• Friday, Feb. 23: All schools open, some westside buses on snow routes

    These buses will be on snow routes this morning: Skyline - 21 & 14, Lincoln - 31, Chapman - 14 & 13 and Bridlemile - 205

    Debido a las persistentes condiciones heladas, la(s) siguientes ruta(s) estarán funcionando como rutas de nieve durante la mañana del día viernes, 23 de febrero: Skyline - 21 & 14, Lincoln - 31, Chapman - 14 & 13 and Bridlemile - 205

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  • 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.

  • Lonesome Teacher Trio Dance

  • Connect to Kindergarten

    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 PTA Movie NIght

    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!

  • 4th/5th Drama

    Lewis Play 2018

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    The information meeting for the Lewis School Play scheduled for this Wednesday, December 14th has been CANCELLED. 

    Ms. Tori will distribute an information sheet to all 4th and 5th grade students this week.  Please look for that informational flyer and check back here for further information.

    The first information meeting will be on WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3RD from 3:00 to 5:15 p.m. in the cafeteria.  All interested 4th and 5th grade students are invited to attend.  

    To Attend meeting on Jan. 3rd – Parent/Guardian must register student online at this link:

    http://bit.ly/2jtBrPP

     
  • 5th grade Camp Fundraiser

    5th grade Camp Fundraiser...
    Sock it to me socks!

    Lewis receives 50% of every pair of socks sold!

    Come by the school office and check out our selection!
  • Annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar!


    Annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar!

    It's that time of year again for the PTA's largest fundraiser of the year! 

    When: December 2nd, 10AM-3PM
    Where: AT LEWIS!
    What: Local artisans, parents and students sell their goods.

    You can also buy your Christmas tree, swag (wreath), burrito bowl lunch, and baked goods! This year there is a raffle for 4 1-day park hopper tickets for Disneyland! (Value close to $700!).  Sellwood Middle School Marimba Band, School of House Rock Band, and Renegade Rose will all be performing.

    Cost: No entrance fee - just come to shop, eat, and enjoy this dynamic community event!

    How can you support this important fundraiser?

    1) VOLUNTEERS. As you can imagine, a lot of volunteers are needed for this event to be successful.  We raise close to $6500, most of which will be dedicated to our classroom support.  Without volunteers, this day just won't happen!  You can volunteer a little or a lot! Look for signups outside the school office.  


    Signup Genius Links:

    Wednesday, Thursday, and Day Of:
    Wreath Making, Tree Sales, and Other General Swag

    Day of Event:

    2) Bring friends and shop on December 2nd, 10AM-3PM!

    3) Share this event on social media! https://www.facebook.com/LewisHolidayBazaar andTreeSale

    Want to know more about the Holiday Bazaar? Go to this website: https://www.lewispta.org/events

  • Art Fundraiser – Ordering deadline Nov 15

    Art Fundraiser – Ordering deadline Nov 15

    Individual online ordering instructions were sent home this past week.

    If you have misplaced the ordering instructions, you can go to the the following website SilverGraphics and type in the following username and password, click on your child's teacher, then your child's artwork; your child's order screen will appear.
    Username: Lewis
    Password: L3wis2017 

    You will receive your products December 7th - they will arrive at the school.

    33% of the sales go towards the Lewis Arts Fund and other important programming that the PTA supports.


    If 100 students order a product, shipping is FREE!

    Questions? Contact lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com, or call the school office.
    Thank you!  Lewis PTA 

  • Students can earn free computer through community service


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      Photo courtesy freegeek.org

      Need a computer? Free Geek, a Portland non-profit that recycles electronics, is offering free desktop computers to K-12 Portland students who complete 24 hours of service at a non-profit or community organization. Families can pool their volunteer hours to reach 24 and receive a computer, which will include the Linux Mint operating system. 

       

      Students who receive a computer are asked to attend a free tutorial class to learn how to use it. They also will receive one year of free tech support.

      Free Geek started in Portland in 2000 as a way to reuse or refurbish computers that might otherwise become hazardous waste. Instead, they are used to help those who can’t afford or don’t have the technical know-how to use a computer.

      For more information, go to freegeek.org/plug-into-portland or call 503-232-9350.

  • Free & Reduced Lunch Applications DUE NOW!

    Important reminder- Applications for free and reduced lunch are due tomorrow October 12.  Please remember that you need to reapply annually and include all of your students on the application.  Here is a link to the online application: https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

  • Run for the Arts

    Run for the Arts:
    Run for the Arts is fast approaching! Be sure to get your family and friends to sponsor your child's laps! Forms are due back MONDAY, OCTOBER 2nd.  Please note that ALL Lewis students will receive a t-shirt for participation REGARDLESS of the requirements described on the form.

    Run is Friday, October 6th; K-2 runs from 9:30-10 and 3-5 runs 10:30-11. Volunteers are needed: set-up the course, mark runner's laps during the race, tally laps after the race. It really is a fun event, the more the merrier (and louder!) Come cheer on your runners!

    Questions can be sent to glbiehl@yahoo.com

    A few reminders-

    • Forms are due back ASAP!  Please do not turn money in at this time.
    • Volunteer sign up sheet is outside the school office, so sign up to help on run day.
    • 5th grade t-shirt contest submissions due Wednesday the 4th.

    Thanks for your help!



  • New PTA Art-Based Fundraiser!

     

    This year the PTA is doing an Art-Based Fundraiser to support our art program at Lewis.  

    You may submit any artwork - something made at home, something from last year's art folder, something made THIS year in the classroom, as long as it meets the guidelines (Max size 12"x17", no 3D, no glitter, no salt, no sand, no trademarked items).  
    **See the link below for Artwork Guidelines

    The artwork will then be made into goods, such as t-shirts, mugs, pencil holders, phone covers, and much more!  You can purchase these goods in November and they arrive in time for the holidays.

    Think FAMILY gifts!

     

    **Please check with your child’s teacher to find out if they are doing a classroom project before the deadline of October 9th.  If they are not, be sure to submit a piece of art from a previous year or something your child has created at home.

    All original artwork will be returned at the end of the fundraiser.  EVERYONE should submit something, as EVERYONE gets FREE trading cards! 

    Deadline for artwork to be turned in to the teacher: October 9th!

    Questions?  Please contact Foy White-Chu at lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com
     
  • Chinook Books Are Available Now!

    Chinook Books are available to purchase in the office. Half the proceeds go to Lewis PTA!
     
    If you haven't had a Chinook Book before take a look. There are so many great coupons - you can easily save the purchase price without leaving Woodstock Blvd. You save money & the PTA earns money to support the school programs - win/win! 
     
    Books with an app are $25 (this is less than last year!) and apps alone are $15 (plus we get 60% instead of 50%).
     
    Stop by the Lewis Office to purchase the book/app combo, or an app alone.  Or you can follow this link to purchase the app online: https://chinook.co/lewispdx
     
    Thank you for supporting the Lewis PTA and our kids!
    Let's do some coupon clipping!
  • Lewis Dines Out at Double Mountain on Woodstock!

     

    Save the Date for the First Lewis Dines Out of the Season

    September 13th; 5PM-9PM

     

    Double Mountain Brewery

    4336 SE Woodstock Blvd

    $1 donated for each Pint sold from 5PM-9PM  

    (You're welcome to buy food, growlers, etc, but only PINTS count to the donation!)

    Funds from Lewis Dines Out go towards the Proposed Class Projects funds - so support our teachers, their creativity, and those great projects for our kids! 

     

    Examples of past Proposed Class Projects have included Jackson Pollock art supplies, book collections focused on empathy, card making supplies for Mercy Corps, and much more!

     

    SHARE WIDELY - BRING YOUR FRIENDS!!!

     

    Questions? Contact:

     

    Foy White-Chu

    Lewis PTA Fundraising Chair

    lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com

  • Lewis t-shirts are here!

    Lewis t-shirts and sweatshirts are now available to purchase!
     
    Follow the link below to order:
    There are 2 designs available, child and adult sizes, multiple t-shirt colors. 
  • Welcome Back-to-School!!

    The beginning of school is right around the corner!  We hope you are enjoying your summer break, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
     
    Upcoming Dates to Remember:
    Thursday, August 17th: Lewis Office Re-Opens for the Fall
    Saturday, August 26th: Community Care Day & Lewis PTA Social
    Wednesday, August 30th: First Day of School, Grades 1-5
    Tuesday, September 5th: First Day of School, Kindergarten
    Tuesday, September 19th: Lewis Back to School Night (PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE!)
    Friday, September 29th: School Picture Day 
     
    Back-to-School Welcome Letters will be mailed home the week of August 14th. 
      
  • School Supplies for the 2-17-2018 School Year

    School wide, we are moving away from itemized school supply lists. Instead, we are 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 by check or cash. To pay with a credit card, go to our SchoolPay website: https://www.pps.net/Page/3528.  The link is also on the left side bar of this website.  When paying on SchoolPay, please be sure to pay for your school supplies and the kinder canvas bags with the item titled Office: School Supplies, NOT the individual teacher.  Thank you!

    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 (September 5th):
    headphones (not earbuds) in a Ziploc bag with child’s name on the bag
    $10 for a canvas bag (please do not buy a backpack).
    **If paying by check, please write one check for the combined total of $60. 

    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 30th):
    backpack (one big enough to hold a coat)
    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 contact the School Office at 503-916-6360 or email Tracy at tgiordano@pps.net if you have any questions.
    Thank you!

  • Community Care Day & School Social

    PPS Community Care Day is right around the corner!
    Saturday, August 26th from 9am - noon, please join us in cleaning up the school grounds and gardens for the new school year.
     
    After Community Care Day, join our PTA for a Lewis School Social.  BYO picnic lunch, stick around for cool treats provided by our PTA, and hang out with other Lewis Families.
     
    We thank you for your continued support! 
  • Make your Fabulous Child's Art into Lasting Art!

    Lewis PTA will be raising funds for the Art Program using an Art Fundraising Program for 2017-2018.  We are still vetting Art Programs.  Please hold onto that beautiful art, think about what items you might want to make into pillowcases, mugs, keychains, etc.  And be ready to submit it in the fall!  Look for announcements in the Wednesday newsletter, PTA Facebook page, and Messenger.  Contact lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com for questions.  LIKE the PTA Facebook page to follow these great opportunities to get more involved. https://www.facebook.com/ptalewis/
  • 2016-2017 Lewis Communication and Outreach Survey Results

  • Miramba Raffle

    Lewis parent and amateur woodworker Jordan Benner has built and donated a soprano marimba. The Lewis Elementary PTA will raffle this item to support the Lewis music program.  Built in the key of C, this soprano marimba is a box resonator style that spans two octaves. The box is made from Baltic birch (painted brown) with keys and side rails made from eastern hard maple.  Raffle tickets go on sale starting May 11th until June 1st.  Winning ticket is drawn June 2nd at the End of Year Picnic. You do not need to be present to win.  Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25 - starting May 11th, contact the lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com for tickets!  Check out this 2 minute website and youtube video to hear the Marimba!  https://lewismarimba.wordpress.com/  PLEASE SHARE WIDELY WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!!  Questions? lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com.  
  • Mercy Corp Emergency Preparedness Presentation

    Wednesday, May 17th
  • Opportunities to meet Lewis' new Principal

    Dear Lewis School Staff and Families,

    As this school year is winding down, we would like to publicly thank Helen Nolen for skillfully serving as Interim Principal for Lewis this year.  Her depth of experience as an educator have guided her good work on behalf of students, staff, and community.

    We would also like to welcome Emily Glasgow, your new Principal. Yesterday afternoon, Superintendent Bob McKean introduced Emily to the staff and an introductory email was sent to families. She is looking forward to meeting parents and students. Here are some dates and times she will be at Lewis:

    Monday, May 15

    • 3:00-6:00pm, Library - I will be at Lewis to talk with any parents and staff who would like to drop by to ask questions or to share your thoughts on how Emily can help provide the best possible learning environment for your children. 

    Thursday, May 18

    • 3:00-5:00pm - I will be attending your PTA event and available to talk to parents. 

    In the coming days, Helen and Emily will provide you with information about other dates and times that Emily will be at Lewis to engage with staff, parents, and students as well as to help prepare for a fantastic start to the 2017-18 school year. 

    Thank you for your positive support of your children’s education at Lewis.

    Sincerely,

    Scott Whitbeck
    Senior Director of Schools
    Cleveland K-8 Cluster

  • New Principal at Lewis

     

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    Dear Lewis Community,

    I am pleased to announce that Emily Glasgow will be the new principal of Lewis Elementary School. She replaces Helen Nolen, who came out of retirement to serve as interim principal for the 2016-17 school year, and is going back into retirement.

    Emily brings a wealth of experience to her new role as principal of Lewis, having served as principal of Vestal K-8 since 2013. At Vestal she oversaw the initial implementation of the Equity Based Balanced Literacy Adoption. She instituted Positive Behavior Intervention & Support, and helped the school transition toward inclusive practices. Emily was instrumental in working with community partners to bring support programs like SUN Community School, Playworks, Reading Results, Blosser Center, and Restorative Justice to Vestal.

    Before joining PPS in 2013, she had been principal of Franklin D. Roosevelt K-8 School in Hyde Park, Mass., from 2006-2013, and also was a third grade teacher in the Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, CA. She also served in several intern and fellowship roles in the Boston Public School District.  

    Emily maintains that to teach children well, teachers and administrators must know children well. She has made it her goal to know every Lewis student by name before January, and hopes to meet as many of them as possible this spring to get a head start on that challenge.

    She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, a Master’s of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education Program at Lewis and Clark College. A Portland native and graduate of Lincoln High School, Emily has two children attending PPS, and enjoys reading and cooking.

    Please join me in welcoming Emily to her new role at Lewis.

    Bob McKean
    Superintendent

     

    Portland Public Schools recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society. It is the policy of the Portland Public Schools Board of Education that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment.

     

     

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  • Volunteers Needed For Lewis Art Night!

    Art Night is Thursday, May 4. We need volunteers for the Paintbrush Cafe, which raises money for the art program at Lewis.

    Please help us by signing up for a short, 30 minute shift.  Signing up would help us out so much, and you can still spend time with your family admiring the art and watching the performances.

     Please follow the link to sign-up:
     
  • Lewis Earth Day Fair: Garden Sale and Rummage Sale Set for April 22, 2017

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    This is going to be a great event! There will be lots of kids activities: student-led tours of the garden, garden scavenger hunt, Woodstock Farmers Market kiosk kids' crafts. There are two raffles: Rose bushes donated by 7 Dees and a Kona Coco bike ($675) donated by Sellwood Cycle!! Munchy's Kettle Corn, Italian Sodas, and of course a Bake Sale! Come listen to the Sellwood Marimba, Renegade Rose, and Sellwood Jazz Bands while you shop! 

    How can you help support this important fundraiser for the school??? 

    1) Drop off rummage sale items Thursday 4/20 2:30PM-5PM or Friday 4/21 8AM-4PM. [Check in with the office during those hours before proceeding to the cafeteria] 

    2) Dig up your overgrown garden and drop off your plants starting 4/17. 

    3) Bring recycling items on the day of the event Saturday 4/22 with a suggested minimum donation of $10/car load for us to cart your stuff away. We are taking eyeglasses, batteries, electronics, sheet/block Styrofoam (no peanuts), hard plastics. No lightbulbs. 

    4) Bring friends and shop on April 22nd - 9AM-3PM! 

    5) Share this post on social media! 
     
    6) Need Bake Sale Items for Earth Day Fair - an Easy Way to Contribute!
    Please drop off your bake sale items 9AM on Saturday, April 22nd.  Be sure to label whether the item contains nuts or is gluten or dairy free.  Contact ClairClairestar.g@gmail.com for details


    Questions? Lewisgardenandartfair@gmail.com
    We need specific help with VOLUNTEERS at these times:
    Friday set up - Rummage set up 8AM-12PM (2 hour shifts)
    Saturday Raffle - Sign up to man the raffle table 10AM-2PM (2 hour shifts)
    Saturday Recycling 8AM, 12PM, 2PM (2 hour shifts)
    Saturday Garden Sale 2PM (2 hour shift)
    Saturday Clean up 3PM (2 hour shift)



  • This message is an update on the 2016-17 school calendar.

     

    PPS schools were closed for nine instructional days due to snowy and icy winter weather in December and January. 

    March 7, the PPS Board of Education voted to change the April 7 teacher-planning day to an instructional day and to extend the school year to June 15.

    Please mark your calendars--there will now be school on Friday, April 7 and the last day of school for students is now Thursday, June 15.

    View the calendar here.

  • Rummage Sale Update!

     

    SUPPORT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL!
    Come celebrate Earth Day with the Lewis Elementary PTA as we launch our new event
    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Garden Fair! 
    The event is on April 22nd from 9AM-3PM

    How can you help support our neighborhood school?

     

    1) Donate those items you've been hoarding.  We're going to expand our recycling efforts to include eye glasses, batteries, computer/electronic equipment, hard plastics (the kind you can't take to New Seasons or put in the curb bins), sheet or block styrofoam (no peanuts - take those to UPS!), textiles.  Donations are tax deductible. The drop off date is April 21st 8AM-4PM - 4401 SE Evergreen Street. Contact Shawn Jaquiss (msjaquiss@me.com) for details. 

     

    2)  Donate plants from the garden fair - start your seeds (I just started a bunch of tomatoes and kale) and dig out those crowding plants to share with neighbors.  Drop off for plants no earlier than will also be April 17th.  Contact Rebecka Amodei (rebeckaamodei@yahoo.com) for details.

     

    3) Sign up to volunteer for this event.  It is not possible to fund raise for PTA school-supported programs without volunteers.  If we do not have enough volunteers by April 11th, we will have to cancel the event.  This would mean a potential loss of $6000 to school programming.  Signups are at the school office and through signup genius.

     

    4) Bring friends and shop on April 22nd - 9AM-3PM! 

     

    5) Sharing this post on social media!

  • Your Input is Needed!! Share with PPS the Kind of Principal You Want to See at Lewis Next Year!!

    IMPORTANT!!   YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED, DESIRED, VALUED!
    Please share your input to help with the hiring process of our next Principal~
    Online: www.pps.net/Page/2162
    Email: awentworth@pps.net
    Or pick-up a paper survey from the school office.
  • Register Your FM Card to Benefit Lewis PTA

    Please bring you Fred Meyer cards to our PTA meeting tomorrow so we can get you registered to help our fundraising efforts! 
    By registering your FM Card, Lewis benefits too, without any further effort from you! 
    Remember! Your card must be updated annually in this program.
  • Lewis Elementary Rummage Sale To Be Rescheduled

    Lewis Elementary Rummage Sale To Be Rescheduled. Because the school was closed due to weather on Friday (even for teacher planning), we could not set up for the Rummage Sale.  We greatly apologize for the inconvenience and we appreciate your support for Lewis Elementary.  Please go to the school website/facebook/twitter pages to find the new date (to be determined in the next few weeks).  Thank you!
  • Walk & Bike Cancelled Tomorrow!

    DUE TO HIGH WIND WARNINGS, WE ARE CANCELLING WALK & BIKE FOR TOMORROW, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2nd. BE SAFE EVERYONE!
  • PTA Meeting has been rescheduled

    Our January PTA Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 24th at 6:30 pm.

    Free childcare will be provided
     

  • News from Nutrition Services Regarding Breakfast & Lunch Menus

    Parents: Due to the school closures this past week,  the breakfast and lunch menus for Wednesday through Friday, January 18-20, 2017 will need to be changed.  We hope to serve the foods on the published menu beginning Monday January 23, 2017.  Please check with your school office or cafeteria if you have questions.  Thank you in advance for you flexibility and understanding. Lewis Cafeteria & PPS Nutrition Services
  • Lewis Dines Out January 17th at Laughing Planet

    This Tuesday, January 17th, Lewis Dines Out at Laughing Planet on Woodstock! Please stop by and support our school and all the wonderful programs the Lewis PTA supports, and a wonderful community business! 15% of the days sales will benefit Lewis!
  • PPS News Regarding the School Calendar and Potential Changes

    PPS sent this email just a couple of hours ago regarding the calendar for the remainder of this year, INCLUDING THE POTENTIAL CANCELLATION IF THIS WEDNESDAYS LATE START... ** Please note, we will still have our Lewis Spirit Day this Wednesday, so wear your clothes Inside-Out!!!
     
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    Dear Portland Public School Families and Staff:
     
    Thank you for your continued support during this unusual winter weather. We understand and share your frustration with the number of school closures and wanted to give you an update about how we believe we can make up some of the lost instruction over the next five months of the school year. The Board voted on December 13, 2016 to add two days at the end of the school year to make up for two days lost in December. Since that vote additional school closures have occurred due to weather.
     
    This Tuesday, January 17, 2017, district staff will present the following proposal for the Board’s consideration to account for the other closures: • Add another day to the calendar- extending the last day of school by three days to June 14, 2017. • Eliminate the rest of late starts for elementary and middle schools and early releases for high schools, which will restore approximately ten hours of additional instruction for elementary schools and four hours for high schools. Please note that if approved, the elimination of late starts begins this Wednesday, January 18, 2017. We recognize that these actions will not make up for all of the closures and we will be working with the Oregon Department of Education in coordination with other school districts across the state facing the same situation to evaluate how best to address this issue, including the potential for additional weather related closures throughout this winter. As we have more information on this work we will update you.
     
    Lastly, we are working very hard to clear pathways, sidewalks and parking lots to have schools safe and ready to open on Tuesday. We will have a more detailed status report to share later this weekend. Our priority is to ensure our schools are safe for the return of our students and staff - and we are deploying every available resource to try to achieve that goal by Tuesday. Thank you again for your support. Please stay safe and we look forward to the safe return of all of our students and staff to school soon.
     
