As you read this newsletter, our class will have completed the second round of OAKS testing in math. I don’t have results, but am sure they will show improvement since we’ve worked so diligently on understanding fractions! We are “building” our mural for the Stumptown era of historic Portland. The students are learning how a town develops, which sorts of businesses begin, and how families lived from one day to the next. Their writing this week will be a journal entry from the perspective of an 1844 Portland pioneer, six years before the Oregonian Newspaper began and fifteen years before Oregon became a state. In math we are moving into working with large numbers, adding, subtracting and multiplying them. In addition, we’ll be working with measurements, as you probably noticed with the homework that was due on Monday. Ask your child about “Gallon Guy!” There is a spelling test this week, with plenty of practice during the week, but at-home practice is also helpful in learning these spelling patterns. Thank you to everyone who came to the Art Night. Our docents did a wonderful job and it was great to see the students and their parents talking about their art. Our next field trip in on May 15th when we journey to the historic Belmont Fire Museum. I’ll be sending home reminders for the parent chaperones soon. Thank you to those who helped us enormously on our Art Museum trip: Nora Polk, Teri Hess, Codi Campbell, and Sara Fields.