News from Squad 16 – May 31, 2017

As we enter our final weeks together, our class is working hard to maintain our routines and expectations, even as the weather warms up and our minds start wandering to summer vacation.

Our field trip to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center was thoroughly informative and engaging.  During our discussion after the field trip many students said that the artwork they saw would stick with them for long after this trip.  The art and items we viewed in the museum opened a doorway to having some very powerful conversations.  Thank you to all of the chaperones who were able to join us for the trip!

In these last few weeks, students will be working to put together a book to share all of what they have covered during our Japanese American storyline.  We will have some time to show you what we have learned after the 4th Grade Family Breakfast on June 9th.  The Breakfast is from 8:15-9:00 and then we will wander back down to Room 16 to share our storyline experience.  There will be a sheet coming home with more information about Family Breakfast on Friday.

This week will be our last week for homework assignments!  Let’s make it our best one yet!  Please remind your child to turn in their homework when they arrive at school.

Thank you for all that you do,

-Ms. Elissa

News from Squad 16 – May 24, 2017

Our field trip to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center is on Thursday and we are excited to hear about and see some artifacts from Portland’s Historic Japantown.  We will be taking a look at two different exhibits in the museum and take a stroll along the plaza to see some poetry.  If you are interested in extending your own knowledge or supporting your child’s learning, their website has a list of the current exhibits: http://www.oregonnikkei.org/exhibits.htm  One of the items listed on their page is a downloadable app for a self-guided walking tour of Historic Japantown!

On Tuesday afternoon we had our final performance for our residency with Alex Addy, our Ghanaian drumming teacher.  It was a blast to see these guys drumming and dancing their hearts out!

I am happy to announce the end of the year 4th grade Family Breakfast will take place on Friday, June 9th from 8:15 – 9:00 am.  This will be a celebration of bringing our storyline unit to a close and a time to get together as a community and share some food.  (Fingers crossed that we won’t get snowed out this time! 😀 )  More info. on this to come soon.

Keep practicing those multiplication facts and enjoy the sun!

-Ms. Elissa

News from Squad 16 – May 17, 2017

This week we are wrapping up our multi-digit multiplication unit.  The post-assessment will be at the end of the week and so we are taking the time to review and remember back to all the strategies we have for multiplication.  Students are doing a stellar job of showing all of their work and making sure their thinking is clear.  These guys will be ready to tackle the vertical algorithm in 5th grade!

Homework has returned this week and we had a pretty dismal rate of turned in assignments on Tuesday.  Please make sure your child is completing their homework to the best of their ability, whatever that may be.  I’d rather have a few errors on a page than nothing turned in at all.

Next Tuesday our class will be performing what we have learned in our Ghanaian Drumming residency.  We would love to have you come join us if you can!  Our assembly will be from 1:15-2:15 pm in the cafeteria.  Come watch us drum, dance, and have fun on stage!

Next Thursday is our field trip to the Nikkei Legacy Center.  We will be looking at some artifacts and models of Japantown in Portland, some artwork depicting Japanese Americans, and we will get to take a stroll along the plaza.  Please remind your child to bring appropriate outerwear for potential rainy weather.  Fingers crossed for sun!

Thank you for all that you do!

-Ms. Elissa

News from Squad 16 – May 10, 2017

Testing, and storyline, and drumming, oh my!  This week we are working to finish up the math portion of the Smarter Balanced Assessment, build Japantown, and we began our African Drumming residency with Alex Addy from the Obo Addy Legacy Project.

This week in our Japanese American storyline, students are working in their family groups to create a box model of their family’s business.  They are very creative and have a ton of well thought out details!  Check them out on our class Twitter: @epdingus

We are nearing the end of our multi-digit multiplication unit.  Students have shown major growth in their ability to tackle large multiplication problems which is exciting to see!  This week and next week we will review the strategies we have covered so far and take a look at multiplying even larger numbers.  We will take the post-test sometime next week.

There is no homework being assigned this week.  Students should be practicing their multiplication facts daily as well as searching for any lost homework assignments to turn in for credit.

Enjoy the sun!

-Ms. Elissa