Thursday, January 27, 2011

Local Author of Baby Mouse at Green Bean Books this Saturday

Come and see bestselling
graphic novel illustrator

Matthew Holm
share his new book
Cupcake Tycoon

at Green Bean Books!

Matthew Holm will demonstrate his amazing drawing talent and hold a creative, interactive drawing session with kids!
He will also sign his books and answer questions about his work.
This spectacular event will be held on Saturday, January 29th at 2:00pm.  Call to reserve a spot, 503-954-2354!
 Green Bean Books
1600 NE Alberta Street
Portland, Oregon 97211

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mythobolus Assembly This Afternoon.

This afternoon Young Audiences stopped by to present Mythobolus

Trinity, Jesus and Victoree got to try on some masks.

We learned myths from Africa, Bali, China, Italy, Japan, Native America, South America, Viet Nam, Turkey and Estonia.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Twittering in Room 12

No, we don't have fancy smart phones or iPads . . . yet. We looped adding machine tape around the classroom. Making kind of a giant Twitter feed.

As I read from The Moon by Seymour Simon, kids wrote "tweets" or facts, that they were learning. When I turned the page they would shuffle the tape to their left and write more.

Everyone signed their "tweets" so we knew who was thinking what. Soon both sides of our twitter feed was full, before I had even finished reading the book.

Afterwords we went around and everyone read the tweets from others.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mad Science

Madame Chaos from PGE stopped by James John today and taught us about Renewable and Non Renewable Energy, smart and not-so-smart light bulbs, and what we can do to help us conserve energy in our homes.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Guys In Our Lives is Tonight @ 5:30!

Calling all Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, Brothers, and Mom's Boyfriend:
Bring your James John student to the school tonight. Free Pizza, games, and crafts.
At the James John Gym. Fun starts at 5:30
From New Pea

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

TIME for Kids

Every week here in Room 12, we read TIME for Kids.
We partner read all of the articles.
Then we fill out a quiz over what we read.
Afterward we talk about the articles and go over our answers.


Mr. Leach Is Still In 3rd Grade!: LATE OPENING TODAY: "Just a reminder that today is a two hour late opening. School starts at 10:00 Buses are running their routes two hours behind as well. Go..."

Monday, January 10, 2011

Keeping Our Teeth Clean

Mr. Gidley from Multnomah County Health Dept. visited us today.
We learned:
• How to brush and floss correctly.
• The importance of taking fluoride tablets at school or at home. (Unlike most major US cities, Portland has no fluoride in it's water supply.)
• Dental Sealants protect us from getting cavities.

Through a partnership with Multnomah County Health Dept. your Third Grader is eligible for FREE dental sealants (applied at school) in the coming weeks.
Look for parent consent forms coming soon!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Eat. Pray. Teach.: The Debate over iPads in Education

Eat. Pray. Teach.: The Debate over iPads in Education: "This week (specifically on Jan. 4th, 2011), the NY Times came out with an article embracing the iPad called “Math Moves: Schools Embrace the..."

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Why Play?

Interesting article in today's New York Times on the importance of imaginative play for a healthy childhood.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Welcome Back

We had a great first day back from Winter Break. Half of the kids brought back their Holiday Homework Packet. Your Third Grader has until tomorrow to get it handed in to me for full credit. They will be coming home with this week's HW packet tomorrow.
Winter has settled in on us. We did go outside for morning and lunch recess. Please make sure your Third Grader is coming to school with coats, hats and gloves. The 15 day forecast looks nippy.
Walk to school day is this Wednesday. Be sure to check out all of the cool stuff coming up in January.
Stay warm,

Mr. L.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Monthly Focus for January: Reflection

Part of our school-wide Positive Behavior Support System is to focus on a positive behavioral trait throughout each month. Since it is the beginning of a new year, your 3rd grader will be thinking about things that they want to work on and do some goal setting. Be sure and ask them what goals they have set for themselves this year.