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Ms. Camille’s Classroom News 1-27-15

January 27, 2015

Storyline News The Pileated Woodpecker: A Pileated Woodpecker was first seen in our classroom tree last week. It has made several holes in the trunk of the Douglas Fir. On Monday, we arrived to discover that the woodpecker had made a nest and laid three eggs inside one of the holes! We are all anxiously...
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Ms. Kennedy’s 3rd Grade

January 27, 2015

This week in Literature, we are beginning Unit Four in Scott Foresman, entitled “One of a Kind.” In this week’s story, Wings, a boy is shunned and teased by his classmates, as well as community members, because of his unique look. We discussed how we all become better people by accepting and embracing the...
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Room Twenty-Two

January 27, 2015

It’s hard to believe that last Thursday was the halfway point for this school year!  We have been talking a lot in class about what it means to be moving closer to 5th grade.  The students know that I will continue to expect more of them and they are certainly rising to the challenge....
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News from Mr. Post’s Classroom

January 26, 2015

Last week for our Staying Healthy unit, we did two fun activities with food. On Tuesday we made yogurt and berry smoothies. On Thursday we did an experiment to find out which chips are the healthiest. We crushed three different kinds of chips onto papers to see how much grease each had. The greasiest...
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Class Notes for January 26-29, 2015

January 26, 2015

Another short week coming up. Friday is a teacher planning day so teachers can work on report cards, which come out near the end of the following week. When Thursday arrives, we are at the official halfway point of the school year. I find that hard to believe, but the calendar doesn’t lie. Thanks to...
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Ms. Sarah’s Classroom Notes

January 20, 2015

Boy, is this a short week! With Monday’s holiday and Wednesday’s late opening, it feels short! No spelling homework this week, unless your child has missed words. We will test those on Friday and I will be doing a spelling check to look at growth. We have started to study Native people of the...
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Ms. Camille’s Kindergarten

January 20, 2015

It is an exciting time in Room 2! Storyline News: We made paper with Sandy Reid, the “Tree Lady.” In Writing, each student described the paper making process orally using sequence words(first, next, then, last) then wrote “How to Make Paper” as part of our Winter non-fiction writing. Students have been doing research about...
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News from Mr. Post’s Classroom

January 20, 2015

On Tuesday this week for our Staying Healthy unit, we made smoothies! The basic recipe was 1 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 cup ice, 1 cup water, and 1 cup frozen berries. Everyone helped to make three batches, and students got to choose from strawberry, blueberry, or cherry-berry mix. Please visit our classroom website to...
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Ms. Kennedy’s 3rd Grade

January 20, 2015

It was great to see so many Lewis families at our Community Care Day on Monday morning, with special thanks to our own Isadora and her kin! The rains took a break and the sunshine held promise of springtime to come. During the morning, we were treated to two spectacular bald eagles flying directly...
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Room Twenty-Two

January 20, 2015

This week we are ramping up our Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest unit. Students have been put in pairs and have chosen which tribe/group they would like to study. They will be researching the housing, daily life, food, clothing, trade, and transportation of their group. They will also be researching the different roles...
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Class Notes for January 20-23, 2015

January 19, 2015

Boy, last week went by quickly! I think that’s what happens when you’re busy and having fun. The kids are loving our new read aloud The Princess Bride. In many ways the book is better than the movie, but the movie is the perfect adaptation of the book. Have your child tell you a...
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Ms. Sarah’s Classroom Notes

January 13, 2015

This week in Room 23 feels a bit more relaxed. We are not flying at full speed! Instead we are enjoying a more leisurely pace. We have been immersed in learning through the powerful novel, The One and Only Ivan. We have been having incredible discussions about all kinds of issues ranging from animal...
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Ms. Kennedy’s 3rd Grade

January 13, 2015

The story of the week is Volcanoes, Nature’s Incredible Fireworks. It is a piece of expository non-fiction. We viewed fantastic science experiments of Professor Robert Wysocki of Syracuse University’s Lava Project http://goo.gl/xFQk8W If you have an interest, there are a total of 27 different lava pours! Oregon’s is home to our own impressive Crater...
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Notes from Mr. Post’s Classroom

January 13, 2015

The class is enjoying the Unique Learning System unit called “Staying Healthy”. We have done read-alouds and activities about being healthy. We have read about topics like why it’s important to get a good night’s sleep, how to move and stay active, and about how different kinds of food give our bodies different kinds...
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Ms. Camille’s Kindergarten

January 12, 2015

Storyline News: This week we begin to explore what kinds of animals might be found in or around a Douglas Fir tree. This morning we were surprised to find that someone/something had made several holes in the bark of our classroom tree. We think a woodpecker made the holes but we don’t know what...
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Room 24 Class Notes for January 12-16, 2015

January 11, 2015

The passengers of Room 24 set sail for the New World this week. It’s going to be a long trip, so everybody needs to pack everything needed for the journey across the Atlantic. There will be no stopping at trading posts or going back if something is forgotten. In this simulation students will choose a...
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Room Twenty-Two

January 11, 2015

I will be away this week from Tuesday to Friday in Atlanta for a conference. The conference is run by the non-profit Young Audiences, and it will be an opportunity for me to learn another writing curriculum like the “Authors and Actors” unit that I taught this fall. When I return to Portland, I...
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Ms. Kennedy’s 3rd Grade

January 6, 2015

Welcome to a brand new shiny year! It was such a delight to see all those sweet, sleepy faces waiting at the door Monday morning. After hearing tales of Winter Break, it sounds as if families spent many enjoyable hours together. A big thank you to the students and their sponsors who helped make...
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News from Mr. Post’s Classroom

January 6, 2015

Well I hope that everyone had a good winter break and has returned refreshed. We are starting a new Unique Learning System unit called “Staying Healthy”. We will learn about ways to be healthy including being active, exercising, eating right, getting enough sleep, staying clean, and not spreading germs. This week we did a...
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Ms. Sarah’s Classroom Notes

January 6, 2015

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful, relaxing and fun-filled break! It was so nice for me to have some down time with my family. I am excited to be back and it feels like the kids are happy to return to school; tired, but happy! We are all readjusting to getting...
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Classroom Notes 1-5-15

January 5, 2015

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a fun winter break. It was so nice to see the kids this morning. I missed them! This week, we will spend time reconnecting and reviewing routines and expectations so that everyone has a smooth transition back into school. A Few Highlights for this Week: Writing:...
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Class Notes for January 5-9, 2015

January 4, 2015

Welcome to 2015! Let’s hope it’s a good one for everybody! We will start out the new year with a new unit of study that looks into the early colonization of North America. The unit is similar to what students kid last year when we studied the Oregon Trail. In this simulation students become colonists—thinking...
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