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MinBorg News 1.22.16

Expedition Express
I’ve Been Working on the Railroad: As we wrap up our fall Expedition, we turn our focus to Case Study #3: Railroad: Good or Evil. Learning Target: How did the Transcontinental Railroad affect the Native Americans? Our crew as been learning and reading about the positive and negative effects the railroad brought to the western United States. Students will learn how to write an opinion paragraph stating their opinion with supporting reasons and examples.
Questions to ask:
• How did Native American tribes feel about the Transcontinental Railroad? Explain why.
• Describe how Native Americans and U.S. soldiers treated each other during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.
• Give examples of how the railroad was good and how it was evil.
Cross Country Skiing: As part of our Adventure Program, the Welch and MinBorg crews are learning the lifelong sport of cross country skiing. This is a great activity for students to learn at a young age to inspire a healthy, active lifestyle for the rest of their lives. We are focusing on maintaining a growth mindset as we face challenges and having fun all at the same time. Parents are needed as drivers and ski buddies, so come join us and sign-up on our Google Doc.

Arts for the Schools: Meena’s Dream: Our crew attended a school performance hosted by Excellence in Education on Friday, January 15. These performances bring performing arts to local children giving them the opportunity to view different artists in action.
Nevada County Library: I am extremely proud of the high level of responsibility our crew has been showing with our visits to the Nevada County Library. Students are checking out books to read themselves, to share with family, and returning them in a timely manner to the library. This is a great skill to learn at an early age. Our next trip is scheduled for February 4. Please sign-up on the google doc if you would like to join us!

Harvest of the Month: A huge shout out to Cassie Hebbel and Yvette Durant-Bender, our Harvest of the Month parent volunteers. Each month, our crew is treated to a delicious recipe made with locally grown fruits and vegetables. This month, students tasted legumes and Cassie made a variety of tasty things for them to try.
Fall Semester: Our fall semester is quickly coming to a close on January 29. Progress reports will be sent home the first week of February. As a reminder, our progress reports are scored on Standards Based grading, which means students are working towards an end of year standard. If you have questions, please come see me for clarifications.

MinBorg Crew Nov. 2015

Expedition: We’re chugging along (ha!) with the T.C.R.R. expedition. They’ve been working hard on multiple projects including, note-taking from non-fiction text, creating a timeline of the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, making an artistic diorama identifying the main events, and writing a letter from the perspective of the Chinese railroad worker. They are becoming serious experts about the T.C.R.R. Ask them to tell you all about it; they’re sure to impress!

After Thanksgiving break, we will be transitioning into writing and performing Chautauquas from some of the most influential people from the early railroad days. They will need your help practicing at home to prepare for Celebration of Learning. More info to come soon.

Questions to ask your child:
-What was it like for Chinese workers building the railroad?
-Who had the “Crazy Idea” and what was it?
-Do you think the RR workers were paid and treated fairly?

Crew News:

MinBorg Crew Reunites! Ms. Minczeski is back and thrilled to be at SELS Monday through Thursday mornings, and to be in the presence of the 2nd and 3rd graders. She has enjoyed seeing those familiar 3rd-grade faces and getting to know the 2nd graders. Thank you all for addressing emails to both crew leaders in the effort to keep both teachers up to date on all communication.

New Independent Study Routine: We now have independent study forms online to print from home! Hooray! If your child needs 1-2 days of I.S., we will direct you to our crew page on the SELS website. There you will find the three forms you need to print and complete at home. Of course, if you are unable to print at home we’d be happy to send it home when your child returns. If you are planning on missing multiple days, please check in with us and we’ll plan accordingly with you. Being a project based learning school means that many of the classroom assignments are worked on over multiple days. Your child may need to make up more than what is posted online when he or she returns. Thanks, Matt Pekarek and Sunmie Wasson, for getting this up and running online!

Library: We will be walking to the library every three weeks, including tomorrow afternoon. Please remind your child to bring their library books to school to renew or return. If your child’s account has any kind of fee, they will not be allowed to check any books out! Also, please do not send late fee money to school; It becomes a logistical nightmare. Thanks to Dawn Neustel, the Pakareks, and Nick McDaniel for walking with us!

Arts for the Schools: Both ⅔ crews will be walking over to Truckee High School this Friday to see our very own Megan, Maris and Dela perform in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Sierra Nevada Dance. Please remind your child of proper etiquette at a performance; we will also be discussing this at school. We’ll be cheering for you girls! *We have some extra tickets if you’d like to join us from 9:15-11:30ish. Please email me directly. First come, first serve.

Harvest of the Month: Last month, Cassie Hebel came in and made a delicious rosemary potato dish. She playfully showed them how to make the yummy dish and discussed all of the benefits of eating potatoes. This week Yvette Durant-Bender is coming in for the students to taste pomegranate. Encourage your child to taste the new food each month.

Book Bags: Please help your child take inventory on their book bag every MONDAY NIGHT! That way, if a book is missing you will not be held responsible for it. Just send an email or note if something is not missing. Please do it again on THURSDAY NIGHT before returning to school. Remember, these bags are rotated through the whole class and if your child doesn’t return it, another child pays the price.

A big THANK YOU to our new classroom volunteers! We really appreciate the help. They’ve been helping with all sorts of things for us: working with small groups, copying, laminating, filing, etc. Thanks to Maria Snideman, Matt and Kirsten Pekarek, SunMie and Brian Wasson, and Dan and Sonja Martin.

Important Dates:
Thurs. 11/19: Walk to Library
Fri. 11/20: Walk to Truckee High for Ballet Performance
11/23-11/27: Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL
Wed. 12/9: Minimum Day-1 pm Dismissal
Thurs. 12/17: Celebration of Learning 6-7:30
12/21-1/1: Winter Break