4401 SE Evergreen StreetPortland, OR 97206Ph (503) 916-6360Fx (503) 916-2652

Ph Fx

Ph Fx

Lewis News

View All
  • A NEW Message from PPS Communications and Facilities Management...

    Dear Lewis community members,

    We understand there have been some concerns about the last stages of health and safety construction work at Lewis, and we’d like to update you on our progress and provide some helpful testing data for hazardous materials at Lewis.

    More
  • Community Care Day has been Postponed!

    THE AUGUST 25th COMMUNITY CARE DAY, DUE TO CONSTRUCTION, HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 29th.

    THE LEWIS PTA SOCIAL THAT WAS TO BE HELD AFTER COMMUNITY CARE DAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED~

    PLEASE BE SURE TO JOIN US AT THE PTA AFTER SCHOOL SOCIAL ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th at 3:00 pm!

  • A Message from PPS Communications and Facilities Management:

    A Message from PPS Communications and Facilities Management:

    Dear Lewis community,
    We have heard some concerns about the safety of Lewis school when it reopens after a summer of construction work to seismically retrofit the building. Student and staff safety is always our foremost priority and responsibility, and we’d like to share some information provided by an outside environmental consulting firm that we hope will address some of those concerns.
    Whenever we undertake an imp...rovement project, our project managers and construction crews are trained to follow the strictest safety guidelines. The contractor and design firm are working to have full compliance details available to your community by early next week. In the meantime, we can provide some of those reports that are available now.
    The asbestos work at Lewis was performed using the highest safety standards. Apex Environmental Consulting performed testing during and after the asbestos removal procedure and all samples collected by Apex during the removal of asbestos materials and following were below the DEQ clearance criteria for asbestos abatement and below the OSHA permissible exposure limit. The PPS requirements for asbestos abatement can be found at the PPS Risk Management website.
    Lead paint abatement at Lewis also followed rigorous safety standards. Lead paint tests were also undertaken by Apex Environmental Consulting. Those results will be available early next week, and we will share them as soon as we receive them.
    Cleaning up the construction site and classrooms is also an integral component of the work. Along with the general contractors cleaning staff, PPS provides supplemental cleaning contractors to complete the significant amount of cleaning required after a remodeling of the size of the one at Lewis. Rooms identified as “Final Clean Complete” over the last few weeks have had an initial final clean. As construction concludes, each of these rooms are rechecked and additional cleaning happens continually until the return of the students on opening day.
    We hope this helps to address your concerns as you prepare for the new school year. Compliance reports are available now for any parents or staff members who wish to review them.
    Our goal for all our projects is to improve the health and safety for our staff and students, and we are excited about the results at Lewis. If you have additional questions or concerns please contact David Mayne, communications manager for the Bond program at dmayne@pps.net. Thank you for your concern and understanding. We hope you have a great start to the school year.

  • Lewis School Supplies

    Lewis School Supplies

    School wide, we have moved away from an itemized school supply lists.  
    We are now asking families to contribute a flat rate to the school for us to purchase all of our needed school supplies.  The school can purchase items at our district corporate rate, in bulk, getting exactly what we need—this will allow us to save money and eliminate a lot of waste.



    ALL STUDENTS (K-5):
    We are asking that each family contribute $50 per student to Lewis School.
    To pay with a credit card online (this can be done anytime) go to our SchoolPay website https://www.pps.net/Page/3528
    or send cash/check with your student in the Fall.

     

    STUDENTS ENTERING KINDERGARTEN:
    In addition to the $50 flat rate contribution, every kindergarten student should bring the following with them on the first day of school (August 30th):

    1. headphones (not earbuds) in a Ziploc bag with child’s name on the bag
    2. $10 for a canvas bag (please do not buy a backpack).
      You can bring this in when you come for your Meet & Greet in August, or pay with a credit card on our SchoolPay website https://www.pps.net/Page/3528.

    STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 1-5:
    In addition to the $50 flat rate contribution, every 1st-5th grade student should bring the following with them on the first day of school (August 27th):

    1. backpack (one big enough to hold a coat)
    2. headphones (not earbuds) in a Ziploc bag with child’s name on the bag

     

    If any of the above presents a financial hardship for your family, please let Tracy in the School Office know. We are happy to work with your family to ensure that your child will have everything s/he needs to start the year.

    ***Please note, if you have not yet set up an account with SchoolPay, you will need your students ID Number (you can find this on the top left corner of your child’s report card) or call the office for this information. 

    Please contact the School Office at 503-916-6360 if you have any questions. 
    Thank you! 

  • Important Summer Construction Work at Lewis

    Lewis will be under construction this summer. Work at Lewis Elementary School includes a vital seismic retrofit that will bring the school up to “life safety” standards, new fire sprinkler system throughout the building, improvement of the existing fire alarm system and ADA accessibility improvements. This work is part of the voter approved May 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond.

    What you need to know:
    • Construction will begin immediately following the end of this school year, in June. Construction hours: Monday-Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • The school site will be closed for the entire summer. Adjacent park will remain open and accessible.
    • Construction fencing will surround the school including the asphalt walkways and parking lots.
    • There will be increased construction traffic in and around school grounds; however, street closures are not anticipated at this time.
    • School Registration will take place at the school office which will remain accessible through June 25th.  The office will re-open August 13th.

    We recognize that this construction may impact school neighbors. Our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but, please know that Lewis Elementary School will be receiving much needed work.

    For more information about the PPS School Health and Safety Improvement Bond 2018 Summer Projects - Contact: 503-916-2222 E-mail: schoolmodernization@pps.net BondProgram: www.pps.net/bond
  • Message From Nutrition Services:

    Please note the following changes to our Lunch Menu for the month of June:

    Friday, June 1st:  Alaskan Pollock OR BBQ Chicken Drumsticks w/ Roasted Potatoes & Coleslaw

    Monday, June 4th: Orange Chicken w/ Rice

    Tuesday, June 5th: Vegetable Lasagna

    Wednesday, June 6th: Hamburger OR Cheeseburger

    Thursday, June 7th: Pizzeria Day

    Friday, June 8th: Oven Roasted Chicken

Weekly Newsletter & Notes

    • Lewis Elementary School

      Weekly Newsletter

      September 5, 2018

                                         

      UPCOMING DATES:
      Thursday, September 6th @ 6pm: Kinder Family Social
      Friday, September 7th: Walk + Roll
      Wednesday, September 12th @ 6:30pm: Lewis PTA Meeting
      Friday, September 14th: PTA After School Social
      Thursday, September 20th: Lewis Back to School Night
      Saturday, September 22nd: REED 5k FUNd Walk/Run
      Friday, September 28: Picture Day (order forms will be sent home on September 19th)
      Saturday, September 29th: Lewis Community Care Day, 9am-noon


      Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:

      It’s been another smooth and productive week at Lewis! I’ve enjoyed watching your children settle into their new classrooms—learning new routines, making new friendships, and connecting with new adults. Each year, each child’s Lewis circle expands a bit—it’s truly a beautiful thing to watch. In the coming weeks, we also have several opportunities for adults in our community to connect, re-connect, and expand circles—our Kinder Family Social, the PTA After School Social, Back-to-School Night, etc. I hope that you and your family will make an effort to join us for as many of these community events as possible. If your family likes to walk and run together, I also encourage you to register for the Reed FUNd Walk/Run (5K) on September 22, 2018. All of the proceeds from this super-fun event go back into neighborhood elementary schools—Lewis included. I’ll be running with my daughter, and I’ll hope to see you there. You can register at this link: https://www.reed.edu/5k/.
              Here’s to another great week!  Emily

      Woodstock Gives Back
      Join us at Portland Family Health this Sunday, September 9th, from 10am-3pm in support of Woodstock Gives Back and Lewis Elementary! We are located at 4004 SE Woodstock Blvd. just next door to the Woodstock Wine and Deli.  

      Woodstock Gives Back is a Woodstock business community event hosting family fun up and down the street to raise money for various causes and charities.  

      Visit us at Portland Family Health for FREE chair massages on our porch, corn hole competitions for all ages, face painting by recent Lewis alumni, and other prizes and festivities, including a raffle to win things like a free nutritional consultation, acupuncture or craniosacral treatment with our many providers. Or just pop in to say hi!

      Additionally, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jen Kearns for an acupuncture treatment, dietary or herbal consultation, or for chiropractic care or massage therapy with another wonderful provider during the week of Sept. 10-15 and 10% of all new patient proceeds will go back to Lewis! All of our providers treat all ages.

      Check out more event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/299903160599750/

      Chinook Book on Sale NOW!
      Purchase the book, a mobile subscription or renew your current subscription using our special fundraising link!

      Follow this link https://chinook.co/lewispdx to purchase your Chinook Book mobile app subscription and benefit our fundraiser.  Our partner ID is: lewispdx
                  
      Lewis receives 50% of the sales from both the book and the app.

      • Don't have the Chinook Book App yet? Follow the link above from your phone to activate a 7-day FREE TRIAL of the Chinook Book app. If you like it, you can purchase an annual app subscription for $15 and enjoy a whole year of savings at local, sustainable places you love like Grand Central Bakery, Portland Nursery, Salt & Straw, OMSI, Oaks Park, yard debris dumping at McFarlane’s Bark and many more  Plus! Your subscription will continue to benefit our fundraiser year after year as long as we continue to fundraise with Chinook Book.
      • Already have the app?  First make sure you have updated to the most recent version of the app. Then follow the link above. It will redirect you to the App Store. Tap “open” and it will take you directly to the payment page with our partner id already loaded in so your purchase will benefit our fundraiser. Ready?
      • If you would prefer to purchase a print book or app gift card, these are available in the school office.
        Thanks for supporting our fundraiser!

      We are looking for adult volunteers for lunch duty:
      Each day during lunch period, we need 2 volunteers to assist Kelly and Laurie (our Nutrition Service staff) in servicing lunch to our students.  We have utilized 4th & 5th grade student volunteers in the past, but with our change in our lunch routine, students would miss most of their lunch recess.  In an effort to avoid this, we are looking to our volunteers.  Our 2 volunteers would assist in serving lunch to our students.

      If you are interested, please click on this SignUp Genuis link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44a9a82ea31-lewis1

      Milk Carton Recycling:
      Help continue our recycling tradition at Lewis!  Come to the cafeteria during lunch for 30 minutes and rinse milk cartons to prepare them for recycling.  Every day we keep a large garbage bag full of milk cartons out of the landfill.  Click on the link to sign up:
      https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094cacab28a31-august1

      For the Safety and Security of our students, the staff, and our building…
      All doors except the West side door on SE 43rd are open from 8:30-8:45am for drop-off and from 2:55-3:15pm for pick-up.
      The West side door on SE 43rd is ONLY open at dismissal time from 2:55-3:15pm. 
      For YMCA drop-off and pick-up only, please use the door from the playground between the gym and the cafeteria.  There is a doorbell for your convenience.
      The front door is the only door open during school hours.  It is open from 7am-430pm.
      For the protection of our students, all visitors and volunteers MUST check in at the office, sign in and wear a badge at all times.

      Only custodial parents, legal guardians, or emergency contacts listed on a student’s registration form can pick up a child from school.
      If someone other than those listed on the registration form is to pick up your child, the office must receive a call from your child’s parent/guardian to authorize that person.  We will not release any student to someone that is not authorized for pick-up.

      **Please note that we WILL check identification if we do not recognize the person picking up your child.

      Lewis School Mail Volunteers Needed!
      We are looking for adult volunteers to assist our Junior (K-2nd grade student) Mail Carriers in collecting, sorting, hand-cancelling and delivering our Lewis School Mail.
      Our students write letters to their classroom friends, drop it in our Lewis mailbox, and excitedly wait for our mail to be delivered.
      This volunteer opportunity takes appx. 1 hour and you will work with 2-3 students each time.

      Thank you so much for helping us to keep this wonderful Lewis tradition alive! 
      Please follow this link to sign-up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44a9a82ea31-lewis2

      Please send your students prepared for school:
      Please be sure to send your student to school with the appropriate gear for the weather, as we will go outside for recess even on rainy days.  Closed-toed shoes are recommended for our playground, as the bark chips can give splinters and the logs can become slippery.
      Also, please send water bottles!  On PE days, athletic shoes and no long dresses please.  Thank you in advance for sending your child(ren) to school ready for a successful day!

      Playground Access from Glenwood Street, the section of blacktop from the Glenwood Street fence to the Gym, and the bike racks in that area will be inaccessible while the seismic upgrades to the Gym are completed.  The anticipated completion date is late October.  All other parts of the playground will be open and accessible. 
      This past weekend, the blacktop was pressure washed and cleared of all construction debris and the field was inspected and any remaining debris has been removed.

      School Meals:

      • We encourage parents to submit a Free and Reduced Meal applications online via SchoolCafe` at schoolcafe.com or by paper (available from the office). Whether you are going to use this benefit or not, Lewis has the potential to access additional resources if we have a certain percentage of Free and Reduced qualifying families.  Please consider submitting an application.
        Families that were approved last year for Free and Reduced Meals have a 30 day grace period to apply for meal benefits for this year.  After the 30 day grace period, families will be charged for meals.
      • Please note: students will no longer be able to purchase a la carte milk OR a second meal.

       

      PTA BottleDrop Fundraiser:
      Thank you to everyone who dropped off BottleDrop bags over the summer - we raised over $500 since June! That’s on top of the $1500 we raised last year. Can we beat that total this year?  BottleDrop collection begins Thursday, September 6th, before school by the front door. Drop off will be EVERY Thursday starting next week. Pick up a blue bag in the office, fill it with clean mixed cans & bottles and drop off before school on Thursdays.  You can also turn the bags in yourself at any Bottle Drop location, there’s one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King and Linwood. Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan, open the deposit door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money!  Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on which containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.

      Proceeds from our BottleDrop Fundraiser helps to support our Lewis Community events like Movie Night and Bingo Night.  We hope to continue to offer these events free of charge to our community.  Please continue to drop off those blue bags!  Every can and bottle helps!

      Walk + Roll begins Friday, September 7th!
      Welcome back to school!  Just because summer is over, it doesn't mean the kids have to put away their walking shoes, bike, scooter, skateboard, or wheelchair.

      Please join us for "Walk and Roll" beginning Friday, September 7th in the morning before school.  There will be popsicles for the kids, coffee from First Cup for the adults, and a bike mechanic from The Missing Link for those much needed adjustments to the kids' bikes, plus a raffle, music, and good cheer!
      Parents, we need your help!  Please consider volunteering for this event and on the first Friday of every month thereafter, 7:45-8:45, setting up tables, making/serving refreshments, registering students, and cleaning up.  You'll be doing your part for the health of our kids and the health of our planet!
      Please email me your contact information to be added to the emailing list:
      Brett Bolstad
      Walk and Roll Coordinator 2017-2019
      brettbolstad@yahoo.com

    • Lewis Elementary School
      Weekly Newsletter
    • August 29, 2018
       

    Upcoming Dates:
    Thursday, August 30: 1st Day of School for Kindergarten
    Monday, September 3rd: No School: Labor Day Holiday
    Thursday, September 6th @ 6pm: Kinder Family Social
    Friday, September 7th: Walk + Roll
    Wednesday, September 12th @ 6:30pm: Lewis PTA Meeting
    Friday, September 14th: PTA After School Social

    Principal Glasgow’s Weekly Message:
    It's been so wonderful to see your kiddos back at school this week--they have settled back into the swing of things without missing a beat! Kinder families, we can't wait to greet your little ones tomorrow! As your kids may have told you, one of our new shifts this year is that we are trying recess before lunch. In conjunction with our new Playworks program, we have confidence that this switch will lead to safer playing, healthier eating, and better focus in class after lunch. If you'd like to review some of the research on this shift, you can find it here. Also, while our building is looking great, I know some of you still have questions and concerns about the effects of summer and ongoing construction. I have asked partners from PPS Communications and the Bonds Office (including a contracted environmental hazards expert from OHSU) to join us for a community meeting/Q&A session next Wednesday, September 5th at 8:45 am (right after drop-off) in our Tech Lab. Please join us if you have questions about the information that has already been sent out or would like more information about the continuing construction in our gym. If you are unable to make this meeting, but are seeking answers to questions, feel free to email me your questions and I will work to get you answers. 

    As always, please feel free to stop in and visit or email/call with any questions/concerns/ideas that are on your mind. I believe that communication works best when it is often and early--so, don't hesitate to reach out. I hope your kids have had a great first few days. I know it's going to be a terrific year!

    Counselor’s Corner:
    Dear Lewis Families,

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  Although many of you already know me, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.  My name is Kylea Sundberg and I am the school counselor at Lewis.  My hours are full-time and I am located in Room Eleven.  As a school counselor, I offer a variety of student services, including but not limited to:  classroom lessons based on social and emotional learning, small groups centered on a variety of student needs, individual check-ins and breaks for students who may need them.  I am also available to help with finding access to outside counseling and resources for families.  In the coming weeks I will be sharing more specific details about what’s coming up in our school counseling program at Lewis. Please feel free to contact me anytime at 503-916-6360 or ksundberg@pps.net.

    Back-to-School Packets were sent home with your child(ren) this week.  The Student Profile Form and the Forms Packet (white paper with the color cover) needs your attention ASAP.  The profile form needs to be reviewed, updated if needed and signed, and the forms need to be completed.  Please return them to your child’s teacher by September 7th.
    **For Kindergarten Families, you will receive these packets when you and your child come in for your Assessment Meeting on either Monday or Tuesday.  You will complete these forms while you are here.
    The rest of the packet is for you to keep.  Important information we wanted to share with you, the Lewis School Handbook and Calendar, and lunch menu are included.
    **There was an error in the website information for our PTA in the packet.  Please note the PTA’s website is https://www.lewispta.org/

    For the Safety and Security of our students, the staff, and our building…
    All doors except the West side door on SE 43rd are open from 8:30-8:45am for drop-off and from 2:55-3:15pm for pick-up.
    The West side door on SE 43rd is ONLY open at dismissal time from 2:55-3:15pm. 
    For YMCA drop-off and pick-up only, please use the door from the playground between the gym and the cafeteria.  There is a doorbell for your convenience.
    The front door is the only door open during school hours.  It is open from 7am-430pm.
    For the protection of our students, all visitors and volunteers MUST check in at the office, sign in and wear a badge at all times.

    Only custodial parents, legal guardians, or emergency contacts listed on a student’s registration form can pick up a child from school.
    If someone other than those listed on the registration form is to pick up your child, the office must receive a call from your child’s parent/guardian to authorize that person.  We will not release any student to someone that is not authorized for pick-up.

    **Please note that we WILL check identification if we do not recognize the person picking up your child.

    Playground Access from Glenwood Street, the section of blacktop from the Glenwood Street fence to the Gym, and the bike racks in that area will be inaccessible while the seismic upgrades to the Gym are completed.  The anticipated completion date is late October.  All other parts of the playground will be open and accessible. 
    This past weekend, the blacktop was pressure washed and cleared of all construction debris and the field was inspected and any remaining debris has been removed.

    School Meals:

    • We encourage parents to submit a Free and Reduced Meal applications online via SchoolCafe` at https://www.schoolcafe.com or by paper (available from the office).   Whether you are going to use this benefit or not, Lewis has the potential to access additional resources if we have a certain percentage of Free and Reduced qualifying families.  Please consider submitting an application.
      Families that were approved last year for Free and Reduced Meals have a 30 day grace period to apply for meal benefits for this year.  After the 30 day grace period, families will be charged for meals.
    • Please note: students will no longer be able to purchase a la carte milk OR a second meal.

    We are looking for adult volunteers for lunch duty:
    Each day during lunch period, we need 2 volunteers to assist Kelly and Laurie (our Nutrition Service staff) in serving lunch to our students.  We have utilized 4th & 5th grade student volunteers in the past, but with our change in our lunch routine, students would miss most of their lunch recess.  In an effort to avoid this, we are looking to our volunteers.  Our 2 volunteers would assist in serving lunch to our students.

    If you are interested, please click on this SignUp Genuis link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44a9a82ea31-lewis1

    Milk Carton Recycling:
    Help continue our recycling tradition at Lewis!  Come to the cafeteria during lunch for 30 minutes and rinse milk cartons to prepare them for recycling.  Every day we keep a large garbage bag full of milk cartons out of the landfill.  Click on the link to sign up:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094cacab28a31-august1

    PTA BottleDrop Fundraiser:
    Thank you to everyone who dropped off BottleDrop bags over the summer - we raised over $500 since June! That’s on top of the $1500 we raised last year. Can we beat that total this year?  BottleDrop collection begins Thursday, September 6th, before school by the front door. Drop off will be EVERY Thursday starting next week. Pick up a blue bag in the office, fill it with clean mixed cans & bottles and drop off before school on Thursdays.  You can also turn the bags in yourself at any Bottle Drop location, there’s one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King and Linwood. Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan, open the deposit door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money!  Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on which containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.
    Proceeds from our BottleDrop Fundraiser helps to support our Lewis Community events like Movie Night and Bingo Night.  We hope to continue to offer these events free of charge to our community.  Please continue to drop off those blue bags!  Every can and bottle helps!

    Walk + Roll begins Friday, September 7th!
    Welcome back to school!  Just because summer is over, it doesn't mean the kids have to put away their walking shoes, bike, scooter, skateboard, or wheelchair.
    Please join us for "Walk and Roll" beginning Friday, September 7th in the morning before school.  There will be popsicles for the kids, coffee from First Cup for the adults, and a bike mechanic from The Missing Link for those much needed adjustments to the kids' bikes, plus a raffle, music, and good cheer!
    Parents, we need your help!  Please consider volunteering for this event and on the first Friday of every month thereafter, 7:45-8:45, setting up tables, making/serving refreshments, registering students, and cleaning up.  You'll be doing your part for the health of our kids and the health of our planet!
    Please email me your contact information to be added to the emailing list:
    Brett Bolstad
    Walk and Roll Coordinator 2017-2019
    brettbolstad@yahoo.com

    Pets in our building/District Policy:
    Per district policy, pets are not permitted in school buildings.  We apologize for this inconvenience, but we have concerns about students and family members with allergies, fearful pets, and students that are fearful of dogs and other animals.  Please leave your pets outside if you bring them at drop-off or pick-up time. 
    If your child(ren) has an interest in bringing a pet to class for sharing, please contact the teacher to make those arrangements. 

    Coat Exchange:
    We are holding a coat exchange event during this first week of school.  You can donate a coat that your child has outgrown and/or find a new one for the school year.  The coat rack is in the hallway by the front door.  Please help yourself.

    Open House for Errol Heights Park Project:
    Neighborhood residents and park enthusiasts have two opportunities to weigh in on the city’s plans to improve Errol Heights Park to maximize recreational opportunities and enjoyment of nature. Please share this information your friends, neighbors, colleagues and family.
    1. Open House for Errol Heights Park Project - Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10 am- 1pm.  Come join us at SE 52nd Ave and SE Tenino Court for morning coffee and scones. Learn about upcoming park improvements and provide input on two concept designs, guiding principles and park elements/programming.  Park Ecologist, Christian Haaning will be leading trail walks at two different times that morning.
    2. Survey – Provide input on all aspects of the project. The survey deadline is September 22, 2018. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/errolheightspark

     

    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
    August 25, 2018

    We are excited to welcome you and your child(ren) to the new school year~

    Before you return on Monday, we wanted to send you a few reminders and let you know of a few things happening this week~

     

    Back-to-School Packets will be coming home with your child(ren) on Monday.  The Student Profile Form and the Forms Packet (white paper with the color cover) needs your attention ASAP.  The profile form needs to be reviewed, updated if needed and signed, and the forms need to be completed.  Please return them to your child’s teacher by September 7th.
    **For Kindergarten Families, you will receive these packets when you and your child come in for your Assessment Meeting on either Monday or Tuesday.  You will complete these forms while you are here.
    The rest of the packet is for you to keep.  Important information we wanted to share with you, the Lewis School Handbook and Calendar, and lunch menu are included.

     

    Playground Access from Glenwood Street, the section of blacktop from the Glenwood Street fence to the Gym, and the bike racks in that area will be inaccessible while the seismic upgrades to the Gym are completed.  The anticipated completion date is late October.  All other parts of the playground will be open and accessible. 
    This weekend, the blacktop will be pressure washed and cleared of all construction debris, all debris will be removed, the field will be inspected and any remaining debris will be removed.

     

    For the Safety and Security of our students, the staff, and our building…

    All doors except the West side door on SE 43rd are open from 8:30-8:45am for drop-off and from 2:55-3:15pm for pick-up.
    The West side door on SE 43rd is ONLY open at dismissal time from 2:55-3:15pm. 
    For YMCA drop-off and pick-up only, please use the door from the playground between the gym and the cafeteria.  There is a doorbell for your convenience.
    The front door is the only door open during school hours.  It is open from 7am-430pm.
    For the protection of our students, all visitors and volunteers MUST check in at the office, sign in and wear a badge at all times.

    Only custodial parents, legal guardians, or emergency contacts listed on a student’s registration form can pick up a child from school.
    If someone other than those listed on the registration form is to pick up your child, the office must receive a call from your child’s parent/guardian to authorize that person.  We will not release any student to someone that is not authorized for pick-up.

    **Please note that we WILL check identification if we do not recognize the person picking up your child.

     

    Information from Nutrition Services:

    • The PPS Nutrition Services website has been updated pps.net/nutrition with new menus, new meal prices and updated meal benefits related information.
    • Parents can use SchoolCafe` to deposit funds to purchase school meals, view transactions and balance, setup low balance alerts, transfer funds from one student to another, etc. Parents need to create a SchoolCafe` account to use the system. There is no cost to use SchoolCafe` features, except when a debit/credit card is used to fund a student’s meal account. The minimum payment is $15 and there is a 5% fee per online transaction. Cash and check (made payable to Portland Public Schools) payments can be submitted directly to the cafeteria or school office.
    • Parents can submit Free and Reduced Meal applications online via SchoolCafe` at schoolcafe.com or paper. Families that were approved last year for Free and Reduced Meals have a 30 day grace period to apply for meal benefits for this year.  After the 30 day grace period, families will be charged for meals.
    • NEW! Families can download the SchoolCafe` mobile app on any Android or iOS device and submit a meal application as well as use all of the other features listed above.
    • The kitchen will be offering the opportunity for students to receive one breakfast and one lunch per day. Students will no longer be able to purchase additional meals or a la carte milk.

     

    Coat Exchange:

    We will have a coat exchange available the first week of school.  You can donate a coat that your child has outgrown and/or find a new one for the school year.

                                       

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Newsletter

    June 6, 2018               
            

    Upcoming Dates:

    June 7- Bottle Drop Collection 845am
    June 8- Last Day of School
    June 9- Lewis Dines Out- Portland Fish Market’s Fish and Chip Window.
    June 25- Lewis School office closes
    Aug 13- Lewis School office reopens


    Message from Ms. Glasgow

    It's hard to believe that this is truly our last newsletter! I want to sincerely thank you for welcoming me to the Lewis community this year and for entrusting me with the care of your wonderful children. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and learning the ways of Lewis.
    I wanted to take this last newsletter opportunity to offer well-wishes to staff who will be leaving us this year and to share updated news about staffing for next year. I hope you'll join me in honoring the hard work and dedication of the following staff members who will be moving up, on, and away at the end of this school year:

    Lynne Leake--congratulations on your retirement!! Wishing you well-earned rest & relaxation!
    Mark Hansen--we wish you well on your international adventure with your family!
    Mark Richner--we wish you well on your family's move to Tennessee!
    Heather McDaid--best of luck in your new full-time position!
    Quiana Allen--thank you for all of your hard work in kindergarten this year!
    Vianca Estrada--best of luck as you transition with the student you support to middle school!
    Sarah Fakhoury (Health Asst)--best of luck on your next adventures in nursing!
    Janice Weber (Kinder EA)--we will miss your steadfast support in kindergarten!
    Wendy Connolly (student teacher)--it was a pleasure to have you learn with us this year!

    And, for some staffing updates:

    We will be welcoming two new teachers to the building next year--Shannon D'Aurora to join Jennifer Meyer in the Learning Center and Kira Parker in Kindergarten. While these assignments have the potential to shift over the summer, we are pleased to welcome Shannon and Kira to our team.

    Since Mark Richner announced his plans to relocate, we have made some shifts in grade assignments with current teachers. Ms. Elissa will now be moving back up to teach 4th grade next year and Ms. Leslie will be transitioning from Kindergarten to 3rd grade. This means that we will be posting a vacancy to hire a new Kindergarten teacher later this month.

    In terms of student placements, please know that our teaching teams have been extremely deliberate and thoughtful about the class lists they've created for next year. You can expect to receive a letter from Lewis in mid-August notifying you of your child(ren)'s class and teacher assignment.

    I wish you all safe, happy, and healthy summers! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time if questions/concerns arise (eglasgow@pps.net).
     

    Medication End of the Year Pick Up

    Parents- Please pick up your student’s medication by the end of the day on June 8th. Per district policy, all medications that are not picked up by the end of the school year must be disposed of. Parents must pick up medications. Students are not allowed to bring their own medication home.

    Thank you for your cooperation and have a nice summer!
    Bev O’Brien, School Nurse


    *Lost and Found items remaining after June 8 will be donated.  Please check the lost and found located inside the main entrance.

     

    News from the School Office:

    Despite the summer construction going on, the office will remain open until June 25th.  The office will reopen for the Fall on August 13th.
    Registrations for new, incoming students for grades K-5 are still being accepted for Fall Enrollment, but please don’t wait!  We would love to have registrations in by mid-June so we have a clearer picture of our enrollment before we close for the summer.

    Report Cards will be mailed home June 15th.  You will also receive information regarding school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year.
    2018-2019 Welcome Letters from your child’s teacher will be mailed home the week of August 13th.

    For news and info over the summer, be sure to follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lewispdx/) and check the Lewis Website (http://www.pps.net/Domain/135).

    Also follow the Lewis PTA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ptalewis/) and their website as well (https://www.lewispta.org/)

    As always, please feel free to email Tracy at tgiordano@pps.net if you have any questions.

     

    Want an easy way to show your appreciation for all our teachers' great work? 

    One of the ways we say a big Thank You! to our staff is to clean out the lunch bins at the end of the year.  It's quick, easy and the staff love the help!  This year we'll be cleaning bins on the last day of school, Friday, June 8th from 3:00-4:00.  We'd love your help!  Click the link below to sign up!
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EAAA62AA0F49-staff4

     

    BottleDrop collection this Thursday 6/7. 
    BottleDrop has raised over $1500 so far for Lewis PTA!

    It’s time to prepare for summer - Did you know you can turn the blue bags in yourself? Pick up a few blue bags to get you through the summer, fill up with clean returnable bottles, go by any Bottle Drop location including the one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King and Linwood!  Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan open the drop off door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money!
    Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on what containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.


    Important Summer Construction Work at Lewis

    Lewis will be under construction this summer. Work at Lewis Elementary School includes a vital seismic retrofit that will bring the school up to “life safety” standards, new fire sprinkler system throughout the building, improvement of the existing fire alarm system and ADA accessibility improvements.  This work is part of the voter approved May 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond.

    What you need to know:
    ·         Construction will begin immediately following the end of this school year, in June. Construction hours:  Monday-Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    ·         The school site will be closed for the entire summer.  
    ·         Construction fencing will surround the school including the asphalt walkways and parking lots.   The adjacent field and play structures will remain open and accessible as long as there are no safety concerns once construction begins.  
    ·         There will be increased construction traffic in and around school grounds; however, street closures are not anticipated at this time.
    ·         School Registration will take place at the school office which will remain accessible.

    We recognize that this construction may impact school neighbors.  Our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but, please know that Lewis Elementary School will be receiving much needed work.

    For more information about the PPS School Health and Safety Improvement Bond 2018 Summer Projects - Contact: 503-916-2222   E-mail: schoolmodernization@pps.net BondProgram:www.pps.net/bond
     

    OBOB 2018/2019

    Looking for some reading suggestions over the long summer? Want to branch out a bit and try some new books and titles? Want to ask your friends to read with you, to laugh together, solve mysteries together, learn about history?  Ever heard of Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)? OBOB is a reading and comprehension program (http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/) starting in 3rd grade all the way to 12th grade. Their mission states to “encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students”. They have picked out some excellent books, for everybody to sure find a new favorite. Find the list here: http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/2018-2019-obob-book-titles/ Ask your friends to join you and form a team (4-5 members), brainstorm a team name, have fun with the books and get ready for the OBOB battle at Lewis in the new school year.

    The Multnomah county library has all titles available and books stores around town usually have a shelf dedicated to the OBOB books. Happy reading and have great summer. If you have any questions, please email stadleranja@gmail.com

     

    Thank you from the PTA board!

    As we wind down and head into summer break, a huge thank you to all the volunteers and participants who have played a role in the successes of the PTA this spring.

    We've raised money through

    Lewis Dines Out at Reverend’s BBQ, Laurelwood, and Pizza Roma, and coming up this Saturday at Portland Fish Market
    The Lucky Luau and Auction
    The plant sale and Earth Day Fair
    Bottle drop, Scrip, BoxTops, Fred Meyer Rewards, and Amazon Smile

    We've also had a lot of fun at movie night, socials, walk and roll, the Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance, and the end of year picnic. These events are really important ways to build community and encourage fun for the whole family.

    Curious about what we raise funds for? Want to learn more about getting involved? Join the conversation by coming to a PTA meeting in the fall. Can’t attend a meeting? Connect with us--

    lewispta.org
    facebook.com/ptalewis/
    lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com

    We are very grateful to everyone who joined the PTA in supporting all Lewis students this spring.

     

    Keep Reading this Summer

    We’re excited to announce a great resource for reading this summer: Capstone Interactive eBooks!

    This summer, Capstone is providing free access to thousands of ebooks that can be read from school, home, or on-the-go. These eBooks can be used with a laptop or desktop computer or an iPad.
    Best of all, Capstone Interactive eBooks provide critical supports like text-highlighting and read-aloud audio, recorded by professional voice-over artists. Plus, the easy navigation makes it inviting for your student to find their Capstone favorites: like the spunky Katie Woo, stunning photography from PebblePlus books, and thrilling reads like Library of Doom from Michael Dahl.  And you can feel comfortable knowing your student is exploring an ad-free website bursting with resources to help them read in and out of the classroom.

    Check out all the titles available using the login information below.

    Go to www.mycapstonelibrary.com
    Login: summer18
    Password: lovetoread

    P.S. Want to read offline?
    Download the app directly from iTunes!



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Newsletter

    May 30, 2018
       
                

    Upcoming Dates:
    May 31- Spring Music Concert 630pm
    June 1- Walk and Roll
    June 1– End of the year picnic 6pm
    June 6- Coffee Talk with Emily
    Last Day of School is June 8
    June 9- Lewis Dines Out- Portland Fish Market’s Fish and Chip Window.

     

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    It's hard to believe that we're this close to the end! Thank you to everyone who came out to help with Field Day--what a fun and playful day for everyone. Hopefully, many of you are planning to attend our Spring Music Concert on Thursday night and our End of Year Picnic on Friday night! Lots of opportunities to come together and celebrate everyone's hard work this year. Personally, the end of the year is providing me with a great opportunity to reflect on all that we've accomplished during my first year at Lewis and all that lies ahead. For those of you interested in that level of reflection, I am working on a "State of the School" narrative that I plan to have out by early next week. Our last Coffee Talk of the year--scheduled for next Wednesday after morning drop-off--will be an opportunity to dialogue around some of the themes in that narrative. If you cannot make the Coffee Talk, but would like to have some discussion about our work at Lewis, feel free to reach out at anytime.

    News from the School Office:
    This week will be our last week for Classroom Notes via School Messenger. Look for end-of-the-year news directly from your child’s teacher.
    The Lewis Weekly Newsletter will continue through June 6th.
    Despite the summer construction going on, the office will remain open until June 25th.  The office will reopen for the Fall on August 13th.

    Registrations for new, incoming students for grades K-5 are still being accepted for Fall Enrollment, but please don’t wait!  We would love to have registrations in by mid-June so we have a clearer picture of our enrollment before we close for the summer.

    Report Cards will be mailed home June 15th.  You will also receive information regarding school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year.

    2018-2019 Welcome Letters from your child’s teacher will be mailed home the week of August 13th.

    For news and info over the summer, be sure to follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lewispdx/) and check the Lewis Website (http://www.pps.net/domain/135)

    Also follow the Lewis PTA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ptalewis/) and their website as well (https://www.lewispta.org/)

    As always, please feel free to email Tracy at tgiordano@pps.net if you have any questions.

     

    Want an easy way to show your appreciation for all our teachers' great work? 
    One of the ways we say a big Thank You! to our staff is to clean out the lunch bins at the end of the year.  It's quick, easy and the staff  love the help!  This year we'll be cleaning bins on the last day of school, Friday, June 8th from 3:00-4:00.  We'd love your help!  Click the link below to sign up!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EAAA62AA0F49-staff4


    Please note the following changes to our Lunch Menu for the month of June:
    Friday, June 1st:  Alaskan Pollock OR BBQ Chicken Drumsticks w/ Roasted Potatoes & Coleslaw
    Monday, June 4th: Orange Chicken w/ Rice
    Tuesday, June 5th: Vegetable Lasagna
    Wednesday, June 6th: Hamburger OR Cheeseburger
    Thursday, June 7th: Pizzeria Day
    Friday, June 8th: Oven Roasted Chicken

    Spring Book Drive- Thank You!
    Lewis's Little Free Library is well stocked and ready to go for the new school year.  Thank you for your generous donations.  Happy reading!


    BottleDrop collection this Thursday 5/31 before school! And one more next Thursday 6/7. 
    BottleDrop has raised over $1500 so far for Lewis PTA!

    It’s time to prepare for summer - Did you know you can turn the blue bags in yourself? Pick up a few blue bags to get you through the summer, fill up with clean returnable bottles, go by any Bottle Drop location including the one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King and Linwood!  Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan open the drop off door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money!

    Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on what containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.


    Important Summer Construction Work at Lewis
    Lewis will be under construction this summer. Work at Lewis Elementary School includes a vital seismic retrofit that will bring the school up to “life safety” standards, new fire sprinkler system throughout the building, improvement of the existing fire alarm system and ADA accessibility improvements.  This work is part of the voter approved May 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond.

    What you need to know:
    ·         Construction will begin immediately following the end of this school year, in June. Construction hours:  Monday-Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    ·         The school site will be closed for the entire summer. The adjacent field will remain open and accessible.
    ·         Construction fencing will surround the school including the asphalt walkways and parking lots.
    ·         There will be increased construction traffic in and around school grounds; however, street closures are not anticipated at this time.
    ·         School Registration will take place at the school office which will remain accessible.

    We recognize that this construction may impact school neighbors.  Our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but, please know that Lewis Elementary School will be receiving much needed work.
    For more information about the PPS School Health and Safety Improvement Bond 2018 Summer Projects - Contact: 503-916-2222   E-mail: schoolmodernization@pps.net BondProgram:www.pps.net/bond
     

    *Lost and Found items remaining after June 8 will be donated.  Please check the lost and found located in the hall between the gym and the cafeteria.


    The Lewis End of Year Picnic is coming!
    June 1, 6-8pm on the playground
    Celebrate the end of the year with family and friends - bring a picnic or purchase food there!
    Otto’s hot dogs and sausages for sale
    6:00 - Boomin' Beats performance
    6:30 - Kickball game
    7:00 - Limbo
    7:30 - Hula Hooping

    We need your help to make this fun event a success! Sign up for short shifts here
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-endofyear1

    For more information and updates, visit
    https://www.lewispta.org/end-of-year-picnic
     

    OBOB 2018/2019
    Looking for some reading suggestions over the long summer? Want to branch out a bit and try some new books and titles? Want to ask your friends to read with you, to laugh together, solve mysteries together, learn about history?  Ever heard of Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)? OBOB is a reading and comprehension program (http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/) starting in 3rd grade all the way to 12th grade. Their mission states to “encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students”. They have have picked out some excellent books, for everybody to sure find a new favorite. Find the list here: http://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/2018-2019-obob-book-titles/ Ask your friends to join you and form a team (4-5 members), brainstorm a team name, have fun with the books and get ready for the OBOB battle at Lewis in the new school year.

    The Multnomah county library has all titles available and books stores around town usually have a shelf dedicated to the OBOB books. Happy reading and have great summer. If you have any questions, please email stadleranja@gmail.com


    Lewis Foundation Meeting- Tonight!
    Wednesday, May 30th at 6pm in the Library
    You might have heard that Lewis will see a reduction of 3 full-time equivalent positions next year. To off-set the reduction in future years and maintain the programs that Lewis families are used to, a school foundation is being started. A community meeting took place on May 10 to discuss creating a foundation and there was enough interest from the parents attending to make it happen.

    Our first official foundation meeting will take place on May 30th at 6pm in the Lewis library. Free childcare will be provided in the cafeteria.
    The agenda will include:
    (a) election of the board of directors;
    (b) election of officers;
    (c) setting the meeting schedule for 2018-19;
    (d) next steps

    Are you interested in joining the board of directors? Read more about the positions and nominate yourself using this form
    https://goo.gl/forms/XWW9QHsl3Vu7nUx72
    Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the conversation. Please reach out if you have questions to ellen.yerkes@gmail.com


    Reminder: Lewis school library books are due back to the library by June 1st

     

    Last "Walk and Roll" Friday, June 1!
    Come join us for the last Walk and Roll of the school year on Friday, June 1!  In addition to celebrating the use of human power to get to school, there will be juice-based popsicles for the kids.  And don't forget to sign in for the drawing at lunch time.

    I would like to thank James Hazuka and Justin Boyles for being stalwart volunteers during the past year.  Without their help, Walk and Roll simply would not be possible.  These two have committed to staying on next year, but we would welcome more help.  Please consider volunteering for this event on the first Friday of every month, 7:45-8:45, setting up tables, making/serving refreshments, registering students, and cleaning up.  You'll be doing your part for the health of our kids and the health of our planet!

    If you are interested in helping with Walk and Roll next year, please drop me an email.
    Brett Bolstad,  Walk and Roll Coordinator 2017-2019
    brettbolstad@yahoo.com


    Books for Summer
    Are you ready for some "new to you" Summer reading material? It's time to switch up those book shelves! There will be a book swap at the end of year picnic this year. If you have books to donate, please drop them off in the office. Both children's and adult books are welcome. Alternatively, you can also bring books with you to the picnic. Then, make sure you stop by the book tables at the picnic and pick out some books to enjoy over the summer.

    Medication End of the Year Pick Up
    Parents- Please pick up your student’s medication by the end of the day on June 8th. Per district policy, all medications that are not picked up by the end of the school year must be disposed of. Parents must pick up medications. Students are not allowed to bring their own medication home.
    Thank you for your cooperation and have a nice summer!
    Bev O’Brien, School Nurse


    Woodstock Clean up
    Join Lewis students for the SolvE sponsored  7th Annual Woodstock Community Neighborhood Clean-Up!
    Date: June 2nd
    Time: 9:00 – 11:30 am
    Follow the link for details:
    https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I000002IQHeUAO


    Staff questionaires
    A reminder from the PTA... Did you know all Lewis staff members have filled out forms listing their likes/dislikes and these forms are available to view in the office? As we approach the end of the school year and families start thinking about how to thank the wonderful staff members who care for our kids each day, these forms can be a big help! Ask Tracy in the office if you'd like to take a peek at them.

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...

    May 30, 2018

    Notes from Ms. Allen - Kindergarten

    Wow! I can't believe we only have 8 days of school left.

    The kindergartners had a blast yesterday during field day. Many students said yesterday was the best day ever.  We have a few fun activities planned over the next 8 days.  This Friday we will be attending the Children's Museum from 10am-1pm. Parent volunteers who will be joining us are Esther, Annie, Kevin, Jessica, and Kendyl.

    Next week,  Wednesday the 6th we will be walking to the park with our 2nd-grade reading buddies. I will be sending home more details; It would be nice if we could have a few volunteers join us next Wednesday at 10 am.

    Reading and writing workshops are going well; it has been amazing seeing all of the reading and writing growth. Tomorrow we will go book shopping for the last time. This week will be wrapping up with our science unit. The students have had a fabulous time learning about worms, fish, and seashells.

    Reminders: On Friday, June 1st we will be going to the Children's Museum, and we will leave at 9:45 and will return by 1 pm. Also, all library books are due Friday, June 1st. Lastly, please continue to provide a snack each day for your child, we have no more class snacks available.   Thank you!

    P.S. I have pictures of your child from the school year, and I would like to put together a simple yearbook, please let me know if you have experience putting together a yearbook, and would like to help. Since we have 8 days left, I might send the pictures to Kinkos and pay to make a yearbook for each child, so please let me know if you have any other suggestions. Also, I would like to have a kindergarten last day of the school celebration next Thursday at 2:30, I will send home more details A.S.A.P.

    Notes from Ms. Kennedy - Kindergarten

    I can’t believe this is our final addition of Classroom Notes from Room 4! What a remarkable year it has been. The emotional, social and academic growth has been just phenomenal to watch unfold. When we look at work that was completed at the beginning of the year and compare it to the work that is being done now, the improvement is truly amazing. Ms. Connolly has been an invaluable addition as a student teacher and I have great faith that she will be in charge of her own classroom in no time. Thanks so much to the friends and families of Room 4 for the contributions at home and in the classroom.

    If you are available to join us on Friday June 8th around 2pm, we are having a kindergarten celebration. This is a low-key event. We will share some relatively health snacks, watch a slide show, and take one last tour around the classroom. Hand me a hankie!

    The final batch of weekly photos posted https://mskennedyroom4.blogspot.com/ Thank you one and all!

    Notes from Teacher Leslie - Kindergarten

    Wow, what an amazing year we have had!  Can you believe there is only a week and a half left of Kindergarten?  We are filling our last days of school up fast with tons of fun activities.  Yesterday we had so much fun playing games with our friends during Field Day.  Thank you to Mr. Williams and all our volunteers who came to help out! Friday is our field trip to the Children’s Museum.  We will be leaving school at 10:00 and returning at 1:00. We will be eating before and after our trip so try to send extra snacks if you can!

    Yesterday we had our first two Special Interest Project presentations and they rocked it!  A great visual poster about sharks and an interactive model about tornadoes had our students eager to learn more.  This is an optional project, but if your student would like to participate, they may bring their presentation to school up until our last day.  They may not get to present on the day they bring their project, but we will definitely get to them all. Each student is giving kind feedback to the presenter by writing a comment on a post-it note.  I love seeing their faces light up when reading the comments from their friends :) Let me know if you have any questions about this project!

    On Thursday, June 7th, we will be going to Berkeley Park for an end of the year celebration with our 3rd grade buddies from Ms. Cyndi’s class.  We will walk to the park at 1:00, play some games, have a treat, and play until 2:30.  If you would like to join us or donate a treat, please let me know.

    As we wrap up this year I want to say a big thank you to each and every one of you for your support this year.  You have volunteered in the classroom, hung art, made copies, chaperoned field trips, read to your students at home and so much more.  It has been a pleasure working together with you this year to help your student grow. We will be sending home reflection papers and art projects this last week of school so be sure to check folders and take time to celebrate all your students wonderful accomplishments from this year.  Leslie

    Notes from Teacher Dana -- 1st Grade

    We have been having so much fun in Room 3.
    We’re another week closer to the end of the year! Field Day was so much fun Tuesday.  The weather was perfect, and the kids had a great time playing the different games. This week we are wrapping   up our farm unit by writing stories about our farms and acting them out with partners. The kids loved having the opportunity to play around with the farms that they worked so hard to create. The whole unit was hard work but a lot of fun! We are looking forward to much celebration as we wind down the year. Our class won the box top competition and got popcorn and apple juice as a reward. We will be having a little class party sometime early next week. Our class is featured on the bulletin boards on the dip between the upper and primary hall. We have been learning about poetry and each wrote a piece about ourselves using a few of the things we learned about poetry. I think they are really sweet and I'm proud of the work they did.

    We will be taking a walking field trip with our buddies on June 7th from 1-2:30.Parents are welcome to join us! We will be asking for snack/treat contributions closer to the date.

    It’s hard to believe the end of the school year is so close! Second grade, here we come.

    Notes from Mrs. Logue - 1st Grade

    I hope your Memorial Day weekend was wonderful! I was able to spend time relaxing and hiking at the beach with family and friends and feel rejuvenated and energized for our final weeks of school together!

    This week we continue working on our fairy tale and all about stories during writing and in math, students are working hard to accomplish a variety of assessments and Farm Math continues with the addition of chickens, horses and later, crops, ponds and fields!

    We are planning a Summer Birthdays Celebration at 2:15 on June 7th. Let me know if you would like to contribute a little snack or drink:)

    Please take a little time daily with your child at a set time and place to enjoy reading, writing and math together through out these last weeks and into summer. I will be sending home a list of resources soon!

    Thanks so much,  abuckley@pps.net
    Mrslogue.wordpress.net (for photos)
    Twitter@AnneAbuckley

     

    Notes from Mrs. Jamesbarry - 1st Grade

    Wow, it is hard to believe that there are only 8 days left in the year! This will be our last week of classroom notes… First of all, I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. Secondly, we had a blast at Field Day on Tuesday morning. What a great way to kick off the week! The kids rotated through some great activities- and the sun even came out towards the end! A big thanks to our parent helpers - its always nice to have a few extra pair of hands!

    In the classroom, we are starting to wrap up things up. In writing, we will be crafting letters to our future Second Grade teachers. After learning the parts of a friendly letter and working together to write a thank you to Mr. Williams for a fabulous Field Day, we will be writing to introduce ourselves for our 2nd grade teachers. Please take a minute to help your kiddo think about what they might want to include when introducing themselves to their next teacher.

    In math, we are also finishing up our unit on double digit addition. We will be having some fun with data collection and math in the coming days, as well. As things wind up will we be continuing many of our routines with a few fun things along the way, just to mix it up.

    Finally, we will be having a Summer Birthday celebration on Tuesday, June 5th. Please check in with me if your student has a summer birthday, as we would like to have lemonade tasting party along with a birthday treat to share with the group.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful Summer! Be sure to stop by and say hello next year and beyond!  Cheers,  Ms. Sarah

    Notes from Ms. Murphy - 2nd Grade

    WOW! It is hard to believe there are only 7 days of school yet. We will be going on two walking field trips to Berkeley park. I will be sending out a request for parents to join us soon. 

    In math we have started new workplaces. The kids are working with play money to add and subtract larger numbers. We will be working a lot this week on brushing up our math skills to prepare for our final year end math assessment. 

    In reading we are finishing up the series book clubs. The students have moved on to reading more books in our series or trying new books in new series. The kids are loving these books and I hope the students can continue reading these books over the summer!

    In writing, we are finishing up our opinion letters. The students have worked hard on finding evidence to support their opinions. We have primarily been focusing on writing about our book series. This week I will be collecting a final writing sample to score for the last report card.

    In science, we will be working on researching and creating a slide show about a particular habitat. This week students chose a habitat to research and are looking for information from a variety of kid friendly websites. They will transform the research into a slide show later this week and early next week.

    Notes from Ms. Leake- 2nd Grade

    Dear Lewis Families and Community,  
    I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for making my days at Lewis some of the most rewarding ones.  As I write this, it is hard to believe that this year marks the end of my 37 year career in teaching.  I will retire this June and will have many fond memories of my 11 years at Lewis.

