I’m looking forward to another great year teaching your students, and we’re already off to a great start! It’s exciting to be part of a team offering a high quality education with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, using a model of project based learning. We are constantly striving to provide your child with amazing opportunities, a safe and fun environment, a place to create and love learning, and a knowledge of God in a deep and personal way as they learn and grow.
Have a great summer!
Practice your math this summer on one of these great sites:
Yesterday we went to Mt. Bachelor Memory Care for our last visit of the year. Your children brought tears to my eyes with their compassion for the residents at Memory Care. Yesterday we sang songs the residents knew from childhood, and many sang along. Students expressed sadness as they commented on how the residents were able to remember songs, but some could not remember their own children. They have grown to accept the kisses, kind (and at times unusual) comments, and have become very accepting and patient with the people. I am so grateful for the opportunity to do community service and the growth that the students experience through it. Pictures and a video of the class singing are posted to the school’s facebook page.
The Passover Seder is this Friday morning from 8:00 – 9:30. We have all the supplies needed for the Seder, please send a scarf or something that can be used as a head covering for the girls. This will be a very special event and I would love to have you join us. Please RSVP by tomorrow if you are able to attend so we have the right number of place settings.
Your students are working on a review packet today to study for the math test tomorrow. This unit was long, challenging, and broken up by spring break. Your student may need to put more effort in to review for this unit than for some of the others.
The Khan Academy goal for this week is 77%.
A note from Mrs. Morneau:
In Humanities, the reading requirement project for the months of March and April is due Friday, April 28th. An electronic copy of the rubric and directions are on Google Classroom. Students will be filling out the chart first, then using that information to write an essay. We did a practice chart and essay with a short story we read in class, so students should understand what is expected of them.
May 5th – Walkathon (packets went home for students to raise money – please let me know if you need another)
May 11th – Spring Program/Project Night at 6:00pm
May 29th – Memorial Day – no school
June 12th – 14th Field Trip to Idaho
June 15th – Awards Ceremonies (all day)/8th grade celebration (2:00)
June 16th – Field Day/Last Day of school – Dismiss at noon
Have a wonderful remainder of your week!
6th Grade enjoyed decorating, delivering cards, and singing for our friends at memory care. It is a great gift to me to watch the students grow in compassion and understanding for others! Next month we look forward to serving at Pregnancy Resource Center.
6th Grade Art:
1. Artist in Residence Annie Painter, drawing 2. Art in worship, water color
Fun in middle school: 1. MS plays Speak Out 2. Mastering a tough math concept
Welcome back! Your students did a great job getting back in the swing of things today after all the snow days. Assuming this week proceeds as normal, we will get back on track with our studies and finish the quarter strong.
The quarter has been extended one week. Instead of the quarter ending January 27th, it will end February 3rd. This extension will not affect electives, will not extend the end of school, or change the end of future quarters. January 27th will be the end of this quarter’s electives. February 3rd will be the start of 3rd quarter electives.
Please make sure students in the snowboard/ski elective have the equipment and passes necessary to start on February 3rd.
Today we had the opportunity to learn from the Lovejoy family about their upcoming mission trip to New Zealand. We appreciate their time to teach our students. It was informative and fun! We’ll miss Jack as they are gone for the next couple of months, but are excited for his return and all he will have to share with us about his adventures.
Last week’s Bible verse due Friday will be due tomorrow instead. (Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns anger away. But mean words stir up anger.) This week’s verse is still due on Friday.
Reading logs will go home tomorrow and should continue to be completed.
Khan Academy should continue to be worked on daily. The goal for this week will remain at 44% since the quarter has been extended and some students need the time to catch up. Please ask your student if they need to catch up.
Thank you for your support, and also for those of you who were able to help shovel snow this past week. We are grateful for the opportunity to get back to school!
Christmas party pictures: 1. Making ornaments 2. Playing Apples to Apples
It’s great to see everyone back from Thanksgiving break and getting back into the swing of things! Your children are a constant blessing to me. I am impressed by their level of compassion for others and the friendships they are continuing to build. This is a fun class!
A picture order form is going home tonight for picture retakes tomorrow. If your child missed picture day or needs a retake, please return the form. Otherwise, you may disregard it.
The Christmas program is December 13th. Concert attire for students will be either Christmas dresses/outfits or school uniforms. Please no jeans, shorts, or clothing with pictures, words, or logos.
Reading logs continue to go home on Monday and should be returned the following Monday.
