REALMS Newsletter #4 - December 2015

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The Three Dimensions of Student Achievement

Dear REALMS Families,

 

As a part of the EL Education network of schools (formerly Expeditionary Learning) we have a three legged approach to student achievement. Young people will be judged not by their test scores, but by the quality of their work and their character. That is why at REALMS, we focus not just on Mastery of Knowledge and Skills, but also on Character, and High Quality Work.

 

Over the next three monthly newsletters I will highlight one element of our three dimensional definition of student achievement. This month, lets take a look at High Quality Work. High quality work displays one or more of the following characteristics:

  1. Complexity - higher-order thinking, multiple perspectives and transfer of understanding

  2. Craftsmanship - accuracy and beauty in conception and execution

  3. Authenticity - a connection to real-world issues or formats, original thinking or voice, and when possible, some purpose in the community beyond the school

Examples of High Quality Work currently happening at REALMS.

 

7th Grade Humanities - the Freedom Riders Essay - click to see the task and samples of student work!

 

8th Grade Math - Carbon Offset Project & Tumalo Creek - click to see the task and samples of student work!

The December Lunch Menu...

 

Each month, the lunch menu can be found on the Bend LaPine website right HERE. Below is a screenshot.

 

LOW BALANCES IN YOUR LUNCH ACCOUNT?

According to the Bend LaPine School District students who are paying for their lunch may NOT generate a negative balance in their lunch account. We will have to refuse service if a student has a negative balance of more than $3.00.

 

To streamline your lunch balance, we encourage you to use BLPay

 

 

Important Upcoming Dates - Mark your calendars

 

  • Wednesday December 16th - Robotics Team League Play at Pilot Butte Middle School

  • Monday January 4th - No School at REALMS. Staff EL Planning Day

  • Wednesday January 16th - Robotics Team League Play at Summit HS

  • Thursday January 14th - Rubbish Renewed Eco-Fashion Show.... Bend's coolest fundraiser (and it's for REALMS!)

  • Thursday February 4th - End of 1st Semester

  • Thursday February 11th - Kid Fair - A Celebration of 1st Semester Learning at REALMS

What Are We Studying at REALMS? 1st Semester Curriculum Outlines

 

One of the things that makes REALMS special is that our curriculum is designed by REALMS teachers, not by some text book publisher in a far off place. REALMS teachers have extensive experience in designing rigorous, standards-based curriculum units (we call them usually call them learning expeditions or case studies) that are engaging to students, often inter-disciplinary and quite frequently are connected to themes of environmental stewardship, social justice, or self expression.

 

To see the curriculum outlines that teachers have put together, click the links to the Google Docs below. These curriculum outlines are "living, breathing documents" and are subject to change. In fact, there are a few sections that are still blank... check back in a week or so to see more!

 

6th Grade Fall Semester Classes

7th Grade Fall Semester Classes

8th Grade Fall Semester Classes

Newspaper Elective Publishes Their 1st Edition!

 

Our fabulous newspaper elective team has published their first newsletter - check out the fabulous work of these student journalists! Click image below to download the newsletter.

 

 

Friends of REALMS Fieldwork Contributions

 

Friends of REALMS is a non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting some of the most unique and powerful parts of a student's REALMS education - fieldwork, service and electives. Without the financial support of Friends of REALMS, we would not be able to engage students in the on overnight and single day fielwork and service experiences that are so critical in helping our students become "future ready", not just "test ready".

 

Every REALMS parent can help in the effort. Friends of REALMS requests that parents make an annual fieldwork contribution. This is NOT a fee, and is not required. HOWEVER, it is an absolutely critical component in making it possible for REALMS to offer these rich, educationally powerful, real-world learning experiences.

 

Friends of REALMS encourages every family to make a fieldwork contribution for this year right away, if you haven't already. You can make a fieldwork contributiuon at whatever level is possible for you, however we have set up the following grade based recommendations based on the amount of fieldwork each grade participates in. You can pay online by clicking the links below... or drop a check by the school during Student Led Conferences.

