Overnight Field Trip Video

The video highlights from the very entertaining and informative fourth grade overnight field trip is finally done. Take a look back on this fantastic trip which featured stops at Fort Clatsop, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Fort Stevens Sate Park, Columbia River Maritime Museum, and Astoria Column. As you will see, we had a great time together and learned a lot about the Lewis and Clark expedition and the history and geography of our region. Thanks to everyone who helped make this trip so successful.

4th Grade Overnight Field Trip 2013 from Kevin Baumbach on Vimeo.

Exciting One World Futbol Update!

I’m happy to let everyone know that three of the fourteen futbols we purchased have found a loving home.

The first update I received was from my friend Denny who emailed to let me know that the two balls we ordered for the Haitian orphanage he is affiliated with had arrived at his home in Colorado. Shortly thereafter, my Uncle Bill and Aunt Teresa sent me a photo of the shipment of the twelve One World Futbols they received in Iowa.


While the shipment of futbols was being stored at Bill and Teresa’s home, they happened to host three boys, ages 10 and 11, from the Ugandan Orphan’s Choir named Allan, Joseph, and Julius. One evening, Bill took out a One World Futbol for the boys to play with and they had a great time with it. I asked Teresa to please give them one of the balls to take home, which they did. So the first ball that was delivered will not end up in Haiti, but instead will go to Uganda with Allan, Joseph, Julius, and the boys from the Ugandan Orphan’s Choir.


The remaining eleven One World Futbols in Iowa were then delivered to the youth group at Bill and Teresa’s church, who will be heading down to Haiti from August 1st through 8th. They will be sending us photos of their experience with the kids who will receive the balls.

Finally, last night, I received a much anticipated email from Denny, my old college friend, who has an organization called Loving Haiti which supports an orphanage, sewing center, school, and church in Pignon, Haiti. Denny wrote, “My wife is in Haiti right now and she gave these balls to the kids over a week ago and they are still going strong!!! I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have given these kids brand new balls and they were destroyed in less than an hour. Three days is the longest I can remember a ball lasting in Haiti without popping. There are thirty five kids at this orphanage and they play hard. My wife said you can see the surprise on their faces that these balls are still working for them!

Please send our thank you to your students, my wife and I really appreciate the fundraising and effort to get us these balls and the kids in the orphanage would also like to say ‘Merci!’ That is a really neat thing your students did for the kids in Haiti and we are very thankful!”

Thank you Denny and Abby Bain for helping us get these futbols to kids who will surely appreciate them.



Thanks again for everyone who has helped with this project. Stay tuned for more updates to our One World Futbol project coming this summer.

Visit the One World Futbol website for more info on a great organization: www.oneworldfutbol.com

Previous posts about our project:
The original plan
Update #1

Calculating Speed

Today, we went outside and measured our speed. First we learned how to calculate average speed. We now know that:


We then went outside to perform the following tasks:
– mark off 70 meters (we didn’t have enough space to run 100 meters)
– run 70 meters as fast as we could
– record our time
– calculate out average speed

For fun, we then calculated Usain Bolt’s average speed when he ran the 100 meters in the world record time of 9.58 seconds. During Bolt’s record run, he covered an amazing 10.44 meters every second!











Get Gritty

Angela Lee Duckworth believes that the key to achievement is not necessarily how talented or intelligent you are, but whether or not you possess grit. I tend to agree. “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long term goals,” She says. “Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future day in day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

It’s a great message to give to our children. Children need to learn to keep pushing through their failures and fight through challenges. I do my best each day to deliver this message to my students (and my daughters too). Significant achievement is a deliberate process. Consistently make good choices, work hard, overcome obstacles and mistakes, and you will likely find yourself with many options in life.

Check out what Angela Lee Duckworth has to say about grit:

Gardening 101

Today our Master Gardener, Kimberly Bown, invited us to the garden behind the convent to help our green thumbs get a bit greener. She gave us the lowdown on preparing a garden bed, the science behind nutritious soil, and some detailed information on the simple machines we call gardening tools.

We then turned the soil and planted leeks and zucchini. Be sure to stop by this summer to monitor the growth of these plants, and if there’s a ripe zucchini or two, harvest it and prepare it for dinner! Thanks again to Mrs. Bown for sharing her knowledge with us.20130604-073311.jpg20130604-073409.jpg20130604-073421.jpg20130604-073442.jpg20130604-073451.jpg