Khan Academy or ST Math progress should be at 32% by the end of this coming weekend.
Save the date:
December 2nd 6:30 pm- Movie night (fundraiser to offset end of year field trip)
December 13th 6:00pm Christmas program K-8th
December 15th 6:00pm Preschool Christmas program
December 19th – January 2nd Christmas break
I hope to see you all at movie night on Friday evening!
Thank you for your participation in conferences last week! We had a great turn out.
Announcements are as follows:
The last day of the book fair is today. Make sure to stop in after school if there is something you still want to purchase.
Pie orders are ready to pick up after school today.
Last week we had a former marine from Central Oregon Veteran’s Outreach talk to our students about their organization and how they help local veterans. They gladly received cards students made to show their appreciation for the veterans and hand warmers we purchased for them.
Operation Christmas Child
is our next outreach project. See the following link for a video about the project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6pahXjAweU&spfreload=10&scrlybrkr
We will go to the dollar store on Friday to purchase supplies for the box we will send as a class. I am asking each student to bring in $1 to cover shipping costs.
If you are interested in contributing an additional amount for us to prepare more boxes, we would welcome the opportunity to put together additional boxes.
Have a wonderful week!
Our missions focus so far this year has included meeting and learning from missionaries from Otinna Waa orphanage in Uganda, Global Redemption also from Uganda, and missionaries from Slovenia. Following is a picture of the students learning to carry water on their heads, the normal form of transporting water in Uganda, and a picture of some friends from the Otinna Waa orphanage playing a local instrument for us.
Hot dog roast
Middle school did a great job hosting the 1st and 2nd grade in our annual hot dog roast!
Ropes Course: A great start to the year!
The first week of school went really well, and it has been so fun getting to know your children! The ropes course was an awesome time of team building, laughter, challenging ourselves to step out of our comfort zones, and encouraging each other. What a great way to start the year! You can go to the Morning Star page on Facebook to see pictures.
Just a reminder, parent orientation is tomorrow evening at 6:00. You will learn more about classroom procedures, meet the teachers, and ask any questions you may have. Please start with your youngest child’s classroom. I hope to see you there!
I’m really looking forward to teaching your students this year! In addition to a high quality education with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, using a model of project based learning, I’m excited for the integration of Art your child will receive in each subject this year. We are constantly striving to provide your child with amazing opportunities, a safe and fun environment, a place to create and love learning, and a knowledge of God in a deep and personal way as they learn and grow.
Following are some dates you should be aware of:
Thursday, Sept. 1st: Open House & Ice Cream Social. Come bring the whole family. Classrooms will be open from 6:00-8:00pm. Drop in anytime during those 2 hours.
Wednesday, Sept. 7th: 1st day of school! School begins at 8:00am (students may arrive as early as 7:45), dismissal is at 3:15pm .
Friday, Sept. 9th: Middle School Ropes Course/Team Building: Students need to arrive at school at 7:15am; we’ll be returning by 8:00pm. Please bring: sack lunch, water bottle, closed toed shoes, weather appropriate clothing (we will be outside all day), and sunscreen. Medical release forms need to be returned by Thursday.
Monday, Sept. 12th: Parent Orientation, 6pm. Important information will be provided in each of your children’s classrooms in addition to a 20 minute orientation in the gym. I hope to see you there!
It’s going to be an amazing year!
Students are encouraged to read and keep practicing math facts over the summer.
Following are a couple of math sites your student is already familiar with:
Have an amazing summer! I look forward to seeing many of you back next year!
Last Week of School!
With just a few days left before the end of the school year, I wanted to send out a final update and thank you so much for trusting us with your amazing children this year. It has been such a privilege watching them each grow this year, and getting to be a part of that.
On Wednesday chrome books will be turned in. Also on Wednesday, we have the awards ceremonies. Students may either wear school uniform, or something nicer on Wednesday. Report cards will be handed out following the awards ceremony, or mailed if you are unable to attend.
Thursday we have field day and 12:00 release. Students may wear comfortable, modest clothing as long as it follows the non-uniform guidelines in the handbook. Volunteers are still needed for field day. Please call the front office to sign up if you are available.
Students received information today from the public library about their summer reading program and some awesome free events they have. I encourage you to check it out at your local public library.
Thank you for your support of the movie night and bake sale! The bake sale last weekend raised over $90!
As the year is winding down, there are various activities you will want to know about.
