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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Volunteer Appreciation 2014


Here is our cast of All Star Volunteers for the 2013-2014 school year:


 Math Parents
 These parents come EVERY week to help with math groups. The students look forward to it all week and it has really helped students get much needed one on one time in math at different levels.
Anna Grass
Paul Grass
Yanwen Chen
Stu Kitayama
Allison Oberg
Sambo Kirkman


Party Volunteers
We had three outrageously fun parties this year all thanks to these awesome volunteers!
Dana Catlow
Tracy Peterson
Jill Harland
Megan Kirkpatrick
Jeff Preece
 

Biztown
Biztown was a great success this year and we owe so much of it to our volunteers. We had parent interviewers who came in to run mock interviews and give our students a little real life experience. And we had our Biztown parent facilitators who attended a two hour training and spent the entire day at Biztown with us.
David Harrison
Sheila Preece
Stu Kitayama
Rebecca Kitayama
Paul Grass
Anna Grass
Dave Duncan
Corey Stephens
Christine Leyva
Andi Jose
Jill Harland
 

New Projector
Our classroom got an awesome new ceiling mounted projector which has given us so much more space and accessibility to our technology all thanks to a very special donation to our classroom and a very special engineer to install it.
Dave Duncan
Anna Grass


S2N Exhibition
We had a great, informative, student run booth at Signal to Noise this year thanks to our volunteer organizer.
Anna Grass




Guest Speakers
We were so lucky to have some expert guest speakers this year. We learned so much about graphic art, the space program, cells and germs. 
Corey Stephens
Grandpa Jim
Paul Grass
Frances O'Connor 



Art Lit
Our art lit volunteer attends a monthly training and then presents an art lesson to the class. We have created many stunning art projects this year with her help.
Christy Stephens


Mtn. Guide Board
The Mountain Guide board needed a lot of sprucing up this year. We love the new look!
Tracy Peterson


 
State Testing Snacks
We were incredibly spoiled and had delicious and nutritious snacks each day we state tested thanks to these volunteers.
Allison Oberg
Xan Eriksson
Megan Kirkpatrick
Leanne Klausenburger
Anna Grass
Jill Harland


Science Helpers
Lots of help with materials and small groups run by volunteers make science experiments much more fun.
Kristyn Sherman
Jill Harland
Xan Eriksson
Stu Kitayama
Jeff Preece
Tracy Peterson
Allison Oberg


Most Awesome Copy Master
 Stu Kitayama

Most Amazing Spelling Corrector Extraordinare
(plus copying, organizing, and basically anything you can think of)
Xan Eriksson


We the People
We'll be heading off to Salem next week for our We the People field trip. Thank you in advance to our parent chaperones. 
Anna Grass
Leanne Klausenburger
Brandy Mason
Troy Peterson
Tracy Peterson
Cyndy Harrison
Sheila Preece
Rich Holsapple
Joe Catlow



S2N Pizza Party
Signal to Noise was an incredible experience and we got to cap it all off with a Pizza Wrap Party with a generous pizza donation. 
Sambo Kirkman


Science Fair Help
Mounting squares and rubber cement assistance was greatly valued while we put together our 31 Science Fair boards.
Xan Eriksson

Skid's Vacation Home
Skid enjoyed two vacations this year and came back healthy and happy.
The Kirkpatricks


Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! 
We love and appreciate you so much!


Hope to see you at the Volunteer Appreciation 
next Thursday, 5/22 at 2 PM in the cafeteria!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Butterflies, Wabi-sabi, and Alter Wiener-Holocaust Survivor

This year our butterfly project took some unexpected and amazing turns. Traditionally, the fifth grade raises caterpillars to butterflies to study life cycles...




We came across a poem related to butterflies...



One of our wonderful parents offered to do a butterfly inspired art project with our students plus an art history lesson...



the Japanese art of Wabi-sabi: imperfect, incomplete, broken natural or man-made objects, the acceptance of imperfection.









This parent also made the connection between our studies to a local Holocaust survivor who often speaks to school and adult groups and managed to schedule a presentation with Alter Wiener for our fifth graders...



The students were stunned, inspired, and moved by Alter Wiener's presentation...



They wrote letters...


















And we released our butterflies...