2014 - 2015 Newsletters
News from Team Joy
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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
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!
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!
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