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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Field Day 2014

Today was Field Day at Lewis. It was perfect weather for it and we ended the day with popsicles in the shade with our buddies!

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 I found an unpublished blog entry from last month… Enjoy!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

Publishing Party – Author’s Tea

Last Tuesday, we had a publishing party for our character analysis essays.  Students read their essay aloud in small groups and then got to enjoy some tea!  Check it out:

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Cheers!

-Ms. Elissa

News from Room 5 – June 3, 2014

Welcome to June!  I can’t believe it’s here already.  We are scuttling about finishing up projects, learning about bridges, and starting to think back on our year together.

I hope to see you here on Friday afternoon at 2:30 for the culmination of  our Portland history unit!  The students are going to help me turn our classroom into an interactive timeline over the next few days.  They will have their individual and collaborative pieces on display and can take you on a tour through time!  

The Portland bridge projects are due next Monday, June 9th.  I sent home a small piece of information about the bridge of your child’s choice.  We had a talk about the difference between using an article as a resource versus plagiarism; students know they can use the information to gather ideas, details, and dates, but they need to write it in their own words for their essay.  Additionally, here are a few good internet resources for the Portland bridges: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transportation_in_Portland,_Oregon#Willamette_River  This takes you to Wikipedia’s page and all of the Willamette and Columbia river bridges have their own links  – Choose the one for you!  http://www.bizave.com/portland/bridges/ This link has many photos of Portland’s bridges as well as a history section.  FInd your bridge on the left side and explore!  If you find any other websites that are helpful – pass them along!  I’ll make sure to share them with everyone.

Please make sure your child returns their permission slip with $3.00 by Friday.  Additionally, I hope that some of you will be able to join us for our field trips on Monday  and Tuesday.  Please send me an email or sign up outside the classroom if you are available.

Finally, I want to prepare our class for doing some great summer reading by having a third grade book swap.  Each student can bring in 2-3 books that they are ready to pass on to a new home and trade them out for some fun and interesting reads from a friend.  I am starting to cull our classroom library of books that are a little beat up to add to the swap collection.  Take a look at home to see what you can bring in to trade!

Enjoy the sunshine!

-Ms. Elissa

News from Room 5 – May 28, 2014

Thank you for all of your kind words, deeds, and little treats last week.  I felt very appreciated!

As we head in to the last few weeks of school, we are working hard on finishing up our big units and starting to bring our year to a close.  There will be many more opportunities for parent involvement and visits to the classroom, keep reading for details!

Bridge projects are due on Monday, June 9th.  Please see the blog for more details if needed (mselissa3.wordpress.com).

After we complete our Portland history unit, our class will be having a culmination event so family and friends can see what we have learned.  Come see our murals and meet your child’s characters who have lived through Portland’s long and interesting past.  Join us in our own museum of Portland history next Friday, June 6 from 2:30-3:00pm.  Check your child’s folder for the official invitation.

We will be taking two more field trips this year – a walking field trip to Berkley Park with our kindergarten buddies on Monday June 9th and a tour of the waterfront and a few bridges in downtown on June 10th.  Permission slips are being sent home this week – please let me know if you are interested in coming with us on either trip (or both!).

Finally, we will be having a celebration on the last day of school.  I am still putting together the details of the day, but it will include a movie of student written and performed shadow puppet plays, popcorn, and perhaps some other final closing events.  Stay tuned for more info.

This Wednesday (May 28) will be the final IXL club meeting for the year but I hope you will not stop practicing!

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns by email (edingus@pps.net) or stop by Room 5.

Thank you for everything that you do – I appreciate you too!

-Ms. Elissa

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