Room 13 Gifted with Story of A.C. Gilbert by Local Author and Generous Donor

Our classroom was recently gifted with a class set of books written by local author Robert Young on the history of A.C. Gilbert. The story of Gilbert, a well-known toy manufacturer from the early 1900’s, paired nicely with several informational text selections on the role of toys in history our reading program recently presented. And, of course, the students have been thrilled to read and learn about toys!

We are also exploring museums in more depth–what they are, why people create and contribute to museums and how museums help teach us about our world–and The Magic of A.C. Gilbert has been a wonderful segway, as several students have visited the A.C. Gilbert Museum in Salem making this particular book come alive for them. Following the reading of the book, we also practiced and presented a short reader’s theater on Gilbert’s life story. Ask your student about Gilbert and reader’s theater–I think you’ll be impressed with what they’ve learned!

The books were generously paid for by Wal-Mart on West 11th. Thank you, Wal-Mart!

Students Participate in Annual CL Spelling Bee

Clear Lake held its annual spelling bee today, celebrating a year of learning and hard work. Students were given a written exam to qualify for the semi-finals and were given an oral exam to move on to today’s final. Two students in our class qualified for the finals: Wyatt Holly and Gabriel Ares (pictured here).

The competition was tough, and both boys did amazing! Gabriel reached the final round, coming in second overall in the fourth grade bracket. Well done, gentlemen!

Tayshaun to Throw Honorary First Pitch

Room 13 is delighted to announce that Tayshaun Stirtz will thrown the honorary first pitch at the July 11th Em’s Game at PK Park in Eugene!

Students at Clear Lake recently participated in a community partnership program with the Eugene Emerald–Em’s–baseball organization that works to promote reading and literacy at local schools. Students were asked to create reading goals in conjunction with their teachers and were responsible for “completing” their bookmarks by listing the books, minutes or pages read. Students who completed their bookmark received tickets to an Em’s game this summer.

Specific schools are recognized at each game. Clear Lake’s game night is July 11th where our very own Tayshaun will throw the honorary first pitch! We are thrilled for Tayshaun and hope everyone comes out to support him and the Clear Lake family. Go Em’s!!

Parents: Prevent Summer Slide this Summer

As summer approaches, parents often start looking to ways they can help their student continue learning and prevent what educators often refer to as “summer slide”–the steps backwards students often take at the start of a new school year when they haven’t utilized the skills and content they’ve learned the previous school year while on summer break. But, fear not, there are many simple things you can do at little to no cost to help ensure that your student is ready for school this fall while enjoying the time you have at home with them.

Bethel’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Brian Flick, has put together information for families interested in helping their child(ren) over the summer. In fourth grade, we studied place value, fractions, decimals, area, perimeter, all of which students will continue to develop skills in in fifth grade. Brian’s post offers a number of ways to integrate these math skills into your everyday activities. Reading each day is also highly encouraged. As soon-to-be-fifth-graders, students are able to do this on their own and often enjoy winding down in the evenings with a good book. My own children at home love this because I let them think they’re staying up later to do it!

Checkout Brian’s blog to learn how to help your child over the summer.

Logan and Kaylee Earn April Recognitions

Logan and Kaylee–April Students of Recognition

Congratulations to Logan and Kaylee, our April Self Manager and Student of the Month!

Logan, Self Manager for the month of April, has demonstrated remarkable improvement in self-management of his behavior, work ethic and positive attitude. He helps others each morning by passing out our Rocket Math folders and is working diligently on an excellent writing piece for our district assessment. Logan’s command of fractions is notable, as well — he can manipulate and calculate them in his head! Wow! Congratulations, Logan. I’m so very proud of you!

Our April Student of the Month, Kaylee, has also been hard at work. Kaylee is relentless is mastering her classwork. She strives to complete both her classwork and homework with impeccable accuracy and neatness. If Kaylee doesn’t understand a concept, she asks follow up questions until she understands and then practices at home. She is thoughtful in her work, and her penmanship is second-to-none. Her improvement and focus in our REWARDS reading group has resulted in notable improvement in her reading skills, as well. Way to go, Kaylee!

Gearing Up for May 11th Jog-a-Thon!

Kira gets ready to run the Jog-a-Thon May 11th!

Kids in room 13 practiced pacing themselves for the long race of a jog-a-thon today. We spent about 20 minutes making our rounds out on the field where kids realized that speedy starts don’t always end in #1 finishes. Later this week, we will have a schoolwide assembly to kick off the jog-a-thon season. Kids will hear how to get sponsors and about prizes they can win. We can’t wait to see all those rosy cheeks making strides towards our final spring fundraiser.

We invite you to join us for the Clear Lake Jog-a-Thon Wednesday, May 11th at 1:30. As always, thank you for your support of our class, Clear Lake and, of course, your child!

Not So “Itsy Bitsy” Spiders

This week in reading, we are learning about spiders. We have read a variety of selections, both fictional and informational, that discuss the various types of spiders, spiders that are venomous vs. ones that are harmless, how spiders spin their webs and even how they keep from getting stuck in their own web. One of the spiders we’ve learned about is the Orb Spider. This video shows a type of orb spider — the Spiny Orb Weaver Spider — spinning its web. Notice how the spider pulls down on each of the spoke webs to attach the next row of silk. Fascinating!

State Testing Starts Next Week

Students in third through eighth grade are given a battery of assessments as part of the state testing conducted each year. These tests help to determine how well students are progressing towards grade level expectations and whether they have met the standards associated with their enrolled grade level.

Our class will begin testing starting on Monday, April 25th. We will start with the English/Language Arts (ELA) assessment. On this test, students are given a passage to read and then a series of multiple choice questions on that passage asking them to identify things like main ideas, the point of view and the author’s purpose.

To learn more about the state tests, check out our webpage to find out:

  • Which tests 4th grade takes;
  • What is assessed on the tests;
  • See our schedule of upcoming exams;
  • Learn how to help your student prepare;
  • and more!

Here We Vincent van Gogh!

As part of our studies, the students have been learning about famous artists and their works. We recently read about Vincent van Gogh and his life as an artist. Students were surpised to learn that van Gogh struggled as an artist while he was alive, painting more than 150 pictures, but only selling a single one in his lifetime. They had no idea that Vincent van Gogh wasn’t still alive when his work became so very famous.

We also learned that van Gogh’s picture, The Sunflowers, was painted during his time in the south of France where he had gone looking for sunshine and brighter colors. After learning about van Gogh’s life, students had the chance to create their own version of The Sunflowers using chalk, tissue paper, dried black beans and creative minds. Their work is beautiful! This is a sampling of their creations.

Stop in sometime and check them all out. They are hanging in the hallway just outside our classroom door, spreading sunshine and cheer to CL staff and students as they pass by!