Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Image of Lion coming through a frameMarysville School

"Relationships, Respect, Rigor"

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

2013 - 2014 Newsletters

May News from Team Joy

Greetings Families of Team Joy,

We are working extremely hard as we round out the 2013-14 school year. I want to update you on a few important dates:

May 5 - 16 Second Round of OAKS testing for those who did not meet grade level benchmark first time.

May 20 – 6:00 – 7:30pm Diversity Celebration Night

May 21 – Late Opening

May 26 – Memorial Day – No School

May 29 – Walking field trip to Holgate Library

May 30 – Timbers game and health& fitness fair field trip

May 30 – Last day of SUN

As you can see we have a full month ahead of us. In addition to our usuals we will be giving our biography speeches as part of our speech work sample. We will also start 5th grade health unit (Family Life and Sexual Health). Letters explaining this curriculum will arrive via mail soon. In addition, Marysville 5th graders have been invited to do a test run of the new Smarter Balance assessment the state will use to replace OAKs next year. We are doing the math performance task piece. This will help the state calibrate the old OAKs scores with the new SBAC scores.

I am still offering 0 period Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 8:45am and Homework Club on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:00pm. The last day for this extra support is Friday, May 30. I hope to see as many students as possible taking advantage of these opportunities. 

We’ve already experienced some warm days in Room 113. I’ve been encouraging the kids to dress in layers so they stay warm in the cool mornings but have something they can shed when the afternoons warm up. And know I always have water bottles available in the room for 25-cents a piece.

Thank you all for your support. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed working with this group of students. They are a delight.

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

April News from Team Joy


     While I promise myself every year I won’t do it, temptation gets the best of me . . . as of April 1, we have just 52 days left in the school year! Oh my – where has the time gone?! There is still so much to accomplish. So without further ado, here is our curriculum focus for this month:

     l  We just wrapped up our last science unit and will begin social studies – finally! We’ll begin with Explorers, move on to Colonization and Revolutionary history.

     l  In reading we continue to work on a variety of comprehension strategies. As always, the best way to improve reading is to read regularly. April is National Poetry Month and we’ll be reading lots of poetry. Each student will be asked to memorize a poem to share with family and friends. We call this project Poem In My Pocket. Ask about it!

     l  We are working on Fractions, Decimals and Percents with a specific focus on multiplying fractions and decimals.  Please note: If your student feels like they would like additional help in math, I run an after school homework club on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:00pm. That extra hour of help can make a world of difference.

     l  Our writing focus this month is Expository where the purpose is to explain, describe or inform. We are writing a biography on a famous person who inspires us.

      Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

 4/10 End of 3rd Quarter Grading Period

 4/11 Planning Day – no school for students

 4/15 MindUp Parent Meeting, 5:30p

 4/16 Late Opening

 4/17 Poetry Workshop by Multnomah County Library

 4/18 Academic Assembly

 4/22 Spring Pictures

 4/24 Earth Choices presentation by Metro

 4/30 Run For the Arts

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

Kelli Joy

March News from Team Joy


We are working hard to make sure students are well prepared for the upcoming state assessments (OAKs). Several students are joining me for a study hall on Friday afternoons in lieu of drama and PE. In addition, many are taking it upon themselves to spend one or two lunch periods a week reviewing math skills in Ms. Niemic’s room. Starting this week I am introducing a 0 period study hall for students who could use the extra support. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I will have my room open from 8am to 8:40a for students to come in and work on programs like Reflex, Moby Max, IXL and Raz Kids. If you think your child would benefit, please email or give me a call. I will be doing the same.

On March 20 we will be taking a field trip to the Portland Art Museum. We’ve been spending a lot of time preparing for this trip by observing and discussing art, creating art and reading a novel about students who run away to a famous art museum. To make this field trip a success, we need many chaperones. If you can clear your schedule to join us for the day I promise you’ll have a great time! More information will go home later this week but do save the date!