    Sincerely,
    Bob McKean
    Interim Superintendent
  • DISTRICT NEWS: End of semester and inservice day change

    Dear PPS Families and Community:

    As you know, due to the inclement weather last month, Portland Public Schools was closed for four days: December 8, 9, 15 and 16.

    In order to ensure our students receive the instructional hours they need this semester, district staff is recommending the following modification to the calendar to the Board of Education:

    •    Extending the semester by one week so that the last day of the semester will be Thursday, February 2nd instead of the original schedule of Thursday, January 26th; and

    •    Moving the in-service to Friday, February 3rd from the original schedule of Friday, January 27.

    The Board will vote on this recommendation on Tuesday, January 10.

    As previously communicated, the school board voted at their December 13 board meeting to add two days to the end of the school year, making the last day of school June 13, 2017. 

    We understand that this change will require many families to adjust their schedules as it relates to work and childcare and we apologize for any inconvenience. We appreciate your understanding of these adjustments and your support in ensuring the highest quality of education for our students.

    Sincerely,

    Bob McKean
    Interim Superintendent

  • Lewis PTA Rummage Sale is coming soon!

    Due to the possibility of a change in the Planning Day on January 27th, our Rummage Sale may be moved to February 4th.  

     
    The PPS School Board will vote on this change on Tuesday, January  10th.
     
    Please check back for further information! 
     
    ANNUAL LEWIS ELEMENTARY RUMMAGE SALE JANUARY 28TH (9AM-3PM)!

    Lewis Elementary PTA funds many school programs such as classroom support, clubs, reading programs, software purchases, safety patrol, and more by raising money through events such as the Lewis Rummage Sale. Show your school support by

    1) Donating to the Rummage Sale - rummage through those closets and garages and bring your stuff. We're also accepting used glasses, batteries and computer/electronic equipment. There will be limited recycling but no shredding, styrofoam, or plastics. All leftovers will be donated to Northeast Emergency Food Program. The drop off date is Friday 1/27 from 9 to 3 in the cafeteria.

    2) Bringing friends and shopping! One man's junk is another man's treasure and all money goes to the PTA!

    3) Sharing this information through social media!

Weekly Newsletter & Notes

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    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!
    November has been a fabulous month in Room 16! Our 2nd and 3rd graders have been accomplishing a lot, and it was wonderful to meet with you all at conferences.
    We finished up our first units for Reading and Writing Workshop, and we’ve moved into our second units. In Reading Workshop, we are digging into mysteries. This unit teaches students how to envision and predict. Our inference skills are developing as we work through this unit. In Writing Workshop, we’ve begun learning about persuasive writing. Students are currently developing speeches to share with Mrs. Glasgow encouraging her to allow Free Friday in the cafeteria for 2nd and 3rd graders. Ask your student about their speech!

    The 2nd graders are in their second math unit. This unit focuses on addition and subtraction strategies and computational fluency. The will also practice with word problems and problem solving. Our 3rd graders continue to learn about geometry with Mrs. Zimmerman. On Fridays, the 3rd graders work with me on 3rd grade calendar skills, number sense and computational fluency.

    Science is in full swing. We’ve moved to the mineral portion of our Rocks & Minerals unit. Students are creating mineral profiles of 12 different minerals. We’ve learned about light (transparent, translucent, and opaque) and streak color. Everyday students are experimenting with their minerals using pen lights and tiles to test streak color. Our unit will end with our field trip to Rice Rock & Mineral Museum on December 14th. Please make sure you have your field trip forms in by Wednesday, December 6th. We already have 8 parent volunteers, so unfortunately we are out of space. If you already turned in your form and marked that you wanted to volunteer, you are all set to chaperone!

    Let’s have a fantastic December!  
    Cassie Canales


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

    Our current reading unit, Reading to Learn: Grasping Main Ideas and Text Structures, has us digging into the world of non-fiction.  This work goes hand-in-hand with the non-fiction writing the kids have been doing with Mark and we’ve been excited to see all the cross-over and transfer in their learning.  

    One of the first teaching points of our reading unit has been to “rev up your mind before reading non-fiction”.  As we tackle non-fiction texts and get ready to learn as much as we can about the world around us, there are a number of things successful readers can do.  Before reading, students use text features such as the table of contents, headings, and subheadings to make predictions about what the book will be about.  They also tap into what they already know about the topic, which can help focus their comprehension once they begin reading.     

    Once we’ve previewed a text and made predictions, our goal is to figure out the main idea(s) and supporting details in a text.  Over the past three weeks the kids have been practicing a number of strategies to help them identify the main ideas (“boxes”) and key details (“bullets”) in their books. One of these strategies involves pausing after reading a chunk of the text in order to identify and think about the main ideas and details of that section, then jot them down as “boxes” and “bullets” on a Post-it note.  So often, young readers zip through a text without pausing to think deeply about what the author is teaching them.  By slowing down, noticing text features, and categorizing their reading into main ideas and supporting details, readers deepen their comprehension. 

    Later this week your student will bring home a bookmark to use with their nightly reading.  The bookmark lists a variety of strategies we’ve discussed and practiced in class, and is a helpful reminder of what to do when reading non-fiction.


    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    I hope you all had an enjoyable, restful long weekend. I got to spend lots of time with family...visiting, laughing, and generally enjoying each other’s company. It was great to have the break, but I’m happy to be back with the class. It has been awhile since we’ve had classroom notes and I realized that I haven’t had a chance to express my gratitude to you. In the spirit of the season, I want to thank you for all of your support, and for sharing your amazing kids with me - they are a joy to work with!

    We are halfway through the first of our just three (full 5 day!!) weeks until Winter Break. We have a lot to fit into the remaining 12 days. We are working hard in reading; trying to solve our mysteries before the crime solvers do. Luckily, we have many strategies to draw on from our previous fiction unit.

    Writing this unit is all about opinion and persuasive pieces. Prior to the break, students had a chance to write and present persuasive speeches to Ms. Glasgow requesting Free Fridays in the cafeteria for 3rd graders. It worked and this Friday we try it out! Almost all students included in their argument that they should only get it if they earn it the other four days of the week. I love the accountability! We have been working to generate ideas by thinking of a problem and imagining solutions. Before break we talked about thinking about problems we see out in the world, not just within our school community. I’m excited to hear their thinking about how they can create change for the better.

    We will have our place value math unit wrapped up this week and then it’s onto Two- & Three-Dimensional Geometry...polygons, symmetry, congruency, oh my!

    If you have not already returned the field trip permission slips and money, please do so as soon as possible. If your child will be gone that day, please let me know that as well. Also, I am looking for some volunteers to help with a crystal making project the afternoons of Thursday (11/30) & Friday (12/1.) Please let me know if you’re available to join us.

    Finally, several Lewis classrooms have decided to do a holiday drive for Street Roots. If you are not familiar with the organization, they produce a weekly newspaper, which helps to provide a community-driven solution, to the problem of homelessness. We will be collecting items of need over the next few weeks and then families that are able to, are welcome to join us on the first Saturday of Winter Break to deliver the donations to their office. The things Street Roots’ vendors need most right now are: Little Hotties hand warmers, gloves, warm socks, (emergency) rain ponchos, Cup o'Noodles, and granola bars or other non-perishable items. Thank you for donating if you’re able. - Cyndi


    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    Welcome back!  I hope you were able out carve out some time for yourselves this weekend to relax and get reinvigorated for the weeks ahead.  We have three full weeks coming our way and each one of them is packed full!

    On Friday, we will be traveling to Milwaukie Riverfront Park to release our salmon fry into the Willamette River!  Thank you to all the chaperones who have volunteered to join us!  We will be outside for the duration of the trip and the forecast calls for rain, so please send your child with a raincoat and some sturdy shoes that can withstand the elements.

    We spent some time on Tuesday talking about Thanksgiving myths.  Hopefully your children shared some of their learning with you during the holiday.

    Students are beginning to research their chosen region of Oregon.  They will take notes a about their region’s climate, physical features, natural resources, and tourist attractions.  Next week, they will compile their notes into an informational brochure about their region.

    Our book clubs are up and running in Room 24!  Students are reading books at their level and doing some sort of written response work each day with their group.  This is a time when some groups benefit from having a volunteer with them.  If you are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays from 10:15-11:00, please let me know – we would love to have you come in to support our learning!

    In math, we have been working hard on mastering multi-digit multiplication arrays.  This week, we will also work on multiplying money.   Our class and Ms. Rotwein’s class will then do some social justice work around minimum wage and the cost of living in Portland.  Students will be posed the question:  “Can people working full-time at a minimum wage job afford to live in our city?”  It is an eye-opening, impactful lesson for many students.

    In writing, students are working to type, revise, and refine their personal narrative stories.  Starting next week, we will be working with a professional actor, Anne Rutherford, to turn each student’s piece into a theater performance.  It is going to be tons of fun to see these stories literally leap off the page and into the real world.

    Upcoming News:  Please mark your calendars for the following events…more details to come soon!

    Personal Narrative Author’s & Actors Writing Performance: Thursday, December 14th, from 9:30-10:30 AM in Room 24

    4th & 5th Grade Family Breakfast & Singalong:  Friday, December 15th, 8:15-9:30 AM, Rooms 20, 21, 22, 23, & 24


    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    It was a pleasure getting the time to speak with all of you at conferences.  I hope you and your family had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday and spent some time celebrating the things you are grateful for.  We've got a lot going on in Room 22!

    Science:  We will be releasing our Salmon fry during our field trip on Friday.  A big thank you to all the chaperones who have volunteered to join us!  We will be outside for the entire field trip and it looks like it will be rainy all day so please send your child to school in a raincoat and appropriate footwear. 

    Social Studies:  We spent some time on Tuesday talking about Thanksgiving myths.  Hopefully your children shared some of their learning with you during the holiday.

    Students are in the process of researching their chosen region of Oregon.  They are currently taking notes and writing rough drafts about their region's climate, physical features, natural resources, and tourist attractions.  Next week, they will type their work into brochures on Google Docs.

    Reading:  We are in the full swing of book groups.  If you would like to come join us, we run them every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10:15-11:00 AM.  I would love to have some volunteers - you don't even have to contact me, just pop on in!It looks like we will not be able to go as a class to see the movie version of "Wonder" before Winter Break.  We may try to go see it in January, but for now, we are still loving the book!

    Math:  Students have been doing lots of practice with multi-digit multiplication arrays.  This week, we will also work on multiplying money.  We will then do some social justice work around minimum wage and the cost of living in Portland.  Students will be posed the question:  "Can people working full-time at a minimum wage job afford to live in our city?"  It is my favorite math query of the year and I am looking forward to seeing what your children come up with.

    Writing:  Students are in the process of revising and finalizing their personal narratives.  Anne Rutherford, the professional actress I told you about at conferences, will be joining us next week to help us get our personal narrative performance ready!

    Upcoming News:  Please mark your calendars for the following events...more details to come soon!

    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 great to see all of you at parent-teacher conferences. The kids of Team 20 have worked very hard. It was good to share their stories and their successes.  I learned a lot. I feel I know you and your child much better. Thank you! 

    Our Road Trip Project continues. Kids are hittin’ the road as virtual tourists, using literature and the Web as our road maps. Earlier in the month, kids chose states (fifth graders) or regions of Oregon (fourth graders). From there kids worked in groups to highlight an informational reading and take notes. We had conversations about strategies for citing sources, paraphrasing, and plagiarism. More recently, kids have grown their research notes into rough draft slides and peer conferenced on their writing. Our next steps include some more editing and revising, thinking about layout design, and adding images.

    The Children’s Book Harvest for The Children’s Book Bank concluded recently. School-wide we collected 215 books. After some good conversation, Team 20 chose to donate 285 more books from our Little Free Library book drive collection to make it an even 500 books donated from our school.

    Last Tuesday, we spent part of our morning learning about the first Thanksgiving. We talked about how much of what is often told about Thanksgiving is not true. Afterward, kids shared their learning on mini-posters to help dispel Thanksgiving myths. If you have not had a chance to read it yet, this New York Times article about Thanksgiving is a good read: bit.ly/thanksgiving-myths.

    Yesterday, we began making signs to advertise for a Street Roots drive that is being coordinated between several Lewis classrooms. The items needed in the drive are gloves, socks, hand warmers, and ponchos, which will be used by Street Roots vendors. There is an Amazon Wish List featuring these items: bit.ly/street-roots. We watched a video to learn more about Street Roots and their vendors.

    In science news, during our last Reed Science, kids were making molecules. The eggs in our salmon tank have hatched and we are now caring for over 475 baby salmon. A field trip to release our salmon into the Willamette River has been scheduled for December 14th. A permission slip was sent home today and must be returned by Tuesday, December 5th. I am hoping that several family members will be able to join us as chaperones.

    Our visit to Reed College’s Cooley Gallery is tomorrow. Please help your kid remember to wear their Team 20 t-shirt and gear for walking.

    Our final day together in December begins with the Family Breakfast and Sing-Along. This event will take place on Friday, December 15th, beginning with an 8:15-9:00 breakfast and followed with a 9:00-9:30 sing-along. 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 will be sent home with more information.

    Last, but not least, it is time to start thinking about Fifth Grade Science Camp! Fifth graders will be going to Trickle Creek Outdoor School from April 4th to 6th (www.nwoutdoorschool.org/trickle-creek.html). Here are three important to dos. 1) Please look for the letter that was sent home today. 2) Please take a moment to fill out the following form so we know how to best approach fundraising: bit.ly/science-camp-tuition. 3) If you are interested in helping with fundraising, please add your name to this form: bit.ly/Lewis-science-camp. I’m looking forward to camp. We’ll have a great time!

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


    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break! We only have 2.5 weeks before Winter Break begins and our schedule is jammed packed. I want to use this opportunity to make a few announcements and give some friendly reminders…

    Home Assignments: Students should be tracking daily moon phases on their ‘Moon Phase Calendar’. We will discuss our findings the day before Winter Break. Also, students should be completing their ‘Pursuing the Past’ assignment. The interview packet should be complete by December 7th.

    Science Camp: We are excited to announce our Science Camp location and date--We will be going to Trickle Creek Outdoor School from April 4th to 6th (www.nwoutdoorschool.org/trickle-creek.html). You have 3 important things to do… 1) Read through the letter we sent home today. 2) Fill out the Camp Tuition Form that you can access on our classroom blog. 3) Get excited! And feel free to email me with any questions.

    Family Breakfast: Keep an eye out for a flyer coming home on Friday. The 4th and 5th grade classes are inviting families to join us for a potluck breakfast and sing-along (December 15th).

    Volunteers Needed: We need parent support for a craft project on Thursday, December 7th. Please email me if you are interested nspeer@pps.net

    Enjoy the rest of your week! Don’t forget to check out our blog http://lewisroom21.blogspot.com/ and follow us on twitter @LewisRoom21 


    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    I hope this note finds you all well. I hope, too, that you all had a lovely break and were able to enjoy time with family and loved ones. I am glad to be back for the few weeks we have before our next break. Before break, we finished our Native studies. Students did such a nice job on their projects and learned a lot about the group they studied. We are beginning a short unit in writing learning about techniques used to create graphic novels. Once students have learned these techniques, they will get the opportunity to create their own graphic novel! They are so excited about this unit! I sent home a Moon chart on Monday. We are also doing an astronomy unit. Students should be looking at the moon each night and recording what phase the moon is in! Also, students should be working on the Pursuing the Past interviews. Those are due on December 7th.

    I have exciting news to share regarding camp! We have solidified our science camp experience for this year! 5th graders will be going to Camp Trickle Creek for a 3 day/2 night experience. We leave on April 4th and return the 6th. More information came home with students today, so please check in with your child and ask to see that paperwork. Also, if you go to my blog, (mssarahkohn.wordpress.com) you will see a Camp Tuition Survey. Please log on and take this short, but important survey.

    I want to tell you all that during this season of gratitude and thanks, I feel so grateful to work with this group of kids and you all, as well!

    skohn@pps.net
    503-916-6360


    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    Earlier this month we went on a field trip to OMSI. Students enjoyed exploring all the hands-on physics activities in the Turbine Hall, including making paper airplanes to put in wind tunnels, building Lego towers on the earthquake tables, making boats, shooting bottle rockets, controlling robot arms and more. During the field trip, students identified simple machines all around them. We also explored the Life Sciences section which had an exhibit about the arctic. Back at Lewis, we wrapped up our Physics and Motion unit by doing a paper airplane challenge. Students either followed templates to make paper airplanes, or made their own designs. Then they took turns going into the hallway to do three throws and measure how far their airplanes flew. Students wrote down their data, and it was shared with the class.

    During November, our Unique Learning unit has been “Living in Early America”. We introduced some of the vocabulary by playing Vocab Bingo, and have been reading about the Pilgrims and other early settlers from Europe. For Reading, groups have been reading leveled Scholastic books, as well as books about life in early America, and Thanksgiving-themed books. For Writing, students each wrote about five things they are thankful for. These are on display in the hallway. This week students are writing 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. Next we will start writing about how each student would travel if they lived in America during Colonial times. For Math, most students have been working on multiplication and division, and now we are starting a unit on fractions. For Art, we made our classroom tie-dyed T-shirts for field trips and other special classroom events. 

    Just before Thanksgiving, we had our annual “Feast” in the classroom. Students brainstormed typical Thanksgiving meal items like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, sparkling cider, and pie. On Tuesday afternoon, families joined us, and we served and ate all of these dishes in the classroom!

    bpost@pps.net
    503-916-6408
    http://room7mrpost.wordpress.com/


    Music News from Mr. Jamesbarry

    This week I have been speaking to 3rd graders about Recorder Club, and 4th & 5th graders about  the Boomin Beats. Both groups will start up after right after winter break. Both groups will have online registration opening  next week. 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/

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Weekly Letter November 15, 2017       

    Upcoming Dates:
    November 17- Family Bingo Night 6pm
    November 22-24 No School
    December 1- Walk and Roll
    December 2- Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale
    December 7- Bottle Drop bag drop off 845am

    *No late start days in November or December
     

    Message from Ms. Glasgow

    I hope you all enjoyed your time with teachers at Conferences last week. Thank you to everyone who brought in snacks to keep the staff nourished through their long hours! I appreciated reading the feedback some of you offered through the Family Survey I sent out last week. If you would still like to share your thoughts, the survey remains open at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/hSvGoOWt6MKJ8kSR2. Your insights on what is working well and what needs work help shape our continual growth and learning process as a school community.
    Emily


    Got Forks or Spoons?


    The silverware is disappearing from the cafeteria.  Please check your silverware drawer and bring back any silverware that your child may have brought home by mistake.  If you have any forks or spoons that you don’t want anymore, you can bring them in to the office to donate to our supply.
     

    Annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar!

    It's that time of year again for the PTA's largest fundraiser of the year! 

    When: December 2nd, 10AM-3PM
    Where: AT LEWIS!
    What: Local artisans, parents and students sell their goods.

    You can also buy your Christmas tree, swag (wreath), burrito bowl lunch, and baked goods! This year there is a raffle for 4 1-day park hopper tickets for Disneyland! (Value close to $700!).  Sellwood Middle School Marimba Band, School of House Rock Band, and Renegade Rose will all be performing.

    Cost: No entrance fee - just come to shop, eat, and enjoy this dynamic community event!

    How can you support this important fundraiser?

    1) VOLUNTEERS. As you can imagine, a lot of volunteers are needed for this event to be successful.  We raise close to $6500, most of which will be dedicated to our classroom support.  Without volunteers, this day just won't happen!  You can volunteer a little or a lot! Look for signups outside the school office.  Signup genius is being built, but we already have slots that need to be filled: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C45A9AC2BA1F94-holiday

    2) Bring friends and shop on December 2nd, 10AM-3PM!

    3) Share this event on social media! https://www.facebook.com/LewisHolidayBazaar andTreeSale
     

    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.
     

     

    Bingo night, Friday, November 17, 6-8pm--

    Join us for a fun night of bingo in the cafeteria. It's a favorite event of many families, so if you haven't been you should definitely check it out! Food will be available for purchase.
    All of our events run on volunteer power, and we would love your help! Join us for a short 30-minute shift before, during, or after the event. Sign up here -- http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-bingo
     

     

    Portland Council PTA Clothing Closet volunteer opportunity, Monday, November 20, 9:30am-1:30pm

    Do you have a few hours to help PPS students shop for much-needed winter clothes? If so, please join us at the PTA Clothing Center on Monday, November 20th from 9:30am-1:30pm!

    This is one of the two days per year that Lewis is responsible for staffing this important community resource. Volunteers will meet students upon arrival and escort them through the center, helping them to find the items they need, then recording and bagging the items they choose.

    Sign up here -- http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-portland
     

     

    See's Candy - Holiday pre-order

    See's holiday candy sale event has begun!  There are two styles of 4 oz Mini Assorted See's Chocolates available.  Each box of chocolates sells for $6 with a 20% profit back to Lewis ... that's $1.20 per box!  These are great thank you gifts, teacher gifts, neighbor or coworker... or a treat for yourself!  Please return order forms with payment to the school office by November 21 and the orders will be filled by Dec 7. Questions?  Contact Genevieve Benner at vivapalmer@yahoo.com
    See's Candy Order Form 
     

     

    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.
     

     

    Lewis Art Fundraiser- Last chance!!

    All orders placed by midnight tonight, Nov. 15, 2017, are ON TIME and will ship to your school. After today, your online shop will remain open for LATE ORDERS which will ship direct to the customer, with shipping charges added. Either way, proceeds benefit your school!

