Welcome Back!
It was wonderful to refresh and renew and come back together with new stories to tell. Thank you for helping with daily routines like indoor shoes, water bottles, proper outdoor clothing for the season, and folders.

So Many Wonderful Young Authors
Journeys Elementary works hard with our Writing Workshop model with the goal of students truly feeling like independent writers. We are proud of the amazing work that happens every day and of our students shining in the Wyoming Young Author’s competition. Each class at each grade level in Teton County submitted two pieces of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for consideration. The submissions were judged and one first place and one honorable mention at each grade level were selected. The first place pieces will move on to the state competition. Congratulations to the following elementary students:
First place finishers: Payne Confer (k fiction), Benjamin Bradford (2nd grade poetry), Hayes Millham (3rd grade poetry and nonfiction)
Honorable mention: Grayson Vatter (k fiction), James Shaffer (1st grade poetry), Wyatt Overholser (2nd grade poetry), Henry Gillett ( 3rd grade nonfiction), Jesse Patton (4th grade fiction), Kiera Kline (5th grade nonfiction), Flynn Ellis (5th grade poetry)

Learning Team Meetings
Thank you for your participation in Learning Team Meetings this week and next. If you have not yet set up a time to meet with your child and his/her advisor, please review the emails sent in March from advisors. We always look forward to the opportunity to share student success and set goals for the future with you.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Health Forms
Please return the forms sent home for the special health classes taking place on April 18th and 20th during afternoon rotations. Thanks to Dan, Jess Yeomans, and Dr. Travis Riddell for supporting this important learning in a safe environment.

Fifth Grade Capstone Trip Prep
On April 28th fifth grade students will be journeying to the Rec Center in preparation for their river trip in June. This will be led by Rendezvous River Sports. Students will be assessed for swimming ability, learn about the gear they will be using, and have an introduction to kayaking. Please send students to school with swim gear (suit, goggles, etc.) and a FIELD LUNCH on THURSDAY, APRIL 28TH.

The Breakfast Club
Elementary students are invited to get a special head start on the school day during a two week trial run of the Breakfast Club, a before school recreation program the school day mornings of April 25-May 8. Elementary students are invited to arrive at school beginning at 7:45 a.m. Breakfast Club participants must report to Tracy in the lower south elementary classroom. Participants are invited to bring breakfast, homework to complete, books to read independently or share with friends, puzzles, board games, and other fun activities to get the day started in a positive way (regular Journeys School rules—no electronics). There is no cost for this before school recreation program. At this time, the Breakfast Club is open to elementary school students only during this pilot session. There is no need to sign up or reserve space. For safety, please walk your elementary student to the elementary building (you can park in the upper lot) any time after 7:45 a.m. during the school days of April 25-May 8. If you have any questions, feel free to email Tracy at tracy.mulligan@journeysschool.org.

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest 2016
Congratulations to our elementary students Coco Ramkowsky (Honorable Mention), Alondra Reyes (Creative Mention), Ella Wallace (3rd place in her group), Taya McClennen (Honorable Mention), and Augustine Porter (Honorable Mention)! Their work will be exhibited in an online gallery and, together with all other entries, at the Elementary School Art Show in May. Heidi will provide the link to the online gallery as soon as possible.

Looking Ahead to Spring Journeys
(Stay tuned for more details)

June 6-8 K-1: Gros Ventre Slide Geology Journey with Dan, Tracy, and Norene; overnight on the night of Tuesday the 7th.
June 6-8 2nd Grade: Yellowstone Geology and Natural History Capstone Trip with Dabney and Kjera; students in Yellowstone overnight on the 6th and 7th. Regular dismissal on the 8th. 
June 6-8 3/4 Grade:  Lander/South Pass City Sustainably Communities with Shannon, Molly, Garrett, Heidi; students in Lander overnight on the 6th and 7th. Regular dismissal on the 8th.
June 5-9 5th Grade Capstone Journey: River Trip on the Colorado River with Megan, Rachael, and Bari; students depart JS at 6:30 am on June 5th and return midday on June 9th. 

Save the Date!
Elementary Art Show
Thursday, May 26th, 2:00-3:20 pm
Education Center

The Elementary Art Show will feature student Visual Art, a performance of "The Bear Went Over the Tetons" by the Kindergarten and 1st grade classes, Elementary Choir, 2nd/3rd grade recorders, and a 4th/5th keyboard performance. We hope you can attend!