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Welch Crew News: April 10, 2014

Welcome back after what we hope was a relaxing and enjoyable Spring Break! We always look forward to returning to those smiling faces, and a plethora of stories from the crew. We also return to a new Design Principle with a focus on the Natural World.  With the changing seasons and desire to be out and about in our natural world, we hope you enjoyed this week’s homework!


Expedition Express

Ready, Set, Go! : Just before Spring Break, we wrapped up our second case study “Slip-Sliding Away”.  Although we didn’t have much snow to conduct our experiments, we were able to make do!  Using the scientific method, we conducted experiment regarding how friction impacts snow sports, such as ice-skating, skiing, and snowboarding.   

Special thanks to all of the parents who joined us for our “Friction Fieldwork” at Regional Park:  Arthur Rader, Monique Long, Kris Hansen, Steve Cherneff, Alison Schwedner, Jill Penwarden, and Tina Cook.

Expert: Cooper Waldron from Smooth Rides in Truckee visited the classroom to discuss the science behind waxing skis and snowboards.   Students were thrilled to see a waxing demo and carefully took notes on the entire process.  Their detailed lists served as a pre-writing activity to write an informative paragraph using transitional words and phrases.  

Play Ball! :  Last week we launched our last case study called Play Ball.  In this case study, we will be investigating a variety of ball sports and how specific equipment help athletes perform at their best.  We are excited to continue using the scientific method with a many hands-on experiments, in and out of the classroom.

Overnight: Our spring campout will be on Thursday, May 15 in the Truckee area.  More info. coming soon!

Crew News

Scholastic Book Orders:  There are only two book orders left.  April’s book order will come home next Tuesday and will be due the following week on April 22.  We also continue to purchase new books for our classroom to keep interest levels high. New titles can be found for both comprehension check-ins with teachers, as well as in the classroom library. We are always on the hunt for great titles, and captivating content!

Nevada County Library:  We are winding down our library visits for the year with only a few left on the calendar.  Our next walk to the library will be on Thursday, April 17.  Please be sure to collect all lingering books in your home to avoid overdue fees and charges.

Swimming:  This past Wednesday we had our first of four swim lessons at the Truckee High School through TDRPD.  Students were excited about swimming and we were very impressed with how the children kept track of their belongings.   If possible, write your child’s name on their things to help keep us organized! Thank you Mark Wasley, SunMie Won, and Nikki Riley for joining us at the pool.  We are in need of a dad on Wednesday, April 23.  Please let me know if you can join us or sign-up on the Google.Doc link below.



Smarter Balance Test: The California Smarter Balance Testing window runs from April 28-May 9 for 3rd-8th graders.  This test is replacing the former STAR test and will test students on the new Common Core State Standards.  Participation in these tests is essential so please make sure your child is present at school during the testing dates above.  Specific testing dates will be given once our schedule is set.  Only the 3rd grade students in our crew will be tested.  A well rested child with a healthy breakfast is the best way to be successful. Sign-ups for parents to bring healthy snacks will be forthcoming.

SELS Signature Event:  The PTC is working on the final details of the 1st Annual SELS Signature Event to kick-off summer.  Dates are still tentative, so keep your eyes and ears open for the announcement.  If you are interested in helping plan and organize this event, the PTC will be meeting weekly for the next 8 weeks. Signature Event planning meetings will be held each Tuesday at 12:30 pm in M-6 at SELS.  Please consider joining in the planning stages of this great event.

Dates to Remember:

  • Friday, April 11:  Welch Crew hosting SELS Community Meeting 9:15
  • Thursday, April 17: Walk to Nevada County Library
  • Wednesday, April 16: Minimum Day. 1pm Dismissal
  • Tuesday, April 22:  Scholastic Book Order due
  • Wednesday, April 23: Swimming at Truckee High School
  • Thursday, May 8:  Fieldwork:  OMIS Science Festival hosted by KidZone
  • Thursday, May 15-Friday May 16: 2/3 Crew Campout and fieldwork

Welch Crew News: February 27, 2014

Expedition Express

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.

Questions of the Week:

  • According to Debbie Meyer, what does it take to be an Olympic athlete.  Hint:  The 3 D's (Desire, Determination, Dedication)
  • What was the most interesting fact you learned about a current Olympian from your research on NBC Olympics.com


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.

Dates to Remember:

  • Tuesday, March 4:  Arts for the Schools, Community Arts Center
  • Thursday, March 6:  Nevada County Library
  • Monday-Thursday, March 10-13:  Goal Reflection Meetings
  • Wednesday, March 12:  Minimum Day, School dismissed at 1:00
  • Friday, March 21: Fieldwork at Squaw Valley, US Nationals Giant Slalom
  • Friday, March 21: SELS-abration Family Sock Hop dance  6:00pm

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