Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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"Relationships, Respect, Rigor"

Marysville School K-8
7733 SE Raymond | Portland, OR 97206
Phone: (503) 916-6363 | Fax: (503) 916-2656

2014 - 2015 Newsletters

 

 

News from Room 113

Mrs. Joy

5th Grade

Marysville School

Contact Information:

kjoy@pps.net

work 503.916.6363 x78113

Cell 503.329.3456

February 2015

Greetings,

     We have officially begun our second half of the school year – the time just flies by! Thank you all for making sure your student is here every day ready to learn. On my end I am making the most of our learning by encouraging students to practice the skills we learn here at school at home. They are welcome to do that “home” work at school by staying for Wednesday Homework Club or coming in for 0 period (8 to 8:45a) Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings. I can provide individual support then, or just a quiet place to get the weeks reading and math homework completed. Encourage your student to come!

    Even though we work hard, that doesn’t mean we don’t also have fun. This month in honor of 100 days of school and valentine’s day we are committing to 100 Acts of Kindness as a class. Ask your student what they plan to do to “give back” and brighten someone’s day. On the 13th we will have a classroom celebration of friendship. Students are welcome to bring valentines to share (if participating, one for each student, please – class list on back). It would also be nice to share a treat. If you can send a snack along for the class to share, we’d sure appreciate it. Parents are also welcome!

    Our curriculum focus for this month is as follows:

     Science -  Earth Moon & Stars      Writing – Expository: Research

     Reading - Comprehension Strategies/Fluency/Vocabulary

     Math - Fractions, Decimals and Percents unit

   Here are some important dates to keep in mind this month:

      2/4, 2/11, 2/18, and 2/25 Wednesday Homework Club

       2/5 and 2/12 Ecology in the Classroom visits

       2/6 Academic Assembly

       2/13 Valentine’s Party, 2pm

       2/16 Monday No School/President’s Day

       2/18 Wednesday Late Opening

Remember – we have a field trip planned for March 19 and need several adult volunteers. Let me know if you can help!

Thank you. And as always, I’ll be in touch!                      

Kelli Joy

Homework Club Wednesdays 3 - 4p

100 Acts of Kindness Classroom Challenge

February Curriculum Focus

Important dates for February

News from Room 113

Mrs. Joy

5th Grade

Marysville School

Contact Information:

kjoy@pps.net

work 503.916.6363 x78113

Cell 503.329.3456

January 2015

Greetings,

     We’re off to a great start -- new year but the same awesome group of kids. Go Team Joy!

     I am pleased so many students are taking advantage of Homework Club on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4pm. If your student has difficulties doing assigned homework at home or you think they’d benefit from the extra support, please encourage him or her to stay. I ask them to sign up in advance indicating they have talked with you and you are aware they are staying. Also, on Tuesdays and Thursdays I offer 0 period. Students can come in for extra support between 8 and 8:40am. Please take advantage of these times! I'm here to serve you!

     We do a lot of good work here at Marysville. One of the more impressive things we are doing this year is MindUp. We are not only learning about our brains, but learning how we can prepare our brains for learning. We stop two times a day to quiet ourselves and our racing thoughts and focus just on our breathing. It really is a powerful experience. Just as your student.

 

     We are preparing for a field trip on March 19. We are traveling to the Oregon Jewish Museum to see an exhibit of Anne Frank. Many of your are familiar with this powerful story. I'm so excited to be able to share this with my student. To make sure this trip is a success I want to have plenty of volunteers. If you have a background check on file with Portland Public Schools, please just save the date to join us -- March 19. If you don't have a background check done yet but want to come, please fill one out the online form (it is super easy) on the Portland Public School's Website --https://volunteer.pps.net. A field trip is a wonderful learning experience. I'd like to do more but need to know I can call on wonderful volunteers like yoruself.

 

      Here are some important dates to keep in mind this month:

      1/19 No School in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

     1/21 Two hour Late Opening, school starts at 10:40a

     1/29 End of 2nd Quarter

     1/30 No School – Teacher Planning Day

Thank you. I’ll be in touch!              Kelli Joy

Afterschool homework support Wednesdays 3 to 4p.

 

0 period on Tuesdays and Thursdays - 8 to 8:40am

The power of a brain break!

 

Field Trip alert -- considering joining us to chaperone!

 

 

 

 

Important dates in January!

