Class Notes for Sep. 15-19, 2014

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We are complete! Our last two students arrived last week and we now have a total of 23 students in Room 24. As you may have noticed, our class blog is titled “Twenty-Four into Twenty-Four,” referring to the fact that last year we had twenty-four students in Room 24. We will keep the same title this year, but it will refer to the twenty-four learners in our room. I am including myself as one of the learners, as this is my first year ever teaching 5th grade and I consider myself a life-long learner.

I hope to see everybody at Back-to-School Night on Tuesday at 6:00. I have a present for parents in attendance that will go home with students the next day if you are not able to attend. Please remember there is a Science Camp fundraising meeting in the cafeteria that same evening at 7:30. Also, I will have a sign-up form for Parent-Teacher conferences that take place on Oct. 29 and 30 this year.

Wednesday is a late-opening day. Students should arrive at 10:40.

Week Two went well in Room 24. As I have mentioned, the class is off to a good start and students are showing that they are very capable of being safe, respectful, and responsible, the three main pillars of Lewis School’s behavior plan.

One of the high points of the past two weeks was the introduction of Sphero Agnew, our robotic mascot. Agnew is capable of doing many things, including dancing, putting on light shows, and having students request to stay in the room during recess to play with him. After we get everybody comfortable with the basic controls and capabilities, we will delve into programming Agnew by writing code to make him maneuver around the room. There may be obstacles in Agnew’s way in the future.

The class is enjoying our read-aloud book Rump, being the true story of Rumplestiltskin. The premise of the book is that Rump’s mother dies before she can tell anybody his full name, so he was called Rump. Ask your child to tell you about Rump and his adventures with Red (Riding Hood?), Nothing the donkey, his Grandmother, and the greedy miller and king.

The class is settling into routines nicely. One of my requests is that “hallway talk” stop when students enter the room in the morning. Parents, please try to take care of last-minute details before coming into the room. There will always be a Morning Work slide up on the screen with announcements and a short writing, math, or penmanship exercise ready to go. Students are expected to come in, take care of supplies, and begin work.

I am available for quick check ins on a daily basis right after school or for longer times if you let me know ahead of time.

Thanks to all who turned their weekly homework in on time! This sets a good precedent for the rest of the year. This week’s homework features a challenging math/language activity that involves finding words with a “value” of 100 points. Do as many as you can, but know that I consider four or five to be way more than enough.


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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