Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Classroom Notes


We have arrived.  We are officially heading into the last week of the school year.  And what a year it has been!  Yesterday, we made a list of all the projects, activities, and trips that have taken place this year.  It was an impressive list!  We listed first grade buddies, poetry in the garden, creating eco-critters, creative dramatics, field trips around the city, Reed science, art night, and more!  We had another busy and productive week that included publishing our book of poetry, violin and Boomin’ Beats performances, lunch helpers, a visit from my daughters, field day, beginning a drumming residency, and the play we wrote as a class and are practicing together.  My final (farewell) letter of the year will be posted next Wednesday, but for now, I want to pass along some “last week of school” information.

Team 20 Theater:  Last week we wrote a play together.  It is the story of a class who plays the game FedEx tag while riding the city bus on a field trip and the intergalactic exchange that follows between the kids and the FedEx aliens, known as “FedExians.”  I won’t give away the ending.  There will be two performances of “Revenge of the FedExians” for other Lewis classes, including our first grade buddies.  Performance one will be on Tuesday, June 7th, at 9:30 and performance two will be on Wednesday, June 8th, at 9:30.  If you find yourself with some free time and want to take in a good show, please stop by!  A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

In the afternoon on Tuesday, June 7th, we will dismantle most of the decorations in the room.  A grocery sack would be very useful on Tuesday since room 20 is filled with a variety of kid-generated items.  (Extra sacks are welcomed!) 

A reminder about the Family Breakfast on Wednesday, June 8th, from 8:15 to 9:00 in room 22.  Please come by when you can.  You can stay for the whole event or just come by for a bit.  A list of breakfast items to bring and share for this buffet style breakfast was included with last week’s Classroom Notes.  I am looking forward to this celebration and hope to see you there!

Lewis Water: As you have read by now, Portland Public Schools has turned off drinking fountains in all schools because of concerns regarding lead levels in water. Students, staff, and visitors are not to use the water fountains for the remainder of the year. Bottled water is being delivered to classrooms each day. Kids know that they can drink as much as they need. Feel free to send your kid to school with a reusable water bottle already filled with water from home.

And as we head into the last week, I want to thank all of you for the support you have given to the kids of Team 20 and to me.  Education is a cooperative venture between home and school.  I am fortunate to work with such an outstanding group of families! 


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