Classroom Notes – June 6, 2017

It’s hard to believe we have just six days left of school! As this is our last classroom notes for the year, I want to thank parents for all of the support you have given your kiddos this year. First grade is full of many changes and transitions; not all of them are easy. As I look back over the year’s projects, I can see evidence of so much growth and learning in all of these kiddos! Bravo!

Over the next week, the class will be working to finish up the Farm math projects. We are putting the last of our animals on the map and will spend one last day filling in any other spaces with crops and gardens. We will then create our farming community to celebrate all of the hard work that went into creating these masterpieces. In writing, we started our collection writing today. The kids had a fabulous time sharing their collections with friends and then writing about their favorite collection piece.

We will be having our Summer birthday celebration next Monday, June 12. Thanks parents signing up to bring snacks. On Tuesday afternoon, we will be walking to Berkeley Park with our buddy class for some end-of-year fun. Parent helpers are invited to go with us.

I wish everyone a fabulous Summer! And kiddos, I look forward to saying “Hello’” next year!

Ms. Sarah

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Classroom Notes – May 30, 2017

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! We sure got lucky with the weather. We have just three short weeks left and so much still to do! Our caterpillars emerged from their pupa stage as butterflies this morning. It was quite exciting to see them slip out of their chrysalis with wet crumpled wings, only to see them flapping their wings just a short while later.

We will be working on our Farm maps all week in hopes of finishing up early next week. Then we have some writing and comparison work to do with the information on the maps. And to wrap it all up, we will visit the gym and piece all of the farms together to make a patchwork quilt of farms.

There are some fun stories being written in Room 8 this month! The class will be finishing up their farm stories this week. The kids will be getting their series ready for publication this week by working on revising and editing their stories. We will then share them with the Kindergartners next week.

Cheers!

Ms. Sarah

Classroom Notes – May 16, 2017

The kids did a wonderful job on their drama performance. They worked really hard learning their lines and practicing their scenes. We invited two kindergarten classes to be our audience, set up the room like a theatre, and performed the story The Great Kapok Tree. I posted the performance on twitter.com/SJamesbarry.

We are spending much of our days focusing on farms. In math, we are creating paper models on a giant grids. The kids have bought roads, land, farmhouses, and barns, and silos. They will begin adding animals later this week. Today they started making a mini-map of the farm model.

In writing, each student is writing a series of stories that take place on a farm. We have begun Book One. Ask your kiddo who their character is and what their first adventure will be!

Our field trip to Tryon Creek is next Monday. We will be boarding the bus at 9:15. Please help your child dress for the weather, as we are spending the morning in the forest. The park has asked if they could take photos of our class for their promotional purposes. They have asked if we could bring consent forms with us on Monday (this is optional of course, if you opt out they will not take photos of your child.) I will send these home on Wednesday. Please bering them back ASAP, along with permission slips. Thanks!

Classroom Notes – May 9, 2017

First of all, a big thanks for the kind words of appreciation last week. It has been an interesting year at Lewis, with many challenges and changes, and your support really means a lot to me. I truly appreciate it so Thank You!

This week we are starting our final math unit on Money, Place Value, and Mapping. Each student will be creating a map of a farm. We will be learning about arrays and area, money and adding double digit numbers, and planning visual representations. The class always has a lot of fun with this unit. We can always use an extra hand in the classroom. Check the schedule if you’d like to come help out.

We will be present our short play The Great Kapok Tree to Ms. Ashley’s kindergarten class next Monday. I will make a video and post it on the blog so that parents can see it. Lastly, our field trip to Tryon Creek Park is coming up on Monday May 22nd. Permission slips will be coming home soon.

Cheers,

Ms. Sarah

Classroom Notes – April 25, 2017

My how time flies! It has been a busy month. The kids are enjoying their time with Larry from the Oregon Children’s Theatre. They are exploring movement and the elements of acting – plot, setting, and characters and their relationships, the use of loud and clear voices, and gestures and movement. We will work for three more weeks with Larry.

Our last visit from the Tree Lady was on Tuesday afternoon. We explored the school grounds to learn about the trees and plants around us. Thank you to all of the parent helpers that have helped make these guest teacher visits run more smoothly!

In the classroom, we have been taking a closer look at geometric shapes in math, writing sentences that Show, Don’t Tell in writing, and continuing to follow our characters through their adventures in reading. We will begin exploring the life cycle of a mealworm at the end of the week!

Finally, next week in Art Night! The school transform into an art gallery for the evening of Thursday, May 4th, from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. There is music and desserts to be enjoyed – as well as friends and families to visit with. It is truly one of the highlights of the Lewis School year. I sent home docent information and sign-up sheet on Wednesday. Please let me know 3 best times in order and anytime that will not work for your family. Being a docent is optional, but the kids have a lot of fun doing it.

Classroom Notes – April 11, 2017

April is turning out to be a busy month. Today we had our first of three visits from the “Tree Lady.” She talked about broadleaf and conifer trees and shared lots of great cones with us. She will be back on Tuesday the 18th to make paper with the class, and on the 25th for a school grounds tree walk. We could use two volunteers for each date. She will be with us from 2:00- 2:45. Check with me if you’d like to help out!

We begin our first of five visits with the Oregon Children’s Theatre next Monday, April 17th. We will be playing theatre games and constructing a play based on the book The Great Kapok Tree. The Artist in Residence program is brought to the school by the Lewis PTA fundraising. Thanks!

Along with these two fabulous programs, we are busy getting ready for Art Night. Mark your calendars because it is just around the corner on Thursday, May 4th.

Finally, in the classroom we are learning about congruent geometric shapes, practicing mindful observation, and writing realistic fictional stories where we are getting our characters into and out of some kind of trouble!

Cheers!

Ms. Sarah

Classroom Notes – Feb. 21, 2017

I can’t believe we are fast approaching the end of February! When I look ahead at the calendar it it full! We have so many many great learning opportunities coming up! First off, we have Read Across America day on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Thursday March 2nd. We invite you to celebrate our love of reading that afternoon from 2:00 – 2:45. Please join us to make some silly hats and share your favorite Dr. Seuss books. Please RSVP so I can plan accordingly. Then, our next field trip to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks will be on Friday, March 17th. I will only have room for 2 chaperones – so please let me know if you are interested. I will give folks who have not been on a field trip this year priority. This is a fun trip, with a long bus ride and heavy chaperoning. Our PTA funded artist Gina will be rotating back into our room for four more great art lessons in mid March, as well. In April, we will have two visiting programs, Talk About Trees and Oregon Children’s Theater. We have a 3 sessions to learn more about trees, and 5 weeks with our Artists in Residence in which we will Read, Write, and Act. May will bring Art Night on Thursday May 4th, and another science based field trip to Tryon Creek on Monday, May 22. I believe we get 3 chaperones, and again I will give priority to those who have not been yet. Cheers! Ms. Sarah