    Parents can UPLOAD NEW ART and order even more!
    How? Enter this year's Art ID # to access your school's online shop, then click the option, "Upload new art to this order."

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...                                 

    November 15, 2017            

    Notes from Ms. Allen - Kindergarten

    Our field trip to the Pumpkin Patch on Halloween was absolutely amazing! The day was dry and the sky was sunny and clear just for us. Thanks to the parents who were able to chaperone.

    Last week, conferences went well and it was nice to have an extensive conversation with each of you about your child’s academic progress and growth. We have been in school for a little over 40 days, and it has been amazing watching them grow academically over this period of time. Also, I want to thank parent volunteers for helping us with our word rings, the kids also appreciate your time.

    What we are learning about:

    Language Arts: This week will be finishing Bend 1 (non-fictional) learning about the world books. Next week, we will start Bend 2 and we will be reading and learning about old favorite storybooks for the next few weeks. Also, we will continue working on our Words Their Way sorts (rhyming and categorizing). Lastly, during the mornings we will be working in small guided-groups so that I can differentiate instructions to meet the needs of all of my beautiful kindergarten students.

    Word Work: This week I will be sending home a list of high-frequency sight words (from our word ring) so that you will be able to practice with your child. Please have your child to show you how we arm tap our words.

    Math: We have been working on a variety of math skills: numeral writing, patterns, sorting, and counting by 5’s and 10’s. This week we learned about symmetry lines. Yesterday we finished our first integrated math and art lesson by using leaves that we found while gardening with Ms. Kathleen. Please check out our leaf symmetry project.

    Technology: We have technology with Mr. Hansen every Thursday afternoon. He has been teaching the kindergartens different ways to use technology in the classroom.

    At the end of the day we have free choosing time, and I would like to have a creation station so that your child can experiment and build objects from recyclables. I am asking if you could bring items such as, empty toilet paper rolls, paper scraps, bottle caps, foil, old wrapping paper, or anything that you think they could use while making inventions.
     

    Notes from Ms. Kennedy - Kindergarten

    Our kindergarten notes begin with a round of gratitude.

    First, we had a superb time at Kruger's Farm. The weather could not have been better for hayrides and pumpkin picking! It was wonderful to have so many chaperones enjoy the day with us.

    Secondly, thank you to all the art lovers who have purchased handmade kindergarten cards in support of our Mercy Corps projects. Here is the link to their link for gifts that change lives: https://gifts.mercycorps.org/ Perhaps your relatives would like to buy yak for a family in need!

    And finally, a huge thank to all the families of Room 4 who took time from their schedules to meet with me during parent/teacher conferences. I truly enjoyed sharing our focused 25 minutes with you. It is incredibly rewarding to showcase the gains each child is making! If there are any future issues best discussed in person, I’m happy to meet with you before or after school.

    This is one of those rare full five-day weeks in November. We are working on getting back into our routines and keeping our energy up. During our movement breaks, our goal is not only to have fun, but get the blood that was down in our feet up to our fingertips and back again. We are learning how to take our pulse!

    Using Words Their Way, students are practicing rhyming and beginning sounds. During Reading Workshop, children are reading independently and with their new partners. One of our reading strategies is to look for repeating words. Often the title can be found throughout the book, or one of the characters uses a catch phrase. It is one of those magical moments in life when letters start forming words that we recognize and understand!

    Our Thanksgiving holiday break begins next Wednesday. Please have your child work on Lexia for at least 10 minutes a day whenever possible. The data that comes my way is very encouraging and I can see that students are receiving targeted instruction outside of school. On top of that, I hope you read lots of books together, sleep in, and spend quality time with those you love.

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

    Notes from Teacher Leslie - Kindergarten

    Thank you parents for meeting with me during Parent Teacher Conferences.  It was so nice to see you all and chat about the amazing progress our kindergarteners are making.  

    And another big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who came to our first field trip of the year and helped it to be a huge success.  Farmer Don taught us all about the fruits and vegetables that grow on the farm and we got to meet a very big pig named Matilda.  The tractor ride was a highlight and the pumpkins for making pie were the perfect size. 

    This week we began a unit in Reading Workshop all about our Reading Super Powers.  We will be learning new strategies (or Super Powers) to help us read bigger books.  Ask your students about what Reading Super Power we practiced today!  In Writing Workshop we wrote about what we are thankful for.  Peek in the classroom to see Thankful Writing hanging near our cubbies! 

    Classroom Notes will be posted on our classroom blog (lewisroom2.blogspot.com) along with some pictures of our field trip fun!  As always, email me with any questions or concerns at ldillavo@pps.net.
     

    Notes from Teacher Dana -- 1st Grade

    Thank you all so much for such great parent teacher turn out! 100%. I so enjoyed getting a chance to share the amazing growth your kids are making.

    This week we will be taking about gratitude and what that means. We will be creating a gratitude tree in our classroom acknowledge all we are grateful for as we enter the holiday season.

    We have lots of new beginnings this week. We are beginning new units in Math, Reading and Writing. Our reading unit is called Reading Detectives. We got a letter from The Super Secret Detective Agency asking us to join the reading detective team. The class agreed we are up to the task. We know its going to be a lot of hard reading work, but we are here to help and solve tricky reading problems. We got our first mission assignment. It it so STOP when we come to a hard word and solve it! In Writer's Workshop, we started our Opinion Writing Unit. First we debated which makes a better pet, cats or dogs. It was a lively discussion that ended in writing an opinion piece to go with it.

    This week we will begin our unit about the properties of light and sound. In our first lesson, your child will learn that not only are the characters in an animated movie created by artists, but so are all the sounds! There’s such a thing as “sound effect artists.” These artists make use of many different objects in order to make sounds such as rain, wind, thunder, robot voices, and more. Often they do this by creating vibrations, a back-and-forth movement. (There’s a scientific idea we’re laying the groundwork for: that vibrations and sounds are fundamentally connected.)

    You can continue to foster your child’s curiosity by sitting down together and watching this short video about some of the famous sound effects artists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSf8Er2gV_Q
     

    Notes from Mrs. Logue - 1st Grade

    Thank you families for attending Parent/Teacher Conferences last Wednesday and Thursday, Room 6 had almost 100% of our parents attend! Sharing your time and thoughts with me informs my instruction, my understanding of your whole child and makes for a solid community of caregivers for our Room 6 First Graders and they know it! Goals were set for each student’s individual learning and many questions were asked and answered. If you have any other thoughts or questions please do not hesitate to contact me! Your child works hard to learn everyday and the connection between school and family is precious and important in supporting them as they grow.

    Through the end of November, our art/science learning will revolve around beautiful Oregon owls. We will also delve into “Thanksgiving/Harvest Before Winter”  including families/relatives, American Indians, and the history and meaning behind the feast we still celebrate. Ibimi/cranberries  currently growing in bogs in Oregon, will also be explored through science and math.

    As a class, we talk about what it means to have caring hearts for ourselves, our friends, families and our earth. The Wampanoag Indians celebrated the Harvest Ceremony with a “give away” in which families gave away personal possessions to “others in need”. In the spirit of the season and of our caring hearts, we are collecting change, earned/donated to our classroom “Giving Jar” to donate to Meals on Wheels to feed Seniors in our community. Last year we raised enough money to feed 18 people Thanksgiving dinner instead of going without that day. By having your child do extra chores or something meaningful to help earn a coin or two to contribute, they are learning the importance of caring for and helping others besides themselves in a real way through tangible donations. My hope is your child will experience and internalize a greater sense of caring and community seeing others beyond themselves as important and worthy.

    Our Literacy activities this month continue to be Reading and Writing Workshop and also Words Their Way word study program for individualized phonics, vocabulary and spelling practice.

    In math, we are continuing our M.A.T.H. Center work and have a new math game featuring odd and even number pieces to help build a visual sense of numbers and how they fit together in arrays. We continue to work on writing our numbers without reversals, practicing our addition and subtraction facts and are learning more about shapes on our calendar.

    Our writing focus is on writing reviews and in reading we continue our “ mission” to be great word detectives, using good reading habits to solve tricky words! Ocean creatures are featured in our Bridges Math Curriculum. We will be creating ten legged crabs for counting by tens and soon, sea stars for counting by fives. Our calendar has introduced us to a repeating geometric pattern and I am stressing addition and subtraction facts to 10 and reading the clock, (to the hour and 1/2 hour).

    Thanks for all you do!
    Abuckley
    twitter@AnneAbuckley and don’t forget to LOOK AT PHOTOS FROM YOUR CHILD’S YEAR AT: mrslogue.wordpress.com
     

    Notes from Mrs. Jamesbarry - 1st Grade

    Thank you families for attending parent/teacher conferences last week. I appreciate your time, support, and insights concerning your child. It truly helps to inform my instruction and helps me understand your child better. Our teamwork helps your child get the best out of their day here in Room 8. As conferences go by quickly, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have more questions.

    We are just kicking off new literacy units. We will be delving into writing opinions and reviews in the coming weeks, and diving a little deeper into strategies for solving tricky words in our reading, in the Word Detectives unit. In the coming weeks we will be reviewing a variety of things. If you are out dining in the neighborhood,  please pick up a  “take out” menu for our class collection. They will be helpful in the coming weeks!

    In math, we are ramping up our work with addition and subtraction. We have several new work places coming out this week. We will be using odd and even number array pieces to help build number sense and addition skills, and we will also learn to use a number line to support our computation strategies. We will continue to work on writing numbers without reversals.

    As the holiday season approaches we will begin to talk about winter celebrations and traditions from around the world. Please contact me if you have a family tradition that you’d like to share with the class. It’s always fun to have guest teachers in the classroom to share traditions at this time of year.

    Cheers! Ms. Sarah
     

    Notes from Ms. O’Dea - 2nd Grade

    It was great to visit with all of you during conferences, just wish I/we had a bit more time. Seems one of the highlights was getting to read your child’s weekend news journals, and hearing their writer’s voice and see their illustrations developing. I will be following up by sending home a weekly reading log ,Lexia account sign-ins, and a link to leveled -based trade books, as well as unfinished work. Thank you for all the support you give your child, it truly makes a difference!

    We’ve begun working in Our Genre Study journals, which we will be working in throughout the year. Today we completed  the Folktales page. This week we are starting to read legends as our genre focus.

    We also have been supplementing our reading using our Scholastic News subscription, which covers current events articles that are science or social studies based information.

    For writing, we will be working at writing a good “lead” for a narrative piece, by looking at great writers’ examples. And then perhaps write a group legend.

    In Math, we created our own images and pattern for November’s calendar. Family, turkeys and pumpkin pie were voted the 3 most popular images, with squirrels gathering nuts and apple trees coming in fourth and fifth, and football in there somewhere.

    We’ve continued practicing addition & subtraction, using the concept of double & neighbors, telling time, focusing on the minutes, and counting coin combinations to 25 cents and 50 cents.

    Our final garden class was last week. The children planted various bulbs. Braeden made a great, informative diagram on the board for us explaining the procedure. Wish I had taken a photo of it.

    We’ve also had a guest presenter on Pedestrian Safety. First class was outlining the importance of traffic and crossing streets and some role-playing. The second session was actually practicing at 4 different places around the school. Shelia was a good instructor and really “drove home “ the importance of being very conscious of traffic and how to behave as a pedestrian.

    Hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving.
    Maureen O’Dea
     

    Notes from Ms. Leake- 2nd Grade

    Loi Krathong is our second Celebration of Light.  It occurs on the 12th full moon of the year in Thailand.  It takes place after the harvest in early November and is said to thank or honor the  water goddess, Phra Mae Kongkha, for the water we use during the year.

    “Loy” means “to float” and “Krathong” is the cup you float. These flower-covered mini floats look like lotus flowers and play a big part in hoping for good fortune during the festival.  As the sun dips below the horizon and the full moon begins to rise into the night sky, people take their krathongs to the nearest water and release it with the outgoing current.

    People believe that if the krathong floats away from you, the coming year will bring good fortune. If it floats back towards shore, then you luck might not be quite as you had wished because a returning krathong is considered back luck!

    Krathongs can be made from anything such as banana leaves, banana trunks, coconut barks, paper, and etc. Traditionally, it is made out of a piece of banana tree trunk or banana leaves. Today people without banana trees, make “krathongs” out of bread or styrofoam.  People put 3 sticks of incense stick and candles in the flowers in the krathong.

    Coins are often placed inside as a way of showing your goodness. Some people  also put their fingernail clippings or a lock of hair in the raft as a symbol of letting go of parts of themselves.

    J.J.’s family came to share the tradition with our class.  J.J.’s father shared information about Loi Krathong and brought two Thai desserts for the class to sample.  His mother made a krathong out of a round loaf of bread. She covered the loaf with flowers and added sticks of incense in the center and answered questions students had about celebrating Loi Krathong when she was a girl growing up in Thailand.  We listened to a song children sing during the festival and began making a slide show of important information on the celebration.

    This year, we’ve had great personal connections with the celebrations we are studying. Nia’s family shared about Diwali and J.J.’s family shared about Loi Krathong.  In the weeks before winter break, we will be learning about other Festivals of Light such as: Winter Solstice, Santa Lucia Day(Sweden), Las Posadas(Mexico), and Hanukah.  If your family has connections with any of these events and would like to visit our class, please see me.

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    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Letter
       
    November 1, 2017  
           

    Upcoming Dates:
    November 2- Walk and Roll
    November 2- Bottle Drop Collection before 9am
    November 3, 8-10- No School for Students
    November 8, 9- Parent/Teacher Conferences
    November 14- Lewis Dines Out- Pizzicato
    November 14- Lewis PTA Meeting

    *No late start days in November or December

    Please check the lost and found located between the cafeteria and the gym.  It is overflowing with clothes.
     

    Message from Ms. Glasgow

    It's hard to believe we're already moving into November! This is always a great point in the year to step back and express gratitude. I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to you--for trusting us with your brilliant children every day. I feel lucky to be a part of such a dynamic and invested community. At this morning's Coffee Talk, I was excited to engage in a thoughtful conversation with a small group of parents about how we discuss issues like race and equity with our young children. I hope this is a conversation we'll continue to have together over the course of the year. And, looking forward, I know that everyone is eagerly anticipating Parent-Teacher Conferences next week. Please remember that these conferences are intended to be two-way conversations--a time for you to ask questions and share background about your child as well as a time for teachers to share information about your child's performance and progress. I hope you find these conversations both connecting and informative!
    - Emily

    Fred Meyer Community Rewards

    The PTA will receive a $80.07 donation from Fred Meyer Community Rewards, based on July through September purchases by Lewis supporters.

    Do you shop at Fred Meyer? If you do, join the 30 households already signed up and help Lewis get donations from Fred Meyer!  It's free money for the PTA just for doing the shopping you already do!

    Go to www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards to create an account or link your existing account up to the Lewis PTA, #85340.The same process has to be done each year to keep your account linked, so go back and check even if you've linked up in the past.

    Every time you shop and use your rewards card, you are helping earn a donation! You still earn your rewards points, fuel points, and rebates, just as you do today.

    If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
     

    PTA meeting, Tuesday, November 14, 6:30pm

    This month we'll meet in the library and continue our series of school interest discussions with these topics--

    Understanding how technology is used at Lewis and how families can help students use/navigate technology at home

    Blended classes

    Also learn more about the upcoming Holiday Bazaar and how to get involved in one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.

    Free childcare provided!
     

    Staff appreciation--

    The PTA is changing staff appreciation up this year and celebrating throughout the year. Here are two upcoming ways to participate.

    1. November 8 and 9 are conference days. Bring in healthy treats for the staff to enjoy on those long days. Sign up here - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4EAAA62AA0F49-staff1
    2. Lewis Dines Out is at Pizzicatto in Sellwood on November 14. Contribute toward a staff meal of pizzas and salad, and help the PTA raise money through Dines Out at the same time! Our goal is $200 in contributions to cover lunch for our staff of 44. Donations can be dropped off with Tracy in the office.
       

    Bingo night, Friday, November 17, 6-8pm--

    Join us for a fun night of bingo in the cafeteria. It's a favorite event of many families, so if you haven't been you should definitely check it out! Food will be available for purchase.

    All of our events run on volunteer power, and we would love your help! Join us for a short 30-minute shift before, during, or after the event. Sign up here -- http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-bingo
     

    Box Top Collection- Classroom competition!

    The Box Top collection is going like gangbusters!  We've collected $463 worth of Box Tops and we haven't even hit winter break yet!  Keep your eyes peeled for Box Tops on items you might purchase for your Thanksgiving meal prep or you holiday cookie baking. Clip those Box Tops, place them in an envelope or baggie with your child's teacher's name on the outside, and submit 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, the classroom that collects the most Box Tops will receive a popcorn party at the end of the year!  Here is a quick Box Tops video - http://www.boxtops4education.com/videos/box-tops-101 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
     

    Portland Council PTA Clothing Closet volunteer opportunity,

    Monday, November 20, 9:30am-1:30pm--

    Do you have a few hours to help PPS students shop for much-needed winter clothes? If so, please join us at the PTA Clothing Center on Monday, November 20th from 9:30am-1:30pm!

    This is one of the two days per year that Lewis is responsible for staffing this important community resource. Volunteers will meet students upon arrival and escort them through the center, helping them to find the items they need, then recording and bagging the items they choose.

    Sign up here -- http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa62aa0f49-portland

    Art Fundraiser – Ordering deadline Nov 15
    Individual online ordering instructions were sent home this week.
    Orders are due November 15th.
    You will receive your products December 7th - they will arrive at the school.
    33% of the sales go towards the Lewis Arts Fund and other important programming that the PTA supports.
    If 100 students order a product, shipping is FREE!

    Questions? Contact lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com, or call the school office.
    Thank you!  Lewis PTA
     

    Got books? The fifth annual Children’s Book Harvest book drive has begun!

    Lewis Elementary School is partnering with The Children’s Book Bank to bring you the fifth annual Children's Book Harvest book drive benefiting PPS students in desperate need of books!  Bring in your outgrown gently used books appropriate for babies, toddlers, elementary age children and middle schoolers. Used books in good condition and even new books are welcome. Drop off your books by the main office or by room 20 from October 25th to November 7th!

    Multicultural books and children's books that feature children of color and books in Spanish are greatly needed. Consider donating new books that reflect the wonderful diversity of the PPS community. Here is a list of some favorites: http://bit.ly/book-drive-2017

    Cash donations allow The Children's Book Bank to purchase book in Spanish and other much needed books not generally collected in the book drive. Families who wish to contribute cash to support the Children's Book Harvest may donate here: http://bit.ly/book-drive-cash

     For more information contact, Mark Richner, at mrichner@pps.net or 503-916-6360.

    Five years ago, The Children’s Book Bank and PPS launched the first district-wide Children’s Book Harvest book drive to address the scarcity of books in the homes of students in PPS school communities experiencing the biggest gaps in reading achievement. Every year since, the Children’s Book Harvest has gathered thousands of books which hundreds of Children’s Book Bank volunteers meticulously sort and restore. This June, nearly 2,000 PPS students will attend special book fairs and select eight books just in time for summer vacation. These special home libraries inspire them to read throughout the summer and arrive at school in the fall ready to learn!
     

    Little Free Library

    Thank you to Lewis families and staff for donating books for our new Little Free LIbrary. We collected over 1000 books!

    The Little Free Library is OPEN. Here’s how it will work. 1) open the door, 2) pull out a book that intrigues you, 3) take it home to read, 4) return it or return a different book when you are done, 5) repeat!

    Our Little Free Library will be open all hours. So, say you have been reading and it’s the dead of night, but you just finished you book, you can walk on over to the Little Free Library and pick up a new book. There are never any late fees. You never know what you’ll find. We are always looking for more new books. We appreciate all the donated books,

    By Sophia
     

    Talented and Gifted Nomination Process

    If you would like to nominate your child for Talented and Gifted, please contact your child's teacher about completing a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF).  The form is due to your child's teacher by NOVEMBER 13th, 2017.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lewis TAG Facilitator, Abby Rotwein, in Room 22 or at arotwein@pps.net.
     

    Calling all Crafty Parents and Students!

    Annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar: December 2nd 10AM-3PM
    It's that time of year again - we're taking applications for spaces at our holiday bazaar. 
    Parent booth: $40 (6'x6')
    Student booth: $10 (5'x5')
    All goods sold must be handmade
    Please pick up an application in the office, or contact the email below for the online application.

    Questions: Contact Foy White-Chu at lewisholidaybazaar@gmail.com

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes  November 1, 2017

    News and information from our classrooms...                                 

    503 916 6360                       


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

    Hello, hello, hello!

    We are really working hard in Room 16! We are close to finishing up our first units in both reading and writing workshop! After we finish up publishing our best true stories, we will move into Mysteries: Foundational Skills in Disguise for reading and Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions and Editorials for writing. The upcoming reading unit focuses on foundational comprehension skills like inference and analyzing the text. The upcoming writing unit teaches students about text structure and research skills.

    In math our second graders are just about finished up with the first unit. They have a few sessions to left on measurement, and then unit 2 begins. In this unit, they will learn about probability and practice their addition and subtraction skills. Our third graders continue with their second unit. They are finishing up a few sessions on measurement and moving to problem solving and strategies for subtracting multi-digit numbers.

    Science and social studies have been a blast these past few weeks. Your students have been learning all about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and they’ve created slideshows that reflect their learning. We will also have an art project related to the holiday. Our science Rocks & Mineral unit continues, and soon we will be doing experiments to test the properties of our minerals.

    Thank you for sharing your fabulous kiddos with me! I look forward to seeing all of you at conferences!
     

