Thursday, September 29, 2011

Back 2 School Night

We had a great time at our school's open house tonight.  The kids wer excited to show off their work and teach their parents the new math games they learned

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Our class has been invited by Wordstock to attend Wordstock Festival for free!
 Wordstock is the largest literary convention on the west coast and it happens every year right here in Portland.  

This is a Saturday Field Trip.  I know many of you have Saturday afternoon plans, however, I am asking you to forgo your soccer games, tennis lessons and trips to the grandparents so that you and your third grader can take advantage of this great opportunity.

Wordstock and Our Award Winning PTA  have generously agreed to provide a school bus for our trip.  We will be leaving the school at 1:45 and going to the Oregon Convention Center.  We will be returning by 5:00 to the school (at the latest).

What will your 3rd Grader be doing?  They will be meeting some of their favorite authors, asking them questions and will see more books, authors, poets, storytellers, illustrators and writers than they ever knew existed.  It turns out that the author of our current read aloud book, Pseudonymous Bosch will be there!  It's going to be too much fun to miss.  

In fact, since it is going to be such a great trip, and so much fun- Wordstock has generously offered to give free admission to everyone who rides the bus down to Wordstock Festival with us.   That means our class, PLUS 40- 50 more folks!

Questions?  Please comment on this post or email me.

So get on the bus with your 3rd Grader and let's have a great afternoon at Wordstock!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nutrition Break

Savannah & Alexia passing out nectarines.

Every afternoon in Room 12 we have a different fruits and vegetables delivered to our room.

One carrot at a time Cesar!


Come find out what your 3rd Grader has been up to. 
Join us this Thursday night from 6- 7:30 for an Open House at James John. 

Reading Buddies!

Every Friday our class goes down to Ms. Schnider's Kindergarten classroom for Reading Buddies.  Reading out loud helps build fluency.  Reading to Kindergarteners makes your 3rd Grader feel really, really smart (which of course, you know they actually are.)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

BBQin' with James John PTA

Gigi & Joanne and her Kindergartner Oliver.
Yesterday we had a wonderful BBQ after school put on my Our Awesome PTA.

The Wasmuths with Ristom

Chevella passing out several healthy food options.

Joe Purkey explaining the Tao of Grilling.

Super Friends: Dahila & Ida

Damian's Mom, Alice and Justine

Katie serving up the fruit.

Renne's Mom, Colette and Doris 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kai is Walking to Defeat ALS this Sunday

Kai's Aunt was diagnosed with ALS this past June.  

He is walking this Sunday with his family to 
support his Aunt and others battling this terrible 

Portland Walk to Defeat ALS®:
Thank you for helping us reach our 
fundraising goal! Together we can make a 
difference in the lives of those affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease. Our team is 
committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS & spread 
awareness of the urgency to find treatment & a cure.

TIME for Kids

Once a week we get TIME (for kids) delivered to our class.  Not only does it develop your 3rd Grader's reading comprehension, it's a great addition to our Social Studies program and frequently leads to questions about current events, geography, history and science.

The kids partner read the magazine.

They fill out a comprehension quiz at the end.

We also meet in small groups.