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Quote to Live by This School Year
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Monica Murdock

Last full day at camp

Only one photo today.  Several students fell ill last night and today, so I spent quite a bit of time with them while they slept.  Luckily Mr. Schinhofen was able to be with my students so I could be with the kiddos that were not feeling so well.  


This is the toughest day of the week, as your children are tired and homesick.  


Good news is that you will get to see your children tomorrow.  They miss you and can't wait to see you and tell you all about their adventures at science camp.


Today there was a lot of fog and rain but we kept your children inside doing stations such as shelter building, eye spy, and coyote ball.  They also enjoyed skit night in which their cabin groups performed skits for the entire school.  


See you all tomorrow!



Day 3

Wow, can these kids eat!  They are not only eating what is on their plate, they are making good choices and making sure they have a serving of fruits/vegetables.  Students are even going back for seconds.  There has been a lot of fog but it hasn't stopped us from going on hikes.  Today the students got to see a wildlife presentation and meet some wild animals.  They learned all about them.  Ask them why you should not squish any cockroaches, rather they should flush them down the toilet.  We went on our hike to Strawberry Peak (the entire school) and everyone made it.  For the night hike, most went on the astronomy hike and some went on a night hike.  You will have to ask them which was their favorite hike and why.  Hopefully these little blogs will give you lots to talk about and you can get some of the details from them.  


I am trying to get all of the students in the photos, but it is challenging to find all of my kiddos amongst the 150 we have here at camp.  


Until tomorrow.

Day 2

Another exciting day.  Started off with a good breakfast and teacher time doing journaling and writing letters to buddies.  Then lunch, off to hikes, some cabin time, dinner, more cabin time, and soon to be outdoors for either the "night hike" or astronomy.  The students have been really good and are enjoying spending time with each other (and have received a lot of compliments for behavior).

Science Camp - Day 1

What an eventful day!  We arrived in record time and the kids wasted no time getting settled.  They went to their cabins to unpack, then lunch and we had a practice fire drill.  After the drill, your children went on their first hike and then it was dinner.  After dinner, off to dancing in the gym and then to watch the camp leaders do skits.  Soon they will be goodnight.  

Suggested Supply List

Mrs. Murdock's Suggested Supply List

Most important supplies for the year:

  • 3-holed white college-ruled notebook paper (have enough available throughout the year)
  • ONE three-ring binder (1 inch thick) NO BIGGER PLEASE (limited space in desks).  Plus, the bigger the binder, the more the students tend to fill it with "stuff".
  • One pack of dividers (at least 8 dividers for > Reading, Writing, Grammar, Figurative Language, Math, Science, Social Studies)
  • College-ruled Single Subject Spiral Notebook (weekly journal writing)
  • Zipper Pencil Pouch (limited space in desks to have pencil boxes)
  • Small tupperware container to store ear buds
  • One pair of ear buds for chrome books
  • One folder for homework and returned work.  Students will be given a Kaiser folder.
  • Ballpoint pens (1 blue or black, 1 red)
  • Pencils - #2 lead (Mechanical pencils ok)
  • Glue Sticks
  • Post-its (3x3) for annotations
  • Highlighters (at least two colors)
  • Eraser (Hi-Polymer erasers work best)


Other suggested supplies (optional):

  • Colored Pencils
  • Scissors
  • One 12” ruler with inches and centimeters
  • Manual pencil sharpener with a shavings basket attached
  • Markers

Mrs. Murdock's Wish List:

  • One box of Kleenex tissue 
  • Sanitizing Wipes (i.e. Lysol, Clorox, Baby wipes)


Please contact me if you have any difficulty purchasing any of these items.

Bell Schedule & Important Dates

Bell Schedule for 6th grade!

7:55 Breakfast

8:17 Readiness Bell

8:20  Class Begins

10:25 - 10:40 Recess

12:20 - 1:02 Lunch (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) 12:20 - 12:59 Lunch (Wednesday)

2:50  Dismissal (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) 1:40 Dismissal (Wednesday)


Special Dismissal Dates

  • Conference Week - Trimester 2 (March 11 - 15, 2019)
  • Science Camp (April 1 - 5th)
  • Spring Break (April 8 - 12th)
  • Open House (TBD)
  • Last day of school - 6th Grade Promotion (Friday, June 21st)

What will your story be this year?

It is another year; your last year in elementary school.  What will your goals be?  What will you accomplish this year?  Are you going to strive to do your best?  Will you be a good friend?  I can't wait to see what your story will be like.  We are going to have a fantastic year!  

My Favorite Place on Earth!
My Favorite Place on Earth!