In a flurry of activity and goodbyes yesterday, I completely forgot to pass out the Summer Reading Program gameboards. :0
If you would like to come pick one up, they will be available in the office for you.
Sorry for the inconvenience…
Hello families! While there is no school newsletter coming home this week, I wanted to write a quick end of the year note to you all, so here it is!
Our walking tour of downtown Portland was fun, informative, and hot! We got to see Portland’s living room, an echo chamber, more than 30 types of transportation (including a military helicopter), Ancient Greek architecture, cast iron building fronts, almost every bridge in our city, and a whole lot more! The kids were probably exhausted by the time they got home yesterday; I hope they all slept well.
Tomorrow we will be having a small end of the year celebration in class. There will be a little slideshow and some treats! Come join us at 2:15 if you’d like to.
Do lots of reading this summer! Your child’s Newsela, RAZ Kids, Moby Math, and Typing Club accounts should stay active over the summer so they can access them from home or the library. I am sending home their password cards today along with their scored Character Analysis Essays.
And finally, thank you for all that you have done this year. We could not have made it through the year without you volunteering, chaperoning, communicating, and supporting. I appreciate all of the effort that you put in to helping your child succeed.
See you next year,
We are down to single digits of days left in the school year but there are so many things yet to finish! 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 several more opportunities for parent involvement and visits to the classroom, keep reading for details!
Bridge projects are due on Monday, June 6th. Students will be presenting these to each other in small groups next week. Please let me know if you need materials or support – firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be taking two more field trips this year – a walking field trip to Berkeley Park with our kindergarten buddies on Monday June 6th and a tour of the waterfront and a few bridges in downtown on June 7th. I am still looking for chaperones for both trips – let me know if you are interested. Please return your permission slips as soon as possible!!
Our book swap is this Friday and as of today, we have no books to swap! Please take a moment to check your shelves for any books that you are willing to trade out for new ones.
Finally, at the end of the last day of school, our class will be having a small reflection celebration with a slideshow and some treats. Feel free to come join us at 2:15 next Thursday for our closing celebration!
Thank you for everything!
-Ms. Elissa & Mr. Tristan
Here is a link to a list of books that are broken down by age. You can see the cover, read a summary, and even select other ages to find some books that are a good fit for your child.
Source: Best Books for 9 Year Olds
As we rapidly approach the end of the year, my mind is turning towards the summer. Summer can be a time filled with adventures, down time, play dates, and an escape from academics. My dream is that everyone will do LOTS of reading over the summer to prevent the so-called “summer slide” where students lose some of the progress they made during the school year.
In order to help combat this, a few classes are holding an end of the year book swap on Friday, June 3rd. I have asked students to bring in at least 2 books that they are willing to part with (re-read a million times, too easy, never liked, etc.) to trade out for a few new books they are really interested in. Please take a look on your bookshelves at home and see what you are ready to pass on to someone else. Bring in anything you are willing to part with!
During our study of bridges last week, students were given a design challenge: build a beam bridge that can support weight using only poster board, glue, scissors, and tape. Students were very creative during the building process! When they were finished, we did some strength tests with centimeter cubes to see which design features helped bridges support the most weight. Our class average was 1,055 cubes! Ask your child about what features helped the most. I bet you will hear the words truss, triangle, or abutment in their answer.
Speaking of bridges, we did a check in meeting this week to see how the Portland Bridge Projects are coming along. Most students have chosen a bridge and several have begun building! I am sending home some packets on your child’s bridge to help with research for their short essay. Bridges are due on Monday, June 6th.
Please turn in your permission slip if you have not done so yet.
Thanks for everything!
-Ms. Elissa & Mr. Tristan
Art Night was last Thursday and it was so much fun! Thanks to all of you who were able to make it out and an extra big thank you to the docents for educating the public. If you weren’t able to come out for Art Night, swing through the halls sometime over the next few weeks, the art is still up and looking incredible.
We just kicked off one of our final units of the year: a study of bridges. Over the course of this unit, students will learn about the different types of bridges (beam, arch, suspension), test the strengths of each type of bridge, and conclude by presenting a model of a Portland bridge. This week, students are bringing home the bridge project assignment which is due on Monday, June 6th.
We also have another field trip approaching on June 7th. This trip will be a walking tour of downtown Portland lead by Peter Chausse. We will see historical landmarks, sculptures and other works of art, look at a variety of modes of transportation, and take a look at the bridges we have been learning about! I can bring 7-8 chaperones on this trip, so let me know if you are interested!
That’s all for this week!
-Ms. Elissa & Mr. Tristan