Class Notes for Nov. 3-7, 2014

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It was great getting together with parents last week during conferences. Thank you for coming in and sharing a little of what you know about your child with me. Hopefully the conferences were only the beginning of our conversation. As usual, I am available after school almost any day, by phone and email at other times if you have any questions or concerns.

We have a lot of events coming up in the next month or so that I want to let you know about. Here’s the scoop in roughly chronological order:

The Lewis Singing Club is looking for 4th and 5th grade students who love to sing. A great voice is not required, only the desire to sing. We start up on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7:45 a.m. in Room 24. Hopefully that’s not too early for singing! My plan is to do some vocal warm ups, then sing our hearts out until 8:30. We’ll be doing some songs with guitar and some a capella (without accompaniment). If you want to sign your child up, please go to and fill out the form as soon as possible. 

Drama performance on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Michael Wehrli has been sending home information about this. Check backpacks if you haven’t seen anything about this. The kids have been working hard on the play the past few weeks and we will need all hands on deck that evening. Ms. Sarah’s class is performing, too. You don’t want to miss this!

Bike safety class also starts on Nov. 13. Students (and teachers!) will need to wear appropriate clothing for cycling from Nov. 13-21. Bike safety is taught outside our room on the playground rain or shine. I have heard of them coming in during torrential downpours, but sprinkles won’t stop the folks from Safe Routes to Schools. Helmets and bikes are provided. More information will be coming your way in the next week or so.

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) field trip on Tuesday, Nov. 25. I’ll be sending home for info on this, but mark your calendars if you are interested in going. This will be a Tri-Met bus trip and the more parents, the merrier. This is two days before Thanksgiving, so I hope we have everybody here for it.

Cooley Gallery (Reed College) walking field trip on Friday, Dec. 5 from 9-11:30 a.m. to see the new exhibit called Supports/Surfaces. Follow the link for more information about the exhibit. Education outreach coordinator Gregory MacNaughton will visit our class a few days before the tour to prepare the class for what they will see and experience when they get to the gallery. Once again, I would love to have as many parents as possible visit the gallery with us. If you’ve never been to Cooley Gallery, you’re in for a treat!



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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