    Thank you for hanging out after school and for sharing stories of your lives. One of my most important missions has been to build community with my families and I've done my best to get to know you and your children. Thank you for all of the supportive emails, warm wishes, thoughtful cards and gifts over the years. They are testimony that the work I've done has been valued and is important. I love being a part of such a caring community!

    As we close out the year, I would love to say goodbye to each of you if you have a few minutes to stop in after school. This will be the first time in 50+ years that I won't be starting school in the fall. I imagine that will be a freeing experience but also know that it will be a bit of a challenge for me to sit with myself and be open to what else life has in store for me. My plan for retirement is to spend time with my family and friends, my dog Simon, and explore my creative side. I hope to take a class or two and try some different art forms.

    Thank you again. I will cherish the time I've spent here at Lewis. I am sure that I won't be able to stay away for long and know that you will see me in the halls sometime in the future



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter
                  

    May 23, 2018               

     

    Upcoming Dates:
    May 24- PTA After School Social
    May 28- Memorial Day- No School
    May 29- Field Day
    May 31- Spring Music Concert 630pm
    June 1- Walk and Roll
    June 1 – End of the year picnic 6pm
    June 6- Coffee Talk with Emily
    Last Day of School is June 8

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    It was a pleasure to celebrate with many of you at the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast this morning. Thank you to all of you who take time to support our work at Lewis. Next year, in an effort to streamline the many volunteers in our community, we'll be offering a new "volunteer squad" system. Look for more information on this in your opening day packet next year. I also wanted to circle back and report that--after gathering feedback from you, from students, and from staff--our School Site Council has drafted a refreshed mission statement for Lewis: "At Lewis, we nurture personal growth within a supportive community. We encourage curiosity, seek innovation, and embrace inclusion." We will be working to bring this new mission statement to life next fall through regular monthly celebrations with students, a community art project, and classroom lessons on the values embedded in this statement.
     

    Field Day is a fun-filled end of the year event that involves fun outside activities for our students.  We need your help with running the different stations.

    We will have 2 sessions this year: 
    Grades K-2 will be in the morning from 10:00-11:15
    Grades 3-5 (including Ms. Canales' class, Room 16): 1:30 - 2:45

    The link below will take you to the sign-up page: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44a9a82ea31-2018
    Thank you!


    Want an easy way to show your appreciation for all our teachers' great work? 
    One of the ways we say a big Thank You! to our staff is to clean out the lunch bins at the end of the year.  It's quick, easy and the staff  love the help!  This year we'll be cleaning bins on the last day of school, Friday, June 8th from 3:00-4:00.  We'd love your help!  Click the link below to sign up!

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EAAA62AA0F49-staff4


    Important Summer Construction Work at Lewis
    Lewis will be under construction this summer. Work at Lewis Elementary School includes a vital seismic retrofit that will bring the school up to “life safety” standards, new fire sprinkler system throughout the building, improvement of the existing fire alarm system and ADA accessibility improvements.  This work is part of the voter approved May 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond.

    What you need to know:
    ·         Construction will begin immediately following the end of this school year, in June. Construction hours:  Monday-Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    ·         The school site will be closed for the entire summer. The adjacent field will remain open and accessible.
    ·         Construction fencing will surround the school including the asphalt walkways and parking lots.
    ·         There will be increased construction traffic in and around school grounds; however, street closures are not anticipated at this time.
    ·         School Registration will take place at the school office which will remain accessible.

    We recognize that this construction may impact school neighbors.  Our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but, please know that Lewis Elementary School will be receiving much needed work.

    For more information about the PPS School Health and Safety Improvement Bond 2018 Summer Projects - Contact: 503-916-2222   E-mail: schoolmodernization@pps.net BondProgram:www.pps.net/bond
     

    *Lost and Found items remaining after June 8 will be donated.  Please check the lost and found located in the hall between the gym and the cafeteria.


    The Lewis End of Year Picnic is coming!  June 1, 6-8pm on the playground
    Celebrate the end of the year with family and friends - bring a picnic or purchase food there!

    Ottos hot dogs and sausages for sale
    6:00 - Boomin' Beats performance
    6:30 - Kickball game
    7:00 - Limbo
    7:30 - Hula Hooping

    We need your help to make this fun event a success! Sign up for short shifts here
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-endofyear1
    For more information and updates, visit
    https://www.lewispta.org/end-of-year-picnic
     

    Book Room Helpers Needed
    Our Literacy Couch Ala needs help on Monday, June 4 getting the Book Rooms back in order before next year.
    Signup for an hour, or a couple of hours if you are inclined.  We can use all the hands we can get!
    Follow the link to sign-up:

    www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0A44A9A82EA31-book

     

    Lewis Foundation Meeting  
    Wednesday, May 30th at 6pm in the Library
    You might have heard that Lewis will see a reduction of 3 full-time equivalent positions next year. To off-set the reduction in future years and maintain the programs that Lewis families are used to, a school foundation is being started. A community meeting took place on May 10 to discuss creating a foundation and there was enough interest from the parents attending to make it happen.

    Our first official foundation meeting will take place on May 30th at 6pm in the Lewis library. Free childcare will be provided in the cafeteria.
    The agenda will include:
    (a) election of the board of directors;
    (b) election of officers;
    (c) setting the meeting schedule for 2018-19;
    (d) next steps

    Are you interested in joining the board of directors? Read more about the positions and nominate yourself using this form
    https://goo.gl/forms/XWW9QHsl3Vu7nUx72

    For more information about what was discussed at the May 10 meeting, go here--

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1i35ayFtBlY8RzLS_wN2_PaOSNAEkDaRU

    Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the conversation. Please reach out if you have questions to ellen.yerkes@gmail.com
    Reminder: Lewis school library books are due back to the library by June 1st

     

    Last "Walk and Roll" Friday, June 1!
    Come join us for the last Walk and Roll of the school year on Friday, June 1!  In addition to celebrating the use of human power to get to school, there will be juice-based popsicles for the kids.  And don't forget to sign in for the drawing at lunch time.

    I would like to thank James Hazuka and Justin Boyles for being stalwart volunteers during the past year.  Without their help, Walk and Roll simply would not be possible.  These two have committed to staying on next year, but we would welcome more help.  Please consider volunteering for this event on the first Friday of every month, 7:45-8:45, setting up tables, making/serving refreshments, registering students, and cleaning up.  You'll be doing your part for the health of our kids and the health of our planet!

    If you are interested in helping with Walk and Roll next year, please drop me an email.

    Brett Bolstad
    Walk and Roll Coordinator 2017-2019
    brettbolstad@yahoo.com

     

    Help us welcome new kindergarten families to Lewis!
    Do you have Lewis t-shirts your kids have outgrown? Maybe you have an adult Lewis t-shirt you no longer wear? Don't take them to Goodwill - we want to pass them on to incoming kindergartners and their families! Please bring any unwanted Lewis t-shirts to the office between now and May 17th and we will pass them on to an incoming Lewis family who will give them a second life. Donations of all sizes are welcome and appreciated!


    Spring Book Drive for Lewis's Little Free Library
    Lewis Elementary School’s Little Free Library needs more books. We want to make sure that our little library is stocked and ready for readers this next school year. The Spring Book Drive kicks off next Monday the 21st. You must participate! (Actually, it’s optional.) All you have to do is find a kids book that you don't read anymore and drop it in one of the boxes. It would be very helpful because we want everyone to have plenty of books to read. After all, that’s one of the reasons we put up the library. Hey, if there are no good books in the little library, or no books at all, then what books will we have to read? Boxes will be located in front of room 20 and next to the office. The Spring Book Drive will be from May 21st to 25th. Happy reading!


    Books for Summer
    Are you ready for some "new to you" Summer reading material? It's time to switch up those book shelves! There will be a book swap at the end of year picnic this year. If you have books to donate, please drop them off in the office. Both children's and adult books are welcome. Alternatively, you can also bring books with you to the picnic. Then, make sure you stop by the book tables at the picnic and pick out some books to enjoy over the summer.


    Planning for 2018-2019 Events
    Did you have a favorite PTA event this year? Maybe your kids loved the Lonesome Teacher Trio dance, Walk and Roll mornings, or an after-school social? Want to help make it even better next year? We are currently looking for people to help coordinate next year's events - sign up sheets are on the office windows. Sign up now and we'll contact you as the event gets closer to remind you and offer support! If you have questions about what is involved, contact Kendyl Watts (kendylann3@yahoo.com) or Claire Giesige (clairestar.g@gmail.com) for more information.


    Medication End of the Year Pick Up
    Parents- Please pick up your student’s medication by the end of the day on June 8th. Per district policy, all medications that are not picked up by the end of the school year must be disposed of. Parents must pick up medications. Students are not allowed to bring their own medication home.
    Thank you for your cooperation and have a nice summer!
    Bev O’Brien, School Nurse


    Woodstock Clean up
    Join Lewis students for the SolvE sponsored  7th Annual Woodstock Community Neighborhood Clean-Up!

    Date: June 2nd
    Time: 9:00 – 11:30 am
    Follow the link for details:
    https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I000002IQHeUAO


    Staff questionaires
    A reminder from the PTA... Did you know all Lewis staff members have filled out forms listing their likes/dislikes and these forms are available to view in the office? As we approach the end of the school year and families start thinking about how to thank the wonderful staff members who care for our kids each day, these forms can be a big help! Ask Tracy in the office if you'd like to take a peek at them.

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...

    May 23, 2018


    Notes from Ms. Canales- 2nd-3rd Grade

    May continues to be a terrific month in room 16!
    What are we up to?

    Reading: We are working through our Character Studies unit. Right now we are reading Because of Winn-Dixie and learning about story structure.

    Writing: We’ve finished up poetry, now we are working on some end of the year tasks and graphic novels (using what we’ve learned about story structure in reading).

    Social Studies: We are finishing up our Vanport unit by creating collaborative posters. Next we will start our mini-unit on Bridges.

    Math: 2nd graders are working on Unit 5. They’ve been working hard at using different strategies for 2 digit addition and subtraction. Ask them about the open number line or decomposing a ten. 3rd graders are finishing up testing and focusing on multiplication and division strategies.

    Reminders

    June 6th: we will be walking to Berkeley park in the afternoon with our buddy class. More info to come!

    Send in pre-cut 2 by 1 foot pieces of cardboard for our Bridges building. Sending them in pre-cut is super helpful!

    Check out our DonorsChoose page if you’d like to help fund some projects for our classroom. Right now we have one project up for balance ball seats and another project for more wobble stools! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! Our page website is:

    https://www.donorschoose.org/cassiecanales

     

    Notes from Mr. Hansen/Ms. Brenan - 3nd Grade

    To start, I have some big personal news.  My partner and I have been trying to find jobs teaching overseas for a few years.  There have been some near misses but this year we landed on what feels like a good match.  In July we will be moving to Prague, Czech Republic, to teach at the International School of Prague.  I have very mixed feelings, because it is a dream come true but I am sad to be leaving our Lewis community.  My teacher email will stay active for a bit so feel free to reach out if you want to stay in touch.

    I also want to thank you all for allowing me to work with your amazing children.  We have formed a tight, little unit in our class.  I also want to thank Jill for being a great teaching partner and Angela for how much she brings to our class.  This year has been a real highlight in my career. 

    These last days of school will hold a lot of fun projects.  We are researching bridge engineering, learning about the bridges of Portland and also building bridges.  For families with older siblings that went to Lewis, this will look a little different than how they built bridges.  This will not be a take home project; we will build them in class.  I know that some of you are cheering that and others will miss the fun project.  If you find yourself with and un-scratchable itch to build a bridge, please reach out so that we can invite you to join us.  We will need help managing supplies, supporting safe use of hot glue guns and following building plans. 
    Best always,  Mark

    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    May continues to be a great month in Room 17! Boy is it flying by though!

    We finished our last official Reading unit on Character Studies and I was really impressed with how students did on the post assessment. Moving forward, in addition to a little more Freading (Free Reading,) much of our reading will revolve around bridges, as we really dig deep into the NF book, Big & Awesome Bridges. We will also do quite a bit of writing related to this new Social Studies unit we started yesterday. As part of the unit, students will also be making models of a truss bridge. This will most likely take some grown-up assistance, so please let me know if you have time toward the end of next week to help out. Speaking of Social Studies, we wrapped up our unit on Vanport this week. Please check out the collaborative posters the students made, which are hanging outside the classroom. The final assessment was a letter to someone about Vanport. Many of you will be receiving one, so be on the lookout. In Math, we are continuing to work on fractions.

    As the end of the year approaches, we will be doing several reflective writing assignments. Students will write a letter to their future 4th grade teacher, which I will pass along in the Fall. They will also write a piece about the best parts of 3rd grade. We brainstormed, as a class, a list of all the different things we have done this year. I’m excited to see what the favorites were. One of my favorite activities we have done, just recently, has been with our paper chain counting down the remaining school days, a bittersweet activity for me. We started with 24 rings, one for each student. I pull a name of someone each day and then give a little description of that student and their many wonderful qualities. I would say 95% of the time students are able to guess who it is on the first try. A testament to how much we have grown to know each other as learners and individuals. I will miss this closeness and community next year.

    We have some important dates coming up:

    Tuesday, May 29th, 1:30 - 2:45 - Field Day
    Wednesday, June 6th, 8:45 - 3:00 - Field trip to Bull Run Watershed (please turn in your permission slip if you haven’t already - we still have a few chaperone spots open. Let me know if you are interested in joining)
    Thursday, June 7th, 1:00 - 2:30  - Walking field trip with our buddy class to Berkeley Park
    Friday, June 8th - Last day of school

    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    We are keeping busy, busy, busy right up until the end!  We have been learning to multiply larger numbers, working to refine our structured writing skills, and diving into the history of Japanese Americans in Portland.  Lots of events coming up, so read on to learn more!

    We will take our end of unit test later this week on large number multiplication strategies.  Students have explored several ways to approach a multi-digit multiplication problem: sketch an array, use partial products, and we have dipped a toe into using the standard algorithm.  Students will refine their techniques in 5th grade.  We are continuing to work on our multiplication fluency - keep practicing at home!

    Students have been composing a letter to themselves to open when they are 30 years old.  They are making some predictions about what their life will be like (or what they hope it will be like), where they will be living, and what they will be doing for work.  These letters are a great read and I hope you will help your child in finding a good place to keep their letter safely for a few years.  :)

    Next Wednesday is our field trip to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center in downtown.  This field trip blends perfectly with our Japanese American history unit.  Please make sure that your child's permission slip is returned by this Friday.  We have space for a few chaperones, so please indicate if you are interested in joining us!  Additionally, we will be having a culminating event at the end of this unit so students can share their learning with you.  An invitation was sent home on Monday.  Please come join us on Wednesday, June 6th from 8:40 - 9:40 to see what we have been working on and to see some performances!

    Our buddy field trip to Berkeley Park is coming up on Thursday, June 7th.  We will head down the hill around 1:00 and return before the end of the day.  I will post a sign up outside of our room for chaperones and/or to bring games and popsicles.

    Finally, we are having another 4th Grade Family Breakfast and Sing Along on the last day of school this year!  Come spend some time chatting and snacking with friends from 8:15 - 9:00 and then join us for a sing along led by Mr. Colvin.  It will be a perfect close to the year!
    Take care,  Ms. Elissa

    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    Students are heavily invested in our Japantown Storyline unit. Here's what we have been up to:  Each family unit has a special Japanese tradition that they are known for.  Families researched their tradition, taught the class about it, and then did a small performance.  Students began their character journals about what daily life is like in Japantown.  Residents had both ups and downs last week.  Every family had a positive community interaction last week- cookies and a nice note from the landlord's wife, a letter of praise from their child's teacher, or a police report thanking them for helping stop a burglary.  One family received a letter from their cousin in Japan expressing dismay at no longer being allowed to immigrate to the United States due to the passage of the "Immigration Act of 1924," which halted all further immigration from Japan.  Residents of Japantown were saddened to realize this meant permanent separation from their family members.  Families woke up on Monday morning to find that their homes and neighborhood had been vandalized with racial slurs.  They held a community meeting and decided to contact their landlord and police.  The landlord and police were both unhelpful and blamed residents for not "being American enough."

    We are continuing to read "The Westing Game" mystery as a class.  Students are loving the novel and I am enjoying hearing their "detective theories" about what is happening in the book.

    Students are taking their final math assessment on multiplication strategies this Friday.  This is also the last week of homework.  Our times tables quizzes will continue into the last week of the school year so please make sure your child continues to study for ten minutes each evening.

    In writing, students are writing an essay/letter to their thirty-year-old self.  In the letter, they are writing about where they will live, their occupation, and what they will enjoy doing in their free time.  My hope is that you save the letter for them so they can read it on their 30th birthday!

    We have some important dates coming up:

    Thursday, May 31st, 9:00-1:30, Nikkei Legacy Center Field Trip
    Wednesday, June 6th, 8:40-9:40, Japantown Showcase, Room 22
    Thursday, June 7th, afternoon, Walking Field Trip with Buddy Class to Berkeley Park
    Friday, June 8th, 8:15-9:30, 4th Grade Family Breakfast and Sing-Along

    Notes from Mr. Richner- 4th-5th Grade

    Greetings!

    Team 20 has had yet another busy and productive week. We began a poetry project, venturing into the Lewis garden to collect poetic images. Kids will use the images that they collect to grow their poems while pulling on their poet’s tool kit of strategies. Here are some photos: bit.ly/team20-poetry
    We also began writing a play. This year’s play takes the form of a news report and features a return of some favorite characters from prior plays, including FedExians (FedEx aliens), and a plot featuring more than a few surprising twists and turns. The writing and rehearsals will dominate a good chunk of our remaining time. We will perform our play on both Wednesday and Thursday morning at 9:40. Family is invited, and know that if you cannot make it in that the play will be live-streamed through our Twitter feed (twitter.com/LewisRoom20) and archived on our blog.

    We had a wonderful bike safety retreat. In the classroom, kids learned how to navigate right of way at five different types of intersections, how to use turn signals, and how to size and fit a bike helmet. With the instructors from PBOT/Safe Routes to School, kids practiced some street scenarios on the playground before we put it all together with some practice at a nearby intersection and went on an afternoon ride as a whole team to Woodstock Park. Here are some photos: bit.ly/bike-safety

    On Monday, we talked as a team about the importance of sustaining daily reading during the summer. It felt kind of silly to have this conversation, considering that kids in Team 20 love to read. However, many kids were surprised to learn that when kids do not read during the summer that they actually forget some of what they have learned. We talked about how this effect is cumulative, that this loss can build over multiple summers. At the same time, continuing their established daily reading habit can have the opposite effect of sustaining and strengthening their reading abilities. I encouraged kids to think about what their reading routine will look like this summer. When will they read? What is their favorite reading spot? How can they support their siblings’ reading?

    I also shared that all kids at Lewis are already enrolled in Multnomah County Library’s Summer Reading (multcolib.org/summer-reading). Kids will bring their game board home during the last week of school. MCL’s Summer Reading encourages kids to read whatever they want.  If your kid doesn’t have a library card, here’s how to get one: multcolib.org/get-a-library-card. More great news is that there are no longer any late fines for kids 0-17 for any items. All existing late fines on kids’ accounts and materials have been lifted. Kids who are going into sixth grade and older may volunteer for the Summer Reading team: multcolib.org/volunteer/volunteer-summer-reading-team

    We have several school-wide activities scheduled. Field Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th at 1:30. The Spring Music Concert will be the evening of Thursday, May 31st, and the afternoon of Friday, June 1st at 1:00. All Lewis Library books are due by Friday, June 1st. The PTA End of Year Picnic is Friday, June 1st at 5:30 p.m. Alex Addy will return to put on a drumming performance with the Obo Addy Legacy Project on Tuesday, June 5th at 10:00 a.m.  On Friday, June 8th, we will be having our 4th Grade Family Breakfast. It will be a great opportunity for students, families, and teachers to come together to celebrate our year. The breakfast is for all 4th graders and will take place from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. in room 22. A flyer with more details will come home soon. Fifth Grade Promotion will be scheduled for the afternoon of Friday, June 8th, in the cafeteria. More details about Fifth Grade Promotion will be forthcoming, and family is certainly welcome to attend.

    So, welcome to the final weeks of the school year! It has been an outstanding year. The kids have done so much! They have progressed by leaps and bounds! The last two week should be a celebration of all we have done!
    Have a good week!  Mark

    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    I can’t believe we’re down to out last few weeks of school! We have many fun things going on the next few weeks. Several of our planned activities will involve walking trips to local neighborhood spots so please let me know ahead of time if you have things scheduled that will interfere with daily student attendance. Also make sure you are checking with your kiddos every night to see if I’ve sent home info or requests. We want to make the most of our last days as a fifth grade family. I’m going to miss these kids! I better switch to updates before I get too sentimental…

    Thursday, May 23rd- Safety Patrol Picnic to Oaks Park
    Monday, May 28th- No School- Memorial Day
    Tuesday, May 29th- Field Day-Make sure your kids are wearing comfy shoes
    Thursday, May 31- Spring Concert at 6:30pm
    Monday, May 4th- Zoo Trip
    Friday, May 8th- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL- More info to come on details!!

    *Please let me know if you have any wonderings about out last few weeks

    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    First, let me extend a big THANK YOU for all the lovely treats during Teacher Appreciation Week. I haven't yet had time to sit down and write notes, but please know that each and every gesture filled my heart. It is hard to believe that we have such a short time left together. It is such a busy time here at Lewis and in Room 23! We finished our Colonial work with our Colonial Trade Fair on Tuesday and it was terrific! Thanks for your support in helping your kids learn their trade and be prepared with their projects. There are several upcoming events to note. Tuesday, Thursday, many kids are headed to Oak's Park in appreciation for their service with Safety Patrol!  May 29th is Field Day. If you want to come out and have some fun with the kids, we would love you to join us. It will be in the afternoon from 1:30- 2:30. On Monday, June 4th, we are heading to the zoo to have some fun as a community. Parents are driving. Thank you to all who have volunteered. We may need one, or two more chaperones. If you are able, please reach out. I promise to let you off the hook, if we end up not needing you. We must have enough drivers to make the trip! On June 5th, we are going to Berkeley Park with our buddies in Room 10. I will have a sign-up outside the door next week. We have ice cream sundae's along with the fun! Again, I would love to have some parent help, so please either drop me a note, or swing by the room and sign-up. Many of you are checking in on 5th Grade promotion. That will happen on the last day of school, June 8th. There will be a luncheon for the students prior to welcoming all of you. I am not yet sure about the timing, yet, but will keep you posted. If you are interested in helping with the luncheon, please contact Eryn Kehe @ edeeming@alum.mit.edu

    You can expect work to come home little by little that final week. I try not to send kids home with one huge bag, but to send it in stages, so you can look at it and decide what to keep, what to recycle and what to toss. As always, it is such an honor to work with these kids. While I am looking forward to summer, spending time with family and relaxing, it is bittersweet, as I will miss each and ever child in my class more than I can ever express. Don't hesitate to check in if you have any questions, or concerns.

    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    For our Unique Learning System unit “See How They Grow”,  we have been reading and learning about the life cycle of plants. We have done activities like going to the Lewis garden and drawing sketches of plants, and identifying the “yummy” parts of plants, like lettuce leaf, carrot root, apple fruit, etc. We are also preparing to do an experiment to compare a set of beans that get water and light with a set of beans in a dark box.

    For Math, we finished a review unit on subtraction. Now we are reviewing strategies for multiplication and division. For Reading, leveled groups are doing red folder work with books and literacy packets about plants.

    For Writing, students have been doing Grammar and Writing practice. Next they will start a writing project about what they would like to grow in a garden. Last week, they finished making Google Slide projects about their superhero’s stats, like their superpowers, strengths, and background info and shared these with their classmates. On Wednesday, we went to  “Superhero APE Field Day” at Jefferson High School. Everyone (including the adults) had a blast dressing up and acting like heros for the day! We made it through most of the field day events, and one highlight was the Aquaman Relay with APE Teacher Chuck as Aquaman. Another fun event was the tug-of-war; we did DC characters vs. Marvel characters.

    Music News from Mr. Jamesbarry

    The end of the school year is fast approaching and we have one last big performance before heading off into summer break. This performance will feature music from all three of our musical groups, and will be the culmination of our students’ year long work. The Spring Concert is Thursday, May 31 @ 6:30 PM. There will be a repeat performance for the Lewis student body and staff on Friday, June 1 @ 1:30. I’ve sent out information to all families and will post the info on my blog. Hope to see you there!



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School 
    Weekly Newsletter
                  

    May 16, 2018               

     

    Last Day of School is June 8

     

    Upcoming Dates:
    May 17- Bottle Drop Pick Up 845am
    May 17- New Kinder playdate 3:15pm

    May 23- Volunteer Breakfast 8am
    May 24- PTA After School Social

    May 28- Memorial Day- No School
    May 29- Field Day

    May 31- Spring Music Concert 630pm

     

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    Next Wednesday, we will be holding our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. In advance of that event (in case any of our fabulous volunteers can't make it), I want to sincerely thank all of you who have given your valuable time to support teachers, students, and classrooms at Lewis this year. It truly does take a village, and it has been tremendous to see what the Lewis village offers to support our building. Also, I want to give you the heads up about a major summer construction project happening at Lewis this year. We will be having both seismic and ADA upgrades. Long-term, this is a great thing for the security and accessibility of our building. Short-term, we will feel the impact of a major summer construction project. Please see below for further details from the Facilities Department.

     

    Important Summer Construction Work at Lewis
    Lewis will be under construction this summer. Work at Lewis Elementary School includes a vital seismic retrofit that will bring the school up to “life safety” standards, new fire sprinkler system throughout the building, improvement of the existing fire alarm system and ADA accessibility improvements.  This work is part of the voter approved May 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond.

    What you need to know:
    ·         Construction will begin immediately following the end of this school year, in June. Construction hours:  Monday-Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    ·         The school site will be closed for the entire summer. The adjacent field will remain open and accessible.
    ·         Construction fencing will surround the school including the asphalt walkways and parking lots.
    ·         There will be increased construction traffic in and around school grounds; however, street closures are not anticipated at this time.
    ·         School Registration will take place at the school office which will remain accessible.

    We recognize that this construction may impact school neighbors.  Our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but, please know that Lewis Elementary School will be receiving much needed work.
    For more information about the PPS School Health and Safety Improvement Bond 2018 Summer Projects - Contact: 503-916-2222   E-mail: schoolmodernization@pps.net
    BondProgram:www.pps.net/bond

     

    *Lost and Found items remaining after June 8 will be donated.  Please check the lost and found located in the hall between the gym and the cafeteria.

     

    Music Notes from Mr. J
    The Spring Concert is  Thursday, May 31st. Band, Recorder Club and Boomin’ Beats will be performing at 6:30 PM on the Lewis stage. They will then play for the student body on Friday June 1st. For Band and Recorder this will be their final performance. Band students will need to turn in their instruments after that school performance. If Band student would like to rent an instrument over the summer, they will have to arrange that with their middle school band teacher. If you have questions, please contact me. The Boomin’ Beats will have one last performance to help open the PTA End of Year Picnic on Friday June 1st at 5:30 PM. I will send out more detailed info to families later this week.

     


    BOX TOP COLLECTION - Deadline: May 23 for Classroom Popcorn Party
    As we near the end of the year (what?! I know... crazy) let's make that final push to turn in all the Box Tops you have been collecting. The deadline for the Box Tops competition is May 23 and the winner of the classroom popcorn party will be announced in the May 30 newsletter! The current top three classrooms are: Ms. Dana at 811, Ms. Cyndi at 578 and Ms. Leake at 497! Keep your eyes peeled for Box Tops on items you have purchased, clip them and place them in an envelope or baggie with your child's teacher's name on the outside. Bring them to the collection box in the school office. If you like the "official" Box Top collection envelopes or using the Box Top collection sheets, extras are available in the office. Remember, each Box Top is worth 10¢ and they don’t need to be clipped perfectly... just make sure each one has the full label and expiration date.  Expired Box Tops don’t count toward our earnings. Good luck and keep clipping - even over the summer! Questions? Contact Box Tops Coordinator Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com

     

    Reminder: Lewis school library books are due back to the library by June 1st


    Help us welcome new kindergarten families to Lewis!
    Do you have Lewis t-shirts your kids have outgrown? Maybe you have an adult Lewis t-shirt you no longer wear? Don't take them to Goodwill - we want to pass them on to incoming kindergartners and their families! Please bring any unwanted Lewis t-shirts to the office between now and May 17th and we will pass them on to an incoming Lewis family who will give them a second life. Donations of all sizes are welcome and appreciated!

     

    Spring Book Drive for Lewis's Little Free Library
    Lewis Elementary School’s Little Free Library needs more books. We want to make sure that our little library is stocked and ready for readers this next school year. The Spring Book Drive kicks off next Monday the 21st. You must participate! (Actually, it’s optional.) All you have to do is find a kids book that you don't read anymore and drop it in one of the boxes. It would be very helpful because we want everyone to have plenty of books to read. After all, that’s one of the reasons we put up the library. Hey, if there are no good books in the little library, or no books at all, then what books will we have to read? Boxes will be located in front of room 20 and next to the office. The Spring Book Drive will be from May 21st to 25th. Happy reading!


    The Lewis End of Year Picnic is coming!
    June 1st, 6-8pm

    Celebrate the end of the year with family and friends - bring a picnic or purchase food there!
    Details are being finalized--the Boomin' Beats will be performing, and there's rumor of a possible kickball game.
    For more information as details are set, go to https://www.lewispta.org/end-of-year-picnic or https://www.facebook.com/ptalewis/


    Books for Summer
    Are you ready for some "new to you" Summer reading material? It's time to switch up those book shelves! There will be a book swap at the end of year picnic this year. If you have books to donate, please drop them off in the office. Both children's and adult books are welcome. Alternatively, you can also bring books with you to the picnic. Then, make sure you stop by the book tables at the picnic and pick out some books to enjoy over the summer.


    Planning for 2018-2019 Events
    Did you have a favorite PTA event this year? Maybe your kids loved the Lonesome Teacher Trio dance, Walk and Roll mornings, or an after-school social? Want to help make it even better next year? We are currently looking for people to help coordinate next year's events - sign up sheets are on the office windows. Sign up now and we'll contact you as the event gets closer to remind you and offer support! If you have questions about what is involved, contact Kendyl Watts (kendylann3@yahoo.com) or Claire Giesige (clairestar.g@gmail.com) for more information.


    Oregon Health Plan
    Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) is available to more children and teens younger than 19, regardless of immigration status. OHP is free health coverage for Oregonians who meet income and other criteria. It covers many health care services such as check-ups, tooth fillings, glasses and prescriptions. It also covers labs, x-rays and hospital care. It even pays for rides to and from the doctor’s office. Apply to see if you qualify. Help is free. A trusted and OHP-certified community partner nearby can help you apply. You can find one by calling 1-800-699-9075 or 711 (TTY). You can also go online at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HSD/OHP/Pages/OHPcoversme.aspx.


    Medication End of the Year Pick Up
    Parents- Please pick up your student’s medication by the end of the day on June 8th. Per district policy, all medications that are not picked up by the end of the school year must be disposed of. Parents must pick up medications. Students are not allowed to bring their own medication home.
    Thank you for your cooperation and have a nice summer!
    Bev O’Brien, School Nurse


    Woodstock Clean up
    Join Lewis students for the SolvE sponsored  7th Annual Woodstock Community Neighborhood Clean-Up!
    Date: June 2nd
    Time: 9:00 – 11:30 am
    Follow the link for details:
    https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I000002IQHeUAO
     

    Attention Cleveland Youth Football Families!
    Registration is NOW open for Cleveland Youth Football (Fall Season).
    Spring is here and football season is near! Registration is now open for the Cleveland Warriors Youth Football fall season. There will be teams for the following grades: 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th (JV) and 8th (Varsity).
    Our motto is Safety + Youth Development + Success. All players who register by the end of May will receive a free Warriors T-Shirt. Need-based scholarships are available. Register now at http://clevelandwarriorsfootball.com and check out our FREE preseason skills clinic and parent meeting on May 19th - 2pm @ Cleveland HS Football Field.
    Questions? Contact Richard Melo - richard.melo@gmail.com
     

    Staff questionaires
    A reminder from the PTA... Did you know all Lewis staff members have filled out forms listing their likes/dislikes and these forms are available to view in the office? As we approach the end of the school year and families start thinking about how to thank the wonderful staff members who care for our kids each day, these forms can be a big help! Ask Tracy in the office if you'd like to take a peek at them.

     

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School
    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...

    May 16, 2018

     

    Notes from Ms. Allen - Kindergarten

    Thanks to all of you who attended Art Night, and thanks for allowing your child to be a docent. They took their job serious so thanks again! We will be taking a field trip to the Children's Museum on June 1st, so more details will be coming home soon. The kindergartens are enjoying our 2X2 science unit, kudos to Mrs. Janice for making this happen. She has been teaching our science unit, and handling those squirmy worms; today will be learning about snails. Next week, we will learn about goldfish and guppies.

    Students are no longer allowed to bring stuffies or toys to school.
    It has become a distraction when parents linger around after the school bell rings.  Your child has been in school for over 150 days, so please say goodbye at the classroom door. Thank you! ☺

    Reminder:
    Please remember to pack your child a small snack to school each day.
    On May 23 I will be out all day attending a literacy workshop.
     

    Notes from Ms. Kennedy – Kindergarten

    In Writing Workshop, students are creating and sharing their second How-to Book. We are learning the importance of going back into a piece of writing, adding more detail, and revising so things make more sense. Many students have completed all levels of their Word Rings and are incorporating that knowledge into their stories. It is really rewarding to watch as students become experts and help one another. There are only a few more Words Their Way lessons as we wrap up that portion of our curriculum.It has been a rather rollercoaster of weather this week! I personally don’t need it to be 88 degrees when school is in session. The first grade teachers might have a chuckle next fall, as former kindergarten students in Room 4 will be remarking on the importance of staying hydrated! It always amuses me to see and hear what children pick up and mimic from their current teacher.

    With Science having come to a successful conclusion, we are back to a full math class in the afternoons. Please continue to work with your child on number sense whenever possible. A few examples: If you have one bowl of 14 snap pea pods and one bowl of eight pepper slices, how many veggies do you have in all? If you have 12 grapes and eat five, how many are left? How can you split six crackers between two people? Rather than just having your child state an answer, please have say the number sentence and explain their thinking. For instance, “14 plus eight equals 22, so there are 22 veggies in all.”

    Last week, after filling a continuous row of numbers along one and a half walls, we ran out of room. The remaining school days are being placed in the front of the room now. On Monday, we began counting down, with only 19 days left! We have one final field trip for all three kindergarten classes: on June 1st, we are headed to the Children’s Museum. Look for permission slips to come home soon. Also, I would like to have a kindergarten celebration around 2pm on Friday June 8th. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant, just some snacks and a chance to watch a slide show together. I have been saving my favorite images of the year, and we will go backwards until we arrive back at September 2017. There may be a few tears on my part.

    Weekly photos posted https://mskennedyroom4.blogspot.com/ Thank you one and all!
     

    Notes from Teacher Leslie - Kindergarten

    Hi Families,
    We LOVED our field trip to the Children’s Theater to see the Hungry Caterpillar play.  It was such a wonderful performance with beautiful costumes and set designs. The students were buzzing about their favorite stories and characters when we returned to school.  Thank you so much to our chaperones for keeping us safe and respectful during this performance.

    It looks like it might finally be getting warmer around here.  Our classroom gets very hot with the warmer weather so I will be encouraging students to drink lots of water.  If you got out of the habit, please remember to send your student to school with a clean water bottle to school each day.

    Last week we chose new “just right” books for our book tubs.  It was so much fun to see our avid readers find books that they enjoy reading and even some books that are a bit challenging!  I am so proud of all our readers and the strategies I see them using to improve their reading skills.

    Art Night was amazing!  Thank you to all who came to support our students and their wonderful art.  I was so proud of our student docents and thankful to those who stopped by to ask our experts questions about the artwork.  The next few weeks of school will be busy! We have a field trip to the Children’s Museum on June 1st (keep an eye out for a field trip form SOON!) a walking field trip to the park with our 3rd grade buddies, and more!  Looking forward to lots of fun in our last month of Kindergarten :)
     

    Notes from Teacher Dana -- 1st Grade

    The past few weeks have been filled with so many fun things at Lewis School. We of course got to celebrate the artistic talents of our students with Art Night. The Buckman Choir came and performed for us and we got to hear the Boomin' Beats preform as well. The energy in the building is just so positive with all the creativity. We are really looking forward to our field trip this Friday to see Frog and Toad at the Oregon Children's Theater. We are culminating our informational reading and writing units this week and will be present to our buddy class at the end of the week. We are going to do a mini writing and reading unit around poetry.  We are also having a final day of mindfulness with Ms Jennifer. We will have a tea party and talk about all the learning we've done this year around the topic of mindfulness.

    We will also be doing a short science unit on animal biodiversity which goes very well with our farm unit in math. We will be learning about the sheer range and variety of animals that inhabit our planet. We are about midway through our Farm unit in math. We are creating our own farms. Each student has to use a variety of math skills to build their farms. We use play money to purchase land and animals, a farm house, a barn, fences a silo and wheat to feed the animals. There is a lot of problem solving, adding and grouping numbers, planning, geometry. The kids are having a blast with this unit.

    Notes from Mrs. Logue - 1st Grade

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day and enjoyed the little strawberry plant and card from your beautiful child! I spent time with my daughters and relished each moment with my awesome 84 year old Mom! Feeling so lucky and loved:) What an exciting time in the classroom and especially in our mini science lab! Elliot brought in an amazing insect terrarium , (habitat), full of interesting bugs found in his backyard, including pill, stink and lady bugs! All five of our Painted Lady Butterfly caterpillars made it to the final stage of metamorphosis and we celebrated by setting them free to fly around our Lewis front door garden.  Most of our meal worms have morphed into pupas and several have reached their final growth stage to darkling beetle.  This week students will work to finish a final nonfiction story to share with classmates, (we have quite a collection!), and will also be embarking on a reading and writing unit featuring Fairy Tales as mentor texts.  Our math-farm adventures, adding barns, silos, pastures and crops on our “ land” continue daily at 12:40 pm and we would love to have volunteers to lend a hand. The students are learning how to pay with farm bucks money, counting large numbers by 20”s, 10s and 5s.It is a busy and creative time in math!

    This week we will be revisiting our beloved Frog and Toad book series and all we know about real frogs and toads  to prepare for our field trip on Friday May 18th. Thanks for returning all permission slips and thanks to chaperones! Also, we have a late opening, 10:40,  for students this Wednesday, May 16th and dress as a favorite BOOK CHARACTER if possible for the rest of the day:-) Remember, Lewis School Volunteers, mark your calendar for the Volunteer Breakfast 8 am, Wednesday, May 23rd. We love to do this for you and can’t thank you enough for all you do!
    abuckley@pps.net
    Classroom photos: mrslogue@wordpress.com

    Notes from Mrs. Jamesbarry - 1st Grade

    We sure have gotten lucky with the spring time weather! It has been so fabulous, we are really enjoying our recess times! Thankfully, the classroom hasn’t gotten too hot yet, but it is likely to soon, so sending a full water bottle is always a good idea!

    The class is very excited about our field trip on Friday, May 18th. We will be heading downtown to the Newmark Theater to see the Oregon’s Children’s Theatre award winning production of A Year with Frog and Toad.  We have been reading Frog and Toad books this week and have really enjoyed getting to know these characters better. We can’t wait to see them come to life!

    In the classroom, the kids have been hard at work on an All About animal poster. We hope to start getting them on display next week. They have been working hard to read up about their animal and create illustrations that teach about it. We are excited to see what everyone has learned!

    In math, we are wrapping up our work on place value. We have been practicing saying what is ten more and ten less than any number under 120. You can give your kiddo a quiz any time. They love to show what they know! Next, we are turning our focus to double digit addition/subtraction, geometric shapes, and fractions for the remainder of the year.

    Finally, we will be scheduling a Summer Birthday party some time during the last week of school. We will be celebrating anyone who has a birthday that falls over summer. I will send a “party food” sign-up home with those kids who do have summer birthdays as we get closer so we can host some end of year fun for all.

    Thanks for all of your support this year. It has been an exciting journey.   Cheers!  Sarah Jamesbarry

    Notes from Ms. Murphy - 2nd Grade

    Thanks for your participation during Art Night! It was fun to see everyone out and about enjoying the beautiful art work that the students of Lewis created. We will be going on a field trip in a few weeks to study wetlands for our habitat unit. I have almost all of the slips back and signed. Volunteers, please send in 3 dollars soon as well.

    We have been in deep in our new math unit. WOO HOO! The students have already completed a story problem involving presents and parcels. Here we are working on adding, subtracting, finding half and finding double amounts of presents over the number 10. We are working on solving them and then they will go home! This past week we are branching into larger numbers and working extensively with numbers above 10. We are using visual models such as base ten pieces, hundreds grids, an open number line and the actual algorithms. We are practicing every day in guided math groups and in partnerships with our math work places (games).

    In writing, the students are working on poetry on Mondays. This week we talked about poetry structure and created our own poems by writing a list poem or a “conversation poem”. The class has also started our next writing unit on Opinion Letters. Here we are writing our opinions on the books we are reading in reader’s workshop. This week the kids are sharing their opinions about a character in their books, supporting their opinions and including a good introduction to their letters. We will continue to work on this genre in preparation for the next writing sample for the last report card.

    In reading, the students are in book club groups studying a series. Amongst these series are; Eerie Elementary, Worst Witch, Kennah Ford, Mercy Watson, Ivy and Bean , Geronimo Stilton and Zapato Power. Please ask your child which book club they are in! We have been focusing on characters, how they behave, how they relate to other characters and using what we know to draw inferences and make predictions. The students are almost done with their first book in their series and will begin their second book soon!

    Notes from Ms. Leake- 2nd Grade

    This week we begin our last rounds of math workplaces.  One of the skills the program wants students to develop over the next few years is computational estimation or the ability to estimate the results of adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing any set of numbers.  We begin this process in the 2nd grade by asking students to estimate the results of adding various pairs of double digit numbers.

    After working with on story problems in our Presents and Parcels unit and other place value activities such as the Base Ten Bank, many children will look at 26+43 and know that the answer is in the 60's.  Most will combine the 10's and then the 1's to see the result is 69. When you pose the problem 46+29, students use a variety of strategies to come up with their estimate. Some will +1 to the 9 and make the 29 a 30. Students begin to play with rounding up or down with numbers during a game called Pick 2. 

    In Pick 2, students first spin a target number and then turn over 3 cards. They are asked to choose the two  cards that come closest to the target number. Students are encouraged to use the base ten pieces if if neither partner is able to figure out the total mentally.  Since the numbers on each spinner count by 10's and 5's, it is likely that children will be able to add the two numbers in their heads.

    In the game Make 100! Under or Over?  Students get the chance to add double digit numbers together as they race to be the partner closest to 100 after turning over 2-3 cards.  The students are asked to use their estimating skills to determine if it would be to their advantage to choose a third card.  We also continue or practice of 'borrowing and carrying' when we play a game called Shopping for Key Chains.  Each player chooses a key chain with a price tag and then spins the spinner to see how much the key chain is marked down. They need to calculate the sale price of the keychain. Players add up the prices they paid at the end of 3 rounds.  The player with the lowest total wins.

     



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Weekly Newsletter               

    May 9, 2018                

     

    Last Day of School is June 8

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    May 9- Lewis Dines Out Pizza Roma
    May 10- Community Meeting 6pm
    May 16- Late Start- Favorite Book Character Day
    May 17- New Kinder playdate 3:15pm
    May 23- Volunteer Breakfast 8am
    May 24- PTA After School Social
    May 28- Memorial Day- No School
    May 29- Field Day
    May 31- Spring Music Concert 630pm


    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    Hello. As we move into this final month of school, there are fun and exciting things happening at Lewis (and beyond) every day--field trips, special projects, bike riding, presentations, and more! It's been wonderful to see so many of you coming in to support these end-of-year culminations--thank you for your time and support!

    In this message, I want to give you a few reminders about upcoming meetings/events and also a preview of next year's classroom teacher roster. This Thursday evening at 6:00 pm, there is a community meeting to discuss the possibility of starting a Foundation at Lewis. If this topic interests you, I hope you'll join. And, next Wednesday, we have our last Late Opening of the year (and Favorite Book Character Spirit Day).

    In terms of staffing for next year, here is our projected roster of classroom teachers:

    • Kindergarten: Leslie Dillavou, Pamela Kennedy, & TBD (vacancy)
    • 1st Grade: Dana Jacobsen, Anne Logue, & Sarah Jamesbarry
    • 2nd Grade: Brooke Murphy & Jill Brenan
    • 2nd/3rd Grade Blend: Cassie Canales
    • 3rd Grade: Cyndi Redmond & Elisa Dingus
    • 4th Grade: Abby Rotwein & Mark Richner
    • 5th Grade: Sarah Kohn & Natalie Speer
    • 3rd-5th Grade CB: Brian Post

    Thank you for continuing to respect our policy about not accepting parent requests for classroom placements. Our team will be very thoughtful about how we group and place students for the coming year!


    BOX TOP COLLECTION - Deadline: May 23 for Classroom Popcorn Party

    As we near the end of the year (what?! I know... crazy) let's make that final push to turn in all the Box Tops you have been collecting. The deadline for the Box Tops competition is May 23 and the winner of the classroom popcorn party will be announced in the May 30 newsletter! The current top three classrooms are: Ms. Dana at 811, Ms. Cyndi at 578 and Ms. Leake at 497! Keep your eyes peeled for Box Tops on items you have purchased, clip them and place them in an envelope or baggie with your child's teacher's name on the outside. Bring them to the collection box in the school office. If you like the "official" Box Top collection envelopes or using the Box Top collection sheets, extras are available in the office. Remember, each Box Top is worth 10¢ and they don’t need to be clipped perfectly... just make sure each one has the full label and expiration date.  Expired Box Tops don’t count toward our earnings. Good luck and keep clipping - even over the summer! Questions? Contact Box Tops Coordinator Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com

     

    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Penny Drive through May 15!

    Keep that change coming! The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Penny Drive is going great and we still have one more week to go! Check your couch cushions and cup holders. Dig into your pockets and donate that change you find jingling around. So far, Lewis has raised almost $200 to help support blood cancer research and help local cancer patients. No need to write a big check, just send in any extra change you have (although they will not say no to bills or checks.) Please consider donating if you can. We will be collecting until May 15th. Thanks!

     

    Help us welcome new kindergarten families to Lewis!

    Do you have Lewis t-shirts your kids have outgrown? Maybe you have an adult Lewis t-shirt you no longer wear? Don't take them to Goodwill - we want to pass them on to incoming kindergartners and their families! Please bring any unwanted Lewis t-shirts to the office between now and May 17th and we will pass them on to an incoming Lewis family who will give them a second life. Donations of all sizes are welcome and appreciated!
     

    Community meeting, Thursday, May 10 @ 6pm
    Lewis is at a pivotal moment regarding funding available for staffing. Next year Lewis will see a reduction of 3 full-time equivalent positions. To off-set the reduction in future years and maintain the programs that the Lewis community is used to, a school foundation can be established with the support of the Lewis community.
    Join the discussion about what a school foundation can do and help think about what it might look like for Lewis.
    The meeting will take place in the library, with free childcare provided in the cafeteria.


    Books for Summer
    Are you ready for some "new to you" Summer reading material? It's time to switch up those book shelves! There will be a book swap at the end of year picnic this year. If you have books to donate, please drop them off in the office. Both children's and adult books are welcome. Alternatively, you can also bring books with you to the picnic. Then, make sure you stop by the book tables at the picnic and pick out some books to enjoy over the summer.
     

    Last Day- Lewis Dines Out at Pizza Roma
    May  9

    Pizza Roma will donate 20% of all sales to Lewis!
    Dine-In, Take-Out & Delivery!
    ***You MUST present a flyer at the time of your order.  We will send flyers   home with the newsletter next week
    Proceeds from Lewis Dines Out go towards the Teacher Class Projects funds - support our teachers, their creativity, those great projects for our kids and one of our community partners and grab a slice or a whole pie!


    Save the date for the Lewis End of Year Picnic!
    June 1st, 6-8pm
    Celebrate the end of the year with family and friends - bring a picnic or purchase food there!
    Details are being finalized--the Boomin' Beats will be performing, and there's rumor of a possible kickball game.
    Want to help plan?
    Contact lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com
    For more information as details are set, go to https://www.lewispta.org/end-of-year-picnic or https://www.facebook.com/ptalewis/


    Oregon Health Plan
    Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) is available to more children and teens younger than 19, regardless of immigration status. OHP is free health coverage for Oregonians who meet income and other criteria. It covers many health care services such as check-ups, tooth fillings, glasses and prescriptions. It also covers labs, x-rays and hospital care. It even pays for rides to and from the doctor’s office. Apply to see if you qualify. Help is free. A trusted and OHP-certified community partner nearby can help you apply. You can find one by calling 1-800-699-9075 or 711 (TTY). You can also go online at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HSD/OHP/Pages/OHPcoversme.aspx.

    Medication End of the Year Pick Up
    Parents- Please pick up your student’s medication by the end of the day on June 8th. Per district policy, all medications that are not picked up by the end of the school year must be disposed of. Parents must pick up medications. Students are not allowed to bring their own medication home.

    Thank you for your cooperation and have a nice summer!
    Bev O’Brien, School Nurse


    Woodstock Clean up
    Join Lewis students for the SolvE sponsored  7th Annual Woodstock Community Neighborhood Clean-Up!
    Date: June 2nd
    Time: 9:00 – 11:30 am
    Follow the link for details:
    https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I000002IQHeUAO

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...

    May 9, 2018


    Notes from Ms. Canales- 2nd-3rd Grade

    May is off to a marvelous start for room 16!
    What are we up to?

    Reading: We are working through our Character Studies unit. Right now we are reading Because of Winn-Dixie and analyzing characters thoughts and actions to deeply comprehend the text. Writing: We’ve finished up our Where I’m From poetry. Now students are working on Outside/Inside poems.
    Social Studies: our Vanport unit continues. We are finishing up with viewing Oregon Experience: Vanport by OPB. We are taking notes as we watch and writing about what we learn. Next we will explore a few different texts about Vanport.
    Math: 2nd graders are working on Unit 5. They’ve been working hard at using different strategies for 2 digit addition and subtraction. Ask them about the open number line or decomposing a ten. 3rd graders are finishing up testing and focusing on multiplication and division strategies.

    Reminders and Thank Yous
    3rd graders are finishing up their Smarter Balanced tests over the next few weeks. Please send them to school rested and ready to do their best!
    Thank you to all the fantastic docents on Art Night! It was such a wonderful evening!

    Check out our DonorsChoose page if you’d like to help fund some projects for our classroom. Right now we have one project up for balance ball seats and another project for more wobble stools! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! Our page website is:

    https://www.donorschoose.org/cassiecanales
     


    Notes from Mr. Hansen/Ms. Brenan - 3nd Grade

    This week we started wrapping up our Vanport unit.  One of our final projects is to create collaborative posters in small groups.  Each group read a focus text that featured a different aspect of the city’s history (Shipyards, People, Vanport City, Vanport Life, The Flood, and Aftermath).  The kids are using these texts, along with the videos, song lyrics, and other Vanport resources we’ve studied during our unit, to make a poster that shares their learning with others.  I’ve really enjoyed watching the level of collaboration, depth of understanding, and creativity happening in each group.

