Thursday, June 1, 2017

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

Team 20 has had yet another busy and productive week. We began writing a play as a team about a class that is on a field trip to a museum and encounters a series of unusual exhibits including one that leads to some unexpected consequences. We will perform our play during the last week of school. Be sure to look for more details in next week’s letter.

We met as a team this morning and talked about some goals for the time we have left. I shared a sports analogy about how even the strongest teams can let their guard down as the season comes to a close. The final moments can transition from being productive to lackadaisical and from being focused to unfocused. So the goal for our team during our remaining weeks is to “stay strong.” Stay strong means something slightly different in each context, whether it is coming into the room and choosing a priority during the morning routine, transitioning through the hallways to specials, being focused during writing, choosing a good spot to read during independent reading, and so on.

During our team meeting, we also talked about how summer reading is incredibly important for kids and their academic achievement. Kids who don’t read over the summer experience learning loss and actually forget some of what they’ve learned. We talked about how this effect is cumulative, that this loss can build over multiple summers. I am happy to share that all kids at Lewis are already enrolled in Multnomah County Library’s Summer Reading. Kids will bring their game board home during the last week of school. MCL’s Summer Reading encourages kids to read whatever they want, which helps grow a love of reading. This sort of summer reading program helps to make-up for this “break” in learning and results in positive reading outcomes when kids return to school in the fall. If your kid doesn’t have a library card, here’s how to get one. More great news is that there are no longer any late fines for kids 0-17 for any items. All existing late fines on kids’ accounts and materials were lifted last June.

Speaking of libraries and reading, all Lewis library books were due back by May 31st. Other upcoming dates include the Spring Music Concert on the evening of June 1st, the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on June 2nd at 8:00 a.m., and the 4th Grade Family Breakfast on June 9th (a flyer for this is included with today’s Classroom Notes).

Mark

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