daw.com - May 3

Dear Parents,

Each week there are students in charge of a current event. I have sent home a reminder with these students but I will also list them here.

Monday - none assigned
Tuesday - Brock
Wednesday - Alex
Thursday - Christoffer
Friday - Halle

Here are some student friendly sites for Current Events.
Good News Daily
Science News for Kids
Time for Kids

First off some kudos to the students: Christos and Michael for shaving in the name of Childhood Cancer victims. Here is a before and after picture.

The big event this week is the Hong Kong walkabout. Please make sure students have the following items for this event; octopus card ($100.00), hat, umbrella, water, sun protection and sunglasses. All students need a lunch as there are none being provided. Either students can bring a packed lunch in their backpack or they can purchase lunch en-route. Any student that has a digital camera should bring it along. Please clear all pics off it before they go out as it makes it easier to download when we get back to school.

Today we are at the Aberdeen field for the last field day of the year. Appropriate gear for the day, a snack and water are all needed.

We will continue with our new math unit this week as we look at geometric solids and their properties. There will also be an open response later in the week.

The memoir unit is going well and there should be a second one completed this week. We are keeping these in a book so that parents can see this when it comes time for our end of year Writer's Cafe in June. Our poetry will also be in this book.

Reading this week will see students complete their Lit Circles with a blog entry and a summary. We will begin the last lit circle for the year next week. I will also start DRA testing this week as a summary of the students year in reading.

Four our science unit we continue with the boat lab and move on to the flying lab. These have had some interesting discussions in class and I hope at home as well. Students are learning that by changing only one variable at a time, a set of results can be obtained that can be graphed. Not all the graphs we are making are straight line either - some are elliptical and giving rise to interesting math discussions. We will also go over the Variables Olympics project this week as it begins next week. Please note the entire project is a homework project and will be reflected on their weekly homework starting next week.

I hope all of you are able to make it to the party on Thursday and I look forward to seeing all of you that can make it. The party is a family affair so please bring the family. It is being hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Chen in the 6th floor lounge, starting at 4:00pm.

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. As we head to the end of the year I will make myself as available as possible should you want to meet with me about next year, summer work or review of this year. Please contact me and we will set up a time.


Harold Daw