Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dear Parents,

It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart, that I am leaving James John.   I have accepted a Student Management Specialist position at Kelly Elementary for PPS.  Next Monday will be my last day.  

For the past 13 years James John has been my home.  I have enjoyed working with your children as they learn and grow into great people.   

Our school continues to be full of committed, caring adults who always put children first.  I know the future looks very bright for our school as it continues to be the pride of St. Johns.

As I leave James John to enter the next chapter of my career, I know that without a doubt, I will always carry a piece of our school with me.


Estimados padres de familia ,

Es con el corazón apesadumbrado , pero esperanzado , que estoy dejando James John . He aceptado un puesto Especialista en Gestión de alumnos en Primaria Kelly para PPS . El próximo lunes será mi último día .

Por los últimos 13 años James John ha sido mi hogar . He disfrutado trabajando con sus hijos a medida que aprenden y crecen en grandes personas .

Nuestra escuela sigue estando lleno de cometidos , los adultos que cuidan que siempre ponen a los niños en primer lugar. Sé que el futuro parece muy brillante para nuestra escuela , ya que sigue siendo el orgullo de St. Johns .

Al dejar James John para entrar en el siguiente capítulo de mi carrera , sé que sin lugar a dudas, siempre voy a llevar un pedazo de nuestra escuela conmigo .

Atentamente ,


Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Come on out to our classroom (Room 30) and see all the great work that your 2nd grader has already done this year!  I will have  tickets for your whole family for the PTA BBQ!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Have A Great Summer

Dear Parents, 

It has been wonderful working with you and your kindergarteners this year.  Enjoy this (abbreviated) slideshow of our school year.  The original was way too big for YouTube.
Have a wonderful summer!

-Mr. L.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Visiting Multnomah County Library

@MultCoLib This week we stopped by St. Johns Multnomah County Library and talked to our favorite librarian Jainie.  She read us a great book and told us all about the Summer Reading Game!

Monday, June 9, 2014


If your Kindergartner came home tired this afternoon, it may have something to do with our Field Day this morning. 
Thanks to Ms. Schwartzkoph, our Phys. Ed. Teacher, we had a great Field Day with eight different stations.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Visiting Our Artwork At Starbucks

We had a great time visiting our artwork at Starbucks today.

Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who joined us. We were all on our best behavior. 

Kelly served us all hot chocolate!

Everyone decided that it was a pretty fun afternoon.

Thank you to Kelly and everyone at St. Johns Starbucks!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I Hope You All Had A Great Memorial Day Weekend.

Every morning our kindergarten class writes a story to a picture that I have waiting for them on the easel.  They really enjoyed writing this morning.  Ask your kindergartner to tell you today's story.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What We Are Reading This Week: Don Freeman

This week we are reading books by the amazing Don Freeman
All of his amazing books are available at your local library.

Ladybugs With Your Latté?

Our Ladybugs that we made in Art class with Ms. McClure have finally found their way over to our local Starbucks.  Be sure to go see them before they crawl away.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Reading Buddies & Their Other Buddies

Friday is when our Reading Buddies usually show up.  However, yesterday, Ms. Hufford's class joined Ms. Keeler's class and we had a Reading Buddy-Palooza!  It was great seeing many of my former 3rd Graders again.  They all seemed very ready for Middle School.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Library Chicks!

Yesterday we had a pretty amazing thing happen in our library.  Check out the video and see what's hatching.

Parent Read Aloud!

We absolutely love it when parents pop in.  This week Janine (Reese & Simone's Mom) stopped by and read a couple books.  

Thanks so much Janine!  

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thoughts on kindergarten this year from Ms. McCracken's class.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Alice!

  Today Alice turned the big 0-6. It was so nice having her parents stop by and read one of Alice's favorite books about birds.  We even got to hear a recording of a Loon.  Thanks Ed and Michelle!