    Memorial Day marks the 70th anniversary of the devastating flood that destroyed Vanport, Oregon’s second largest city.  On May 23-28, Vanport Mosaic, a local artist-led non-profit, is hosting the Vanport Mosaic Festival.  There will be events held throughout the city, honoring the people, history, and legacy of Vanport.  A link to a schedule of events can be found on their website www.vanportmosaic.org.  If you’re unable to attend the festival, I encourage you to check out their website. It’s a fantastic resource.

    Once we wrap up our Vanport unit, we’ll be moving on to a mini-unit on Bridges.  After learning about structural variation and design, the kids will have an opportunity to create their own bridges in class.  We can’t wait for this fun year-end project!
     


    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    What a fabulous time we had last week! Lewis Art Night never seems to disappoint and that was certainly true this year. It is a sight to behold walking down the halls and seeing them covered in such a lovely showcase of artistic talent. If you were not able to make it, I highly recommend walking the halls over the next week to take it all in. And that recorder club!?! They sounded great!

    On Thursday, we hosted middle schoolers from Sunnyside Environmental School. They took us on a “Wildlife Tour” and taught us all about different animals and habitats. The weather cooperated and we had a ton of fun. Ask them to tell you about where you can find natural vanilla scent and flavoring. Friday we enjoyed a visit from the Buckman School Choir, who performed with our own Boomin’ Beats. All the Nations Like Bananas was a real crowd pleaser. Also on Friday was our walking field trip to Reed College. Sarah and Asia led us through a lesson, which blended math and art.

    Speaking of field trips, look for a permission form going home this week. We will be visiting Bull Run Watershed on Wednesday, June 6th. There are a limited number of spots for chaperones, so please get your forms back right away if you would like to go. You must have a current background check with PPS to attend. There will also be an opportunity to join us, that last week of school, for a walking field trip with our kindergarten buddies. 

    Yesterday we started the math portion of the Smarter Balanced state test. The performance task section will take place next week. When not testing, we continue to work on our fractions unit.

    This week students are working in groups to zoom in on one specific aspect of Vanport. They will be designing and making posters to teach the rest of the class (and people walking through the hallway) about their topic. Once we wrap up Vanport, we will continue our studies of Portland, focusing on the city’s bridges. This year, third graders will be building a Portland bridge in class. Keep an eye out for opportunities to come in and help with the construction.
     


    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    Time flies when you're having fun.  And we are certainly having fun (which must be how it is already almost halfway through May...).  We have been delving headfirst into our Japantown Storyline Unit.  Students received their immigration acceptance letters, traveled via steamship to the United States, created a paper portrait of their character, and are now working to build their home and family business.  The creativity abounds in this group and I cannot wait to see their finished buildings.  Feel free to swing through before or after school to check things out for yourself!

    Art Night was truly a delight this year.  I think these are some of my favorite art projects I have ever done with a class.  The docents were knowledgeable and informative.  Thank you to all who were able to come and listen in.

    We have started taking multiplication quizzes twice a week (Monday and Friday) and tracking our progress on mastering our facts to 12.  Several students have been very diligent in practicing at home, but many need more practice!  Please find a routine to help your child practice their facts.  They will be expected to know them fluently at the beginning of 5th grade.
    Enjoy the warm weather!  Ms. Elissa


    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    It was a pleasure seeing so many of you at Art Night on Thursday!  A big thank you to our amazing docents who shared our work with the community.

    Students are loving our Japanese American Incarceration unit, and so am I!  This past week, students developed background on their character and family story.  Then, they created incredible paper portraits.  Come check them out in our classroom!  We have written blueprints for our businesses and homes and will be building Nihonmachi (Japantown) in class this week. 

    We are also having a blast reading our mystery novel as a class.  Students are "collecting clues" (taking notes) as we read and coming up with some interesting theories about what's going on in the story.

    Our final math unit is on multiplication, and you're finally going to see some math that looks similar to what you did in school!  Students will learn the partial product and standard algorithms for multiplication.  The standard algorithm will be the same way that you learning multi-digit multiplication.

    Please make sure your child is continuing to practice times tables for ten minutes each evening!  Thanks!
     


    Notes from Mr. Richner- 4th-5th Grade

    Lewis Art Night was held last Thursday. Docents were on hand to explain the art outside of every classroom. Team 20’s exhibit included interactive Sol LeWitt-inspired instruction-based art (bit.ly/team20-SL), a hand-drawn GIF (bit.ly/team20-GIF), and a collaborative flip book (bit.ly/team20-FB).

    Bike Safety Day will be this Thursday. A note went home on Monday reminding kids that we will be outside for much of the day – rain or shine – and to come prepared for whatever out-of-door elements come our way with warm clothing, a raincoat, and shoes. A reminder on their lunch choice was also noted. Please remember to wear team t-shirts.

    With fifth graders off to Zenger Farm on Wednesday, fourth graders began learning the story of people of Japanese descent before, during, and after World War II, with a focus on Japanese incarceration. We began with some background information on World War II and on early immigration to the United States from China and Japan. The kids were very curious about World War II and I did my best to give an age-appropriate explanation. I told the kids that if they want to learn more, it is not a topic to just “look up,” but is rather something to talk about with an adult in their lives. For our study, our primary resource is densho.org, a website about Japanese American history that was created by the Japanese American Literacy Project. It has specific resources for educators and students, including several that the kids are accessing through the Japanese Incarceration page on our classroom blog.

    We also talked about some goals for the time we have left. I shared a sports analogy about how even the strongest teams can let their guard down as the season comes to a close. The final moments can transition from being productive to lackadaisical and from being focused to unfocused. So the goal for our team during our remaining weeks is to “stay strong.” Stay strong means something slightly different in each context, whether it is coming into the room and choosing a priority during the morning routine, transitioning through the hallways to specials, being focused during writing, choosing a good spot to read during independent reading, and so on.
    Mark


    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    Art Night was amazing! Thank you for those of you that were able to make it and a special thanks to those that helped make it possible. We have another crazy week here in Room 21!

    Wednesday we head to Zenger Farms. Please make sure your children are wearing comfortable shoes and clothing. They are carrying their lunches to and from the farm so please make sure you keep that in mind when packing lunches. *We will be leaving exactly 5 minutes after the bell rings so please make sure your kiddos are on time.

    Friday we will participate in a full day Bike Safety Extravaganza. You will need to pack a home lunch unless you specified otherwise on the permission slip. Please make sure your kiddos are wearing close-toed shoes and have appropriate clothing.

    Please reach out if anything comes up for you this last month of school. I can’t believe how close it is to summer!
     


    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    Happy May everyone! We are in are final full month of school and all of us in Room 23 are feeling a bit melancholy. We spent some time last week thinking about how we want this month to look and feel. We are working to create a really happy, memorable ending to the year. Having said that, we had a lovely day at Zenger Farm this week! Thanks to our parent volunteers who were able to join us! Today we had a full day of Bike Safety! Kids did a great job and now have some great knowledge they will be able to carry with them as they ride around our wonderful city! The Colonial presentations are well underway. We have more this week and next. Then on Tuesday, May 22nd, we will have our Colonial Trade Fair. It will be held in the morning from 9:15-10:00. If you are able to swing by, we welcome you to join us! Students brought home a blank piece of paper yesterday. They are working on creating a memory page for a 5th Grade Memory Book, we are putting together. Those are due by next Tuesday. I sent home an idea sheet. The only requirement is their name and to leave space on the left hand margin. Other than that, they have a lot of options! We are almost finished with SBAC testing! It has been a long stretch and students will be relieved to have it done. Thanks to everyone who came out for Art Night! The kids did an amazing jobs as docents and the art they all created was lovely! It is a Lewis tradition that inspires me. Please keep in touch as the year draws to an end. There will be more announcements about end-of-the-year activities and more opportunities for you to join us!
     


    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    This week we are starting a new Unique Learning System unit titled “See How They Grow”. It’s about the life cycle of plants, and we started the unit with a round of Vocabulary Bingo to learn some key terms. At the end of this week, students will do an experiment with beans and compare ones that get water and light with ones in a box. Last week for Science, students worked again with their paper bridges. They checked how many pennies the flat bridge would hold, then how many the folded-fan bridge would hold.

    For Math, we are doing some quick review units, last week was addition, and this week is subtraction. We will also do some work with coordinate grids, labeling 2D and 3D shapes, and the tangram puzzler this week was a watering can. For Reading, leveled groups are reading books about various kinds of plants. For Writing, students are sharing their passages about new construction projects in the area. They are also preparing to be in character for  “Superhero APE Field Day” at Jefferson High School May 17th. Students have each decided which superhero they will dress up as, and they will write down their hero’s stats, like their superpowers, strengths, and background info. We also ordered capes and masks for each of them.

    Art Night last week was a great success as it is every year! A majority of the students from Room 7 brought their families to see our three main art exhibits, the Fairy Tale Puppet Shows and Watercolor Settings, the Recycled City Project Video, and the Flowers and Haikus. 
     


    Music News from Mr. Jamesbarry

    I first want congratulate all Art Night musicians. Band, Recorder Club and Boomin’ Beats, you all did a fabulous job that night, and you should be very proud of your achievement. I also want to acknowledge the Boomin’ Beats musicians who came back the very next day for a second high energy performance with the Buckman Choir and for the Lewis student body.

    I can’t believe we are in the final month of the school year. All groups will still be meeting at their regular rehearsal times through the month of May. All three groups will be performing some new material for the Spring Concert which will be on Thursday May 31st at 6:30PM. I will be sending out more information on this concert in the next week or two.

    This week I will not be at school on Thursday so Band and Recorder Club will not be meeting. I will be back on Friday for Boomin’ Beats rehearsal.

     



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Weekly Newsletter               

    May 3, 2018                                    

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:
    May 3- Art Night 630pm-8pm
    May 4- Walk & Roll
    May 8- PTA Meeting 6:30
    May 8&9- Lewis Dines Out Pizza Roma
    May 10- Community Meeting 6pm
    May 16- Late Start- Favorite Book Character Day


    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    Wow!! Things are looking pretty amazing around the hallways of Lewis! I hope you're all able to join us at Art Night tonight to take in the amazing creativity and brilliance of our students and staff. I have never seen anything quite like it!
    On a less glorious note, I also wanted to give you the heads up about some facilities/repair work being done on our yard next week. We have discovered another sinkhole near the nature playground (which may have been the origin of the sinkhole this fall). Next week, facilities will be out repairing the hole. This will mean that a portion of the asphalt will be fenced off for a good part of the week. The fencing will ensure that construction vehicles are able to safely enter and exit the playground without disrupting the school day or recess periods.
    And, I want to close by reminding everyone that next week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. I hope you'll join me in taking an extra moment to appreciate the above-and-beyond efforts of the teachers who work tirelessly to meet the needs of your kiddos every day!


    The Lewis Art Night is TONIGHT!  Thursday, May 3rd at 6:30PM.


    Art Night Music Notes from Mr. J:
    5th Grade Band, The Boomin’ Beats and the 3rd Grade Recorder Club will be polishing up their pieces this week in preparation for the big event. =
    All performances will be held on the Lewis stage.
    The performance schedule is as follows:

    6:30 5th Grade Band
    7:00 3rd Grade Recorder Club
    7:30 Boomin’ Beats

    If you have a Lewis T-shirt or this year’s Run for the Arts shirt please wear it with blue or black pants. No shorts please. If you are dressed up to be a docent, that will be fine too!

    5th Grade band students should meet at 6:00PM in the music room to warm up.

    Recorder Club and Boomin’ Beats should meet me on the stage 10 minutes before their scheduled performance time.
     

    Art Night- We need your help!
    Lewis School’s 29th Annual Art Night is TONIGHT!!   We are so excited to share our student art with our families!
    Lewis becomes an art exhibit during this wonderful evening.  Our student art docents will share information about their art pieces with you as you wander the beautiful halls.
    Part of the Lewis Art Night tradition is our Paint Brush Café, where you can purchase a slice of a gourmet dessert and sit down to enjoy music performances from our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.
    We need your help to make this happen!
    We need donations of store bought, gourmet desserts (please deliver to the office on Thursday, May 3rd before 4:00 pm), and we need volunteers to run the Café’.

    Time slots are quick and easy 30 minute increments so you will still have plenty of time to stroll the halls, take in all of our amazing art presented by our student docents, and listen to the music performances.

    Proceeds from the Paint Brush Café` support our art program.

    Here’s the link to our Sign-Up Genius to sign up for a time slot: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44a9a82ea31-paint


    BOX TOP COLLECTION - Deadline: May 23 for Classroom Popcorn Party

    As we near the end of the year (what?! I know... crazy) let's make that final push to turn in all the Box Tops you have been collecting. The deadline for the Box Tops competition is May 23 and the winner of the classroom popcorn party will be announced in the May 30 newsletter! The current top three classrooms are: Ms. Dana at 811, Ms. Cyndi at 578 and Ms. Leake at 497! Keep your eyes peeled for Box Tops on items you have purchased, clip them and place them in an envelope or baggie with your child's teacher's name on the outside. Bring them to the collection box in the school office. If you like the "official" Box Top collection envelopes or using the Box Top collection sheets, extras are available in the office. Remember, each Box Top is worth 10¢ and they don’t need to be clipped perfectly... just make sure each one has the full label and expiration date.  Expired Box Tops don’t count toward our earnings. Good luck and keep clipping - even over the summer! Questions? Contact Box Tops Coordinator Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com


    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Penny Drive is Here!

    Check your couch cushions and cup holders. Dig into your pockets and donate that change you find jingling around. We will be raising funds, to help support blood cancer research and help local cancer patients. No need to write a big check, just send in any extra change you have (although they say no to bills or checks.) Students will be coming home with boxes to fill this week. 3rd Grade students will collect boxes from classrooms and count the change as we go. Please consider donating if you can. We will be collecting until May 15th. Thanks!

     

    Help us welcome new kindergarten families to Lewis!

    Do you have Lewis t-shirts your kids have outgrown? Maybe you have an adult Lewis t-shirt you no longer wear? Don't take them to Goodwill - we want to pass them on to incoming kindergartners and their families! Please bring any unwanted Lewis t-shirts to the office between now and May 17th and we will pass them on to an incoming Lewis family who will give them a second life. Donations of all sizes are welcome and appreciated!


    Community meeting, Thursday, May 10 @ 6pm
    Lewis is at a pivotal moment regarding funding available for staffing. Next year Lewis will see a reduction of 3 full-time equivalent positions. To off-set the reduction in future years and maintain the programs that the Lewis community is used to, a school foundation can be established with the support of the Lewis community.

    Join the discussion about what a school foundation can do and help think about what it might look like for Lewis.

    The meeting will take place in the library, with free childcare provided in the cafeteria.


    Save the date!  Lewis Dines Out at Pizza Roma May 8th & 9
    Pizza Roma will donate 20% of all sales to Lewis!

    Dine-In, Take-Out & Delivery!

    ***You MUST present a flyer at the time of your order.  Flyers were sent home yesterday.

    Proceeds from Lewis Dines Out go towards the Teacher Class Projects funds - support our teachers, their creativity, those great projects for our kids and one of our community partners and grab a slice or a whole pie!

     

    *** Classroom Notes will resume next week

     



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Newsletter

    April 25, 2018              

       

    Upcoming Dates:

    Apr 26- Be Smart Presentation 6pm
    May 2- Coffee Talk with Emily 845am
    May 2- Spring Picture Day
    May 3-  Bottle drop pick up 845am
    May 3- Art Night 630pm-8pm
    May 4- Walk & Roll


    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    As today is Secretary Appreciation Day, I want to start by inviting you to join me in appreciating the amazing work of Tracy and Kathleen! I feel honored to work side-by-side with such competent, committed, and compassionate women. I hope you'll take a moment this week to send an email or deliver a hug to let them know how much they mean to us all. On another note, I know that many of you are starting to think about next year--so, I wanted to take a moment to share our policy and my approach to class/teacher requests. As a staff, we have time set aside this spring to generate next year's class lists. Each grade level team (with consult from specialists and myself) will generate class lists for the rising grade (i.e. 1st grade teachers will make the 2nd grade lists). The making of these lists is a very thoughtful process that seeks to create balanced groupings--taking into account academic needs, social-emotional needs, race, gender, friendships, etc. Parent/family requests do not have a place in this process. While you are always welcome to share with us unique information about your child's needs, we will not accept requests for specific teachers or classrooms. I hope you will trust that the educators who have worked most closely with your children know them well and are committed to seeing them well-positioned in the coming year.


    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Penny Drive is Here!

    Check your couch cushions and cup holders. Dig into your pockets and donate that change you find jingling around. We will be raising funds, to help support blood cancer research and help local cancer patients. No need to write a big check, just send in any extra change you have (although they say no to bills or checks.) Students will be coming home with boxes to fill this week. 3rd Grade students will collect boxes from classrooms and count the change as we go. Please consider donating if you can. We will be collecting until May 15th. Thanks!


    Scrip = Gift Cards that earn schools money

    What is Scrip? Gift Cards for stuff you were going to buy anyway!

    Check out this short video for more information - https://www. youtube.com/ watch?v=Qa-nklx3Wno  NOTE: #4 in the video (can labels) is no longer an active program.

    Why? Costs you nothing extra & proceeds go to support Lewis PTA Programs, such as classroom support and Lewis Library book purchases. Use the cards for your grocery shopping, stocking stuffers, teacher gifts and more!

    How? Purchase available cards in the office (New Seasons, Safeway, Fred Meyer Amazon, Starbucks and Powells Books) OR pick up an order form in the office (or use this link to the Personal Order form: https://www.ttsdschools. org/Page/1108) to purchase gift cards for shopping, gifts, groceries and more!  Please complete your form and give it to Tracy in the office with payment attached.  Orders placed by 5:00 Monday will be available for pick up after 3:00 Thursday.


    Spring Picture Day
    Spring Picture Day and our All=School Photo will be on Wednesday, May 2nd.
    Spring Photos are fun, Spring themed portraits.
    Students will ONLY get their picture taken if they have an order envelope with payment on picture day.
    The All-School photo will also be available for purchase.
    Order envelopes will be sent home on Wednesday, April 25th

    Art Night
    Lewis School’s 29th Annual Art Night is right around the corner.
    Thursday, May 3rd at 6:30pm

    Part of the Lewis Art Night tradition is our Paint Brush Café`, where you can purchase a slice of a gourmet dessert and sit down to enjoy music performances from our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

    We need your help to make this happen!
    We need donations of store bought, gourmet desserts (these will not be needed till the day of Art Night), and we need volunteers to run the Café’. 

    Time slots are quick and easy 30 minute increments so you will still have plenty of time to stroll the halls, take in all of our amazing art presented by our student docents, and listen to the music performances.
    Proceeds from the Paint Brush Café` support our art program.
    Here’s the link to our Sign-Up Genius to sign up for a time slot:
    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44a9a82ea31-paint

    Questions?
    Please contact Tracy in the school office 503-916-6360 or tgiordano@pps.net
     

    Artwork Fundraiser 2017-2018 Continues!
    Today is the last day to order for Mother’s Day!!!!!
    Shop your child's artwork by April 25th and it will be delivered by Mother's Day!
    https://shop.silvergraphics.com/
    username: Lewis
    password: L3wis2017

    Go to your teacher and find your child's artwork.  33% profits still go to Lewis PTA!

    Enrichment at Lewis
    Check out the extracurricular and enrichment activities that are happening at Lewis!  STEAM, Spanish, coding, basketball, and more! Read all about it at  https://www.lewispta.org/enrichment"


    Bottle Drop Update
    BottleDrop has raised over $1000 so far for Lewis PTA! We’ll be collecting blue bags twice a month now: the first and third Thursday of every month. The next drop off will be Thursday, April 19th. Pick up a blue bag in the office, fill up with clean returnable bottles, drop off in front of Lewis before school.

    Did you know you can turn the blue bags in yourself? Fill a blue bag, go by any Bottle Drop location, including the one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King and Linwood!  Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan open the drop off door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money!

    Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on what containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.
     

    Be SMART presentation    Thursday, April 26th, 6pm
    Come join us at this PTA sponsored educational event on how to prevent child gun deaths. Be SMART is a non-political presentation for adults about how we can keep our kids safer from unintentional shootings and suicide by introducing basic steps to parenting and everyday life. Learn more at the presentation and at besmartforkids.org.

     

    Help us welcome new kindergarten families to Lewis!
    Do you have Lewis t-shirts your kids have outgrown? Maybe you have an adult Lewis t-shirt you no longer wear? Don't take them to Goodwill - we want to pass them on to incoming kindergartners and their families! Please bring any unwanted Lewis t-shirts to the office between now and May 17th and we will pass them on to an incoming Lewis family who will give them a second life. Donations of all sizes are welcome and appreciated!


    Community meeting, Thursday, May 10 @ 6pm
    Lewis is at a pivotal moment regarding funding available for staffing. Next year Lewis will see a reduction of 3 full-time equivalent positions. To off-set the reduction in future years and maintain the programs that Lewis families are used to, a school foundation can be established with the support of families.
    Join the discussion about what a school foundation can do and help think about what it might look like for Lewis.
    The meeting will take place in the library, with free childcare provided in the cafeteria.


    Save the date!  Lewis Dines Out at Pizza Roma May 8th & 9
    Pizza Roma will donate 20% of all sales to Lewis!

    Dine-In, Take-Out & Delivery!
    ***You MUST present a flyer at the time of your order.  We will send flyers   home with the newsletter next week

    Proceeds from Lewis Dines Out go towards the Teacher Class Projects funds - support our teachers, their creativity, those great projects for our kids and one of our community partners and grab a slice or a whole pie!

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...

    April 25, 2018


    Notes from Ms. Canales- 2nd-3rd Grade

    April continues to be a fabulous month for room 16!
    What are we up to?
    -Reading: We are working through our Character Studies unit. Right now we are reading Because of Winn-Dixie and analyzing characters thoughts and actions to deeply comprehend the text.
    -Writing: We are just about finished up publishing our information writing. Look for that in the hallway soon! We are spending a few weeks on poetry! Right now students are working on there Where I’m From poems.
    -Social Studies: our Vanport unit continues. We are in the middle of viewing Oregon Experience: Vanport by OPB. We are taking notes as we watch and writing about what we learn.
    -Math: 2nd graders are working on Unit 5. They are focused on multi-digit addition and subtraction, place value, and money. 3rd graders are focusing on multiplication and division strategies.
    -Science: We are finishing up our Changes unit where we will explore the scientific concepts behind changes we see everyday. We’ve been discussing states of matter and experimenting with different solids and liquids.

    Reminders
    3rd graders are taking their Smarter Balanced tests over the next few weeks. Please send them to school rested and ready to do their best!
    Sign up to volunteer in room 16! There is a sign up sheet posted by our classroom door.
    Check out our DonorsChoose page if you’d like to help fund some projects for our classroom. Right now we have one project up for balance ball seats and another project for more wobble stools! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! Our page website is:
    https://www.donorschoose.org/cassiecanales


    Notes from Mr. Hansen/Ms. Brenan - 3nd Grade

    Dear Room 10 family,
    We made it through the first part of testing pretty smoothly.  Students were super patient as they learned how to use the new-to-them interface and worked hard to do their best.  You should be very proud of them.  Next week we will be starting some Math testing but we have not landed on the date.  We will send out a notice as soon as we know.
    Some upcoming dates to remember.  On May 3rd we will have our annual Art Night.  Sign-ups for docent shifts will come home soon.  On May 4th we will be walking to Reed College for our final Math sessions with the college mathematicians.  If you are interested in joining us please contact Mark or Jill.
    Best,  Mark


    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    Wow! It feels like Summer out there. We still have plenty of school left, however, and a lot of work to be done. Over the past two weeks, students worked on the English Language Arts portion of the Smarter Balanced state testing. They handled it with confidence and I was very proud of their perseverance. The math portion of the test will begin the week of May 7th.

    We have been working hard to complete several art projects for Art Night, which is next Thursday, May 3rd from 6:30 - 8:00*. The pieces have come together so nicely and I can’t wait to see the students show them off. If your student would like to serve as a docent for the evening, please return the green form that is going home today. *The original form that was sent out last week had the wrong times. I apologize for the inconvenience. I will email families that have already returned to form to see if we can just bump them back by half an hour.

    Next Thursday, we will have visitors from Sunnyside Environmental School taking us on a “wildlife tour.” Also next week, on Friday, we will be taking a walking field trip to Reed College for one last lesson with our guest mathematicians, Sarah and Miranda. We have space to take a few volunteers, please let me know if you’re interested in joining us. We will be leaving around 12:30 and back before pickup.

    In math, we are starting a new unit on fractions, money, and probability. Coincidentally, we are the class that will be collecting and recording the change that is brought in for the Leukemia & Lymphoma drive, so the kids will get lots of practice working with the real deal.

    Our Character Studies reading unit is just getting going and the students are excited to be focused on fiction after working so hard our non fiction unit.

    During Social Studies, students are digging deeper into Vanport as we continue to learn about the importance the unique city played in Portland’s history.

    They have been working on some amazing poetry during writing. I’ve been impressed by their thoughtful reflections while writing to complete their “I Am From” poems.

    Please help your students to remember a water bottle each day. As the temperature goes up outside, so does the temperature in our classroom. Going to the water fountain has become a work avoidance tactic for some students that I would like to curtail. Thank you for all of the support you give your students. They really are a great bunch and I feel lucky to spend my days with them.


    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    Last week, we took a walking field trip to Reed College.  We were able to view the campus, some of the biology labs, the fish ladder, the canyon, the nuclear reactor, and the bouncy bridge!  It was a full day of walking but the weather was perfect!  On Monday, we traveled back in time through Oregon's past at the Oregon Historical Society where we were able to see 9,000 year old sandals that belonged to a Native American, a dugout canoe, preserved animals from Lewis & Clark's expedition, a real covered wagon, and a ton of other interesting artifacts!  This exhibit is being remodeled at the end of this month, so we were fortunate to sneak in before it closed.  I wanted to say thank you to all of the chaperones who were able to come with us on our field trips!  We couldn't have done it without you.

    We are continuing to work our way through our state testing.  Over the next two weeks, students will be working on the math portions of the test.  First, we will take the Math CAT which is a longer comprehensive assessment of students' math understanding.  Next week, students will take the Math Performance Task which is a shorter exam that focuses on problem solving strategies and how students communicate their mathematical thinking.

    Next Thursday is Art Night and I am on the look out for docents!  I will need about 9-12 docents for our pieces this year.  Please take a look at the form and sign up for an available time slot if you can.  Return your form by Monday.

    I hope you have had a chance to review your child's report card with them.  Please return the signed envelope to let me know it made it home.

    Enjoy this sunshine!!
    Ms. Elissa


    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    We have been working hard in Room 22 on three extraordinary projects for Lewis Elementary Art Night.  Please join us NEXT THURSDAY, May 3rd, from 6:30- 8 PM.  I will be sending home docent forms later this week if your child would like to sign up to be one of our class docents.

    A large portion of our class time the last few weeks has been taken up with the Smarter Balanced assessments.  Students will be taking their last assessment next week.

    Our Japanese American unit has begun!  Students have been divided into family groups, and this week they will find out if their applications to immigrate to the United States have been accepted.  They will learn about the history of early Asian immigration to our country and what travelling by boat in the 1920's would have been like.

    In literacy, we are starting our final novel study.  As a class, we are reading the classic mystery novel, "The Westing Game," by Ellen Raskin.  Students are working in "detective teams" to collect clues and try to solve the mystery first.

    Students really enjoyed proving the properties of triangles last week.  They had a lot of practice with finding the missing interior angle in a triangle.  This week, we are learning about coordinate points, symmetry, and reflecting shapes.  Students will be taking their Unit 4 post-assessment on Friday.  Please help your child be successful by making sure she/he is continuing to practice times tables facts for ten minutes each evening.

    Thank you to all the parents who joined us on our field trip to Reed College last week!  The kids really enjoyed it and we couldn't have gone without your assistance.

    Please get those signed report card envelopes back to me by the end of this week.  Thanks and I hope you are enjoying the sunshine!

     

    Notes from Mr. Richner- 4th-5th Grade

    Greetings!
    The first of the English language arts portions of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium standardized test consumed much of our Monday and Tuesday mornings last week. I have no way of knowing how kids scored; results won’t be available for months, but I do know how they approached the task. They were serious. They were focused. They used the strategies we had talked about in the week preceding the test. We are now into the second of the four tests. This test has kids reading some passages and then writing an essay over the course of several days. I have been working to keep most of our usual routines in motion; however, our days are more fragmented as testing and testing direction time gets inserted into the mix. Kids who have opted out are continuing to work on some independent activities during our testing time.

    We have been “on the road” a number of times during the past two weeks. Yesterday, we were on a Reed College campus tour led by the folks from Reed Science Outreach (bit.ly/RC-tour). We hiked through sunny Reed Canyon, visited a zebra fish lab, toured some buildings, and visited the rat colony before walking back to Lewis.

    Last Friday, we had a wonderful field trip to the Oregon Historical Society (bit.ly/team20-OHS-1 and bit.ly/team20-OHS-2). Fourth graders visited the Oregon My Oregon exhibit to learn more about Native American histories and westward expansion. Fifth graders visited the History Hub to learn more about Oregon’s diverse histories. There is plenty more to see there, and you can do so for free as a Multnomah county resident.

    We also made it to the Portland Youth Philharmonic at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (bit.ly/team20-PYP) and fifth graders visited Sellwood Middle School for an official welcome this morning.

    Looking ahead, Lewis Art Night is on May 3rd from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Your kid has the opportunity to be a docent in charge of explaining one of our pieces of art during Art Night. A flyer about docent sign-up went home yesterday. Please sign up by Monday, April 30th.

    Last, but not least, a Bike Safety flyer also went home yesterday. Please review it, indicate your kid’s lunch preference for our May 10th bike day, and return it and the waiver on the second page by Monday, April 30th. The folks from Bike Safety are asking for at least three volunteers from students’ families to assist with our bike day. If you are able to join us for a day of biking, please be sure to indicate that on the second form.

    Please follow us on Twitter @LewisRoom20 and at LewisRoom20.blogspot.com for photos and regular updates!
    Mark

     

    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    “Sun is shining, the weather is sweet” … Can’t you hear the sound of summer?! These fifth graders are soaking up the last few months of Lewis. We are having so much fun and are so busy, we can barely keep track of what day it is. Here are a few helpful updates to keep you in the loop…

    -Thursday, April 26th--We are headed to Reed College for the day. We will explore the canyon, visit the nuclear reactor, tour the buildings and dorms, experience science labs, and enjoy all that Reed has to offer. Thank you to parents who volunteered to join. I sent home a little slip of paper to tell you what time we are leaving.

    -Monday, April 30th-- First wave of Colonial America Home Projects are due. I have now sent home two papers (one white, one green) that explain the expectations. Please feel free to contact me with questions or wonderings.

    -Thursday, May 3rd-- Art Night. Your children have created so much beautiful art this year and they are excited to share it with you. I sent home Docent Sign Up Forms this week. Please encourage your children to sign up for a slot.

    -Wednesday, May 9th--Zenger Farm--Permission Slips will be sent home this week. We will need 5 parents to join us…

    -Friday, May 11th-- Bike Safety Day. More info to come later this week...

    *Please make sure your kiddos are prepared for all of the above dates (ie sack lunch, appropriate dress for the weather, signed permission slips, etc) I hope you have an amazing week and weekend. Make sure you allow for some time outside--soak up that vitamin d!

     

    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    Spring has sprung! It is so nice to have some warmer weather and the sun shining! With that, the classroom is getting warmer and the need for layers and water are important. Also, a number of kids are experiencing allergy symptoms and are pretty miserable. We will have windows open, as it can be unbearably warm, so if there is anything they need to take to help them manage, please keep that in mind. In Room 23, we are busy with testing, Colonial research and art! Next week brings our annual Art Night celebration. Students have been creating some really wonderful projects that will be displayed next Thursday. I will be sent docent forms home yesterday. I hope many students are able to participate and that you are able to come as see their efforts, as well as all the amazing art throughout the school, the musical groups featured and of course, dessert! Last week, we had a great time at Reed College touring the campus and spending time with Javin, our helper. This is our last week working with Reed College Science. They have done a great job and we appreciate our partnership with Reed College. Please look for a permission slip for two activities coming up. (Boy, have we had a lot of permission slips lately!) One, is for upcoming Bike Safety. Please get those back to me by Monday. Next, we have our final field trip to Zenger Farm for the year. We are going Monday, May 7th. Please get those permission slips back by Tuesday, May 1st. Thanks for all you do to support our efforts in school. I value our partnership greatly!

     

    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    This week for Science, students worked in groups to build two types of bridges. One bridge was a flat piece of paper spanning two cups, and the other bridge had a piece of paper folded like an accordion for extra support. Then students predicted which type would hold more coins, and most correctly guessed that the bridge with the fan support would be stronger. We are also still graphing the high and low temperatures each day, and recorded how much rain was in the rain gauge each of the rainy days we had. For Reading, leveled groups have Reading A-Z books about how things are built, like houses, cars, and airplanes, and they are working on literacy packets. For Math, we finished our story problems unit, and now are working on time, elapsed time, and money.  For Writing, students are doing research on new construction projects around Southeast Portland. Students have chosen projects like a new grocery store, a health center, and the recently common “multi-use” buildings that have retail on the first floor and apartments upstairs.

    We are also gearing up for Art Night. Look for information coming home soon about students signing up to be “docents” who spend 30 minute shifts explaining the art projects being exhibited by Room 7. One project is a slide-show of the Recycled City we built with Nancy Judd for our Right Brain project. Another project is a display of students’ watercolor settings and popsicle puppets, plus videos of their Fairy Tale Puppet shows. Our third exhibit is of springtime poetry and painted flowers in bloom.



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Weekly Newsletter               

    April 18, 2018              

     

    Upcoming Dates:
    Apr 19- Bottle Drop pick up 845am
    Apr 20- Plant order pick up 3-5pm
    Apr 21- Garden Fair 9-Noon
    Apr 26- Be Smart Presentation 6pm
    May 2- Coffee Talk with Emily 845am
    May 2- Spring Picture Day
    May 3- Art Night 630pm-8pm

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    And, finally, the sun is shining and it's starting to feel like spring! With spring, comes many events and busy calendars. This weekend, I encourage you to drop by the Garden Sale on Saturday morning. And, I hope you have Art Night in your calendar on May 3rd. It has been amazing to watch our teachers and student prepare for this big annual event--the deep teaching and instruction around artists, art techniques, and creative expression happening all around the building is beyond anything I've seen before at the elementary level. Yet another reason to deeply appreciate what it means to get a Lewis education!

    Music Notes from Mr. J
    Two weeks until Art Night! All groups are rehearsing this week at their regular times. 5th Grade Band Tuesday & Thursday from 3:00PM -4:00PM. 3rd Grade Recorder Club will meet Thursday from 8:00AM - 8:40AM. And The Boomin’ Beats will meet on Friday from 3:00PM - 4:00PM.

    Searching for Lewis Green Team Leader for 2018/2019 School Year
    Are you passionate about recycling and conservation? Lewis is a “Green” school because of our recycling and conservation efforts.  We’re looking for someone to lead a group of volunteers next year to coordinate Lewis’ green work.  If this is something you might be interested in, please email me at kgagnonwitter1@pps.net.  Thanks- Kathleen

    Spring Picture Day
    Spring Picture Day and our All=School Photo will be on Wednesday, May 2nd.
    Spring Photos are fun, Spring themed portraits.
    Students will ONLY get their picture taken if they have an order envelope with payment on picture day.
    The All-School photo will also be available for purchase.
    Order envelopes will be sent home on Wednesday, April 25th

    Art Night
    Lewis School’s 29th Annual Art Night is right around the corner.
    Thursday, May 3rd at 6:30pm
    Part of the Lewis Art Night tradition is our Paint Brush Café`, where you can purchase a slice of a gourmet dessert and sit down to enjoy music performances from our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.
    We need your help to make this happen!
    We need donations of store bought, gourmet desserts (these will not be needed till the day of Art Night), and we need volunteers to run the Café’. 

    Time slots are quick and easy 30 minute increments so you will still have plenty of time to stroll the halls, take in all of our amazing art presented by our student docents, and listen to the music performances.

    Proceeds from the Paint Brush Café` support our art program.
    Here’s the link to our Sign-Up Genius to sign up for a time slot:
    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44a9a82ea31-paint
    Questions?
    Please contact Tracy in the school office 503-916-6360 or tgiordano@pps.net
     

    Artwork Fundraiser 2017-2018 Continues!

    Shop your child's artwork by April 25th and it will be delivered by Mother's Day!
    https://shop.silvergraphics.com/
    username: Lewis
    password: L3wis2017
    Go to your teacher and find your child's artwork.  33% profits still go to Lewis PTA!

    Enrichment at Lewis
    Check out the extracurricular and enrichment activities that are happening at Lewis!  STEAM, Spanish, coding, basketball, and more! Read all about it at  https://www.lewispta.org/enrichment"


    Bottle Drop Update
    BottleDrop has raised over $1000 so far for Lewis PTA! We’ll be collecting blue bags twice a month now: the first and third Thursday of every month. The next drop off will be Thursday, April 19th. Pick up a blue bag in the office, fill up with clean returnable bottles, drop off in front of Lewis before school.

    Did you know you can turn the blue bags in yourself? Fill a blue bag, go by any Bottle Drop location, including the one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King and Linwood!  Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan open the drop off door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money!

    Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on what containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.
     

    Be SMART presentation
    Thursday, April 26th, 6pm
    Come join us at this PTA sponsored educational event on how to prevent child gun deaths. Be SMART is a non-political presentation for adults about how we can keep our kids safer from unintentional shootings and suicide by introducing basic steps to parenting and everyday life. Learn more at the presentation and at besmartforkids.org.

    EARTH DAY FAIR April 21st 9AM-12PM!

    GARDEN FAIR
    Saturday, April 21st 9AM-12PM

    This year's Garden Fair is going to be full of fun activities and treats, including:
    An I Spy scavenger hunt through the Lewis garden
    Kid’s crafts
    Expert advice from gardening gurus - bring your most challenging gardening questions!
    Italian sodas, pastries and hot beverages for sale
    Plants galore and more!

    We still need some volunteers to help prep the event on Friday and staff it on Saturday. Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-garden

    And if you can donate STORE BOUGHT pastries or baked goods for the pastry table, please sign up at this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-garden1

    We're still looking for plant donations! Now is the time to pot up those extra plants to donate to the sale. If you need pots, you’ll find some in a wagon near the office, and if you have extra pots, leave them in the wagon for others. We'll be collecting the plants the morning of Friday April 20th at drop off and again in the afternoon at pick-up.
    *Drop off plant donations Thursday at drop off and after school, and Friday at drop off and after school.  Drop off those plants at the SE Glenwood entrance.

    Learn more about the Garden Fair at the PTA website: https://www.lewispta.org/earth-day-fair

    And most important: Bring friends, share on social media, and come and by plants for an amazing and bountiful gardening season!


    April 22, 2018 - Sellwood Middle School Foundation 5K Run/Walk for Education.
    All proceeds benefit the SELLWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOUNDATION which raises funds to support the amazing Elective Programs at Sellwood Middle School. Race registration is $25 and t-shirts will be available for purchase on-site. Raffle tickets for great prizes from local businesses are $5 each or 5/$20. To register online or for more information, please go to https://sellwoodmiddle.ejoinme.org or contact Lemmy Cooper with questions at lemmy.cooper@gmail.com

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...

    April 18, 2018

     

    Notes from Ms. Allen - Kindergarten
    Ms. Allen will be sending her classroom notes with her students soon.


    Notes from Ms. Kennedy - Kindergarten
    Hello Room 4 families! Ms. Connolly and I were so impressed with the most recent batch of Weekend News entries. Children have so much to share and now have a whole host of tools to help them be successful. Students know to collect all their writing supplies, including their personal dictionary and Word Ring, and get settled to write. They are doing a beautiful job of extending their thinking beyond one or two sentences. We’ve even seen labeled illustrations that really add to the work. Please encourage your child to write at home. It can be a personal narrative, a how-to piece, or something about unicorns. Unicorns are an especially popular topic this spring. We learned that the narwhal tusk was once thought to be that of the illusive unicorn, when in fact it is a giant tooth! Last week, several students took their K’nex pieces into the hallway in order to measure 10 feet, the length of some of the biggest narwhal tusks.

    Speaking of measurement, this month’s calendar follows the pattern of time, weight, temperature and length. Each day shows a different method to measure a variety of common things: a wristwatch, a grocery scale, an outdoor thermometer, a ruler. The wooden cuckoo clock had quite a few people stumped. That isn’t a very familiar item unless you watch The Sound of Music!

    The exciting news of the week has to be that we are all going on a field trip to the Oregon Children’s Theatre! Around 10:30, everyone will be having the first part of their lunch in the classroom. After a bathroom break, we’ll board the school bus and be on our way at 11:00am. The bus will be packed with 63 kindergarteners and their teachers. Thank you in advance to the brave volunteers who are joining us! You are encouraged to meet outside the classrooms and carpool to the theater. Please be at the Winningstad Theatre on 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205 by 11:20. From 11:30am-12:30pm, we’ll be seeing The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. “Eric Carle's iconic creatures from four different stories crawl from page to stage with the help of a marvelous menagerie of 75 magical puppets.” If you weren’t able to join us for the afternoon performance, the presentation continues through May 20th. Click on this link to buy tickets http://www.octc.org/hungry-caterpillar

    In the meantime, we continue our Words Their Way study, as well as Reading Workshop and Math. Every day we try to add another element to the art work that is being created for the fabulous Lewis Art Night on Thursday, May 3rd. When my children were in kindergarten and first grade, they loved to dress up for the event: crowns, capes, clunky jewelry, fancy hats and
    shiny shoes. You might want to start looking through the dress-up box pretty soon!

    Weekly photos posted https://mskennedyroom4.blogspot.com/ Thank you one and all!
     

    Notes from Teacher Leslie - Kindergarten
    Hi Families!
    Here are some exciting things happening in Room 2:

    Mystery Science - We are having a blast exploring and learning with Mystery Science.  This is a program that provides ready-made science mysteries for elementary school students.  Each lesson contains a central mystery, discussion questions, supplemental reading, and hands-on activity.  We are currently working in a unit called Force Olympics. This unit helps students develop their first concept of “force” and the idea that by playing with forces and thinking about them, we can accomplish surprisingly big things.   Last week our mystery asked the question “How can we protect a mountain town from falling rocks?” Ask your student about how they placed their push pin towers to prevent the ping pong ball from knocking over their town.

    Technology - This week in Technology we learned about Google Slides.  Students partnered up to make a slideshow about themselves. They learned how to make a title, type in slides and insert a picture. 

    Writing - This week we have been working hard on our handwriting skills.  We are reviewing how to form each letter correctly and concentrating on using lowercase letters in our writing.  Follow this link for a document explaining the language we use in the classroom around handwriting.  I encourage you to practice with your student at home!

    Art - Last week we learned about the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, who is best known for his abstract paintings.  We then used tempera paint and oil pastels to create our own Mondrian style painting. Make sure to check them out at Art Night on Thursday May 3rd!  We will have student Docents there to explain our art during Art Night. I will be sending more information about how to be a docent and where to sign up home soon! 

    Field Trip - We are so excited for our field trip to the Oregon Children’s Theater this Friday.  Chaperones will need to meet us there since there will be no room on the bus. I encourage you to meet at school beforehand and carpool over! 
     

    Notes from Teacher Dana -- 1st Grade
    Teacher Dana will resume classroom notes when she returns.

    Notes from Mrs. Logue - 1st Grade
    Last Friday was a busy time for teachers preparing third quarter report cards. For me, it is an awesome opportunity to look at your whole child and observe the growth that has happened this year. This is one of the many reasons I love to teach First Grade!

    In math this week, we continue to study penguins and build on our understanding of inches, pounds, comparisons and of the places penguins live around the world! In science, we have finished our Pebbles, Sand and Silt Unit and  are now embarking on our final science unit, Insects! Students are excited and come with a lot of background knowledge to further enrich our studies! Our "Science Lab" has factual books, magnifying glasses, journals, painted lady caterpillars, crickets and individual containers of meal worms for each child to observe and keep care of. We will record changes, do scientific drawings and learn the body parts of insects, (there are three of them!).

    The annual Lewis Garden Fair takes place April 23th and it is a wonderful celebration and fundraiser for Lewis. Through out the year, many people work hard to make our grounds more beautiful and healthy and thanks to to our Garden Coordinator and Teacher, Kathleen Witter, we are able to host this fundraiser! Please plan to attend and purchase plants and garden art. Monday, April 23 is our Field trip to Tryon Creek State Park. If you have not returned your signed permission slip please do so as soon as possible.

    Hoping to get more volunteers in the classroom this final quarter of first grade! Please remember to let me know when you can volunteer. We need you, no matter the duration, organize books, classroom supplies, wipe down surfaces, encourage and connect with students, play at recess, help during P.E. or library. If you have any questions, please contact me at abuckley.pps.net and check out classroom photos at mrslogue.wordpress.com
    Twitter@AnneAbuckley

    Notes from Mrs. Jamesbarry - 1st Grade
    April seems to be flying by, which means there are a lot of things happening in the coming weeks! We will be off to Tryon Creek on Monday morning, April 23rd. Most of the permission slips are in - but if you haven’t returned yours yet, please do so ASAP. We will taking a 45 minute hike in the woods - so please help your student dress for the weather. Although it may be as warm as 70 degrees, we will be in the woods, so long pants are recommended. We will be eating lunch there- picnic style. Please send a drink (with lunch) as there are limited drinking fountains and the kids are sure to get thirsty. We will be looking closely at insects and plants, as well as talking about adaptations. It’s always a lot of fun!

    Up next is Art Night! Lewis will be hosting our annual Art Night on Thursday, May 3rd from 6:00- 8:00. Each year students present their art to the community. So plan on getting dressed up and head on over to view  the fantastic art projects done by students throughout the school. Don’t miss the music performances and dessert happening in the cafeteria! I will be sending home a student docent sign-up next week.

    Finally, in the classroom we continue to read and write nonfiction. Some of the kiddos are having a difficult time coming ups with ideas for All About books. It would be super helpful if families could talk through possible topics for All About Books. This can be on just about anything (although I’m really trying to steer kids away from video game topics) from family, to places you’ve traveled to, to special interests like animals, music, games, people, toys, etc… Thanks so much!
    Cheers! Ms. Sarah
     

    Notes from Ms. Murphy - 2nd Grade
    We have had an exciting couple of weeks.  Last week, OMSI came to our class with an interactive lesson called COWABUNGA CHEMISTRY.  The students learned about a Polymer, which is neither solid or liquid.  Can you guess what we made? You got it!  Slime! 

    Last Tuesday, we were invited to see the Talent Show rehearsal. Three of our classmates were actually in the show and they were all fabulous!  I hope everyone enjoyed the actual show last Thursday.

    Writing:  Each student published their favorite poems last week.  Students have learned how poets use line breaks, repeat words, use certain vocabulary to help the reader visualize and we are learning to read out poems to an audience as well.  The class revised and edited their poems before they typed their first publish piece.  We are hoping to get the up in the hallway soon.

    Math:  We have started our fifth unit!  This unit is focusing on larger numbers, problem solving, and the number line.  This past week we have been solving story problems using addition, subtraction, finding the difference, half, twice as many and three times as many.  The kids will be creating their own story problems involving presents and parcels this week!  We are continuing to work on telling time.  Please support this at home as well!

    Reading:  The past few weeks we are getting ourselves ready for starting our next unit on Series Book Clubs.  The mini unit we are focuing on now involves brushing up our skills as reaers by using expression, reading in longer phrases, reading to the mood and reading like the characters.  It has been so much fun for the kids to share their reading with their partners and then with the group.  We are also trying to spend more LEXIA in class.  I want to invite you to do LEXIA at home as well.  Please email me if you need login information to do LEXIA at home.


    Notes from Ms. Leake- 2nd Grade
    There is nothing that we as adult readers like better than to pick up the latest book by our favorite author.  Children are the same. Whether your child is a fan of the characters in the Magic Bone, Owl Diaries, or Stink and Judy Moody, it is almost impossible not to fall in love with these characters when they find themselves in challenging predicaments over and over again. This week, we begin our next Unit of Study called Series Book Clubs. Children will welcome the opportunity to read a lot of books about a favorite old or new character.  Series books provide a safe, supportive context for thinking about characters and the author's message. They also allow children to do some break through work with reading skills. As children become more familiar with the characters, their thinking will become more insightful. Readers will challenge each other to compare and contrast information they've read about the characters as they read across the series. Look for your child to choose a series  to read and share their insight about the characters with you.

    Writing About Reading is our next Unit of Study in writing.  This unit works well with the Series Book Clubs reading unit.  Children will learn to write about beloved books in ways that persuade others to love the books as much as they do.  Students will have opportunities to share their opinions about characters as they write letters to their classmates. The goal of this unit is to help children learn to state clear opinions and support these ideas with evidence from the text.  Writers must introduce the book they are writing about, supply reasons that support their opinions, and provide a concluding statement or section. This unit brings a renewed energy to the writers' workshop because students can't wait to convince classmates to read their books.



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Weekly Letter               

    April 11, 2018              

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    Apr 12- Talent Show 6:30pm
    Apr 13- No School for Students, Teacher Planning Day
    Apr 18- Late Start- Monochromatic Day
    Apr 19- Bottle Drop pick up 845am
    Apr 20- Plant order pick up 3-5pm
    Apr 21- Garden Fair 9-Noon


    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    It was wonderful to preview the many talents of our students this week at the Talent Show dress rehearsal. I encourage you to come be wowed and entertained by the songs, dances, and jokes of our kiddos Thursday night at 6:30! This week at the PTA meeting, I shared a short presentation on our Balanced Literacy model (the way we teach reading and writing at Lewis). If you were not able to make the meeting, but are interested in taking a peek at the presentation, you can access it here. Also, please remember that there is no school for students on Friday—it is a Teacher Planning Day. This Friday, teachers will be working on completing 3rd quarter report cards. The report cards should come home with students on Friday, April 20th. After reviewing your child’s report card, if you have any questions about his/her progress, please do not hesitate to contact your teacher for more detailed information.
     

    Enrichment at Lewis
    Check out the extracurricular and enrichment activities that are happening at Lewis!  STEAM, Spanish, coding, basketball, and more! Read all about it at  https://www.lewispta.org/enrichment


    Bottle Drop Update
    BottleDrop has raised over $1000 so far for Lewis PTA! We’ll be collecting blue bags twice a month now: the first and third Thursday of every month. The next drop off will be Thursday, April 19th. Pick up a blue bag in the office, fill up with clean returnable bottles, drop off in front of Lewis before school.

    Did you know you can turn the blue bags in yourself? Fill a blue bag, go by any Bottle Drop location, including the one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King and Linwood!  Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan open the drop off door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money!

    Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on what containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.
     

    Be SMART presentation
    Thursday, April 26th, 6pm
    Come join us at this PTA sponsored educational event on how to prevent child gun deaths. Be SMART is a non-political presentation for adults about how we can keep our kids safer from unintentional shootings and suicide by introducing basic steps to parenting and everyday life. Learn more at the presentation and at besmartforkids.org.

     

    Congratulations, Welcome and a big Thank You to our PTA Board Members~
    We want to send a huge note of appreciation to our 2017-2018 PTA Board members, Ellen, Claire, Sarah, Dan, Kendyl, Foy, Zicra and Derica, for all of their efforts on behalf of our students and community this year.

