Class Notes for Jan. 28-31, 2014

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Report cards are going home with students on Monday, so please keep an eye out for them. Not all areas are filled out because there are topics, especially in math, that we haven’t covered yet. One section to take a close look at is the “Characteristics of a Successful Learner” part that deals with the topics of work habits, homework, being attentive, resourceful, reflective, cooperative, and responsible. Even though this section is near the end of the report card, I feel that it is one of the most important parts because it takes more than just doing well on tests to be successful in school (and life in general). A strong work ethic and being able to get along with others are two character traits that I particularly value and go a long ways toward making the most of life. End of philosophy lesson.

We are nearing the end of our fractions unit and will have a post assessment in the next week or so. This week’s homework deals with fractions around the house, so please help your child out with the kitchen part. Better yet, cook something with your child that requires the use of fractions. Maybe doubling or tripling a recipe for cookies (I prefer chocolate chip) so you have to figure out the amount of flour or salt to add.

We have been working on our Native American Spirit Animal art project and many are being completed. As soon as we get everybody done, we will display them in the hallway for your viewing pleasure. There is some impressive work being done and I am looking forward to sharing it with the world.

Please mark Monday, Feb. 10 for our field trip to the Oregon Historical Society. I still need three more chaperones, so if you have any spare time on that day, please contact me. Permission slips will be coming home this week.

Homework this week is the math fraction worksheets, the reading log, and spelling city.

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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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