Hello Families! Read on for news and reminders.

Whole School:

  • School picture order forms are DUE this week with payment!
  • Oct. 26-27 – Conferences: No school for students, but please make sure they attend the conference with you.
  • Oct. 31st – Halloween Party: 1:30-3:00pm. Families are welcome!
  • Nov. 1st – LATE START at 10:15am (AND NO EARLY RELEASE!)

From Ms. Steele: ssteele@blackbutte.k12.or.us

  • Bebop (2nd/3rd) Math: The Bebop group is going to make cookies on Monday at the Community Hall.  We had to double the recipe which wasn’t too hard, but I was really surprised at how easy it was for them to double the fractions.  Then we went shopping on the Fred Meyer website and they had a blast.  And they were great about rounding the decimals to whole numbers.  I thought I would need to teach that concept but they all just got it intuitively!
  • Hodag (4th-8th) Math: We are still working on multiples and factors and the more we play with them the more we realize that it is so important to know the divisibility rules. Some of the students passed the quiz this week and some students still need to study some more. Check in with your student to see what they need to learn. Next week we are going to work in groups to solve a problem using the concepts we have been working on. We are going to have to solve it using concrete manipulatives. For some of us, this can be really challenging, to have to understand a concept so deeply. I will keep you posted on how it goes.

From Ms. Kassie: kdemarsh@blackbutte.k12.or.us

  • In K/1 Math class we focused on setting goals to reach by Winter Break and sorting through our work to bring home. We will share these at conferences.
  • In K-3 Social Studies unit we have been thinking about how people celebrate this time of the year. We had a visitor, Laurie Danzuka, from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. We learned about seasonal celebrations and ceremonies. We then took a walk along the river to hear  stories, learn native names for plants and animals, and hear how the tribes used the land. We are continuing this work to think about how we celebrate and what fall means to us.

From Mr. Sharp: dsharp@blackbutte.k12.or.us

What a quick change of seasons. A week ago it was sunny and 80 degrees. This morning we woke up to our first snow of the season. Change happens fast. 

  • Last week in Humanities class students finished up their first journalism articles. They worked hard on these and the effort resulted in some great pieces of writing. I was really impressed with their dedication to the writing process. We also began studying the history of Native Americans in Oregon last week. We had a visit from a member of the Warm Springs tribe, Laurie Danzuka, on Monday. She taught us about the history, culture, and language of the Warm Springs people. She brought in a variety of cultural objects to share including baskets, hides, bead work, and blankets. We even got out for a walk along the river in the afternoon to share stories and consider the long history of people in the Metolius basin. Ask your kids about what they took away from this special presentation. 
  • Yearbook class started this week. Students have selected a theme and are starting to develop their page layouts with Ms. Sharp. This will be a project that we work on until April.

From Ms. Sharp: jsharp@blackbutte.k12.or.us

  • In Performing Arts class this week we worked on learning the aspects of voice and then practiced how to use them to create character voices.
Laurie Danzuka with students at a new outdoor learning space created by Rick, the ODFW Youth Angling Pond Host
Guest educator Laurie Danzuka of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs presented to students on Monday Oct. 23
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