Class Notes for May 26-29, 2015

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We are really in the home stretch now. We have less than three weeks left to do a lot of work, not to mention have a lot of fun. Students are working on two major projects now, one on a topic of their own choosing and one on a period of American history or a person of importance in our history. Students will start presenting their projects next week.

We are gradually whittling away at the Smarter Balanced tests. Most students who are taking the tests are done, but there are a few who need to make up some tests that they missed because of absences.

Our newest read aloud book is Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Ask your  child to tell you what it’s about. It’s usually so quiet you can hear a pin drop when I am reading aloud from this book. It’s a very powerful book and I have just discovered that there are sequels written from the perspective of other characters from the original story, including one by the “bully,” Julian. Just Google R.J. Palacio to find these books.

With summer approaching, many families are planning activities for their children. Hopefully, your child will be outside playing and exploring nature as much as possible. Nowadays summer also means more online time for many kids. To keep children safe online is an evolving process that requires vigilance on parents’ parts. Google has published a guide to help parents and it is available at

Thanks to Ms. Natalie and Ms. Sarah for organizing the fun gathering after school on Tuesday and to everybody who was able to attend. I really enjoyed seeing people from different time periods of my career in Portland.

Don’t forget to come to the Lewis Spring Concert on Thursday at 6:30. Several of our students are performing in the 5th-grade band and it is always fun to hear the Boomin’ Beats play their hearts out at the end of the concert. Other upcoming events include Field Day on Thursday, June 4 and the End-of-the-Year School Picnic at 6:00 on Friday, June 5. The 5th-grade promotion is on Thursday, June 11 at 2:00 in the cafeteria. Parents are welcome to attend. Bring your own tissues.

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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