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  • 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 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/LewisHolidayBazaarandTreeSale/

  • 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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       Shelves with computers stacked on them.

      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

  • 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 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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