    And we would like to welcome our 2018-2019 PTA Board Members~

    Co-Presidents: Claire Giesige and Kendyl Watts
    Vice President: Cyndi Redmond
    Secretary: Jen Barnes
    Treasurer: Sarah Buckley
    Auditor: Derica Waller
    Fundraising Coordinator: Tracy Giordano

    Thank you to everyone for all you continue to do!


    Nominate your Teacher as Educator of the Year - Click here to learn more!
    https://www.lewispta.org/we-love-lewis-teachers


    EARTH DAY FAIR April 21st 9AM-12PM!
    This year's Garden Fair is going to be full of fun activities and treats, including:

    An I Spy scavenger hunt through the Lewis garden
    Kid’s crafts
    Expert advice from gardening gurus - bring your most challenging gardening questions!
    Italian sodas, pastries and hot beverages for sale
    Plants galore and more!

    We still need some volunteers to help prep the event on Friday and staff it on Saturday. Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-garden

    And if you can donate STORE BOUGHT pastries or baked goods for the pastry table, please sign up at this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-garden1

    We're still looking for plant donations! Now is the time to pot up those extra plants to donate to the sale. If you need pots, you’ll find some in a wagon near the office, and if you have extra pots, leave them in the wagon for others. We'll be collecting the plants the morning of Friday April 20th at drop off and again in the afternoon at pick-up.

    Learn more about the Garden Fair at the PTA website: https://www.lewispta.org/earth-day-fair

    And most important: Bring friends, share on social media, and come and by plants for an amazing and bountiful gardening season!

     

    SCIENCEPALOOZA! Lewis Family STEAM Night – postponed until October 2018

     

    Lewis Shops, and Fundraisers, at Sugar Threads!
    Lewis parent Jo Sampson, owner of Sugar Threads, is giving back to Lewis!
    Sugar Threads is a local clothing boutique offering comfortable, affordable clothing for women and kids!

    Date: Sunday, April 15th
    Hours: 11-3
    20% of purchases donated to Lewis Elementary

    Address: 6021 SE 72nd Ave
    www.shopsugarthreads.com

     

    April 22, 2018 - Sellwood Middle School Foundation 5K Run/Walk for Education.
    All proceeds benefit the SELLWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOUNDATION which raises funds to support the amazing Elective Programs at Sellwood Middle School. Race registration is $25 and t-shirts will be available for purchase on-site. Raffle tickets for great prizes from local businesses are $5 each or 5/$20. To register online or for more information, please go to https://sellwoodmiddle.ejoinme.org or contact Lemmy Cooper with questions at lemmy.cooper@gmail.com

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...

    April 11, 2018

    Notes from Ms. Canales- 2nd-3rd Grade

    April has been an amazing month so far in room 16!

    What are we up to?
    Reading: We just wrapped up our Reading to Learn nonfiction unit. Now we are starting Character Studies which focuses on deep comprehension skills related to paying close attention to characters and their thoughts/motivations/actions.
    Writing: We are publishing our information writing!
    Social Studies: our Vanport unit continues. We just finished thinking, discussing and writing about 6 different images from Vanport. We will be moving to notetaking and watching a documentary on Vanport next.
    Math: 2nd graders are working on Unit 5. They are focused on multi-digit addition and subtraction, place value, and money. 3rd graders are focusing on multiplication and division strategies.
    Science: We are finishing up our Changes unit where we will explore the scientific concepts behind changes we see everyday. We’ve been discussing states of matter and experimenting with different solids and liquids.

    Reminders
    3rd graders are taking their Smarter Balanced tests over the next few weeks. Please send them to school rested and ready to do their best!
    Sign up to volunteer in room 16! There is a sign up sheet posted by our classroom door.

    Notes from Mr. Hansen/Ms. Brenan - 3nd Grade

    In March we launched an in-depth unit on Vanport, an important -- but often overlooked -- part of Portland’s history. The unit explores Vanport through six lenses: the shipyard, Vanport City, the people, life in Vanport, the flood, and the aftermath. The focus of the unit is to build understanding around how multifaceted the people and life of Vanport were and sheds light on Portland’s racial past, bringing awareness to redlining, segregation, and exclusionary practices.

    Our initial work focused on a rich collection of historical photographs and prompted some great discussions and inquiries. Many of these questions led us to OPB’s video, Oregon Experience: Vanport. This 60-minute video is a great resource and provided the kids with opportunities to deepen their understanding while practicing note-taking and paraphrasing skills. In the coming weeks, we’ll extend our learning through the analysis of song lyrics, in-depth readings, and letter-writing. If you haven’t seen the Vanport video and are interested in checking it out, you can find it on OPB’s website: https://www.opb.org/television/programs/oregonexperience/segment/vanport/

    Later this month, on April 21, Multnomah County’s Midland Library will host a free performance of Our Story: Vanport, the Musical. Your child will bring notice home this week. Information can be also be found on the Multnomah County Library’s website.

    Finally, this week marked the start of the State’s Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts. We’ll continue testing throughout the week (and possibly next) until the students finish. Please make sure your student receives a good night's sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and is at school on time each day.

    We spent a little time last week going through the practice site to familiarize them with the testing format and give them a sense of what to expect. We’ve also talked with them about doing their best work, without putting any undue pressure on themselves.

    Thank you. Please reach out if you have any questions. Jill

    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    This time of year always amazes me because it seems to fly past so fast. There is a lot we will be packing into the last two months of school. There was a lot of energy in the class last week, which resulted in assigned carpet spots, among other changes. We had big talks about being respectful and doing their best to make sure they, as well as their classmates are able to do their best learning. This week has gone much smoother. Thank you to everyone who has help to reinforce the high expectations I have for them, as well as our school rules.

    Writing: This week we are doing final edits and then publishing our non-fiction pieces. From black holes to Larry Bird to the Titanic, these kids have taught me a lot with their writing. April is poetry month, so after the long weekend, we will be doing a mini poetry unit.

    Math: The kids have become whizzes at adding and subtracting large numbers using multiple methods, including the traditional algorithms. Up next, we will be working on fractions.

    Social Studies: We watched a fascinating OPB documentary last week on Vanport and worked on note taking and then turning those notes into complete sentences. Ask them to teach you a little about the city and what happened to what was once a thriving community.

    Science: We took a break from science, but hopefully, will be working to wrap up some more experiments on states of matter within the next week or so.

    Art: Art Night is May 3rd and we will be working to complete several lovely pieces. It is such a special night, I can’t wait to see all of the installments.

    Testing: We started the first round of our state testing yesterday and the kids did great. Thank you for making sure they were all at school on time, well rested, with full tummies. Next week we will work on the ELA performance task and then the math portion will be given the first part of May.

    Reminders

    No school this Friday as it is a teacher planning day
    Walking field trip to Reed College on May 4th.  Please return the permission slip I sent home regarding Scratch accounts.
    I’m excited for these last few months with these amazing kiddos.

    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    Students are finishing up the ELA CAT (Reading) portion of the Smarter Balanced Assessment this week.  Next week, students will take the Writing Performance task which asks them to read several articles and do a longer writing piece about them.  We will examine the practice test online to get our minds prepared for the task ahead.

    In math, we are taking a deeper look at geometry by measuring angles with protractors, and learning some of the unique properties of triangles.  Protractors can be a tricky tool, but students have been having a lot of fun with them so far!

    In writing, students are revising, editing, and getting ready to publish their persuasive essays.  Get ready to be persuaded!  There are some very convincing arguments being crafted in here.

    Our field trips are approaching soon!  We will walk to Reed College on Friday, April 20th to take a tour of the campus, see the reactor, and look at the fish ladder.  On Monday, April 23rd, we will take a school bus to the Oregon Historical Society to tour the Oregon, My Oregon exhibit.  If you signed up to be a chaperone, look for an email from me later this week!

    Finally, we are gearing up to launch our Japanese American unit next week!  We will be doing a lot of creating during this unit, so if you have popsicle sticks, empty spools, foil, beads, pipe cleaners, or any other odds and ends lying around, please send them in!

    Thank you for all that you do!  Ms. Elissa

    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    I hope you and your family had a lovely and restful Spring Break!  Here's the news from Room 22:

    Math:  We began our new geometry unit last week.  Students have been learning about how to measure angles with pattern blocks and with a protractor.  Next week, we will be studying the interior angles of triangles.  Times tables quizzes are now twice a week.  Please help your child be successful by having him/her practice for ten minutes each evening.

    Reading:  This week and next week, students are taking the English Language Arts portions of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Please make sure your child is arriving to school on time and well-rested.

    Writing:  Students are currently working on rough drafts of their persuasive essays.  They are adding in more evidence and revising their writing prior to typing final drafts next week.

    Social Studies:  Last week, students presented their timeline markers about Black History in Oregon.  On Friday, we watched a documentary on OPB about the same topic.  We will be starting our Japanese American unit next week.

    Thanks to everyone who joined us on our field trip to the Oregon Historical Society today!  The History Hub is a fabulous exhibit that is all about Oregon's diverse history. 

    Next Friday, April 20th, we will be taking a walking field trip with Ms. Elissa’s class down to Reed College.  We will be taking a campus tour and visiting science laboratories.We will leave Lewis at 9:00 AM and return around 1:30 PM.  Students will be bringing lunches with them and eating on the college campus.

    The trip is free and we can bring as many chaperones as we want!  As we will be divided into two groups, the more adults the better.  If you would like to join us, please email me at arotwein@pps.net to let me know. 

    Notes from Mr. Richner- 4th-5th Grade

    Greetings!

    We had an absolutely delightful time at outdoor science camp at Camp Trickle Creek last week. The weather cooperated nicely. We hiked. We did nature activities. We had a lovely campfire and songs. All in all, it was an outstanding outing. I hope you heard the stories. Here are some photos from camp (bit.ly/sci-camp). Back at school, kids shared their favorite episodes from camp through a creative dramatics activity called freeze frame. Thank you to Mrs. Zimmerman for teaching our fourth graders while we were away. They were abuzz with stories of art activities, science, and circuits when we returned!

    Looking ahead, we have a number of field trips scheduled…so have your team t-shirt ready! We are off to see the Portland Youth Philharmonic at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall this Wednesday. Then we head to the Oregon Historical Society on the 20th. You are welcome to join us for a Reed College campus tour on Tuesday, April 24th, sponsored by the folks at Reed Science Outreach. They will show us some chemistry demonstrations, we’ll get a tour of the nuclear reactor, check out some of the biology labs, and get a campus and dorm tour. We will leave Lewis at 9:00 a.m. and return after eating lunch on the campus. We should be back to Lewis at around 1:30. We will need a couple of chaperones to make the trip a go. Please RSVP to let me know if you can attend by Monday, April 16th. A fourth trip is for the fifth graders to visit Sellwood Middle School on Wednesday, April 25th. Please also have this permission slip signed and returned by Monday, April 16th. They will be welcomed in the gym and then head out on tours led by middle school student leaders.

    The first of four rounds of state standardized testing will begin next week. Please have your kid to school well rested and with a good breakfast in them. We are working through some practice tests as a team so that kids have an idea of how the first tests will be administered and formatted and what sort of questions to expect. If you are planning to opt your child out of state standardized testing, you may get a form from the school office or via this link (bit.ly/SBAC-OPT-OUT). Opt out forms must be turned in by Monday morning. Kids who have opted out will be working on some alternate activities during our testing time.

    Please follow us on Twitter @LewisRoom20 and at LewisRoom20.blogspot.com for photos and regular updates!   Mark

    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    Science Camp was a complete success and we had a blast!  The weather was great and the scenery was beautiful. We hiked, explored nature, and experienced engaging science lessons.  Thank you to everyone for fundraising and working hard to make this all possible. Don’t forget to send camp tuition checks my way.  Please make checks payable to Lewis Elementary or pay online.

    For these last few months of school I will try to keep you updated each Wednesday with upcoming events. Find these updates on our classroom blog...

    -We are scheduled to begin the Smarter Balanced Assessment this week.  Please contact me with questions, comments, or concerns.

    -No school this Friday, April 13th.  It is a teacher work day since we are at the end of our 3rd quarter.  Report cards will go home next week. If you still have the report card envelope from last quarter, please make sure you sign and return those.  I am only missing a few

    -We also need volunteers for our upcoming walking field trip on Thursday, April 26th. We will visit Reed College for a campus tour. We’ll get a tour of the science labs, the nuclear reactor, and the dorms.  A few of our Reedies volunteered to show us a few chemistry demonstrations too! We will leave Lewis at 9:00am and return after eating lunch on campus.  We will be back to school by 2:00pm. Please let me know if you are able to join us.

    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    Happy Wednesday to you all! First, let me say what a wonderful time we had at camp. It was so great to see the learning and fun that was had! It was also so nice for us to bond as a community and to be able to play together, sing and be silly! Thank you all for doing your part to make it happen. Today we went on another adventure, which was a lot of fun! We journeyed to the Portland Youth Philharmonic and it was great! Such talent! This week we also got to see a preview of the Talent Show, which was terrific! Hopefully you can come see the show on Thursday night at 6:30. We started state testing this week. We began with the science portion this week. We will continue next week and throughout the coming weeks, until we are finished. If  you have any questions about testing, or the testing schedule, please let me know. Speaking of assessments, we have will be working on report cards Friday, so there isn't school that day. I want to let you know about an upcoming walking field trip we have next week. Thursday, we will be walking to Reed College to visit the campus and do a tour. You are welcome to join us. I will send a note home soon with specifics. I know we are going in the morning, but don't have the time, yet. Also, look for a permission slip coming home about a trip 5th grade is taking to visit Sellwood. We will be going on April 25th. We need to have that slip signed and returned right away. Man, is there a lot happening! Thank you all for everything you do. I love working with this group of kids!

    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    During Share Time this week, students are sharing their passages about their favorite kind of weather. They also made rainbows and drew pictures of something they like to do in their favorite weather, and these are on display on the bulletin board at end of primary hallway. For Math, we are working on a story problems unit, plus doing end of grading period assessments. For Writing, students are working on High-Frequency Words, Edit-It packets, and Grammar and Writing Practice. For Science, we have continued to graph the high and low temperatures and the type of weather each day. We also have been checking our rain gauge, and over the stormy weekend it rained two inches! This week for Science, students worked in groups of two to draw outlines of shadows in the morning and afternoon, then look at how the length and direction changed. For Reading, leveled groups are reading books about our new unit, “Something has Changed”, which explores the positive and negative changes people make to the environment.

    Last week the fifth graders went to outdoor school at Trickle Creek near Salem. On Thursday, Mr. Post took the fifth graders from Room 7 down there for a day trip. When we arrived, we found their schoolmates finishing an activity, then joined them for lunch. After lunch, we hiked around on the trails and saw a pond, birds, banana slugs, and newts. Then it was time to do some life science activities, including playing an animals and resources game, observing the bones of herbivores and carnivores, and learning about the adaptations of beavers. After that, we got in the van and had some snacks on the way back home to Portland.

    Music News from Mr. Jamesbarry

    Welcome back 5th graders! I’ve been checking in with the 5th grade group and it sounds like it was another great camp experience.

    With the first week of April in the books, we get that much closer to Art Night on Thursday May 3rd. All three groups will be performing for the event. The this first performance so close, every rehearsal becomes that much more important. This week I’m asking for all band members to come to both Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals. Boomin’ Beats will meet on Wednesday after school this week as there is no school on Friday. Recorder Club will meet at it’s usual time, Thursday before school. Remember, daily home practice is crucial at this time of year. A student practicing just 10-15 minutes a day can make tremendous improvement.

     



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School  Weekly Letter               

    April 4, 2018                

        

    Upcoming Dates:

    Apr 5- Bottle Drop Collection 845am
    Apr 6- Walk and Roll
    Apr 10- PTA Meeting 6:30pm
    Apr 12- Talent Show 6:30pm
    Apr 13- No School for Students, Teacher Planning Day
    Apr 18- Late Start- Monochromatic Day

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    Welcome back from what I hope was a restful (or at least fun-filled) Spring Vacation)!
    We have settled right back in to the swing of things at Lewis. I want to give you a few reminders for the upcoming weeks:

    SBAC Testing:

    Our 3rd-5th grade students will be starting statewide Smarter Balanced testing next week. As a reminder, here is the general schedule for testing (exact dates and times will vary by class):

    Date (week of)

    Test Subject

    Grades Tested

    TBD

    Science

    5th

    April 9

    English Language Arts

    Computer Adaptive Test

    3rd-5th

    April 16

    English Language Arts

    Performance Task

    3rd-5th

    April 30

    Math

    Computer Adaptive Test

    3rd-5th

    May 7

    Math

    Performance Task

    3rd-5th

    May 21

    Make-Up Testing

    As needed


    Students will only be testing during specific days/time windows during each of these designated weeks--your classroom teacher may provide you with more details about your classroom's schedule. Our teachers have done a great job preparing students with the knowledge they need to navigate these assessments. The best thing you can do to support students with SBAC testing over the next few months is to ensure that they are at school on time every day, well-fed and well-rested. If you would like more information about the SBAC tests, you can go to this link. If you have chosen to opt your children out from the SBAC assessments (and have submitted opt out paperwork), we will provide alternate work and space for your children during assessment periods.

    PTA Meeting & Literacy Workshop:
    Also, the PTA's monthly meeting will be held next Tuesday at 6:30 pm. At that meeting, I will provide a mini-lesson on our school-wide Balanced Literacy curriculum for those of you who would like to better understand the way we teach reading and writing at Lewis. 

    Wishing you a happy rest of the week and eventual spring sunshine!!
    Emily
     

    Bottle Drop is this Thursday before school!
    Pick up a blue bag in the office, fill up with clean returnable bottles, drop off in front of Lewis before school tomorrow.

    Did you know you can turn the blue bags in yourself? Fill a blue bag, go by any Bottle Drop location, including the one only 2 miles from Lewis at SE King and Linwood!  Use the barcode on the blue bag to scan open the drop off door, throw the bag in, and Lewis gets the money!

    Check out www.BottleDropCenters.com for a full list of locations and for details on what containers are worth $.10 each for Lewis.


    Music Notes from Mr. J
    I hope everyone had a fantastic Spring Break. If you stuck around Portland, I know the weather wasn’t the greatest, but we did have a couple of nice days there towards the end. Now that we are back, we need to turn our attention to Art Night. Yes, that is just around the corner. In fact Art Night will be Thursday May 3rd from 6:30PM - 8:00PM. The Recorder Club, 5th Grade Band and the Boomin’ Beats will be performing. I will send out the performance schedule later this week to families and post it by next week outside the music room. With the upcoming performance, it means that all remaining rehearsals become that much more important. Please try to have your student attend all scheduled rehearsals. This week all 5th grade Band members will only meet Tuesday from 3:00-4:00PM. Thursday Recorder Club will meet at 8:00AM. And the Boomin’ Beats will meet Friday from 3:00PM-4:00PM (tired 5th Grade campers are excused of course). See you in the Music Room.


    Nominate your Teacher as Educator of the Year - Click here to learn more!

    https://www.lewispta.org/we-love-lewis-teachers

     

    EARTH DAY FAIR April 21st 9AM-12PM!

    We need volunteers, STORE BOUGHT baked goods (PPS no longer will allow homemade goods to be sold on school property), and plant donations.  Learn more about this here: https://www.lewispta.org/earth-day-fair

    Signup genius for this event: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-garden

    Now is the time to pot up those extra plants to donate to the sale. If you need pots, you’ll find some in a wagon near the office, and if you have extra pots, leave them in the wagon for others.

    And most important: Bring friends, share on social media, and come and shop!

     

    The SafeOregon Tip Line Aims to Increase Student Safety

    In keeping with our commitment to student safety, last October PPS joined school districts across the state in using the SafeOregon Tip Line. We want to remind you about this important resource.

    SafeOregon was funded by the Oregon Legislature as part of a statewide effort to improve school safety. It provides a secure means for anyone to anonymously report suspicious or imminently unsafe situations, such as threats of violence, fights, drugs and alcohol, weapons, bullying, harassment, intimidation or self-harm.

    Anyone, from students to parents to community members, can access the system in a variety of ways, including:

    The “Report unsafe behavior” button found on every PPS school’s website

    The SafeOregon website

    A live call/text (844-472-3367)

    An email to tip@safeoregon.com

    The mobile app that can be downloaded from your Smart Phone via iTunes or  Google Play

    Trained staff are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to respond.

    Please be sure to share this information with your friends and family. Remind your students: If you see or hear something, say something – immediately.  Let’s work together to keep our community safe.


    Lost and Found & Clothes Closet
    Please check the lost and found, there are a lot of jackets hanging up right now.  We also could use some help taking lost jackets down to the rack and hanging them up each week.  If you can help us out, please see Tracy or Kathleen in the office.  Lewis also keeps an assortment of clothes in a closet for kids who need a change of clothes.  If you can help us with organizing that closet, we could use your help.
     

    Come join the Lewis PTA Board!

    PTA Board elections are coming up April 10th and we are looking for a few good people who want to support and guide the great programs our PTA sponsors.  From funding arts and technology in the classrooms to fun community events, this is a wonderful way to make a difference for all the kids at Lewis!

    In particular we are looking for a PTA President or two CoPresidents, a Fundraising CoCoordinator and a CoTreasurer, although all positions are open to those interested.  For more information about Board position descriptions and frequently asked questions, please go to the PTA website at

    https://www.lewispta.org/current-leadership for the FAQs and to

    https://www.lewispta.org/nominations-for-leadership for the position descriptions.

    If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else, please contact Derica Waller at Dericawaller@gmail.com
     

    SCIENCEPALOOZA! Lewis Family STEAM Night

    A new free event is coming the evening of May 15th!  SCIENCEPALOOZA! is a celebration of the sciences and scientific inquiry. The PTA sponsored event will feature interactive STEAM based activities for parents and students to explore together. There will be stations with interactive projects led by Lewis students, parents, and local area scientists. STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics.

    Calling 4th and 5th graders! We invite you to help run interactive project stations at the event. To learn about the projects and prepare, you will have the opportunity to work with Science Mentors from Reed College at a workshop prior to the event. Sign up forms will be available in the main office.

    We also need parent volunteers to help make this a successful event. Sign up to run a station during the event, help with Science Mentor workshops, event advertising, set-up/clean-up, and more! If you are you a scientist, an artist that collaborates with scientists, know of local scientists or organizations we should invite to run a station, or simply want to be a part of this great event, we would appreciate your help!

    Want to volunteer, run a station, have ideas or questions? Contact Susan Rosenkranz: susan.rosenkranz@gmail.com


    Mike’s Pruning & Tree Care gives back to Lewis!
    For parents of students at Lewis Elementary School they will donate 10% of each job they do for a Lewis Parent to Lewis School.  Just show them a Lewis t-shirt, calendar, etc.
    541-680-2777
    Mike offers tree removals with free permits, tree pruning, hedge trimming, wind thinning, as well as 24/7 emergency services.


    Lewis Shops, and Fundraisers, at Sugar Threads!

    Lewis parent Jo Sampson, owner of Sugar Threads, is giving back to Lewis!

    Sugar Threads is a local clothing boutique offering comfortable, affordable clothing for women and kids!

    Date: Sunday, April 15th
    Hours: 11-3
    20% of purchases donated to Lewis Elementary

    Address: 6021 SE 72nd Ave
    www.shopsugarthreads.com

     

    April 22, 2018 - Sellwood Middle School Foundation 5K Run/Walk for Education.
    All proceeds benefit the SELLWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOUNDATION which raises funds to support the amazing Elective Programs at Sellwood Middle School. Race registration is $25 and t-shirts will be available for purchase on-site. Raffle tickets for great prizes from local businesses are $5 each or 5/$20. To register online or for more information, please go to https://sellwoodmiddle.ejoinme.org or contact Lemmy Cooper with questions at lemmy.cooper@gmail.com

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Classroom Notes
    News and information from our classrooms...                   
    April 4, 2018

                         


     Notes from Ms. Allen- Kindergarten

    Ms. Allen is out ill, and will send home notes this Friday.


    Notes from Ms. Kennedy - Kindergarten

    Welcome back everyone! I hope your Spring Break was full of rest, relaxation, and reading. We are settling back into our kindergarten routine in Room 4. As an added bonus, we now have Ms. Connolly in the classroom five days a week! The plan is for Ms. Connolly to take over more of the teaching as I provide support during the day. This is a cooperative teaching arrangement, and I think we will all benefit from it!

    With the start of a new month, students are selecting new Reading Partners and received a new set of leveled books for their book tubs. It is very rewarding to hear the sentences that students can now read. We are using all of our reading powers to tackle words and figure out their meaning. Please continue to practice at home, even if it means reading the same book over and over again :)

    After evaluating recent assessments, students have been placed in new Words Their Way groups. There are four groups, each one with a different focus and target skill. You can help your child with these spelling patterns by going over the work that comes home, as well as writing as often as possible! During Writing Workshop, we have begun a study on whales. Students watch videos about the creatures, then turn and talk with their shoulder partner. They discuss observations and ask questions. One of the things we’ve learned so far is that there are two types of whales: baleen and toothed. Students are filling in personal whale books with facts and illustrations.

    In Math, we continue to add and take apart bigger numbers. We have been working on looking at the pattern that odd and even numbers make, and figuring out that any number with an even number in the one’s place must be an even number!

    As Art Night approaches, you may wonder where all of our weekly art projects have gone. I am holding back on hanging up artwork so there can be a big reveal during Art Night. If you are new to Lewis, I think you’re in for a real treat on Thursday, May 3rd.

    Weekly photos posted https://mskennedyroom4.blogspot.com/ Thank you one and all!

         

    Notes from Teacher Leslie - Kindergarten

    Welcome back families!

    I hope you all had a restful and relaxing Spring Break.  I am happy to see more healthy faces back at school and hope we can remain germ free until the end of the year!

    At this point in the year, students gain independence in reading and writing and it has been amazing to see the progress they have made in the last couple months.  In writing we are becoming authors and creating books to share with the class. In reading we are becoming avid readers who can’t stop reading!

    Our new math centers include a bucket of frogs and building with polydrons.  The students love using their imagination while building and sorting. We will begin working with math story problems.  Both solving and creating story problems is a fun and challenging math activity on the horizon.

    We have been doing some fun activities in technology with Mr. Mark.  We explored with Scratch Jr. which is a visual programming language designed to introduce coding skills to children.  This program helps children learn to think creatively and reason systematically. Another fun program we have been exploring is Chrome Music lab.  This is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments. Check it out at home!

    We are looking forward to our April 20th field trip to the Oregon Children’s Theater!  We will be reading lots of Eric Carle stories to prepare for The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.
     

    Notes from Teacher Dana -- 1st Grade

    Hello Room 3 Families. There is so much news to catch up on. I hope you all had a fun and restful break. Mine certainly was! I wanted to shares some photos of things from the past few weeks.

    Please check out this info with attached photos at teacherdana.wordpress.com

    We did our final science lesson for our unit on the work of water. This unit helped students develop the idea that water is a powerful force that reshapes the earth’s surface. Students learned  that water isn’t just something we drink. It carries sand to create beaches, carves out canyons and valleys and, as ice, scrapes entire areas flat. In our experiment on erosion we learned how water creates canyon using cornmeal.After this lesson, we culminated the unit with a wonderful presentation from Peyton's dad, John on the structure and design of bridges. We then got to design and build our own toothpick and marshmallow bridges. It was so much fun!

    In Writer's Workshop, we did our final unit celebration by sharing our book series with our buddy class. The kids were so incredibly proud of their work and I was so proud of them. They really took this so seriously and got so much out of the sharing of their work.

    Another big event we shared along with all the students at Lewis was our March for Peace and Kindness. It was an incredibly emotional and powerful day. My emotions that day ran the gambit from anger to empowerment, from despair to hope but at the end of the day, just a lot of love for these kids and this community we call Lewis. It was great to have parents and other folks from the community come out to support us and to march with us. Thank You!

    Notes from Ms. Logue- 1st Grade

    I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break! I spent time with my family visited with friends and did a lot of "Spring Cleaning":) I am very happy to see the students again and look forward to our next three months together! This week we welcome April with it’s blustery skies and the return of buds and blossoms everywhere. Our 6 and 7 year olds are noticing the Spring changes in their environment and will soon enjoy more visits to the Lewis Outdoor Classroom and our upcoming field trip to Tryon Creek State Park. Insects under rocks, buds and plants growing such as the pussy willow branches and cherry blossoms in our classroom Science Center. We are reminded to use our senses to make discoveries! What can you learn when looking, smelling, or touching? On Monday, the students started the day writing accounts of their holidays and it sounds like they connected, relaxed and made memories! Your First Grader has been working hard to be responsible for their learning. In math we are in the middle of our Penguin Measurement Unit and are continuing to explore connected Work Places, (math games). Delving into explorations in geometry is our next math focus, fractions for First Graders:) This week students will begin learning about writing nonfiction books and reading nonfiction books with writing elements to explore. It is awesome to have such beautiful, spring weather and we are taking advantage of it with "short but sweet" brain breaks at least twice a day. Room 6 First Graders love to play make believe, throw and catch balls, climb monkey bars, blow bubbles and make daisy chains. We could use some more bubble liquid, wall balls and/or soft balls if you would like to donate any or all:) Thanks for all you do!
    CLASSROOM PHOTOS: twitter@AnneAbuckley
    mrslogue.wordpress.com
     

    Notes from Mrs. Jamesbarry - 1st Grade

    Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fun-filled and restful Spring Break. It’s hard to believe we are just a few months from the end of the school year. The spring will be busy with lots of math, writing and science. We have switched our literacy focus to nonfiction and informational texts. We will be reading lots on nonfiction books with the goal of getting really smart about all sorts of things. In addition to the reading, we will be writing nonfiction or teaching books. We have been brainstorming topics, planning our writing across our fingers (ask your student to show you how!), writing our headings, and now we are finally getting to the best part - writing all of the things we know!

    We have a field trip to Tryon Creek State Park coming up on Monday, April 23rd from about 9:30 - 1:30. Permission slips will be coming home soon. We can only have a limited number of chaperones on this trip, so if you’re interested in going let me know asap. We will have at least one more field trip in May to a play. I will work to make an equitable choice.

    Last call for volunteers! All are welcome to come work with readers, writers and mathematicians. I will put a calendar/schedule up outside the classroom door. Please sign up - just 30 minutes can be really helpful to students.
    Cheers!  Ms. Sarah

    Notes from Ms. Murphy - 2nd Grade

    I just wanted to start out by asking you all to start following our class on Twitter!  We are @MurphyRoom5.  I try to take photos and share what is going on in our classroom a few times a day.  It is fun to take a peek into our day and especially exciting when you can see your own special child working hard. This is also a great way to start a conversation with your child about their day. 

    Writing:  We worked very hard on our Nonfiction stories the past month!  I am keeping copies of their final nonfiction books they created until after the next report card.  I will send them home as soon as I have assessed them all for the next grading period.  This week we started poetry.  On Monday, the students decorated their very own poetry books using images and words from magazines.  On Tuesday, we used natural objects to inspire our first poems!  Students compared objects to other things like animals and went from there.  We shared our favorite lines from our poems in a “symphony share”.  Please feel free to send your child to school with a natural object as we will continue using these items as inspiration for the next week.

    Math:  Our last unit on Geometry has concluded.  Students worked hard on their Math Work Places.  I sent home their last workplace packets yesterday.  So please take some time to look through them and have your child share what they worked on!   This week we launched Unit 5: Branching into Larger Numbers, Money and Place Value.  Students will be working extensively with numbers above 10.  We will work with money, groups of 10 and 5, adding and subtracting using a variety of strategies, story problems and we will write story problems as well. 

    OMSI will be coming next week!  I will be sending a permission slip and asking for the fee.  Please get that back to us by Friday!


    Notes from Ms. Leake- 2nd Grade

    This week we continue our investigation of Weather. Shortly before break, students learned about the water cycle. We built on the information we knew about how clouds developed to come up with the parts of the water cycle.  We knew that the sun warms up the water and evaporates it. We learned that water then changes into a gas form and rises into the air. From our recipe for a cloud, we knew that as water vapor rises, the it condenses and droplets mix with dirt and pollen to form a cloud.  When the droplets cool, the fall from the sky as precipitation. Precipitation can be rain, snow, or a wintery mix.  Finally, all of the precipitation soaks into the ground as run off and flows to the local water sheds, like Johnson Creek. The sun warms up the water and the cycle begins again.

    After students were familiar with the cycle, we linked our new knowledge with the nursery song, The Itsy Bitsy Spider.  We identified which parts of the Water Cycle went with which parts of the song. Then we were ready to make our own water cycles in a baggie. Students drew the cycle on a baggie. They put a Dixie cup in the bag to represent local lakes and added water to the cup. Student noticed that the water in the cup evaporated and rose into the air as a gas or water vapor.  When the water vapor warmed up, it condensed at the top of the baggie and formed a cloud.  We saw that when the droplets cooled, it began to rain. The water collected in the bottom of the baggie and they observed the runoff portion of the water cycle.

    Next week, the 2nd grade classes in Rooms 5 and 12 will work with OMSI in a science inquiry based lab. OMSI brings their lab to Lewis to help the classes make predictions, create a hypothesis, experiments and then share their observations or results with the peers.  Students will perform amazing chemical reactions as they measure and mix ingredients and discover substances with the strange and surprising properties of polymers.  They will make two different slimy concoctions for big time chemistry fun. Students will learn about chemical reactions, states of matter, polymers, and procedures for running a safe lab.

    Lewis 2nd graders will experience an adventure in science without leaving the classroom. OMSI  will come to each classroom for $6.00 per student.  Please send your check made out to Lewis or cash by next Wednesday.



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Letter               

    March 21, 2018            

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    Mar 22- Bonus Bottle Drop Collection 845am
    Mar 22- Talent Show Auditions 3-5pm
    Mar 26-30- Spring Break


    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    Wow!! So much CRAZY HAIR today! Once again, I was blown away by the creativity and spirit of our community. There were so many amazing 'dos today that we couldn't stop short at just one winner. We selected three winners per grade level. Winning students will be coming together as styling squads to fashion crazy hairdos for me later this week (K-2 winners on Thursday/3-5 winners on Friday). Thanks for your help supporting this fun day at home!

    On a more serious note, I am wrapping up our staffing plan for next year and wanted to keep you in the loop on how things are looking for 2018-19. The overall news is that Lewis, like many schools in the district, is facing a reduction to our overall full-time equivalency (FTE) allocation next year. This reduction is a result of two major factors: (1) a new staffing allocation formula used by the district and (2) shifting demographics in our Lewis community. This reduction will result in larger class sizes in grades 2-5 (ranging from 27-31 students) and a decrease to supports outside of the classroom. While classes of this size would not be our preference, the current PPS staffing model allows for very little discretion at the building level. Allocations for homerooms, specials, and student supports have, in our case, all been centrally-designated. Here is a more detailed look at what will stay the same and what will change:

    Homerooms: We will continue to have 3 kindergartens, 3-1st grades, 2-2nd grades, 1-2nd/3rd grade blend, and 2-3rd grades.  Next year, we will have just 2-4th grades and 2-5th grades.

    Specials: We will continue to have a full-time music teacher, a full-time PE teacher, and a fully- staffed library (1/2 time Media Specialist & 1/2 time Media Assistant).

    Office: We will shift from 2.0 secretaries to 1.5 secretaries. Ms. Kathleen will be reducing her hours to half-time. We are working on a plan to maintain our garden program in light of this reduction--we may be soliciting parent/community help with this priority.

    Student Supports: We will still have a full-time counselor and our special education and ESL teacher allocations will remain the same. We will not be able to fund the additional support of a Reading Intervention teacher and an Educational Assistant that we funded this year. We will be able to keep Mrs. Zimmerman on-board three mornings a week to do math support for our blend and reading intervention for identified students. We do not yet know how many paraprofessionals will be allocated to our building to support students with special needs in general education classrooms. The staffing of Mr. Post's room will remain the same.

    Coaching: We do not expect to have the in-house support of a Literacy Coach next year. We will still have a half-time Tech Smart coach.

    If you have questions or concerns about the information presented here, please feel free to reach out. We are committed to ensuring that, despite reductions, your children continue to receive all of the academic instruction, support, and enrichment that they currently receive at Lewis. I have already started a conversation with the PTA about how we might be able to maximize our tremendous pool of parent volunteers to help support large classrooms and support programmatic gaps.
     

    Talent Show auditions are tomorrow, Thursday, March 22, from 3:00- 5:00 in the cafeteria. Your child may leave after they audition with either a note giving permission, or you signing them out! Plan to send a snack along. We are looking forward to a great show!
    Contact Sarah Kohn @ skohn@pps.net, if you have any questions.

     

    Oregon Battle of the Books A big congratulations to the Ink Archers team that competed on March 10 at the regional OBOB competition! Way to go, Beckett, Billy, Jaxinn, Joe and Airamay! They worked so hard! While they did not advance to the state level, they did a fantastic job and had a lot of fun! We will be acknowledging their efforts later this week, as well as the accomplishments of each participant in OBOB this year. Next year's selections will be posted soon, so it's not too early to put a team together for next year!


    Pre Garden Fair Plant Sale
    Plant orders are due today, WEDNESDAY, 3/21. 


    Lost and Found & Clothes Closet
    Please check the lost and found, there are a lot of jackets hanging up right now.  We also could use some help taking lost jackets down to the rack and hanging them up each week.  If you can help us out, please see Tracy or Kathleen in the office.  Lewis also keeps an assortment of clothes in a closet for kids who need a change of clothes.  If you can help us with organizing that closet, we could use your help.
     

    Staff Appreciation Dessert Extravaganza
    The PTA is changing up staff appreciation this year. Rather than one intense week of celebration, we're celebrating on days throughout the year.

    Thursday, March 22nd is the dessert extravaganza, when we shower the staff with love through chocolate (and other sweet treats). Bring in a dessert for the staff to enjoy throughout the day. Please include a note with any common food allergens in your treat.  Thanks!  Ellen


    Come join the Lewis PTA Board!
    PTA Board elections are coming up April 10th and we are looking for a few good people who want to support and guide the great programs our PTA sponsors.  From funding arts and technology in the classrooms to fun community events, this is a wonderful way to make a difference for all the kids at Lewis!  We must have a full board to have a PTA...

    In particular we are looking for a PTA President or two CoPresidents, a Fundraising CoCoordinator and a CoTreasurer, although all positions are open to those interested.  For more information about Board position descriptions and frequently asked questions, please go to the PTA website at

    https://www.lewispta.org/current-leadership for the FAQs and to

    https://www.lewispta.org/nominations-for-leadership for the position descriptions.

    If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else, please contact Derica Waller at Dericawaller@gmail.com or come to the March 13th General PTA Meeting.  We'd love to see you there!


    SCIENCEPALOOZA! Lewis Family STEAM Night
    A new free event is coming the evening of May 15th!  SCIENCEPALOOZA! is a celebration of the sciences and scientific inquiry. The PTA sponsored event will feature interactive STEAM based activities for parents and students to explore together. There will be stations with interactive projects led by Lewis students, parents, and local area scientists. STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics.

    Calling 4th and 5th graders! We invite you to help run interactive project stations at the event. To learn about the projects and prepare, you will have the opportunity to work with Science Mentors from Reed College at a workshop prior to the event. Sign up forms will be available in the main office.

    We also need parent volunteers to help make this a successful event. Sign up to run a station during the event, help with Science Mentor workshops, event advertising, set-up/clean-up, and more! If you are you a scientist, an artist that collaborates with scientists, know of local scientists or organizations we should invite to run a station, or simply want to be a part of this great event, we would appreciate your help!

    Want to volunteer, run a station, have ideas or questions? Contact Susan Rosenkranz: susan.rosenkranz@gmail.com
     

    Mike’s Pruning & Tree Care gives back to Lewis!
    For parents of students at Lewis Elementary School they will donate 10% of each job they do for a Lewis Parent to Lewis School.  Just show them a Lewis t-shirt, calendar, etc.
    541-680-2777
    Mike offers tree removals with free permits, tree pruning, hedge trimming, wind thinning, as well as 24/7 emergency services.

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...                              March 21, 2018


    Notes from Ms. Canales- 2nd-3rd Grade

    March continues to be a wonderful month in Room 16!  What are we up to?

    Reading: We are continuing Reading to Learn, our nonfiction unit. Students have been working on summarizing and solving hard words.
    Writing: We are continuing The Art of Informational Writing. Students are drafting and editing their informational books.
    Social Studies: Our Portland unit continues. We are beginning our discussion of Vanport.
    Math: 2nd graders are working on Unit 5, which covers problem solving and multi digit addition and subtraction. 3rd graders are focusing on multiplication and division strategies.
    Science: We are continuing our Changes unit where we will explore the scientific concepts behind changes we see every day. We’ve been discussing states of matter and experimenting with different solids and liquids.

    Reminders:
    Thank you for all of your kind words! I appreciate your support, I’m so lucky to be at Lewis!
    Sign up to volunteer in room 16! There is a signup sheet posted by our classroom door.
    I’m sending home a daily compliment to one family via email or Remind. Look out for one coming your way! 

    Notes from Mr. Hansen/Ms. Brenan - 3nd Grade

    Hey all,  we are doing a lot of new fun learning.  We are winding up our study of persuasive writing and I am so gratified by how many different ways students have chosen to frame their messages to change the world.  We have poster campaigns, intellectual treatises, celebrations and philosophical dialogues, all intended to shape your thinking about how the world should be.  Look forward to a digital compilation of pieces coming your way.

    Jill has been piloting a fascinating new set of curricular materials about the history of Vanport in the bigger picture of Portland's story.  The story of Vanport plays an important role in the changing face of Portland's commitment to fairness and diversity.

    Soon we will have our last lesson with our Reed College mathematicians.  They are hoping to host us on their home ground for a celebratory wrap-up.  We are still settling on a final date but stay tuned for an invitation to join us.  We would greatly appreciate any adult who could join us for a walking field trip down to Reed.  Thanks, as always, Mark

    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    We have been working hard to wrap up a lot this week prior to leaving for Spring Break. We finished our Unit 4 Math assessment

    Monday we will be celebrating the completion of our nonfiction reading unit later in the week. Our expository writing process has moved into the revising and editing stages. Look for those to be published the first part of April.
    Speaking of wrapping (or sewing) up, the students have been doing a great job sewing their quilt squares. My goal is for them to be done this week, so I have some time to piece it together over the break. If you can spare a few minutes Thursday or Friday of this week, please let me know as it would be great to have a few more grownups to help get them finished.

    We started our new unit on Vanport this week, which I am very excited about. This is an area of Portland’s history, which I only became aware of quite recently, as an adult, and I feel lucky to be able to introduce and explore the topic with the kiddos.

    Third grade marks the first year students participate in the Smarter Balance state testing. The first round, Language Arts computer adaptive test, is set to take place the week of April 9th. As this is the students’ first exposure to the testing, we will spend some time the prior week looking at the testing site and going through a practice test to familiarize them with the process. If you are choosing to opt your student out, please make sure you get the appropriate paperwork filled out and returned to the school office before April 9th.

    Reminders:
    Please help your student remember to bring a water bottle to school each day. Having a water bottle in the classroom helps to cut down on trips to the water fountain. They are welcome to leave it here throughout the week.

    The afternoon of April 13th we will be having a walking field trip to Reed College for our last session of Reed College math with Sarah and Miranda. I will send more information as we get closer.

    Art Night is May 3rd! Leading up to the event, I will gladly accept help with getting art finished up, matting it, and eventually hanging. Please let me know if you’re interested. More information to come.

    I hope you all have a wonderful break! Please make sure your little ones are continuing to read each day, as well as taking some time to get outside and enjoy the nice weather that is expected. I definitely plan to do the same! See you in April!

    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    We wrapped up our unit on fractions and this week I am sending home students' post-assessments.  Students did well overall, with a class average of 82%! Please take the time to review the test with your child, noticing where they were successful and what they still need to work on.  This particular assessment required a lot of labeled pictures and many students lost points for not labeling or explaining their sketches clearly.

    When we return from break, students will be starting multiplication fluency checkups twice a week where they are asked to solve 40 problems in 2 minutes or less.  Last week, we took some time to see what it would feel like to attempt this feat and students made flashcards to practice.  Please support your child in memorizing these facts with regular practice for 10-15 minutes at a time.  We aim to have all facts through 12 mastered by the end of the year.

    This week, students are completing their second natural disaster research project.  This time, students focused on strategies to compare and contrast information between their first and second topics.  We also practiced using a rubric to self score our work before submitting it to be graded.  It gave many groups a chance to make important changes independently!

    In writing, students are outlining a second persuasive essay.  After spring break, students will choose which outline they would like to take through the rest of the writing process and publish. 

    In social studies, we are covering Black History in Oregon.  We are using an article from the online Oregon Encyclopedia to build up some background knowledge on our state's historic laws and policies that deterred Black people from immigrating here.  Later this week, partners will take a closer look at specific individuals or events and create timeline markers for our giant timeline in the hall.

    I hope you all have a delightful spring break!  Don't forget to read!-  Ms. Elissa

    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    We are spending this week wrapping up work ahead of Spring Break.  Here's what we are up to in Room 22:

    Math:  The Unit 3 Post-Assessment went home with students on Monday.  Students certainly improved their understanding of fractions!  Last week we did a mini-unit on measurement conversions.  After the break, we will start Unit 4, which is on geometry.

    Reading:  Students are finishing up their second extreme weather research projects.  This time, students are sharing their learning by creating a slide show on Google Docs.  Ask your child to show you at home what he/she has been working on!

    Writing:  The last two weeks, students have been creating outlines for persuasive essays.  They have been learning about writing to a specific audience and choosing strong evidence.  When we come back from Spring Break, students will choose one of the outlines to turn into a completed essay.

    Social Studies:  Last week, we began our unit on Black History in Oregon.  Students learned about the history of exclusionary laws and policies, as well as individuals and groups who challenged those policies and made a positive impact on our state.  This week, students are doing research and presenting timeline markers to their peers.

    Upcoming dates:  We will be taking a field trip to the History Hub exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society on Wednesday, April 11th.  I will send home permission slips on the Monday after break.  If you would like to come along as a chaperone, there are five spots available and they are first come, first serve.

    I've noticed an alarming amount of absences and tardies lately.   We do so much work in the 4th grade, and even a few hours of school missed is hard for kids to catch up on.  When children get to school late, they start the day behind and out-of-sorts.  Please help your child be successful by getting him/her to school at 8:40 every day.

    I hope you have a lovely Spring Break, see you in April!

    Notes from Mr. Richner- 4th-5th Grade

    Greetings!

    We have been busy and productive in room 20. We celebrated Women’s Day on March 8th with a whole day learning about how women have changed our world. We began with a focus on kids as change makers, learning about Malala Yousafsai and Mari Copeny. Then we shared our own interview stories about important women in our lives. We began this sharing by facetiming with my Grandma about what school was like for her and how women’s rights have changed during her lifetime. Kids then shared in small groups and in a circle as a whole team. Thank you for supporting your kid with completing their interview. I loved hearing their stories! During the afternoon, kids read books about important women in history from the Lewis Library and the Multnomah County Library. We finished our day with an art activity; kids wrote a takeaway and added watercolor. You can see the collection from all third, fourth, and fifth grades on display between rooms 16 and 17.

    On March 14th, our school held a March for Peace and Kindness (bit.ly/team20-peace). We gathered as a school for a short assembly during which some kids from Team 20 and other intermediate grades shared their hopes for peace and kindness. We then joined together in a song led by Mr. Jamesbarry before walking out to the playground by classes carrying signs that we created to share our hopes for peace and kindness and walking two loops of the yard.

    Congratulations to the many Team 20 members involved in the wonderful Lewis School Play. My family enjoyed Thursday night’s performance. Twyla returned home from the show and did an interpretive dance and then balled herself up on the ground and said she was a rock. Norah Lee pretended to take a nap on the couch and said she was dreaming of dragons. I think that the school play is part of the heartbeat of Lewis. I am always struck by what an amazing opportunity the play is for kids each year. Thank you so much to Ms. Tori, Mr. Jamesbarry, Mr. Colvin, Ms. Angela, Levi, and families for making this possible.

    For Oregon History, we completed a mini-unit about Westward Expansion. We watched a National Geographic and a PBS video on Lewis and Clark and the Oregon Trail while taking some notes.

    Thank you for returning the field trip form for our April 20th Oregon Historical Society trip and our April 11th Portland Youth Philharmonic trip. Thank you, too, for returning the overnight/wildnerness permission slip for Fifth Grade Science Camp. If the school has not yet received your Science Camp payment, please send in a check or pay online using SchoolPay. The full cost of camp is $160. Information about using SchoolPay for this was sent home some time ago. If you have questions about using SchoolPay, please call the office at 503-916-6360. We are so excited for camp!

    An email about state testing was sent from the school this week. It looks like testing will now begin after spring break. If you are planning to opt your child out of these standardized tests, a state testing opt-out form is available in the Lewis office and at this link: bit.ly/SBAC-OPT-OUT. The district states that teachers can neither promote nor discourage participation in state testing; that opting out is a parent decision. However, if you have any questions about the tests, please do not hesitate to ask.

    A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be on a panel at The Children’s Book Bank about why all children need books featuring diverse characters. I enjoyed hearing the panelists and sharing the work being done by Team 20 and at Lewis on this important topic. This thread (bit.ly/BooksOpenMinds) includes a link to a nice write up about the evening and links to a couple of great articles that were mentioned during our talk.

    We will have a read-a-thon this Friday! Kids will be able to enjoy a full day of reading in our room. For this reading event, kids are welcome to bring a few things to make them comfy while reading. They may bring a pillow, a blanket, and wear pajamas.

    Please follow us on Twitter @LewisRoom20 and at LewisRoom20.blogspot.com for photos and regular updates!
    Mark

    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    Spring break is only days away and we have a busy week!  A few weeks back we began preparing fabric for our classroom quilt.  Yes, quilt! It’s an ambitious project but the kids and I are very excited!  The first week, students planned, measured, and cut the fabric for each of their quilt blocks.  This is a fun and relevant way to integrate math and art. Last week students used a stem stitch to hand sew their quilt blocks.  Stay tuned for photos and reports from your children. This completed quilt will be displayed at Art Night on May 3rd. Once again, thank you to my two volunteers that are making this all happen!

    Also, coming up this week, is a Reading Marathon.  This will take place Friday, March 23rd. Students may wear pajamas and bring their favorite cozies.  Students will need to have shoes with them to wear out to recess and to put on for bathroom breaks :) Please encourage students to bring favorite books to share.

    We leave for camp the week after Spring Vacation. We will be heading to camp on Wednesday morning, April 4th, soon after the second bell.  Students should arrive at regular time. Don’t be late!! All clothing, bedding, and equipment should be in labeled bags.  These labels should include your child’s full name, school, and teacher. (example--Lily Roberts-Lewis- Nat) I would suggest using masking tape and a permanent marker in case it gets wet. We will return from camp on Friday, April 6th at approximately 1:30pm.  Students may be picked up at this time or they can wait inside of the classroom until 3:00pm.

    Please make sure you review the supply list and let me know if there is anything you need.  Students should pack a variety of clothing because the weather may be warm and/or rainy. I recommend bringing multiple pairs of socks and other clothing that may get wet.  Don’t forget that students are not allowed to bring any type of digital device, not even for the bus ride. Please make sure they leave all devices at home so we don’t have to take them away. 

