Class Notes for March 9-13, 2015

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If your child has not turned in the permission slip for the Youth Philharmonic field trip on Wednesday, March 11, please get it in on Monday at the latest. Thanks!

Scholastic book orders for March are due by Tuesday evening. You can order for your child online at Our class code is H8TVP.

I Am Malala (Young Reader’s Edition) is our current read aloud and it is getting rapt attention from the class. This is the inspiring autobiography of the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan was shot by the Taliban in 2012 for speaking and writing about her right to go to school. I am humbled by her courage and selflessness. Her plight helps put some perspective on problems we might have in our lives.

This year’s Lewis Elementary School play, “Jack and the Three Sillies,” is in the final stages of rehearsal and will be ready for public viewing next Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20, at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to get your tickets early before they are sold out. Tickets are being sold online at We have a few dedicated actors and musicians from Room 24 who are involved in the play. Break a leg!

We are into fractions in math. Continue to practice the standard algorithm for long division with your child if necessary, and find ways to mention ways you use division or fractions in daily life. One of the divsion methods we use is Divide, Multiply, Subtract, and Bring Down. Repeat as needed.

We had so much going on last week that we didn’t make any progress in the Colonial simulation. We’ll be wrapping things up this week and next.

The other 5th-grade teachers and I will be getting information to you about Science Camp (May 11-13) in the near future. It’s not too soon to round up a sleeping bag if your child doesn’t have access to one.

Next Friday, March 20 is our Read-Thon Day and our 5th graders are encouraged to wear comfy pajamas and bathrobes during the day. Most of the day will be dedicated to reading. According to last year’s 5th-grade teachers it was a great day.

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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