The Cloud Connection

April 14, 2014

Math: I'll assess student understanding of decimals and fractions on Monday. We'll be learning about Customary Measurement this week. There will be homework Tues.-Thurs.

Reading: This week students will have an opportunity to tell their stories for the class as we put the final touches on our telling. I'm hoping to have our storytelling festival the week of the 21st.

Language: We'll begin our marine invertebrate research unit this week as each student chooses an animal they want to study in-depth.

Science: This week we'll focus on learning more about the marine invertebrates in Kachemak Bay.

Other items: Students did a great job in my absence Thurs. and Fri.!

Students should be reading for their weekly reading logs. Our next book report is due April 28th. Students need to select an Alaskan survival story (either fictional or informational) to read. I've included the diorama information in this newsletter in case students are finished reading and want to get started on their project.

Please sign the permission slips ASAP! It takes me extra time to put them all together and make copies before we head off campus. Tuesday is the day I'd like students to turn in their $70 for camp. Please let me know if you need assistance in payment of the $70. I am still in need of chaperones/drivers for some of our in town trips. Without your support we won't be able to do all of these great trips.

A permission slip for the Homer Family Theater on April 29 to see the Disney Hallo Bay Bear movie will go home on Monday. This will cost $5 (and the price includes a popcorn and a drink.) A naturalist will be addressing the school about bear behavior and bear safety. Let me know if you need assistance with paying the fee for this trip.

We'll be discussing the art piece each child wants to put in the Art Fair this week. The Art Fair is May 2. They can use something they've created at home or school this year as long as it's been created entirely by themselves. We'll be working on the artist's statement in school.

Thank you for supporting the student council fundraiser for the Animal Shelter. Our class raised over $140 which means they earned yet another field trip to the Animal Shelter. That will be the last week or two of school.

A flier went home about spring pictures last week. These will take place April 16th. I believe that pictures need to be purchased prior to the 16th.

Please check the events below so you can plan accordingly. May is looking equally busy!

Diorama Directions

Select a book of your choice that is around 100 pgs. at your reading level. Read the book and as you are reading be thinking of a scene or setting that is important to your story.

When you’ve finished the book you’ll need to recreate an important scene from the book inside of a box or make a paper box like we did for our snow scenes. The scene needs to be completed in a 3-D effect with objects in the foreground as well as the background. The walls and back of the box need to be decorated as part of the scene. Create objects, use found objects, or similar objects to depict the scene from the book.

You also need to include a written portion for your report. You will read this with wonderful expression when you share your report with the class. In your written portion please include the title of the book, the author of the book, your name and the importance of the scene you chose to share. Give us just enough of a summary of this part of the book to make us want to read the rest of the story.

You will be graded on all three parts of this presentation.


Volume 5 _____

Expression 5 _____

Poise 3 _____


Creativity 10 _____

Quality 10 _____

Good effort 10 _____

Originality 7 _____


Background 10 _____


Title 5 _____

Author 5 _____

Your name 5 _____

Conventions 10 _____



summary 15 _____

total 100 _____

Spring Pictures

Wednesday, April 16th, 8:30am

995 Soundview Ave

Homer, AK

Early Release

Wednesday, April 16th, 1:45pm

West Homer Elemenatry School

Orca Olympics

Thursday, April 17th, 1pm

995 Soundview Ave

Homer, AK

Holiday/No School

Friday, April 18th, 8:30am

West Homer Elementary

Seabird Adaptations

Tuesday, April 22nd, 12:45-2:45pm

Islands and Ocean Homer, AK

Spring Concert

Tuesday, April 22nd, 6:30pm

600 E Fairview Ave

Homer, AK

Pratt Museum

Thursday, April 24th, 12:45-2:45pm

3779 Bartlett St

Homer, AK

Beluga Slough/Wetlands

Friday, April 25th, 12:45-2:45pm

Beluga Lake, Homer, AK, United States

Homer, AK

Hallo Bay Movie

Tuesday, April 29th, 12:15pm

Homer Family Theater

This will cost $5 which includes popcorn and a drink.

Outdoor Wilderness Camp

Wednesday, April 30th, 8:30am to Friday, May 2nd, 3:15pm

China Poot Bay

Kenai Peninsula, AK

Our three day/two night camp across the bay is scheduled for the end of April. Please start collecting the necessary gear and mark your calendars. More information will follow.

West Homer First Friday Art Fair

Friday, May 2nd, 5pm

995 Soundview Ave

Homer, AK