February Update

Dear Families of Room 414-

Just one more week until your child is at 6th Grade Camp! Here are some luggage issues I’d like to clarify before then. These were addressed both at the follow-up meeting in January, and within our own classroom last week:

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Camp Tips

**Pack layers and to be ready in case the weather changes. Temperatures may get into the 40s at night.
**Pack least two pairs of sturdy shoes (for muddy trails) and several pairs of socks. No one wants to be walking in wet shoes!

**Any electronics – including phones – are not allowed at camp, per the YMCA guidelines. (Besides, they will not be able to get any reception)

**We’ve also reminded them that although we want them to enjoy and have fun, that camp is not a “resort”. They need to bring what they NEED and not what they WANT. Limit to (2) pieces of luggage: a large duffel or suitcase, and a sleeping bag. Students will be carrying their own luggage to their cabins.

If you would like to write a letter to your child at camp, both Dr. Winters and Mrs. Orr will be making trips to Camp Marston, and can courier letters up. Every year, my students have enjoyed receiving news from home the “old-fashioned way.” Please have your letters ready no later than Wednesday afternoon with the front office. Don’t mail these yourselves, or your child will not get it in time!

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After camp….Yes, after the excitement of the mountain, students will be need to prep themselves for report cards

Quarter 3 Parent Conferences & Report Cards > I will be hosting Student-Led Conferences with you & your child coming up in March. This will be very different than the traditional parent conference,

student led conferencessince your child will be showcasing what he/she has been learning. You WILL have some time to speak to me to ask questions and concerns, of course. However, most of the conference will be looking at the student’s thinking and products. More details will go home shortly, including scheduling a time to confer.

Eastlake Middle School Visits > The middle school’s counselors, band and strings orchestra will be making visits to speak to your children about 7th grade and electives. These visits will be recorded and archived on our Ustream Channel. We will NOT be having a field trip to Eastlake Middle, so all the information they will share will be coming to your child at school. A separate parent orientation by Eastlake Middle will be scheduled and announced in the near future.

Thank you for all your participation, and as always please email me with any questions!

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