    I will send home another copy of the ‘Clothing and Equipment List’ on Friday so you have plenty of time to pack over break.  *We are hoping to collect all camp tuition by Spring Break so please send that in when you can. Checks should be made out to Lewis Elementary and feel free to use SchoolPay if that’s easier. Have a fabulous Spring Break and I’ll see you in April!

    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    Happy Wednesday! I think I speak for everyone when I say we are all excited about the upcoming break! It has been a really busy time and everyone seems like they are tired. We had a meaningful gathering and march for Peach and Kindness last Wednesday. It filled my heart to see the sentiments on posters, listen to the children sang, and witness the beautiful poems! The drama performance was amazing! Tori Paddleford does such tremendous work with the kids and everyone shined! This week we are wrapping up loose ends. We are finishing up our opinion pieces, some of which will be mailed to our president, or delivered first hand to our representatives in Washington D.C. next week! In math we are working on multiplying fractions. We will finish our fraction unit with diving fractions, which we will learn right after break! We are also wrapping up our work with non-fiction this week. We will be ready to start fresh after break! Speaking of after break, we are heading to camp when we get back. I still have a handful of families who need to get their camp payment turned in. Please either send in a check, or use SchoolPay to take care of that right away. Keep an eye out for packing sheets to come home. Please remember to mark all items with your child's name and do NOT overpack. Space on the bus is limited. We are only gone for 2 nights! Permission slips for our upcoming trip the the Portland Youth Philharmonic were due today. If you have not yet returned that, please do so right away, also! This coming Friday we will be having a 5th grade Readathon in our rooms! We will spend the day immersed in books and reading. Kids are welcome to wear their jammies! If they would like to bring one small pillow, or a blanket, they are welcome to do that, as well. They will go outside for break and recess, so they need to have appropriate shoes! Finally, 5th Grade will delay the science portion of Statewide Testing until after we return from science camp. If you are planning to opt out your child for testing, those forms should be returned before testing begins, if possible. You can either download a form through the PPS website, or pick one up from the office. I wish you all a wonderful break. I hope the sun shines, you get some time to play and make some wonderful family memories!

    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    Last week our class designed and made beautiful signs for Lewis School’s “March for Peace and Kindness” On March 14th we had an assembly and students followed Miss Glasgow’s lead to do sound effects that simulated a rainstorm. Then Mr. Colvin lead a sing-along of “Building Bridges”. After that, classes brought their signs outside and we chanted and marched around the field with families. When we returned to Room 7, we had a snack and a chat about it. During Share Time this week, each student is performing a puppet show of their fairy tale. For Math, we are finishing a unit on fractions and also doing some work with reading time and determining elapsed time.

    For “Our Changing Weather” unit, each student is writing about his or her favorite kind of weather and what they like to do in it. Final drafts will be typed up on their Chromebooks and shared with the class. For Reading, leveled groups are working on Reading A-Z books and literacy packets about weather and climate. For Science, we have been graphing the high and low temperatures and the type of weather each day. We also have a new rain gauge that we set up outside of our window, and shouldn’t have to wait much longer to get enough rain to measure! For Art, we are going to do a “Signs of Spring” project that will be on display on the bulletin board at the end of the hallway in April. Last Monday, Miss Kathleen took groups of students to go observe the sprouting flower bulbs they planted last month, and the cilantro and spinach they planted last week.

    Music News from Mr. Jamesbarry

    I first want to acknowledge the wonderful 4th and 5th graders who had a part in this year’s play.

    Their work was exceptional and inspiring. Over the four performances Wednesday through Saturday one could not help but notice the growth and confidence from each of these fine young artist. I was lucky enough to work directly with the musicians who learned nine pieces for this show and played them all with great musicianship. Congratulations to all.

    We have 2 more days until Spring Break. And this week all before and after school music groups return to their regular rehearsal schedule. Band members will meet either Tuesday or Thursday at 3:00 PM. 3rd Grade Recorder Club will meet at 8:00 AM on Thursday. And the Boomin’ Beats will meet at 3:00 PM on Friday.

     



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Letter               

    March 14, 2018            

    Upcoming Dates:
    Mar 14- Lewis Dines Out- Laurelwood Public House
    Mar 15 & 16 - Drama Production, 6:30pm
    Mar 17- Drama Production 3:00pm
    Mar 21- Late Start- Crazy Hair Day
    Mar 22- Bonus Bottle Drop Collection 8:45am
    Mar 26-30- Spring Break

    * Talent Show Permission Slips Due Tomorrow 3/15



    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
    Door Opening and Closing Schedule:

    All doors except the door to the back parking lot are open in the morning from 8:30-8:45am, and 2:55-3:15pm.
    The door by the back parking lot is only open at dismissal time from 2:55-3:15pm.  The YMCA door is now the door to the playground between the gym and the cafeteria.  The front door is the only door open during school hours.  It is open from 7am-430pm, and visitors must check in at the office.
     

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    Wow! I feel humbled and inspired by this morning's March for Peace and Kindness. What an amazing display of community, creativity, and student leadership! And, what a powerful message of peace, kindness, and hope! Thank you to all of our staff members and family members who supported our students' preparations for today and came out to join the march. For those of you who were not able to make it, you can view pictures of the assembly and the march at this link and on our Lewis Facebook and Twitter feeds. I'm proud to be a part of such a vibrant and caring community!


    Talent Show Permission Slips Due Thursday!
    The Talent Show is coming! Now is your chance to be a part of this great event. If you want to sign up, you need to pick up a permission slip in the office and have it returned by Thursday, March 15th! Each participant needs to turn in a signed permission slip. This year there are a couple of changes. Participants are welcome to be in one act only! Also, if you are in a group act, please submit your applications together, stapled.  Try-outs will be held, Wednesday, March 21st from 3:15-5:00. So grab your friends, dust of those dance shoes, tune your instrument, or warm up your singing voice and join in the fun! Try-out and rehearsals will be in the cafeteria! Finally, the talent show could not happen without the help of our parents! If you are available to help, please drop me an email, or stop by and let me know! I promise it is easy! I will absolutely need one parent to greet students as they arrive and get them signed in, as I won't be able to be there until a few minutes after 3:00!
    If you have questions, please contact Sarah Kohn@ skohn@pps.net

    Lewis Drama Production presents…
    WRITTEN IN STONE
    THREE SHORT WORKS

    - OR -

    THREE STORIES IN WHICH
    STONES ARE CARVED, BOILED,
    CLIMBED OVER, SHIMMIED
    AROUND, DESPISED, LOVED
    DREAMED ABOUT, AND
    LISTENED TO

    Ticket Prices:

    Adult: $5

    Children under 12: $2

    March 15th @ 6:30 pm

    March 16th @ 6:30 pm

    March 17th Saturday Matinee @ 3:00 pm

    Follow the link below to purchase tickets.  Seating limited to 175 seats per production.

    https://pps.schoolpay.com/parent/mip/Mc62

    **Please Note: Online ticket sales close 3 hours before curtain time

    We want all that wish to see the production to attend.  Please see Tracy in the school office if the cost of show tickets would present a financial hardship.


    Music and Tech Notes from Mr. J
    There are some big changes this week to the before and after school music classes. There will be no 5th grade Band either Tuesday 3/14, or Thursday 3/16. Also there will be no 3rd Grade Recorder Club before school on Thursday 3/16. Finally, Boomin’ Beats will not meet after school Friday 3/17. “Why?”, you might ask. Well, the Lewis school play is in production week starting Monday. This means I’m in production week too, as I’m heading up the play’s orchestra. If you have time, please come out to see the great work these Lewis 4th and 5th graders are doing. They will give 3 performances. Thursday 3/16 and Friday 3/17 at 6:30PM. And a final show on Saturday 3/18 at 3:00 PM. You can get tickets online through School Pay. Hope to see you there. Here is the link- https://pps.schoolpay.com/parent/mip/Mc62


    Pre Garden Fair Plant Sale
    Order forms are went home last week for our pre-order plant sale.  Plant orders are due on March 20.  View plant selection at www.newleafgreenhouse.com.
     

    Lost and Found & Clothes Closet
    Please check the lost and found, there are a lot of jackets hanging up right now.  We also could use some help taking lost jackets down to the rack and hanging them up each week.  If you can help us out, please see Tracy or Kathleen in the office.  Lewis also keeps an assortment of clothes in a closet for kids who need a change of clothes.  If you can help us with organizing that closet, we could use your help.
     

    Donations to the Oregon Food Bank will continue to be collected on Drama Production Nights this week!
    Lewis is once again hosting Project Second Wind, the Oregon Food Bank’s annual food and fund drive.  Please consider bringing a donation of food or funds (checks made payable to The Oregon Food Bank) to the collection box on production night.
     

    Staff Appreciation Dessert Extravaganza
    The PTA is changing up staff appreciation this year. Rather than one intense week of celebration, we're celebrating on days throughout the year.
    Thursday, March 22nd is the dessert extravaganza, when we shower the staff with love through chocolate (and other sweet treats). Bring in a dessert for the staff to enjoy throughout the day. Please include a note with any common food allergens in your treat.  Thanks!  Ellen


    Come join the Lewis PTA Board!
    PTA Board elections are coming up April 10th and we are looking for a few good people who want to support and guide the great programs our PTA sponsors.  From funding arts and technology in the classrooms to fun community events, this is a wonderful way to make a difference for all the kids at Lewis!

    In particular we are looking for a PTA President or two CoPresidents, a Fundraising CoCoordinator and a CoTreasurer, although all positions are open to those interested.  For more information about Board position descriptions and frequently asked questions, please go to the PTA website at

    https://www.lewispta.org/current-leadership for the FAQs and to

    https://www.lewispta.org/nominations-for-leadership for the position descriptions.

    If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else, please contact Derica Waller at Dericawaller@gmail.com or come to the March 13th General PTA Meeting.  We'd love to see you there!


    SCREENAGERS DOCUMENTARY -GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE
    Thursday, March 15th - 7pm Sellwood Middle School Gym

    The Sellwood Middle School PTA is very excited to bring the movie Screenagers to our community. SCREENAGERS is an award-winning documentary that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

    The cost to attend will be $5 per adult and FREE for children. Please pass this along to any family and friends that you think would be interested. We are inviting the whole community to join us.

    To purchase tickets or learn more about the movie please follow this link:  https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-sellwood-middle-school-pta-6902

    Spring Spanish Classes
    Spring term Spanish begins April 4th.  K-1st Grade classes are held in the mornings before school on Wednesdays and Fridays,  2-5th grade classes are held after school on Tuesdays.  More information available in flyers found in the office literature rack.

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...
    March 14, 2018


    Notes from Ms. Allen – Kindergarten

    Happy Wednesday! Today we had our March for Peace & Kindness; It was absolutely beautiful and powerful. I have lots of pictures in case you were not able to attend.

    Literacy: Reading and writing workshops are going well, it is has been nice seeing the kindergartners grow so much academically.

    Science: I forgot to mention that the Tree Lady visited our classroom on March 1st.  Your child participated in a Talk About Trees program and made paper.  Everyone should have brought home their very own handcrafted paper. We are in the beginning stages of working on our Animal research project. This has been very exciting for all of us. It has been fun seeing your child do their own research. Please ask your child what animal are they researching.

    Math:  We will continue working on a variety of math skills. During calendar for the month of March, we will continue to identify pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters by name and worth. We will also describe and extend simple growing patterns, and identify ordinal positions through the 31st. 

    Reminders: On April the 20th we will be going to the Very Hungry Caterpillar show. We sent home permission slips last Friday, please return them back at your earliest convenience.  Also, please continue to send your child to school with a full water bottle from home each day. Don’t forget that spring break is the week of March the 26th.

    Notes from Ms. Kennedy - Kindergarten

    Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers and participants who made Saturday’s school auction such a success! There are so many components that go into making this type of event possible. The teachers and students at Lewis truly benefit from your efforts, and we are grateful for the tremendous support.

    Last Friday, we finished up two weeks of bear study. The final booklets were filled with charming drawings of eight kinds of bears! The final page was reserved for writing and illustrating a new bit of information learned during our unit. One thing that really stuck is that a polar bear can stand 11 feet tall, while the sun bear is only the size of a large dog.

    In Literacy, March Reading Partners have been sharing new sets of books. In individual book tubs, students now have a higher level of reading material. It is so exciting to listen to conversations about books, and hear them helping one another to figure out tricky words. When your child stumbles over a word and reads it incorrectly, one question to ask is, “Does that make sense?” Reading has to make sense. I am just amazed at the amount of independent reading that is going on in Room 4. Confidence is booming and the excitement is contagious!

    On Monday and Tuesday, students at Lewis created personal signs for today’s school-wide walk. We talked about what the ideas of peace and love mean to each of us. Then we made our signs to be bold and easy to understand during a march. After a whole-school assembly this morning, we paired up with our Reading Buddies and walked around Lewis. I have been at Lewis since 2001, and there has never been an experience like this before. It will be a powerful moment for all.

    Later in the afternoon, we once again met in the cafeteria for a school performance of the annual drama production. We have quite a few kindergarteners with a flair for the dramatic, so I expect to be seeing them on stage in several years!

    Weekly photos posted https://mskennedyroom4.blogspot.com/ Thank you one and all!
     

    Notes from Teacher Leslie - Kindergarten

    In Reading Workshop this week we went book shopping.  The students filled their book tubs with just right books in preparation for a new reading unit.  Our new reading unit is called, Becoming Avid Readers. The goal of this unit is for the students to continue developing their interest and enthusiasm for reading so that reading becomes a lifelong love that extends beyond our school walls.  Yesterday we began by exploring the question, “What is an avid reader?”. Avid readers read a lot, find places everywhere to read, keep stacks of books waiting and more! Right away I saw students diving into their new books with some barely even looking up when I rang the bell to clean! It is so fun to see their excitement about reading grow! 

    In Writing Workshop I have noticed students writing more and more.  I love seeing how excited they are to get their Writing Folders out and continue a story they were working on the day before.  Students are allowed to use the student stapler to put together books they’ve created. We are working on reading our work and putting the pages in the correct order before stapling pages together.  Our classroom is filled with creative authors!

    In math we are working on coin value.  Both our calendar pieces and math games are centered around learning the coin names and values.  As an extra challenge can your student begin to add coins together?

    Yesterday we made signs for our March for Peace & Kindness.  It was heartwarming to see the messages and symbols they chose to add to their signs.

    Reminder:  Field trip form went home on Monday.  Our field trip isn’t until April 20th, but please try to return the forms and money ASAP.  We only have tickets for 5 parents per class so I took the first 5 to turn in their form.


    Notes from Teacher Dana -- 1st Grade

    We had so much fun celebrating Read Across America day last week. The kids have really become so independent at Readers Workshop. We also got to spend time with our buddy class and get to hear their presentations about weather. Wednesday is our march for Peace and Kindness. It was so much fun making our signs and really thinking about what makes a kind and peaceful community.  We are also getting an opportunity see a short of the Lewis School play. We are really looking forward to seeing the production and seeing some of our buddies and siblings in the play.
    This week we are finishing up our unit about the Work of Water. We are so excited... Peyton's dad is coming to do a presentation/lesson on bridges as the culmination of the unit. We will get to build bridges with toothpicks. Stay tuned on the blog for photos.
    In math we are starting a unit with a focus on Penguins. There will be many fun math activities based around penguins. We will be making folders to hold all of the work we will be doing. We will be creating our own tape measures and passports for our adventures.

    Notes from Mrs. Logue - 1st Grade

    I am surprised to see it is already the middle of March 2018! Signs of Spring are beginning to find their way through the chilly mornings and up through the soil. Among the welcomed signs are pussy willow buds, bulbs blooming, primroses and Chester, our classroom guinea pig, now able to go outside to nibble on the sweet green grass with our help during recess. Our art focus this week is capturing some of our favorite things on large black canvases with boarders like those seen in the art of local author Nancy Coffelt’s book, Dogs in Space and Tar Beach Author, Faith Ringgold. We are starting our "Pebbles, Sand and Silt" science unit and our new math unit on penguins, (lots of measurement!). We will “travel" together to the Antarctica, and other penguin friendly places, learning about the penguins that inhabit it with mock passports, poems and data to inform our studies. In writing workshop we continue creating different adventures for our characters in a series and in reading, focus is on series written by different authors. Thank you for all the non- perishable food items you are able to donate to help with the food drive and thank you to our volunteers for your consistency and kindness:) Also, for your continued support on reading daily with your child! It is so apparent and a huge factor in the progress I see daily in the classroom.

    Notes from Mrs. Jamesbarry - 1st Grade

    On Wednesday we will be participating in the all school Lewis March for Peace and Kindness. To support this movement we have been reading books about friendship. We have been talking about the importance of kindness and understanding that everyone has something in common with others on which we can build friendships. On Tuesday we made signs with our favorite words of kindness to hold during our march. We are all looking forward to being a part of this historic day!

    As for the rest of our week:

    We are wrapping up our realistic fiction units in reading and writing this week. We will be putting the finishing touches on our favorite stories this week and sharing them with our Buddy class on Friday. The class has written some super fun stories and they are excited to share.

    In reading we continue our work looking for fortunes, lessons, morals, and messages in our stories. We are sharing the lessons we find with others by putting fortunes into books to be found by others. It’ always a special treat to find one!

    In math, we are starting a new unit called Penguins: Measuring, Sorting, Computation, and More. We will be learning about several kinds of penguins through comparing and contrasting, measuring, and lots of new math games.

    Finally, our new science unit Pebbles, Sand, Silt has been a big hit. We have been looking closely at rocks through hand lenses, describing rock, and looking at what happens when we rub them together.  Cheers! Ms. Sarah


    Notes from Ms. Murphy - 2nd Grade

    We have come a long way together since I came back three weeks ago!  The students are becoming masters at our classroom routines, procedures and jobs.  Please remember to empty out folders every evening and then return them in the morning.  Please follow our class on Twitter! @MurphyRoom5

    Writing:  We are very busy working hard on our nonfiction writing unit.  Last week we started using very descriptive words to help the audience picture what we are trying to teach them by using adjectives and comparisons.  This week we are focusing on editing and fixing misspelled words. Students are encouraged to reread their work and circle words that they are not sure about. Then they will use a variety of strategies to find the spelling!  One of our tools is called “Have-A-Go”. This encourages students to use a variety of spelling strategies and vowel combinations. Please ask your child what “Have-A-Go” is! Feel free to request a “Have-A-Go” to use at home too if it sounds appealing.  We are also correcting flipped letters. PLEASE encourage this at home too!

    Math: All 6 of out Math Work Places are out and the students are busy working on completing all of them.  We have learned what area means and using a variety of tools to measure area; such as triangles, squares and other shapes.  Later this week we will learn more about the different types of triangles and how to describe them using mathematical language.

    Reading:  Students have worked hard on organizing our class library and are learning how to keep it organized and where books go when they are done.  Our library consists of leveled books, books of various genres and many chapter book series. Please reach out to me if you would like ideas for reading at home or would like to know what particular books your child is reading independently. 

    Science:  Last week our focus was the water cycle.  We learned key vocabulary such as; evaporation, precipitation, condensation and water vapor.  The students each made a diagram of the water cycle and then shared it with our kindergarten buddies.  This week we have started talking about wind and the Beaufordt Scale and how to categorize wind. We will then talk about various types of clouds and end our study on different types of Wild Weather.


    Notes from Ms. Leake- 2nd Grade

    These past weeks we have been working on the Study of shapes.  Exploring Shapes and Number is a unit on geometry.  Children are using geoblocks, pattern blocks, and geoboards to investigate 2-and 3- dimensional shapes, symmetry, fractions, and area.  First, we looked at the attributes of geoblocks. We sorted the blocks into rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, cubes, and pyramids.  We described shapes by their characteristics and properties when we talked about their faces, edges, and corners or vertices. Students had a chance to combine blocks to create a larger shape. They discovered there were over 20 ways to combine blocks to make the "R" shaped rectangular prism. They also learned there were only 1-2 ways to make some of the triangular prisms.  We used pattern blocks to talk about the area of a shape. We saw that there are 6 triangles in a hexagon shape, 3 triangles in a trapezoid shape, and 2 triangles in a parallelogram.  When we created a picture using a variety of shapes, we all had a consistent way to talk about the area of the shape by figuring out how many triangles were in the shape.

    In Art, we learned about the work of Paul Cezanne. We read his biography and talked about how he was famous for his 'still life' compositions.  Last week, we worked with parent Gina to draw our still life shapes. This week, we learned how to add value to our art using oil pastels. Gina showed us how to add white to one side for the light source and black to the opposite side. Then she showed us how to fill in the middle with a red, blue, or green pastel before blending that color across both the white and black. Next week, we will use what we learned about value to color our still lives.

     



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Newsletter               
    March 8, 2018              

    Upcoming Dates:

    Mar 7-  Coffee Talk with Emily 845am
    Mar 10- Lewis PTA Lucky Luau
    Mar 13- Connect to Kindergarten 530pm
                 PTA   Meeting 630pm
    Mar 14- Lewis Dines Out- Laurelwood Public House
    Mar 15 & 16- Drama Production, 630pm
    Mar 17- Drama Production 3pm
    Mar 21- Late Start- Lewis 

    Message from Ms. Glasgow

    Hello Lewis families. This week, I have three invitations to offer you:

    Classified Appreciation: This week is Classified and Non-Represented Appreciation Week. This is a time set aside in the busy year to give appreciation to our secretaries, classroom assistants and paraprofessionals, custodians, transportation workers, and nutrition service workers. I invite you to join me in stopping to acknowledge the many amazing classified employees who love, support, and care for our students every day!

    PTA Auction: This Saturday evening, our PTA is hosting its first (in a long time) auction--The Lucky Luau & Silent Auction. Tickets can be purchased on-line. I invite you to join us in a night of fun and celebration in support of Lewis students!

    March for Peace and Kindness: As many of you know, March 14 has been highlighted as a day for students and educators across the nation to honor the lives lost in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. Our staff--like staffs across the country--has come together to plan a developmentally-appropriate community event to join in the national movement. On March 14, we will be holding a community-wide March for Peace and Kindness. Prior to March 14, students will be talking about peace, kindness, and personal hopes for our school and the world. They will be making signs reflecting their hopes to be used in our march. Primary classrooms will keep a focus on broad themes of community, inclusion, and kindness. Upper grade classrooms may bring in age-appropriate information about Parkland, Florida, and the tragedies inspiring this movement. On March 14, students will come together for a morning assembly in which upper grade students will share their hopes and we will join together in song. Then, at 10:00 am, students will walk with their buddy classes out of the building and join in a community march around the school. I invite families to join us on our march at 10:00 am. If you'd like to join the march, you can meet your child's class near the basketball courts as they exit the building and head out around the school. Students and adults are encouraged to wear their Lewis t-shirts/Run for the Arts t-shirts to demonstrate solidarity as a community. We hope you’ll come be a part of the movement!!

    Lewis Lucky Luau

    Tickets are on sale now! Tickets are $10 each or 2 for $15 if purchased in advance. The Moose Lodge has a maximum capacity of 100 people so don't wait to buy your tickets or you may miss out. Visit https://www.lewispta.org/copy-of-lucky-luau-2018 to purchase yours today! Tracy also has tickets available for sale in the office. Each ticket includes snacks, soft beverages, and your first raffle ticket. We have an amazing assortment of silent auction items including summer camps, event tickets, home services, restaurant gift cards and more. Don't miss this chance for an adults-only night out with friends in support of our favorite school!

    "As of 3/7/18, there are only 40 tickets remaining for this event! Please buy yours today if you plan to join us!"

    We are also still looking for volunteers to help with this event. Click here to learn more and sign up for a shift! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4cafa72ca3ff2-thelewis

     

    March Milk Carton Recyclers Needed-

    www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E094CACAB28A31-march2

    BottleDrop collected 31 bags of recyclable containers last week, which made over $150 for Lewis PTA! Thanks to Sue who jumped in to bring a car full to drop off when we filled the first 2 cars, we made it all in one trip.  This program has made over $800 since we started in the fall and it’s picking up speed. Grab a blue bag in the office, add ALL drink containers that are marked with OR $10c Deposit, mix glass, plastic and cans in one bag, and bring these to Lewis on the first Thursday of every month. The recycling team very much appreciates when the bags are dry and properly filled with beverage containers only!

    Check out BottleDropCenters.com for a list of everything with Oregon deposit. You can also drop off your blue bags yourself at any Bottle Drop location, including one just 2 miles from Lewis at Linwood & King in Milwaukie. 

    Lewis Drama Production presents…

    WRITTEN IN STONE
    THREE SHORT WORKS
    - OR -
    THREE STORIES IN WHICH
    STONES ARE CARVED, BOILED,
    CLIMBED OVER, SHIMMIED
    AROUND, DESPISED, LOVED
    DREAMED ABOUT, AND
    LISTENED TO
    Ticket Prices:
    Adult: $5
    Children under 12: $2

    March 15th @ 6:30 pm

    March 16th @ 6:30 pm

    March 17th Saturday Matinee @ 3:00 pm

    Follow the link below to purchase tickets.  Seating limited to 175 seats per production.

    https://pps.schoolpay.com/parent/mip/Mc62

    ** ONLINE TICKET SALES WILL CLOSE 3 HOURS BEFORE EACH CURTAIN TIME 

     

    We want all that wish to see the production to attend.  Please see Tracy in the school office if the cost of show tickets would present a financial hardship.

    Pre-Garden Fair Plant Sale
    Order forms are going home this week for our pre-order plant sale.  Plant orders are due on March 20.  View plant selection at www.newleafgreenhouse.com.

    Lost and Found & Clothes Closet
    Please check the lost and found, there are a lot of jackets hanging up right now.  We also could use some help taking lost jackets down to the rack and hanging them up each week.  If you can help us out, please see Tracy or Kathleen in the office.  Lewis also keeps an assortment of clothes in a closet for kids who need a change of clothes.  If you can help us with organizing that closet, we could use your help.

    Spoon and Fork Drive
    We need your extra, random forks and spoons for our students at lunch time.
    If you have any, please drop them off in the box in the school office. Thank you!

    Donations to the Oregon Food Bank are being collected at the school from March 5th – 9th AND on production nights

    Lewis is once again hosting Project Second Wind, the Oregon Food Bank’s annual food and fund drive.  Please consider bringing a donation of food or funds (checks made payable to The Oregon Food Bank) to the collection box on production night.

    Please consider donating healthy, low fat and low sugar products from this list of most wanted foods.
    ·         canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon)
    ·         canned and boxed meals (i.e., soup, chili, stew,  macaroni and cheese)
    ·         peanut butter and other nut butters
    ·         canned or dried beans and peas (i.e., black, pinto, lentils)
    ·         pasta, rice, and cereal
    ·         canned fruits and vegetables
    ·         100 percent fruit or vegetable juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
    ·         cooking oil
    ·         shelf stable milk

    Please no glass, unlabeled, perishable, homemade, or open items, and no soda.
    Fund donations checks made out to Oregon Food Bank will also be collected in the school's office.

    Connect to Kindergarten

    We have rescheduled our Connect to Kindergarten event that was cancelled on February 20th due to poor weather conditions. The new date is:

    Tuesday, March 13th at 5:30 pm

    After this event, our monthly PTA Meeting will start at 6:30 and you are welcome to stay for that.
    After the informational kindergarten meeting, tours of our school will be provided.

    Please note that your attendance at our Connect to Kindergarten is not mandatory to enroll your child for the 2018-2019 school year.  Registration packets are available in our school office.  Office hours are 8:00am – 4:30pm.

    Childcare will NOT be available during the Connect to Kindergarten event, but children are welcome.  If you would like to stay for the PTA Meeting, there will be free childcare provided.

    Please contact the school office if you have any questions.  Thank you

    Come join the Lewis PTA Board!

    PTA Board elections are coming up April 10th and we are looking for a few good people who want to support and guide the great programs our PTA sponsors.  From funding arts and technology in the classrooms to fun community events, this is a wonderful way to make a difference for all the kids at Lewis!

    In particular we are looking for a PTA President or two CoPresidents, a Fundraising CoCoordinator and a CoTreasurer, although all positions are open to those interested.  For more information about Board position descriptions and frequently asked questions, please go to the PTA website at

    https://www.lewispta.org/current-leadership for the FAQs and to

    https://www.lewispta.org/nominations-for-leadership for the position descriptions.

    If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else, please contact Derica Waller at Dericawaller@gmail.com or come to the March 13th General PTA Meeting.  We'd love to see you there!

    See's Candy - Easter chocolate orders due March 12

    See's Easter chocolate sale!  There are FIVE styles available for either $5 or $6 each.  Lewis earns 20% profit back on all orders!  Please return the attached completed order form with payment to the school office by office close on Monday, March 12 and the orders will be ready for pick up on Thursday, March 22. Questions?  Contact Genevieve Benner at  vivapalmer@yahoo.com
    See's Easter Order Form 

    BOX TOP COLLECTION UPDATE

    If you recall, the classroom that collects the most Box Tops will receive a popcorn party at the end of the year!  The current top three are:  Ms. Dana at 511 (wow!), Ms. Cyndi at 491 (close race!) and Ms. Leake at 357 (just had a big surge!)  Keep your eyes peeled for Box Tops on items you have purchased, clip them and place them in an envelope or baggie with your child's teacher's name on the outside. Bring them to the collection box in the school office. If you like the "official" Box Top collection envelopes or using the Box Top collection sheets, extras are available in the office. Remember, each Box Top is worth 10¢ and they don’t need to be clipped perfectly... just make sure each one has the full label and expiration date.  Expired Box Tops don’t count toward our earnings.  Good luck and keep clipping!  Questions? Contact Box Tops Coordinator Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com

    BottleDrop collected 31 bags of recyclable containers last week, which made over $150 for Lewis PTA! Thanks to Sue who jumped in to bring a car full to drop off when we filled the first 2 cars, we made it all in one trip.  This program has made over $800 since we started in the fall and it’s picking up speed. Grab a blue bag in the office, add ALL drink containers that are marked with OR $10c Deposit, mix glass, plastic and cans in one bag, and bring these to Lewis on the first Thursday of every month. The recycling team very much appreciates when the bags are dry and properly filled with beverage containers only!

    Check out BottleDropCenters.com for a list of everything with Oregon deposit. You can also drop off your blue bags yourself at any Bottle Drop location, including one just 2 miles from Lewis at Linwood & King in Milwaukie. 

    The Talent Show is coming!

    Now is your chance to be a part of this great event. If you want to sign up, you need to pick up a permission slip in the office and have it returned by Thursday, March 15th! Each participant needs to turn in a signed permission slip. This year there are a couple of changes. Participants are welcome to be in one act only! Also, if you are in a group act, please submit your applications together, stapled.  Try-outs will be held, Wednesday, March 21st from 3:15-5:00. So grab your friends, dust of those dance shoes, tune your instrument, or warm up your singing voice and join in the fun! Try-out and rehearsals will be in the cafeteria! Finally, the talent show could not happen without the help of our parents! If you are available to help, please drop me an email, or stop by and let me know! I promise it is easy! I will absolutely need one parent to greet students as they arrive and get them signed in, as I won't be able to be there until a few minutes after 3:00!

    If you have questions, please contact Sarah Kohn@ skohn@pps.net

    SCREENAGERS DOCUMENTARY -GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE

    Thursday, March 15th - 7pm Sellwood Middle School Gym

    The Sellwood Middle School PTA is very excited to bring the movie Screenagers to our community. SCREENAGERS is an award-winning documentary that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

    The cost to attend will be $5 per adult and FREE for children. Please pass this along to any family and friends that you think would be interested. We are inviting the whole community to join us.

    To purchase tickets or learn more about the movie please follow this link:  https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-sellwood-middle-school-pta-6902

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    News and information from our classrooms...

    March 8, 2018


    Notes from Ms. Canales- 2nd-3rd Grade

    March is off to an exceptional start in room 16!
    What are we up to?

    Reading: We are continuing Reading to Learn, our nonfiction unit. Students have been working on analyzing the text for the author’s perspective, and then talking back to that perspective.

    Writing: We are continuing The Art of Informational Writing. Students have been researching their topics and trying out different structures like cause/effect, pro/con, problem/solution, and compare/contrast  in their writing

    Social Studies: Our Portland unit continues. We’ve studied Portland’s boom up to 1900. Soon we'll be learning about Vanport!

    Math: 2nd graders are finishing up Unit 4 which focuses on Geometry. Next they will begin Unit 5 which focuses on money and multi-digit addition and subtraction. 3rd graders are focusing on multiplication and division strategies.

    Science: We are continuing our Changes unit where we will explore the scientific concepts behind changes we see everyday. We’ve been discussing states of matter and experimenting with different solids and liquids.

    Reminders

    Sign up to volunteer in room 16! There is a sign up sheet posted by our classroom door.
    I’m sending home a daily compliment to one family via email or Remind. Look out for one coming your way!

    Notes from Mr. Hansen/Ms. Brenan - 3nd Grade

    In Reading, we continue to work on our Mystery unit.  The kids have been honing their comprehension skills as they power through our large collection of mysteries.  Up to this point, our comprehension work has really focused on understanding the individual mysteries we’re reading: identifying the suspects, clues, and solutions — and trying to solve the mystery BEFORE the detective does! 

    This week we started to broaden the work by shifting our focus to the larger genre of mystery.  We read and analyzed a number of shorter mysteries as we set out to test our theories and identify the patterns and common elements that occur across most mystery stories.  The end result was a powerful list of characteristics that will raise the level of our reading.  As kids develop knowledge of how a particular genre works, they sharpen their awareness of the nuances that deepen their understanding of all fiction.  Educator Lucy Calkins puts it best: “Ultimately, the expert mystery reader is an expert reader of fiction itself, which is a goal we want for all students.”

    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    The kids and I were amazed when we looked at the March calendar this week and realized that we really only have about three months left of school. We have a lot to pack into those three months. We’ve had several talks this week about being almost 4th graders and that I expected to see them doing their best everyday...showing me they were ready. Here is what we are working on:

    Social Studies: Our Portland unit is in full swing. One of the favorite activities so far has been the journal writing they have done as if they are a Native American child in the early 1800’s of what is now Portland and then as a pioneer child in the 1850’s. I am very excited to be piloting, with the other third grade teachers, a unit on Vanport, which we will start after we get through “Portland - the Early Years.”

    Writing: Students have been working hard to organize their nonfiction pieces, with the help of their peers. They are checking to be sure that each topic sentence is followed by details that support that idea/fact. It has been tough for many of them, but I’m very proud of their perseverance.

    Reading: We have shifted our nonfiction focus away from expository texts to that of narrative nonfiction, specifically biographies. Students have really enjoyed reading about different people of notoriety. One student came up at the end of reading last week and said, “Yesterday I had never even heard of this woman, and now she’s someone that really inspires me.” I’m excited to discuss more inspiring women with the group on Thursday (more below.) It’s also has allowed us to talk about how one person, or one small act can have a huge impact. This is a great way for them to see themselves as changemakers.

    International Women’s Day is this Thursday and we will be spending the day celebrating women. We will be reading, writing about, and discussing the accomplishments of the famous as well as the unsung heroes. It was a powerful day last year, which the kiddos really enjoyed. Students will be sharing the interviews they did with an important woman in their life and doing a related art project. Thank you for helping them get it in by tomorrow morning.

    Wednesday, March 14th: Please be sure to read Ms. Glasgow’s note in today’s newsletter about an all school activity we will be participating in next Wednesday morning. We would love to have families join us if you are able.

    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    This week we are wrapping up a math unit, starting a new writing unit, and beginning a second study of a natural disaster topic.

    In math, we have completed Unit 3 on fractions and division.  Students will be taking the post-assessment on Wednesday and I am looking forward to seeing their growth.  Next, we will do a mini-unit on conversions before heading into Unit 4 which covers new aspects of geometry and measurement.

    In writing, we just launched a new persuasive writing unit.  Students learned to turn a personal opinion statement into a persuasive argument and will work to give evidence and personal stories to back up their claim.

    In literacy, our research teams are launching into a comparative study of a different natural disaster topic.  This time around, students are thinking about how their second topic is similar to or different from their first topic and use that as a jumping off point to build greater understanding.

    Last week in social studies, we watched a video about Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery.  We took notes on the wide array challenges the Corps faced as they traveled from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean.  Some student takeaways were: "They would have been super strong when they made it back!" and "I can't believe more people didn't die along the way."  This week, our class will learn about the Oregon Trail and the trials and tribulations that arose when traveling with a family across the U.S. in the 1800's.

    This week is also Project Second Wind Food and Fund Drive at Lewis.  There is a box outside of our room where you can drop off canned goods and shelf-stable foods.  Please help our school make a difference!

    Take care, Ms. Elissa

    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    As we roll into March, we are as busy as ever in Room 22.  Here's what is going on:

    Math:  Students will be taking their Unit 3 post-assessment on Wednesday.  They will show their knowledge of different fractions models and how to divide up the remainder in a division story problem.

    Reading:  Students completed their research posters about extreme weather and landforms last week.  Their projects are hanging up in the hall outside our classroom, come check them out!    This week, students are working on researching their second topic.

    Writing:  On Thursday, students finished their 5-paragraph essay writing samples.  On Monday, we began our new unit on writing a persuasive essay.  We will be practicing writing a strong, persuasive thesis statement.

    Social Studies: The last two weeks have been a mini-unit on Westward Expansion.  Students have been watching National Geographic and NPR videos on Lewis and Clark and the Oregon Trail and taking notes about their learning.

    Thursday is International Women's Day.  We will spend the day learning about female activists, celebrating women, and talking about gender inequalities that still exist.  We think it is important to both learn about the past and learn about young women who are challenging the status quo today.  Thank you for helping your interview a woman that is important in their life.  Students will be sharing their interviews and doing a related art projects on Thursday as well.  You are welcome to pop in and join us at any time that day!

    On Friday, Ms. Elissa and I won't be at school as we have been asked to present the work we have been doing around social studies and social justice to current graduate students at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling.  We hate being away from our students but are excited about the opportunity to share with new teachers ways to integrate social studies and social justice into their classrooms.

    Notes from Mr. Richner- 4th-5th Grade

    Greetings!  Standardized state testing is on the horizon. These tests, called the Smarter Balanced tests, are very different from the former OAKS tests in their size and scope. A state testing opt-out form (bit.ly/SBAC-OPT-OUT) is available in the Lewis office. If families choose to opt-out of state testing, they must submit this form to the Lewis office before actual testing begins. Lewis plans to schedule tests to begin in late March and run into May. The district states that teachers can neither promote nor discourage participation in state testing; that opting out is a parent decision. However, if you have any questions about the tests, please do not hesitate to ask.

    We have had another busy and productive week in room 20. Project Second Wind Food and Fund Drive to benefit Oregon Food Bank continues through Friday. Team 20’s colored pencil and watercolor signs are next to every door in the school to get the word out as are posters that we made with our first grade buddies. Here is more information (bit.ly/PSW-2018), including a list of most wanted foods. I recently read an article titled Five Ways to Help Teens Think Beyond Themselves about helping kids find purpose in their lives and connect to something larger than themselves (bit.ly/team20-purpose). Our food drive, I think, is a good way to model empathy and for us to contribute as a team to our own community. Our Lewis Book Drive for Lewis’s Little Free Library and the Children’s Book Harvest for The Children’s Book Bank had similar functions, as did the Street Roots Vendor Drive that many classrooms throughout our school participated in during December.

    Looking ahead, we will celebrate Women’s Day as a fourth and fifth grade on Thursday. Thank you for helping your kid complete their interview with an important woman in their life. We will share these interviews during our celebration and connect them with an art activity. During language workshop, we have been working on persuasive writing and learning to organize an argument. We began reading Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. Several Team 20 kids are in the upcoming school play, Written in Stone. Here’s more information about the production and tickets (bit.ly/written-in-stone). I am looking forward to seeing the Thursday performance.

    Please follow us on Twitter @LewisRoom20 and at LewisRoom20.blogspot.com for photos and regular updates!  Mark

    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    Happy Wednesday! We are only a few weeks away from Spring Break and we are busy trying to complete several new units. We are currently drafting our argument essays in writing and will have those edited and published within the next two weeks. Ask your child about their topic because they all selected and researched interesting subjects. Some of the topics include; self-driving cars, banning the use of tobacco, school uniforms, the production of plastic, and making the school week shorter :)

    In math, we are wrapping up our second fraction unit. Students are labeling base ten models with a fraction and then converting the fraction to a decimal or percentage. We are moving into fraction story problems at the end of this week so we can take the end of unit assessment next week.

    The kids are excited because they selected a new read aloud novel, The Hatchet. We are doing read aloud every afternoon during art. We currently have two art projects going that will both be displayed at Art Night in May. Students are using watercolors to create a small series of Mandalas and they are beautiful. We are super excited for our newest project...a class quilt. I love to incorporate a sewing project every spring and we are very fortunate to have a master quilter joining us. Make sure you mark Art Night on your calendar because you won’t want to miss our display. Art Night is on Thursday, May 3rd.

    Other updates… *Students need to bring their completed Women’s Rights Interview to school tomorrow. *We are hoping to collect all camp tuition by Spring Break so please send that in when you can. Checks should be made out to Lewis Elementary and feel free to use SchoolPay if that’s easier. *Don’t forget to clean out your pantry and pick up a few other canned goods to donate to Oregon Food Bank. We started accepting collections earlier this week.

    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    Happy Wednesday and happy March! We are in a smooth groove in Room 23! Last week we met with our buddies in Room 10 and shared our writing and a bit of reading time. It is always such fun to spend time with our friends! We are continuing to have gardening once a week on Tuesdays. Please make sure your child dresses for the weather, as it is all over the place, and I want them to be comfortable. We are wrapping up our math unit on fractions, decimals and percents. We will have an assessment on that portion at the end of the week and then focus on multiplying and dividing fractions. In writing, students are continuing to work on their opinion pieces. Each student has chosen something they feel strongly about. I am excited to see how they turn out! We started our F.L.A.S.H. unit on Monday. We set our guidelines and discussed topics. Students will be bringing home homework assignments throughout the unit, so please check in with them. This is a wonderful opportunity to have conversations that aren't always easy in a structured way. As camp gets closer, please make arrangements to send in payment. That can be done either with a check, or via SchoolPay. I sent home an information sheet on how to use that service. If you need additional help, please contact Tracy in the office. Thanks for all you do to support what we do here at school and all you do to support your child at home. These are challenging days for your children, with all that has been happening in our country and they are carrying it around each day. Let me know if I can offer you support. I am here for you all.

    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    Now that it’s nearly spring, we are starting a new Unique Learning unit called “Our Changing Weather”. In this unit, we are learning about the four seasons and different kinds of weather. We are starting by learning about the purpose of rain gauges and how they work. We will also do a round of Vocab Bingo this week to introduce some of the important vocabulary. For Reading, leveled groups will work on Reading A-Z books and literacy packets about weather and climate. For Math, we did some work last week with coordinate grids, and now we are focusing on fractions.

    For Writing, students have been working hard on their fairy tales, and now they are typing them up, making final edits, and getting them ready to publish. For Art, students have painted watercolor settings and are making paper puppets of their characters. Then each student will perform a puppet show of their fairy tale. Miss Kathleen has been taking our class out to do gardening on Monday afternoons, and this week they planted cilantro and spinach!



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter                  
    February 21, 2018       

    Happy Snow Day Everyone!!!!!

    Upcoming Dates:

    Feb 23- Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance 630pm
    Mar 1- Bottle Drop pick up- 845am
    Mar 2- Walk and Roll

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    Hello families. Thank you for scrambling to get your students on time in response to this week's Early Release. I know how challenging it can be to make unexpected schedule changes. Your partnership allowed students and staff to get home safely. Hopefully, the weather will even out this week so we can continue on with everything else as scheduled. I am, in particular, looking forward to my first "Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance" this Friday night--another special Lewis tradition. Hope to see you there!
    Emily

    Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance
    Friday, February 23, 6:30-8pm

    Proceeds from the dance go toward bus transportation for the fifth grade science camp. Support a Lewis tradition and have a great time all in one evening.
    Admission is a suggested donation of $2/person or $5/family. Pizza and other refreshments will be available for purchase.
    Community events are run by volunteers. We need your help to make the event a success--volunteer for a short shift during the evening.
    To sign up go to http://bit.ly/2BJixMe
    For more information visit https://www.lewispta.org/lonesome-trio-dance-2018

    PTA Community Events Survey
    The PTA is beginning to plan community events for the 2018-19 school year and we need your help! As your PTA, one of our main goals is connecting Lewis community members to create a welcoming and thriving environment for all children. We want to make sure the events we plan are fun, relevant, and accessible to all.
    This survey should take you 10 minutes or less to complete and we'll be sure to share the results in an upcoming newsletter. All responses are confidential. Please respond to the survey by February 27.

    Take the survey at https://goo.gl/forms/8UZDAnem6gTq1sMv2

    Project Second Wind, the Oregon Food Bank’s annual food and fund drive, will come to Lewis the week of March 5th through March 9th.
    Each classroom will have a collection box. Fourth and fifth grade students will empty these boxes each day to record and box up each classroom’s collected food items. Please join Lewis and the Oregon Food Bank to provide a “second wind” of hunger relief after the holidays in our community.

    Please consider donating healthy, low fat and low sugar products from this list of most wanted foods.
    ·         canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon)
    ·         canned and boxed meals (i.e., soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)
    ·         peanut butter and other nut butters
    ·         canned or dried beans and peas (i.e., black, pinto, lentils)
    ·         pasta, rice, and cereal
    ·         canned fruits and vegetables
    ·         100 percent fruit or vegetable juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
    ·         cooking oil
    ·         shelf stable milk
    Please no glass, unlabeled, perishable, homemade, or open items, and no soda.
    Fund donations checks made out to Oregon Food Bank will also be collected in the school's office.

    Lewis Lucky Luau
    Tickets are on sale now! Tickets are $10 each or 2 for $15 if purchased in advance. The Moose Lodge has a maximum capacity of 100 people so don't wait to buy your tickets or you may miss out. Visit https://www.lewispta.org/copy-of-lucky-luau-2018 to purchase yours today! Tracy also has tickets available for sale in the office. Each ticket includes snacks, soft beverages, and your first raffle ticket. We have an amazing assortment of silent auction items including summer camps, event tickets, home services, restaurant gift cards and more. Don't miss this chance for an adults-only night out with friends in support of our favorite school!

    We are also still looking for volunteers to help with this event. Click here to learn more and sign up for a shift! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4cafa72ca3ff2-thelewis

    2018 Smarter Balancing Testing:
    If families choose to opt-out of state testing, they must submit this form to Kathleen in the office before actual testing begins. Forms are available in the office.  Please be aware that you must mark on the form each test that you want to opt-out of.  The district states that teachers can neither promote nor discourage participation in state testing; that opting out is a parent decision. However, if you have any questions about the tests, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher.  Testing will begin in March.

    Spring Youth Basketball
    Registration is open now until February 22nd!  Calling all interested boys grades 3-8th, space is limited!  Please visit Cleveland Basketball for details and registration here:  www.cleveland-warriors.com

    Girls on the Run
    Registration is Open for the Girls on the Run Team at Lewis Elementary
    We're thrilled to share that Lewis Elementary will have a Girls on the Run team this spring. Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games.
    Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-5th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.
    Practice Days:
    Mondays and Wednesdays from  3:15PM - 4:45PM
    Where: Lewis Elementary
    Season Dates: March 5th - May 21st
    Registration is limited to 15 participants.  Learn more and register:
    www.girlsontherunpdx.org/Program-Registration
    Questions? Email mckenzie.miller@girlsontherun.org

     

    Meriwether Lewis Classroom Notes
    News and Information from our classrooms                    
    February 21, 2018

    Notes from Ms. Canales - 2nd / 3rd Grade
    February continues to be a fantastic month in room 16!
    What are we up to?

    Reading: We are continuing Reading to Learn, our nonfiction unit. Students are learning how to rev up their mind for nonfiction reading and how to summarize what they’ve read.

    Writing: We are continuing The Art of Informational Writing. Students are writing about topics they are experts on. We will be transferring what we’ve learned about nonfiction reading into our writing.

    Social Studies: Our Portland unit continues. We’ve learned about the early history of Portland before it was founded. Students created a journal entry from the perspective of a Native American child in 1850. Next we will be discussing the founding of Portland and the Portland Penny.

    Math: 2nd graders continue Unit 4. Unit 4 is focused on geometry skills (while still practicing computation and number sense everyday). 3rd graders are finishing up their geometry unit and moving to the next unit, which will focus on multiplication and division strategies.

    Science: We’ve begun our Changes unit where we will explore the scientific concepts behind changes we see everyday (like ice melting). We will dig into the states and properties of matter in this unit.
    Reminders:
    -Thank you for a wonderful Friendship Party on February 14!

    -Sign up to volunteer in room 16! There is a sign up sheet posted by our classroom door.

    Notes from Ms. Redmond - 3rd Grade
    I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend...and the extra two hours yesterday afternoon and this morning. Hopefully, we’ll be back
    to normal tomorrow. This is what we’re up to:
    Math: Students have been working with different multiplication strategies to solve multiplication and division story problems. Moving forward they will write some of their own for their classmates to solve.
    Reading: Readers have been devouring their nonfiction texts. They have had some great conversations with their partners about the different topics they are reading and I have learned a ton from conferring with them during their reading. Knowing that they are responsible for teaching what they’ve read to someone else has made them read differently. It has caused them to think more critically about what they are reading and how they are responding to the text.
    Writing: Our authors are continuing to add what they already know to their expository pieces. We will also start doing some additional research to help fill in gaps they have, which are important to teach their audience. Much to their pleasure, sub days have allowed for some creative free writing sessions as well.
    Science: Students are really enjoying our new unit on Changes. Coming up, we will be experimenting with mixing and separating solids, as well as liquids.
    Social Studies: We will be starting our unit on Portland later this week.
    Reminders: With the colder weather, please make sure students are coming to school dressed warmly with plenty of layers.  
    As always, thanks for all of the support you provide your amazing kiddos and me.

    Notes from Mr. Hansen / Ms. Brenan – 3rd Grade
    Hi all, Thanks for rolling with us on this shifting weather.  We took advantage of the excitement about snow to do some scientific observations outside.  I put some black paper outside so that it would be nice and cold.  When the kids got back from music, I showed them how to use a jeweler's loupe to examine things up close.  We went outside with our winter gear, loupes and cold paper to try to catch some snowflakes. They were so serious about trying to zoom in and see the tiny hexagonal spokes.  After, we warmed up with a video about how flakes form and their fascinating emergent properties.  

