Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic break and enjoyed the holidays with your family!

We got off to a great start this week as we continued to inquire about geography through literacy developing activities. Students read information from their geography packets, answered reading comprehension questions and made charts to demonstrate their understanding of the text. Next week students will engage in an interesting debate about the advantages and disadvantages of living in the city or in the country.

In math, students are continuing to developing their skills as they continue with Chapter 5. 4th graders are exploring new ways to do two and three digit multiplication and 5th graders continue to work with fractions and decimals.

In PYP, 4th graders are working hard to inquire about their country of choice for their geography projects. They will be making big brochures to represent the information they find in the next couple of weeks. 5th graders finalized their lines of inquiry and started looking for information about their individual questions. Be sure to engage with your student and ask about the process!

In English, we began studying Glacial Lake Missoula.  We began the week charting our questions about Glacial Lake Missoula and what we thought we knew about it.  We then watched a short simulation showing the lake and the flooding Washington and Oregon.  Students also completed a reading about Glacial Lake Missoula, used a map to answer questions about the lake and the flood, and shared interesting information they learned about the lake and flood.  We will continue talking about Glacial Lake Missoula in the upcoming two weeks.  Please note that due to skiing and the short week, next week’s spelling test will be on Wednesday. Spelling sentences are due on Tuesday.  Students received their spelling words today and they are also up on the blog.

Students had an excellent ski day on Thursday and will continue this activity every Thursday during the month of January. Thanks to all of the parents who help out with these trips!

Finally, here are a few dates to put on your calendar:

Monday, January 13th to Friday, January 24th: School wide food drive. Please send donated food items with your child during these two weeks!

Wednesday, January 15th: Students turn in coloring contest for symphony if they want to participate

Friday, January 17th: No school – professional development day

Monday, January 20th: No school – MLK Jr. Day

Friday, January 31st: Symphony field trip from 12:30 to 2:30