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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you and your families had a great holiday season and hopefully got some rest and relaxation time over the past couple weeks. :)

I for one am excited to get back into the swing of things and continue on with our weather unit. We come back to school in full swing with finishing our Weather Unit, working on our Informational Narratives, and finishing our Unit Four post-assessment. After the next two weeks, we start out Native Americans of PNW Unit where we will need A LOT of volunteers both in the classroom and at home. Please look out for an email from either Mr. Dante or myself looking for help for our two next big projects.

Our spelling test will be on Friday and I’ll get a new list out to students on Tuesday if their first packet is lost. We are reading a lot of informational texts and stories about weather and weather events. Writing has us working on our Water Molecule story and creating weather reports. In Theme, we are clearly still in our Weather unit but will be finishing that the 17th.

Our upcoming (Jan 21st) unit on the Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest has many elements and activities. One you may know of already is the button blanket. I cannot overstate the complex, artistic, and time-consuming nature of this project. We will need a bit of initial adult help with materials and supplies acquisition (hint: LOTS of buttons), quite a bit of adult sewing set-up help (changes to blanket dimensions this year), and a massive amount of one-on-one and small group help with sewing on buttons, many, many buttons. There will be another document coming with details. If you wanted to hit Goodwill and such in search of buttons, that would be helpful right off the bat. Simply send in bags-o-buttons at any time! Also, feel free to research the topic a bit here: and/or here: It is going to be a great unit!

Communication this year has gone through quite a change and it has taken time (for me) to get it all incorporated. I think I have the blog and forum issues cleared up, but some of you are not following the Forum part, which in turn means you don’t get any announcements such as my blog is updated and such. If you visit the Forum ( and click the word, “Follow”, at the end of the “North Clarkia”, section you will get any announcements I make. Also, my blog posts now publish directly to the North Clarkia page ( so they are easy to find and read.

Thank you for your support, welcome back, and have a wonderful week!

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