OVER for January Curriculum Focus

 

News from Team Joy

Mrs. Joy

5th Grade

Marysville School

Contact Information:

kjoy@pps.net

work 503.916.6363 x78113

Cell 503.329.3456

December 2014

Greetings,

     As I write this I realize we have just three weeks left before winter vacation which run 12/22 – 1/5/15. I hope your family enjoys some wonderful traditions this time of year. Please be sure your child reads regularly over winter break. Be sure to keep those reading logs up to date!

      While this may be a short month for us, we are as busy as ever. In math we are continuing our unit on multiplication, division and fractions. In reading we are working on comprehension strategies, fluency, vocabulary and constructed responses to our reading using text-based evidence. In writing we will continue with informational articles. We just wrapped up our science unit on microworlds and will start a social studies unit exploring maps and regions of the United States. Like I said, we are as busy as ever!

      We have several special projects going on in the classroom I’d like to tell you about. Each month two groups of students get to participate in a book club with the Holgate Children’s Librarian, Juliet Morefield. She brings engaging books for the students and they read them over the course of the month then meet do discuss – complete with snacks! We have another group of students creating a special video featuring the whole class. The topic is race. They are filming now and will soon begin editing it. We can’t wait to share it with you. And finally, we have a small groups of students creating a short newsletter of the wonderful things we are doing in room 113. We hope to have an issue or two out before the end of the year.

         

Here are some important dates to keep in mind this month:

      w Homework club 12/3, 10 and 17, 3 to 4pm

      w 12/10 All school assembly: Music Technology

         12/17 Late Opening

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Thank you. I’ll be in touch!                       Kelli Joy

Winter Vacation December 14 – January 6, 2014.

December curriculum focus.

Exciting projects we are working on!

Important dates in December.

News from Team Joy

Mrs. Joy

5th Grade

Marysville School

Contact Information:

kjoy@pps.net

work 503.916.6363 x78111

Cell 503.329.3456

 

October 2014

 

Greetings,

 

     First off, I want to thank all of you for getting your children here every day, and on time. One of the biggest factors in success in middle school and high school is attendance. If your child will not be at school due to illness or otherwise, please take a moment and call the office at 503.916.6363.

 

     We spent the first few weeks together assessing where everyone was at and preparing for our literacy groups. A lot of thought is put into making sure every child receives the instruction they need. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this process.

   

     It was great to meet so many of you at Back to School Night. If you did not get a chance to come and are interested in signing up for a conference now, please contact me. There are many convenient times still available. If you do not sign up for a conference, a conference time will be set for you. My contact information is listed above.

 

      We have our first field trip planned for October 24. I would love to have some of your attend as chaperones. We are heading to Brookside Wetlands as part of our MicroWorlds Science unit. We’ll leave Marysville at 10:30 and return by 12:30. To join us you will need to have a current Volunteer Background Check on file. You can do all that electronically by visiting the Portland Public Schools Website at https://volunteer.pps.net  Let me know when you have completed the application and I can expedite it for our trip.

 

      We could also use a few interested folks to join us for one (or two!)  of our bike safety class bike rides. We ride between either 12:45 and 1:45 or 2:00 and 3:00pm. We are having great fun and gaining confidence no mater what our previous bike experience was. Let me know if you are interested!

 

     Students at Marysville are fortunate to receive nutritious breakfast every morning and a healthy snack in the afternoon. The snack is provided as part of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. If this snack is not suitable to your child, you may send a healthy snack to school with them. A healthy snack is one that is low fat and low in sugar. I also request that the only beverages the children bring to school for classroom consumption is water. I have water bottles available in the classroom for .25 cents.

 

Lucky us -- all Marysville students are receiving a free lunch this year as part of a grant.  

 

 

    A few important dates to consider:

      October 7    Health screenings for 5th graders

      October 8    Picture Day

      October 10  State In-Service Day  No School for students or  

                           teachers.

      October 15  Late Opening Teachers participate in professional

                           development on these mornings.

      October 22  Class visit for upcoming field trip

      October 24  Field trip to Brookside Wetlands

      October 29 & 30 Parent/Teacher/Student conferences

      October 31   No School

 

Thank you. I’ll be in touch!                      

 

 

Kelli Joy

 

 

Call the office if your student will miss school due to illness.

Assessments in September.

Sign up for conferences.

First Field Trip is October 24 -- chaperones needed!

Want to ride with us?!

We eat healthy in Room 116.

Who said there was no such thing as a free lunch!

 

Important dates

 

October Curriculum Focuses

Reading: Fluency, vocabulary, comprehension strategies, we are reading One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

Math: Seeing and understanding multi-digit multiplication and division.

Science: Wrapping up Scientific Process and Variables and moving into MicroWorlds.

Writing: Personal narratives.

Novel Study: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia