News from Room 16 – June 10, 2015

Our final days are here and we are busy with reflecting back on our year and having fun!  Thank you to all of you who were able to make it out to our Museum Day event and/or our walking field trip!  Don’t forget to bring in a few books for our book swap on Thursday and take home your bridge project!  Take care over the summer and read, read, read!!!

-Ms. Elissa
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News from Room 16 – June 3, 2015

Lots of special events coming up!  Read on for more details!

Thursday is Field Day and the weather promises to be a little better than it has been so far this week, so make sure your child wears some sneakers and clothes that are good for doing some running around in.

Next Monday, June 8,  we will be celebrating the end of our study of Portland’s history by having a Museum Day so families can come take a walk through time and see what we have been working on.  Come join us anytime between 2:30 and 3:30 pm on Monday afternoon.

Next Tuesday, June 9, our class will be taking a walking field trip to Berkeley Park with our kindergarten buddies at 1:00 pm (with no chance of cancellation due to transportation issues!).  We will be having some afternoon treats down at the park – please see the sign up sheet outside of our room to  be a chaperone and/or see what you can bring for us to enjoy!

Our book swap will be on the last day of school, so check out your bookshelves at home and bring a couple of books in before then!

Finally, just in case this is the last newsletter of the year, 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

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