 

6th Grade Recommended Fieldwork Contribtution - $150

7th Grade Recommended Fieldwork Contribtution - $175

8th Grade Recommended Fieldwork Contribtution - $225

 

Or, make a Partial Fieldwork Contribution - $50, $75 or $100

 

On behalf of the Friends of REALMS Board of Directors, the staff, and most of all, the students of REALMS... Thank You.

Please bring in your Box Tops!  

 

We will be collecting them throughout the year to raise funds for REALMS .  

 

We are also collecting Labels for Education.  Please look for participating products from these brands: BIC, Campbell's, Pace, Pepperidge Farms, Spaghettios, Swanson, V8

Wreath & Tree Sale Update - RECORD SALES.... THANKS ALL!!

 

WOW - we did it! We sold over 1000 wreaths, trees, and swags!

A huge thank you to all the students and parents who helped meake this sale a success.

After our costs, this effort will raise close to $10,000 to help support our fieldwork and elective programs.

We had over 120 of our 150 students sell at least 1 wreath, and altogether, our students sold an average of 7 wreaths per student!

 

Wreath and Tree Distribution Day - THIS Wednesday (December 2nd)

 

What to Expect:

  • Our parking lot area will be full and busy, so please plan to spend a few extra minutes on Wednesday for pick up!

  • We request you DO pick up your wreaths on Wednesday if at all possible... we want the students to get these out to their customers ASAP, and storing them at REALMS can lead to lost wreaths!

  • School bus riders will NOT be allowed to bring your wreaths on the bus, so please plan for a car pick up Wednesday

  • Please be patient, and do NOT self serve... taking wreaths without going through our checkout system causes tons of confusion and students who have too many or too few wreaths, trees, or swags

  • There will be tables (staffed by parent volunteers) set up for your to check out his/her wreaths - we will have copies of each student's original order recording forms including totals

  • Once you have checked out at a table, helpers will gather your specific order for you to load into your car

 

WE COULD USE HELPERS FOR THIS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON's DISTRIBUTION!

 

Are you available to help this Wednesday afternoon with set up and distribution? We need approxinmately 5 more helpers!

  • We need helpers from 11:30am - 2:00pm to help set up and run our wreath check out system

  • Come dressed warmly (we'll be working outside) and wear gloves to protect your hands!

 

Please email jennifer.scalley@bend.k12.or.us ASAP if you can help (or call us at 541-322-5323)

 
Wondering about school pictures?

 

On or around December 8th photos for all families who pre-ordered will arrive here at school. At the same time "proof packets" will arrive for anyone who did not pre-order. The "proof packet" will have an order sheet AND an online code you you can view your photos online and order them directly.

 

We'll let you know as soon as the photos and proof packets have arrived!

REALMS 8th Grade Trip seeking Instructors -Help Spread the word.

 

How to Apply

Apply by filling out the online application HERE / Application period open until filled.

 

Dates

April 25 – May 4

 

Job description

REALMS is hiring 4 outside staff members to compliment the 5 current REALMS teachers leading the 8th grade Travel Study Trip for a total staffing team of 9.  You will help lead a group of fifty 8th grade students (13-14 year olds) on a 12-day adventure to the San Juan Islands on their annual Travel Study Trip.  Experience with young people, outdoor education, and travel are essential.  This position requires good communication, positive attitude, and the ability to work with both students and other staff members in a collaborative, flexible environment.  Although the staff team has a clearly articulated itinerary and program, it is not uncommon for the schedule to change. 

 

Travel Study Trip Description

The REALMS Travel-Study Trip will involve a learning expedition of the San Juan Islands.  The San Juan Islands are a small archipelago situated on the border between the U.S. and Canada.  This 12 day field experience will bring to a culmination in-depth investigations in Social Studies, Science and other subject areas.  The goal is for students to build their knowledge through preparatory study that will become background for authentic investigation -- experiences and fieldwork.  The project immerses students in experience based learning within another community

Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show Fundraiser
Wondering how you can help?
 

We had a great first volunteer meeting on 11/19/15.  Thank you to those who were able to make and all of you who have expressed interest in getting involved with this one of a kind fundraising event.  We are ramping up for another great event on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 at The Midtown Music Hall (51 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend, OR 97701).  
 

