Class Notes for May 20-24, 2013

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Room 24 was ably represented in the Talent Show on Friday with acts by Leah, Payton, Kohl, Noah, and Mariah. The Lonesome Teacher Trio sang “Sing and Play Together,” an original that Mr. Marchyok, Mr. Jamesbarry, and I played on. It was so much fun hearing the crowd sing the chorus together. Ms. Sarah did a wonderful job organizing the show.

Last week’s field trip to Lelooska was amazing, by all accounts that I have heard. Thanks to our parent chaperones for helping to make the trip a safe and memorable one. The 4th-grade team even got a letter from one of the bus drivers complimenting the group on their excellent behavior. Getting news like that makes me even prouder to be a teacher at Lewis. I want to thank Mr. Monroe for filling in for me on Tuesday while I was busy with a Right Brain Initiative meeting.

Travel continues on the Oregon Trail. Luckily, no one has gotten Dysentery, but we have had a few broken bones and I hear that there are rattlesnakes in the vicinity that we need to be wary of.

I am preparing a massive post (over 8,000 words)  for the next week or so that features letters that the class wrote to me from twenty years in the future. The class took to this assignment with gusto and I think you’re going to like what they came up with. (Hint: Room 24 is going to have doctors, lawyers, actors, singers, military personnel, and professional baseball players representing us in the future.)

We are getting ready to send home permissions slips for our two final field trips: one on June 3 to Jean’s Urban Farm down by Johnson Creek and the other on June 4 to Philip Foster Farm out in Estacada. Details and chaperone info will be coming out later this week.

Spelling this week is a little different. I took vocabulary words from a Gary Paulsen book called Hatchet and put them into the list. There is a single sheet coming home with extra credit for going onto Spelling City and doing the work there, too. Spelling City is optional. Math homework will be the Home Connection worksheet # 36 on probability. Filling out the chart should not be difficult, but answering the questions below it will take some thinking.

About Mr. Colvin

I'm a retired elementary teacher (classroom and music) who taught at Lewis and Woodmere elementary schools in SE Portland. I like to teach, play guitar, take photos, and ride my bike.
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