    In Math we are wading into the fun world of multiplication with bigger numbers.  We've dipped our toes into the world of fractions and are eager to go deeper.  I am still sending homework on a regular basis but the exact day may vary slightly so that I can make sure the kids have had some experience before they bring it home.  Know that I am always flexible on when homework returns: it is homework so do the work in a way that makes sense for your home!  Best, and thanks for your great kids.  - Mark

    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade
    So much for that early spring that was predicted... The snow sure is pretty, though.
    This week in literacy, students are crafting a poster presentation with their natural disaster research groups to share the information they have learned.  They have worked hard to improve their nonfiction reading, summarizing, and synthesizing skills as they research.
    In writing, students are completing a writing work sample as an assessment on how they are progressing on their 5-paragraph essay writing skills.  They chose a topic, completed an outline, and are working to write out their essay to show off their talents as a writer.  
    In math we are taking another look at division and how it relates to fractions.  This week, we are figuring out how to solve division with a remainder.  Students will look at the different ways a remainder can be handled in different situations.  13 cookies divided between 4 people looks very different than 13 people divided into 4 groups.
    We are continuing our studies of the history of the Klamath River Basin.  How water in the basin should be used is a long and ongoing conversation between Native People, ecological groups, farmers, ranchers, and others.  Students are working in pairs to research specific events related to the use of water in the basin, creating a timeline marker, and will share their research with the class.
    Stay warm out there!
    Ms. Elissa

    Notes from Mr. Richner - 4th/5th Grade
    Greetings!  What a wintery week we are having! On Tuesday, we took some time to enjoy the snow as a team. I hope everyone enjoyed some snow time at home, too. My own kids loved being pulled through the snow on a sled. This whole snow thing is still pretty new for them. One of them, gazing out at the dark morning sky last Saturday, remarked, “It raining pretty hard.” When I explained that it was snow, they were so happy! All in all, the kids have done an excellent job settling into routines lately and, to no one’s surprise, it turned out to be a very busy and productive week!
    We are continuing our learning about salmon, people, and dams in the Pacific Northwest with a look at the restoration of the Elwha River using some resources from Olympic National Park. We are finishing up reply letters to our pen pals and doing some peer conferencing. During Reed Science, we are learning how an object’s mass affects its relationship to gravity and completed an air resistance design challenge. During our language workshop, we are working with some strategies for approaching nonfiction and working with how we orient ourselves to more complex nonfiction. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we made mailboxes and delivered mail. We met up with our buddies in Mrs. Logue’s first grade. We are designing signs for Oregon Food Bank’s Project Second Wind Food and Fund Drive, which begins at Lewis on March 5th. More info: bit.ly/PSW-2018. Fifth graders will begin FLASH, a family life and sexual health unit, in a couple of weeks, joining either Ms. Natalie or Ms. Sarah’s class. A green flyer went home today with more details. Last, but not least, thank you for your help with returning Science Camp forms. I am looking forward to camp!
    Please follow us on Twitter @LewisRoom20 and at LewisRoom20.blogspot.com for photos and regular updates!
    Mark

    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade
    Hope you had a nice three-day weekend and you are staying warm in this cold weather! Here's what we are up to:
    Math:  Students are learning about dividing up the remainder in a division story problem.  For example, if each friend gets two cookies and there is one cookie leftover, how would the remaining cookie be divided up by three friends?  How would that be different if it was one dollar instead of one cookie?
    Reading:  Last week, students finished research on their first weather topic.  They are currently making posters to share their learning.  Next week, they will begin research on topic number two.
    Writing:  Students are currently working on a writing sample to see how well they can organize and write a five-paragraph essay without teacher support.  The homework outlines are really improving, thank you for supporting your kids in that area!
    Social Studies: Students have been discussing and debating why different invested parties have different opinions on how water should be used in the Klamath Basin. We watched some news clips about the fight for water rights in that region, and students are currently reading and summarizing the series of events that took place in that region.  They will turn their research into timeline markers and present them to the class next week.
    Science:  Reed Science began up again two weeks ago.  Students will be learning about different forms of energy.
    Please make sure you are sending your child to school in a coat and warm layers!  We try to get outside as much as possible to get the wiggles out so we can focus on learning when we are in the classroom.  Thanks!

    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade
    I thought Spring was just around the corner!? Until then, bundle up and enjoy the snow! I want to thank all of you for being patient during our early release yesterday. It’s important that we follow procedures when checking out students on days like that. This reminds me-- it’s also very important that you enter the building through the door nearest the office during school hours. I know it’s tempting to knock on the door closest to your location but it’s unsafe for children to let people in the building. It’s also important that you check-in at the office and wear your badge in a visible location. Once again, this is for our safety. Thank you for being understanding and cooperative.
    A quick update on our content areas…Math- We continue our work with fractions. We are learning how to convert a mixed number into an improper fraction and a improper fraction into a mixed number. Next up is adding and subtracting these mixed numbers. Reading- we are exploring and unpacking the features of nonfiction texts (getting them ready for middle school). Writing- Students are currently brainstorming topics for a persuasive writing piece. Science- Reed College Science started back up so that put our Microworlds unit on hold until next week.
    Reminders-- Camp forms were due Tuesday so please send those in ASAP if you missed the deadline. --Look for a letter introducing our FLASH health unit that will begin the beginning of March. --I’m still missing a few report card envelopes so don’t forget to send those in. Hope you have a wonderful week and stay warm!!

    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade
    What a crazy week! Your kids were champs yesterday with all the adjustments to the schedule. I am happy to say that despite all the white stuff, we got some good work done! Last week we had a fun celebration of friendship. Thank you for sending in items for our party! In writing, we are working on persuasive opinion pieces! We are beginning the unit by using chocolate milk at school as a sample for learning many important writing strategies. In math, we have focused a lot on fraction work. We have learned how to find equivalent fractions and are now converting fractions into decimals. We will also be learning how to convert from fractions into percents and decimals into percents, as well! Finally, we still have coming multiplying and dividing fractions! Those are all concepts you can check in with your child about. In reading, we continue to explore non-fiction texts. We are learning strategies for tackling more complex text features; which include vocabulary and main idea. Camp forms were due on Tuesday. A big thank-you to all who turned in their signed form! If you haven't yet gotten that back, please do so right away. Payment can come in now, or later. If you like, you can send in a check, or use Schoolpay. Ask Tracy if you need help with that! This Friday is a fun-filled Lewis tradition that will also help with camp transportation costs. The Lonesome Teacher Trio is performing for a lively Lewis Family Dance! I hope you can make it to this event. You have such lovely children and I feel so lucky to be their teacher! Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or any wonderful stories to share!

    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7
    Our current unit is “Cultures influence Communities”. In this unit, we are learning about different cultures and how they come together to form communities, states, and nations. We started off the unit with a round of Vocab Bingo to introduce some of the important vocabulary. For Reading, leveled groups are working on their Reading A-Z books and literacy packets about different cultures around the world. They are also reading and listening to fairy tales and folktales.  For Math, we are wrapping up our multiplication and division unit, and now we are working on money skills, time, and coordinate grids. The work with coordinate grids helps students with map-reading skills.

    For Writing, students have been using graphic organizers to plan out retellings of their favorite fairy tale or folktale stories. The organizer helps with important elements like good characters and bad characters, setting, problem, solution, and magic. Next they will draft their own versions of these tales and illustrate them as well. For Science last week, we made color wheels, then predicted what they would look like while spinning. Students did an extension the next day, where they made different designs of color wheels and made more predictions. For Art, students are making paper lanterns for Chinese New Year. They also made Valentine cards for their families, which are currently on display in the glass case for the month of February.  We also did some fun activities on Valentine’s Day, including making graphs with candy hearts, reading romantic fairy tales, playing “musical hearts”, and of course exchanging Valentine cards. On Tuesday before the early release, everyone enjoyed going out and playing in the snow during recess!



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Letter               

    February 14, 2018         

     

    Upcoming Dates:
    Feb 19- Presidents’ Day- No School
    Feb 20- Connect to Kindergarten 630pm
    Feb 21- Late Start- Crazy Hair Day
    Feb 23- Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance 630pm

     

    Message from Ms. Glasgow

    Happy Valentine's Day to you all!  While, as my son reminded me this week, this is not a "real holiday" to most, it is always a nice day to step back and give appreciation to those we love and care for in our community. One person I want to give public appreciation to this week is Mrs. O'Dea. She has been covering Mrs. Murphy's maternity leave in 2nd grade since the beginning of the school year. Since Mrs. Murphy will be returning to us next week, this will be Mrs. O'Dea's last week in Room 5. Mrs. O'Dea has put in countless hours to plan and care for our 2nd graders this year--please join me in sending her off with love and appreciation! And, of course, a warm welcome back to Mrs. Murphy!! On another note, I wanted to share that--given some other pressing agenda items--our workshop on talking with your children about race got cut short at last night's PTA meeting. So, we will be re-visiting this topic in greater detail at next month's meeting (March 13). If you are a family raising a student of color, you should also be looking for a mailing inviting you to a families of color listening session in early March. I am excited about these upcoming opportunities to bring families into the staff's ongoing dialogue about issues of race and equity in our school community.

    Lewis Lucky Luau

    Tickets are on sale now! Tickets are $10 each or 2 for $15 if purchased in advance. The Moose Lodge has a maximum capacity of 100 people so don't wait to buy your tickets or you may miss out. Visit https://www.lewispta.org/copy-of-lucky-luau-2018 to purchase yours today! Tracy also has tickets available for sale in the office. Each ticket includes snacks, soft beverages, and your first raffle ticket. We have an amazing assortment of silent auction items including summer camps, event tickets, home services, restaurant gift cards and more. Don't miss this chance for an adults-only night out with friends in support of our favorite school!

    We are also still looking for volunteers to help with this event. Click here to learn more and sign up for a shift! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4cafa72ca3ff2-thelewis

     

    PTA Community Events Survey

    The PTA is beginning to plan community events for the 2018-19 school year and we need your help! As your PTA, one of our main goals is connecting Lewis community members to create a welcoming and thriving environment for all children. We want to make sure the events we plan are fun, relevant, and accessible to all.

    This survey should take you 10 minutes or less to complete and we'll be sure to share the results in an upcoming newsletter. All responses are confidential. Please respond to the survey by February 27.

    Take the survey at https://goo.gl/forms/8UZDAnem6gTq1sMv2

     

    Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance

    Friday, February 23, 6:30-8pm

    Proceeds from the dance go toward bus transportation for the fifth grade science camp. Support a Lewis tradition and have a great time all in one evening.
    Admission is a suggested donation of $2/person or $5/family. Pizza and other refreshments will be available for purchase.
    Community events are run by volunteers. Help make the event a success by volunteering for a short shift during the evening. To sign up go to http://bit.ly/2BJixMe

    For more information visit https://www.lewispta.org/lonesome-trio-dance-

     

    2018 Smarter Balancing Testing:

    If families choose to opt-out of state testing, they must submit this form to Kathleen in the office before actual testing begins. Forms are available in the office.  Please be aware that you must mark on the form each test that you want to opt-out of.  The district states that teachers can neither promote nor discourage participation in state testing; that opting out is a parent decision. However, if you have any questions about the tests, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher.  Testing will begin in March.

    Connect  to Kindergarten

    It seems kind of early, but registration for the 2018-2019 School Year will begin soon.
    If you have an incoming kinder, it would be very helpful if you could let us know by emailing Tracy (tgiordano@pps.net) with their name and date of birth.
    Also, if you have neighbors with incoming kinders, could you please share with them that our Connect to Kindergarten is coming up?

    Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 pm

    Childcare is NOT provided, but children are welcome.  After the informational meeting, tours will be provided.
    Registration packets will be available at our Connect to Kindergarten events, and in the school office after February 9th..
    Please contact the school office if you have any questions.
    Thank you

    Spring Youth Basketball

    Registration is open now until February 22nd!  Calling all interested boys grades 3-8th, space is limited!  Please visit Cleveland Basketball for details and registration here:  www.cleveland-warriors.com

     

    Girls on the Run

    Registration is Open for the Girls on the Run Team at Lewis Elementary
    We're thrilled to share that Lewis Elementary will have a Girls on the Run team this spring. Girls on the Run inspires​ girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games.

    Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-5th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

    Practice Days:

    Mondays and Wednesdays from  3:15PM - 4:45PM
    Where: Lewis Elementary
    Season Dates: March 5th - May 21st

    Registration is limited to 15 participants.  Learn more and register: ​

    www.girlsontherunpdx.org/Program-Registration

    Questions? Email mckenzie.miller@girlsontherun.org​

     

    Lewis Elementary School Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...

    February 14, 2018

     

    Notes from Ms. Allen - Kindergarten

    Today we celebrated Valentine’s Day by having a friendship party. Thank you all for bringing in snacks last week, and thank you for coming today to help with our party. We had some of the snacks for Valentine’s Day and saved some for the 100th Day of school celebration.

    Language Arts: This week we will start a unit in reading workshop called Tackling More Challenging Books. This unit will focus on teaching students how to make sense of complex patterns in their books. In writing workshop we our working on making our writing more clear: writing in sentences and rereading our work as we write.

    Math: We will continue working on a variety of math skills. For our calendar pattern this month we are looking at 3D shapes. The 3D shapes we are focusing on are sphere, cone, cylinder, and cube.

    Upcoming Events: We will be celebrating the 100th day of school next week on Feb. 22nd.

    Reminders: Please sign and return your child’s report card envelope. Also, please continue to send your child with a full water bottle from home each day because the nearest drinking fountain is out of order and the kids have a long way to go to the next closest fountain.

    Notes from Ms. Kennedy - Kindergarten

    By the time you are reading this, we will have celebrated our much-anticipated Valentine’s Day party! We spent several artistic sessions in the beginning of the week decorating collection boxes for our goodies. Between the vast quantities of stickers and personal flourishes, it was a memorable experience! Thanks so much to the families who were willing and able to contribute treats and/or assistance in the classroom. You are greatly appreciated!

    This Friday marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. We will be reading about many traditions and inventions from China. 2018 is the Year of the Dog, so you might get a few requests to visit the local animal shelter. At least sounds better than adopting next year’s animal: the pig!

    Please continue to have your child read the Morning Message to you, a friend, a sibling, a spouse, a partner, a friendly neighbor… The more chances your child gets to read the same thing over and over, the more confidence they will gain. If anyone would like recommendations for books that are just right for your child, I am happy to share their levels with you. For the majority of kindergarten students in Room 4, you can’t go wrong with Level B and C books. These books can be read independently. Look for simple repeating words throughout the book and a surprise last page.

    Next Monday February 19th there is no school. It is a national holiday to honor Presidents’ Day. In one week, on Wednesday, we have a Late Start. The first bell rings at 10:40, giving plenty of time to prep for Crazy Hair Day. That will be a fun day for portraits! Then, to top even that celebration, Thursday February 22nd marks Day 100 in Kindergarten! Can you believe it? WOW. I am speaking at a conference for two days, and will miss this milestone. Sad face. Perhaps there is a family member out there who would like to use my camera and document parts of the day? Please contact me if interested. Children will be rotating through all three kindergarten classes, creating items to celebrate this marvelous achievement.

    Weekly photos posted https://mskennedyroom4.blogspot.com/ Thank you one and all!

    Notes from Teacher Leslie - Kindergarten

    Hi Families!  Here’s what’s new in Room 2:

    Last week we filled our book tubs with new books.  The excitement around the room was contagious!  It was great to see students choosing books that were just right for them.  We have been asking ourselves two questions to check our reading:  Does it make sense? Does it sound right?  We have also been practicing talking about our books with our reading partners. 

    In the last few weeks we have been practicing with different forms of writing.  We created riddles, wrote letters, and even practiced some nonfiction writing about penguins.  I am happy to see students remembering lowercase letters and punctuation in their writing!

    In math we introduced a new game called Count and Compare Unifix Cubes.  Students are practicing counting with groups of 10’s and 1’s in this game.  We are also practicing identifying 3-dimensional shapes with our February calendar and taking a closer look at coins. 

    I am looking forward to celebrating Friendship with our students for Valentine’s Day.  We decorated boxes for our Valentine cards yesterday.  I am also looking forward to our 100th day of Kindergarten!  It is a big day in Kindergarten where we celebrate all we’ve learned in our first 100 days of school.  Our 100th day of Kindergarten is next Thursday (February 22nd).  There will be all sorts of fun 100 day activities on that day.

    Notes from Teacher Dana -- 1st Grade

    We are having so much fun with our new literacy units.

    In Writer's workshop we are totally immersed in writing realistic fiction series. I am encouraging them to invent a fictional character/s that will appear in multiple stories. We are working on creating problems and solutions, and having our characters go on lots of adventures. We will collect them all an put them in a box like a real book series. If you have any empty cereal boxes at home, please save them and send them to school over the next few weeks.

    In Reader's Workshop last week we packed our imaginary suitcase and filled it with all of our reading strategies to go on lots of reading adventures. We have been focusing on comprehension strategies and also really honing in our predicting skills. We are also learning to synthesize the text, and rereading to think about how the different parts connect.  Reading and writing are very complex processes that take so many skills coming together all at the same time. Learning to read and write are incredibly empowering acts for 1st graders.

    Last week we began our unit about how water shapes the earth’s surface. Our first lesson was called, “If you floated down a river, where would you end up?” We learned how water flows from high to low, and how many rivers start up in mountains or hilly areas, and ultimately flow out towards the sea.

    You can encourage your child’s curiosity at home! If you know where your nearest stream or creek is, plan a trip to go visit it! If you’re not sure, look on a map. Once you get there, ask your child if they can figure out which direction it's flowing. Use a map to see if you can figure out where the water's headed.

    I want to again thank all of  you parents for being such a supportive community. We truly have a unique school that nurtures all learners. It takes a village.

    Notes from Mrs. Logue - 1st Grade

    This week is full of new opportunities for learning about the world around us with Friendship day, (Valentine’s day), President’s Day next Monday, the start of  Asian Lunar New Year celebrations 2018 beginning this Friday, our 100th day of school and our new Math- measurement unit starting this week.  We enjoyed an awesome art lesson on Monday and made Valentine boxes Tuesday for holding the friendship notes your child created for their classmates. Whether "store bought" or homemade, Valentine cards bring joy to the giver and receiver! We also made a  "friendship salad" out of the fruits you donated, (not to mention the delicious toppings too:).  We gathered together on the rug and I brought a big mixing spoon and pot over. Families had donated a variety of fruits and each fruit added to our giant mixing pot was symbolic of the positive attributes of friendship we share in our classroom. I told the students that the mixing pot was like our classroom. The pears are the good help and friendship inside and outside of the classroom. We added mandarin oranges that represent the hard work and best efforts in all we do. The pineapple added; sharing and taking turns. Peaches are the kind, sweet words being said in our classroom, like please and thank you! Peaches represent words of encouragement, like "You can do it!." As we mixed the fruit I added a can of fruit cocktail representing the happiness we feel when we are in school together. The children "ooed and awed" and we talked about the yummy Friendship Salad we were concocting and how good it will taste. I then brought out very old and bruised banana and started to try and peel it. The students called for me to stop, "Don’t put that rotten banana into our salad, it will ruin it!" I told them they were right, this rotten banana might cause trouble in our happy classroom. It represents name calling, not sharing and being mean, etc. We decided not to put the rotten banana in our Friendship Salad! This was a great opportunity to talk about why we all try our best to be kind to one another and the importance of treating others the way you would want to be treated and also having good manners. It was very sweet to see several students with their arms around each other’s shoulders and commenting so kindly. Thanks so much to the parents for helping make the Friendship celebration go smoothly and also to families who donated to our Friendship Salad.
    Students are practicing writing realistic fiction stories and beginning to explore rocks, silt, sand and soil during science time.
    Next Monday, Feb. 20th is President’s Day and later this week we will be learning more about two Presidents in particular, Washington and Lincoln. Remember, no school Monday the 20th.
    Keep up with us daily on twitter@AnneAbuckley
    Photos and more; mrslogue.wordpress.com
    Email: abuckley@pps.net

     

    Notes from Mrs. Jamesbarry - 1st Grade

    Happy Valentine’s Day! We had our friendship celebration this afternoon - exchanging cards and sharing Friendship Fruit Salad. We mixed together the different fruits - each fruit a symbol of part of our first grade experience - friendship, good manners, kindness, hard work, sharing, and happiness. We had a great time reading all of our valentines and spend time smiling and giggling.

    The 100th day of school is just around the corner. We will be celebrating it this Friday, Feb. 16th by creating100-Eyed Monsters. It’s my favorite art project of the year. Look for it in the hallway next week!

    We continue to read and write realistic fiction. We are working to identify the problem and solution, and noticing things about our characters as we read. In writing, we are working on making our beginnings and endings just right, including a problem and solution, and including proper punctuation and capitalization, of course. We will be working on writing from 9:30 - 10:20 for the rest of the year. I would love to have some classroom volunteers in to help out during this time. Let me know of you are available to help!

    In math, we are wrapping up our work on equations and will be moving our focus to time and measurement for a few weeks. This is always a fun hands on unit. Finally, we will be starting our science unit Rocks, Sand, and Soil next week. Kids love rocks and often have collections. We will be sharing these midway through the unit. So if your child doesn’t currently collect rocks, they can be on the look out for some cool ones now!

    Cheers! Ms. Sarah

    Notes from Ms. O’Dea - 2nd Grade

    As in cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year, this week also marks the end Ms. O’Dea’s time with Room 5 and the beginning of Mrs. Murphy’s.

    It’s been a great journey working with and getting to know all the children in Room 5. Each and every one of them is a good human being and have their own set of skills and gifts they bring to our community, and eventually to the world. I also want to give thanks to the families and Lewis community for their nurturing and support so that these children can grow and blossom and shine.

    Sincerely, Ms. O’Dea

    Notes from Ms. Leake- 2nd Grade

    This week we continue on our journey exploring nonfiction.  In writing, we are finishing our first book. Our most recent mini lesson focused on squeezing extra information out of our brains to add to each page. As a class, we previewed student books and talked about next steps. Some students worked on adding headings and a table of contents, others worked on adding more information to their topic sentences. After writing yesterday, students met with their writing partners. Each student gave a compliment and asked for clarification or shared advice. Student comments were very specific and helpful.

    In our Nonfiction Reading, our lesson this week focused on thinking and rethinking about how information is connected across books.  We looked at Tiger Turf in Laura Marsh's book, Tigers,  and did some good sharing about how tigers mark their territories.  Then we read a page in Amazing Animals: Tigers that talked about the different sounds that tigers make. We wondered how the information fit together.  We couldn't see the connection until we looked at the caption that went with the picture. It read:  Tigers roar to warn others to stay out of their territory. After the lesson, students had a chance to practice comparing information from two of their books.  First they chose a topic and found information in both books using the table of contents and the index.  Then they compared information from both books and shared what they learned with their partners. 

    We are learning about our first element in weather: air. We read a book that taught us that air is all around us. We learned that you can prove that air is everywhere. Your child can help you prove this at home with a bowl of water, a cup and a napkin.  We also learned that air is heavier than you think.  The air in a classroom weighs about 75 pounds!!  Up next, we are going to make an instrument to measure wind and track wind for a few days.

     



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School  
    Weekly Newsletter
                  

    February 7, 2018          

     

    Upcoming Dates:
    Feb 9-  Connect to Kindergarten 930am
    Feb 13- PTA Meeting 630pm
    Feb 19- Presidents’ Day- No School
    Feb 20- Connect to Kindergarten 630pm
    Feb 21- Late Start- Crazy Hair Day
    Feb 23- Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance 630pm

    Message from Ms. Glasgow

    Hello. I hope you all have been enjoying the spring-like weather this week! It has been wonderful to watch everyone getting out to play! As you know, February is Black History Month. Across the building, classes have been studying black history and discussing issues of race and social justice. To loop families into the conversation, I will be leading a mini-workshop on talking about race with your children at the PTA meeting next Tuesday (2/13) @ 6:30 pm. If you are not able to make this meeting, or would like some pre-reading, here is one quick article that lays some foundation for the importance of talking about race with children and suggested strategies for doing so. As a principal and as a mom, I look forward to starting to engage in conversation about this important topic with some of you next week. I hope this will be the beginning of a more extended dialogue.

    Lewis Lucky Luau

    We are looking for help with this fun event! Volunteers are needed at the auction on Saturday, March 10th, and during the week leading up to it. Click here to learn more and sign up for a shift: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4cafa72ca3ff2-thelewis
    https://www.lewispta.org/lucky-luau-2018

     

    Vote for Lewis at the Advantis Credit Union grand opening!

    ​Advantis Credit Union is holding a grand opening celebration on February 9th and 10th at the new location on Woodstock. As part of the grand opening, they're going to be awarding a few small grants to local organizations and schools, including the Lewis PTA.

    Help Lewis by visiting Advantis on Woodstock and voting for the Lewis PTA. Voting will kick off at the grand opening on February 9th and continue until 1,000 total votes have been cast. Each in-branch vote (including children) will equal $5.00 for Lewis.

    Funds raised through the PTA are put back into the Lewis community to support all Lewis students. Want to learn more? Join the conversation about what we do for our community by coming to a PTA meeting. We meet the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the Lewis library (free childcare provided). Can’t attend a meeting? Connect with us--

    lewispta.org
    facebook.com/ptalewis/
    lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com

     

    Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance

    Friday, February 23, 6:30-8pm

    Proceeds from the dance go toward bus transportation for the fifth grade science camp. Support a Lewis tradition and have a great time all in one evening.

    Admission is a suggested donation of $2/person or $5/family. Pizza and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

    Community events are run by volunteers. Help make the event a success by volunteering for a short shift during the evening. To sign up go to http://bit.ly/2BJixMe

    For more information visit https://www.lewispta.org/lonesome-trio-dance-2018

    Rummage Sale/Garden Fair Update

    The PTA recently learned from a PPS administrative directive that we are prohibited from hosting our annual rummage sale on-site at the school. This means, sadly, we must cancel the event.

    If you've been accumulating unwanted items in your garage to donate to the sale, please consider reaching out to some of the organizations we've partnered with in the past to see if they can use your new or gently used, good quality items:

    Transition Projects: https://www.tprojects.org/donate/items/

    Dress for Success: https://oregon.dressforsuccess.org/get-involved/donate/

    Portland Council PTA Clothing Center: http://www.portlandcouncilpta.org/clothing-center.html

    And you should still save the date for the Garden Fair on 4/21 - order forms and more information will both be available soon! 

    TAG Testing Update:

    We have just been informed by the PPS TAG Office that they have changed the Lewis testing dates.  They will now be assessing students on Monday, February 12th and Thursday, February 15th.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

    Smarter Balancing Testing:

    If families choose to opt-out of state testing, they must submit this form to Kathleen in the office before actual testing begins. Forms are available in the office. Please be aware that you must mark on the form each test that you want to opt-out of.  The district states that teachers can neither promote nor discourage participation in state testing; that opting out is a parent decision. However, if you have any questions about the tests, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher.  Testing will begin in March.

    LGBTQ Resources for Students, Families, and School Staff

    https://www.pps.net/Page/2488

     

    Connect  to Kindergarten

    It seems kind of early, but registration for the 2018-2019 School Year will begin soon.
    If you have an incoming kinder, it would be very helpful if you could let us know by emailing Tracy (tgiordano@pps.net) with their name and date of birth.
    Also, if you have neighbors with incoming kinders, could you please share with them that our Connect to Kindergarten is coming up?

    Friday, February 9th at 9:30 am
    Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 pm

    Childcare is NOT provided, but children are welcome.  After the informational meeting, tours will be provided.
    Registration packets will be available at our Connect to Kindergarten events, and in the school office after February 9th..
    Please contact the school office if you have any questions.
    Thank you

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...

    February 7, 2018

                         

    Notes from Ms. Canales- 2nd-3rd Grade

    February is off to an amazing start in room 16!
    What are we up to?

    Reading: We’ve kicked of Reading to Learn, our nonfiction unit. Students are searching for main idea and supporting details as they read nonfiction.

    Writing: Our Opinion/Persuasive unit has concluded! Each student has a published piece in the hallway! Come check them out. We are moving into The Art of Informational Writing. Students are writing about topics they are experts on. We will be transferring what we’ve learned about nonfiction reading into our writing!

    Social Studies: Our Portland unit continues. We will be learning about Portland’s early history and founding, and students will be journaling through the lens of being a child in different time periods in historic Portland.

    Math: 2nd graders just finished up their third unit. They are now moving on to 2nd grade geometry skills (while still practicing computation and number sense every day). 3rd graders are finishing up their geometry unit and moving to the next unit, which will focus on multiplication and division strategies.

    Science: We’ve begun our Changes unit where we will explore the scientific concepts behind changes we see every day (like ice melting). We will dig into the states and properties of matter in this unit.

    Reminders
    February 14: We will have a Friendship Party. Students can bring Valentines and candy (to be shared with you at home later). I’m posting more info on this as well as a class list on the blog!

    Sign up to volunteer in room 16! There is a signup sheet posted by our classroom door.

    Notes from Mr. Hansen/Ms. Brenan - 3nd Grade

    In reading we recently started a new unit, Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise. As the kids read self-selected mysteries, they deepen and hone a variety of strategies that are an important part of close, thoughtful reading.  For example, when readers work to identify clues in their mysteries, they read closely and
    infer as they wonder, “What could this detail suggest?”  Similarly, readers dig deep as they think about the suspects in a story and consider each character’s traits and motivation. Mysteries offer a great opportunity to practice higher-level comprehension strategies at home as well.  I encourage you to read a mystery with your child.  Our local libraries offer a wide variety of mysteries or, if you prefer, your child is welcome to borrow one of our classroom titles.

    Finally, we will honor our friendships with a small celebration on Wednesday, February 14, 2:00-3:00.  If you’re interested in donating a bag of popcorn (pre-popped, please), mandarin oranges, apple juice or napkins, a sign-up has been posted outside of our classroom.  Cards are optional, but if your child would like to bring cards to share please be sure that there is one for every student in the class.  A class list was sent home with your child earlier this week.  Please let us know if you didn’t receive it our need an additional copy.  -- Jill

    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    It’s hard to believe that we are already through the first two quarters of the school year. Report cards were sent home with students on Monday. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me. Overall, I am so happy with the growth students have made this year and to have such eager and enthusiastic learners with whom to spend my days. Here is what your learners are working on...lots of new units!

    Reading: Students are doing a great job pulling out the main ideas and supporting details in their nonfiction reading. We’ve spent a good deal of time pausing after reading chunks of text and thinking about what the section is mostly about and what the details to support that idea are. They organize their thoughts using boxes (main idea) and bullets (supporting details.) Ask them to show you how it works.

    Writing: Persuasive pieces are finished and going up in the hallway this week. Now it’s on to some nonfiction writing as well. Yesterday we talked about subjects in which we are experts. Each student got to verbally teach a group of peers about one of those topics. Today we wrote fast and furiously, filling pages with everything the writers knows about the topic.

    Math: Sarah & Miranda, our Reed College mathematicians visited yesterday. Hopefully, your student shared with you the logic puzzles they brought in. Finally, it’s time for Multiplication!!! Students have been building arrays as a way to talk about multiplication. Under Ms. Connolly’s direction, they constructed a (rather large) multiplication and division chart, which will hang in the classroom as a reference. They had great noticings as we looked for different patterns.

    Science: We started our new science unit today. The unit focuses on various states of matter and the different changes that occur in matter. There is much anticipation around the “chemical reaction” experiments we will be conducting.

    Art: Calling all sewers. We will be starting a project very soon that involves stitching. Please let me know you have any expertise in this area and would be interested in coming in to help.

    Reminders:
    February 14th - Friendship Party (look for a note coming home today)
    February 19th - No School
    February 21st - Late Start & Crazy Hair Day
    February 23rd - Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance

    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    February, here we come!  As we roll into the second half of the year, we are working on tightening up routines, pushing ourselves to our full potential, and being better all around.

    Students are revising and publishing their five paragraph essays this week.  Soon, they will complete a work sample on a different topic which will allow me to assess their individual progress on writing in paragraph format. 

    We are getting deeper into our study of nonfiction reading strategies.  This week, students are participating in a "summary boot camp" where they are learning to pick out an author's main idea and supporting details from a text and rewrite it in their own words.

    In math, we are continuing our work with fractions.  Students will begin investigating improper fractions and learn some visual strategies for how to convert them into a mixed number.  We will also look at adding and subtracting fractions.

    Last week, students worked in research teams to learn about a specific moment in Native American history.  Each team made a timeline marker to teach others about their topic.  You can take a look at what we have covered so far on our giant timeline in the hallway outside Room 24.  We will continue to add to our timeline for the rest of the year as we learn more about Oregon's history.

    Report cards were sent home with your child on Monday.  Please review the report card, sign the envelope, and have your child bring the signed envelope back to school.  Please email me with any questions or concerns: edingus@pps.net

    We will be decorating "mailboxes" and exchanging valentines next Wednesday.  If you have an empty shoe box/cereal box or two lying around, please send them in next week.  See the letter I sent home on Monday for more info as well as a list of student names.
    Take care, Ms. Elissa

    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    Here’s the news from Room 22:

    Math:  We have been working on a variety of different models to represent fractions.  So far, students have learned: ruler fractions, egg-carton fractions, and clock fractions.  This week, students are learning how to convert between improper fractions and mixed numbers.

    Reading:  We are deep into our non-fiction unit.  Students have been practicing identifying the features of non-fiction texts, using text structures to take notes, writing about the main idea, summarizing, and identifying the types of non-fiction texts.  Next week, they will begin a research project on a weather topic.

    Writing:  Students are working on final drafts of their choice essays.  They will do a formal writing sample next week to see if they are able to structure a five-paragraph essay on their own after all the practice we have done.

    Social Studies: Last week, students presented timeline markers on landmarks in Indigenous history.  We are now zooming in on the Klamath Region of Oregon.  On Friday, students will be taking on roles of invested parties in the fight for water rights in that region.  These roles will include: Tribal members and leaders, farmers, ranchers, government officials, salmon, and suckerfish.

    Important Announcements:  Thank you for supporting students in the outlining homework that was sent home last week.  We will continue to alternate writing homework and math homework each week up to Spring Break.

    We will be having our Valentine’s Party next Wednesday afternoon.  I have sent home information about Valentine’s.  Thank you to those that have signed up to bring treats, we have a few more open spots for people to sign-up to bring apples and juice to our party.

    Report cards were sent home on Monday.  Please return the signed envelopes by next Monday, February 12th.  Thanks!

    Notes from Mr. Richner- 4th-5th Grade

    Greetings!

    Team 20 has had another very productive and busy week. Our art residency with Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway concluded. Kids shared their upcycled fashions through a museum tour, read their group’s artist statement, and had a go with some creative dramatics to reflect on the lifecycle of clothing. Finished pieces and artist statements are on our blog (bit.ly/RecFashions).

    We are continuing to learn about Native American history. We connected to last fall’s salmon study by learning about how the construction of dams impacted salmon and the spiritual, cultural, and economic way of life for Native Americans living near Celilo Falls and elsewhere along the Columbia River. We were treated to a film screening of United by Water with director/filmmaker, Derrick LaMere. The film tells the story of five tribes returning to the Kettle Falls area where they had traditionally gathered to fish prior to the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam 75 years ago.

    During Language Workshop, kids are truckin’ along on reply letters to our pen pals in Madison, Wisconsin, editing and revising letters in partner and with me. Our Black History biographies are completed and are on display as a Black History timeline in the hallway.

    Looking ahead, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day in the classroom on Wednesday, February 14th. As was mentioned in last week’s pink flyer, we will make Valentine “mail boxes.” Paper, ribbon, markers and other art supplies will be on hand, and if kids wanted to bring a shoebox, cereal box, or other “construction aids,” they certainly may. Please be sure to include Patrice, a new student in our room, on your Valentine’s list.

    Please continue to send kids with a water bottle from home each day. We have one drinking fountain that is shared by the five classrooms at our end of the building. I want kids to have access to water throughout the day and a water bottle is a big help.

    Last, but not least, report cards went home this past Monday. Please sign and return your kid’s report card envelope by the following Monday.

    Please follow us on Twitter @LewisRoom20 and at LewisRoom20.blogspot.com for photos and regular updates!
    Mark

    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    Spring is in the air! It’s hard to believe this school year is halfway over. Before you know it, we’ll be sending these sweet fifth graders off to middle school. We have a lot to squeeze in before the year end! Next week is Valentine’s Day and we are planning to celebrate on Wednesday afternoon. I sent home a copy of our class list so students can make their valentines. Please remind your kiddos to triple check the class list to make sure all students are included and names are spelled correctly. Students will need to decorate a v-day box at home and bring it to school on Wednesday. See the blog for more detail. We posted a party supply list outside of our room so please sign up to bring something. If you are interested in sending supplies but can’t make it in to sign up, just send me an email.

    Other updates and reminders--

    *If you have not filled out the survey regarding Science Camp tuition, please visit our blog  http://lewisroom21.blogspot.com/

    *We just began a new garden rotation with Ms. Kathleen on Tuesdays so please make sure your kiddos are dressed appropriately on those days

    *Make sure report card envelopes are signed and returned by Friday

    *Don’t forget to sign up to bring something for our Valentine’s Day Celebration. Thank you in advance!

    *Stop by and check out our Black History Timeline

    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    Happy February everyone! With every passing month I am reminded of how quickly the year is passing and how far we have come in our learning! We are at the beginning of a new quarter. I hope you received your child's report card. Those came home Monday. Please keep the report card, sign the envelope, then send that envelope back to school, so I know you received it. Also, I will reuse that envelope next term for next quarter's report card. Thank you! We finished our art residency with Nancy Judd last week. Students enjoyed creating clothing and accessories using recycled and natural materials. Look for their finished designs on Twitter! In reading this week, we are working on Non-Fiction. We are seeing that our texts have become more complex and we need to use different strategies to understand our reading and persevere when the main idea is not always obvious! In math, we are beginning to work on multiplying and dividing fractions. If your child received a "N", or "B" on their last math assessment, (which came home yesterday) they are welcome to practice and re-take. My goal is that all students have a firm understanding of all concepts. We are finishing up our reports on Black History. All of the 5th grade classes have taken part in this  and those will be displayed on a time-line in the hall! There are so many wonderful folks who have made great contributions that we want to celebrate! Reed College Science starts up again this week. We are excited to welcome them back for another term! We also started a garden rotation with Kathleen this week. Students will get a chance to work in the garden each Tuesday for the next month, or so. Next Wednesday is Valentine's Day. Our class will have a celebration in the afternoon. I sent home a class list if your child would like to bring in cards. Please ensure there is one for each student on the list. Outside the classroom is a sign-up for treats for our celebration. Please stop by, or drop me an email if you are able to provide something off the list. Remember, we can only do store-bought items! I adore your children and love working with them each day!

    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    Last week we wrapped up our unit “Keeping My Body Healthy” with a review of the various body systems, and their functions. This week students are using “fitness tracker” sheets to keep track of how much exercise they get during recesses and PE classes. For Reading, students are finishing their Reading A-Z books and packets about the body.  For Writing, students finished passages about “What’s your favorite way to exercise?”  and they are presenting them to their classmates this week. These passages and illustrations are on display outside our classroom door. For Math, we are working on using various strategies for multiplication and division, including skip-counting, repeated addition, and arrays. 

    For Art, we did the fourth and final session of our Recycled City project with teaching artist, Nancy Judd. We rolled out butcher paper on our green carpet to make a map of the lots, roads, parks, railroad tracks and river. Students placed their buildings on their lots, then drew more details on the map, like yards and street lines. We did a time-lapse video of this final session, which we will present on Art Night along with more images of this Art and communities project. Our next unit is called “Cultures influence Communities”. In this unit, we will learn about different cultures and how they come together to form communities, states, and nations.



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Letter

    January 31, 2018

    Upcoming Dates:

    Feb 1-  Bottle Drop Pick Up 845am
    Feb 2-  Walk & Roll
    Feb 6-  Lewis Dines Out- Reverend’s BBQ
    Feb 7-  Coffee Talk with Emily 845am
    Feb 9-  Connect to Kindergarten 930am

    Message from Ms. Glasgow 
    Hello families. This week, I enjoyed watching our artist-in-residence Nancy Judd complete her upcycled projects with 3rd and 5th grade. Thank you for all of the recycled objects you sent in to support these creative endeavors! As you know, our teachers had a planning day on Monday to work on your children's 2nd quarter report cards. Our plan is to send the completed cards home next Monday. We hope that your child's report card will provide detailed information about how your child is currently performing at school--I know that the teachers have been diligent and thoughtful about their completion. If you have any follow-up questions after reviewing your child's report card, please feel free to contact his/her teacher for clarification or more information. As partners in this work, it's important that we're all on the same page about how kids are faring in their educational journeys.

    Thank you everyone from the Lewis Staff!
    Thank you for the wonderful lunch on Monday during Teacher Planning Day.  We all enjoyed the food and the lovely tables.  Dishes are in the office if you need to pick
    yours up.

    School Site Council Vision Survey:
    Thank you to the 26 parents/guardians who took time to complete the short survey sent out in last week's newsletter. The School Site Council's intent in distributing this survey is to gather family feedback on the school vision and mission statements that we are working to update/revise. We wanted to send the survey out one more time to see if we can engage more of you in this conversation. We promise the survey is short--only 3 questions! You can access the survey here. Thanks in advance for your time and thoughts!
     

    LGBTQ Resources for Students, Families, and School Staff
    https://www.pps.net/Page/2488


    Lewis Dines Out Reverends BBQ

    7712 SE 13th Ave
    February 6th 
    ALL DAY SALES
    10% goes to the Proposed Class Project Funds and other important PTA items!
    Dine In, Take Out (3rd party delivery does NOT count)
    Be sure to thank Reverend's for their support!
    www.reverendsbbq.com

    Learn more at lewispta.org

     

    Report cards will be mailed home on Monday Feb. 5

     

    Keep Lewis Healthy

    Please remember that if your child has a fever, they may not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hrs.  If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea, they must be symptom free for 24 hrs. as well before returning to school.

     

    The Art Fundraiser was a great success!!

    And YOU CAN KEEP ORDERING!  
    The SilverGraphics Online Shop is still open and you can SAVE 20% on all orders placed by Valentine’s Day!
    You can even UPLOAD NEW ART after you access our online shop.

    https://www.lewispta.org/2017-art-fundraiser
     

    Talented & Gifted Assessments

    The TAG Assessments will be taking place at Lewis School on Wednesday, February 7th and Thursday, February 8th.  If you have nominated your child for TAG, please make sure she/he is on time and at school on those days.  If you have questions, please email-
    Abby Rotwein, Lewis TAG Facilitator, at arotwein@pps.net.

     

    Connect  to Kindergarten

    It seems kind of early, but registration for the 2018-2019 School Year will begin soon.
    If you have an incoming kinder, it would be very helpful if you could let us know by emailing Tracy (tgiordano@pps.net) with their name and date of birth.
    Also, if you have neighbors with incoming kinders, could you please share with them that our Connect to Kindergarten is coming up?
    Friday, February 9th at 9:30 am
    Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 pm
    Childcare is NOT provided, but children are welcome.  After the informational meeting, tours will be provided.
    Registration packets will be available at our Connect to Kindergarten events, and in the school office after February 9th..
    Please contact the school office if you have any questions.  Thank you

     

    Lewis Auction Volunteers Needed!

    Hey Lewis parents... The Lewis Lucky Luau auction is coming soon. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 10th! It's going to be a fabulous event and great date night opportunity. The theme is Hawaiian, as the name suggests, and tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple if purchased in advance. There will be plenty of food, beverages, and prizes to be had - invite your friends! A  link to buy tickets will be coming soon.

    In the meantime, we NEED YOUR HELP to make this event a success! Do you own or work for a business that can donate an auction item, or do you have connections to a business you could ask for a donation? Do you have an hour to send a few emails using a pre-written message asking for donations? If so, contact Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com. This is our most time-sensitive need, but we also need volunteers to help with publicity, food, decorations, preparing materials the week before the event, and at the event itself. If you can help with any of these projects, please email Kendyl Watts at kendylann3@yahoo.com or sign up on the office windows and we will get in touch with you. Even if you only have an hour or two to spare, we will be very grateful for your help!

     

    PTA Clothes Closet

    Monday Feb.12 is Lewis’ day to help at the PTA Clothing Closet.  Please consider giving some time to help provide clothing for PPS children in need.  Marshall Campus 930-130pm.  Sign up at office and/or email Claire-
    Clairestar.g@gmail.com
    If interested but unable to commit to the full time, please email about options.  We are also collecting clothing to take to the PTA clothing closet- new socks and underwear.
    Other clothing in like new condition.  Teens are served as well, so all sizes welcome.  Look for a box in the hall by the office.  Thanks.

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...                                 

    January 31, 2018

      

    Notes from Ms. Allen - Kindergarten

    Language Arts: We have started a new unit in reading workshop called Bringing Books to Life. In writing workshop we have been working on how to write true stories, and how to write stories that people can read. Also, we have been working on reading our own writing, and going back to see if our writing makes sense.

    Word Study: Our Words Their Way differentiated spelling instructions are going good. The kids are enjoying working independently in small groups. Please continue to help your child practice working on their word ring words.

    Math: We our working on a variety of math skills: recognizing and counting quantities between 10 and 30, reading and writing numbers 11-30, exploring counting strategies and more.

    Social Studies: Last week learned about Taiko Japanese drumming, next week we will start learning about why we observe and recognize certain days in the month. They will be learning about Chinese New Year, President’s Day, and Black history month. The kindergartens truly enjoyed learning about Dr. King, they were all very intrigued about his life and story.

    Upcoming Events: We will have a Valentine’s Day party on Feb.14th @ 2pm. I will send home more details soon. Also, we will be celebrating the 100th day of school next month.

    Reminders: Please send your child to school with a full water bottle. Also, we are getting low on class snacks. Many kids enjoy having class snacks available.


    Notes from Ms. Kennedy - Kindergarten

    Phew! We made it through the long, wet month of January. There are so many different strands of illnesses out in the world right now, we were only able to bust out our morning Happy Dance several times. Here’s hoping for a healthier February!

    Your child’s first report card will be coming home soon! There was a remarkable amount of growth over the first half of kindergarten. It was quite rewarding to look over the literacy data and know that those numbers translate into the making of little readers! Please keep reading to your child and have them read to you as well. Going over the daily Morning Message is one great way to build confidence and work on expression.

    The writing samples collected each month also show impressive progress. Please encourage your child to draw an idea, label it, and write a few sentences about the action. If you have any questions or comments about the report card, don't hesitate to contact me. It is an honor to be a part of such a developmental year.

    Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday this year, and I would like to invite you to share the love with us. We will be gathering after Math at 2:15 to wipe down tables, dole out cards and sample treats. I will post a sign-up sheet outside Room 4 for helpers, snacks and supplies. Please have your child sign all their Valentine cards and add the name of the recipient. This list will be printed and sent home as well. Cards can be handmade or store-bought.

    Kindergarten 2017-18 Class List by First Name

    Addie
    Alissah
    Amara
    Amelia
    Anja
    Avery
    Cole
    Ethen
    Felicity
    Finn
    Idella
    Julien
    Malakye
    Max
    Megan
    Miles
    MJ
    Ms. Kennedy
    Olive
    Penelope
    Rowan
    Rudy

    Weekly photos posted https://mskennedyroom4.blogspot.com/ Thank you one and all!


    Notes from Teacher Leslie - Kindergarten

    I’d like to say a quick thank you to all of you for your support both at home and in the classroom.  I’ve seen so much improvement across the board and am grateful for all the support you have given me and your students. 

    We had so much fun last week during our Taiko residency with Michelle and Toru.  We explored the art of taiko through hands-on learning and practiced the 3 main principles of Taiko: respect, cooperation and perseverance. We learned about Japanese culture through the exercises Michelle and Toru led us through and the language we used.  It was so fun to see our students express themselves in the performance last Friday! 

    We are diving into our new reading unit and loving our more challenging books.  I have been reading individually with students and am so impressed with what strong reading skills they are building.  We will go book shopping soon to allow students to fill their book tubs with more books at their reading level and continue to strengthen our reading stamina. 

    In math our games are focused on the numbers 11-19.  We are practicing identifying, writing, building and taking apart these numbers.  Please continue to work on reading and writing these numbers at home! 

    Report Cards:  Report cards will be sent home on Monday February 5th.  Due to a technical error, quarter 2 grades were inputted into the Quarter 1 column.  PE and Music grades as well as Comments will be found in the Quarter 2 column.  Please see Quarter 1 for the rest of the grades. 

    Valentine’s Day:  In Room 2 we focus on friendship for Valentine’s Day.  We will be celebrating with a Friendship Party on Wednesday (afternoon), February 14th.  I will be sending home a class list with some more information about how we will be celebrating.  There will be a sign up sheet outside our classroom if you would like to donate snacks for our celebration.


    Notes from Teacher Dana -- 1st Grade

    We had such a great experience with Taiko last week. The kids were very proud to present their learnings to an audience. Thanks for all the work getting donations for Run for the Arts. That made it all possible. We had a great trip to see Pete the Cat. The Oregon Children's Theater did not disappoint. The kids were enthralled! Thank you to the parents who volunteered. We couldn't do the trip without our chaperones! We will be going again in the Spring to see Frog and Toad. Stay tuned.

    Report Cards will be coming home next Monday. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please don't hesitate ask. I am very pleased with the growth the kids are making.   We are now officially half way through the school year. It’s hard to believe. I told the kids this week and they were really surprised.

    On another note, we are working hard on making our handwriting legible on a consistent basis. I’ve noticed  they all do a fantastic job when we are doing “handwriting” but then forget to use the skills learned in handwriting during writers workshop. Please encourage this at home when writing happens.

    Notes from Mrs. Logue - 1st Grade

    We had such a great experience with Taiko last week. The kids were very proud to present their learnings to an audience. Thanks for all the work getting donations for Run for the Arts. That made it all possible. We had a great trip to see Pete the Cat. The Oregon Children's Theater did not disappoint. The kids were enthralled! Thank you to the parents who volunteered. We couldn't do the trip without our chaperones! We will be going again in the Spring to see Frog and Toad. Stay tuned.

    Report Cards will be coming home next Monday. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please don't hesitate ask. I am very pleased with the growth the kids are making.   We are now officially half way through the school year. Its hard to believe. I told the kids this week and they were really surprised.

    On another note, we are working hard on making our handwriting legible on a consistent basis. I’ve noticed they all do a fantastic job when we are doing “handwriting” but then forget to use the skills learned in handwriting during writers workshop. Please encourage this at home when writing happens.

    Notes from Mrs. Jamesbarry - 1st Grade

    I hope you had a chance to see the Taiko performance in person last Thursday, or on my Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/SJamesbarry. The kids did a fantastic job. It was a wonderful experience and I think they learned a lot about team work, perseverance, and self control. I also hope everyone enjoyed the play. A special thank you to the chaperones, as I know it is a big job. We couldn’t do it without you! I am sorry to have missed the field trip - I heard the play was a lot of fun. I have been out with bronchitis these last few days, and hope to be back on Thursday.

    The kids started an art project today that will be hung at the end of the primary hallway throughout the month of February. I will try to get it up as soon as possible. Any helpers are welcome! It will probably be ready to go up on Friday or Monday.

    Our new literacy units have us reading and writing fiction. The kids are enjoying reading and writing made up stories.  In writing, our focus is on new craft moves to bring their characters and stories to life. In reading, we are focusing on retelling our stories. This involves remembering key details in order. One doesn’t want to tell everything (known as spilling the beans…) but just enough to give our listeners a good idea of how the story goes. Please have your kiddo retell some of their books at home, or even about their day, or past events. Retelling takes practice - so all hands on deck are welcome!

    Finally, math assessments show we need to step up our work in the area of subtraction. We will be spending some more time on it in the coming weeks, as we also forge forward into working with equations and measurement. Cheers! MS. Sarah

    Notes from Ms. O’Dea - 2nd Grade

    Konnichiwa (a Japanese greeting) from Room 5. We have been learning some Japanese words and principles along with our Taiko (Japanese word meaning drum) lessons. We learned that the three most important principles of being a Taiko drummer are respect, perseverance, and cooperation. It was impressive how well and how much the class was able to learn and then demonstrate at the Taiko performance, all in four short days! Not only that, but the students (in partnerships) created and wrote a ten beat Taiko song on their own. It was a fabulous, engaging workshop and the class did a great job!

