3.8: March 30- April 3

Garden Donations welcomed…
Thank you for the donations we have received!

Natives: huckleberry, elderberry, salal, snowberry, flowering current, Oregon grape, Indian plum, vine maple, sword fern
Food Forest Perennials: blueberry, currant-berry, honey-berry, goose-berry
dwarf fruit trees; apple, asian pear, plum
Other Needs: coffee grounds, vegetable and flower seeds, general garden tools
*Ask your daughter or son for a garden tour, then wait a couple weeks and ask again.

Systems Thinking summer programs
Camp Sunshine Flyer (students k-6)
Camp Snowball Flyer (middle school through adult)

Japanese Garden Field Trip April 14

Japanese Gardens
Field Trip April 14

Important Dates
4.10 Teacher Planning Day- No School
4.14 Field Trip to the Japanese Gardens 10:00-12:00 Drivers Wanted!
4.15 Late Opening
4.22 Fifth Grade Earth Day Play- The Lorax Returns (In school performance only)
4.22 Earth Day- Plants delivered to Winterhaven for pick up (1:00- 3:30)
SmarterBalanced Testing Schedule:
4.23-4.24 SmarterBalanced math practice tests 9:00-10:30 a.m.
4.27-5.1 Smarter Balanced math assessment 9:00-10:30 a.m.
5.4-5.5 SmarterBalanced language arts practice tests 9:00-10:30 a.m.
5.11-5.15 SmarterBalanced language arts assessment 9:00-10:30 a.m.
SmarterBalanced Information from PPS (including  practice tests)
PPS Opt out form (pdf)
*Opt our forms must be completed and turned in at least two weeks before testing begins, in our case by no later than Monday, April 13.  Please call or e-mail with any questions. -Mr. Thompson

This week in…

にほんご 日本語
kanji 3.5

Hiragana Kanji English
あお  青  blue
ひと  人  person
あか  赤  red
い(きる)  生  alive
みず  水  water
ただしい  正  correct
せん  千  thousand
ゆう  夕  evening
かわ  川  river
いし  石  stone

Companion planting revisited
Insectary planting
Plant needs met by the synergistic system
Causal Loops of student interaction with food forest and native garden-
• Regeneration (reinforcing loop)
• Maintenance (balancing loop)
Connection Circle- Garden yields (plant interdependencies)

Computer-based Math:StraightAce Topics
• Representing Fraction Multiplication by a Whole Number
• Breaking Fraction Multiplication into Steps
• Finding Area with Fractional Dimensions
• Multiplying Fractions by Fractions
• Reasoning about Area with Fractional Dimensions
• Finding Area with Fractions
• Introduction to Adding and Subtracting Fractions

Operations with fractions, decimals, and percentages review

The Lorax Returns- whole class writing project
Focus: four main events from a systems/Dr. Seuss perspective
Rough Draft completed by Friday

500 Nations

Cauldron of War – Iroquois Democracy and the American Revolution

In this episode, the origins and development of the French and Indian War are examined. The English and French fought for economic control of the New World. Native Americans had established trade with the French, and took their part in the war against England. When the French were defeated, the tribal forces were left without allies. Set on location, with computer re-creations,that story is told. Of great interest is the look at the oldest democracy on the North American continent: that of the Haudenosaunee -or Iroquois- Nation. Their leader was Pontiac, a man that Benjamin Franklin came to admire.

Removal – War and Exile in the East

In this episode, the subject is the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which forced Native Americans from their ancestral lands. It was another in a long line of broken promises by the U.S. Government to the nation’s First Americans. After President Andrew Jackson signed the Act, all tribes were required to relocate westward along the infamous “Trail of Tears.” The film uses on-location filming, photographs, reenactments, interviews, and first-person accounts to tell this story of betrayal and hardship.

A Different Mirror “Young Readers Edition”- Ronald Takaki

Chapter 3: The Hidden Origins of Slavery