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

    Dear Room 10 friends,

    We are diving into the world of multiplication and the kids are so excited.  You will hear them start to talk about multiplication in four main ways: rectangular arrays (groups of tiles), loops/groups,  skip counting and repeated addition.  These terms might sound unfamiliar but they are different conceptual ways to think about the operation we call "times-ing," all of which are applicable in different contexts. 

    Like me, you might of had to do a lot of memorizing of multiplication facts as your way into times-ing.  Memorization of math facts is an important part of our students' growth, but it only becomes effective mathematically if they have a strong concept of what those facts mean and how and when to use them.

    For now, please ask your students about multiplication, what they are thinking and what they are wondering.  You might find a situation in your time together at home that relates to multiplication.  (My son and I use to skip count by two's while we put away his socks.) We talk a lot in class about how to model the world mathematically so I will look forward to what you find together.

    Jill and I are both looking forward to meeting with you during conferences.

    Best, Mark
     

    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    November already!?! It’s hard to believe we are already a quarter of the way through the school year. I am very much looking forward to meeting with all of you next week during conferences. It is always nice to have an extended time to talk about your kiddos and how they are doing in class. I sent home date and time reminders. If you need to reschedule for any reason, please check with Tracy or Kathleen in the office.

    Our first reading and writing units will be wrapping up this week. Up next, we will be working on Opinion Writing and a Mystery unit. Before that starts, however, we are doing an in class reading project around our fiction reading and we are looking for cereal boxes. If you have any you can part with (or cracker boxes, etc.,) please send them in with your student.

    Students have been asking about field trips and when we will be having the first one - soon. We are awaiting final bus confirmation. Be on the lookout for a permission slip coming home later this week or next. It will, hopefully, take place on December 14th. More information to come.

    The alien art is ready to order! Personalized order forms were sent home today. They turned out so great! I was half tempted to copy down codes and get myself something. There is a contact email for the PTA on the back of the form if you have any questions.

    We are short on school days this month, so keep those kiddos reading at home. I will have some math practice during conferences if you would like that to take home as well. Again, I am looking forward to talking with you next week. In the meantime, follow our classroom happenings on Twitter at @MsCyndi_LewisES

    Cyndi
    credmond@pps.net
     

    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    Here comes “No School November”….  We are going to work hard this month to hold on to our routines even as the weeks get a little wonky around us.  I am looking forward to seeing you at our conferences next week!  Please contact the front office if you need to reschedule.

    In math, we took our post-assessment for Unit 1 last week.  Students did well overall, but it was clear that many of us are in the habit of rushing as there were many careless errors!  We are headed into a new unit on place value and larger number multiplication.  In this unit, students will learn strategies for multiplying double-digit numbers and firm up their understanding of place value.  Our homework this week is all about place value.

    In literacy, students are working on responding to text more independently.  We have covered many ways to analyze and think about what we read: asking questions, making predictions with evidence, writing about a character’s traits, and writing about a character’s hopes and dreams.  As students prepare to begin book groups, they are practicing these strategies independently with our shared read aloud, The Tiger Rising, by Kate DiCamillo.  I am consistently impressed with the deep-level connections this class is making in the text.  It makes reading fun!

    In writing, we are still working our way through our personal narrative unit.  Students recently revised a piece of writing to add in adjectives and adverbs, making it come to life!  Next, we will brainstorm a story about friendship.  After that, students will begin the process of choosing one of the personal narrative beginnings we have written thus far, and taking that idea all the way through the writing process to publishing.

    In geography, our class is creating comic strips to show how Crater Lake was formed.  last week, students used a theater exercise called “tableau” to help them visualize all the stages of Crater Lake’s history.  Now students are writing and illustrating each scene in great detail.  Keep your eyes out in the hall for these later this week.

    Our salmon eggs have been delivered!  Over the next few months, we will watch them carefully, keeping track of the temperature and the health of the eggs.   Everyone is eagerly awaiting the first signs of hatching.  Feel free to stop in after school to check them out!

    See you at conferences next week,

    Ms. Elissa
     

    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    Science:  The salmon eggs have arrived!  We are looking forward to watching them grow and learning about the salmon life cycle.

    Social Studies:  Our focus the last two weeks has been on Crater Lake.  Students are creating graphic storyboards to show how Mt. Mazama erupted, created a large caldera, and eventually evolved into Crater Lake.

    Reading:  We are continuing to focus on characters in our read aloud text, "Wonder."  Students have been writing about a character's hopes and dreams and comparing and contrasting characters using a Venn Diagram.  This week we are rolling out book groups.  I have paired students up based on reading level and gave each group three novels to choose from.  They will be practicing the strategies we have used with our read aloud text with their chosen novel. 

    Math:  On the whole, students did well on their Unit 1 Math Assessment.  I sent them home with your children on Monday so please check their backpack if you haven't seen it yet!  From Wednesday- Friday of last week we did a mini-unit on place value up to the millions.  This week we are starting Unit 2.  Students will be building on the multiplication strategies we learned in Unit 1 and start doing two-digit arrays.

    Writing:  Last week, students wrote and revised an important moment from a story about loss.  We worked on making our writing more descriptive by adding in adjectives and adverbs.  This week, we are transitioning to writing stories about friendship.  Our mentor text is Mary Beth Olson's "Best Friends."  We will be focusing on how to write a strong conclusion.

    Upcoming News:  I'm looking forward to chatting with all of you at parent-teacher conferences next week! 
     

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

    Team 20 had another busy and productive week. We visited The Children's Book Bank (childrensbookbank.org) to learn more about The Children's Book Harvest, which we are helping coordinate for our school. We also learned more about the importance of diverse books, making many connections to our earlier book drive diversity inquiry. We volunteered by cleaning books so they are ready for new readers by cleaning covers, erasing scribbles, and taping torn pages. If kids would like to volunteer again, there are many book bank opportunities through Hands On Greater Portland (handsonportland.org). Here are some photos from our visit: bit.ly/team20-CBB and more by team photographers: bit.ly/team20-CBB-2.

    Lewis’s new Little Free Library is now open! This project began by brainstorming the many steps necessary to bring this project to life. Kids created artwork and painted their illustrations on the little library. They organized a book drive, making posters, a bulletin board display, and advertising videos. As a capstone, we looked at the over 1000 books that were donated to talk about the diversity gap in children’s literature and collected some data around the questions, “How diverse is our book drive collection?” and “How are different races and genders represented?” Be sure to check out this video that kids made about how the Little Free Library works: bit.ly/LFL-how. Here are some photos of installing and filling the little library: bit.ly/LFL-open. Now we will shift into our role as library stewards.

    Our usual routines have remained in motion. Word study continues. Kids have been tracking their thinking while reading and sharing this thinking with the rest of the team. Letters to our pen pals in Mrs. McCollister’s fourth grade in Madison, Wisconsin, were mailed. Kids finished typing their rough drafts in a Google Doc on their Chromebook and conferenced with another kid and myself to edit and revise their work. During Reed Science, kids made Irish soda bread, using this much requested recipe: bit.ly/reedsci-bread, while learning about the physical properties of matter. Speaking of science, we also began our salmon study. We learned about the components and setup of the aquarium, chiller, and pump that we are using and about maintaining a healthy environment for the 500 little salmon eggs in our aquarium.

    We are beginning our Road Trip Project. Kids are hittin’ the road as virtual tourists, using literature and the Web as our road maps. They chose states (fifth graders) or regions of Oregon (fourth graders) and are beginning to collect data through reading books and websites in order to later share their findings with their teammates by creating a Google Slides presentation. Our state locations and capitals study (bit.ly/team20-states) continues this week with the Southeast quiz on Wednesday. We have been talking about a number of study and quiz taking strategies. More recently these included distributed practice (that it can be useful to practice multiple shorter times across the week, rather than just once a week for a long time) and about the point of diminishing return (that practicing for five or ten minutes is plenty and that practicing longer does not yield a significant gain). We also talked about how to use a word bank, how to check your work, and reflected some on what study strategies were really working.

    Kids are definitely into books each day in our room. Many kids are opting for audiobooks during reading in our classroom, which means that they are listening to an audio version while reading the words in a paper version of the same book. We have a nice classroom collection of audiobooks (room20audiobooks.weebly.com). Kids can read along with these at home, too. Again, having the good ol’ paper version of the book and reading the words while listening to the audio is essential for this reading approach. This week we are beginning a new read aloud, The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo. We are working on making predictions and backing up our predictions with evidence from the story.

    We have had weekly visits from our school counselor, Mrs. Sundburg, about growth mindset, which is the idea that everyone’s smartnesses develop through effort, time, and good strategies.

    There are a couple of flyers coming home today. One is a reminder of your day and time for next week’s conferences. The kids are working very hard, and I am looking forward to our talk together about all the fine things your child has accomplished! Second is a free pass for fourth graders to all federal parks, lands, and waters (e.g. national parks, like Crater Lake or Mount Rainier). Here’s a link with more details: everykidinapark.gov.

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

    Mark
     

    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    It has been a busy few weeks here in Room 21! Students continue their work with their chosen Native American group. Last week they researched, practiced taking notes, and summarized their findings. This week students are turning these findings into an essay. They will begin presenting their work in 2 weeks.  During these presentations, students will also be sharing their home projects.  The home project should include the required 3 elements--A dwelling, artifact, and spirit animal.  These 3 elements should be displayed on a platform that is approximately 12” by 24”.  All elements should be labeled and explained.  I posted several examples on the blog.  The due date for this Native American project is Monday, November 13th. This week we began a new math unit involving multi-digit multiplication and long division. Some students are having a hard time because they still haven’t memorized their multiplication facts. Yikes! Please practice these at home. In reading, we are practicing maintaining an independent Reading Workshop while I confer with individual students and/or small groups. We’ve also had many super fun activities going on the last few weeks--here are just a few… A demonstration from Makeup Artist, Ruthann, a t-shirt tie dye experience, a harvest celebration, and Dia de Los Muertos art. Tomorrow is our Field Trip to Zenger Farm. Don’t forget to send your children in appropriate clothing and shoes. It’s going to be wet! And don’t forget to pack a healthy and filling lunch. Conferences are just around the corner and I will send home reminders on Friday. If you need to reschedule, please email me. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @LewisRoom21 and visit our classroom blog for weekly updates http://lewisroom21.blogspot.com/. ***Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin c and lots of sleep! We’ve had a large number of absences this week :(
     

    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    Happy Wednesday and happy November! We had a lovely day at Zenger Farm last week. We got so lucky with weather and students learned a lot! Thank you to the many parents that signed up to chaperone. We have many other field trips planned this year, so if you weren't able to join us, I hope to be able to have you chaperone a future trip. Our work on Native Americans is well underway. Students are doing a great job with their research and note taking. Our classroom is abuzz during work sessions and I love overhearing all the conversations. Along with their home projects, (due November 13th) students are creating a slide presentation. Most students have a partner they are working with and together they will create the presentation and then together they will present. I can't wait! We finished our first unit in Math. I have their end-of-unit assessment. Students have been shown their score. I will give the tests back to you at conferences. We are now shifting focus to multiple-digit multiplication. Kids are really fallen into a good routine with Word Work. I had the pleasure of observing some of their independent partner work and it was spot on! In reading, we are working on deepening our understanding by writing about our reading. It is a practice that I model with read aloud and they work on during independent reading time. It helps us to pay attention when we are reading and be more reflective as we make predictions and ask questions. Yesterday we had a fun leaning time centered are Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Students got to learn about this tradition and then sample some food, create some art and play a game! Another thank you to the parents who came to help. I have one former parent, Oona Baker, whose daughter was in my class 6 years ago. She comes each year to help with this day. I feel so grateful. I am looking forward to seeing you all next week for your conference. I will be sending a reminder home on Thursday.

    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    For Morning Work, students have been alternating between Words Their Way word family sorts and Handwriting Without Tears. For Reading, leveled reading groups have Reading A--Z packets about Halloween or the Day of the Dead. We have been reading some holiday-themed stories, including passages about the origins of Halloween and Day of the Dead.  We have also been doing Guided Reading Assessments for the end of the grading period.  For Writing, students are finishing their passages about ways they can move, and they will present them at Share Time next week. For Math, students have been working on skip-counting and multiplication. We are also covering topics like basic fractions, time, and money. Next we will do a unit on skip-counting and division.

    For our “Make It Move” unit, we read about simple machines including wheels and axles, gears, inclined planes, wedges, pulleys, and screws.

    We also did three more experiments about force and motion. For one experiment, students gathered objects like a rock, an eraser, a wood block, and an ice cube, set them on a board, then tilted it up to compare how much friction each item had. For another experiment, a rubber band was attached to the top of a cup, then marbles were placed in it and students measured how long the rubber band stretched from the weight of the marbles. In our third experiment, we used straws to blow air pressure onto ping-pong balls and rubber balls. We made up a game called “ping-straw-pong”, and students stood on each side of a table and tried to blow the ping-pong ball off the other end.

    Last Tuesday, Kylea came to Room 7 and she read a story called “Bubble Gum Brain”. It compared two characters, one whose brain was flexible like bubble gum, and another whose brain was rigid and inflexible like a brick. This helped illustrate the idea of “Growth Mindset”, positive thinking, and being adaptable.

    For Art, we made Q-Tip skeletons for the Day of the Dead, and they are on display in the hallway outside of our classroom. Also, Dash’s mom, Miss Ruthann, came to class on Tuesday and we made Tie-Dye T-shirts. These will be our classroom T-shirts for field trips and other special classroom events. Speaking of field trips, Room 7’s first trip of the school year is to OMSI next Tuesday. If you haven’t signed and returned the trip slips, please do so. Next week is a short week, and I look forward to seeing all of the parents next Wednesday, November 8th and Thursday, November 9th for Parent Teacher Conferences to discuss how your child has done for this first grading period!

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Weekly Letter               

    October 25, 2017          

    503 916 6360 - http://www.pps.net/domain/135
     

    Upcoming Dates:
    November 1- Coffee Talk with Emily 9am
    November 2- Walk and Roll
    November 3- No School for Students
    November 8-10- No School for Students
    November 8, 9- Parent/Teacher Conferences

    *No late start days in November or December
     

    Message from Ms. Glasgow

    Hello. I hope everyone is enjoying the break of sunshine this week! Some of you have asked about how Lewis handles Halloween and other holidays. Out of respect for the many cultures and traditions represented in our community and out of deference to learning time, we do not celebrate holidays at school. So, Lewis students do not wear costumes to school on October 31st and classrooms do not have Halloween parties—some classrooms may, however, have some form of harvest celebration next week. On Monday, November 1st, we will have our next monthly Coffee Talk with Emily. These talks are an opportunity for you to ask questions and share ideas that are on your mind. Last month, we had interesting conversations about technology, homework, and blended classrooms. I’m looking forward to hearing what’s on your mind lately! If you’re unable to make the Coffee Talk and have questions or ideas, please know that you can also contact me directly via phone or email (eglasgow@pps.net).
    Emily
     

    Still have Run for the Arts money?  It’s not too late, turn it in to the office!  Every dollar counts!
     

    Art Fundraiser - Online Ordering Instructions Coming 

    We have had a great turnout for this fundraiser thus far - every student submitted a piece of art!
    Individual online ordering instructions will be sent home the week of October 30th
    Orders are due November 15th.
    You will receive your products December 7th - they will arrive at the school.
    33% of the sales go towards the Lewis Arts Fund and other important programming that the PTA supports.
    If 100 students order a product, shipping is FREE!

    Questions? Contact lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com
    Thank you!  Lewis PTA
     

    Got books? The fifth annual Children’s Book Harvest book drive is coming soon!

    Lewis Elementary School is partnering with The Children’s Book Bank to bring you the fifth annual Children's Book Harvest book drive benefiting PPS students in desperate need of books!  Bring in your outgrown gently used books appropriate for babies, toddlers, elementary age children and middle schoolers. Used books in good condition and even new books are welcome. Drop off your books by the main office or by room 20 from October 25th to November 7th!

    Multicultural books and children's books that feature children of color and books in Spanish are greatly needed. Consider donating new books that reflect the wonderful diversity of the PPS community. Here is a list of some favorites: http://bit.ly/book-drive-2017

    Cash donations allow The Children's Book Bank to purchase book in Spanish and other much needed books not generally collected in the book drive. Families who wish to contribute cash to support the Children's Book Harvest may donate here: http://bit.ly/book-drive-cash

     For more information contact, Mark Richner, at mrichner@pps.net or 503-916-6360.

    Five years ago, The Children’s Book Bank and PPS launched the first district-wide Children’s Book Harvest book drive to address the scarcity of books in the homes of students in PPS school communities experiencing the biggest gaps in reading achievement. Every year since, the Children’s Book Harvest has gathered thousands of books which hundreds of Children’s Book Bank volunteers meticulously sort and restore. This June, nearly 2,000 PPS students will attend special book fairs and select eight books just in time for summer vacation. These special home libraries inspire them to read throughout the summer and arrive at school in the fall ready to learn!
     

    Little Free Library

    Thank you to Lewis families and staff for donating books for our new Little Free LIbrary. We collected over 1000 books!

    The Little Free Library is going to go up soon. Here’s how it will work. 1) open the door, 2) pull out a book that intrigues you, 3) take it home to read, 4) return it or return a different book when you are done, 5) repeat!

    Our Little Free Library will be open all hours. So, say you have been reading and it’s the dead of night, but you just finished you book, you can walk on over to the Little Free Library and pick up a new book. There are never any late fees. You never know what you’ll find. We are always looking for more new books. We appreciate all the donated books,

    By Sophia
     

    Talented and Gifted Nomination Process

    If you would like to nominate your child for Talented and Gifted, please contact your child's teacher about completing a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF).  The form is due to your child's teacher by NOVEMBER 13th, 2017.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lewis TAG Facilitator, Abby Rotwein, in Room 22 or at arotwein@pps.net.

    Talented and Gifted News

    It was nice to see so many of you at the TAG parent meeting last week!  If you are the parent of a TAG student and were unable to make it, please email arotwein@pps.net for a copy of the information packet.  A question came up about what happens at District TAG Parent Nights.  I have been informed that those are informational events for parents.  Ms. Glasgow and Ms. Rotwein are currently in discussion about uses for TAG funds for the 2017-2018 school year- look for a parent survey coming home soon!

    Calling all Crafty Parents and Students!

    Annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar: December 2nd 10AM-3PM
    It's that time of year again - we're taking applications for spaces at our holiday bazaar. 
    Parent booth: $40 (6'x6')
    Student booth: $10 (5'x5')
    All goods sold must be handmade
    Please pick up an application in the office, or contact the email below for the online application.

    Questions: Contact Foy White-Chu at lewisholidaybazaar@gmail.com
     

    New Lewis BottleDrop Fundraiser!
    First Goal: Can we raise $1000 by January 26th for PTA movie and treats night?

    Steps:
    1. Pick up a Blue Bag in the office
    2. Fill with bottles and cans that have OR $.10
    -Mix glass, plastic & cans
    -Limit to 20lbs (about 20 glass bottles + cans/bottles)
    -DO NOT CRUSH
    -Please keep clean
    3. Return full bags to ANY BottleDrop center. Use bar code on bag to scan at door, drop bag in, done!
    4. - Or - Return full bags to Lewis on First Thursday Drop Day

    Already have a BottleDrop Account?
    YOUR DONATION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
    Steps:
    1. Return your bags as usual
    2. Go to your online account
    3. Select: Donate to a Fundraiser
    4. Search: Lewis Elementary School PTA
    5. Click: Donate Now!

    “You will receive a tax receipt from OBRC for your donation. The charity group will also receive a record of your donation.”
    **Get a raffle ticket in the office every time you turn in a bag!**
     

    Hello from the Woodstock Farmers Market!

    FINAL WEEKS AT THE WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET
    The Woodstock Farmers Market goes through October and the regular season will end with our annual Halloween Carnival on Sunday, October 29th. Come to the market and trick-r-treat at all the vendors. Wear a costume (or not!) and participate in our hourly costume parade! We will also have other kids activities just like we do at every market – Sundays, 10a - 2p, in the Key Bank parking lot on Woodstock.
    We will also have a bonus Harvest Market the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 19th, to stock your pantry with all sorts of goodies for holiday feasting!
     

    Chinook Books!

    Please use this link to purchase an app online: https://chinook.co/lewispdx.

    Books with apps are still available in the office for $25, if you like the convenience of both (I do!).

    Some great neighborhood coupons include: Cloud City, Grand Central, Laughing Planet, New Seasons, Toast and Ace Hardware! Other great coupons to look for are: Circuit Climbing Gym, Cotton Cloud Futons & Eco Car Wash!

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes          

    503 916 6360 - http:www.pps.k12.or.us/domain/135                           

    October 25, 2017
     

    Notes from Ms. Allen - Kindergarten
    I am greeted daily by your happy, beautiful, and energetic children. Rushing into class, some squishing their bodies into the doorway to see who can get into the room first. What a joy, seeing kindergarteners eager to start their day!

    What we are learning about:

    Language Arts: Your children have been enjoying their writing assignments. It has been amazing watching them learn how to sound out words phonetically. Before they start writing they will draw a picture first, and then write about their drawing.
    We have been working on a literacy program called Lexia, which teaches them how to read in a game like fashion.
    Every day we continue to discuss and practice letter writing, and how to write simple sentences. We are still working on classifying and categorizing are word sorts. We have one more week reading non-fiction books and learning about the world.

    Daily Practice: Every day we talk about being a “professional student”, which is a student who is kind, safe, responsible, follows directions, and a good listener. Moreover, they do a wonderful job role modeling how to walk in the hallways.
    Our classroom standing line, it’s remarkable, we receive many complements daily from our Lewis staff, because of our orderly conduct and quiet line.

