Dana's Weekly Update 4-26-13

posted Apr 26, 2013, 12:19 PM by Cynthia Friedman
Dear Families, 

Here’s the latest that has been going on in our room this week: 

Field Trip to Brownsville: Thanks to Rob, Leauriy, Dena, Dave, Monique, Amanda, Bunny and Talicia for joining us on our fun field trip on Monday! The kids gathered information about the Oregon Trail and Oregon’s early settlers at the Linn County Museum and the Moyer house. We learned a lot of fun facts and had a great time! If you are interested in visiting these museums with your child, the annual “Carriage Me Back” festival is happening this weekend in Brownsville. You can stroll or ride on a horse-drawn carriage while the town puts on a reenactment of an earlier time, this year it’s 1918. It’s a little later than the time we’ve been studying, but it’s always fun! Be sure your kids take you to the beautiful Pioneer Park so you can enjoy the great playground we visited! 

OAKS testing: We have completed our first round of OAKS testing, with all students completing assessments in reading and math, along with science testing for fifth grade students. The students did a great job being focused and taking their time, with many showing great progress compared to last year’s assessments. Within the next few weeks, we will offer students the opportunity to improve their test scores, either striving to meet or even to exceed the standards set for their grade level. 

Thank You Volunteers: A special thank you this week to all my great parents! This is volunteer appreciation week, so I hope each of you came by to enjoy the great snacks that the staff made as a way to let you know how much we appreciate everything you do for our classrooms and Ridgeline! 

Science Fair Projects: Students are making progress on their planning for their Science Project. We will continue to go over expectations and answer questions as they come up, but please remember that this project is to be completed at home. Think of this project as a learning process, it’s not intended to cause stress. The goal is that all kids are proud of their final product. Although we’ve explored the scientific method this year, students are still at different levels of experience with projects like this. Everyone will learn from completing this process and/or seeing what other students do. If this is hard, next time

will be easier. If it is easy, we will show ways to refine the process or take it to the next

level. All students should have a plan in place for their project at this point. Several planning sheets have been sent home, including information on planning, record keeping and creating charts to share data. There is also information coming home this week about purchasing tri-fold boards to use for data display. I am including a mini example of a display board that may be helpful.  

Here are next steps and suggested due dates to keep on track:
1. Refine your research question, hypothesize, plan your procedure
*April 26-April 30
2. Complete your investigation and record your data and observations.
*May 1-May 10 (or sooner, depending on the time needed for your experiment)
3. Create an easy to read graph or table to show your results.
4. Write a paragraph summarizing your results
5. Make a Science Fair Display Board

(See expectations on “Science Fair Display Board Guide” worksheet)
*May 10-May 16

The project must be completed by May 17th. It can be turned into school on that date, or if your child would like to enter it into the UO Science Fair, they may bring it to school the following Monday, May 20th to be ready for the Ridgeline Project Fair on May 21st.

Other Science Fair Info:
• Registration for the UO Fair can be turned in to school or mailed directly to SPICE
• $20 fee can easily be waived by checking the box requesting a scholarship
• If your child needs more assistance with planning and carrying out their science fair
projects, the UO is offering these free workshops to help out:

April 27th, 1:00-3:00
107 Klamath Hall
University of Oregon Campus
To register for the workshops email btodd@uoregon.edu or call 541 346-4313 

Book Orders: Remember to order online or turn in your Scholastic book order by Wednesday, May 1st. Each student who orders will receive a free book, so please be sure to let me know what your free book selection is when you turn in your order. 

Upcoming Events:
· Design Bridge work party (10-5)
· National Bike/Walk to School Day May 8th
· Amazon Walk May 17th
· Ridgeline Project Fair May 21st 

Thanks, super families, for your support!
Dana and Jenny