February Newsletter 2011 - Camas School District

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February Newsletter 2011 - Camas School District

It’s amazing to realize we

are already over the halfway

point in the school

year. Our Lacamas

Leopards have made

such growth academically,

socially and physically

since September.

We are so proud of all of

them!

School Counselor’s

Week

February 7—11 is National

School Counselor’s

Week. Please take

a moment to recognize

our wonderful school

counselor, Melissa Dolan.

We are so fortunate

to have a full time, certificated

professional

working with our students,

classrooms, and

parents. She is involved

in many aspects of our

school including teaching

and reinforcing social

skills and anti-bullying

curriculum to all students

in the school. She works

weekly with groups of

students to help support

their success around a

variety of topics includ-

ing coping with divorce,

making friends, managing

anger, and dealing

with loss. As a counselor,

she helps students to

solve problems, monitors

school behavior and supports

many students on

individual behavior

plans. Mrs. Dolan is also

available to help parents

and has a resource library

available for parents to

check materials out and

take them home. We appreciate

all that she adds

to our school. Thank You

Mrs. Dolan

Snow Make Up Days:

The winter weather has

been

responsible

for two

snow

days

this

year. This means that the

end of our school year

has been extended to

Monday, June 20th as the

last day of school. It will

be important for families

planning vacation in

June to allow some wiggle

room as we get

through the rest of the

winter season.



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What is the size of your fist and

goes “Lub dub?” Your heart, of

course, as any kindergartner can

tell you. We learned how to

keep our hearts healthy with exercise,

rest, and good food. The

highlight of our unit included

examining some real chicken

hearts.

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First grade will celebrate the 100th

day of school on the 17th by rotating

through various stations, incorporating

different math

and language arts activities.

The children will

gain a better understanding

of 100. Thank you to

the parent volunteers who will help

make this day a success!

This year’s weather pattern has certainly

provided an outdoor learning

site for thermometers, bubbles, kites

and anemometers!

We discussed variable

weather conditions,

clouds, weather instruments,

and the

changes typical with

each season. Students

are becoming quite the meteorologists!

Second graders become amazing

On Valentine’s Day, we celebrated the

friendships we have made in kindergarten

with

games, a card

exchange, and

lots of fun.

Next month it’s on to Japan…

During our study of rocks, the children

have learned many attributes of

the pebbles, sand, silt, and

clay that make up the soil

around us. They also observed

animal fossils. Next

week we will “dive into” our

study of whales. The children will

compare several species of baleen

readers! Through phonics and comprehension,

second grade is a

major turn- ing point for

many stu- dents. We

are sure you have noticed

the improved

fluency level of your

child and we hope you continue to

make family reading time an important

evening event. We will be celebrating

Read Across America March

2nd as a tribute to our famous author,

Dr. Seuss.

and toothed whales. They will

gather data to incorporate into their

whale reports.

Please watch for information in

early April regarding the plant fundraiser

to support the Zoo Snooze.

Math and writing are highlights of

each student’s day. We are currently

working on telling time, counting

coins, borrowing and carrying, geometry

and solving story problems.

Writing projects focus on details, beginning,

middle, and end – and all

those elements of a good writer. Our

second graders

are doing

an AWE-

SOME job at

learning!


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There are plenty of excited scientists in our

classrooms as we have begun our unit on

“Water”. We are introducing the scientific

process: posing a question and possible

solution, then observing and compiling data

before making a conclusion. They are

learning to write about what they have seen

as water is absorbed, beads up, flows, expands,

contracts, evaporates, and is held

together in a dome by surface tension.

In language arts, our students continue

working on summarizing nonfiction and

narrative texts, and using nonfiction text

features to find important details. Additionally,

we are learning to find supporting details

in a story and to write detailed para-

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The fourth grade teachers are beginning

to present lessons and activities

that emphasize the style, concepts,

and expectations of the upcoming

Measurement of Student Progress in

May. In reading, we

have explored comparing

and contrasting,

paraphrasing,

and test structure,

and have learned

how resources and materials are organized

in the library. Answering

story questions using information

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Listen my children and you shall

hear…………..

This is what you will soon by hearing

for the next month. The students will

be working on memorizing “Paul Revere’s

Ride” by Henry Wadsworth

Longfellow. All students are required

to memorize the first two and last

stanzas. The entire poem is very long

and takes a lot of hard work, but those

students that memorize the poem in

its entirety will be offered a trip to

lunch provided by Mrs. Strohmaier.

The poem will give insight into the

Revolution as it started to take form.

graphs. They have also written a narrative

story about what snowmen do at night.

These stories turned out great!

Math Fact Check? What combination is

your child working on? Would they benefit

from some extra flash card practice at

home? By the end of 3 rd grade students

should be able to accurately compute 40

addition or subtraction facts in 2 minutes.

Also, they should know the beginning multiplication

and division facts for 2, 5, & 10.

To help your Third Grader, spend some

time each evening quickly reviewing the

from the passages as support has become

a requirement when completing

assignments.

Math is a challenge as we tackle the

more difficult concepts of double

digit multiplication, long division,

graphing and interpreting data, measurement,

geometry and begin fractions.

Learning to write clear explanations

for our answers continues as our

emphasis in problem solving.

The students have a paper copy but

also can be found on pages 536-549 in

our reading text.

Students continue to learn the scientific

method by participating in fat,

sugar and acid investigations. We

have just finished with our calcium

study with our white rats. It does

seem that milk makes a difference in

the growth of our young rodents.

They have been exceedingly friendly

this year, I wish them the best in their

new homes.

In Language Arts we continue to

facts your child is working on. It really

pays off! Visit macmillanmh.com to play

Fact Dash on-line.

Mark your calendars. The state MSP

(Measurement of Student Performance)

window is May 2 – May 19. Our curriculum

has stayed the same, but the method

with which we teach and question has

changed. Our activities and lessons have

been emphasizing the style, concepts, and

expectations of the upcoming MSP. As third

graders, students will complete one math

and one reading session, but we don’t know

which days yet.

Geographical features of the various

regions of Washington will be filling

the minds and hours of our students.

They will be learning

and studying the characteristics

in each of the

five regions of our state.

practice answering questions using

data from the text and also restating

the question within our written response.

We want all of our students to be successful.

It is very important that students

stay organized and complete

and turn in all their work. It is a

good idea to replenish those much

needed school supplies (paper, pencils,

glue sticks, red pen, etc.) Please

continue to ask your

student about school

and read agendas.


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The Before School Spanish class is a big success! Sign up through Community Education for our next before

school session. The focus of the class is on speaking a foreign language. The children will learn all the basics of

the Spanish language through art, music, history, math, & geography.

Our next session will be as follows:

Before School Spanish - Lacamas

Thursdays, March 3rd – March 31st class code: C2208-11

8:00-8:45 a.m. Room 101

$40 per session

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Mad Science class for Lacamas Elementary students grades K-5

Mad Science conducts educational, entertaining, hands-on activities and spectacular

demonstrations to capture the imagination of children. Our goal is to spark curiosity &

instill a clear understanding of what science is really about & how it affects the world

around them.

March 2nd thru April 13 th on Wednesday’s from 1:20 to

2:20 PM (No Class on April 6th)

Morphin’ Molecules includes: pH Phactor, Chem-Mystery,

Glow Show, Dry Ice Capades, Watts Up, Junior Reactors

Fee: $85.00

Registration forms in the front office or call Community Education

at 833.5544

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