Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sehome HS Orchestra Visited Today

Today we had the Sehome High School Orchestra from Bellingham, Washington come and put on a concert for us.  Ms. Doud and her students played songs from some of our favorite movies.  
Thanks for the great show, our kids loved it!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Congratulations Sandra & Ignacio

Congratulations Sandra, our Learn for Life Student of the Week!

Congratulations Ignacio, our other Learn for Life Student of the Week!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Discounted Timbers Tickets

"The James John PTA has discount tickets to the June 2nd 7:00 p.m. Timbers Reserves VS. LA Galaxy Reserves. Reserve games are still the top team but simply the players who did not start or are coming back from injury. Cost $10 per ticket. Proceeds benefit the James John SUN School Program. Cash or checks made to the James John PTA. Please respond to this post if you're interested & one of our PTA members will connect with you to get you your tickets. St. Johns community also welcome to these tickets. Thanks!"
Katie Selby JJ PTA

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Book Fair This Week

Come check out all of the great books Ms. Rolfe has set up in the Library. Before school and after school!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SUN School Drumline with Norman Sylvester Blues Band


Tani, Kai, Madeline, Renne and Alexus are in SUN Drumline and played today at our Assembly with the Normal Sylvester Blues Band brought to us by Ethos Music!

We had a great time groovin' to the Norman Sylvester Blues Band!

Congratulations Tani & Julian!

Tani is our Learn For Life Student of the Week!

Julian is also our Learn for Life Student of the Week!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Parenting Advice from a 3rd Graders

While I was home with our new baby (Wakefield) the class decided to write some letters of advice.  They gave some pretty good suggestions and many are concerned that we my 3 year old daughter doesn't become too jealous of the new baby brother.

"I Am From" Poems Are Now On Our Blog

See all of our poems here.
After gracing the walls of our local Starbucks for record long run - we were able to get our "I Am From" Poems back and they are now up on this blog on our Student Writings Page.  

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Thanks for the Thanks!

Thank you James John PTA for a great week of gratitude. The gifts throughout the week continues to make our school a great place to work!

Friday, May 11, 2012

St. Johns Parade & Bizarre Tomorrow!

Illustration by Carson Ellis 
@jamesjohnpta @StJohnsBizarre @cfellis
See you at the Parade tomorrow!  Our Award Winning PTA will have a Plant Sale on the corner of Lombard & Leavitt Ave. (next to Patty's)

Celebrity Guest Read Alouder Today: Charlie Hales, Portland Mayoral Candidate

Portland Mayoral Candidate Charlie Hales came in and started us on our new read aloud book, Because of Winn Dixie.  
We learned that he wants to help Portland Public Schools, and he reminded us how Portland got it's name.  So glad we're not Boston, Oregon.
Thanks Mr. Hales for coming into our class today!  
It was great to meet you.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Job Applications Already?!

In Room 12 we believe in authentic writing experiences.  One type of writing that your 3rd Grader will have to do at some point is fill out a job application.  So this week they have been applying for classroom jobs.  These our jobs that they have been doing all year on a weekly rotation. They have to persuade the hiring manger that they are the best person to do that job for the rest of the year.
 After filling out their job application they put the information into a letter of interest.  Your 3rd Grader then had to find three people to write them letters of reference and trying to convince me that their friend would do a great job.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sauvie Island Field Trip Today


We learned about the seasons and what happens when.
We went out to the Sauvie Island Center today.  Yes it was wet and cold but we still had a great time and learned a lot from Jennifer and her wonderful teacher interns from PSU.
We matched up seeds.

Dissected Seeds

Learned about Roots.

Learned about Herbivores, Carnivores, and Omnivores.
Looked for signs of Producers, Consumers and Decomposers.

Learned about Mustard Greens.

Inspected more roots.

Found out Winter Wheat is sweet!

Ate way too much Swiss Chard.

Checked out the Leeks.

A good time was had by all!  Thanks Sauvie Island Center!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Singing in the Rain? No, Learning in the Rain!

Tomorrow we are going out Sauvie Island Center.  
The forecast looks like it could be rainy so please send your 3rd Grader to school with a jacket and rain boots if they have them.  
We will be outside all day so they need to dress warm.

How Important Is Science?

Who Is Doing What At James John School Next Year?

* Melenie Hammond
* Dan Kropp
* Erika Schneider
First Grade
* Shannon Baker
* Meghan DeNiro
* Doug Sammons
Second Grade
* Jennifer Fast/Nicole Camara (Job Share)
* Sue Webb
Second/Third Grade
* Debbie Nicholson
Third Grade
* Sam Leach
* Mike Potestio
Fourth Grade
* Jane Harold
* Michael Horrigan
* Julie Ward
Fifth Grade
* Beth Hufford
* Ben Keller
* Sam Bessas
* Mark Gast
* Katy Libke (.50)
* Cinnamon Bancroft ELD IS (Shared)
* Maritza Brown
Media Specialist
* Robin Rolfe
* Terry Schwartzkoph
Special Education Services
Behavior Rooms
* Teresa McIntosh (K-2)
* Nelson Shinnick (3-5)
Learning Center
* Lainie Yoshida
Speech/Language Pathologist
* Bernie Lahart (.80)
School Psychologist
* Chelyn Joseph (.60)
Paraeducator Support
* Ashley Luginbuhl (1:1)
* Linda Stouch
* Audrey Weins
* New
* New
Educational Support
* Angela Diaz DeLeon (.50)
* Joyce Suckow (.50)
Administrative Services
* Karen Akers (Principal’s Sec.)
* Holly Blakeslee-Gordon (School Sec.)
* Andrea Nahurski (Counselor, .50)
* Beth Shelby (Principal)

Congratulations Madeline!

Madeline is our Learn For Life Student of the Week!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Helping Us Stay Healthy!

Leti using our new water filling station.  

There was a lot of excitement at our school today.  A few months ago we won the School Wellness Award.  Today HBO, Whole Foods Whole Child Foundation, Oregon Dairy Council, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith Director of PPS School Board Bobbie Regan, Director of Nutrition Services Gitta Gether-Sweeney and several other distinguished guests joined us as we were presented with new salad bars, water bottles (for every James John Student) a water filling station, and a big check from The Oregon Dairy Council.
With all this support, it sure makes James John School a great place to grow!

Ms. Harold helped us win the Oregon School Wellness Award through the many wellness programs that she has implemented at James John.
Mallory, Francisco and Eisel using one of our new Salad Bars donated by Whole Kids Foundation.