    Something else new which has been added to our weekly curriculum is Guidance Class with our school counselor, Mrs. Sundberg. The topic we’re working on is titled, Zones of Regulation, identifying strong feelings and tools to deal appropriately with those feelings.  Mid-year is a good time of year to be refreshing and learning some new social skills strategies.

    In reading, we continue to “grow” our knowledge on a variety of topics through our collection of leveled nonfiction books. In addition, during Technology the class has been implementing some of the nonfiction text features by creating their own documents, including titles, headings, images with captions and labeling a diagram. Mr. Mark does a fantastic job connecting content through technology!

    In Math, we’ve been doing some reviewing and assessments, mostly on word problems, addition & subtraction facts 0-18, solving equations, telling time, measurement, reading graphs and some place value.

    This week’s science lesson will be making twirlers and seeing how air resistance works.

    Reminder: Check take-home folders for field trip permission slips to OMSI for a weather presentation (our next science unit) on Feb. 14, 10:45-12:45 pm.
    Sincerely,  Ms. O’Dea

    Notes from Ms. Leake- 2nd Grade

    In reading we continue our nonfiction unit of study. Students are making predictions about words they might encounter in their nonfiction text. It has been fun to see students making predictions about the words or 'lingo' that will be found in their books based on their background knowledge on the topic as well as a quick preview of the front and back cover. 

    Our most recent mini lessons focused on tools in the book that can help you with the meaning of new words.  Last week, we focused on captions, text boxes, and the glossaries in books.  We read a book on tigers and emphasized the notion that we may think we know the meaning of the word 'prey' but we need to look for context clues to see how the author uses it. After the mini lesson, students had a chance to practice that skill both with their reading partners and independently.

    In Tech class with Mr. Hansen, students have been making Google docs on their favorite things.  During each session, students are showing what they know about nonfiction text features.  On the first page, students worked on making a heading to tell what the page was about.  After writing about their favorite thing, they copied and pasted a picture and wrote a caption to explain what was happening in the picture. Students needed to have one bold word and one word in italics. Then, students learned how to make text boxes and label parts of the object. Up next, students will make a key to explain what is happening on a map.

    Please continue to spend 10 minutes a night working on the facts to 10 or 20 sheet with your child.  Your child should keep working on one sheet until he/she can orally complete it in 1 min.

     



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Letter

    January 24, 2018      

    Upcoming Dates:

    Jan 24- Sellwood Middle School Info Night-  Parents and Guardians ONLY 6-715pm
    Jan 29- No School, Teacher Planning Day
    Feb 2-  Walk & Roll
    Feb 6-  Lewis Dines Out- Reverend’s BBQ
    Feb 7-  Coffee Talk with Emily 845am
    Feb 9-  Connect to Kindergarten 930am

    Message from Ms. Glasgow 

    This year, our School Site Council is engaging the community in the process of refreshing our school vision and mission. This process is not about creating a new vision and mission for Lewis; rather, it is about ensuring that our stated vision and mission accurately capture the Lewis community as we know it in 2018...and as we hope it will continue to grow in the future. In December, we gathered feedback from every student at Lewis through a guided art reflection process. I brought each class to observe a Lewis mural created in 1962. Students used this mural as a springboard to express their ideas about what is most important about our school community today. Now, we would like to add your ideas to the amazing ones already expressed by our students. We would greatly appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete this short survey. The School Site Council will be using the data generated by the students (via the mural activity) and by you (via this survey) to refresh our school vision and mission and--hopefully--to launch the creation of a new community-wide art piece.

    5th Grade Families

    An Information Session only for parents and guardians of incoming 6th graders and new students who are starting at Sellwood in the fall of 2018, will take place on Wednesday, January 24th, from 6:00-7:15pm. This event begins in the gym for an overview of Sellwood Middle School, forecasting and orientation procedures and staff introductions. The evening will conclude with a guided tour of the building, and a chance to chat with Grade 6 teachers in their classrooms. Looking forward to seeing you!

    Sellwood Middle School
    8300 SE 15th Ave * Portland, OR 97202
    Phone: 503.916.5656
    www.pps.net/schools/sellwood

    If your child will be attending another middle school, or if you would like to attend an open house at a lottery based school, please call the school for information.  School contact information is located at www.pps.net/schools

    Keep Lewis Healthy

    Please remember that if your child has a fever, they may not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hrs.  If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea, they must be symptom free for 24 hrs. as well before returning to school.


    The Art Fundraiser was a great success!!

     And YOU CAN KEEP ORDERING! 
     The SilverGraphics Online Shop is still open and you can SAVE 20% on all orders placed by Valentine’s Day!

    ​You can even UPLOAD NEW ART after you access our online shop.

    Go to this website to learn how:

    https://www.lewispta.org/2017-art-fundraiser
     

    Need Socks?

    We’re still selling socks in the office to benefit 5th grade science camp.  Come on in and pick up a pair- $6-10
     

    Staff appreciation lunch--

    The PTA is changing up staff appreciation this year. Rather than one intense week of celebration, we're celebrating on days throughout the year.

    Monday, January 29 is a staff inservice day, and during a break in the action they will enjoy the annual staff appreciation lunch. Join in spreading the love by contributing a dish to the feast.

    Going to be out of town for the long weekend and still want to participate? Leave a dish with a friend to bring in, or make a small cash donation for the PTA to purchase food. Lunch will be served at 11:30am, so plan on having your dish to school by 11. Please note any common allergens on the dish.

    Help us plan for the meal by letting us know if you will contribute a dish. Go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-staff2 to sign up.
    Questions? Email Ellen Kotler at ellen.yerkes@gmail.com


    Talented & Gifted Assessments

    The TAG Assessments will be taking place at Lewis School on Wednesday, February 7th and Thursday, February 8th.  If you have nominated your child for TAG, please make sure she/he is on time and at school on those days.  If you have questions, please email-
    Abby Rotwein, Lewis TAG Facilitator, at arotwein@pps.net.


    Connect  to Kindergarten

    It seems kind of early, but registration for the 2018-2019 School Year will begin soon.
    If you have an incoming kinder, it would be very helpful if you could let us know by emailing Tracy (tgiordano@pps.net) with their name and date of birth.
    Also, if you have neighbors with incoming kinders, could you please share with them that our Connect to Kindergarten is coming up?

    Friday, February 9th at 9:30 am
    Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 pm

    Childcare is NOT provided, but children are welcome.  After the informational meeting, tours will be provided.
    Registration packets will be available at our Connect to Kindergarten events, and in the school office after February 9th..
    Please contact the school office if you have any questions.
    Thank you

    Lewis Auction Volunteers Needed!

    Hey Lewis parents... The Lewis Lucky Luau auction is coming soon. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 10th! It's going to be a fabulous event and great date night opportunity. The theme is Hawaiian, as the name suggests, and tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple if purchased in advance. There will be plenty of food, beverages, and prizes to be had - invite your friends! A  link to buy tickets will be coming soon.

    In the meantime, we NEED YOUR HELP to make this event a success! Do you own or work for a business that can donate an auction item, or do you have connections to a business you could ask for a donation? Do you have an hour to send a few emails using a pre-written message asking for donations? If so, contact Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com. This is our most time-sensitive need, but we also need volunteers to help with publicity, food, decorations, preparing materials the week before the event, and at the event itself. If you can help with any of these projects, please email Kendyl Watts at kendylann3@yahoo.com or sign up on the office windows and we will get in touch with you. Even if you only have an hour or two to spare, we will be very grateful for your help!

    Message from the School Office   

    We wanted to inform our families that there have been a few cases of lice in our school.
    If your student is found to have nits (eggs) or live lice, we will contact you to advise you of the situation.

    MESD/School policy states students with live lice must be treated. Students may return to school as soon as treatment is completed and live lice are removed. Continue the combing process (while hair is wet) daily, even if your child has returned to school to assure that all lice and nits are removed.

    Please feel free to contact our school nurse, Bev O’Brien, at bobrien@mesd.k12.or.us if you have any questions.

    PTA Clothes Closet

    Monday Feb.12 is Lewis’ day to help at the PTA Clothing Closet.  Please consider giving some time to help provide clothing for PPS children in need.  Marshall Campus 930-130pm.  Sign up at office and/or email Claire-
    Clairestar.g@gmail.com
    If interested but unable to commit to the full time, please email about options.  We are also collecting clothing to take to the PTA clothing closet- new socks and underwear.
    Other clothing in like new condition.  Teens are served as well, so all sizes welcome.  Bring donations to the office.  Thanks

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...                  
    January 24, 2018


    Notes from Ms. Canales- 2nd-3rd Grade

    January continues to be a fabulous month in room 16!
    What are we up to?
    Reading: We’ve finished our Mysteries Unit! We discussed how to use the strategies we learned for reading mysteries to the rest of fiction. Now we are moving onto nonfiction!
    Writing: Continuing our Opinion/Persuasive unit. Students are finishing up the final copy of their persuasive essays.
    Social Studies: We’ve started our Portland unit! We are gathering information about Portland’s history and creating slides. We also spent a day studying Martin Luther King Jr. Come check out our writing and crayon mural!
    Math: 2nd graders are comparing numbers and practicing using their skills to solve story problems. 3rd graders are finishing their geometry unit.

    Artist Residency: Taiko has been fantastic this week! Kids are focusing on respect, self control and perseverance as they drum. Come to our recital this Thursday!

    Reminders
    January 25: Taiko Recital in the Cafeteria at 2:15 PM
    Sign up to volunteer in room 16! There is a sign up sheet posted by our classroom door.


    Notes from Mr. Hansen/Ms. Brenan - 3nd Grade

    Dear Room 10 Friends,

    We are moving right ahead in our Urban Studies unit and exploring lots of new topics in Math and Writing.  Coming soon, kids will be writing opinion pieces about how we can make our city a place that works for everyone.  Today we had a brief conversation about what we think we should do to make our city better and the ideas kids shared were truly moving.  They showed a lot of compassion for people who are experiencing poverty, homelessness and addiction and expressed their hope for more resources and connection.  I'm excited to see how their thinking develops as Jill and I merge the opinion writing unit with our inquiry into city life. 

    In Math we are wrapping up our study of geometry.  We focused on how different ways to think about a shape (sides, angles, parallel and perpendicular lines) give us tools for thinking about the spaces around us.  Coming up we will focusing on working with even larger numbers, fractions and multiplication. 

    Another note on Math:  I took a break from giving homework but will be sending home some practice and review activities soon.  Thanks as always for your great kids and your support of our work,  Mark


    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    I hope you’re all managing to stay healthy. We have had many kiddos out with a variety of illnesses over the last week and a half. We are washing hands, wiping down surfaces, and doing our best to stay healthy. Thankfully, yesterday marked the first day in quite a while that we were all back in class and feeling better...and with no tardies! Thank you for helping to get your little ones to school on time each morning and ready to learn.

    Reading: We have completely shifted our reading to expository, or nonfiction texts. The kids are excited to be reading books, and other print materials, on a variety of true subjects. Each reading partnership summarized their first article yesterday and they did a wonderful job. We began the new unit by discussing common features of nonfiction texts and how those features help us better understand what we are reading and help to better organize the information in our minds. 

    Math: Students took their Geometry post assessment and did great! They are so excited to finally be working on multiplication - a favorite of 3rd grade mathematicians.

    Art & Social Studies: We had our third session with artist Nancy Judd this week and our city project is taking shape nicely. We have been discussing different components that make up a city and the different categories of land use such as residential, commercial, community, etc. I’m excited for the conversation that will take place after we’ve joined the different components together and reflected on if our upcycled city adequately covers all of the areas of need within a city.

    Reminders: Please make sure your student is reading, or being read to, each night. I was surprised to read on so many of the reading partner interviews that kiddos aren’t reading when they are at home. Pets, younger siblings, and even stuffed animals all make great listeners.


    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    Next week we will hit the halfway mark in the school year (which totally boggles my mind... I guess that's why they say "Time flies when you're having fun.")  We are working our way through our essay writing unit, getting into our fraction unit, and just starting a new nonfiction reading unit.

    In writing, students have completed three different graphic organizers for different 5 paragraph essay topics.  Over the next week or so, students will choose one to take through the rest of the writing process: drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.  Writing a 5 paragraph essay is a major skill that 4th graders tackle, so we will get lots of practice this year.

    In math, we are diving deep into fractions.  We did some explorations of fractions on a geoboard, a ruler, and this week we are using an egg carton to find new and different fractional parts.  There have been some great discussions so far and many AHA! moments for members of our class.

    In reading, we kicked off our brand new nonfiction reading unit!  Students will be learning new strategies for how to read nonfiction more deeply before we begin a specific topic of study on the weather.  Students are practicing the strategies we cover in class with a reading partner in a book at their level.  Speaking of levels, we have just about wrapped up taking our end of the quarter assessments and I have been amazed at the progress that this class is making!  Keep reading at home - it is paying off!

    In social studies, we are delving in to Oregon's history by taking a look back through time. We will be learning about human origins, why and how people move from place to place, Columbus and the discovery myth, and what has happened to Indigenous Tribes over time. Then we will reconnect to our salmon study from the fall as we learn how the construction of dams has impacted salmon and traditional Native American fishing in preparation for a film screening of United by Water at Lewis on February 1st at 1:30. The film, narrated by Sherman Alexie, follows five tribes returning to the Kettle Falls area where they had traditionally gathered to fish prior to the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam 75 years ago. OPB recently profiled the film (bit.ly/United-By-Water).

    It's pretty soggy out and as you know, we almost always have outdoor recess.  Please send your child to school with a coat and shoes that can withstand the elements.

    Thank you and take care, Ms. Elissa


    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    It's hard to believe we are nearly half way through the school year!  At the moment we are in the midst of assessments and launching new units.  Here's what's going on in Room 22:

    Math:  Last week, students completed the area and perimeter unit and took their post assessment.  On Friday, I did some more practice with students who struggled on the assessment.  The graded tests went home with students that afternoon.
    We have begun our new unit, Unit 3, on fractions.  Students are practicing representing fractions with different models and are learning about equivalency.  This week, they are learning about the fractions of a foot model and the egg-carton model.

    Reading:  Students are taking assessments to see how much growth they have made in their words per minute, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
    We are starting our new non-fiction unit this week.  The focus is on "Reading the Weather" but students will have the opportunity to read about other non-fiction topics as well.  Students will have new reading partners for this unit.

    Writing:  Over the course of the last few weeks students have written three, 5-paragraph essay outlines.  They are now choosing one of the outlines to turn into a rough draft of an essay.

    Social Studies: This week we are doing more background work on Native American history. It is important that students have an understanding of the broader story before focusing on those groups native to Oregon. We will be learning about human origins, why and how people move from place to place, Columbus and the discovery myth, and what has happened to Indigenous Tribes over time. Then we will reconnect to our salmon study from last fall as we learn how the construction of dams has impacted salmon and traditional Native American fishing in preparation for a film screening of United by Water at Lewis on February 1st at 1:30. The film, narrated by Sherman Alexie, follows five tribes returning to the Kettle Falls area where they had traditionally gathered to fish prior to the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam 75 years ago. OPB recently profiled the film (bit.ly/United-By-Water).


    Notes from Mr. Richner- 4th-5th Grade

    Our art residency with Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway is well underway. Kids have been busy working in groups to develop thumbnail sketches that detail the components and materials that make up their fashions and drafting artist statements to describe the message that they are communicating through their artwork (bit.ly/ART-RES-1). During our second session with Nancy, kids learned more about the hidden materials and people behind clothing and began making their fashions (bit.ly/ART-RES-2). I appreciate Nancy’s contemporary art approach with its focus on developing work that is rooted in concept. Kids are getting handier at threading needles, too!

    Our study of Black History continues. Kids have been busy researching by reading, highlighting, and taking notes. They have used their notes to write a biography. Kids are currently editing and revising their drafts, adding references using APA style, and inserting an image. Our work with soon be on display as a Black History timeline alongside the work of kids from Ms. Natalie and Ms. Sarah’s classes.

    This week we are doing more background work on Native American history. It is important that students have an understanding of the broader story before focusing on those groups native to Oregon. We will be learning about human origins, why and how people move from place to place, Columbus and the discovery myth, and what has happened to Indigenous Tribes over time. Then we will reconnect to our salmon study from last fall as we learn how the construction of dams has impacted salmon and traditional Native American fishing in preparation for a film screening of United by Water at Lewis on February 1st at 1:30. The film, narrated by Sherman Alexie, follows five tribes returning to the Kettle Falls area where they had traditionally gathered to fish prior to the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam 75 years ago. OPB recently profiled the film (bit.ly/United-By-Water).

    We began a new reading unit by sorting books by genre and will begin learning more about the features of non-fiction reading and writing. We also made movie trailers (bit.ly/LMN-making), the final copy (bit.ly/LMN-trailer) of which played before Lewis Movie Night last Friday.

    I have gotten some questions about opting out of the upcoming state standardized testing. These tests, called the Smarter Balanced tests, are very different from the former OAKS tests in their size and scope. A state testing opt-out form (bit.ly/SBAC-OPT-OUT) is available in the Lewis office. If families choose to opt-out of state testing, they must submit this form to the Lewis office before actual testing begins (ideally by February 1st). Lewis plans to schedule tests to begin in April and run into May. The district states that teachers can neither promote nor discourage participation in state testing; that opting out is a parent decision. However, if you have any questions about the tests, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Lastly, a pink flyer about Valentine’s Day was sent home today.


    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    I can’t believe January is almost over! We are wrapping up a short math unit on fractions, and we are hoping to get to the post assessment this week. Students do not have school this coming Monday in preparation for report cards. Report cards will go home Monday, February 5th. In Social Studies we are creating a Black History Timeline. Students are selecting an influential person or event to research and document.  We are also starting a new Science unit called Microworlds.  Since we usually rotate between Science and Social Studies, we will sometimes integrate our Black History Timeline research into our writing block. We are halfway through our time with artist, Nancy Judd. Students are creating a clothing collection with a group of classmates. We will keep you updated on how we plan to display these upcycled creations.

    We have another amazing experience for our students in the works. We are beginning to review the work students did with Salmon last year and then connecting it do a discussion of how the construction of dams has impacted salmon and traditional Native American fishing. Students will then take part in a film screening of United by Water at Lewis on February 1st. This film, narrated by Sherman Alexi, follows five tribes returning to the Kettle Falls area where they had traditionally gathered to fish prior to the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam 75 years ago. OPB recently profiled the film at bit.ly/United-By-Water.

     A few reminders-- There is an informational meeting at Sellwood tonight. The meeting begins at 6pm and is only for parents/guardians, no kids. Also, several of you have not filled out the survey regarding Science Camp tuition. If you have not filled out the form, please visit our blog  http://lewisroom21.blogspot.com/ and you will find a link. Don’t forget to load up on Vitamin C and makes sure your kids are getting lots of sleep because there continues to be a variety of bugs floating around :(


    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    We are busy as can be in Room 23! This week we are rolling out our new Non-Fiction unit in Reading. Students are going to be learning new strategies for how to approach and understand this genre. They are excited and some are already planning ways to share their learning! We had a unit test in Math today. I will get those scored and back in the next week. Also, we are doing our second round of Reading Assessments this week. Those scores will be noted on report cards, which I will be working on Monday. (Reminder no school!) Tomorrow we will have our 3rd session with artist, Nancy Judd. Along with exploring materials and their properties, they are understanding environmental impact of packaging and reflecting on what that know of Native Americans in the past and how they approached use of materials. Some teams are using only  man-made materials for their design and some are using both man-made and natural items. Each team has a message they want to convey in their design and I must admit, they are super cool! If you would like to join us, we have a session tomorrow 10:00 and then our final session is next Wednesday at the same time! In the next week we will reflect back to learning that happened last year with Native Americans and the work with salmon study from last fall as we learn how the construction of dams has impacted salmon and traditional Native American fishing in preparation for a film screening of United by Water at Lewis on February 1st at 1:30. The film, narrated by Sherman Alexi, follows five tribes returning to the Kettle Falls area where they had traditionally gathered to fish prior to the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam 75 years ago. OPB recently profiled the film (bit.ly/United-By-Water). Students have been working hard on a Black History report. Some have brought theirs home to work on. The three 5th grade classes are all working on this project and we will be creating a timeline in the hall with these reports. Please stop by in February and have a read! It is sure to be impressive! Thanks to our helpers at Zenger last week. It was a wet, but wonderful day. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun, as well! We will have one more trip to Zenger in the spring!


    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    Our theme unit this month is “Keeping My Body Healthy”. We have been learning about the various body systems, and ways to take good care of our bodies to stay healthy. We have been practicing some simple yoga moves, and are learning how yoga is good for the body and mind. We talked about how yoga helps the body’s strength, balance and to breathe easy.  Yoga also helps the mind be calm, focused, and it improves memory. For Reading, students are finishing their Reading A-Z books and packets about the body.  For Writing, students have been working on Edit It pages and Grammar and Writing Practice. This week they started writing a passage to answer the question: “What’s your favorite way to exercise?” For Math, we are finishing our unit on word problems, then we will start working on skip-counting, multiplication, and division.  We are also doing various assessments for the end of the grading period.

    For Art, we are in the third week of building our city out of recycled materials for the Right Brain Project with teaching artist, Nancy Judd. On the first week, students built transportation vehicles. During the second week, we brainstormed important elements of a city, which fell into categories like businesses, shopping, infrastructure, public buildings, and housing. The recycled materials students brought in formed our “junkyard” and students are each building a structure from the list we made. This week we mapped out where all the buildings should go, and finished the details and signs for each. Next, students will make people and homes for their town. Next week we will draw a map of the roads, parks, railroad tracks and river. Finally we will put it all together and form our recycled city!

     



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Letter               
    January 17, 2018          

     Upcoming Dates:

    Jan 19- Movie Night
    Jan 29- No School, Teacher Planning Day

    Message from Ms. Glasgow

    This week at Lewis has showcased many sides of our students and staff--I've seen drummers and sculptors emerge through our Right Brain residencies, social justice advocates take voice through classroom lessons inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and super-cuddly kiddos connecting with friends in flannel on PJ Day. Looking forward, I hope to see many of you at the PTA Movie Night this Friday--I'm so appreciative that our PTA has brought Playworks into the plan for the evening and has arranged the event so that it is free and accessible to all families. It is wonderful to be part of a community so well-supported by our parent and community partners. Although we were anticipating sending you our School Site Council vision survey this week, we hit a slight delay--please look for the survey in next week's newsletter. We're looking forward to hearing how you define and envision Lewis.


    FREE Food and Drinks at MOVIE NIGHT January 19th, 5:30PM!
    Join us for FREE Family Movie Night, compliments of your BottleDrop donations and Mike’s Custom Tree Care!

    Lewis Movie Theater (Lewis cafeteria), Now Showing: WALL-E
    Come see a Playworks Presentation before the movie - have no idea what we're talking about?

    Read more about it here! - https://www.lewispta.org/events
    We need parent help for movie night- get involved here! https://www.lewispta.org/volunteer

    > 5:30 - Otto’s hot dog dinner

    > 6:00 - PlayWorks activity and info

    > 6:30 - WALL-E on the big screen in the cafeteria and popcorn to enjoy.  
    Students - bring your own blankets/cushions/pillows to keep comfortable on the floor mats.
    Thank you to Laura Troxel, Betsy Kovatch, and Ellen Kotler for organizing this PTA community event!


    Staff appreciation lunch--

    The PTA is changing up staff appreciation this year. Rather than one intense week of celebration, we're celebrating on days throughout the year.

    Monday, January 29 is a staff inservice day, and during a break in the action they will enjoy the annual staff appreciation lunch. Join in spreading the love by contributing a dish to the feast.

    Going to be out of town for the long weekend and still want to participate? Leave a dish with a friend to bring in, or make a small cash donation for the PTA to purchase food. Lunch will be served at 11:30am, so plan on having your dish to school by 11. Please note any common allergens on the dish.

    Help us plan for the meal by letting us know if you will contribute a dish. 
    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-staff2
    Questions? Email Ellen Kotler at ellen.yerkes@gmail.com


    Talented & Gifted Assessments

    The TAG Assessments will be taking place at Lewis School on Wednesday, February 7th and Thursday, February 8th.  If you have nominated your child for TAG, please make sure she/he is on time and at school on those days.  If you have questions, please email-
    Abby Rotwein, Lewis TAG Facilitator, at arotwein@pps.net.


    See's Candy - Valentine's Day pre-order

    See's Valentine candy sale event has begun!  There are three styles available for either $5 or $6 each.  Lewis earns 20% profit back on all orders!  Short turnaround time however... Please return order forms with payment to the school office by office close on Monday, January 22 and the orders will be filled after Feb 1. Questions?  Contact Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com

    Connect to Kindergarten

    It seems kind of early, but registration for the 2018-2019 School Year will begin soon.
    If you have an incoming kinder, it would be very helpful if you could let us know by emailing Tracy (tgiordano@pps.net) with their name and date of birth.
    Also, if you have neighbors with incoming kinders, could you please share with them that our Connect to Kindergarten is coming up?

    Friday, February 9th at 9:30 am
    Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 pm

    Childcare is NOT provided, but children are welcome.  After the informational meeting, tours will be provided.
    Registration packets will be available at our Connect to Kindergarten events, and in the school office after February 9th..
    Please contact the school office if you have any questions.
    Thank you

    Lewis Auction Volunteers Needed!

    Hey Lewis parents... The Lewis Lucky Luau auction is coming soon. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 10th! It's going to be a fabulous event and great date night opportunity. The theme is Hawaiian, as the name suggests, and tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple if purchased in advance. There will be plenty of food, beverages, and prizes to be had - invite your friends! A  link to buy tickets will be coming soon.

    In the meantime, we NEED YOUR HELP to make this event a success! Do you own or work for a business that can donate an auction item, or do you have connections to a business you could ask for a donation? Do you have an hour to send a few emails using a pre-written message asking for donations? If so, contact Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com. This is our most time-sensitive need, but we also need volunteers to help with publicity, food, decorations, preparing materials the week before the event, and at the event itself. If you can help with any of these projects, please email Kendyl Watts at kendylann3@yahoo.com or sign up on the office windows and we will get in touch with you. Even if you only have an hour or two to spare, we will be very grateful for your help!

    Message from the School Office   

    We wanted to inform our families that there have been a few cases of lice in our school.
    If your student is found to have nits (eggs) or live lice, we will contact you to advise you of the situation.

    MESD/School policy states students with live lice must be treated. Students may return to school as soon as treatment is completed and live lice are removed. Continue the combing process (while hair is wet) daily, even if your child has returned to school to assure that all lice and nits are removed.
    MESD has resources and information available to you on their website: https://www.mesd.k12.or.us/Page/510

    Please feel free to contact our school nurse, Bev O’Brien, at bobrien@mesd.k12.or.us if you have any questions.

    PTA Clothes Closet

    Monday Feb.12 is Lewis’ day to help at the PTA Clothing Closet.  Please consider giving some time to help provide clothing for PPS children in need.  Marshall Campus 930-130pm.  Sign up at office and/or email Claire-
    Clairestar.g@gmail.com
    If interested but unable to commit to the full time, please email about options.  We are also collecting clothing to take to the PTA clothing closet- new socks and underwear.
    Other clothing in like new condition.  Teens are served as well, so all sizes welcome.  Look for a box in the hall by the office.  Thanks.

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School
    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...                                 
    January 17, 2018

     

    Notes from Ms. Allen – Kindergarten
    Dear Families,

    We could not have asked for a better group of parents. Mrs. Janice and I appreciate everything that you all do to help our classroom run smooth.
    We appreciate all of the parent volunteers. Also, we thank you for the wonderful gifts that we received. I apologize for the mushy tone, but we are so grateful! With that being said, Happy New Year!

    Language Arts: We have started a new unit in reading workshop. This unit dramatizes their reading potential so that they can use their super powers and strength to help them read. Every week we set reading and writing goals so that we can become better readers and writers.

    Believe it or not! Your child can actually read to themselves for 15 minutes. They love reading their leveled books, songs and poems. This week we will continue book shopping. Their new books will be a little more challenging, and they are very excited about the challenge and receiving new books to add to their book box.

    Word Study: Last week we started our differentiated spelling instructions, Our groups are categorized by fruits: banana, watermelon and blueberry. Each group is working on a different set of skills, such as consonants, diagraphs, blends and vowel sounds.

    Math: This week we are in the beginning stages of learning about money. We will start with recognizing pennies and nickels by name and value.

    Social Studies: Last week they learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we read books about his life and legacy. I wish you all could have seen our discussion about Dr. King. (It was very heart-warming) The kids were so intrigued with his life and story. They also wrote about Dr. King in their writing journal, they wrote about topics that interested them. Also, we did an art project last week and everyone made a Dr. King portrait with construction paper.

    Upcoming Events: Taiko recital is January 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm


    Notes from Ms. Kennedy - Kindergarten
    Welcome to a brand New Year! It has been a delightful start of 2018 in Room 4. We are revisiting the routines that make our days run efficiently. Students are expected to be able to follow directions the first time. The greater the on-task behavior, the more success children have in being able to work independently. There is so much more learning we have to do!

    We have begun working in different groups in Words Their Way. There are three groups and each one focuses on a particular skill. Many students gained a level in Lexia recently. Thank you to the parents that helped that along! According to the Lexia experts, students should be finishing up Level 3 at this time. In Reading Workshop, we are starting a new unit of study: Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles. In the first section, we will be tackling more challenging books. At home, your child can stack their books from simplest to most difficult, building confidence along the way. In Bridges Math we will be focusing on the numbers 11-19, taking them apart into ones and ten, and putting them back together. Please practice writing the numbers up to 20.

    We have been revisiting the Lewis School rules: be kind, be respectful, be responsible, and be safe. If someone is not demonstrating these traits, I ask them what the rule is and why it is important we follow the rule. This provides the child a moment of reflection and an understanding of the importance of being a positive member of our school community. These guiding principles are being incorporated into our arts residency with Portland Taiko.

    Starting on January 12th, we were very fortunate to begin our Right Brain Residency with Portland Taiko. https://portlandtaiko.org/ Founded in 1994, Portland Taiko “blends the tradition of Japanese Taiko drumming with a sense of Asian American identity, creativity, and empowerment.” This week, kindergarten classes each spend 45 minutes a day practicing drumming techniques! Having participated in this program several times, I am very impressed with the energy and patterns students pick up so quickly. Our closing ceremony is this Friday. You are encouraged to join us in the cafeteria from 2-2:50pm to witness the power of what we’ve been learning!

    Weekly photos posted https://mskennedyroom4.blogspot.com/ Thank you one and all!


    Notes from Teacher Leslie - Kindergarten

    Welcome back families!  We have had a wonderful two weeks together since Winter Break and are easing back into our daily routine.  Here are some updates on what we’ve been working on for the last few weeks. 

    Reading Workshop:  Have you noticed your readers using some of their Reading Super Powers at home?  Pointer Power or Picture Power?  Sound Power or Persistence Power?  Or maybe they have been practicing our most recent power, Book Talk Power.  If not, encourage them to share which strategy they find most helpful when reading challenging books at home.  This week we are finishing up our Super Powers unit and beginning a new unit called, “Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles”.  I am so impressed with what strong reading skills our students are developing!      

    Taiko:  Starting on January 12th we began our Right Brain Residency with Portland Taiko.  Portland Taiko “blends the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming with a sense of Asian American identity, creativity, and empowerment.”  Each day this week we will meet for 45 minutes with our Taiko instructors Michelle and Toru.  We are focusing on the words Respect, Safe, Kind and Responsible while learning more about the traditions of Taiko.  Our closing ceremony will be this Friday from 2:00-2:50.  Parents are encouraged to join if you are able to! 

    Words Their Way:  Last week we changed our Words Their Way routine and began working in small groups instead of whole group.  Each group is working on a different phonics skill or spelling pattern.  Groups will meet with me on Day 1 to learn about their new sort while other groups are working independently. 

    Math:  Our calendar pattern for January is a growing pattern.  We are adding a triangle each day to build different shapes.  Students are practicing identifying and naming the following shapes: triangle, rhombus, trapezoid and hexagon.  Another component of our calendar is helping students to understand odd and even numbers.  Continue working on counting to 100 by 1’s and 10’s at home! 

    Social Studies:  Last week we focused our social studies learning on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the important work he did for our country.  While reading the story, Martin’s Big Words we defined words such as freedom, equality and peace.  We had important discussions about fairness and how to resolve conflict in a peaceful way like Dr. King.     

    The transition back to school after a long break can be hard on our kindergarteners.  Please help them with this transition by making sure they are getting to bed early and waking up with enough time to get organized and to school on time.


    Notes from Teacher Dana -- 1st Grade

    Hello Room 3 Families,
    Last week we celebrated all of our amazing accomplishments in completing our Opinion Writing unit by sharing our book reviews under the spotlight. The kids did an amazing job and convinced each other to read their selections. We also celebrated the completion of our Word Detective unit with a Read In. We had so much fun and most likely will do that again at the end of our upcoming units.

    This week we started our Artist in Residence experience with Taiko Drumming. We are learning so many skills including recreating rhythms, following directions, and lots of important vocabulary such as self control, respect, perseverance and  safe body. Please join us on Friday at 2:00 for our performance.

    We have begun our assessment cycle in preparation for report cards. It is so amazing to see the growth the kids are making. It is so wonderful to get the chance to sit down and reflect on just how far they have come both academically and socially and we are only half way through the year. Yay to Room 3 kiddos!

    We will be starting a new Mystery Science unit next week called The Work of Water. This unit helps students develop the idea that water is a powerful force that reshapes the earth’s surface. Students see that water isn’t just something we drink. It carries sand to create beaches, carves out canyons and valleys and, as ice, scrapes entire areas flat.

    We have been learning about the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and why we celebrate his birthday as a national holiday. We learned about Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges and the work of so many folks who fought for social justice. This is always a favorite time of year for me as I can't help but be amazed in the way 6/7 year olds are shocked by the inequities and how they feel a need to make the world a better place.

    In Math we are continuing problem solving, adding and subtracting, grouping numbers and counting by 2's, 5's and 10's with a theme of Sea Creatures. We have learned several new math games which are in Math Workplaces. Our most recent addition is a game in which they are counting money, pennies and nickels and regrouping.

    Looking ahead, we are so excited for our field trip on January 26th to the Oregon Children's Theater to see Pete The Cat. Please return field trip forms ASAP. Thank you. 


    Notes from Mrs. Logue - 1st Grade

    Welcome back to a full, but short, week here in Room 6! I hope you were able to celebrate the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with your child being inservice in some way this past Monday. Last week as we learned about the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I was struck by all of the insightful comments and realizations the children shared and felt energized and optimistic about the world they will help create as they grow older!

    Last week we were also able to do a lot of writing and it was wonderful to see how the students have progressed in recording thoughts on paper. Spacing between words, capitals, periods and using word wall words are the norm now and most importantly, each child writes in their own voice which makes each written entry so meaningful.

     As the weather has been unseasonably warm and February approaches the students have been commenting on the tiny green sprouts they are starting to see in our gardens. This week in science, our beautiful amaryllis continues to work towards blooming and we are observing bulbs both edible and not edible. In the next few weeks, we begin a soil, sand and silt unit. In math, we continue to practice skills doing stations and working on addition and subtraction facts together. While doing math assessments this week, I realize you can never review enough counting by 10’s, 5’s and 2’s, counting forward and backward from random numbers, counting/recognizing coins and telling time to the hour and half hour. Numbers are all around us and creating story problems with meaning for your child is also very powerful. All of the Lewis Teachers are currently doing assessments to better understand and build on student’s strengths and to inform instruction. Report cards will be coming home in the next few weeks. I'm pleased with the growth made academically and socially and happy to know more about how to strengthen my teaching to continue this growth and connection to learning for each child.  Please be sure to help your child keep to eating and sleeping schedules as healthy routines make a considerable difference in your child’s academic and social experiences.

    On Friday we are creating Russian Matroyshka nesting dolls using colored felt pen drawings and designs based on the traditional Russian styles we are exploring. Please volunteer to assist if you are available:) Friday: 2:15 pm. Next week we will be learning from our Artists in Residence: Portland Taiko and our field trip is Friday, January 26th. Please send in permission slips asap:)

    Thanks and have a great rest of the week!
    abuckley@pps.net

     

    Notes from Mrs. Jamesbarry - 1st Grade

    Today we reorganized out classroom library to ready ourselves for our next reading unit - Meeting Characters & Learning Lessons. The kids were so helpful and excited to help with this project. Our focus during this next reading unit will be on reading fiction - and especially series fiction. We will be following characters through various adventures to see how characters change and react to events, and lessons they learn along the way. Paired nicely, our next unit in writing will have students writing their own series of fiction. Each kiddo will make up a character and write several adventures for them. This is a fun unit and I can’t wait to read the upcoming stories!

    In math, we continue to work on computation and place value  - especially in the context of problem solving and double digit numbers.  We have been working on counting by 5’s and 10’s and will begin to use this understanding for counting coins and telling time.

    Finally, if you pick up from the playground take a minute to come inside one day this week to check out the amazing portraits the kids did in the hallway outside our classroom door to honor and celebrate the amazing work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Cheers, Ms. Sarah


    Notes from Ms. O’Dea - 2nd Grade

    Here we are just about halfway through the school year and busy as ever!

    Since winter break we have been working on……….

    Reading: Thanks to all of you for participating in our nonfiction text/items collection and homework assignment, examining these items for information was a great way to start off our nonfiction reading unit.We’re looking at how nonfiction text is set-up and read differently. We even “read” a penny. You never know where a word or two will bring you. We’re coming across some interesting topics: Knights and the Middle Ages, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights Movement (That one started a lively,engaging conversation). Students also have a chance to choose from various topics in the reading bins. Love being able to witness second graders excitedly “grow” their knowledge.

    On another note, I’ve sent home another reading log which is not due until Jan. 29. Please have your child reading every night, books of their choice (Does not have to be nonfiction).Then fill out the reading response on the back on one of those books or a chapter from a book.

    Math: Unit 3 is about building computation skills for addition & subtraction facts to 20. I will send home a fact fluency worksheet or two. You could use these to have your child verbally give you the answer for practicing. There are also some measurement and word problem-solving activities in this unit.

    Science: We’ve started into the topic of motion by building spinning tops using a shaft/axis (small strong straw) and a combination of small and large plastic discs. As one student succinctly summarized the activity by noting that the more weight the better the faster the spin. Next experiment: spinners.

    Artist in Residence class:  Taiko drumming lessons will be daily, Mon- Thurs, Jan. 22-25.

    It’s going to be a great experience! There will be a performance on Thursday, Jan. 25 @ 2:15 pm in the school cafeteria. All are welcomed and encouraged to come.

    Ms. Murphy’s return date is Feb. 21. When the time gets closer, as I’m not trying to think about it too much yet, I/we will keep you posted about the transition.

    Sincerely, Ms. O’Dea


    Notes from Ms. Leake- 2nd Grade

    In Math, we continue our Measurement unit in which we learned how to accurately measure objects using inches and feet.  You can help us at home, by finding authentic reasons to use measurement in your daily lives.  If you sew, students can help your measure fabric.  If you need to repair or build something, students can help you measure the length and width of the objects.  As you get ready to cover up summer lawn furniture, students can help you measure the length needed for the tarps etc. Keeping track of the height of members in your family or comparing the length of shoes could also be fun.

    In class, we talked about the importance of matching the end of an object with the beginning of the ruler. We talk about using 'iteration' if the object is larger than 12 inches. It is important to get an accurate reading by matching the end of one ruler with the beginning of the next. If you are only using one ruler, it is important to make a pencil mark for the end of 12 inches and then start the second foot at that mark.

    We also worked on strategies for facts to 20.  We began with +0,1,2 and talked about how they work. Anytime you add 0 to another the number stays the same. Anytime you add 1 to a number, it is the next number. Your child should be able to automatically tell what number comes before or after any number to 100.  The +2 strategy builds on the +1.  Think of it as 'skip counting'.  It is a plus 1 plus one more so 16+2 would be 17+1 more. 

    Next, we focused on doubles and neighbors. Most students are familiar with doubles to 10.  So if 5+5=10 then 6+6 is two more etc.  Each number has two neighbor facts. One higher and one lower.  5+6 is one more than 5+5 and 4+5 is one less than 5+5. 

    After that, we worked on Fast 10's and 9's. Most students are fluent on the idea that 10+ a number equals a teen number so 10+6=16.  We build on that strategy with the 9's. 9+6 is the same as 10+5 because you move one from the 6 and make the 9 into a 10.

    Finally, we looked at Ten Buddies or two numbers that make 10. These are facts that should be automatic but many students rely on the 'counting on'. Many of these facts are included in the +0, +1. +2, doubles, neighbors strategies so there is just a handful that need to be memorized.  We also looked at a handful of 'left over facts' such as: 8+6 where you can think of it as a 10+4 or 6+6+2 more. 

    How can you help at home?  During the coming week, start with the facts to 10 sheet (answers 10 and under). Have your child point out the strategies and then orally say (not write) the answers. Once your child can say the answers pretty automatically, time your child to see how quickly he/she can say the answers only.  Work on it a few minutes a night. Once your child can say the answers in 30-45 seconds, move onto the facts to 20 (answers 10-20).  Again, have your child point out the strategies and then orally say (not write) the answers.   Please focus on the addition strategies for the next week or two before we introduce the subtraction strategies in class.



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Letter               
    January 10, 2018          

           

    Upcoming Dates:

    Jan 15- No School, MLK Holiday
    Jan 17- Late Start/ Spirit Day- PJs
    Jan 19- Movie Night
    Jan 29- No School, Teacher Planning Day

     

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    Hello everyone. This week, it has been exciting to watch our Right Brain Arts residencies kick off in 3rd and 5th grade. And, this Friday, we'll be welcoming our K-2 resident artists with a Taiko assembly for the whole school. It's wonderful to have guest artists in our building! Our School Site Council also met this week to continue down the road of our re-visioning process--please be on the look-out for a brief survey from the Site Council next week.

    I recently spoke with our PTA about Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC). I have provided links to more information about our academic standards and our state assessment (SBAC) in this email--and have left information packets that were distributed at the PTA meeting in the Main Office if you're interested in reading more. One topic that came up during our PTA discussion was the right to "opt-out" from the SBAC assessment and the implications of opting out. The PTA felt that it was important for me to share with everyone the highlights of that conversation. In short, all 3rd-5th grade students are required to take the SBAC state assessment each spring in reading and math. All families have the right to opt their children out of this state testing. The process of opting-out entails returning an opt-out form to our Main Office (ideally by February 1st). While, as a school, we support families' right to make this choice, it is a choice that does have implications for the school community. The two primary implications are these: (1) the data we receive from the SBAC which is intended to inform our curriculum and program is limited in use, and (2) the failure to meet the required state participation rate of 94.5% impacts our state ratings. I know and appreciate that the issue of state testing is sensitive, personal, and political and that families choose to opt-in or opt-out for a range of reasons. If you are contemplating this issue and feeling like you would like to further discuss the benefits or costs of your child participating in state testing, please feel free to set up a meeting with me or your child's teacher to talk further. Our testing this year will likely occur in April and May--we will be sending home a more detailed schedule with 3rd-5th grade families later this spring.

     

     

    FREE Food and Drinks at MOVIE NIGHT January 19th, 5:30PM!
    Join us for FREE Family Movie Night, compliments of your BottleDrop donations and Mike’s Custom Tree Care!

    Lewis Movie Theater (Lewis cafeteria), Now Showing: WALL-E
    Come see a Playworks Presentation before the movie - have no idea what we're talking about?

    Read more about it here! - https://www.lewispta.org/events
    We need parent help for movie night- get involved here! https://www.lewispta.org/volunteer

    > 5:30 - Otto’s hot dog dinner

    > 6:00 - Playworks activity and info

    > 6:30 - WALL-E on the big screen in the cafeteria and popcorn to enjoy.  
    Students - bring your own blankets/cushions/pillows to keep comfortable on the floor mats.
    Thank you to Laura Troxel, Betsy Kovatch, and Ellen Kotler for organizing this PTA community event!

     

    Staff appreciation lunch--
    The PTA is changing up staff appreciation this year. Rather than one intense week of celebration, we're celebrating on days throughout the year.  
    Monday, January 29 is a staff inservice day, and during a break in the action they will enjoy the annual staff appreciation lunch. Join in spreading the love by contributing a dish to the feast.
    Going to be out of town for the long weekend and still want to participate? Leave a dish with a friend to bring in, or make a small cash donation for the PTA to purchase food. Lunch will be served at 11:30am, so plan on having your dish to school by 11. Please note any common allergens on the dish.
    Help us plan for the meal by letting us know if you will contribute a dish. Go to

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-staff2 to sign up.
    Questions? Email Ellen Kotler at ellen.yerkes@gmail.com

    Lewis after School Hoops by 1 On 1 Basketball
    1 On 1 Sports is back, offering after school hoops for Grades K-2 and 3-5.  The fun starts Jan. 16.
    Please go to the link below on our website to find the Lewis program:

    http://portland.1on1basketball.com/portland/homepage



    Spanish classes offered at Lewis
    Elizabeth Etchepare is returning to teach Spanish Wed & Fri mornings for K-1, and Tuesday afternoons for 2-5th grade.  Classes start the week of Jan 16.  For more information, please pick up a flyer in the office.


    Late Start Spirit Days
    On every late start day, we are having spirit days. 
    Themes are as follows:

    Jan 17-  PJ day
    Feb 21- Crazy Hair day
    Mar 21- Lewis t-shirt day
    Apr 18- Monochromatic day
    May 16- Favorite Book Character day

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...January 10, 2018

    Notes from Ms. Canales- 2nd-3rd Grade

    Hello 2nd and 3rd grade families! January is off to a wonderful start!
    What are we up to?

    Reading: Finishing up our Mysteries Unit. We’ve learned about red herrings and partner talk. Students are doing a great job recording their thinking in their Reading Notebooks!

    Writing: Continuing our Opinion/Persuasive unit. Everyone has selected a topic for their thesis. Students are researching their topics and organizing their information.

    Social Studies: We’ve started our Portland unit! We are gathering information about Portland’s history and creating slides.

    Math: 2nd graders are practicing addition and subtraction computational fluency through a variety of games. 3rd graders are exploring geometry.

    Artist Residency: Taiko! We will learn and practice traditional Japanese drumming later this January. We have our kick off assembly this Friday!

    Reminders
    ​​​​​​​January 25: Taiko Recital in the Cafeteria at 2:15 PM

    Our Rice Rocks & Minerals Museum trip was a big hit! Thank you to our wonderful volunteers!

    Notes from Mr. Hansen/Ms. Brenan - 3nd Grade

    Earlier this week we launched our 4-week Right Brain Initiative residency with Nancy Judd, a public artist and environmental educator who specializes in the use of upcycled materials (http://recyclerunway.com).   After reviewing the properties of our different materials, as well as techniques for attaching them to each other, Nancy sent everyone off to tackle their introductory challenge: “Create a mode of transportation that could be used in a city”.   Working with upcycled materials can be tricky: Small groups cut up plastic clamshell containers, sewed paper towel tubes, and stapled yogurt tubs as they collaborated on their transportation sculptures.  After many trials and tribulations, each group had a fabulous creation to share.  Next week we’ll begin to design and construct a model of a city, in which each student creates a component of their choosing -- We can’t wait!  

    Our work with Nancy is part of a larger classroom inquiry project on “cities” in which we explore how cities work.  Over the course of the inquiry the kids will identify the overlapping systems within a city (transportation, housing, safety, water, etc.), then plan and create a city that’s sustainable for people and the planet.  Although we plan to explore a wide range of cities around the globe, much of our work invites kids to take a closer look at the city of Portland’s systems and structures, past and present, and the communities they serve.  The next time you’re out and about with your family, whether it is in your neighborhood, or downtown, I encourage you to identify, experience, and talk about Portland’s systems, growth, and change.

    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fabulous Winter Break. It has been so nice to be back together the past week. Students have done a great job getting back into our daily routines and remembering expectations.

    Yesterday we had our first session with artist, Nancy Judd. The students worked in teams to design a vehicle of their choice, using only recycled materials. We had a city bus, cruise ship, sailboat, train, and even a hot air balloon. In our next two sessions with her, we will be focused on constructing other components to our upcycled city. Here’s what else we’re working on:

    Reading: We are in the final few lessons of our mystery unit and will be starting a nonfiction unit next week. These kiddos have a great interest in nonfiction topics and I can’t wait to see them dive into the new reading material.

    Writing: We continue to work on our opinion/persuasive writing. The class came up with great “seed ideas” to grow and develop into published pieces. Be sure to ask them about their idea. 

    Math: Our quadrilateral riddles turned out great! The exploration we have done into 2 and 3 dimensional shapes has included tangrams, geoboards, and even some shape Bingo. Next up - multiplication!

    Reminders: We have struggled with tardies of recent. Thank you for helping to insure that students are in class and ready to learn prior to that second bell ringing.

    January 15th - No School
    January 17th - Late start (& Pajama Day)
    January 19th - Family Movie Night (free to all - hope you can join)

    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    Happy New Year!  I hope your 2018 is off to a good start.  We are starting off the New Year by trying to wrap up some unfinished bits and pieces before moving into all new units.

    In math, we are finishing up a mini-unit on area and perimeter before heading into Unit 3.  Your child's homework is all about area and perimeter this week.  Some students get the equations for these concepts mixed up, so your child may benefit from having a quick homework check before putting it away for the night.  Our next math unit is all about fractions and division.  Students will explore many different models for showing fractions: geoboards, egg cartons, rulers, clocks, and more.  Later in the unit, students will solidify their understanding of division and learn new strategies for dividing numbers.

    In reading, we are spending a few weeks finishing up our book club books before transitioning into a non-fiction reading unit.  As students work their way through their books, they are responding in their reading journals each day, making predictions, comparing characters, noticing conflicts, and more.  Many of the book clubs have shown a voracious appetite when it comes to books!  We have some hungry, hungry readers in our class!

    We started a new writing unit this week on composing a five paragraph essay.  Students are in the middle of preparing graphic organizers on three different topics: three favorite moments from winter break, three ways I would like the world to change, and a realistic fiction one about the worst day ever.  At the end of our planning sessions, students will choose one topic to take through the writing process into a published final draft.

    The weeks ahead look quite rainy.  We usually have outdoor recess unless it is pouring so please make sure your child has appropriate outerwear and footwear for the elements.

    Thank you!

    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    Welcome back!  I hope that you and your family had a lovely Winter Break.  We've had a great start to 2018 in Room 22. Let me fill you in on what we've been doing:

    Math:  We are currently doing a mini unit on area and perimeter.  Our goal is to transition students into using equations to solve their problems.  For example, rather than counting up the squares to find the area, students are learning to multiply length times width.  Students will be taking their post-assessment on Friday.

    Literacy:  This week we are completing "Wonder." Students have been writing about major themes in the novel and about the author's purpose.  Our fiction reading groups will also be wrapping up next week, and students will be taking an assessment on the fiction reading strategies we have covered thus far this school year.  I will also be reading with each student individually to assess growth ahead of report cards.

    Writing:  Last week, we began our unit on how to outline a five-paragraph essay.  Students practiced with the topic "The three best things about my Winter Break."  They wrote a thesis statement, topic sentences, and added in details.  This week, we are outlining an essay on "Three ways I want the world to change." 

    Social Studies:  On Friday, we will be dedicating the morning to studying the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  As students are now in 4th grade, we will be giving more context to his story, starting with some background on slavery, reconstruction, Black Codes, Jim Crow Laws, and the birth of the 1960's Civil Rights Movement.  We will watch a portion of King's "I Have a Dream" speech and students will write a letter to Dr. King. 

