Swifter, Higher, Stronger: Our class has been super excited about the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Our fieldwork to Squaw Valley before Ski/Skate week was amazing. Students rode the Squaw Valley tram to High Camp and were given a tour of the newly renovated Olympic Museum of the 1960 Winter Games. We graphed the GOLD medal count and and analyzed our data to form conclusions about the 2014 Winter Games. Check out newly added photos to our Crew Photo page from this field work.
Gold Medalist Debbie Meyer: We were lucky enough to have 3 time Gold Medalist Debbie Meyer drop by SELS to visit the Welch and Seaborg/Minczeski crews to share with the students what it takes to be an Olympic athlete, the Olympic experience, and sharing her GOLD medals with the students.
Web Research: A BIG Thanks to Megan Scott from the Seaborg/Minczeski crew for coming in to our classes and helping students research athletes on NBCOlympics.com. Students worked together in partners to learn about the current Olympic athletes and gather information about their athletic achievements and fun facts on each person.
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Upcoming Fieldwork: Arts for the Schools performance of Living Voices will be next Tuesday, March 4 at the Community Arts Center. If you would like to help transport students to this event, please sign up on the google doc link below.
Squaw Valley Giant Slalom and meet the athletes: On March 21, Squaw Valley will be hosting the U.S. Nationals for Giant Slalom. We are currently working on the details to get students up to Squaw Valley to watch the men's race at 12:00 noon. Following the race, there is an opportunity for students to meet the atheletes. For this to occur, we need a couple of parents to volunteer to cover the Friday afternoon Electives classes for Welch and Seaborg. Please contact us if you are willing to help out. More information will follow as we get details nailed down for this fieldwork.
Goal Reflection Meetings: The week of March 10, we will be holding our Spring Goal Reflection meetings. This meeting is designed to facilitate a discussion between parents and students regarding their goals set in the fall. Next week, students will bring home a copy of their Fall goals to reflect upon with you prior to our meeting. If your child has met their goals, we will determine new goals to work on for the remainder of the year, if they have not met their goals, this gives us a chance to revisit and revise the action plan to help them be successful. Please sign up on the Google doc for a time to meet and reflect upon these goals.
Nevada County Library: Our next visit to the Nevada County Library will be on Thursday, March 6. Please remember to have your books at school so you do not accumulate a library fine.
SELS-abration Family Dance: This dance has been rescheduled for Friday, March 21 at 6:00 pm in the school gymnasium. Remember, it's a Sock Hop, so get your dancin' socks ready and come out for a good time.
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READY!, SET!, GO! And we're off. Our Spring Expedition kicked off this week for a fun-filled Spring Science Expedition. Yes, there is a sports theme to this Expedition. I'm sure the crew will enjoy the Scientific Explorations we have planned for the next few months.
Swifter, Faster, Stronger: Case Study #1 will focus on the Winter Olympics. We will continue to focus on the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts (Reading and Writing) in this portion of the Expedition. Students will take a closer look at the history of the Ancient and Modern Games, the countries participating in the Winter Games, and local athletes competing in Sochi 2014. We will look at team commonalities and sportsmanship among athletes from around the globe.
Fieldwork: We have many great activities planned for FIELDWORK during this expedition. As soon as we have dates confirmed, we will get the information out to you so you can make plans to join us. Trust me, you don't want to miss out on these Fieldwork opportunities. FUN, FUN, FUN!
Progress Reports: Students brought home thier Fall Progress Reports today. Please take the time to sit down and review your child's progress with them. We will have Spring conferences in March to revisit and set new goals for all students.
Empathy and Caring: This month's Design Principle is Empathy and Caring which will encompass the celebration of our crewmates. This week's homework will include a list of crew mates and a template for our Empathy and Caring cards. Each student will write a meaningful note to their crew mates on the heart shaped templates and distribute them to their crew mates on Friday, February 14. Please make copies of these hearts onto colored paper and be sure to assist your child in wriitng an original message for each crew member. Please do not send store bought Valentine's to school on Friday, February 14.
Electives Block #5: Students will choose their upcoming Electives this week in class. I will send home an electronic version of the Elective choices for you to review with your child along with the students that will be assigned to REQUIRED elective for Block 5. Check you email for more information.
Scholastic Book Orders: The February book order will come home this week with your child's Yellow Folder. Book orders will be due on Tuesday, February 11. To order online, go to www.scholastic.com/readingclub and use the classroom code: HLNVT to place your order. Remember, each time you order books, we earn books for our classroom library.
Nevada County Library: Thanks to mother nature, we missed out on our last visit to the Nevada County Library last week due to the Snow Day. Teri, the children's librarian, renewed all the books for our crew. Our next trip to the Library will be on Thursday, February 13.
February Lunch Orders: If you would like to order lunches for your child at school, please download the Febraury lunch calendar that David emailed earlier this week. Circle the dates your child would like lunch and write your child's name and crew at the top of the menu. Menus are due by this Friday (or sooner).
SELS-a-bration SOCK HOP: Don't miss out on a good ol' fashioned SOCK HOP at SELS this Friday night, February 7 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The PTC is still looking for volunteers for all areas to help make this a memorable night for all. Thirty minutes is all it takes to make this a great evening for all. Please sign up on the Google Doc to help out.
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