    Housekeeping: Every student has a class job (some have more than 1 job), and they take their jobs very serious. We switch jobs every 2 weeks; these jobs truly help with the flow of our classroom. Also, the children are becoming quite good at organization, putting things in folders, bins, and stacking in the proper places, and also making sure that our room stays clean.
    **During the week we strive to have popcorn party on Fridays. The goal is to celebrate our successes of the week, but they have to work hard in order to earn Popcorn Fridays.

    Reminder: The Pumpkin Patch is this Tuesday the 30th. I have 7 parents who have signed up to chaperone (Joana, Kendyl, Esther, Bjorn, Mardi, Tara, and Chrissy). Parents, if for some reason you cannot attend please inform me ASAP, because I will need to assign each kid to a parent. So far it looks like each parent will have their child and 2 other students. We have limited bus space, so you can follow the bus or meet us there.

    I will be out intermittently this week, but I will be consistent with planning and supporting your child. I have a family member who is in hospice, so I need to attend to my family at this time. If you have questions or concerns please contact me at qallen@pps.net.
     

    Notes from Ms. Kennedy - Kindergarten
    It is wonderful to see your children entering Room 4, putting all their things into their places, and getting started right away on Morning Work. This ability to follow directions the first time and be independent without reminders is a fantastic skill to have in life! Thank you for supporting these efforts in and out of school.

    As of last week, our student teacher Ms. Connolly is joining us Monday through Wednesday. She is teaching our first science unit and we have been reading, sharing, and collecting new information about trees. Having Ms. Connolly in Room 4 more often also means that we are able to work with smaller groups of students. The main focus of our work is letter names and sounds. There are movements that go along with the sounds of each vowel. Ask your child to demonstrate!

    In Writing Workshop, we are working on building stamina. Perhaps you’ve heard your child say, “When you’re done, you've only just begun!” What that means in our world is, “Go back to your writing, reread, think some more, and add details.” Students have many resources to help them be successful: their word ring, the Word Wall, their personal dictionary, books they’ve read, teachers and peers! It has been wonderful having one of Cole’s moms join us once a week for Word Rings. Children are super eager to share their progress, and having extra adult help is a real gift. Feel free to sign up for a volunteer spot during Conferences.

    Not only is next Tuesday Halloween, but it marks our first field trip! All kindergarten classes are taking a district school bus to Kruger's Farm from 10:45 am – 1:30 pm. We will be meeting chaperones at 17100 NW Sauvie Island Road. The weather is unpredictable, so please help your child dress accordingly and pack a clean pair of shoes to wear back at school.

    Thank you for sending snacks along with your child each day. That little dose of nutrition makes a big difference in the energy needed to run around outside, then refocus and make it to lunchtime.

    Unique handmade cards by the kindergarteners of Room 4 are outside our door and just $2.00 each. These charming pieces of art are excellent for gifts and thank you cards! All proceeds to benefit Mercy Corps projects around the world.

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


    Notes from Teacher Leslie - Kindergarten
    We have had a great few weeks in Kindergarten!  Here are some reminders and updates below. 

    Self-Managers:  We have been talking about self-managers this week in Kindergarten.  Students are doing a great job managing their own behavior and finding ways to solve small problems on their own.  Students are doing a great job gaining independence and remembering the daily jobs.  I am so impressed to see students checking their folder each morning to see if they have any important papers for me.  Thank you for allowing your student to practice these jobs independently and remembering to say your goodbye’s at the door! 

    Water Bottles:  If you would like to take the green water bottles home and replace them with another one you are more than welcome to do that.  Many students are chewing on the plastic at the top so it might be safer to have a water bottle from home. 

    Field Trip:  If you haven’t done so, please make sure to send your field trip form back to school.  If you are going to chaperone on the trip, please remember to meet us at Kruger Farm.  We will arrive around 11:30 and eat lunch right when we get there. 

    Conference reminders are coming home soon!  Please remember to check your student's folder each night for important papers!

    Volunteer information:  We are ready for classroom volunteers!  Thank you for your patience :)  If you are able to volunteer, please sign up for a time on the calendar outside our door.  Right now there are 3 times where volunteers are needed.  Other times to volunteer may pop up so please email me if you are available for last minute volunteer opportunities and I will keep you in mind.  Please also email me if there is another time you would like to volunteer that isn’t on the sheet.  I would to make something work if there is a specific time you are available to help out. 
     

    Notes from Teacher Dana -- 1st Grade
    The systems and routines in Room 3 are humming. Kids are becoming so independent and confident in their learning. It is such a joy to see a group of such enthusiastic learners. In math, we have been focusing on groups of 10's and more, essentially learning about place value. We are grouping numbers by 5's and 10's for quick computation. We are going to begin learning about the analog clock and the art of telling time. Hopefully you all have at least 1 clock in your home that you can practice telling time with. We will start with the skill of counting by 5's and learn the purposes of the hour hand and the minute hand.

    Writer's workshop is a favorite time of day for students. They are all really into creating and sharing their stories and sometimes boo when I say it’s time to clean up for recess. We have begun the process of editing our work using an editing checklist. We've been learning about how to bring our stories to life by making characters talk and move, buy bringing characters feelings out, and by adding lots of detail.

    In Readers Workshop, we've been working on dropping bad habits and picking up good habits. I am seeing so much growth in the past few weeks. It's so exciting.

    In science we are continuing our unit on the sun, moon and stars. We will be doing a fun science project on Thursday making stars. In this Mystery, students use a model to investigate why the stars are visible at night but disappear when the sun comes out during the day. We are also continuing to have our weekly gardening class with Ms. Kathleen. Kids are noting the changes in the garden as the seasons change.

    Speaking of independence. 1st grade is a time for students to gain confidence and to feel empowered as learners. As a part of that, at this time of year I ask parents to say goodbyes to kids at the classroom door to allow them the opportunity to begin their day independently. Of course if you want to talk to me come on in, but as a general rule, please see if you can allow them to come in and begin their day on their own.

    Please be sure your child brings their folder and backpack to school every day. Also, don't forget library is Wednesday, and Gym is Monday and Thursday.

    Notes from Mrs. Logue - 1st Grade
    In previous posts, I have said each day your child works with me and others, learning through Reader's and Writer’s Workshops, Math explorations and practice, daily personalized Word Studies, Science, Art, Library, Music and Physical Education! 

    This week and next, we are investigating October’s big harvest of pumpkins! We are learning pumpkin poems and songs, dissecting and observing them. We have three new Fall songs including, "Roll That Pumpkin Down to Town,” “Have You Ever Seen a Pumpkin”, and "Five Little Pumpkins” in our ever growing poetry binders. Last week, we studied bats and created sparkling flying foxes. We also glazed our sunflower bowls. Keep a look out for them in the glass display case in November!

    Next Tuesday will be Halloween and trick or treating for many children. Be sure to limit candy eaten that evening and leave leftovers at home the next day unless included in cold lunch boxes. Also, I want to remind all of us that our 6 and 7 year olds need to be protected from some of the intense things the media throws at them daily on T.V. computers and movie theaters. Continue to be their advocates and keep them away from age inappropriate experiences.

    If you have time to volunteer we would love to have you! I am especially looking for an adult or two to come and review sight word cards for a half hour or so each morning with the students. Learning these “anchor” words can be a" life raft in a sea of confusion" for our young readers and writers! Any help would be appreciated!

    Thanks for all the love and support you give your children and enjoy reading to /with them each day! As the Mother of two daughters, 19 and 23 year old, I know this powerful, bonding interaction will not last forever but has a forever impact!

    (*Please remember to send back reading folders, if your child has one, and to fill in the Reading Hearts Chart, sent home to all families, and return to me for an earned book of your child’s choice:).
    Check out our photos : mrslogue.wordpress.com
    Contact me via email: alogue@pps.net

    Notes from Mrs. Jamesbarry - 1st Grade
    I am so proud of the first graders in Room 8. The kiddos have been reading up a storm. It is important for students to be focused and independent during workshop so that we can begin working in small groups working on more specific goals. This group is working hard to meet this expectation. We have added the incentive of special seating in our rockers or cushions for reading around the room during Workshop. Providing choice and alternative reading spots has added variety and fun to our daily reading time.

    Each morning the class runs through daily Number Corner routines. We check and update the calendar pattern, add to our Daily Count boards, as well as delve into topics such as telling time, writing equations, tallying, shapes, temperature, and coins and money. We get a lot of math concepts covered in this brief but potent math time. 

    In our afternoon math session we have been working on a variety of number sense activities - counting on , numeral writing, as well as sorting and patterning. We had a lot of fun sorting buttons last week in math. We are working on sorting and naming categories. We are also turning our sorts into graphs. We discovered a lot of ways to sort buttons- by size, color, shape, material, and other details such as shiny or not, smooth or bumpy, 2 holes or 4.  Along with our math skills, we are working on how to work with a partner or small group. It’s important to remember to Get along, Respect others, stay On task, Use quiet voices, Participate, and Stay in your group (GROUPS).
    Cheers!  Ms. Sarah

    Notes from Ms. O’Dea - 2nd Grade
    Room 5 News
    As we are settling into our academic routines, we have also added a couple more activities:

    Last week we started our daily Word Work (word study) activities, which will enhance spelling and sounding out (reading) skills. Each week or every 5 days students will start a new spelling focus. Last week’s focus was short vowel “o” and the “or” patterns in words.  This week’s focus is short vowel “a” and “ar” words. Each day there are 3 activities to practice the the spelling/sound focus, with Day 5 being a spell check. Weekly Word Work will be coming home in a packet, so you can see what they are working on. Some may need to finish some of the activities at home. Be sure to ask your child what an “oddball” word is.

    In addition, our weekly technology sessions have started with Mr. Hansen using our classroom chromebooks. We’ve learned how to open a document and explored various features, such as text size (up to 96!) and color, fonts. Then we learned to “insert a table” and typed in this week’s Word Work words, thus, learning that electronic devices can be handy tools for learning and communicating.

    Another part of our daily schedule is a teacher read aloud. We are almost finished reading Judy Moody, which will lead us to something out of our routine. On Oct. 26, we will be going on a field trip to see the play: Judy Moody and Stink and the Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt. I think we are all looking forward to seeing what Judy Moody appears like out of a book. So far, we’ve decided she’s a pretty lively character with a mind of her own.

    Each week the class works towards some free time at the end of the week. It is a time for creating and building with blocks, legos, “zoob” pieces, recyclables, along with drawing and painting.  The creation station is quite popular, so we are asking families to save anything, (packaging, toilet paper rolls, string,ribbon,etc ,which are clean) to keep this station supplied. It’s not only a good opportunity for the kids to collaborate and work with others,,but to learn from each other,as well.. Last week, Andrew C. led a small workshop demonstrating some intricate origami folds.

    As for Oct. 31st, we will be having a low-key celebration; a couple of parents are bringing in a snack bag (nothing with peanuts/nuts) and a bag with non-edible goodies, and maybe a game or activity. And there will be no costume wearing, but they can share in their weekly weekend news writing about their Halloween costumes and activities

    Lastly, you will soon be receiving confirmation (a paper copy) of your teacher/parent conference time (Nov. 8 & 9). If anything has changed, please notify the office or myself.
    Sincerely,  Maureen O’Dea


    Notes from Ms. Leake- 2nd Grade
    This week we began our Celebrations of Light unit. Our first Festival of Light is Diwali. Diwali is a 5 day celebration that originated in India.  It happens on the first moonless night in October or November.

    In India, people light diyas, or little lamps to help ward off darkness and bring light into the moonless night.  We made our own diyas out of magic model and painted them with bright colors and designs.  After painting our diyas, we added a led tea light to simulate the experience in our classroom.

    People decorate courtyards and the walks in front of their houses with large lotus shaped flowers called 'Rangolis'.  They use colored sand or rice flower to create elaborate designs. We created our own colorful designs using oil pastels on black paper. 

    Diwali is one of the largest celebrations in India just like Christmas is in our country.  People there dress up in new clothes and bring small gifts or sweets to their neighbors.  They also string lights on buildings like we do Christmas lights. Their lights hang from across the streets and down buildings in sheets like a waterfall.  On the third day of Diwali, the air is thick with the noise and smoke of fireworks. Each neighborhood might have their own display.

    My sister, Lisa, came to class and talked about her travels to India during Diwali.  She shared a slide show with the class. The class loved the pictures and stories of the cows being decorated for the holiday and 'pies' made out of dung that people use to heat their stoves. Lisa included Nia in her conversation because Nia celebrates Diwali at home. Nia shared items that her family uses at Diwali.  I know that she was happy to share her traditions with the class.

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Weekly Letter                October 18, 2017          

                              

    Upcoming Dates:
    November 1- Coffee Talk with Emily 9am
    November 2- Walk and Roll
    November 3- No School for Students
    November 8-10- No School for Students
    November 8, 9- Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    It was wonderful to see so many of you at the PTA Harvest Dance last week—what a wonderful, community-building event! As we near November, I want to suggest that you take a moment to review the school calendar. We have several “no school” days coming up this fall, and I want to make sure you’re prepared. As a parent, I know how hard last-minute childcare arrangements can be. I also want to share with you some information that we reviewed about preparing for Parent-Teacher Conferences at the October PTA meeting. At this point, you should hopefully have scheduled an appointment with your child’s teacher on either November 8th or 9th. If you have not yet scheduled a conference, please contact our Main Office to select a time. At this link, you can find a PPS brochure that will help you plan for and reflect on your conference. If you have any questions about the suggestions in this brochure, or if you’d like me or another staff person to join your conference, please feel free to contact me directly at eglasgow@pps.net.
    Emily

    Little Free Library
    Thank you to Lewis families and staff for donating books for our new Little Free Library. We collected over 1000 books!

    The Little Free Library is going to go up soon. Here’s how it will work. 1) open the door, 2) pull out a book that intrigues you, 3) take it home to read, 4) return it or return a different book when you are done, 5) repeat!

    Our Little Free Library will be open all hours. So, say you have been reading and it’s the dead of night, but you just finished you book, you can walk on over to the Little Free Library and pick up a new book. There are never any late fees. You never know what you’ll find. We are always looking for more new books. We appreciate all the donated books,

    By Sophia

    Talented and Gifted Nomination Process

    If you would like to nominate your child for Talented and Gifted, please contact your child's teacher about completing a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF).  The form is due to your child's teacher by NOVEMBER 13th, 2017.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lewis TAG Facilitator, Abby Rotwein, in Room 22 or at arotwein@pps.net.

    Talented and Gifted News

    It was nice to see so many of you at the TAG parent meeting last week!  If you are the parent of a TAG student and were unable to make it, please email arotwein@pps.net for a copy of the information packet.  A question came up about what happens at District TAG Parent Nights.  I have been informed that those are informational events for parents.  Ms. Glasgow and Ms. Rotwein are currently in discussion about uses for TAG funds for the 2017-2018 school year- look for a parent survey coming home soon!

    Run for the Arts Update
    Run for the Arts Money is due MONDAY OCTOBER 20th!

    Please return your form and all collected funds to your child's teacher.

    CONGRATULATIONS MIMI FREEMAN on the winning t-shirt design for 2017's Run for the Arts!

    There were lots of amazing entries!! THANK YOU to all who participated. All participants will be receiving a certificate! You all did a great job!

    Calling all Crafty Parents and Students!

    Annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar: December 2nd 10AM-3PM
    It's that time of year again - we're taking applications for spaces at our holiday bazaar. 
    Parent booth: $40 (6'x6')
    Student booth: $10 (5'x5')
    All goods sold must be handmade
    Please pick up an application in the office, or contact the email below for the online application.

    Questions: Contact Foy White-Chu at lewisholidaybazaar@gmail.com

    New Lewis BottleDrop Fundraiser!
    First Goal: Can we raise $1000 by January 26th for PTA movie and treats night?

    Steps:
    1. Pick up a Blue Bag in the office
    2. Fill with bottles and cans that have OR $.10
    -Mix glass, plastic & cans
    -Limit to 20lbs (about 20 glass bottles + cans/bottles)
    -DO NOT CRUSH
    -Please keep clean
    3. Return full bags to ANY BottleDrop center. Use bar code on bag to scan at door, drop bag in, done!
    4. - Or - Return full bags to Lewis on First Thursday Drop Day

    Already have a BottleDrop Account?
    YOUR DONATION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
    Steps:
    1. Return your bags as usual
    2. Go to your online account
    3. Select: Donate to a Fundraiser
    4. Search: Lewis Elementary School PTA
    5. Click: Donate Now!

    “You will receive a tax receipt from OBRC for your donation. The charity group will also receive a record of your donation.”
    **Get a raffle ticket in the office every time you turn in a bag!**

    The Lewis School Site Council (SSC) is made up of the principal, staff, and parents with the focus to understand, research and relay these matters to staff, parents, and the PTA that include but are not limited to:

    *the matters that relate to the educational needs and goals of our school,  
    *opinions and attitudes of parents, teachers and students on significant issues,
    *methods to improve communications between the school and families,
    *the development of an evaluation tool for reporting the school's progress to the community

    Current SSC members:
    Emily Glasgow, principal
    Elissa Dingus, teacher
    Sarah Jamesbarry, teacher
    Angela Wood, classified staff
    Ruthann Lentz, parent (Chairperson)
    Aimee Owens, parent (Secretary)
    Angela Long, parent
    Amber Ziring, parent
    Each member of the SSC remains in the council for a 2-year commitment.
    For any questions or to inquire about being on the council, attending mtgs, or agenda, please contact Ruthann Lentz @ ruthannlentz@me.com, or Aimee Owens @ aandrwed@aim.com

    Lewis Site Council updates will be soon posted on the Lewis website.

    Hello from the Woodstock Farmers Market!

    FINAL WEEKS AT THE WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET
    The Woodstock Farmers Market goes through October and the regular season will end with our annual Halloween Carnival on Sunday, October 29th. Come to the market and trick-r-treat at all the vendors. Wear a costume (or not!) and participate in our hourly costume parade! We will also have other kids activities just like we do at every market – Sundays, 10a - 2p, in the Key Bank parking lot on Woodstock.
    We will also have a bonus Harvest Market the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 19th, to stock your pantry with all sorts of goodies for holiday feasting!

    SNAP/EBT & DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS AT THE MARKET
    Oregon Trail cardholders can use their SNAP/EBT funds to purchase fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, seafood, dairy products, breads, seeds and even plant starts from our vendors. Don’t miss out on our Double Up Food Bucks program which matches up to $10 each week for even more fresh fruits and vegetables! For more info on SNAP, go to www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap and be sure to spread the word to friends, family and neighbors about this great program! Check in at the info booth on market days for more information or visit our webpage at woodstockmarketpdx.com/programs/snap-debit.

    Sign up for our newsletter (woodstockmarketpdx.com) and like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/woodstockmarketpdx/) to keep up with market news and events. Happy autumn!

     

    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.

    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)

    Chinook Books!
    If you are planning to purchase just the app please do so by 10/15! Until 10/15 the Lewis PTA will be getting 60% of the purchase price and after it will be 50% (as it is for the book/app combo). Please use this link to purchase: https://chinook.co/lewispdx. If you purchase in response to an email sent from Chinook Book the funds do not go to Lewis PTA. However, if you use the link this year, next year’s reminder from them will be linked to Lewis PTA.

    Books with apps are still available in the office for $25, if you like the convenience of both (I do!). Some great neighborhood coupons include: Cloud City, Grand Central, Laughing Planet, New Seasons, Toast and Ace Hardware! Other great coupons to look for are: Circuit Climbing Gym, Cotton Cloud Futons & Eco Car Wash!

    Cleveland Warriors Youth Basketball Tryouts
    Registration is now Open for:

    Boys Grades 4th-8th
    Winter Basketball Tryouts

    Saturday Oct. 28

    • 4th 2:15-3:15
    • 5th 3:30-4:30
    • 6th 4:45-5:45
    • 7th 6:30-7:30
    • 8th 7:45-8:45

    Saturday Nov. 4th

    • 6th 9:00-10:00a
    • 4th 10:15-11:15
    • 8th 11:30-12:30

     

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...                                  October 18, 2017

     


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

    Hello again families! We’ve been busy lately in room 16!

    Reader’s Workshop continues to be a huge success! Students are so engaged in reading, both with digital books on myON and with regular books. Your students have been practicing strategies to help them climb the hurdle of hard words as they read. We are finishing up with our first unit, Building a Reading Life, and we will soon begin our Mysteries unit. That unit is all about deeper level comprehension skills and making inferences. In Writer’s Workshop we are in the middle of our Crafting True Stories unit, and students are drafting a true story now with the intention to make it a published book later on. We are focused on strategies that make our storytelling voice as strong as it can be. I’m so proud of the hard work and dedication these kids are showing during writing every day! We’ve also started to write using technology, and many students have their drafts in a google doc.

    In math, the 2nd graders are finishing up their first unit with a series of lessons on measurement. We’ve discussed why we need to use a standardized tool for measuring and we’ve practiced measuring around our classroom. We’ve also used the data we’ve collected to build line plot graphs--and make observations about those graphs. We will continue to practice these skills, but we will move to using different measurement tools and units. The 3rd graders have been working on expanded notation and different ways to represent numbers. Rounding numbers is currently a big focus for our 3rd graders. They also have a series of lessons on measurement coming up. After that they will shift to working with money.

    Science is a favorite of many of your students as our Rocks & Minerals unit continues. We learned how rocks are classified (by how they are formed), and we spent some time studying and observing rocks from all three classifications--igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Now we will switch to minerals, the building blocks of rocks, and we will compare and contrast what we already know about rocks with minerals. Then we will move to using our minerals to perform scratch tests as we explore the physical property of hardness.

