5th grade students in Mrs. Klimek-Rychtik’s science class dove into Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics with gusto! They were presented with open-ended challenges of programming a robot to follow a specified track, utilizing the ultrasonic sensors to detect “pedestrians” in its path, and changing speed when detecting different colors along the roadway (“construction zones”). Students worked together on the iPads to code the algorithms that would communicate with the robots using action blocks, loops, variables, and other programming options. This was a real test of teamwork, problem-solving, design thinking, computational thinking, experimentation, and growth mindset. Maybe these students will be involved in developing advancements in self-driving vehicles down the line! Way to go, fifth graders!
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Boys & girls entering grades 4K-1 in fall, and girls entering grades 2-9 are invited to take part in YOUTH HOOPS CAMPS run by Coach Ketterhagen on June 11-13. Camp sessions include instruction, games, contests, and a t-shirt! Please see registration forms for times and details. Sign-up by May 4th.
Let’s help the local 4H group work towards making a dog park! Students: have your families take their aluminum cans to Nyhof, and let Nyhof know the classroom teacher(s). From there, Nyhof will contribute to 4H, as they work to raise money for the dog park. The class that brings in the most recyclable materials will get a PUP-Corn Party, provided by 4-H Rangers! Deadline is May 29th. 🐶🍿
Summer’s just around the corner! The OES summer program encourages students to stay engaged in literacy, math and science activities throughout the summer months. It’s open to all area students currently enrolled in K-5th grade. Session I: June 11-21, Mon-Thurs from 8:30-11:30am (8 days). Session II: August 13-21, Mon-Thurs from 8:30-11:30am (6 days). For more details and registration, view and submit form by Friday, May 5. [Summer School Registration Form]. Your child will receive individualized instruction in reading, writing, and math, and will have TONS of fun!
Oostburg High School’s Underwater Robotics Team is hosting their first “camp” for any elementary school student to participate in! During this day, there will be multiple stations of hands on science experiments run by members of the High School Robotics Team.
This will take place on April 11th, an early release day, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.
Kindergarteners through 5th graders are welcome.
The cost is $20 per child, which includes a wristband and a snack
($15 for every additional child in the same family)
Checks can be made out to Oostburg ROV. Please have order forms and money turned in by April 6th to the Elementary school Office.
Junior Kindergarten students teamed up with a crew from Flying Dutch Media to learn about the news production, filming, and editing process. Students enjoyed the opportunity to flex their broadcast reporting muscles and share weather forecasts around the country — and even on the moon! Ah, the wonders of the green screen!
First through fifth grade students performed a diverse collection of songs during the annual OES Celebration of the Arts on March 13. Folk songs from around the world, rounds, southern spirituals, and popular classics were featured in both afternoon and evening performances. The gallery walk and chair auction were perfect accompaniments to this beloved fine arts event.
The Business 101 class at the high school will be putting on an entrepreneurial sale for the elementary students on March 20 & 22nd. The students have done some market research and are in the process of creating products for students to purchase on these dates.
All items are designed with a learning benefit in mind as well as cost $1 or less. The class would like students to have to choose between products, so please do not send any more than $2 along for the sale. The class has also learned about the importance of businesses having a positive social impact on the community. The students of Business 101 have decided to set a good example for the younger generation of Oostburg by donating all of their profits to Funds for Fighters, a charity to help fight cancer.
Business students have made elevator pitches, commercials, surveys, and print ads (see below). More information is forthcoming in the Friday Folder. Please contact Mrs. Otte with any questions. Thank you for your support in this cross-school initiative!
Friday, March 2nd
- Wear red, black, and white like Cat in the Hat or dress like a Dr. Seuss character to celebrate the 114th birthday of Dr. Seuss.
- Students will participate in the trivia/guessing contest in the library.
- Mr. White may just have something up his sleeve, just wait and see!