We'll have a history test next Tuesday over the Civil War, which is found in ch. 10.  We'll be reviewing in class starting tomorrow.
Today, we decided as a class that successfully gathering enough information would look like this:

5-10 - Statistics (numbers)
5-20 - Facts –
2-3 - Stories
Expert Testimony –
      Find someone you know
      Email someone from a website
      Find expert testimony on a website
Today, your job is to start gathering information about the "problem" you are solving, or the need you are helping satisfy.  You might gather:
  • statistics
  • stories
  • expert testimony
  • write about personal experiences
This year, all 17 6th graders joined 259 other people from our community in the Sue C. Boynton poetry contest, and out of all those poems, they picked 10 winners, of which Liam was one.  Way to go, Liam!

There will be a Poetry Awards Ceremony at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal at 7pm on Thursday, May 16th.  All the students' poems will be on display and Liam will be invited to read his poem aloud to the audience.  Put it on your calendars now!  It should be an amazing night!

Nonprofit Research


As you begin learning about the problem your nonprofit addresses, look for things like:
  • statistics
  • stories
  • expert testimony
  • what other nonprofits are already serving in a similar way?
Starting Monday the entire school will be doing the SATs.  We take these tests as a school so we can see how we are doing as a school and also to help each student see areas of strength and areas for goals.  Scores will not be factored into report cards, but each child should do their best.

Students should bring:
  • #2 pencils,
  • a book to read when they finish, and 
  • a healthy snack

Make sure you get a good night's sleep and eat a good breakfast before you come to school!

The testing schedule will be as follows:
Monday: Reading Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension
Tuesday: Math Problem Solving and Math Procedures
Wednesday: Spelling and Language
Thursday: Science and Social Studies
Friday: Take a deep breath!  You're done!

Weekend Homework


What do you want your nonprofit to be?  Decide who you will serve and how you will serve them.  We'll share on Monday!
Over the next few weeks, each student in our class will be working independently to answer the question, "How can I create a nonprofit organization to serve people in need?"

To begin our projects, we'll first explore some basic questions about nonprofits.

What is a nonprofit organization?
  • Not trying to make a profit, trying to serve
  • Don’t pay income taxes
  • 2,000 nonprofits in Whatcom County
  • There are state and federal nonprofits
  • Federal nonprofits can offer "tax deductions"

What needs do these nonprofits serve?
  • Camp Firwood
  • Save the Children
  • Hoops of Hope
  • Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic
  • Whatcom County Food Bank
  • Clean Water for Haiti
  • Christ the King Church
  • Lydia place – women and children (abused, housing)
  • Whatcom Literacy Council
  • Lighthouse Mission
  • Mt. Baker Theater
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Whatcom Museum
  • Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
  • Evangeline International
  • Praise 106.5
  • The Prom Shop Project
  • Cloud Mt. Farms Center 
  • Bellingham Public Library
  • Bellingham Christian School
  • YMCA
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Re-Sources 
  • Royal Family Kids Camp
  • F.A.C.E.S.
  • Alzheimer’s Association

What are some ways nonprofits get money?
  • Events
  • Grants
  • Individual donations
  • Businesses

Walk for Life


Zari is doing the Walk for Life this year (as she has for as long as she can remember).  She's actually raised money for the Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic since she was in first grade.  

She is inviting anyone in the class or even parents, to walk with her as part of her group on May 18th.  The walk will start at Abundant Life Church and is about 2 miles.  If you want more information, be sure to talk to Zari!