    Daisy Dollars have been a tremendous hit with the class! Students enjoy collecting Daisy Dollars for modeling our school-wide expectations and using them to shop from our Daisy Dollar box. The system is really engaging for students, and it provides recognition for when they are doing a great job in class! Our community continues to grow and flourish as we’ve added in closing circle at the end of every day. Students can voice compliments or appreciations for their classmates during that time. This group is such a joy to work with every day!

    Thank you to all of you who have checked-in with me about my mom! I’m happy to report she is doing great and her surgery was a major success! She’s now just using a cane to get around and enjoys her group physical therapy classes. She is happy, healthy and on the mend!

    Thanks for another great 2 weeks and I look forward to speaking with you all at conferences!


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

    Lately, we’ve been talking a lot about grit, or our determination as learners to reach our goals.  In reading, this means becoming the kind of readers who seek out increasingly complex books with interesting plot lines and rich language.  It also means taking risks, tackling the hard parts without giving up, and asking for help when we need it.

    Figuring out tricky words and phrases is one of the ways we can build our “reading grit”.  Over the past two weeks the kids have been practicing a number of strategies to help them use clues in the text to figure out what hard words mean.  This week, we talked about the use of figurative language in our books, and how the meaning of those phrases isn’t always obvious -- but with grit and determination, we can look for clues that will help us figure out what that part of the story is really about.  It’s been a lot of fun to watch the kids dig deep into their novels, ready to tackle any challenging words or phrases.   

    Today your student will bring home a bookmark to use with their nightly reading.  Each side of the bookmark lists a variety of strategies we’ve discussed and practiced in class, and is a helpful reminder of what to do when things get tricky -- or, as we say in class, how to dig deep and get gritty!


    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    I hope you all had an enjoyable three day weekend. It was nice to have an extra day of a lovely, crisp, sunny Fall weekend to reflect on how the year is going so far. So far, so good! Speaking of Fall, the rain is coming! Rain or shine, my goal is to get the kiddos outside. I’d say it happens about 99% of the time. They work really hard in class and it’s important for them to get outside for some fresh air and to move their bodies. Please make sure to send them with appropriate coats and shoes (and hats and gloves as the temperatures drop.) The school can help with this need, just let me or the office know.

    Today we had our first publishing party in writing. The kids personal narratives turned out great. We start a second piece tomorrow and I can’t wait to hear about more small moments they’ve experienced over the years.

    We have some serious readers in here! They got an extra eight minutes of reading in yesterday as I finished up an assessment and they loved it. After the book fair last week, a bookcase cleanout by Zooey and Will, and a trip to Wallace Books, I brought in a box full of books to freshen up the library and it was like they had won the lottery. Thank you to Bella’s family for purchasing Dog Man for the class - a huge hit! Also, a big thank you to Riley who did a bookcase clean of her own and donated a few books she was done with.

    Science is in full swing. We have been doing lots of work on finding some observational properties for our minerals, but yesterday marked our first true geological field test that helped up figure out an “identifying” property of each mineral. Imagine the surprise when a super shimmery charcoal colored mineral left a beautiful pink streak on the tile we scraped it along. We will continue field testing as the weeks go on and, eventually, be able to identify each of the minerals. Many have asked about bringing in rocks from home. We do have a rock museum in class for them to place them for viewing if they would like.

    Next week we have our first session with Reed College math. Sarah and Miranda, math & physics majors at Reed, will be visiting the class once a month to teach some fun, real life mathematical theories to the class. They are all very excited to be working on “college math” in third grade.

    I’m looking forward to talking with each family at conferences, but in the meantime, if you have any questions or things you need to discuss, please just let me know.
    Cyndi


    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    We are cruising along this month!  I'd like to say a big thank you to all the parents who helped make salt dough or who came in to help us as we made our topographical maps of Oregon last week.  They turned out beautifully and are now rotating through taking turns sitting on the heater vents so they will dry! :)  We will paint them later this week.

    In Literacy, we are focusing on character traits this week.  We talked about how feelings and traits are different - a feeling lasts a short time, while a trait describes someone's personality: how they are almost all the time.  As we read The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo, students are listing traits and then giving examples from the text as supporting evidence.

    In writing, we are spending some time brainstorming some different story ideas about loss.  We played a movement game called "Stand Up If..." to help us think of specific memories of a time we lost an object, a person, a competition, etc.  Later this week we will practice using our five senses to accentuate our ability to describe items in our writing.

    We are nearing the end of our first math unit.  We have spent this unit practicing multiplication and division strategies, using arrays to solve problems, learning about factors, and touching on what prime and composite numbers are.  We will finish out this unit by taking a quick look at area and perimeter. Our unit test will be on Tuesday afternoon.

    Finally, we will be having a Harvest Celebration in a few weeks and we are looking for some parent support!  Ariel Dryad has offered to organize the event and if you would like to help with preparations, bringing in snacks, or coming in to help it run smoothly, shoot her an email: moonstone.goddess2000@yahoo.com  Our celebration will be on Tuesday, October 31st from 1-3pm.  Thank you for all your help!
    -Ms. Elissa


    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    Social Studies:  Thanks to everyone who helped out last week by making dough for our topographical maps of Oregon and coming into the classroom to help us make them!  They turned out very well and I couldn't have done it without your help.  This week, students will be painting the maps and learning about the Oregon state animal, flower, and motto.

    Reading:  Last week, we did work with making predictions and backing up our predictions with evidence from the story.  For the next few weeks we will be focusing on getting to know the characters in a story.  Students will be writing about character traits this week.

    Math:  We have been doing a lot of work in math around solving multiplication and division story problems using the array model.  This week, we are focusing on area and perimeter.  Your students will have their first formal math assessment on Unit 1 next Tuesday.  We will spend time on Monday reviewing all that we have learned thus far.

    Writing:  Students have been working on their "A Time I Broke the Rules" stories and wrote some outstanding, funny, attention-getting introductions the last few weeks.  We are now transitioning to our second personal narrative topic, "A Time I Lost Someone or Something."  Our mentor text is Eve Bunting's, "The Wall" about the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.  We will be working on using descriptive language to create a scene.

    Upcoming News:  If you haven't turned in your "Run for the Arts" forms yet, please do so ASAP.  This Friday, Ms. Elissa and I will be travelling up to Seattle with Mark Hansen for the Northwest Teachers for Social Justice Conference.  Ms. Elissa and I are excited to share our Japanese Incarceration curriculum with other teachers and to learn from other educators who will be presenting at the conference.  Mrs. Lushcher, a fabulous retired teacher from Buckman Elementary, will be subbing for me on Friday.


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

    Greetings!
    Our book drive has come to a close. Thank you Lewis families and staff for donating over 1000 books for the new Little Free Library, which will soon be just outside the main entrance of our school.

    We used our Thursday to talk about the diversity gap in children’s literature and collected some data around the question, “How diverse is our book drive collection?” and the sub-question, “How are different races and genders represented?” We then entered our data into a Google Form and talked as a team about what we noticed.

    Instead of the usual Classroom Notes this week, I encourage you to visit our blog to read a write-up about this project (bit.ly/book-drive-inquiry).
    Mark


    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    Happy Wednesday! Hope you all enjoyed your three day weekend.  If you haven’t already checked out our ‘Fall Still Life’ art in the glass case, stop by. The artwork is beautiful! We’ve had a busy week so far--Monday we had a visit from our school counselor. She is doing a few lessons with our fifth graders on Growth Mindset. Growth Mindset in a nutshell--emphasizes that student talent can be developed through hard work, positive feedback, and good strategies.  We can all stand to benefit from this! Yesterday, we took a trip to our local library to conduct research for our Native American project. Oh, and don’t worry, we checked out a few free reading books too :) I am very proud of how well our first outing went and I told the kiddos that I’m excited to add in a few extra field trips this year because I was so impressed with their behavior. Students were polite, respectful, and even helpful to other patrons in the library.  Later this week--We have our final Geography test this Friday. Students will be tested on ALL 50 states and capitals.  Most students have everything memorized but will still need some time to review. Please help your children build this study time into their schedules.  We are also wrapping up our first math unit. Students will take the Unit 1 math assessment this Friday. Please let me know if you have any questions or wonderings.

    A few things to look for--
    I’m sending home a Native American Home Project this week. This project is due Monday, November 13th. Make sure to check out our blog for examples

    I’m also sending home a permission slip for our Fall visit to Zenger Farm. We will head to the farm on Thursday, November 9th

    Several students still have multiplication facts to memorize. I will send home a sheet that indicates which multiplication facts they still need to study

    *Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @LewisRoom21 and visit our classroom blog for weekly updates http://lewisroom21.blogspot.com/.


    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    I hope your family enjoyed late opening today! We are so busy in Room 23! It is exciting to see so much meaningful growth happening already! This is a big week for culminating activities. We have our final State and Capitals test this Friday. Please help your child review and study! On Thursday/Friday, depending on your child's Technology time, we will have our first end-of-unit math assessment. Recognizing growing patterns and developing a formula for that pattern, interpreting  a line plot graph and working with mean, median, mode and range, being able to solve problems using Order of Operations. Finally, understanding how to determine whether a number is prime, or composite. Thank you all for sending back your permission slips for Zenger Farm next week. I will be letting parents know by the end of the week who will join us for the trip. If you do not have a current background check, that will need to be done. Please check in at the office to see if you are current. I will also let interested chaperones know if it is expired. I sent homework home last week and am sad to report that only about half of the kids returned it completed. I don't send homework daily, but it is important that you do a daily check in with your child to help them stay on track with studying and projects/work that is due. Speaking of that, yesterday I assigned a home project that will be due Monday, November 13th. Students have chosen a Native group to study. They are going to create a model of the dwelling; including an artifact and a sacred/important animal. Your child should have shown you the assignment sheet. If they did not, please ask them. Last week we started working with Ms. Jennifer doing work with mindfulness. Please ask your child to tell you more about this learning time. Before I close, I want to tell you all what a pleasure it is to work with this group of children. They are thoughtful, kind and hardworking! They are also a ton of fun to be around! Please reach out any time you have questions, concerns, or even what is really working for your child! I appreciate it all!

     

    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    Last week we did Run for the Arts, and it was great! Everyone in Room 7 tried their best and ran lots of laps, and most of them met their goals for number of laps! For Morning Work, students have been doing Words Their Way word family sorts. For Reading, leveled reading groups have finished their Reading A--Z packets about rules, laws or manners. Now they are doing pair-share reading and independent reading of assigned books. For Writing, students have all published their passages about a time they broke a rule, and they have presented them at Share Time. Since then, they have been working on Edit-It passages, High-Frequency word packets related to our Physics and motion unit. Later this week, we will start drafting passages about a way we each like to move. For Math, students are finishing their units on counting back and subtraction. Next we will be working on skip-counting and multiplication. We are also covering topics like basic fractions, time, and money.

    Our October Unique Learning Curriculum unit is called “Make It Move”, and it’s about Physics and motion. We have been exploring basic physical forces and simple machines, and have learned about Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. We did an experiment of driving toy cars with eggs down a slide. Teams prepared by building cars out of Lego and made a space big enough to hold an egg. We had mixed results with the eggs that were wearing tape “seatbelts” and those that didn’t. Students realized that the way each car was designed also was a factor in the safety of the eggs.

    Last Tuesday, Kylea came to Room 7 and she read a story called “The Most Magnificent Thing”. This Tuesday Kylea read “Stuck”, and then we talked about the “Zones of Regulation”. The zones help us know how we’re feeling: Blue can mean feeling tired or down, Green can mean feeling just fine, Yellow can mean getting excited, and Red can mean very upset.

    For Art, we finished our “Simple Icons” project and submitted it to the PTA for the Art fundraiser. Copies of the students’ icons are on display in the hallway outside of Room 7, so please come take a look!

     

    Music News from Mr. Jamesbarry

    Band starts up this week.

    The schedule up through Winter Break will be as follows -

    Mondays 3PM-4PM - Flute

    Tuesdays 3PM-4PM - Clarinet & Saxophones

    Wednesdays 3PM-4PM - Trombones

    Thursdays Lunch Recess - Percussion

    Thursdays 3PM-4PM - Trumpets

    Thanks, Tony Jamesbarry

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School  Weekly Letter               

    October 11, 2017          

    Upcoming Dates:
    October 11 & 12- Lewis Book Sale
    October 12- Family Dance 6pm
    October 13- Schools Closed, Statewide inservice
    October 17- Lewis Dines Out- Dick’s Primal Burger
    October 18- Late Start, School starts at 10:40

     

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    I had so much fun Running for the Arts with our students last week—thank you to all of the parents and family members who came out to support the event and cheer us on! Our Arts Team will be meeting this week to begin the process of deciding how we will spend our arts funds this year. We also held our first School Site Council meeting of the year this week. Our Council has decided to focus our attention on a community-wide visioning process. This will be a multi-month process of gathering input about what is most special and important about Lewis School—with the goal of refreshing the vision and mission statement that drive our work. To kick-off this process, we will be posting a “graffiti wall” at the PTA Harvest Dance this Thursday evening. The theme of this wall will be, “What Makes Lewis Special?” We will ask adults and students who attend the dance to record their ideas. We will also post the wall for people who were not able to attend the dance in the entryways next week. We’re looking forward to seeing and hearing your thoughts!
    Emily

    Music Notes from Mr. Jamesbarry
    Next week, October 16th, starts 5th grade band, and I couldn’t be more excited! Below is the schedule.  At this first practice student will be assigned an instrument, given a rental contract, and shown the basic care for and playing of their specific instrument.

    Monday 3:00 -4:00 PM - Flute

    Tuesday 3:00 -4:00 PM - Clarinet & Alto Saxophone

    Wednesday 3:00 -4:00 PM - Trombone

    Thursday 12:20-12:50 PM - Percussion

    Thursday 3:00 -4:00 PM - Trumpet
     

    Harvest Dance
    Thursday, October 12, 6-8pm
    (Please note, this is a date change from the calendar!)

    John L. Scott on Woodstock has generously sponsored the DJ for this event, which means admission for all will be FREE! Big thanks to John L. Scott for helping make our dance a accessible to all families.

    Pizza from Pizza Roma (including gluten-free) and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

    Volunteers are needed to help with set-up before the dance, serving refreshments, and clean-up. Visit goo.gl/kCDVfa to sign up, or use the sign-up sheet on the office window. Questions? Email Ellen Kotler at ellen.yerkes@gmail.com


    Book Sale
    The annual book sale to raise funds for the Lewis Library is this week.

    Wednesday, October 11; 8am-4pm
    Thursday, October 12;  8-9am, 3-4pm, 6-8pm (During the Harvest Dance)

    The book sale is sponsored by Wallace Books in Sellwood


    Save the Date - October 17th - Lewis Dines Out at Dick's Primal Burger
    4905 SE Woodstock
    From 4PM until closing Dick's Primal Burget will give 15% of their revenue towards the Lewis Dines Out Program

    The first $2500 raised through this program goes towards the Proposed Classroom Project fund
    Take out counts, and TEACHERS - there is a discount for you! 

    We want to thank all of those who came out to Double Mountain last month - we raised $350! 


    Talented and Gifted Nomination Process
    If you would like to nominate your child for Talented and Gifted, please contact your child's teacher about completing a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF).  The form is due to your child's teacher by NOVEMBER 13th, 2017.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lewis TAG Facilitator, Abby Rotwein, in Room 22 or at arotwein@pps.net.


    Attention families of 3-5th graders! 
    There will be an informational meeting about the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) here at Lewis next Monday, 10/16 at 3:10 in Room 24.  For students who have already formed teams, there will be a team sign up sheet.  For students seeking a team, there will be a place to sign up to connect with others who are interested.  See you there!  - Ms. Elissa


    Run for the Arts was last Friday.
    THANK YOU to all of the volunteers and cheer squad that made it a huge success!
    Please remember to send in your form with all collected funds by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20th!

    The Lewis Run for the Arts 5th Grade t-shirt contest is in full swing! There are several creative entries by our talented 5th graders! Entries will be anonymous and judged by Lewis staff. Stay tuned for results!  ALL Lewis students get a t-shirt regardless of the form requirements!

    THANK YOU again for a great event!


    Calling all Crafty Parents and Students!
    Annual Lewis Holiday Bazaar: December 2nd 10AM-3PM
    It's that time of year again - we're taking applications for spaces at our holiday bazaar. 
    Parent booth: $40 (6'x6')
    Student booth: $10 (5'x5')
    All goods sold must be handmade
    Please pick up an application in the office, or contact the email below for the online application.
    Questions: Contact Foy White-Chu at lewisholidaybazaar@gmail.com


    New Lewis BottleDrop Fundraiser!
    First Goal: Can we raise $1000 by January 26th for PTA movie and treats night?
    Steps:
    1. Pick up a Blue Bag in the office
    2. Fill with bottles and cans that have OR $.10
    -Mix glass, plastic & cans
    -Limit to 20lbs (about 20 glass bottles + cans/bottles)
    -DO NOT CRUSH
    -Please keep clean
    3. Return full bags to ANY BottleDrop center. Use bar code on bag to scan at door, drop bag in, done!
    4. - Or - Return full bags to Lewis on First Thursday Drop Day

    Already have a BottleDrop Account?
    YOUR DONATION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
    Steps:
    1. Return your bags as usual
    2. Go to your online account
    3. Select: Donate to a Fundraiser
    4. Search: Lewis Elementary School PTA
    5. Click: Donate Now!

    “You will receive a tax receipt from OBRC for your donation. The charity group will also receive a record of your donation.”
    **Get a raffle ticket in the office every time you turn in a bag!**


    Woodstock Gives Back
    A HUGE thank you to First Cup Coffeehouse for their donation of $426 to eliminate student lunch debt at Lewis. They partnered with the Lewis PTA for Woodstock Gives Back, and have been excellent supporters of our school community in other ways as well! Next time you stop in for a treat, please let them know how much you appreciate their support of Lewis.


    Hello from the Woodstock Farmers Market!
    FINAL WEEKS AT THE WOODSTOCK FARMERS MARKET
    The Woodstock Farmers Market goes through October and the regular season will end with our annual Halloween Carnival on Sunday, October 29th. Come to the market and trick-r-treat at all the vendors. Wear a costume (or not!) and participate in our hourly costume parade! We will also have other kids activities just like we do at every market – Sundays, 10a - 2p, in the Key Bank parking lot on Woodstock.
    We will also have a bonus Harvest Market the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 19th, to stock your pantry with all sorts of goodies for holiday feasting!

    SNAP/EBT & DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS AT THE MARKET
    Oregon Trail cardholders can use their SNAP/EBT funds to purchase fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, seafood, dairy products, breads, seeds and even plant starts from our vendors. Don’t miss out on our Double Up Food Bucks program which matches up to $10 each week for even more fresh fruits and vegetables! For more info on SNAP, go to www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap and be sure to spread the word to friends, family and neighbors about this great program! Check in at the info booth on market days for more information or visit our webpage at woodstockmarketpdx.com/programs/snap-debit.

    Sign up for our newsletter (woodstockmarketpdx.com) and like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/woodstockmarketpdx/) to keep up with market news and events. Happy autumn!


    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.

    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)


    Chinook Books!
    If you are planning to purchase just the app please do so by 10/15! Until 10/15 the Lewis PTA will be getting 60% of the purchase price and after it will be 50% (as it is for the book/app combo). Please use this link to purchase: https://chinook.co/lewispdx. If you purchase in response to an email sent from Chinook Book the funds do not go to Lewis PTA. However, if you use the link this year, next year’s reminder from them will be linked to Lewis PTA.

    Books with apps are still available in the office for $25, if you like the convenience of both (I do!). Some great neighborhood coupons include: Cloud City, Grand Central, Laughing Planet, New Seasons, Toast and Ace Hardware! Other great coupons to look for are: Circuit Climbing Gym, Cotton Cloud Futons & Eco Car Wash!


    Cleveland Warriors Youth Basketball Tryouts
    Registration is now Open for:

    Boys Grades 4th-8th
    Winter Basketball Tryouts

    Saturday Oct. 28
    • 4th 2:15-3:15
    • 5th 3:30-4:30
    • 6th 4:45-5:45
    • 7th 6:30-7:30
    • 8th 7:45-8:45

    Saturday Nov. 4th
    • 6th 9:00-10:00a
    • 4th 10:15-11:15
    • 8th 11:30-12:30
    • 5th 1:15-2:15
    • 7th 2:30-3:30
    For complete program information and to register for tryouts go to:
    www.cleveland-warriors.com

     

    Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

    Classroom Notes

    News and information from our classrooms...                                  October 11, 2017

     

    Notes from Ms. Allen - Kindergarten

    Hello Kindergarten Families,

    We had lots of fun last Friday running for the arts! The kindergartens had a blast. Parents and families you made this event very special by attending. Also, last week your child had the opportunity to learn about school bus safety, we sat on a school bus, and learned how to be safe (on and off the bus) in case of an emergency.

    Our PTA (art) fundraiser was a success. Leo's mom, Courtney, planned and orchestrated our class art project. We also had Sierra’s mom, Tara helping students with their art. Your child got to use blue paints, and neon colored crayons to make beautiful paintings, which was inspired by the book ‘Swimmy’. You will have an opportunity to view and purchase soon. Thank you Courtney and Tara!

    What we are learning about:
    Language Arts: We have been discussing and practicing how to write a simple sentence. For example, starting a sentence with an uppercase letter, finger spacing between words, and using a period at the end of a sentence. Comprehension skills we are focusing on this week and next week are classifying and categorizing. For the next two weeks we will be focusing on and learning about non-fiction books.
    Word Work: At the end of this week I will introduce a new set of sight words. We are still working on the words: a, is, in, to, and, that, I, am, little.
    Math: We are working on the following skills: observing and describing patterns (recognizing likenesses and differences). In addition, we have been solving small addition math problems. Lastly, we have been working on sequencing and writing numbers, kindergarteners tend to invert the teen numbers, so we have been purposeful in getting comfortable with identifying and writing them correctly.
    Gardening: This is our 3rdweek doing gardening work with Ms. Kathleen. This week your child planted garlic and pulled weeds.
    Daily Practice: Every day we talk about and practice being kind, responsible, and safe.