Our curriculum focus for this month:

        Math – Multiplication, division and fractions

        Science – Finishing up Earth, Moon and Stars and beginning Food Webs

        Writing – Biography research and writing

        Reading – Constructed Responses to our reading. If you don’t know what a

        constructed response is, ask your student. They know them inside and out


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

    3/4  and 3/18 Holgate Library Book Club w/ Miss. Juliette

    3/13 Books 2 You – Multnomah County Library

    3/18 Mind Up Parent Meeting, 6 to 7:30pm Library

    3/19 Late Opening

    3/20  Portland Art Museum Field Trip

    3/24 – 28 Spring Break

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

 Kelli Joy

February News from Team Joy


I’m happy to report that we are all settled into our new room/school and are back to the important business of learning.

Thank you all for your support during this transition. I’d also like to thank our team of fabulous chaperones for the recent field trip to Oregon Children’s theater and various downtown Portland destinations. The day was a grand success. If you are interested in joining us for our next field trip – SAVE THE DATE, April 10 to Fort Vancouver -- please let me know ASAP and I’ll get you a volunteer background check form if you don’t already have one on file. It’s required of all chaperones and in-classroom helpers.     

February 4 starts our third quarter. That means our school year is already ½ way done – and there is SO MUCH MORE TO DO! Everyone needs to bring their best to these last few quarters. 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.      

In case you weren’t aware, every Wednesday I make myself available for Homework Club. Students who need extra support or have classwork they need extra time to complete can stay after school from 3:00 to 4:00pm. As you know, I try not to bog down students with too much homework. They will have, at the most, 40 minutes a night. I do encourage them to read every night and practice the strategies we study in school. In addition they will have math a few nights a week and some additional reading or spelling worksheets to complete. Other than that I encourage them to explore outside interests, spend time with their family and friends, and play extra-curricular sports.     

Here are some important dates to keep in mind this month:   2/8 Friday Academic Assembly, 2/14 Thursday Valentine’s Party, 2/18 Monday No School/President’s Day, 2/20 Wednesday Late Opening

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

Kelli Joy 

January News from Team Joy


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, please note that beginning January 17 students in my class who are struggling meeting grade level expectations, have severe attendance issues, or chronically do not do their homework, will get extra academic support on Friday afternoons in lieu of P.E. and Drama.      

Each week I give the students some independent reading time. We call it SQUIRT. This stands for Super Quiet Uninterrupted Individual Reading Time. We all love SQUIRT. If your child is reading a book on an electronic device like an iPad or a tablet, they are welcome to bring it to school for reading time. I will lock it up in my closet when it is not in use so it is 1) safe and 2) not a distraction.      

On the back of this sheet I’ve listed our curriculum focus for January. We will soon begin a new novel study, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  Many of you may have read this same book back in 5th or 6th grade. We will follow this novel up with a trip to the Portland Art Museum. To make this field trip a success I need plenty of chaperones. If you are available to help let me know and I’ll forward info on getting a background check done. It’s really very simple.      

Here are some important dates to keep in mind this month:      1/20 No School in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 1/22 Two hour Late Opening, 1/24 End of 2nd Quarter , 1/27 No School – Teacher Planning Day 

Thank you. I’ll be in touch!              

Kelli Joy   

 December News from Team Joy



     I’d like to start by thanking all of you who came to conferences last week. We had almost perfect attendance which just goes to show how important you find your child’s education. I appreciated the time to sit down and celebrate each of my students’ achievements as well as set goals for the future. Let’s not let the great conversations and partnership we started at conferences end there. Feel free to call me anytime with updates, questions, concerns – you name it. I always look forward to hearing from you.


     As I write this I realize we have just three weeks left before winter vacation which run 12/23 – 1/6/13. 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 will begin a unit on geometry and measurement. 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. Social studies has us exploring maps and regions of the United States. I’m hoping we’ll have time to start our science unit on the earth, moon and planets. And if not, we have something to look forward to in January


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

      w Homework club 12/4, 11 & 18, 3 to 4pm

      w 12/18 Late Opening

      w 12/19 Banana split multiplication party

      w 12/20 All school assembly

Thank you. I’ll be in touch!                      


Kelli Joy