Class Notes for June 3-7, 2013

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Is it June already? Where did the year go?
We have two very action-packed weeks of school left, so buckle your seat belts and here we go! First up are the back-to-back field trips on Monday and Tuesday of this week. I sent out a separate email to all parents with details By the time you read this in the newsletter on Wednesday, they will be history. I’m hoping to get blog posts from the kids out for both of the field trips, but I’ll have to see how time goes. Field Day is this Thursday afternoon. Dress in clothes and shoes that are comfortable to run in. Ms. Layman has some fun activities awaiting the kids. Don’t forget the Volunteer Breakfast on Friday if you volunteered during the year. We have end-of-year testing for the classroom in Reading and Math (not state testing). There is a retirement reception planned for June 1o for our five retiring teachers. Details can be found on the Lewis homepage.
This (June 3-7) will be our last week of homework. There are so many things going on during the last week that it will be hard to keep any regular schedule.
Be sure to check the blog for recent posting about the Letters from the Future project, complete with an illustration by every student of Room 24 and also the art project posting with pictures and details about last Friday’s lesson with Alea.
There are a few field trips that we didn’t go on this year that are highly recommended and I would like to highlight two of them in hopes that families can find time over the summer to visit these local destinations. First off, the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland. They have an excellent permanent display on all things Oregon, from the Native Americans, to the geography, to Lewis and Clark, to the Pioneers (including a real prairie schooner) and much more. Second, Fort Vancouver over in, you guessed it, Vancouver. Fort Vancouver bridges the time between Lewis and Clark (1804-1806) and the wagon trains (1840s to 1870s). From the 1810s to the 1840s this area was involved in fur trapping by rugged individuals from England, Canada, and a few Americans. Fort Vancouver was the hub for this part of the region for Canada’s Hudson’s Bay Company, a major player in the fur trade. The summer of fourth grade would be the perfect time to visit these sites, as they set the stage for what comes in 5th grade–U.S. history.

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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