News from Room 16 – May 27, 2015

Boy!  Time flies when you’re having fun.  It’s hard to believe that we are in our last few weeks of school.  There is still much to be done and we are working away while we still have time!

We have been working on large number addition and subtraction so it will make an appearance on this week’s homework packet.  We are also making sure to show how we solved a problem in at least two ways.  Please support your child in using the vertical algorithm plus another way of their choice – number line, base ten sketches, breaking apart hundreds, tens, and ones, or another way.

During the last week of school, we will hold a book swap to ensure that everyone has some summer reading material.  I am asking each student to bring in at least 2 books by Tuesday, June 9th.  Take a look at home and see what well read books you have that you are ready to give away so they can have a new life!

We are coming to the end of our study of Portland’s history.  We will be having a “museum day” event on the last week of school where families can come in and see the work that our class has done – keep your eyes open for an official invitation coming home soon.

Enjoy the sunshine this week!

-Ms. Elissa

News from Room 16 – May 20, 2015

Our field trip to downtown Portland was a blast! I think my favorite part was getting to see the Steel Bridge and the Morrisimage image image image imageon Bridge get raised for ships passing below. Quite a sight to see. A tremendous thank you to all of the parents who came with us – you helped us have the most successful downtown trip I have ever taken.

This week, students did some research on the bridge of their choosing, taking notes in preparation for their bridge projects. They should be bringing home their graphic organizer today and they know that the starred facts should all be included in the final draft of their informational paragraph on their bridge.

This week we are also working our way through the last legs of the state testing. Students completed the math performance task on Tuesday and will begin the writing performance task on Thursday. We are taking breaks as needed to maintain a low stress, high focus environment.

Next Wednesday is our field trip to the Oregon Historical Society. We will be taken through the museum in small groups by knowledgeable docents who will continue to add to our knowledge of Portland’s past. Chaperones, I will contact you later this week for specific details.

Take care,

-Ms. Elissa

News from Room 16 – May 13, 2015

This week, students will be making a visitor’s guide to Lone Fir Cemetery.  Each group was assigned one stop on the tour to become experts on.  Now that they have some background information, they will work in small groups to assemble their information and add some photos into a booklet for future visitors!

On Monday of next week, we have our next field trip into downtown Portland for a walking tour.  Please make sure your child brings a sack lunch, good walking shoes, and weather appropriate clothing.  We will be out and about all day long!  I will be contacting those of you who signed up to be chaperones on Thursday about specifics for the trip.

If you see Ms. Rotwein in the halls, make sure to give her a big “Thank you!” for taking our class on the Lone Fir field trip while I was incapacitated.  I should be back to work on Thursday.

See you soon.

-Ms. Elissa

News from Room 16 – May 6, 2015

So much to do, so little time!  We are making our way through Portland’s history, starting a new unit on using all the operations with larger numbers, getting geared up for Art Night, and we hope to complete testing within the next few weeks.

Art Night is on Thursday from 6-8 pm.  I hope to see you all there!  Art Night docents, check your folders this week for your time assignment. I will also post a copy in the hallway in case you forget.

Next Tuesday is our first field trip to Lone Fir Cemetery.  Please make sure that your permission slip has been returned by the end of this week.  On Tuesday, make sure you wear weather appropriate clothing and comfy walking shoes as we will be on our feet for a few hours as we explore the historic names in the cemetery.  The weather man predicts partly cloudy and 72 degrees, though it will likely be a little cooler than that in the morning.  You will also need a sack lunch to bring along so we can picnic in the shade.

Let me know if you have questions:

Enjoy the sunshine!

-Ms. Elissa

News from Room 16 – April 29, 2015

There are quite a few important documents coming home with your child this week, so please make sure to check their backpack carefully!  One of the important pages is a yellow Art Night Docent sign up sheet.  Art Night is just over a week away and we are in need of some docents to help guide the viewers through our pieces.  Please return your sign up sheet as soon as possible.

There is also a green packet which contains three separate field trip forms for our upcoming Portland history field trips.  We will be going to Lone Fir Cemetery, taking a walking tour of downtown Portland, and visiting the Oregon Historical Society in May!  Read more about each one in the green packet, sign and return by May 8th.  We have room for quite a few chaperones on these trips, so don’t hesitate to let me know if you’d like to join us for one or more of these dates!

Speaking of Portland history, our class made pioneers who are traveling on the Oregon Trail from Missouri, headed to Oregon Territory.  We are reading Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie, a fictional journal written by a 13 year-old girl to help us better understand what the journey was like.  The class is keeping a comprehensive list of words that describe the Oregon Trail experience.  Some favorites have been: gross, dusty, treacherous, and heartbreaking.  Ask your child for more details!

Next Monday is our turn to take the Smarter Balanced Math Assessment, so make sure that your child gets a good night’s rest and has a big breakfast beforehand.  Students who are opting out will have a menu of quiet work options to choose from during the time that the class is testing.

Take care,

-Ms. Elissa