We appreciate the dedicated volunteers who have labored to keep our ABC Garden thriving during the summer! Thanks to these families: Adamskes, Bergs, Biglers, Brazingtons, Carters, Garwoods, Gibsons, Grahams, Hairstons, Hodsons, Klaves, Mansfields, Sandrins, Sawyers, Schultzes, Spykermans, Thoemkes, and Wetzels.
Clayton L. in Mrs. Green’s fourth grade class has won a Washington State PTA Reflections Contest award for Outstanding Interpretation in Literature. This is the highest level of award and allows Clayton’s poem to move on to the national competition.
My Rose Colored Glasses
My rose colored glasses can’t see the outside of anyone.
It doesn’t show skin color,
It doesn’t show religion,
Everyone the same color.
My rose colored glasses show me the inside,
Their strength, their love—their hope.
But the best thing I see through my rose colored glasses is
people who are working together,
even when they are different on the outside.
You see, what I see through my rose colored glasses
is everyone helping each other,
Learning to see one another from the inside out.
Sunny Morning Muffins
- 1 Cup Chopped Strawberries
- ¾ Cup Sugar, Plus 2 Tablespoons
- 1 Cup white flour + ½ Cup whole wheat flour
- Pinch ground cinnamon
- ½ Teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ Teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 1 Ripe banana, mashed
- 2 Large eggs
- ¼ Cup canola oil
- 1 lemon, zested
- ½ Pint blueberries
- ½ Cup chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a small bowl, mix together strawberries and 2 Tablespoons sugar. Let sit 15 minutes until strawberries give off juices.
3. In another small bowl, mix together flours, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.
4. In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, egg, oil, sugar, strawberries and lemon zest.
5. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. Do not over mix.
6. Fold in blueberries and chopped walnuts.
7. Scoop batter evenly into muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out with a few crumbs but not wet, about 30 minutes. Cool on a rack to room temperature before eating.
We are thrilled to announce that our school has received a 2011 Washington Achievement Award for Overall Excellence. This honor is a result of the dedication to learning by our students, our staff and our families. Congratulations to all of us!
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education created the Washington Achievement Award to celebrate top-performing schools and to recognize achievement in multiple categories. This highly selective award is based on each school’s performance according to the Washington Achievement Index, a comprehensive measurement of how schools in Washington are performing over time. Visit OSPI’s Education Awards pages to learn more about the Washington Achievement Awards, including details on the Washington Achievement Index and the criteria for selection. http://www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/default.aspx
Sixteen Grass Valley fifth graders participated in the recent Science Olympiad Tournament at Clark College. In five events they took two first places, two second places and a third place as well as two top group awards. Kudos to these talented scientists and their terrific coaches, Mrs. Brouillet and Mrs. Wiest.
On Favorite Character Day, Mrs. Woodruff dressed up as Edward Tulane. She reflected:
After dressing up as Edward Tulane, I have a new respect for animals that have long pointy ears or even those who grow horns and antlers. Imagine you are going along in life, being able to do all kinds of things, then all of sudden you have antlers and now you have to make a wide turns or duck really low to miss the tree branches.
I keep bumping into things and of course, the ears keep toppling sideways. Hmmmmm…. could it be that is how the lop bunnies ears started hanging down?
We have a collection of canned and boxed food growing in our front hall. Camas High School students will serenade us with carols this Friday, December 10th, when they come to Stuff Da Bus. Donations accepted through Friday morning.