The Minborg Crew is crusin right along with our new “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” expedition. Although we have just scratched the surface, their knowledge on the topic is impressive. Already they can identify challenges that were faced when building the T.C.R.R. and how some of them were overcome.
Next week is very busy with fieldwork tightly focused on our expedition. Tuesday both 2/3 crews will be meeting an expert up at the Donner Summit snowsheds to discuss the construction of them and issues they faced while using them.
Then on Thursday morning we depart on the Amtrak from downtown Truckee for our overnight adventure to Sacramento. Instead of rehashing all of the important details, please refer to the purple packet that was sent home last week. IT IS OUTLINED WITH VERY IMPORTANT INFO. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! If you need another copy please ask. Additionally, if you are unable to drop your child off at he train station at 8:45 a.m. please coordinate with other 2/3 families or me. I’d be happy to pick students up if needed.
On FW days, please remember:
- Large sack lunch
- Water bottle
- Good walking shoes
- Layered clothing
- SELS shirt (more coming soon if you need one!)
Expedition questions to ask your child:
- What were some of the obstacles faced when building the railroad?
- How did people get from coast to coast before the T.C.R.R. was built?
- How are you feeling about the upcoming overnight?
Family Homework: I hope you have enjoyed the show start to homework this year. The themed book bags (a brand new collection purchased with grant money from Excellence in Education funds) are nearly ready. Justine, Diane, multiple parents and I have spent hours preparing the bags to go home. Special thanks to: Amanda Smith, Shauna Ronzone, Nikki Dean and Carrie Hunter for helping create engaging activities to accompany the books. Once we are in the routine of book bags, Justine and I will start sending reading strategy tasks to reinforce what we are working on in the classroom. Each bag will have a binder with an overview of the book bag system and activity instructions. If a question about book bags arises, please ask! We are still working out kinks, as it is a fairly new system.
*If we have a parent who likes to sew, we have a few bags that need minor repairs! No sewing machine necessary. Let me know!
Still waiting for a few to fill in the contact info: 2015-2016 MinBorg Conact Info
Please Help your child remember to put their name on homework, etc. Our “No Name Board” is overflowing and I don’t have time to be a handwriting detective! 😉
- Garden Party Work Day: 10/3, 9am-1pm
- No School : 10/5
- Donner Summit FW-10/6, 9:30-2:30
- Amtrak to Sac./Overnight- 10/8-10/9
- Fall Family Dance: 10/9, 6pm-8pm
- Fall Family Photo Shoot: 10/11, 9am-5pm @ Cottonwood
- SELS Summit Day: 10/16
- Bear Walk (a-thon): 10/30
- Gratitude Evening: 11/13, 6pm-8pm
- Celebration of Learning: 12/17, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Veteran’s Day: 11/11
Winter Break: 12/21-1/1