    Reminder! On Halloween, October 31st, we will be going to the Pumpkin Patch. All families should have received a permission slip this week in their child’s folder.
     

    Notes from Ms. Kennedy - Kindergarten

    Last week, we started each morning with our interpretive Happy Dance! That means every child in Room 4 arrived on time and ready to learn. Thanks very much for helping your little ones begin their workday so successfully. We always look forward to our daily snacks and 10:15 Brain Break! As the weather becomes damper, we’ll still aim to get outside and run around. Jackets or ponchos with hoods are highly recommended. If your child wears rain boots on PE days, Tuesday and Thursday, please tuck a pair of sneakers into their tote.

    Your children are champions of our classroom routines. They are becoming more independent and confident with each passing day. When I read a story under the document camera, students are continually interacting with the text: pointing and making connections when they spot words they know. It is very exciting! We began Reading Workshop in earnest, and everyone is paired with a Reading Partner for the month. Students begin Reading Workshop as independent readers, sitting back to back with their partner. At the signal, they rotate with their partner, sitting E.E.K.K: elbow-to-elbow, knee-to-knee. Give it a try at home :)

    This week marked a new phase of Words Their Way. We have moved out of concept sorts (for instance, fruit and not a fruit) and into rhyming! As warm-up to the session, children hide a green or red square in their hand. Once I say two words and ask, “Rhyme or no rhyme?” they reveal green for yes, and red for no. It is a quick assessment to gauge understanding in the room. Making up rhymes at home is a great way to support our work.

    No school on Friday. I will miss seeing your children! Weekly photos posted https://mskennedyroom4.blogspot.com/ Thank you one and all!
     

    Notes from Teacher Leslie - Kindergarten

    Fall is here and Kindergarten is in full gear!  In the last two weeks we have found our flow with Reading and Writing Workshops.  In Reading Workshop we have transitioned from reading learn about the world books to familiar storybooks.  We are practicing looking at the pictures, remembering the words and reading!  We also worked on making the words in our stories match the pictures.  Check out the blog for photos of our students reading with their reading partners and a new Special Friend.  

    Have you heard your student saying, “When you’re done you’ve just begun” and wonder where that came from?  Well, in Writing workshop that is the skill that we are practicing.  We are practicing adding to our pictures and our words.  If we added to one piece of writing, we can start a new one or reread our writing.  Students are becoming confident in their writing skills and can be heard sounding out words on their own!  It may not be right, but they are kindergarten spelling and doing a wonderful job! 

    Run for the Arts was a blast!  Thank you for your support cheering on our runners and collecting donations and pledges. 

    Our first field trip is coming soon!  A yellow form came home yesterday with information about our field trip to the farm on October 31st.  If you would like to chaperone please make sure you have a background check filled out.  Chaperones will need to meet us at the farm on Sauvie Island.
     

    Notes from Teacher Dana -- 1st Grade

    Room 3 has been bustling with excitement around Writer's Workshop. We have been learning "craft moves" from published authors such as bring characters to life by making them move and talk, and also by telling our stories in itty bitty steps to make them full of detail. I've been amazed at the growth in the kid's writing over the past month. It’s so fun to watch. Last week we got to meet our Reading Buddy Class. Most of the kids got to meet their new buddy and get to know them a little. Reading buddy are always a very fun part of 1st grade. It creates such a wonderful opportunity to get to know kids in the upper grade levels and to do activities together.

    Unfortunately I missed Run for the Arts, but according to Ms. Patricia the kids had a blast and did an outstanding job running their little hearts out.
    In science we have been doing a unit about light and shadows. This unit helps students develop the idea that the sun, moon, and stars change position in the sky in ways that are fun to watch and predict. The kids cheer when they see science on the schedule. I love it!

    I've had a few questions regarding birthday celebrations at school. We do not do any food treats on birthdays at school. A favorite way to celebrate your child is to have them bring a favorite book for me to read aloud to the class. And, of course we sing the birthday song as well.

    A few reminders- Please remind your child to return their library book on or before Wednesday every week. Also, please be sure the take home folder is checked each night and returned to school each day. It’s very important to establish the routine even if there isn't any communication in the folder.

    Notes from Mrs. Logue - 1st Grade

    Literacy, art and science studies are in the forefront now during daily studies as the fall season offers much to read, write and learn about. We have just finished our burlap and tempera sunflower collages, and will be firing our clay sunflower bowls this week or next hopefully:) 

    This week we will do a mini unit around Oregon’s greatest Fall treasures, APPLES! We will sampled many local varieties, (including crab apples, SOUR!) creating graphs, recorded observations and sketch apples using oil pastels.  We are also reciting poems and reading about Johnny Apple Seed through tall tales written about him. Our spelling/high frequency words are different for each child as they navigate their way through them. If you are able to volunteer as a “Word Ring Helper”, Let me know and I will dial you in:) In math, understanding addition and subtraction story problems and finding ways to sort items, such as our amazing button collection, is the goal. Our math vocabulary includes: near, far, under, over, middle and behind and we are getting ready to embark on Unit 2, From Land to Sea: counting, computation, and patterning. In reading, students are learning to build on their current abilities during 1:1 conferences, small group and whole group literacy activities. It is rewarding to see the excitement in their eyes as they discover first hand that reading is a meaning making process that can open the way for new learning and information they share. Ask your child about the books in our room and what they read alone and with reading partners each day. Your child is becoming capable of choosing “just right” books for themselves and practicing activities that move them forward as learners, building on their current knowledge and interests.

    Students are working hard to use self control and empathy when playing and learning together. During whole group lessons, we talk often about the important, “Show Me Five” : “Eyes watching, Ears Listening, Mouth Quiet, Body Still and Quiet Hand Up If You Want to Speak”. Last of all and most importantly, we say, “Caring Heart” and all five fingers are placed over our hearts to symbolize our caring of each other and our learning together. Transitioning from one space to another, be it seat to rug or classroom to home, is a challenging part of school for many so please hang in there with us! Systems are being put thoughtfully in place and new seating arrangements have been made to better the learning environment. Some students are also choosing to use “quiet learning” head sets for noise reduction when needed to help concentration on tasks in our small class of communicative children!
    Each day is very busy for your child so please remember to pack a “dry” low sugar snack if possible and help them to get at least 10 hours of sleep a night. We have many drippy noses circulating through the classroom so hand washing is taking on extra importance right now. Thank you parents who are able to pop in and wash down tables daily! We appreciate it and the germs hate it!

    Thanks for all your donations for Run for the Arts. The funds collected through the children’s efforts are used to bring extra art supports to Lewis School and they are appreciated!
    Take care of each other:)
    mrsloguewordpress.com
    twitter@ AnneAbuckley (Mrs. Logue-Rm 6)
     

    Notes from Mrs. Jamesbarry - 1st Grade

    It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been in school for 28 days. We’ve settled into many of our classroom routines and the kids are beginning to build their stamina for first grade work habits. October can be a challenging month as the weather changes and the new-ness of school wears off. Some students begin feeling so comfortable in the classroom that they start to take advantage of the rules. It a good time for chats about expectations. You can support our work here at school by reinforcing the Lewis school rules of Be Kind, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe.

    In the classroom we are working on strategies for reading and writing tricky words. In math, we sorting and categorizing sea creatures and buttons, graphing, and solving simple addition and subtraction story problems. I am finishing up Fall assessments so I can begin targeting instruction to best fit individual needs. We have Word Ring Helpers signed up for Tues, Wed, and Thurs mornings. Thanks so much! We would love to have a Monday & Friday person if at all possible (it can also be on an every other week basis if thats works better for you.) I will post more volunteer opportunity as the come up. Cheers!

    Sarah Jamesbarry
    sjamesba@pps.net
     

    Notes from Ms. O’Dea - 2nd Grade

    Room 5 is up and running, literally. During Run for the Arts we collectively ran 216 laps, which translated into 54 1/2 miles. That's like running from Portland to Salem! Calculating our data using unifix cubes and regrouping, then regrouping again made for a hands-on Math lesson. And of course, I had to read a good story

    We've also started working on the TAG test booklets, doing one section per day. I am pleased with how everyone is focusing and doing their best thinking. It's actually been engaging and interesting for most students. The Tag office should be sending results back early November (ie conferences).

    The thinking process in our math lessons has correlated well with the Tag concepts: closely observing patterns, visually and numerically.. How does the pattern change, grow, stay the same? Can you extend it knowing the relationship? We're also looking at repeated addition as multiples.

    During reading, we've been enjoying reading folktales. And discussing the common features of this genre of literature.

    We've also started a class read aloud focusing on the character, Judy Moody, a popular chapter book series. then on October 26, we're going to see a live performance, a play featuring Judy Moody and her brother, Stink. The permission slips went home on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

    Gardening: Last week the students "dug in" and helped weed to prep an area for a rain gully. This week they learned about and labeled parts of a leaf.

    Just a reminder: No school on Oct. 13  and Run for the Arts $$ due Oct. 20th.

    And, please dress your child for the weather, as we will be going outside in almost any weather. Need that fresh air rain or shine.

    Sincerely, Ms. O'Dea
     

    Notes from Ms. Leake- 2nd Grade

    This week we finish up our first set of Math Work Places. The activities focused on counting and patterning. The most challenging work place was unifix cube growing patterns.  Students were asked to look at a pattern card and build the first 3 arrangements on top of the card. Then they build the next two arrangements and recording their thinking in their packets.  Students were asked to find out what part of the pattern matched each of the arrangement numbers. For instance, what part of the pattern matched the 1, 2, and so on. If students could figure this out, it would help them record what the 10th arrangement would be without building it. Finally, students wrote down what they noticed about the pattern.

    Match the Beetle game was another sorting activity asking students to compare information gathered on their beetle.  Students recorded information about their birthday month, the number of people in their household, their favorite sport and favorite season.

    Students wrote clues so others could guess which beetle was theirs.

    Counting money up to 50 cents was also challenging for some students. Students spun a spinner and collected pennies. They traded in 5 pennies for a nickel. Then they traded 5 nickels for a quarter and continued to build up until they had two quarters.  The  goal was to read their board and practice counting on from 5’s. So it might sound like:  5,10, 15, 16, 17 if the students had 3 nickels and 2 pennies.

    If your child is struggling at home with naming the coins or correctly counting the coins, please practice at home. If your child would like an extra challenge, have him/her scoop a handful of change, shake and spill the coins calling heads or tails. Together you can sort all of the coins by heads and tails and each of you counts the coins in your pile to see who has the larger amount. Play the game several times for extra practice.

    These packets should come home on Thursday. The expectation was that each child would go to each station 3 times over the course of the work place and record on their planners. Only some of the activities had a record sheet so you’ll have to ask them about Race you to 50 cents, Count and Compare, and Geoblocks. Please take some time to reinforce the effort they put in. Was each activity sheet complete? Did they do 3 or more of each station? Make a plan for finishing all of the activities for the next Work Places.

     

    Lewis Elementary School
    Weekly Newsletter               
    October 4, 2017 
        
           

    Upcoming Dates:
    October 6- Run for the Arts
    October 6- Walk + Roll
    October 10- TAG Meeting 5pm Rm. 22
    October 10- PTA Meeting 6:30pm
    October 11 & 12- Lewis Book Sale
    October 12- Family Dance 6pm
    October 13- Schools Closed, Statewide inservice

    Message from Ms. Glasgow
    Hello. One month into my first year at Lewis, I wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation and gratitude for what I see happening around me—from the professionalism of our teaching and support staff, to the care and compassion of our students, to the positive and proactive engagement of families. I feel honored to be a part of this team. This morning, I was joined by 25-30 parents at our first monthly “Coffee Talk with Emily.” Questions raised hit on important school-wide policies from technology usage, to blended classrooms, to homework. I enjoyed hearing multiple perspectives about each of these topics and will be following up by raising these issues with our School Site Council (which meets for the first time next week). Our next monthly Coffee Talk is scheduled for November 1st—I hope you’ll join us. I will also be attending next Tuesday’s PTA meeting with a few teachers to give tips about how to get the most out of your parent-teacher conference and to talk a bit about effective home-school communication. I’ll close by reminding you that Run for the Arts is this Friday—I’ll be doing my best to keep up with your kiddos as they run laps to raise money for our arts program. Feel free to come help out or cheer us on!
    Emily

    Book Sale
    The annual book sale to raise funds for the Lewis Library is next week.

    Wednesday, October 11; 8am-4pm
    Thursday, October 12;  8-9am, 3-4pm, 6-8pm

    Talented and Gifted News

    Mark your calendars!  If you are the parent/guardian of a currently identified TAG student, the Lewis TAG parent meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 10th, from 5-6 PM in Room 22.  More details will be sent home with your child next week.

    Talented and Gifted Nomination Process

    If you would like to nominate your child for Talented and Gifted, please contact your child's teacher about completing a TAG Identification Process Form (IDPF).  The form is due to your child's teacher by NOVEMBER 13th, 2017.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lewis TAG Facilitator, Abby Rotwein, in Room 22 or at arotwein@pps.net.

    PTA Meeting

    Tuesday, October 10, 6:30pm in the Library
    Free childcare provided.
    On the agenda:
    How to get the most out of teacher conferences
    Communicating with the school and teachers

    Come learn from Ms. Glasgow and teachers some helpful tips for conferences and school communications.


    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.

    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)

    Art-Based Fundraiser!

    This year the PTA is doing an Art-Based Fundraiser to support our art program at Lewis. 
    You may submit any artwork - something made at home, something from last year's art folder, something made THIS year in the classroom, as long as it meets the guidelines (Max size 12"x17", no 3D, no glitter, no salt, no sand, no trademarked items). 
    The artwork will then be made into goods, such as t-shirts, mugs, pencil holders, phone covers, and much more!  You can purchase these goods in November and they arrive in time for the holidays.
    Think FAMILY gifts!
    **Please check with your child’s teacher to find out if they are doing a classroom project before the deadline of October 9th.  If they are not, be sure to submit a piece of art from a previous year or something your child has created at home.

    All original artwork will be returned at the end of the fundraiser.  EVERYONE should submit something, as EVERYONE gets FREE trading cards!
    Deadline for artwork to be turned in to the teacher: October 9th!
    Questions?  Please contact Foy White-Chu at lewiselementaryptaor@gmail.com

    Harvest Dance

    Thursday, October 12, 6-8pm
    (Please note, this is a date change from the calendar!)

    Pizza from Pizza Roma (including gluten-free) and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

    Chinook Books!
    Chinook Books are available to purchase in the office. Half the proceeds go to Lewis PTA! If you haven't had a Chinook Book before take a look. There are so many great coupons - you can easily save the purchase price without leaving Woodstock Blvd. You save money & the PTA earns money to support the school programs - win/win!  Books with an app are $25 (this is less than last year!) and apps alone are $15 (plus we get 60% instead of 50%). Let's do some coupon clipping!

     

    Lewis Elementary School
    Classroom Notes     
    October 4, 2017

    News and information from our classrooms...                                  


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

    Well, hello there families! Room 16 is still rocking (science pun). The last few weeks in room 16 have been our best yet. Our community is really coming together and we are settling into our routines. Reader’s workshop seemed very natural to this group from the start, and now writer’s workshop and science have kicked into gear as well! The kids have been LOVING writing time during the past week, and many have been sad when it’s time to stop!

    Our Rocks & Minerals lessons are off to a wonderful start! We’ve learned how to make observations and classify rocks based on their physical properties. Next we will compare what we’ve learned through hands-on observations with facts we read in informational rock books. Then we will start exploring minerals. In reader’s workshop, we will continue with the last bend of our Building a Reading Life unit. We’ve been learning different strategies that readers use to understand a story--making a mind movie, keeping a list of facts, giving themselves a comprehension check, making higher level predictions, and retelling or rethinking. Next we will move to practicing strategies that readers use to tackle hard words. In writer’s workshop our Crafting True Stories unit continues. We’ve learned a few strategies for generating true story topics and for strengthening our storytelling voice. Next we will build in reflection and self-assessment as a way to keep track of our progress. In second grade math we are shifting our focus from patterns to place value, double digit addition without regrouping and measurement. The third graders are moving from their focus on subtraction strategies to ways to express numbers and expanded notation.

    A big thank you to everyone who sent in egg cartons. We have collected plenty! Thanks for your help! The cartons will help us organize and store our minerals during the rest of our science unit!

    Just a heads up, my mom is having knee replacement surgery this week. Her surgery is Friday, October 6th. Because of this, there will be three days in October where the students have Mr. Colvin as a sub. Those dates are Friday October 6th, Thursday October 19th and Friday October 20th. My sister is in town from Seattle, and since she can work remotely most of the time, she will do the bulk of the daytime caregiving after surgery and I can limit my time out of school to 3 days. We’ve talked about this at a few class meetings, so it’s not unexpected for the students.

    Let’s have a fabulous October!
    Ms. Canales
     

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

    Dear Room 10 friends,

    This week I (Mark)  am writing to share some news about Writing and Math.  We have created some great routines for working together and independently in both areas. 

    There is a lot of great work happening during our writing time.  I get a little thrill every day when the students moan that writing time is over. They love to write and the energy is contagious.  We are in the midst of writing stories from our lives, focusing on developing the heart of each story with dialogue, description and telling the story bit by bit.  Soon your students will bring home a piece to share with you.

    In Math we are moving from a general review into working with larger numbers.  We are laying the conceptual foundation for multiplication and division and starting to explore fractional relationships.  We have found a lot of interest in seeing the world with mathematical eyes. We look at different situations and pieces of information about the world and think about how we can model them mathematically. 

    We also had our first visit from some Reed College Mathematics students who will be joining our class every month.  They bring fascinating mathematical puzzles to give us a taste of what it is like to be a professional mathematician.

    We are off to a great start!

    Thanks, Mark


    Notes from Mrs. Redmond - 3rd Grade

    Room 17 hosted our first guest teacher of the year yesterday and I came back to wonderful comments about how great the class was while I was away at a training. I know how amazing they are, but it always makes me proud to hear that others think so also. It’s also nice to know that all of the work we have put in learning the routines and expectations over the first several weeks of school have really paid off.

    We met with our kindergarten reading buddies last Friday and it was super sweet to see the 3rd graders with the younger students. It’s a pretty big deal when you finally get to be “the big buddy” and they took the responsibility very seriously. It was a great block of reading time and some of them even reconnected with each other on the playground later in the day.

    Last week we started our Rocks & Minerals science unit and our budding geologists have been enjoying examining the different rocks, sorting them by their physical properties, and even trying to deduce whether they are sedimentary, igneous, or metamorphic. Next, we move into closely observing and testing different minerals, which we now know are the “building blocks of rocks.”

    We continue to grow as readers. Recently we talked about doing a retell to ourselves or a partner, so that the big parts of the story are fresh in our mind as we start our daily reading work. Asking your kiddos to tell you about what they are reading at school is a good way to help them transfer the skills we are practicing during Reader’s Workshop to their at home reading life. Who is the protagonist? What are they like? What is the “problem” in the story? Do you have any predictions? We also took a survey on Monday to examine our reading “grit.” After analyzing the results many of the new goals they set were around reading more often, and for longer periods, at home.

    Our class is full of some great mathematical thinkers and we will be wrapping up our first unit this week. Next week we will begin our second math unit on place value structures and multi-digit computation. A common struggle that jumped out on the beginning of year benchmark assessment was telling time to the minute. We will be practicing the skill in class, but if you have an analog clock at home feel free to break it out and work with them on it.

    Several of you have asked about the art fundraiser that the PTA is doing. As a class, we have created some alien paintings that I plan to submit. However, If you have a piece at home that you would prefer to submit, that is fine also. Any artwork from home needs to be brought in by this Friday, so that we can make sure it is labeled and ready to be sent in on Monday. Elliot’s mom, Kendyl, is helping to coordinate, so if you have specific questions on the requirements (size limitations, etc.,) she would be a good one to ask, or you can email me and I can help find the answer. If you would like to stop by and look at your kiddo’s alien before you decide, please do.

    Reminders: Please be sure to return your Run for the Arts form - we’re running this Friday at 10:30. Feel free to join us for a lap or two, or just to cheer us on if you can.

     

    Notes from Ms. Elissa – 4th Grade

    How is it already October?!?  Time flies when you're in fourth grade!

    I will be sending home Scholastic Book Orders this week.  When you order, it helps raise money for our classroom to purchase new books throughout the year.  If you plan to order books, please turn in your form to me or order online using our class code on the back of your packet by Thursday, October 12th!

    We started a new writing unit last week.  In this unit, students will use acting techniques and movement activities to help them become stronger writers.  Students will also be using mentor texts to examine what great authors do in their writing.  This week, students are focusing on writing a powerful introduction that draws the reader in by using character description, sound effects, setting description, dialogue or humor.  They have been doing remarkable work!

    In math we are working on strategies for solving multiplication and division problems using rectangular arrays.  Last week, students used tiles to build the arrays and this week, students have learned how to sketch them quickly.  We will continue using this method throughout the year.  Thank you for supporting your child in making time for homework!  It has been great to see their strengths every day.

