Thank you all for sharing your fabulous kids with me all year! They are a dynamic group of smart, hardworking children. I look forward to watching them continue to grow throughout their years at Lewis and beyond. Thanks for making our Shadow Puppet Shows a success! Children love sharing with an attentive audience. A special thanks goes out to Oona and Brian Baker for meticulously cutting many puppets. Although we’re days from the end, we’ve got lots of loose ends to tie up. In writing, we’re engaged in three projects: writing kind words about each other, reflecting on what we enjoyed about the school year, and writing a journal entry about what it is like to live in Portland in 2012. In addition, we will end our writing for the year with letters to the fourth grade teachers, letting them know what amazing students they will be getting next year. The Theory of Knowledge Presentations are a joy to watch. In this round we’ve learned about topics such as, how to make bottle cap jewelry and the Tesla Coil. Our Room 16 Book Exchange is this Friday. If you are planning on sorting through your home library, please do so by Thursday. Next Tuesday afternoon we are having our end of the year party with our buddies in Berkeley Park. Please join us if your schedule permits. Thank you for your continued support throughout the year! Have a relaxing summer vacation! We are wrapping up the year in math by building bridges in class. This project has come at a perfect time in the year; the kids already have a solid background in Portland history and we saw many bridges on our walking tour. This hands-on activity is a fabulous way to bring together theory (everything we learned about how bridges work) and practice (actually trying to make it hold weight). It was great to watch the kids’ eyes light up when they started to think about having creative control over this project. This class is phenomenally creative and I cannot wait to see their finished products. I will post pictures of the bridges to the blog as soon as they are complete. This year has been a wonderful adventure for me and I am looking forward to seeing all these guys (and families, too!) as they saunter down the hall on the way to their 4th grade classrooms next year.