Class Notes for Sep. 8-12, 2014

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We got off to a great start last week! I am so looking forward to working with each and every one of the members of our class. Thanks for sending such great kids my way.

We started out Tuesday with the Great Marshmallow Challenge, a fun activity that brings together students for a common purpose: build the highest structure possible with 20 sticks of spaghetti, some string and tape, and one marshmallow that is to be supported by the structure. I have seen this activity done with grownups and they have as much fun as the kids.

We spent a lot of time last week going over routines and procedures that will make the rest of the year go smoother. We also did beginning-of-the-year tests in reading, spelling, and math. We cover writing this week.

Ask your child about Sphero Agnew, our new class mascot. I introduced him to the class on Friday. He will help us learn some principles of programming later on in the year when we are using the Nexus 7 tablets that are coming our way this week or next.

Homework starts this week. Things are subject to change, but we start out with a math packet and a spelling packet that will be handed out on Monday and is due Friday. There will be a spelling test on this week’s words on Friday morning. Spelling groups based on abilities will start in a few weeks.

We have PE with Ms. Layman twice a week(!) this year, on Mondays and Wednesdays, so be sure to wear appropriate shoes and clothing for those days. Music with Mr. Jamesbarry is on Tuesdays and Fridays and Ms. Tori starts up Library with us this Thursday.

Join us for the Back-to-School Night next Tuesday, Sep. 16 at 6:00. I don’t have a formal program to present, but I would love to meet everybody and give your child a chance to show you around the room. Have your calendar handy when you come so you can mark down your time for parent-teacher conferences. They are about a month earlier than usual this year, Oct. 29 and 30.

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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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