Class Notes for April 14-18, 2014

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The trip to Ft. Vancouver was a resounding success! Thanks to our excellent chaperones who accompanied us. I’m posting some pictures with this week’s Class Notes, so take a look if you get a chance. The students in the class have written about their experiences and I hope to get them posted on the class blog soon.

On Monday, the class visited Cooley Gallery at Reed College and got a chance to learn more about the ancient art of Persian and Arabic calligraphy. Gregory MacNaughton told the class that the word “calligraphy” comes from the Greek words “kallos,” meaning beauty, and “graphein,” meaning write. The class watched a video that showed an artist working on a beautiful version of scripture from The Koran from the very beginning of the process. We also got a chance to look at the examples that were on display in the gallery.

The class will take the OAKS reading test on Monday, April 21. Please make sure your child is well rested (sleepovers are not recommended just before taking a test) and comes to school on Monday with a good breakfast and a healthy snack for partway through the morning. Thanks!

I hope you can all make it to the Lewis Drama Club production of “We Open Tomorrow Night?!” on Friday and Saturday. Emmy and Franny are on stage and Sean A. and Tate are in the orchestra. Tickets are available online at

There will be no Math or Spelling homework this week (meaning also that there will be no spelling test next week). I want to send home homework geared more towards reviewing reading skills that we have worked on so far this year. Please work on the packet throughout the week. It is due on Monday, April 21, not Friday.


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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