The Cloud Connection

March 31, 2014

Math: No math homework this week due to SBA testing T-TH. We'll review some basic skills Monday. Friday we'll play some math games.

Reading: Students will continue practicing their story for our storytelling unit this week. I asked students to work on facial expressions over the weekend and we'll work on gestures Monday. We'll continue to practice in school when we have a bit of time, but it's very important that students are practicing at home so they get comfortable with their story. In a couple of weeks we'll have a storytelling festival once I think we've mastered the art of telling a story.

Language: We'll review some basic skills Monday.

Social Studies: This week we'll be studying the Arctic Region of Alaska when we finish our testing. So far we haven't had time to get to this region.

Science: We'll begin our pre-camp learning whenever we have time throughout the week.

Other items: Many thanks to our chaperones for walking with us to the Pratt Museum to learn about local geology on Friday. Geoff Coble did an excellent job sharing his knowledge and the exhibit with our class. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time!

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. Eventually they'll be creating a diorama of their book. I've included the diorama information in this newsletter.

SBA testing begins tomorrow. Please help your child do their best by sending them to school on time, ready to work, rested and fed during testing days. Protein breakfasts really do make a difference! Make-up tests will take place on days immediately following the testing days. Many thanks to the parents who have volunteered to provide healthy snacks during our testing! The class will feel loved and supported by your treats, I'm sure!

I am sending home a blanket permission slip for our field trips between now and the end of the year. The camp permission slip also needs to be signed. As you can tell we'll be very busy between now and the end of the year! If you can volunteer for any of our excursions please check the boxes and let me know so I can plan accordingly. Without your support we won't be able to do all of these great trips. Please try to pay for camp by the middle of April. If you need assistance give me a call so we can work something out.

Please talk with your child and help them select a piece of art for the Art Fair 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.

This is the last week for student council's Dollar for Dogs/Coins for Cats fundraiser. If you have spare change you'd like to donate or dog treats/canned cat food please send that in as well. Thank you!

A flier went home about spring pictures today. These will take place April 16th. I've included a lot of upcoming events in April. 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 _____

Dollars for Dogs, Coins for Cats

Monday, March 24th, 8:30am to Monday, April 7th, 12pm

995 Soundview Ave

Homer, AK

Student council is sponsoring a contest to see which class can raise the most money for the Homer Animal Shelter during a two-week fundraiser. The winning class gets a tour of the Homer Animal Shelter. Money will go towards purchasing canned cat food and special dog treats. The shelter is also trying to purchase a new cat tree. Students are looking for spare change but will also collect items if students have extra treats they'd like to donate. Thank you!


Tuesday, April 1st, 8:30am-3:30pm

995 Soundview Ave

Homer, AK

April 1, 2, 3 and 8th are testing days for 4th grade.

PTO Yard Sale

Sunday, April 6th, 9am

995 Soundview Ave

Homer, AK

Drop off items to be donated Friday, April 5 after school. More information will follow.

Wilderness Survival

Wednesday, April 9th, 8:30am to Thursday, April 10th, 9:30am

995 Soundview Ave

Homer, AK

HOWL will be presenting a two day worshop on wilderness survival skills.

Wear School Colors Spirit Day

Friday, April 11th, 8:30am

995 Soundview Ave

Homer, AK

Student Council sponsored spirit day!

Movie Night

Friday, April 11th, 6-8pm

995 Soundview Ave

Homer, AK

The fifth grade will be showing Frozen. Snacks will be available for purchase. $10 per family, $2 per student.

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

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