Welcome Letter

Dear Families,

Hello out there!  My name is Ms. Elissa and I am delighted to welcome you to 4th Grade in Room 24!  I hope you guys are sharing an enjoyable summer together.  I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself (or update those of you who already know me) and tell you a little about what you have to look forward to this year.

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and after a road trip in which I discovered the unparalleled beauty of the Northwest, I moved to Portland for college in 2003.  I graduated from Lewis & Clark with a B.A. in Psychology and went on to work in the youth and adolescent mental health field for several years.  During that time, I became more and more interested in education and headed back to Lewis & Clark to get my Master’s in Elementary Education.  I have been a part of the Lewis community for 7 years now and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the 4th grade team again this year!

This summer has been a pretty mellow one, but I did sneak in some adventures.  I visited historic Savannah, Georgia with some friends just after school got out.  It was definitely a different world among all those live oaks and pre-civil war architecture.  My husband, Nate, and I celebrated our first anniversary in July.  I also spent a lot of time gardening, going to the river, doing yoga, hanging out with our dog, Sadie, and closely monitoring all of the changes to the Blazers roster.  I am looking forward to camping on a friend’s ranch during the total eclipse later this month!  Now that I have started setting everything up in Room 24, I am really excited to start the school year!

This year we will cover some exciting new content and work together to foster a strong community within our classroom.  We will take a look through Oregon’s long history through the lens of rights and ownership, examine and discuss current events, learn some new math concepts, and do as much reading and writing as possible!  We will work on strategies to foster independence and ways to self-monitor progress.  We will learn together and grow together.  Part of creating a cohesive classroom community is parent involvement and communication – I am looking forward to getting to know each of you over the school year, too!

Check out our classroom blog (www.mselissa3.wordpress.com) for weekly updates and important information and follow us on Twitter @epdingus for photos of what we are doing.   You can also email me anytime: edingus@pps.net

See you on the 30th!

-Ms. Elissa



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