Tuesday Tidbits

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

We didn’t send out a Friday newsletter last week, so we’re hitting you with the highlights this week. Namely, an Explorers’ Club update and all of our important calendar dates through the end of the school year.

WRITING UPDATE:

  • Explorers’ Club has begun!  Wow, they are so excited to dive into their topics.  We’ve finished up interviews and we have solidified students’ focus for this next unit. Here is our list of explorers and their topics:
    • Science
      • Alexander – space (black holes)
      • Bija – space
      • Margot – electricity
      • Eva – the human body
      • Rory – airplanes
    • Social Science
      • Rusty – plastic waste
      • Strummer – Egypt
      • Olivia – deafness
    • History
      • Levi – the United States’ flag
      • Ryder – Benjamin Franklin
      • Roxwell – Medieval times
      • Anderson – The Statue of Liberty
      • Annaliese – The Statue of Liberty
      • Lewis – the history of Moab
    • Earth Science
      • Keller – Mt. Everest
      • Isa – clouds
      • Lilah – clouds
      • Gracie – rainforests
      • Coco – rainforests
      • Adi – rainforests/monkeys
    • Animals
      • Noah – swordfish
      • Cali – swordfish
      • Mia – swordfish
      • Etai – rhinos
      • Havens – water dinosaurs
      • Mara – snakes
      • Caden – parrots
      • Logan – turtles
      • Hunter – narwhales
      • Kayleigh – peacocks
  • We are gathering non-fiction texts from our classroom, our school’s library, the Basalt Library, and the Pitkin County Library. If you have resources at home or that you’ve already borrowed from a library, feel free to send them in. We’ll make sure that all library books stay at school and don’t travel back and forth.
  • All writers are learning how to read a book as a resource, how to synthesize what they read, and then how to share the newly-gained facts with their audience. Facts that are worth sharing are smart (they will teach someone something) and legal (they don’t plagiarize someone else’s words).

UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS (THROUGH THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR):

  • Friday, March 16th: “Cinderella” performance at the Aspen District Theater.
  • Thursday, March 22nd and Friday, March 23rd: No school. Parent-Teacher Conferences.
    • Please contact Cindy to sign up for your conference.
    • These conferences will be just for you, the parents. Students will not be joining these conversations. We will be planning a Spring Portfolio Night later in the semester so that your first and second graders will be able to show off their semester and year-long progress.
  • Monday, March 26th – Friday, March 30th: No school. Spring Break.
  • Monday, April 2nd – No school. Teacher Workday.
  • Tuesday, April 3rd – Back to school!
  • Friday, April 6th – Play tryouts.
  • Wednesday, April 18th – Our learning center’s final El Tioga.
  • Thursday, May 3rd and Friday, May 4th – The spring musical at The Wheeler Opera House
  • Monday, May 7th – No school. Play Recovery Day.
  • Wednesday, May 9th – Possible date of our Spring Portfolio Night. Stay tuned.
  • Tuesday, May 22nd through Thursday, May 24th – Our Outdoor Ed trip to New Castle. These dates are different than our usual Wednesday through Friday plan. We had to adjust to match John Kelly’s schedule this year.
  • Monday, May 28th – No school. Memorial Day.
  • Friday, June 1st – Last day of school for K-6.
  • Tuesday, June 5th – 8th grade graduation.

That’s our quick and dirty update for ya!

– Kristina, Casey, and Katie