become aware of possible

consequences due to changes in the

environments. We will continue to be

aware of controlled investigations

using procedures while being able to

We are also beginning our Structures

of Life unit in Science. Students

will observe, compare, categorize,

and care for a selection of

organisms. We will use the scientific

method to investigate plants,

crayfish, and

snails.

ton is underway. The regions of Washington

were covered in the previous trimester

and now the classes are moving

on to the history of people who settled

the land, beginning with Native Americans

and up to the present. In science,

we will also be exploring a science unit

dealing with the muscular/skeletal

body system.

write an investigation with all 6 steps.

Students need to describe observations

through detailed writing and

labeled diagrams.

We continue to work on writing, reading

and math skills. Our state testing

will be in May. Students need to continue

to check due dates and use class

time to complete assignments. Springtime

and sports make it easy to overlook

uncompleted work. Please continue

to check your child’s agenda

and replenish their school supplies.

Please mark your calendars for April

29, this is our 4 th and 5 th grade music

night.


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Mr. Ainley would like to invite you come and see what students

have learned in music so far this year! Mark your

family calendars now for our upcoming Spring Showcase

taking place on:

April 22 nd – 2 nd & 3 rd Grade – 6:30 pm

April 29 th – 4 th & 5th Grade – 6:30 pm

Come watch your students perform and show you their musical talents!

The K-1 showcase will occur at the school wide Open House on June 6th.

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Lacamas Heights School Orientation/Registration

for the 2013-2014 school year will take place

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00

a.m. You will have a chance to hear from the kindergarten

teachers about curriculum, take a ride on a

real school bus and register your child for next year.

Your child will be able to participate in a class activity

while you are in the gym listening to the presentations.

If you have questions in regard to which

boundary you may be in, feel free to call the Transportation

office at 833-5585 or the Lacamas school

office at 833-5740. Visitation for those students entering

Fall of 2013 will be held at each of the four

Camas neighborhood elementary schools at different

dates and times. Visit the Camas School District

website for registration documents.

www.camas.wednet.edu

Lacamas Heights Elementary

Kindergarten Orientation/Registration

4600 NE Garfield

(360)833-5740

May 15th 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Woodburn Elementary

Kindergarten Orientation/Registration

2400 NE Woodburn Dr.

(360)833-5740

May 29th 4:00-5:30 p.m.


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Papermaker Preschool - Enrollment for Fall 13-14 13 14

Camas High School’s Papermaker Preschool is open to children who are four

years of age by August 31, 2013. The full-time preschool hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00

p.m. Tuition is $690 per month, pro-rated September through May, for full-time (ninehour

maximum/day) preschoolers. Our integrated preschool follows the Camas

School District Calendar.

If you have any questions regarding our program or would like to schedule a visit,

please call the Career & Technical Education Office at 833-7258.

If you would like to register your child, please call Shanna Nielson or Becky

Stauffer at 833-5410 to schedule a registration appointment. Registration materials

are available online at www.camas.wednet.edu under Parent

Corner. Registration applications are also available for

pick up at the District Office, located at 841 NE 22nd Ave.

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