Notes from Room 16 – September 10, 2014

Our class has had a wonderful first week!  We are working on getting familiar with class routines, building up our writing and reading stamina, completing some beginning of the year assessments, as well as some art projects that will be on display at Open House next Tuesday.

I am still waiting on a few last baby photos to trickle in – please bring them in by Thursday.  Additionally, if you have not returned your registration verification form and other paperwork, please do so by this Friday.  

Outside of Room 16 will be a Student of the Week Sign Up sheet.  In our class, one student will be the student of the week each week.  They will get to have a few minutes each day to share about themselves.  It is a fun way to get to know each other through a different lens and celebrate each student in our class.  Please stop by and sign your child up for a week!

This week there is math homework in the take home folder as well as two other forms.  One of the forms is a Google Apps permission slip – it gives your child permission to use our class Chromebooks to do word processing, research, keyboarding and more!  The second form is from Donors Choose.  I completed a grant over the summer to receive some reading pillows, clipboards, and lap desks for our classroom.  This form gives me permission to post photos of your child using our new classroom tools on their website.  Please return the signed forms as soon as possible.

Thank you for helping us have a great start to 3rd Grade!

-Ms. Elissa

Hello and Welcome!

Dear Families,

 

Hello! My name is Ms. Elissa and I am delighted to welcome you to Room 16! I hope you guys are sharing an enjoyable summer together. My summer has been full of adventure; I took some classes, traveled to LA and Denver, and spent some time with family and friends. I am looking forward to the new school year and meeting each of you!

 

This will be a positive year for your child as we build on past successes and learn new things in the third grade! I place emphasis on creating a sense of community with my students and building personal relationships with each child. I recognize the importance of structure and routines as well as students’ need for movement and exploration. Part of creating a cohesive classroom community is parent involvement – I am looking forward to getting to know each of you over the school year, too! With home and school working together, your child’s academic and social skills will continue to grow throughout the year.   Another way to keep in touch is via our classroom blog: http://www.mselissa3.wordpress.com – I update it frequently with photos and other goodies that you can share with family and friends.

 

In Room 16, we are starting off the year by looking back. Waaaay back. We are going to have a “Who’s That Baby?” bulletin board up to see who can match the student to their baby photo. This will reinforce the feeling of our class as a family and community of learners (plus it’s fun!) In order to do this, your child will need to bring in a baby photo on the first day of school. I can’t wait to see them!

 

In order to know your child better and gain insight to help guide my teaching, I am asking for your help. I would like to know your child as an individual, as a student, and as a reader. An open letter from you to me would help me get a head start in learning about your child. What are your child’s interests? How does your child express himself/herself best—through art, speaking, writing, music, etc.? Are there any special needs or concerns? These are just a few ideas of what your letter to me might include. You know your child best, so add any information that you would like me to have as we kick off this year together.

 

I am looking forward to hearing from you and also to beginning the year with your child. I also look forward to working with you to support and enrich your child’s academic growth. Please email your letter to edingus@pps.net or send your letter to school on the first day. See you on Tuesday, September 2nd!

Sincerely,

Elissa Dingus

P.S. Here is a picture of me  and my brother when I was in third grade!

Elissa 3rd Grade

Last Field Trips of the Year

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we ventured forth into our city – once to play in the park with our kindergarten buddies, and once to see some of Portland’s bridges in person. Both trips were delightful and filled with smiles. See for yourself:

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-Ms Elissa

News from Room 5 – Final Week!

This week is a frenzied blur of presentations, sending home items from the classroom, finishing projects, and cleaning. There is so much to do with the rest of our time together.
The Portland bridges arrived on Monday, and they look remarkable! The students love to walk slowly by, admiring each one on our way down the hall. Students shared their models with the class on Tuesday and we each learned some new facts about familiar places. Families, thank you for all of your help and guidance with that project – the results are simply astounding.
We are rapidly trying to finish up our final art/writing project: a Frida Kahlo inspired self portrait mounted between a Wordle of kind words and a reflection essay on each student’s favorite parts of the year. We may not have time to hang them in the hall, but the results will be something to cherish.
Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm, we will putting on a show of student-written fables as acted out with shadow puppets. Afterwards, we will say some goodbyes and watch a slideshow of the many photos from the year. I will provide some snacks. Come join us for our final celebration of hard work and creativity if you can, we’d love to have you!
Finally, I would like to say that it has been absolutely wonderful to get to know all of you over the course of this year. We have laughed, learned, and grown together and I will miss these guys a ton. I would also like to thank you, families, for all of your support and help throughout the year. I couldn’t have done it without you.
Have a wonderful summer (and don’t forget to READ!)
-Ms. Elissa

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Art Night 2014

Oops! I found an unpublished blog entry from last month… Enjoy!

Last night was another successful Art Night at Lewis school. All the docents did a wonderful job and the art was truly incredible. It seemed like everyone had a good time, despite the heat and humidity in our hall. Here are our hardworking docents (I may have missed a couple of you guys because it was so crowded at times):

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-Ms. Elissa