    We are learning about Oregon Geography right now in class.  So far, we have learned about some of the mountain ranges, lakes, cities, rivers, and regions in our state.  We have a big project coming up where students will build their own salt dough map of Oregon.  We will need about 25 pounds of salt dough for this project and I would LOVE your help with making it.  If you are interested in making some salt dough at home before Thursday of next week (the 12th), please let me know via email (edingus@pps.net) so I can send your child home with the supplies and the recipe!  We are also going to need some volunteers in the classroom that day, so if you are free on Thursday, October 12th, feel free to join us for some messy (and fun!) geography work.

    Run for the Arts is this Friday morning.  Please make sure your child wears some good running shoes and send in their form by the end of the week.

    All the best,
    Ms. Elissa


    Notes from Ms. Rotwein - 4th Grade

    We are fully in 4th grade mode these days!  Let me catch you up on all the goings on in the classroom.

    Reading:  This week in reading, we are focusing on engaging with the text by asking questions and wonderings.   Our mentor text is the aptly named "Wonder," by R.J. Palacio.  Students are practicing takes notes as they read about questions that they have. 

    Word Work:  We are in week three of our Words Their Way routines.  Be looking for those weekly assessments coming home with your child.  Be sure to ask your child about what spelling rule she/he is studying each week.

    Math:  Last week we transitioned from building multiplication arrays to sketching them. Thanks for helping us have a successful first week of math homework!  This week we will be working on division arrays and solving multiplication and division story problems.

    Writing:  We began our personal narrative unit last week.  We are using movement games and acting activities to help us brainstorm and become better at showing rather then telling action and dialogue in a story.  Students are currently working on a story about a time they broke the rules.  We're having a lot of fun with it!

    Social Studies:  Last week, we read some articles and had a discussion about the debate over football players kneeling for the National Anthem.  In our geography unit, students labelled major cities, lakes, rivers, mountain ranges, and the regions of our state on a map.  They also spent time exploring an amazing online map resource made by PSU called the "Student Atlas of Oregon."  Students took notes about interesting maps in pairs and then shared their learning with the class.

    Upcoming News:  On Thursday, October 12th, from 10:15 AM to noon, we will be making salt and flour topographical maps of our state.  We need your help in making it successful!  I am looking for five parent volunteers to help us make the dough the evening before.  I will provide you with the supplies (salt & flour) and the directions.  You just will need to send the dough with your child to school that day.  Additionally, I need volunteers the day of.   The more the merrier!  Please email me at arotwein@ppp.net if you are able to help.

    Run for the Arts is this Friday, October 6th, from 10:30-11:00 AM.  Please send the forms to school with your child by that date. 

     

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

    Greetings!

    We’ve had another busy and productive week in room 20! Can you believe that it is already October?

    Our project to bring a Little Free Library to Lewis is well under way. Our book drive continues through next Wednesday. For our book drive, kids made posters, a bulletin board display, artwork, and these advertising videos (bit.ly/team20-LFL-videos). On Monday, kids began painting their illustrations on the Little Free Library.

    During Language Workshop, kids are planning a letter to their pen pal in Mrs. McCollister’s class at Marquette Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin. Next steps include working with a partner to revise and edit their plans before moving onto writing their rough draft.

    Last week we began Words Their Way, which is a phonics, spelling, and vocabulary program that is being used school-wide. The skill instruction focuses on word study and spelling patterns rather than memorization. Each week kids get a new set of words and use them for a variety of hands-on activities, the central one being word sorts where they organize what they know about words and form generalizations that can be used when they encounter new words in their reading and writing.

    For social studies, kids are making maps and learning state locations and capitals. They took a quiz on the West region last Friday and will take one on the Southeast region at the end of this week. The kids are well prepared. We have been talking about study strategies and quiz taking strategies. Kids have been using the State and Capitals page on our blog (bit.ly/team20-states).

    On most Fridays we will look together at something that has been in the news. We began last week by watching a video clip and then talking through some questions from Teaching Tolerance about NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem

    We had our second meet-up with our buddies in Mrs. Logue’s first grade and had a visit from my wife and daughters. We also had many conversations about “self-control” this week. Perhaps the kids are starting to understand the advantages associated with self-control!

    Coming up…

    Run for the Arts is this Friday. Please help your kid remember to dress for running and bring a water bottle.

    Reed Science begins this Friday. During Reed Science, two Reed College students take the lead in teaching the kids of Team 20 through a variety of hands on, inquiry-based experiences in science.

    In addition to learning the regular Reed Science curriculum this fall, Team 20 will learn about the salmon life cycle with a salmon tank in our classroom. I have been in contact with someone at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and reserved a collection of Chinook eggs that will be ready for pickup at the ODFW office in Clackamas on either October 24th from 1-5 p.m. or the 25th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you think you might be able to volunteer for this pickup, please contact me. I will not be able to do it myself.

    The Lewis PTA is asking all classroom teachers to remind families about a fundraiser that has been advertised by them since last June. As I understand it, families are invited to submit artwork by their child to me by October 9th. It will then be sent off to a company from which you can purchase the artwork on a variety of objects, such as a coffee mug. The artwork is then returned. For more details, please see the Lewis Newsletter dated September 27th.

    Last, but not least, one more invitation to sign up for classroom messages with Remind. Remind allows me to share messages with families. If you haven’t yet signed up, please consider doing so using these directions (bit.ly/team20-remind).

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

    Mark


    Notes from Ms. Speer - 5th Grade

    A few updates from Room 21… Students are presenting their state research slides along with their beautiful state floats. Students are welcome to take their state floats home once they receive their grading rubric. Thank you for supporting your children throughout this project. The floats turned out great!  In writing, students are beginning a new writing unit “ “. We will be using this unit to guide our work with Native American studies. This group of students loves to read :) so our Reading Workshop is the most sacred part of the day. Students are feeling confident about independently selecting a “Just Right Book”. Yay! We are now focusing on tracking our thinking while reading, working hard with our Word Work groups, and exploring new comprehension strategies. In math, we are reviewing how to find factors of any given number. We are also identifying if a number is prime, composite, or “Uno no?” (Ask your kids what that means) We are also squeezing in as much art as possible. We just completed some ‘animal obsessed’ art that we are going to use for the PTA fundraiser. We are currently working on a still life piece that will be displayed this month. Stay tuned for an update.

    A few other reminders--

    -Run for the Arts is this Friday so please make sure your kiddos are wearing appropriate clothing and shoes.

    -Students have two more geography regions to study for so please make sure they are practicing at home.

    -Students need to have multiplication assessments complete by the end of the month so don’t forget to quiz them.

    *Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @LewisRoom21 and visit our classroom blog for weekly updates http://lewisroom21.blogspot.com/.

     

    Notes from Ms. Sarah Kohn - 5th Grade

    Happy October! I have to say, it makes me happy to feel that crisp fall air and to have the weather cooling down a bit. We have been busily getting into routines in Room 23! Every day is very busy. We have finished our state reports, which I am using as a secondary work sample. The floats were terrific! It has been fun sharing them and learning more about each state! In math, we are looking at patterns, prime and composite numbers, prime factorization, mean, median, mode and range, plot lines, , analyzing data, and more! I always try to add math games to my blog that correspond to concepts we are working with. I encourage you to visit my blog and provide your child with time to practice with those concepts. On that note, we have a handful of students who are still working on their times tables. It is CRITICAL that students know their facts up through 12! If they don't have these, it will make multiple digit multiplication very challenging. Please continue to practice, to ensure newfound skills are not forgotten! We have started Work Work in Room 23 and we are working hard to learn patterns that help us better understand word meaning.  PTA is asking each child to submit a piece of art for a fundraiser they are working on. Please read the newsletter for more information and submit a piece by tomorrow. They will return the piece to you. Run for the Arts is Friday. Make sure your child has their water bottle and appropriate shoes and clothing. (I sent water bottles home to be washed last Friday. Many did not return!)  If you are interested in helping, I know we can use the support and encouragement! Finally, there are a few of you who have not signed up for conferences, yet. The sign-up is outside my door. Either stop by, or you can drop me an email and I can get you signed up. Thanks for all the support you offer your kids. They are wonderful and feel so proud when they do well!

    skohn@pps.net
    mssarahkohn.wordpress.com
    On Twitter: sarahkohn3
    503-916-6360

     

    Notes from Mr. Post - Room 7

    First I want to thank all the families who joined us for Back to School Night! More than half the families attended and students showed their parents what they have been doing so far at school. Families also received sample weekly schedules to keep track of what’s happening each day in school.

    For Morning Work, students have been practicing their handwriting skills with Handwriting Without Tears packets.  This week we also started doing Words Their Way word family sorts. For Reading, leveled reading groups each have a Reading A--Z book related to rules, laws or manners. They have read the books to each other, and are completing packets of related literacy materials. For Writing, students have written passages about a time they broke a rule, what the consequence was, and what they could do better next time. We have been sharing these passages during Share Time. For Math, students are finishing their units on place value, counting  and addition. Next we will focus on counting back and subtraction. We will also work on other fundamentals like basic fractions, time, and money.

    We finished our September unit, “We Have Rules and Laws”. We did a survey in which students vote for their favorite type of reward, and “Prize” and “Special Activity” were tied for most votes, followed by “Dress Up Day”. Our October Unique Learning Curriculum unit is called “Make It Move”, and it’s about Physics and motion. We will explore and learn about basic physical forces and simple machines. We will do experiments including one about strapping an egg onto a toy car and having it go down a ramp, then comparing that to another toy car with the egg not “wearing a seatbelt” and compare the results. We will also play Vocabulary Bingo to familiarize ourselves with concepts like “force”, “push”, “pull”, and “speed”.

    For Art, we are working on a project called “Simple Icons”. Each student is making three related icons about something they like, for example animals, or cooking, or video game elements. The completed project will be submitted to the PTA so students’ artwork can be put onto products like mugs and keychains, that can be ordered by families through a website as a fundraiser for Art at Lewis.

    bpost@pps.net
    503-916-6408
    http://room7mrpost.wordpress.com/

     

Principal's
Message

  • Welcome back to what promises to be a fabulous new year at Lewis!

     

    I am thrilled to be joining the Lewis community this year as principal. In my conversations with parents, students, teachers, and staff last spring, I learned that Lewis is a community that values kindness, creativity, social justice, and learning opportunities that support all children. I also learned that Lewis staff place high and sincere value on partnerships with families. I feel fortunate to be leading in a community whose values so closely match my own.

     

    My primary goal in my first year at Lewis is to get to know our staff, our families, and our children. This in mind, in addition to the many family events and traditions already in place at Lewis, I have added a monthly “Coffee Talk with Emily” to the calendar. These morning events will be open sessions for families that would like to come ask questions or share ideas. I also want to make clear that ongoing open communication with families is a priority for me. You can expect that I will use our School Messenger system, Facebook, and Twitter to share information regularly. And, I hope that you will feel comfortable sharing questions, concerns, and ideas with me as they arise. I can be reached via email (eglasgow@pps.net) or phone and am committed to responding to family inquiries within 24 hours. You can also feel free to pop in if you’re in the building!

     

    As we move toward the opening of the school year, I want to put a few back-to-school dates and events on your radar--I hope you’ll mark your calendar and join us when you can!

    I am looking forward to a terrific year together!

     

    Emily Glasgow, Principal

School Site Council

  • Lewis School Site Council (SSC)

    The SCC is made up of the principal, staff, and parents with the focus to

    understand, research and relay these matters to staff, parents, and the PTA that include but are not limited to:

    *the matters that relate to the educational needs and goals of our school,

    *opinions and attitudes of parents, teachers and students on significant issues,

    *methods to improve communications between the school and families,

    *the development of an evaluation tool for reporting the school's progress to the community

    The SSC is NOT:

    *a policy-making body

    *a political organization

    *a personnel committee

    *a grievance committee

    *a fund-raising committee

    *an extension of the PTA

    *a social group

     

    Current SSC members:

    Emily Glasgow, principal

    Elissa Dingus, teacher

    Sarah Jamesbarry, teacher

    Angela Wood, classified staff

    Ruthann Lentz, parent (Chairperson)

    Aimee Owens, parent (Secretary)

    Angela Long, parent

    Amber Ziring, parent

     

    Each member of the SSC remains in the council for a 2-year commitment.

     

    For any questions or to inquire about being on the council, attending mtgs, or agenda,

    please contact Ruthann Lentz @ ruthannlentz@me.com

    or Aimee Owens @ aandrwed@aim.com

    *** We will post Meeting Minutes below:
    ___________________________________
     

    Site Council Committee

    12/11/2017

    3:15pm

    Lewis Elementary - Library

    Meeting called by:

    Emily Glasgow, Principal

    Type of meeting:

    Monthly Meeting

    Facilitator:

    Emily Glasgow, Principal

    Note taker:

    Angela Long

    Timekeeper:

    Emily Glasgow, Principal

     

     

    Attendees:

    Parents: Amber Ziring, Angela Long, Ruthann Lentz, Aimee Owens

    School Staff: Elissa Dingus (teacher), Sarah Jamesberry (teacher), Angela Wood (classified)

    Observers/Contributor:

    Sally Rudolph, Mark Hansen

    Resources:

    Complete Student Mural Activity Workpaper, Student Key Word Data Summary

    Please read:

    NA

    Please bring:

    NA

             

    Minutes

    Agenda item:

    Preliminary “data” from the student mural talks

    Presenter:

    Emily and Mark

    Discussion: The group discussed the preliminary data compiled by Lewis Technology Teacher, Mark Hansen, with the assistance of students. The discussion was centered on how the draft data is being collected and areas of improvement for the final data. Data was initially compiled into two forms: 1) older students directly input data into Google Forms, and 2) teachers recorded data for younger students, which is now being input into Google Docs by the older students. All students described and drew what they loved about Lewis and listed things that hope Lewis will have in the future. The Council reviewed several student data forms.

    Conclusions: Based on the preliminary results, the Council has recommended that parents be involved in the phase of the project. Mark will compile the data to inform three key questions: 1) who is Lewis (the people), 2) Lewis is a place that…, and 3) this is where Lewis is going.

     

    Action items

    Person responsible

    Deadline

    ü  Determine the best course for involving parents such as email, newsletter, and/or a student home project.

    Emily and staff

    February 2018

    ü  Finalize data by February so that the data can be analyzed by the Council.

    Mark Hansen

    February 2018

    Agenda item:

    Visioning process

    Presenter:

     

    Discussion: The group discussed the next steps in the visioning process and how to incorporate the graffiti wall, mural exercise and a new concept, a community art installation.

    Conclusions: Staff will review a final set of the mission statements during their December meeting and will make recommendations for a final list of mission statements.

    Action items

    Person responsible

    Deadline

    ü  Staff to recommend a list of mission statements for the Council, parents and stakeholders to review.

    Emily and staff

    December 2017

    Agenda item:

    Community art project

    Presenter:

    Visiting Artist and Parent, Sally Rudolph,

    Discussion: A Lewis parent and artist, Sally Rudolph, proposed coordinating the creation of a new community art project for this school year that would assist in culminating the visioning process. The initial proposal for the community project is a mobile chandelier, which would be hung in the “big dip” hallway and be 3D. There was also a discussion of designing a word wall that would be made up of old tablets and display a word on each tablet and possibly a street sign. Words would represent what the Lewis community looks like today. The Council discussed how all students will be represented, how to incorporate the community and what permitting/safety concerns should be addressed prior to installation.

    Conclusions: Sally to prepare a few design concepts for the community art installation.

    Action items

    Person responsible

    Deadline

    ü  Council to review draft design proposals..

    Sally, Emily and the Council

    January 2018

    ü  Determine costs, permitting and safety requirements

    Emily

    February 2018

    ü  Complete design proposal and be prepared to present it for approval by May 2018.

    Sally, Emily and the Council

    May 2018

    Other Information

    New Business: The Council discussed the family survey that Emily sent out in fourth quarter of 2017. There were 80 responses. The Council recommended adding a question on how many students the parent is completing the form for. There were also discussions on if surveys are being completed multiple times by different family members of the same student.

    Other Open Items: NA

    Special notes: NA

    Agenda Items for Next Meeting: NA

    Site Council Committee Meeting

    11/13/2017

    3:15pm

    Lewis Elementary - Library

    Meeting called by:

    Emily Glascow, Principal

    Type of meeting:

    Monthly Meeting

    Facilitator:

    Emily Glascow, Principal

    Note taker:

    Sarah Jamesberry

    Timekeeper:

    Enter meeting timekeeper here

     

     

    Attendees:

    Parents: Amber Ziring, Angela Long, Ruthann Lentz

    School Staff: Elissa Dingus (teacher), Sarah Jamesberry (teacher), Angela Wood (classified)

    Observers:

    NA

    Resources:

    Mural Activity Workpaper, High-level Graffiti Summary

    Please read:

    NA

    Please bring:

    NA

             

    Minutes

    Agenda item:

    Share and reflection on the Graffiti Board

    Presenter:

    Ruthann

    Discussion:

    Notes and pictures were shared from the graffiti board. Contributing Lewis students, parents and community used descriptive words to illustrating their love and appreciation of Lewis’ unique community, their friendships, education and staff such as “#    Lewis”, “we’re all weird” and things like “I love math” or I love art”.

    Conclusions:

    The effort was well received and the Committee recommended that the activity continue throughout the year.

    Action items

    Person responsible

    Deadline

    ü  Continue the effort at Family Bingo night and other events in the future.

    TBD

    TBD

    Agenda item:

    Mural/Equity exercise

    Presenter:

    Emily

    Discussion:

    The Committee took 5-10 minutes to reflect on the school mural, which was created in 1962. The Committee then wrote down their impressions (positive and negative) of the mural. After the exercise the group discussed their thoughts on the mural and how to incorporate the exercise into the Committee’s re-visioning initiative.

    Conclusions:

    The Committee enjoyed the exercise. Together, they agreed that the mural exercise is like a view into Lewis’ past as well as what the Lewis community looked like in the 1960s. The overall comments on the mural were around how today’s Lewis looks quite different. The Committee recommended that Emily and teachers facilitate a classroom activity with students to inform the re-visioning process. The activity will allow students to assist in documenting how Lewis looks today.

    Action items

    Person responsible

    Deadline

    ü  Incorporate exercise into re-visioning process

    Emily

    TBD

    Agenda item:

    Planning next steps for gathering student and family perspectives on Lewis vision/mission.

    Presenter:

    Group Discussion

    Discussion:

    The Committee discussed using the mural activity as the next step in the re-visioning process. The group discussed how the activity should be incorporated into the larger classroom curriculum as well as how it should open a dialog on how Lewis has changed since the mural was created.

    Conclusions:

    The Committee recommended that the activity should 1) ensure appropriate prompts to students, 2) have the same facilitators across grade levels, 3) provide clear communications with the reasoning of the re-visioning (who and what is our community now), 4) include parents, 5) compile student and parent responses, and 6) should include any classroom projects or student interviews on what Lewis means to them.

    Action items

    Person responsible

    Deadline

    ü  Schedule for classroom field trip to mural

    Emily

    TBD

    ü  Discuss activity idea with staff

    Emily

    11/14/17

    Other Information

    New Business

    NA

    Other Open Items:

    The Committee briefly discussed feedback from PTA meetings on technology use at Lewis.

    Special notes:

    NA

    Agenda Items for Next Items

    • ■ Committee to review results of activity at next meeting

     

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

     

    SCC Meeting:  October 09, 2017

    Present:

    Emily Glascow, principal

    Andrea Long, parent

    Sarah Jamesberry, teacher

    Elissa Dingus, teacher

    Angela Wood, classified

    Ruthann, chairperson

    Aimee Owens, secretary

    Amber Ziring, parent

     

    Mtg begins at 3:16

     

    Agenda:

    Introductions

    Vote chairperson

    Planning our work

    Reflecting on family survey/family engagement

    Whole school visioning

    Pressing policy questions (i.e. homework, technology, blended classrooms)

    Feedback survey

    Approve updated SSC info for bulletin board

    Review mtg schedule for the remainder of the 17/18 school year

    Approve agenda for next mtg

     

    First business:

    Distribute and review the guidelines and rules for the SSC

    Chairperson needed- Ruth Anne nominated and voted as chairperson

    Secretary remains Aimee

     

    Second business:

    We now have the results from the 2017 Communication and Outreach Survey. (handout)

    -Communication is a large topic of discussion for what needs to be continued and new ways to reach all of our students and their families.

    -Share the results with PTA     

    Ideas for more communication…

    • An information booth from both SSC and PTA at school events
    • Coffee talks with Emily has been excellent, more information possibly distributed at that time
    • Pta events typically have an info section at each of their mtgs, maybe our info at the mtgs too. Both Ruthann and Aimee will try to attend the Pta mtgs.
    • A more streamlined volunteer forum, i.e. all with small kids, specific skills to help anywhere in the school, online scheduling for volunteering, signups through signup genius.
    • Teachers have to use their own phones for family communication so not all teachers like to use the same communication and/or social media.
    • What communication options do parents like the most
    • Currently we provide the weekly email newsletter, website, fb, and some teachers use the text reminders to parents
    • Which languages do we need to offer all communications

                 

    Third business:

    We want to create a new vision and mission (V & M)

           Led by students (upper grades) to create the new V&M

           Do we ask grade level appropriate questions

    A "graffiti wall" is a large paper that is on the wall presenting a question or asking for input, at school events, or in the hallway.

    "What makes Lewis special?" will be the question. markers will be available, maybe a parent posted near the wall for overseeing the wall.

    After these are compiled, we will decide on the next step… focus groups, student led, SSC/PTA, etc….

    Wall will also be posted at conferences, school dance, and at the entrances.

    The V&M will be our SSC 17/18 agenda and main focus.

     

    Upcoming schedule for SSC Meetings.  
                      *all meetings begin at 3:15 in the Lewis Library

    November 13th

    December 11th

    January 8th

    February 12th

    March 12th

    April 9th

    May 14th

     

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