Friday, November 30, 2012

What's That In Santa's Beard? . . . .

Thanks to Gigi for helping design, decorate
and attach our Santa's to their frames.

 . . . .it's our persuasive letters to Santa of course.  You can see them all December long at the St. Johns Starbucks.  Thanks to Store Manager Peter and again to Kelly for supporting our school.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Celebrity Guest Read Alouder Today: Swati Adarkar from Children's Institute

Today we were so lucky to have the President and CEO of Children's Institute,
Swati Adarkar, stop by our room for Read Aloud.

Swati's visit was definitely the highlight of our day!

We learned that Children's Institute works with State and Local Officials to improve early educational opportunities for kids from birth to 3rd Grade, which we all agreed was pretty cool.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thank You Parents!

We have really great kids here in Room 12 at James John, but great kids don't just happen.  They come from great parents.  Thank you Room 12 parents for taking time to come in and allow your 3rd Grader to share with you what they have been working on.  Your 3rd Grader has been working incredibly hard- and they couldn't do it without all of your support.  Have a very happy Thanksgiving holiday and we will see you next week.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Student, Parent, Teacher Conferences Are Tomorrow & Tuesday

Conferences are happening tomorrow and Tuesday.  There is no school this week.  Your conference time is listed on the right of our blog.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thank You Ms. Hay!

Ms. Hay helping a reading group.
This year we have been lucky enough to have Ms. Hay from University of Portland helping us learn.
U of P Students get their experience "in the field" and help our class with one on one support.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Student Blogging

Today we started blogging our final drafts of our letter to the President of the United States.
You can see a few of them are already up on the Student Writings Page.  We hope to have all of our letters up by the end of the day tomorrow.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

5K race for James John PTA

We had a great (early) morning run @ Cause & Event Race for JJ PTA.
Thanks Gigi for organizing!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Great Day for a Soccer Game!

I just looked up from my mountain of assessments & student work and happened to see this timeless scene. Joe Purkey & Jason Moos playing soccer with their kids, Micael, Auston and Cristina.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Volunteering in Room 12 by Auston & Melissa

Auston co-writing with his mom,  Melissa.
"I'm  happy when my mom helps me in class.  And I am happy that my mom spends time with me.  I like eating lunch with my mom.  I like my mom helping me work."- Auston

"I love helping my son Auston and his classmates. We get to spend time together while I'm helping him.   The children are always happy to see other parents in class, and they love the extra help. It's a beautiful way to spend your day. I can't think of anywhere else I would rather be. It's a wonderful gift to give a child your time." - Melissa