First Friday Volunteer Opportunity
WHEN?  Friday, December 4th 
TIME?  5-9pm
WHERE? Rescue Consignment (910 NW Harriman St, Bend, OR 97701)
Rubbish Renewed will be hosting a promo opportunity at Rescue Consignment.  SIGN UP HERE to "staff" the Rubbish Renewed table of information (all info will be provided for you) or even sign up to wear one of last year's garments to promote our upcoming event.  Students are welcome to help with a parent.  Please do not plan to leave your student at the table without you;)

Volunteer Opportunities

***Volunteer for a 2 hour shift and receive free admittance into one of the two shows on January 14th***
For more volunteer opportunities, look for an email coming soon with extensive sign-up links and opportunities.
 

5 Ways to Get Involved NOW

(1) Check out the Rubbish Renewed Website HERE for recent blog posts and news leading up to the event

(2) Tell 3 Friends about Rubbish Renewed each week
(3)  Find us on Facebook and Instagram.  Share recent posts with your friends.

(4) Purchase a VIP Table (info coming soon!)

(5) Runway Submission Deadline - THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4th at 4PM - Help your child complete the online submission form prior to the deadline this week.

Wreath & Tree Sale Update - RECORD SALES.... THANKS ALL!!

 

WOW - we did it! We sold over 1000 wreaths, trees, and swags!

A huge thank you to all the students and parents who helped meake this sale a success.

After our costs, this effort will raise close to $10,000 to help support our fieldwork and elective programs.

We had over 120 of our 150 students sell at least 1 wreath, and altogether, our students sold an average of 7 wreaths per student!

 

Wreath and Tree Distribution Day - THIS Wednesday (December 2nd)

 

What to Expect:

  • Our parking lot area will be full and busy, so please plan to spend a few extra minutes on Wednesday for pick up!

  • We request you DO pick up your wreaths on Wednesday if at all possible... we want the students to get these out to their customers ASAP, and storing them at REALMS can lead to lost wreaths!

  • School bus riders will NOT be allowed to bring your wreaths on the bus, so please plan for a car pick up Wednesday

  • Please be patient, and do NOT self serve... taking wreaths without going through our checkout system causes tons of confusion and students who have too many or too few wreaths, trees, or swags

  • There will be tables (staffed by parent volunteers) set up for your to check out his/her wreaths - we will have copies of each student's original order recording forms including totals

  • Once you have checked out at a table, helpers will gather your specific order for you to load into your car

 

WE COULD USE HELPERS FOR THIS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON's DISTRIBUTION!

 

Are you available to help this Wednesday afternoon with set up and distribution? We need approxinmately 5 more helpers!

  • We need helpers from 11:30am - 2:00pm to help set up and run our wreath check out system

  • Come dressed warmly (we'll be working outside) and wear gloves to protect your hands!

 

Please email jennifer.scalley@bend.k12.or.us ASAP if you can help (or call us at 541-322-5323)

 

Pie in the Sky Pizza Elective Now Offering TAKE & BAKE!!

 

Hey folks - the amazing Pie in the Sky students bake up delicious pizzzas every Friday and seel slices to kids after school. It is an awesome learning experience - students are learning to make pizas AND run a business.

 

They are ready to roll out their "TAKE AND BAKE" pizzas for families. These pizzas are delicoius, and you can place your order online and then roll up Friday afternoon to pick up dinner right here while you pick up your student.

 

Learn more about this week's pizzas and order online here.

 

Order deadline is Thursday morning each week. All proceeds from pizza sales go to support the elective program at REALMS.

Prompt After School Pick Ups Please... by 3:10 Each Day (1:10 on Wednesdays)

 

Parents - can we please request that you pick up your students by 10 minutes after school each day?! When parents pick up their students 15, 20 or 30 minutes after school it means that we need to then supervise the parking lot during that whole time... and teachers all have meetings (or are working with kids on homework) starting often at 3:15. Pick up time is between 3:00 and 3:10 each day.

 

Your prompt pick up will allow our teachers to work with kids and/or lesson planning to make the next day at school engaging and effective! Late pick ups pull staff from this work into supervising the parking lot. Thanks!!!

Realms Schools are part of the EL Education Network of Schools.