First, if you child still has a walk-a-thon packet that needs to be turned in, please send that with them as soon as possible.
Various walk-a-thon prize distributions will begin starting today. Next Wednesday, June 1st, prize package winners will be announced at a morning assembly. On Friday, June 3rd, students who reached a certain tier may stay from 3:30 – 4:30 for an after school party. Other events will take place during school hours for other tier prize winners.
Next week, June 2nd, we will have a picnic lunch and softball game for the last half of our day. Please pack a sack lunch and drinks for your student.
On Friday, your 6th grade student will complete their final unit test in math. Following the test, the remaining math classes will be spent on various skills review games and activities. If your student has any units they want to review or retest, those last days will allow time to help them with that. They will need to let me know which units they want to retest.
A summary of June’s events are as follows:
June 1st 8:00 – 8:30 Walk-a-thon prize assembly
June 1st 1:30 – 3:15 Mt. Bachelor Memory Care field trip
June 2nd 12:00 – 3:00 Picnic lunch and softball in the park for 6th – 8th graders
June 3rd 3:30 – 4:30 After school party for walk-a-thon tier prize winners
June 8th – 10th Middle School Field Trip
June 15th Normal school day hours for all students… At10:00 Awards ceremony for 1st – 7th begins…more details to follow
June 15th 2:00 8th grade graduation
June 16th Half day… Field Day 8:00 – 12:00 Last day of school!
Enjoy Summer Break!!
6th: Walk-A-Thon (may continue to raise funds)
12th: Spring Program/Project Night
13th: Business donations from walk-a-thon due
14th: Car wash fundraiser
20th: Family Movie Night/Bake Sale fundraiser
24th: Personal donations due from walk-a-thon
25th: Free vision screening – info and permission form will be sent home
30th: Memorial Day – no school
In robotics, students have been building and writing code for a variety of robots. Their current project is to create a tank that needs to stay on course and deliver necessary supplies and return to base. Look forward to seeing it at project night, following the spring program!
I hope to see you then!
Check out these fun math games! 3/29
Check out Math Playground for a great selection of math games for learning at all levels. We use this free website in class to reinforce concepts we are covering…and the students love it!
Pregnancy Resource Center 3/15
6th grade had an amazing time at the Pregnancy Resource Center learning about what they do, praying for mothers and fathers and their unborn babies, dropping donations gathered by families at Morning Star, and helping package diapers. We even got to see an 8 week old baby’s heart beating on ultra sound! What a blessing to have this opportunity to serve our community and grow in compassion for others.
This week in 6th Grade 2/29
We started Dr. Seuss week today with crazy hat day. The remainder of the schedule is as follows:
Tuesday: Crazy sock day
Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday
Thursday: Storybook character day
Friday: Pajama day
This week in math, we are continuing our work with fractions and decimals. The unit test will be next week. Lessons will be recommended on Khan Academy based on individual skills your students needs to practice prior to the test.
In Bible, we are continuing to read with partners through the book of John, and looking forward to a Life of Christ game day upon completion of our reading.
Our new Bible memory verse is 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Mt Bachelor Memory Care 2/11/16
Mt. Bachelor Memory Care:
I was so touched by your students during our trip to Mt. Bachelor Memory Care yesterday. Despite the conversations I had with them preparing them for what they would see, many of them were initially frightened as we walked in the door. That feeling quickly turned into joy for all of them. They sang some songs for people, handed out valentines, and invited the people to decorate with them. Before leaving, we went around the room and shook each person’s hand, thanking them for having us. The people told your children how grateful they were to have them there, how happy and blessed they were by their songs and presence, etc… In reflections students wrote today, they spoke about their changed hearts, compassion, joy felt in seeing other people happy, changed perspective for the people in care homes/elderly, and more. Some pictures of our trip are posted on the school’s Facebook page. Thank you for trusting me with the opportunity to work with your children. It has blessed me more than I could ever tell you.
Tomorrow: Remember to send students who will snowboard with all their gear tomorrow.
Fundraiser: The Valentine cake pop fundraiser will help fund our end of the year field trip. If you are interested, they will be available for sale after school today and tomorrow. They are $2 each, or 6 for $10.
Central Oregon Symphony: The children’s concert, put on by the Central Oregon Symphony, is tonight at Bend High. It starts at 6:30 with an instrument petting zoo (try out various instruments), then a fun concert for families at 7:00. I would really encourage all families to attend. It’s a great event…and free!