Class Notes for May 27-30, 2014

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I hope everybody had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. I was able to get together with my extended family over in Madras and we celebrated my dad’s 91st birthday.

We had a little excitement last Friday with the boil-water notice put out by the city in the morning. Water fountains were covered and all students were served milk or juice at lunch if they had brought their own water from home. Volunteers brought around bottled water and cups for thirsty students in the afternoon.

I set up a Signup Genius page for chaperones to sign up for our walking field trip to Jean’s Urban Forest Farm on Monday, June 2. Jean’s Farm is located approximately 1.3 miles south of Lewis School and was originally the 1880 homestead of Tideman and Olavia Johnson, namesakes of Johnson Creek. The  farm is right across the creek from the Tideman Johnson Natural Area.

This trip will be part of our Oregon Trail/pioneer unit of study and features our students dressing up in pioneer outfits and walking to the farm. Students will participate in identifying edible plants, harvesting vegetables grown on the farm, and sampling some of the produce. It’s a fun field trip and we’d love to have you come along if possible.

We spent time last Friday working on a project called Storyline Pages. Students were asked to type something positive about each classmate into their Chromebook. The app that we used, which is part of Edmodo, compiles all of the compliments into a virtual book that the student can read. I am trying to figure out a way to print the books to send home with each student, but that feature is not built into the program. Looking over the work that students produced, I have to say that we have a lot of kind and thoughtful people in Room 24.

We are going to have a Skype session with former classmate Kennedy on Thursday. She’ll fill us in on how things are going way out in Oklahoma.

We have a lot of work still to be done in Room 24. End-of-year assessments, projects to finish, the Oregon Trail simulation, field trips, field day, a party with our reading buddies, work samples, and for me, report cards are all part of the mix of these last three weeks of school.

Homework is the math packet, a language arts packet that covers uses of commas in place of spelling words. There will be a short quiz on the items covered on the commas homework.

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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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