The Cloud Connection

May 4, 2015

Reading: We're reading, Fever, 1793 about the Yellow Fever epidemic in America. This is historical fiction, and a very compelling story. We'll discuss this book as we read it together. Students will be recording their thinking in relationship to the story as we read this book.

Language: We'll continue to work on our illustrations and revisions to our stories this week. We'll also work on designing the cover and inside flaps for our books. My hope is that we'll be able to share these books with families before the end of the year, but our time is quickly disappearing. Due to the activities going on this week we won't have spelling. Analogies are due Fri.

Math: This is our last week of formal math class. Students in my class will be working on volume and building composite shapes.

Social Studies: Students will be sharing their history reports Wednesday.

Reading logs are due on Monday, May 11. (The last one of the year :))

Our final book report is due Thursday, May 7th and we'll share them with the class on May 8th. I sent the detailed directions and templates home several weeks ago so students know what the expectations are, but I have extras if students have misplaced their original set.

T shirts and sweatshirts with our new design are available Tuesdays before school for $15-$30/$35.

Many thanks for your support during our Writer's Fair. It was a great celebration of students and their skills as writers/authors/speakers! The students felt very accomplished and had great comments about the experience. We appreciate all of the extra help, goodies you donated and attendance! Thank you!

I could use a couple of parents willing to type revisions of our books Monday morning if you're available. Swing by.

Notice the change in our spring concert which was changed due to venue conflicts.

Please send your child to school with proper winter/spring attire so they are warm and dry when they go outside for recess! The weather has been a bit suspect lately.

Library News

What a great year in the library. Your children have read so many book: we have checked out 19,000 books so far this year!

With only 4 more weeks of school, we are starting the process of getting all the books back into the library.

Students will be able to check out books one at a time for the rest of the year as long as they have their overdue books returned.

Please help your students return their library books –I will send home overdue notices this week.

Thank you for all your support!

Your librarians,

Lisa Whip

Cheryl Illg

Hike to Homer

Tuesday, May 5th, 9pm

Diamond Creek, Homer, AK, United States


We'll be hiking from Diamond Creek to Homer Tuesday, May 5th. Students need to have a sack lunch, and backpack with water and extra layers of gear including a hat/gloves. If weather looks suspect raingear would be advisable! Depending on the energy level we may catch rides back from Bishop's Beach, otherwise we'll hike the entire way. Please send positive wishes for nice weather :) Good walking shoes/rubber boots are a must!

Cereal Box Book Report Information

Cereal Box Report

This week students will select a teacher-approved realistic fiction chapter book from the library. Over the next few weeks, students will read their self-selected book and create a cereal book report at home. Students will decorate a real cereal box with illustrations and information related to the book they read using the directions below.

Front of Box: Use apiece of white or light colored paper to cover the front of your cereal box. (You will probably want to create the cover before gluing it on our box.) Include the name of the cereal and a picture. Invent a name for the cereal that is related to the title of the book and sounds like a cereal. Do not use the exact title of the book. You may want to look at the attached page of real cereal boxes to get some ideas. Choose a shape for the cereal as well as colors and ingredients that all relate to the book. For example, for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, you might invent a cereal called Wizard Wands, a toasted oat cereal I the shape of miniature lightning bolts.

Right Side of Box: Make a list of ingredients that includes the story elements Character and Setting. Under the heading “Ingredients,” list the main characters and write a sentence about each one. Then describe the setting. You can use the template on the attached sheet or cover the side with white or light colored paper and do it in our own way. Just make sure you include the main characters and the setting.

Left Side of Box: Write a summary that describes the main problem and the solution of the book. Try to use words that will “grab” readers’ attention and make them want to buy your cereal. You can use the attached template or do this your own way.

Back of Box: Design a game that is based on the story. It can be a puzzle, a word search, a word scramble, a maze, a crossword puzzle, a hidden pictures illustration, or any other fun activity that might be found on the back of a cereal box. Make sure it includes information from the book.

Top of Box: Include the title, author, number of pages, and number of stars you would give this book if you were a book critic. The maximum number of stars would be 5. You can use the template or create the top of the box yourself as long as you include all of the things listed above.

Prize: Cereal boxes often include a prize. Your prize must be something the main character could have used in the book or something that reminds you of the main character. You can even include a picture of the prize on the front of your box to let the reader know what is inside the box.


Drums Alive

Tuesday, May 12th, 6:30pm

600 East Fairview Avenue

Homer, AK

This year our spring concert is combining P.E. and music in a fun performance. Please put this on your calendar!

Pajama Day

Friday, May 15th, 8:45am

995 Soundview Avenue

Homer, AK

Student Council's last spirit day of the year is p.j. day.

Field Day

Tuesday, May 19th, 8:45am

995 Soundview Avenue

Homer, AK

This is our "play" day and students love being outside having fun!

Students' Last Day

Wednesday, May 20th, 8:45am

995 Soundview Avenue

Homer, AK

Our end of year Awards Assembly and the last day of school. I will be sending home summer "homework" so make sure your child keeps it in a place that works for them to work on it intermittently.