The Local Times

By the students, for the students

March 27, 2016

Quote of the Week

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you can't do” -Walter Bagehot

Weekly Update By: Aidan

The Weekly Update:

Discovery Quest presentations were last week, and we had visitors come in, like Mrs. Eldridge's class, and our first grade buddies. We will be having a read in, (when we read for 1 or 2 hours) and Spring Break starts on Friday, April 1st.

Extra: Here's a link to the EagleCam, and what EagleCam is is a camera in an eagle's nest, and you get to get a close up view of the life of an eagle!

Artwork by Sebastian Fries

From the Teacher

This past Friday, we had a read-in! The students enjoyed bringing blankets, laying on the floor, and reading. We also finished our read aloud, "Save Me a Seat" and started "The Lions of Little Rock." It is a work of historical fiction set in the 1950's in Little Rock, Arkansas. We previewed some video footage about the Little Rock Nine and the events that unfolded during that time period.

We are also working on our fluency and expression with Reader's Theater and The Island of Dr. Libris. The students have been learning how to synthesize and they have some great strategies for synthesizing multiples texts. We are in midst of creating decimal presentations for next week. We are also working on a natural disaster group project that we should be able to wrap up this week. Word Study will resume the week after Spring Break.

Student of the Week: Sasha Allen

The student of the week is Sasha A!

Q: How do you think this newspaper has affected our class?

A:"It's been a lot of fun and it gives everyone something to work on."

Q: How do you feel about the upcoming choir performance?

A:"A little bit nervous. I hope we get the song sheets"

Q: How have you been responsible this week?

A:"By reading exactly what I needed to for book groups."

Q: How do you feel about Mrs. Skogstad looping?

A:"Really, really happy and excited."

Q: Why did you choose your part in the newspaper?

A:"I do the Book of the Week and I chose that because I love to read."

By: Bella Andrews

Global Events By: Rohil

Brussels Terror Attacks

This week started with very sad events in Europe. On Tuesday 2 explosions hit Brussels killing 30 people. First attack hit the airport killing 10 people then another hit a subway station which killed 20 more. More than 230 people were injured. ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) terrorist group took responsibility for the 2 explosions. Man hunt is underway to arrest the people behind the attacks. Same group was behind the Paris attacks that rocked the city in November of last year.

Obama’s visit to Cuba

Obama visited Cuba this week. He was the first president in over 80 years to visit the country. The relationship between U.S. and Cuba became sour when Fidel Castro came to power 1959 and established a communist rule in Cuba. The relationship began to open up in late 2014 when they released an American prisoner to the U.S. Since then then the relationship between them has began to grow stronger. When Obama went to Cuba this week he promised to improve trades and diplomatic ties to the country. It should help the Cuban people to live a better life.


This waterfall found in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valley, is a five-story waterfall that pours slowly out of the Taylor Glacier and into Lake Bonney. It is supplied by this water by a patch of water underneath the glacier that is 3 times saltier then sea water. The water that feeds Blood Falls is completely cut off from the atmosphere—it has never seen sunlight and is completely devoid of oxygen. It's also extremely rich in iron, which was churned into the water by glaciers scraping the bedrock below the lake. When water from the subglacial lake seeps through a fissure in the glacier, the salty water cascades down the Taylor Glacier into Lake Bonney below. When the iron-rich water comes into contact with the air, it rusts—depositing blood red stains on the ice as it falls.

Math Puzzle of the Week By: Brian

What 3 positive numbers give the same result when multiplied and added together?

Answer:Posted Next Week

Book Recommendation By: Adam A.

Book recommendation: The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner is a book about a boy named Atticus who learns that quantum physics (the fact that a scientist can be studying one electron and another scientist can be somewhere else and be studying the same electron) can make different dimensions possible and travels from different dimensions trying to stop someone from destroying all of the dimensions.


Dear Anjali,

Kids have been budging and running past people to the lunch table on the way in from recess and it is really annoying. What can I do?

From a concerned lunch lover!

Dear Concerned Lunch Lover,

Some things you can do are to ask them to stop or you can stick your hand out before they run by that way they slow down before they crash into your arm. Or you can tell a lunch lady and ask them for help.

If you need advice about something, please contact Anjali.

Photo of the Week by: Anna

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ISS Cargo By: Nikhil

Lately the ISS needs more supplies so once more, for the second time in ONLY 4 months a Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft is set to launch to the International Space Station on an Atlas 5 carrying a massive amount of supplies and experiments for the astronauts to work on.(That should keep them busy!)The launch is said to happen at 11:05 p.m. and is said to occur at Cape Canaveral, Florida.But other than supplies the main use of the cargo is for 250 science investigations.(approximately)

Interview of Mrs. Andrews By: Mary

This week, Mrs. Andrews was interviewed.

Q: What would you do if you weren't teaching first grade?

A: I would be holding babies at the children's hospital.

Q: Why would you do this?

A: I would do this because I just love babies, their smell, and just everything about them.

Q: What is your Read-Aloud book? What is it about?

A: Our book is called Clementine. It is about a girl who is told that she isn't paying attention, but she is. She just isn't paying attention to the right things.

Q: What has been your favorite part of the year?

A: My favorite part of the year has been Tech Thursday. Tech Thursday lets the kids get together with other kids, and they always do an exciting activity.

Read Aloud Round Up By: Avanthikha

We are reading “Save Me a Seat” it too is a dual narrative by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan.

In the book Save me a Seat, Ravi is a new boy from Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Ravi's family just moved to America from India, and he's finding it pretty hard to fit in. Then he meets Joe. Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common, but soon they find a beautiful friendship. One Indian, one American, one bully(Dillon) and one teacher. An amazing book!

Sports by: Shaun and Aden


March 18th: Timberwolves vs. Rockets­ L 116-­111

March 21st: Warriors vs. Timberwolves­ L 109­-105

March 23rd: Kings vs. Timberwolves­ W 113­-104


March 20th: Wild vs. Blackhawks­ W 3­-2

March 22nd: Kings vs. Wild­ W 2-­1

March 24th: Flames vs. Wild­ W 6­-2


March Madness was going on over the weekend there were quite a few upsets including the #2 seed Michigan State, the #5 seed Baylor and the #5 seed Purdue all got knocked out in the first round. Everybody bracket is now busted in the NCAA bracket challenge. The games will be continued to be played this upcoming weekend.

Book of the Week Feature By: Sasha Allen

The book of the week is White Dolphin by Gill Lewis. Kara’s life is falling apart. Her mother recently disappeared and her father is about to sell the family's boat, Moana. The protection of the reef near their home is about to end, and Dougie Evans wants to dredge the bay for scallops again. But when Kara and Felix first meet, they just can't stand each other. However, when Kara finds an injured dolphin on the beach, the two must work together to save it.

Vocabulary Word of the Week By: Elliot

Metabolism (Noun)-the chemical process that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life. Used in a sentence “The man’s lightning fast metabolism allowed great speed and strength”.

Poem of the Week By: Sasha K.

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Riddle of the Week By: Cameron

Q: What is so delicate even mentioning it breaks it?

Answer will be posted next week

Joke of the Week By: Andrew


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