The California Time Capsule overnight field trip to the Lazy W Ranch was a huge success! I imagine you had a very tired child come home to you on Wednesday! The students participated in two full days of hands on learning where they got to apply everything that we've studied in social studies this year to the activities at hand. I was very proud of the students' deep knowledge of California history and their willingness to share and participate in a positive way.
I know it is a very expensive field trip, but so worth it. I appreciate all of your support in helping your child to prepare for this educational experience. Not only did they learn lots, but they had the opportunity to further bond as a class. This is a very special group of kids! I've put together a video slideshow to share our adventure with you. (It's 15 minutes long so find a comfy seat... the audio did not work, unfortunately, so you may wanna put on pandora while you watch it :-)
A huge thank you to my parent chaperones: Michael Cornell, Peter Kuhn, Brian Donaldson, Charlie Stinchcomb, Angie Sciarrino, Lisa Ronco, Tatiana Walton & Lisa Black! We couldn't have done the trip without you!
Board Game Book Reports
Students should be checking out and starting to read their next book report book. For the last report we will be reading Newberry Award/Honor winning novels. Some of the Newberry texts are more difficult (which is why I save this for the end of the year) - if your child needs help selecting a novel please have them come see me :) I will go over the book report criteria in the next week or so- the report is due at the end of May.
The class earned their second big class party of the year this week! The class voted to watch a movie in class so they get to relax for a chunk of the day today and enjoy all of their hard work as a class.
Students need to bring in a flower (or 2) by Wednesday next week for a science experiment that we will be doing at the end of the week. It can be store bought or picked from the garden. Bright colors are encouraged - roses (or any really big flowers) will not work. Thank you!
We have a few tests coming up next week- Chapter 9 math test on fractions is next Friday, Social Studies Chapter 5 test on the Gold Rush is next Thursday. If students want to start preparing over the weekend, the SS study guide is on my website.
I need 1-2 DADS who would like to come in Thursday and Friday May 5 & 6 for the last hour of the day to help the 4th grade put together Mothers Day gifts. Please let me know if you are interested and available!
SEVERAL STUDENTS have not been turning in their graded work folder with a parent signature. PLEASE make sure you are looking over graded work with your child every Wednesday. Thank you !
Writing & Math Camp ~ June 27-30 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Led by Ms. Williams, Mrs. Travassoli & Ms. Nielsen ~ Cost $225
News from Coach Bohman
Fit to Lead Newsletter ~ No Condemnation
In life, and especially when working together as a team, conflict will arise. Conflict itself is not a bad thing. In fact, when handled in the right way conflict can lead to growth and a stronger bond than ever.
Since the new year, we have been focusing on how to both prevent and resolve conflict by having an "Unoffendable Heart" (i.e. always responding in love), choosing to "speak life" instead of hurtful words, and learning to grow not only from our own experiences but also from others', instead of repeating the same thing over and over.
Our final component in conflict resolution is "no condemnation." For our purposes, condemn means to respond negatively, hurtful or disapprove of yourself or others. It is so easy to get frustrated at ourselves and with others. But the Bible tells us "There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus." Romans 8:1 Therefore, through the power of Holy Spirit working within us, we are not to condemn ourselves or others in thought, word or action. We are called to forgive, to be patient, to respond in love and kindness in all circumstances.
Students played Team Keep-Away & Peteca. Peteca is a game where students are in a circle and have to hit the ball, keeping it in the air for 21 hits without letting the ball touch the ground. Limitations are put on teams as they attempt the 21 hits in a row, such as only using 1 hand, having to clap 3x after hitting the ball, standing in place, etc. In these two games many mistakes were made, which provided great opportunities to put into practice "no condemnation" towards themselves and one another.
Make sure to check out pictures and videos of the action on the PE website stjamesphysicaleducation.shutterfly.com
The Teamwork video can also be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNm8SnhIZQw&feature=youtu.be
Family Discussion Questions:
1. Share a time when you condemned yourself whether in thought, word or action, and the impact that had on your ability to be successful. (i.e. Did condemning yourself lead to being more successful or further struggle?)
2. Jesus was condemned on the cross so that we could live with no condemnation. What is one way that you can show "no condemnation" to others?
3. Share a time when you witnessed someone else being condemned, and then directly afterwards you specifically were kind to and encouraged that person. What impact did your kindness have on that person?