    Notes from Mr. Richner- 4th-5th Grade

    Team 20 returned from winter break well rested and ready to go. The kids were all smiles (most of them anyway) and filled with stories from winter vacation. As a matter of fact, we spent most of our first morning back together sharing stories using a creative dramatics activity called “freeze frame.” My stories were mainly about enjoying lots of play time with my kids. All in all, the kids did an excellent job settling into routines during the week and, to no one’s surprise, we are on our way to a very busy and productive week!

    Team 20's salmon release field trip (bit.ly/team20-SR) was on the morning of our last Thursday together before break. We hopped on a TriMet bus right outside of Lewis with several zip bags full of baby salmon and alighted near Milwaukie Riverfront Park. After walking down to the Willamette River, we checked the water's temperature, which was a chilly 44 degrees, and the water's pH, which as a healthy 7. Kids each acclimated their cup with salmon to the chillier water before releasing them onto their next chapter in the river. A big thank you to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon Trout Enhancement Program and the Lewis PTA for making this year’s salmon study possible.

    As our Road Trip Project concluded, kids made and shared a virtual field trip (bit.ly/team20-VFT) using Google Street View to share some visual examples from their state or region of Oregon. We also took a look at OPB’s weekly news magazine, “Oregon Field Guide” (bit.ly/team20-OFG). This show looks at ecological issues and outdoor recreation across all of the regions of our state and is a way for kids to continue their learning.

    Also during our last week, we had our annual read-a-thon (bit.ly/team20-READ) and met with our reading buddies in Mrs. Logue’s first grade (bit.ly/team20-BUD).

    More recently, we began reading Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom (bit.ly/Turning-15) about Lynda Blackmon Lowery’s experience participating in the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. As topics come up during the reading, we have stopped to learn more about them, including voter registration laws (bit.ly/Voter-Regist), “Bloody Sunday” (bit.ly/B-Sunday), and the songs that the marchers were singing (bit.ly/Turning-15-Music). We also began reading and researching for our study of Black History. Kids have been busy highlighting and taking notes.

    Looking ahead, we will begin an art residency through The Right Brain Initiative with artist and environmental educator Nancy Judd of Recycle Runway tomorrow. During the residency, students will learn about natural and human-made materials and how Native Americans have traditionally made items. They will learn about the hidden life and environmental and social costs of the clothes we wear. Over the four weeks, they will also create a fashion/costume. Thank you for helping to make this art residency a success by collecting and bringing in clean recyclables. I am excited for us to begin.

    Lastly, a word about Lewis’s water situation. As you may have heard, the drinking fountain in the hallway is now open. This is good news. However, this one fountain is shared by five classrooms and our classroom fountain is still closed. So I encourage kids to continue to bring a full water bottle from home each day.  Mark

    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    Hello families! I hope your Winter Break was both fun and relaxing. We are excited to be back at school, kicking off the new year. Our next few weeks are very busy here in room 21. 

    This week we begin our work with the talented, Nancy Judd. During our time with Nancy, students will create a fashion item that reflects their experience with natural and human-made items. We will explore the environmental and social costs of the clothes we wear and the amount of garbage we produce. There are several ways you can help with this process-- 1. Please send cleaned recyclables to school with your children (visit http://lewisroom21.blogspot.com/ for more details) 2. Volunteer to sort, clean, and process our collection of recyclables. 3. Sign up to join one of our lessons with Nancy Judd. If you are interested in volunteering, please email me nspeer@pps.net.

    We are wrapping up our Graphic Novel Writing Unit. Students created their own graphic novels and we are excited to share them. We are planning to bind these novels as part of our publishing process. We would love to have a parent volunteer come help bind these beautiful graphic novels. If you have the time, we’d greatly appreciate your help. Email me if interested.

    You may have noticed a theme here :) We have several trips/projects going on and we would love your support. Life is busy and many of you have work schedules that conflict with our school day. If you end up having some extra time, we’d love to see you.

    Next Friday we travel to Zenger Farm to explore the farm during the winter season. Permission slips were due yesterday so please make sure that is in. We still need a few more parent chaperones. We will leave at 8:50am and return at 2:30pm. I will send home a reminder form next Wednesday.  I hope you have a wonderful week!

    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely, relaxing break. It is great to be back. We had a tremendous week last week! It seems the kids missed school, as everyone was engaged and working hard! We are wrapping up our Graphic Novel unit and they are fabulous! Stop by to check them out, if you like! In math, we are beginning a new unit on fractions and will continue to work on division. It was great to see so many kids have retained a decent amount of base knowledge on fractions, so we will move swiftly through this unit. In reading, we are getting ready to begin a non-fiction unit. As we prepare, it has been fun to see kids already lighting up and delving into interesting topics. Some are thinking about how to compile their knowledge into a book of their own! Super fun to be a part of! I hope you all heard that we are beginning an art residency with artist, Nancy Judd. We will be looking at environment impact as we integrate Native people and modern use of materials. Thank you for sending in materials that kids will use to create their unique clothing item. Keep those coming! Also, if you are interested in helping during the residency, please drop me an email. We only have one parent signed up to help, so far! Permission slips for our next trip to Zenger Farm were due yesterday. If you haven't gotten those back, please do so right away. The trip is next week and I need to get all paperwork submitted. Thank you!
    As always, let me know if you have questions, concerns, or just want to check-in.

    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    During December, our Unique Learning unit was “It’s a Tradition”. We read about various winter holiday traditions, including Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Deepavali, and Japanese New Year. During the week before Winter Break, we read several versions of the Gingerbread Man folktale and compared how they are similar and how each is different. On the Friday before the break, students did a science experiment to see which kind of liquid melts gingerbread men the fastest: water, milk, or hot cocoa. Each table group did the experiment and had similar results; that the gingerbread men melted fastest in hot cocoa. For Writing, students wrote about their favorite winter holiday traditions they do with their families, such as decorating, cooking, or playing games. This week everyone finished their final drafts and are sharing them with the class.

    In January, our new theme unit is “Keeping My Body Healthy”. We are reading and learning about the various body systems, including skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory, and nervous systems. We are also learning about ways to take good care of our bodies and stay clean and healthy. On Friday we did our monthly survey, and this time the question was “What’s your favorite physical activity?” The choices were walking, riding a bike, swimming, and dancing. Swimming received the most votes, and riding a bike had the second most. For Math, we are doing a unit on word problems, so students are identifying key words and phrases that determine which operation to use: addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.

    For Art, we started our Right Brain project on Tuesday with teaching artist Nancy Judd. We are considering what types of things make a city, and using recycled materials to make a model of a city. Tuesday’s focus was on transportation, so students made cars, trucks, trains, airplanes, helicopters, boats and a motor home! Nancy will join us each Tuesday this month to help us make each component for our model city. We are also looking at the impact that human-made materials have on the environment.

    PE Notes from Mr. Williams

    My first month at Lewis has been awesome! We're kicking off the New Year by reviewing the rules and procedures of our Physical Education classroom and outdoor/indoor recess. Once this is completed we are going to roll into a new unit! We'll learn new skills and practice them in small sided games!

                        




    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School  Weekly Letter               
    January 3, 2018            

    Upcoming Dates:
    Jan 3 – School Play Info Meeting 3-5:15pm
    Jan 4- Bottle Drop pick up
    Jan 5 – Walk and Roll
    Jan 9- PTA Meeting 6:30pm
    Jan 15- MLK Holiday- No School
    Jan 17- Late Start/Pajama Day
    Jan 19- Lewis Movie Night
    Jan 29- No School

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    Happy New Year! It was wonderful to see everyone back this week--we missed you! This month, we are excited to have a full month of school with your kiddos! In addition to digging into academics, students will be getting started on several different arts residencies this month--Taiko in grades K-2, visual arts projects in grades 3 and 5, and our 4th-5th grade drama production. Our School Site Council is continuing to build off of last month's mural discussions and will be seeking your feedback on our evolving school vision and mission--look for a survey next week. And, if you are seeking more information about Common Core State Standards or the Smarter Balanced Assessment, please join us at the PTA meeting next Tuesday (Jan. 9) @ 6:30 pm.

    Help needed to rebuild raised beds in the Lewis garden
    Our raised beds in the garden are falling apart and we need help to rebuild them before Spring.  If you have woodworking skills and are willing to help out, send me an email: kgagnonwitter1@pps.net

     

    We are hoping to bring an amazing after school program to Lewis - Girls on The Run!
    We are recruiting coaches for Girls on the Run for Spring (March-May).  This program is for 3rd-5th graders.  We are looking for volunteers who are dedicated to working with girls to empower them with valuable life lessons.  Coaches can be parents, teachers, school administrators, college students and community members.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A RUNNER! If interested, go to girlsontherunpdx.org, look under the volunteer tab - coach.  Make sure to specify Lewis. We still need 2-3 more coaches for Monday/Wednesday 3:15-4:45.  If you have questions, check with Susanna Cronen suscronen@hotmail.com.

    Save the date and save your stuff!
    The annual Lewis Earth Day Fair and Rummage Sale will be taking place April 21st. Before you toss all those white elephant or secret Santa gifts, remember you can gift them to the rummage sale. Don't forget - one person's trash is another person's treasure!

    If you're interested in learning more about the Earth Day Fair and how you can help out with the plant sale, the rummage sale or the recycling extravaganza, please contact Zicra: zicralukin@gmail.com

     

    Drinking Water is back on at Lewis
    The District is pleased to let you know that water tests for Lewis have been completed.  These results show that the quality of the water coming from the drinking faucets is now better than the EPA recommendations for schools. Therefore, the district is turning the drinking faucets back on in your school’s common areas (hallways, cafeteria and/or gym).

    Capri Sun Pouches
    Bring your empty Capri Sun Pouches to the office and we will hand them off to be recycled into amazing bags.  Please drain the juice out and remove the straw before bringing them in.

    PPS Child Care Survey
    Please take a moment to complete this confidential online childcare survey:  https://ppsk12.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3eYZXDohqJVk9G5?Q_Language=EN
    or go to pps.net, Departments, Child Care.

    Your input is valuable. Survey results will be used as part of an annual program evaluation. Please complete the survey by January 19, 2018.

    If you need a paper survey, please let your child care site director know.
    Questions? Contact Nancy Hauth at 503-916-3230 or nhauth@pps.net

     

    Lewis Community Cupboard is here!
    Being a part of this community has been one of the most rewarding parts of being a parent.
    Lewis families support each other, take care of one another, and help to make sure that every one of our children has what they need in order to succeed at school and at home. Sometimes life throws us curveballs, and there are moments when we need a little extra help in order to make ends meet, so in the spirit of care and commitment to each other, we’d like to introduce the Lewis Community Cupboard.
    This simple wooden box will contain non-perishable food, toiletries, and baby care items that are available for anyone in our community who needs them. It’s a discreet, easily accessible resource for families who might be struggling and a way for us to keep our community strong. If you’d like to donate items, please drop them off in the main office.
    Angie: 503-260-5525, Megan: 503-791-0143

    Smarter Balancing Testing:
    If families choose to opt-out of state testing, they must submit this form to Kathleen in the office before actual testing begins. Please be aware that you must mark on the form each test that you want to opt-out of.  The district states that teachers can neither promote nor discourage participation in state testing; that opting out is a parent decision. However, if you have any questions about the tests, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher.  Testing schedule has yet to be determined.

    Music Update from Mr. Jamesbarry
    I hope everyone had a spectacular and restful winter break.  The Lewis music program is hitting the ground running in this New Year. This has been the biggest turn out ever for the Lewis 5th grade band, 45 members in all. It’s so big in fact, that we cannot all fit into the music room at the same time. This has forced me to be a little creative with the band schedule. I have decided to split the group in half to make a Tuesday Band and a Thursday Band. I sent out a couple of emails during break with which band your student has been assigned to. If there is a conflict, please let me know. But the new groups start this Tuesday! Also starting this week is 3rd grade Recorder Club. They will meet for the first time on Thursday morning  at 8:00 AM. And finally, on Friday the 2018 Boomin’ Beats will meet for the first time. Practice for the BB’s will be go from 3:00 PM to 4:00PM in the music room. I’m looking forward to it all!




    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Letter               
    December 13, 2017                                                             

    Upcoming Dates:

    Dec 13- Lewis Dines Out Bridge City Pizza
    Dec 18- Jan 1- Winter Break
    Jan 3 – School Play Info Meeting 3-5:15pm
    Jan 4- Bottle Drop pick up
    Jan 5 – Walk and Roll

    *Please check the lost and found.  All lost and found items are now near the school office.  Items left over Winter break will be donated.

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    I want to thank you all for welcoming me so warmly to the Lewis community this fall. My first few months with you and your children have been fun-filled and inspiring. I wish you all a safe, happy, and restful (or, at least fun) holiday and vacation. And, I look forward to bringing in a new year with the Lewis community in January!

    Lewis School Play 2018
    All interested 4th and 5th grade students should register online to attend the information meeting on Wednesday, January 3rd from 3-5:15 in the cafeteria.  An information flyer including the rehearsal schedule will be distributed to students this week. 

    Register to attend at:  http://bit.ly/2jtBrPP

    Thank you for a very successful Season of Sharing!
    We appreciate all of your generous contributions.  This year we were able to help 7 families.

    Sock it to me!
    Socks make great gifts!  Support 5th grade science camp, and buy some fantastic socks.  50% of sales go to Lewis and they are available in the office.

    Lewis Community Cupboard
    Being a part of this community has been one of the most rewarding parts of being a parent.
    Lewis families support each other, take care of one another, and help to make sure that every one of our children has what they need in order to succeed at school and at home. Sometimes life throws us curveballs, and there are moments when we need a little extra help in order to make ends meet, so in the spirit of care and commitment to each other, we’d like to introduce the Lewis Community Cupboard.
    This simple wooden box will contain non-perishable food, toiletries, and baby care items that are available for anyone in our community who needs them. It’s a discreet, easily accessible resource for families who might be struggling and a way for us to keep our community strong. If you’d like to donate items, please drop them off in the main office. The box will be installed over winter break on the north side of the building.

    Yours in health and gratitude,
    Angie Toops and Megan Lee
    Questions?
    Angie: 503-260-5525, Megan: 503-791-0143

    TAG Reminder
    If your child is identified as TAG only in the category of Intellectual, please email Abby Rotwein, TAG Facilitator, at arotwein@pps.net, to let her know whether you prefer for your child to be in a TAG Math Group or a TAG Reading Group.

    Lewis PTA- year end update & thank you
    As we wind down and head into winter break, a huge thank you to all the volunteers and participants who played a role in the successes of the PTA this fall.

    We've raised money through-
    -Woodstock Gives Back and our partnership with First Cup Coffeehouse
    -Lewis Dines Out at Dick's Primal Burger, Pizzicato, and Bridge City Pizza
    -The art fundraiser with Silvergraphics
    -The holiday bazaar, featuring many local vendors
    -Bottle drop, Chinook Book, Scrip, BoxTops, Fred Meyer Rewards, and Amazon Smile

    We've also had a lot of fun at socials, walk and roll, the harvest dance, and bingo night. These events are really important ways to build community and encourage fun for the whole family.

    Curious about what we raise funds for? Want to learn more about getting involved? Join the conversation about what we can do for our community by coming to a PTA meeting. We meet the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the Lewis library (free childcare provided). Can’t attend a meeting? Connect with us-- lewispta.org
    facebook.com/ptalewis/
    lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com

    We are very grateful to everyone who joined the PTA in supporting all Lewis students this fall. We look forward to a successful spring.

    Scrip = Gift Cards- Great for Holiday Gift Giving
    Gift cards are available for purchase in the office for Safeway, Fred Meyer, New Seasons, Powells. 


    Smarter Balancing Testing:
    State testing opt-out forms were sent home last week. If families choose to opt-out of state testing, they must submit this form to Kathleen in the office before actual testing begins. Please be aware that you must mark on the form each test that you want to opt-out of.  The district states that teachers can neither promote nor discourage participation in state testing; that opting out is a parent decision. However, if you have any questions about the tests, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher.  Testing schedule has yet to be determined.

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...                                 

    December 13, 2017                      


    Notes from Ms. Canales- 2nd-3rd Grade

    Hello 2nd and 3rd grade families! December has been fabulous so far, thanks to your all-star students!
    What are we up to?
    Reading: Continuing our Mysteries unit. We are learning many comprehension strategies, and we’ve started to write in our Reading Notebooks everyday!
    Writing: Continuing our Opinion/Persuasive unit. Students are coming up with thesis statements about things they’d like to change or bring recognition to in our community.
    Science: Finishing up our Rocks and Minerals Unit. This week we will focus on the physical properties of hardness and magnetism.
    Math: 2nd graders are practicing addition and subtraction computational fluency through a variety of games. 3rd graders are exploring geometry.
    Reminders:
    This Thursday, December 14th, is our field trip to Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals. Please make sure your student wears close-toed shoes (to climb on the rock pile). Also remember to send a lunch with your student if you marked that on your form. We leave at 9:15, so volunteers should be here at 9:00 (you can just stay after drop off).

    Notes from Mr. Hansen/Ms. Brenan - 3nd Grade

    Hi all,  Our class has been busy with lots of projects this week.  In Math we launched our new unit on Geometry by doing some Math art that focused on angles.  You probably saw in the Math homework that we are developing language to describe the angles in shapes.  As your student brings home their Math art take a minute to discuss the different shapes, lines and angles you see in their work.  The window stars look especially beautiful when they are back-lit.

    We are also wrapping up some of our informational writing projects, as well.  Students wanted to bring home what they have so far so I will be printing off drafts.  These will not be final drafts so know that they will include invented spellings and third grade punctuation!  Do take some time to give them some feedback on what they've done so far - what is working and how they might add to or restructure their writing.  It is pretty great stuff.

    The new year will bring more great thinking and more beautiful growth.  As always we are grateful to work with your children.  Wishing you the best,  Mark

    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    Our last classroom notes of 2017 - hard to believe! Here’s a look into how we’ve been spending our days:

    Reading: We are continuing with our mystery unit. I introduced Reading Notebooks last week, which the students have really embraced. Mysteries can be tricky, but they are working on strategies to keep track of all of the information they are collecting. Retelling after each chapter, and jotting down the big ideas, are an excellent way to hold onto everything. I've also seen timelines and lists of clues, suspects, and their motive & opportunity.

    Writing: Opinion writing is tough! We are taking a break from our independent pieces this week and they’re working together to write a piece trying to persuade Will and me to walk to school more often. The group has crafted a brave and bold thesis, are listing reasons why it’s a good idea, and taking into account possible concerns we might have, so they can address those. In January, they will choose their own idea to develop and publish.

    Math: Our geometry unit has started. Tuesday we figured out some quadrilateral riddles and today we got to write some of our own. Have them share and see if you can identify the correct four sided polygon.

    Science: This week we finished up and presented our independent slideshows on a subject related to Rocks & Minerals. Each student brought their own personality and twist to the presentations.

    Art: After the new year, we will begin an art residency with a local artist. We are in need of a few recycled supplies with which to build. I will send a list of desired items, so that you may collect during the break. I will be looking for volunteers to come in and be part of the art, please let me know if you’re interested.

    Reminders:This Thursday is our field trip to Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals. Please make sure your student wears close-toed shoes (to climb on the rock pile.) Also remember to send a lunch with your student if you marked that on your form. We leave at 9:15, so chaperones should be here at 9:00 (or you can just stay after drop off). Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Street Roots drive. There are still two days to go if you have something to contribute.

    I hope all of you enjoy a wonderful Winter Break and I look forward to seeing your little ones (and you) in 2018! Take care! - Cyndi

    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    I'm going to keep it short and sweet! We are finishing up our geography and math units this week before heading out for the break.  Students are working to finish up their regions brochures and will take a post-assessment on Oregon geography later this week. 

    I hope you will be able to join us for one or both of the events we have planned this week.  Our writing performances will be this Thursday, December 14th, from 9:30-10:30 am.  4th and 5th Grade Family Breakfast is this Friday, December 15th, from

    8:15-9:00 am.  Please remember to bring something healthy to share at the Family Breakfast.

    I hope you all have a great winter break!  Do lots of reading and sleeping and have lots of fun.  See you in 2018!
    -Ms. Elissa

    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    With only a few days of school left before Winter Break, we are busy wrapping up units and projects.  Here's what we've got going on in Room 22:

    Social Studies:  We are spending a lot of time this week on our Geography brochures.  Students are finishing rough drafts and then typing final drafts on Google Docs.  Once their brochures are printed, they are sketching a map of their region and decorating each section.

    Students are also taking their post-assessment on Oregon geography this week.  The assessment is composed of two parts: a map portion where students label the major rivers, lakes, cities, and mountain ranges, and a short answer portion where students show their knowledge of the regions of our state, how to draw a compass rose, and so on.

    Writing:  Anne Rutherford, professional actress and storyteller, has been helping us get our personal narratives performance ready.  We have had a blast acting out our stories.

    Math:  Last week, students took their post-assessment on larger multiplication strategies.  I will get those back to you after the break.

    Hopefully your child spoke with you about the work we have been doing around minimum wage.  Each child was given a budget and then had to figure out what items they would purchase in order to live and still save a little money.  They were shocked by how expensive it is to get by, and no students were able to make it work on minimum wage.  When the minimum wage was raised to $15/hour, students found that it was still difficult to make ends meet.

    To that end, we have had a number of conversations about what the holiday season means for different people.  I have encouraged your children to take time to reflect on what they are grateful for and to think about those who do not have as much as they do.  Our Streets Roots Drive continues, there is a donation box outside of our classroom.  If your children are making a holiday wish list, I encourage them to add something onto that list to donate to someone who is less fortunate. 
    We hope to see you at one or both of our events this week!

    Personal Narrative Author’s & Actors Writing Performance: Thursday, December 14th, from 11-12 AM in Room 22
    4th & 5th Grade Family Breakfast & Singalong:  Friday, December 15th, 8:15-9:30 AM, Rooms 20, 21, 22, 23, & 24

    Notes from Mr. Richner- 4th-5th Grade

    It was a sunny and chilly week in Portland and busy and productive week in room 20. The kids did a great job maintaining their focus throughout the past week, despite “visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.”  All in all, we managed to get quite a bit done.

    Our Road Trip Project concluded. Kids have been peer conferencing to edit and revise their writing, adding and adjusting images, creating consistent and pleasing layouts, organizing their references and including hyperlinks. We held our Road Trip Round Table Conference on Tuesday. Kids did a great job presenting about their state or region of Oregon.

    Thanks for all of the donations that are coming in for our Street Roots Vendor Drive. We are collecting through Friday, so there is still time. If you are thinking about what to give, Street Roots has a nice list of things that help the vendors and the office out: bit.ly/street-roots-list. There is a collection box near our door.

    We had a wonderful visit to Reed College’s Cooley Gallery (bit.ly/team20-reed-cooley). A big thank you to Gregory MacNaughton for having us over and getting everyone seeing, thinking about, and making art.

    We have had more conversations about the salmon in our classroom tank (bit.ly/team20-salmon), specifically about their natural ecosystem, where they fit in their food chain, and their lifecycle. We played a salmon lifecycle board game and concluded that it’s really hard to be a salmon. Kids made slime during our final Reed Science of the semester. On Monday, kids were out in the Lewis garden planting flower bulbs with Ms. Kathleen.

    Here’s a look ahead to what’s on tap for the next two days.

    Tomorrow we will board TriMet with a couple bags full of baby salmon and head to Milwaukie Riverfront Park where we will send them swimming into their next chapter in the Willamette River. Since we will be outdoors and it will be mighty chilly, please help your kid be prepared with plenty of warm layers. And remember to wear your Team 20 t-shirt! A big thank you to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon Trout Enhancement Program and the Lewis PTA for making this year’s salmon study possible.

    Friday begins with the 4th/5th Grade Family Breakfast and Sing-Along. The 8:15-9:00 breakfast in room 22 and 23 is followed with a 9:00-9:30 sing-along led by Mr. Colvin in the cafeteria. For the buffet style breakfast, please bring a serving size of a store bought healthy breakfast item to share, such as pre-bought fruit salad or pre-washed small fruit, bagels and cream cheese, muffins, or granola bars. Please do not bring sweets, such as donuts. Teachers will provide drinks, dishes, and cutlery. Please come by when you can and stay for the whole event or part. A flyer came home two weeks ago and there is a reminder being sent tomorrow with more details.

    Team 20’s third annual read-a-thon will be Friday. Kids will be able to enjoy a full day of reading in our room. For this reading event, kids are welcome to bring a couple of things to make them comfy while reading. They may bring a pillow and a blanket. Kids know to drop these reading comfort supplies off in room 20 and then head to rooms 22 and 23 for the Family Breakfast and Sing-Along to begin our day.

    Last, but not least, a state testing opt-out form was shared from the school last Wednesday. If families choose to opt-out of state testing, they must submit this form to Tracy in the office before actual testing begins. Please be aware that you must mark on the form each test that you want to opt-out of. The statewide testing window for the Smarter Balanced tests will be sometime this spring. The district states that teachers can neither promote nor discourage participation in state testing; that opting out is a parent decision. However, if you have any questions about the tests, please do not hesitate to ask.

    I wish you a very pleasant Holiday season.  The kids have worked very hard since September.  They have much of which to be proud!  They deserve a break (and I wouldn’t mind either!)

    Team 20 will reconvene on Tuesday, January 2nd.  See you then.
    Mark

    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    Thank you to everyone who sent in supplies for our holiday crafts! They turned out beautifully.  We are still needing some more tissue paper if you have any to spare. We are busy trying to wrap up several units of study and of course taking time to enjoy winter themed activities. Check out our classroom blog for details and updates. Don't forget to follow us on twitter to see photos of our winter festivities. *Reminder--4th/5th grade Family Breakfast this Friday. We hope to see you there!

    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    Happy Wednesday! Boy, time has flown by and here we are finishing another year! I know everyone is ready for a break and eager for some relaxing time at home. This week we are busily finishing up several units of study. Students are so excited about our Graphic Novel unit and are working on their own short stories. We just finished our Unit 2 math assessment. I will send those home on Friday. We have been learning about the planets and kids are working on creating posters of the planets. I will put those up on display when they are done! In reading this term, we have been learning how to write about our reading and to pay close attention to details as we ask questions, make predictions and think about the characters. It has not been an easy practice for some kids, but slowly and surely, students are doing the hard work to monitor their reading and think deeply to gain better understanding. I am proud of them! I hope that you are all able to join us for our 4/5th Grade Breakfast/Sing-a-long! Please bring an item to share and stay for as long as you are able. I hope that you will have a lovely break and that you will help your child find opportunities to read, write and even do a bit a math, during the time away from school!

     

    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    To wrap up our Living in Early America unit, students learned how to play some old-fashioned games, including Jacks, Marbles, and Roll the Hoop. During December, our Unique Learning unit is “It’s a Tradition”. We introduced some of the vocabulary by playing Vocab Bingo, and have been reading about various winter holiday traditions, including Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Deepavali, and Japanese New Year. For Reading, groups have been reading leveled Scholastic books about some of these winter holidays. For Writing, students are writing about their favorite winter holiday traditions they do with their families, such as decorating, cooking, or playing games. Last week students each wrote about what Lewis School means to them, what activities they like to do at school, people who are important to them, and how they feel about Lewis School. These passages have been published, shared with the class, and now are on display in the hallway outside of our classroom.

    For Math, we have been working on a fractions unit, and this week students are doing math work relating to time and money. Later this week students will do a science experiment to see which kind of liquid melts gingerbread men the fastest: water, milk, or hot cocoa. For Art, we are making some holiday crafts, including “snow globes” and “tea-light characters”. These craft items will come home on Friday. During this Season of Giving, students are all buying Shadow Store items as gifts to give to family or friends. They have enjoyed thinking of who to buy for, and what to get as gifts. These gifts will all be wrapped and then brought home on Friday. We hope everyone has a great holiday break!


    Music News from Mr. Jamesbarry

    Like many I’m shocked that we’ve just about reached Winter Break. It feels like the first day of school was just last week. We’ve had an exciting time in the music room and tech room so far this year. 5th grade tech has welcomed a Reed College Computer Science outreach program that’s brought lessons in logic, sorting and binary. Both in 4th and 5th grade tech we’ve been working with the possibilities in the Scratch coding language.

    5th grade band is going strong this year with 45 students participating. So many in fact that I’m not sure we can all fit in the music room at the same time! I’ll be sending out an email to all band families with an update to the schedule that will take place after winter break.

    Both the 3rd Grade Recorder Club and The Boomin Beats have reached their registration capacity.  I will leave the registration open until the end of the week for those wishing to be on the waitlist. You can find info and a registration link for both groups here:

    Recorder - https://tonyjamesbarry.wordpress.com/recorder-club/

    Boomin’ Beats - https://tonyjamesbarry.wordpress.com/boomin-beats/



    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter               
    December 6, 2017      
     

    Upcoming Dates:
    Dec 7- Bottle Drop bag drop off 845am
    Dec 12- PTA Meeting 6:30pm
    Dec 12 & 13- Lewis Dines Out Bridge City Pizza

    *No late start days in December

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    I want to start by thanking all of you who participated in organizing and supporting the Bazaar last weekend! What a wonderful display of community! And, thank you to those of you who came to talk over coffee this morning--it's great to hear what is on your minds and to talk together about community issues. On a related note, I have very much enjoyed talking with your kids about what makes Lewis special through our mural reflection activity. I have met with over half of the classes and will be continuing these meeting through next week. I wanted to share one of my favorite quotes from one of our Kindergarten students: "This picture makes me think of love and care...and that's kind of what I'm all about...and it's kind of what Lewis School is all about." We'll share more as this process evolves--but, I love the way that our students are helping to inform the re-shaping of our school vision!

    Lewis is holding our first annual Season of Sharing~
    We are happy to share with others in our community.
    If you would like to contribute, please stop by the office and check out our bulletin board.
    Contributions are due by December 15th

    Music notes from Mr. Jamesbarry
    This is the week you can sign up for 3rd Grade Recorder Club & 4th/5th Grade Boomin’ Beats.
    Recorder registration is open now, and Boomin’ Beats registration will open Friday.
    You can find out more about each group by going to my blog.
    For 3rd Grade recorder club go to: https://tonyjamesbarry.wordpress.com/recorder-club/ 
    For Boomin’ Beats Info go to: https://tonyjamesbarry.wordpress.com/boomin-beats/

    Sock it to me!
    Socks make great gifts!  Support 5th grade science camp, and buy some fantastic socks.  50% of sales go to Lewis and they are available in the office.

    Holiday Bazaar 2017 was a SUCCESS!!!
    We're still tallying the numbers, but we want to THANK ALL the volunteers (well over 30!!!) who came out throughout the week and the day-of to support this important fundraiser.  Congrats to Laura Morgan and her family for winning the Disney Raffle!!!
    For more info on the bazaar, please go to https://www.lewispta.org/2017-holiday-bazaar
    Learn more at: https://www.lewispta.org/events

     

    Art Fundraiser Items COMING HOME week of December 11th
    For important details on how to get your items, go to  https://www.lewispta.org/2017-art-fundraiser
    Contact Candace Tutt at lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com for questions

    TAG Reminder
    If your child is identified as TAG only in the category of Intellectual, please email Abby Rotwein, TAG Facilitator, at arotwein@pps.net, to let her know whether you prefer for your child to be in a TAG Math Group or a TAG Reading Group.

    Save the date for the Lewis Auction - Saturday, March 10
    That's right folks... the rumors are true.  The Lewis Auction is coming!  Get on the horn (do people still say that?) and line up a sitter because it will be a night out you won't want to miss!  Mark your calendar for the evening of Saturday, March 10.  Do you own a business, have a vacation home, make something unique or know someone who does?  Consider donating or asking family/friends to donate an item for the auction. Contact Brad Dorchuck (braddorchuck@hotmail.com) or Kendyl Watts (kendylann3@yahoo.com) if you are interested or have questions. Stay tuned for more details about the event.

    Lewis BottleDrop Fundraiser!
    Who wants to put returnable bottles and cans in those dirty machines?  Skip that and earn money for Lewis. It’s as easy as picking up a bag, filling it up with returnable bottles and cans, and bringing it in on December 7th.

    Scrip = Gift Cards- Great for Holiday Gift Giving
    Pick up some gift cards for easy Holiday gifts.  Order forms in the office, along with a few scrip cards for purchase (New Seasons, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Amazon & Starbucks).


    Smarter Balancing Testing:

    State testing opt-out forms are being sent home today. If families choose to opt-out of state testing, they must submit this form to Kathleen in the office before actual testing begins. Please be aware that you must mark on the form each test that you want to opt-out of.  The district states that teachers can neither promote nor discourage participation in state testing; that opting out is a parent decision. However, if you have any questions about the tests, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher.  Testing schedule has yet to be determined.

     

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...                                 

    December 6, 2017

    Notes from Ms. Allen - Kindergarten

    Happy Holiday Season! Winter is around the corner. Please make sure that your child is dressed warm for school during this cold season. Kids have been complaining about being cold while playing at recess. I would like to thank, Henry’s mom, Chelsea, she brought in extra sets of gloves for our class, many of the kids want to wear them, but there isn’t enough for the whole class. We are outside for a total of 30 minutes each day.  

    What we are learning about:  

    Language Arts: Last week your child went book shopping, and was able to select leveled reading books (just right books) so that they can become stronger readers. This will allow them to build their confidence and fluency.  

    Reading and Writing workshops have been a success, and the kids are becoming independent writers while utilizing their writing resources. Every day during reading workshop we read independently for 10 minutes. Our goal each day is to build our reading stamina so that we can read for longer periods of time. 

    Word Work: Last week we completed our spelling assessments.  Each spelling inventory has helped me determine their strengths and next steps for their spelling so that I can individualize their spelling instructions.  This week and next week we will continue working on our Words Their Way (spelling program) rhyme sorts. In January, they will start working at their level.  

    Math: We have been and will continue working on a variety of math skills: numeral writing, patterns, sorting, and skip counting. Last week we learned about graphing and how to use graphs. Last week we learned how to compare numbers with using the (alligator mouth) greater, lesser, and equal symbols. 

    Upcoming Events: On Dec.15th I would like for the kids to have a pajama/holiday party. Please bring them dressed in their PJ’s next Friday. I would like to start our holiday party at 1:40pm. If you have any arts and craft ideas please feel free to let me know. I would like to have 4 tables, each with different activities, so the kids will be able to rotate to each table to do activities. I will need your help!  I will send home more details early next week. 

    Lastly, my Mother in law peacefully passed away the morning of Thanksgiving Day, so I will be out Thursday and Friday so that I can attend her service. 

    Notes from Ms. Kennedy - Kindergarten

    Welcome to the last month of 2017! I find it so impressive how much growth these kindergarten students have made since coming to Lewis. We recently read Your Fantastic Elastic Brain. The story details how we can all stretch and grow our own brain through trying, making mistakes and learning. It is an honor to be a part of your children’s journey.

    Last week, we received a wonderful selection of puzzles and educational games through the generosity of DonorsChoose. Thank you to the families who contributed to our project. I wrangled my own parents and siblings into helping out, and my husband surprised me with a donation of his own. We are in the process of creating and sending thank you cards to show our gratitude.

    And speaking of cards, the handmade kindergarten cards were an enormous success. Lewis loves its art and we were fortunate to sell out! The students of Room 4 reviewed many worthwhile options at Mercy Corps at https://gifts.mercycorps.org/ After debating the merits of each, and calculating our budget, we purchased the following items: a donkey, a hive of bees, a clutch of chickens, a community garden, a bag of seeds, and a soccer ball, plus we fed a child. It was a very rewarding experience from start to finish.

    In Math, we have built a chart of ladybugs in order to practice skip counting. See how far your child can count by twos and keep going from there! In the word work portion of our literacy block, we are beginning different groups in Words Their Way. Please see the explanation that came home in your child’s folder today. Excellent gains have been made in our online literacy program, Lexia. Thank you for helping your child get their extra 10 minutes a day of individualized instruction. It is hugely beneficial. In Reading Workshop, we are working on building stamina and figuring out how to problem solve without adult input. The children know that when I put on my crown, I am the Queen Bee holding court and the group is not to be disturbed. You should try the crown at home, though quite often, one has to use the bad British accent for dramatic effect.

    If we don’t chat in person, please know that I hope everyone has a peaceful holiday break, spent with those we love. I will sincerely miss spending my days with your children. They brighten my world and bring me great joy. See you in 2018!

    Weekly photos posted https://mskennedyroom4.blogspot.com/ Thank you one and all!

    Notes from Teacher Leslie - Kindergarten

    Characters and setting have been the main focus of our read alouds for this week.  We have been reading some wonderful stories about a bear and his forest friends written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman.  Bear Snores On, Bear’s New Friend, and Bear’s Loose Tooth are just a few of the stories we’ve read.  Ask your student to tell you about more!  We will also be reading books about different winter holidays in these next few weeks.                                                                                                  

    During Writing Workshop we are taking off as writers and illustrators.  Students are adding to stories and stapling pages together to make books.  It has been fun to see their interest in writing grow so much in the last few weeks. 

    With our new month came a new calendar pattern.  Check with your student to see if they can tell you about our bear and box on the calendar.  

    Next week we are focusing on Gingerbread stories.  We will read many different versions of the story and compare and contrast each one.  To prepare for next week, familiarize your child with the gingerbread story if they do not already know it.  We will be creating our own gingerbread stories, measuring a gingerbread person, decorating one and more!  As a culminating project students will get to decorate their own gingerbread house on Friday, December 15th (parent volunteers are welcome!!).  We would greatly appreciate donations towards this fun activity!  Please keep an eye out for our signup sheet outside the classroom for candy and other supplies.  

    We will also need parents to help build gingerbread houses after school on Thursday December 14th.  We will use royal icing and graham crackers to build our houses and the students will decorate with candy on the following day. Looking forward to a fun filled week and a half before Winter Break!

    Notes from Teacher Dana -- 1st Grade

    We are learning so much in Room 3. Things are humming along and kids are working very hard. You may have had a chance to meet my new assistant Q. She is in the room part of the day to support all the students. It has been such a help to have another set of hands in the room.

     In Writer's Workshop the students have been working on a persuasive piece of writing. They are writing a piece that will become a television commercial selling something. They have learned to use strong voice and tactics to persuade. It has been a lot of fun. In Writer's workshop we are now official reading detectives. Students now have what it takes to solve tricky words. We are continuing to learn lots of strategies to help ourselves when things get tough when we are reading. We have also been learning how to identify different genres. We are beginning to learn the difference between realistic fiction, and fantasy as well has fairy tale and folk tale. In nonfiction text, we will learn about informational books, biographies and autobiographies. Also we will be reading nonfiction articles.

    In math, we are continuing to learn to tell time on an analog clock. We are also really working hard on place value. This is helping us learn to add larger quantities.

     Our new gym teacher Mr. Williams started last week. If you see him in the hall, give him a warm welcome. He has been great with the kids and we are very excited to have him.

    Notes from Mrs. Logue - 1st Grade

    It's been 4 weeks since our last Classroom Notes connection but hopefully you have been visiting our classroom blog, mrslogue.wordpress.com to see photos posted daily/weekly of our learning together in first grade:)  Before Thanksgiving break, we did mini studies on Owls, Pilgrims, Native Americans and the abundance of change observed during the fall season. Clay owls and Leaf center pieces were created and students participated in activities to honor the tradition of sharing food by following a recipe to concoct pumpkin pudding and snacking on foods originally cultivated  by Native Americans! This is truly a season of sharing and giving and many of you supported your child in earning a donation to put into our Giving Jar for Meals on Wheels. We were able to contribute many meals for our local, housebound elders!  It was a great learning opportunity for students to experience the joy of giving instead of receiving during these winter celebration times. Thank you!

    A big thanks to all who contributed to the annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar this past Saturday! It is incredible to see all the Lewis families, friends and teachers, past and present, also student and local artists contributing to this huge Lewis Community event. Thank you for all of your efforts, what a beautiful way to kick off the season!

    This week during Writer’s Workshop, students are continuing to write about their collections. At the end of each session, we like to do a group share/ peer conference, ending with a mini writing lesson. On most Monday and Friday mornings, Journal Writing is a busy and purposeful time as the students work hard to capture personal stories around this exciting time of year and share their written pieces.

    Our math focus is learning correct number formation and combos to 31, telling time to the hour and 1/2 hours, problem solving using sea creatures, such as sea stars and crabs to help us practice counting by 5’s and 10’s and putting together and breaking apart numbers also, working on story problems, creating graphs and quilts to support our number sense learning.  We now have 4 new learning games and centers and paper pencil investigations are off and running! Your child should know coin names and amounts, be able to say the months of the year and days of the week in and out of sequence and know their own birthdate. Give them a try at home:)

    Over the next 2 weeks until Winter Break we will be exploring  celebrations  that take place during this time of year in our community and around the world. At the heart of all of them, light! This commonality includes Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Diwali, Winter Solstice, Christmas and Kwanza. Next week many versions of the seasonal Gingerbread stories will also be enjoyed.

    We need volunteers especially during math centers, reader’s and writer’s workshops and art on Friday PM. We currently have several committed individuals coming in to support the students but would appreciate more help if you are able!  WE LOVE YOU VOLUNTEERS! 

    Thanks so much for all you do!
    Abuckley@pps.net
    For Photos: mrslogue.wordpress.com

    Notes from Mrs. Jamesbarry - 1st Grade

    This high energy class is really starting to come together. I see friends helping each other and using kind words with each other; kiddos taking more responsibility for their actions in the classroom and on the playground, and many eager learners! Keep of the good work Room 8!

    We have been working hard in Room 8 on number of things as of late. Our literacy work of being Word Detectives has us looking closely at word wall words or snap words. These are words that we need to know in a snap! Knowing these high frequency words can really boost fluency and one’s ability to make progress as a reader. (If you would like a word ring to practice at home let me know.) Lately we have been talking about how we can use these words to help us read new or tricky words by asking ourselves…”Does this word remind me of any other snap words I know?”

    In math we have been working on our subtraction skills, building teen numbers, and number sense with our 100’s chart puzzles. This group of  kiddos love math and are always looking for a challenge! We will be working more intently on counting by 5’s and 10’s between now and Winter break.

    Cheers!  Ms. Sarah

    Notes from Ms. O’Dea - 2nd Grade

    Is it really December?? Although we have not yet discussed it too much in class, it’s evident in the student’ weekend news writing that the holidays are here… “How do you spell: Christmas tree, ornament, decorations, bazaar, concert, tradition ?” Next week we will be reading a few a books about winter holidays, not only Christmas, but also Hanukkah, winter solstice, Kwanzaa.

    Perhaps end that week with a celebration (stations with activities?). If anyone wants to help with an activity or craft that’d be great, just contact me.

    Our science unit: Balance & Motion has been fun and engaging for everyone. Nothing beats hands-on learning. The first 2 lessons were about discovering balance by using an object (tagboard shapes) and clothes pins to explore and examine point of balance & counterweight to make the object stable. Each student has a science journal to record their experiments and results.

    In Math, we’ve started our focus on story problems by looking at what information is important, what strategy to use and how to express/model that thinking on paper. We’ve been working together on some interesting ant problems with student’s showing and sharing their thinking/work in their composition books; along with finding out some fascinating fact about different types of ants. Next, each student will be working on crafting similar types of problems, and then solve each other’s story problems. We are also looking at combinations of 100, using a hundred's grid.

    In Reading, we’ve been looking at how to solve “tricky” words, by using various word parts and context/picture clues. Does that word sound right, make sense?

    Weekly reading logs (with a reading response on the backside) went home last Monday. Each week I will be sending a new one out.They’re racking up the minutes!

    Stay well everyone, if not get better quickly! (There's an icky "bug" going around).

    And HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
    Ms. O’Dea
    modea@pps.net

     

    Notes from Ms. Leake- 2nd Grade

    Last week in Math, we began a three week unit on problem solving.  First, we read One Hundred Hungry Ants.  We worked with a partner and 100 unifix cubes to divide the cubes into 2, 4, 5, 10 and 20 rows.  After filling out a worksheet based on the story, we talked about the goals of our new unit.  Students need to understand what the problem is asking. Then students need to persevere or stick with it to solve the problem.  While we were looking at student work, we saw that you need to label your pictures with numbers to help explain what is happening in the problem.  Finally, we talked about writing an explanation that would tell exactly what strategies we used to solve the problem.

    After reviewing how we show our work, students are ready to begin solving each other's problems.  Each day we will choose a different type of problem to solve. As a class, we will solve one problem together.  We will talk about 3 ways to solve the problem. Most students will choose to count on or count backwards, use a number line, or break the number into friendly numbers using our facts to 20.   After solving the problem, students will choose a second problem to solve. We will emphasize sharing different ways to solve problems and how to record your thinking.

    It is important to note that at this time we are not introducing the concept of borrowing and carrying. We are doing a lot of foundational work showing students how to break numbers into tens and ones and use hands on materials such as: base ten pieces.




    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Weekly Letter               

    November 29, 2017       
     

    Upcoming Dates:
    Dec 1- Walk and Roll
    Dec 2- Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale
    Dec 6- Coffee Talk with Emily 845am
    Dec 7- Bottle Drop bag drop off 845am
    Dec 12- PTA Meeting 6:30pm
    Dec 12 & 13- Lewis Dines Out at Bridge City Pizza

    *No late start days in December

    Message from Ms. Glasgow

    I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and relaxing break from school. We are excited to have three FULL weeks with your kiddos before we break for another vacation. One of the projects we are doing during this stretch is an activity to engage students in the visioning process being overseen by our School Site Council. In the next few weeks, Mark Hansen and I will be working with every class to guide students in an art-based reflection on what is important in our Lewis community. Students will be observing a Lewis mural created in 1962 (between “the dip” and Rm. 15) and reflecting on what is the same and different about our community then and now. We will be taking notes on these discussions and sharing them back to the School Site Council and the larger community. Stay tuned for details about how you can also contribute your ideas to the visioning process! And, in the meantime, feel free to stop by and take your own peek at the mural to see what you think--maybe while shopping at the Bazaar this Saturday!- Emily

    Family Survey Feedback Summary

    Thank you to everyone who took time to provide feedback on the Family Survey sent out before the holiday. We wanted to summarize back to you some of the themes in the feedback:

    79 parents/guardians responded to the survey. Of these, 60% said they were “very satisfied” (5/5) with their family’s overall experience at Lewis; 30% said they were “satisfied” (4/5) with their family’s overall experience at Lewis; and 10% rated their family’s overall experience at Lewis as “neutral” (3/5).

    Some common themes in response to the question, “What is going well for your family at Lewis this year?”:
    -Great teachers and staff--positive, engaging, caring learning environments.

    -Strong sense of community (for kids and families)--many opportunities to get involved.

    -Appreciate the focus on music and arts.

    -Strong and effective communication systems in place.

    Some common themes in response to the question, “What concerns and/or questions do you have about your family’s experience at Lewis this year?”:
    -Concerns and questions with the school homework policy and use of technology in classrooms.

    -Concerns about disruptive behaviors in child’s classroom.

    -Questions about policies and practices around holiday celebrations at Lewis (i.e. no costumes on Halloween).

    -Questions about certain areas of instruction (i.e. worksheets in kindergarten, standards-alignment of math curriculum).

    We are glad to hear that so much is going well and are always in search of what we can do better. Our staff will be reflecting on the issues raised over the course of the year. If you would like to speak directly about your personal questions/concerns, please feel free to email Emily Glasgow (eglasgow@pps.net) to set up a meeting and/or attend our next Coffee Talk with Emily on Wednesday, December 6th @ 8:45 am.
     

    Lewis Holiday Bazaar!

    Lewis Holiday Bazaar this Saturday, December 2nd!

    Share on Social Media, Bring a Friend, and SHOP!

    The PTA continues to need volunteers - please go to https://www.lewispta.org/volunteer

    Buy your raffle tickets online or the day of the bazaar for Disneyland/Disney California Adventure Park Hopper Passes.  Winner chosen at the end of the bazaar - you do not need to be present to win - https://www.lewispta.org/raffle

    Swag Making! Thursday Nov. 30, 1-4

    Lewis keeps 100% of funds from swag sales at the Holiday Bazaar.  Bring any beautiful greens from your garden and help make swags with some wonderful people.
     

    Lewis is holding our first annual Season of Sharing

    We are happy to share with others in our community.
    If you would like to contribute, please stop by the office and check out our bulletin board.
    Contributions are due by December 15th
     

    TAG Reminder

    If your child is identified as TAG only in the category of Intellectual, please email Abby Rotwein, TAG Facilitator, at arotwein@pps.net, to let her know whether you prefer for your child to be in a TAG Math Group or a TAG Reading Group.

    Lewis Art Fundraiser

    Your Online Shop is Still Open!
    Online orders placed on or before
    Dec. 6th will arrive before Christmas!
    Art Fundraiser Flyer 

    Save the date for the Lewis Auction - Saturday, March 10

    That's right folks... the rumors are true.  The Lewis Auction is coming!  Get on the horn (do people still say that?) and line up a sitter because it will be a night out you won't want to miss!  Mark your calendar for the evening of Saturday, March 10.  Do you own a business, have a vacation home, make something unique or know someone who does?  Consider donating or asking family/friends to donate an item for the auction. Contact Brad Dorchuck (braddorchuck@hotmail.com) or Kendyl Watts (kendylann3@yahoo.com) if you are interested or have questions. Stay tuned for more details about the event.

    Lewis BottleDrop Fundraiser!

    Who wants to put returnable bottles and cans in those dirty machines?  Skip that and earn money for Lewis. It’s as easy as picking up a bag, filling it up with returnable bottles and cans, and bringing it in on December 7th.

    Scrip = Gift Cards- Great for Holiday Gift Giving

    What is Scrip? Gift Cards for stuff you were going to buy anyway!

    Check out this short video for more information - https://www. youtube.com/ watch?v=Qa-nklx3Wno  NOTE: #4 in the video (can labels) is no longer an active program.

    Why? Costs you nothing extra & proceeds go to support Lewis PTA Programs, such as classroom support and Lewis Library book purchases. Use the cards for your grocery shopping, stocking stuffers, teacher gifts and more!

    How? Purchase available cards in the office (New Seasons, Safeway, Fred Meyer Amazon, Starbucks and Powells Books) OR pick up an order form in the office (or use this link to the Personal Order form: https://www.ttsdschools. org/Page/1108) to purchase gift cards for shopping, gifts, groceries and more!  Please complete your form and give it to Tracy in the office with payment attached.  Orders placed by 5:00 Monday will be available for pick up after 3:00 Thursday.

    eScrip - Visit http://www.escrip.com/index. jsp and you can earn more for Lewis in three ways...

    1. Online Mall - Using this site and selecting a retailer will take you to your retailer’s website. Using this link means the retailer will donate a percentage of your purchase to Lewis! Easy as that! Some examples of participating businesses are Macy's, GAP and Columbia Sportswear.
    2. Register your debit and credit cards. When you use your cards at participating retailers, the retailers will donate to Lewis!
    3. Use the Benefit mobile app and Lewis earns too! Go to http://www.benefit-mobile.com/ and get the app (it's FREE!), then select Lewis Elementary School PTA (Group ID 500020229) as your cause. Set up your account so you can instantly purchase and redeem gift cards that give back!

    Questions? Scrip Coordinator, Genevieve Benner (vivapalmer@yahoo.com)

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...                                 

    November 29, 2017


    Notes from Ms. Canales- 2nd-3rd Grade

    Hello again families!
    Nove