Final Four CL OBOB Meetings Scheduled

The final four Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) meetings have been scheduled for the 2016-17 year. Please note that the final two meetings are 15 minutes longer, lasting until 3:45pm. The dates for the meetings are:

January 18th 3:00-3:30 Mock Battles
January 25th 3:00-3:30 Mock Battles
February 8th 3:00-3:45 Official Battles
February 15th 3:00-3:45 Official Battles

Want these dates right in your electronic calendar? Simply click on one of the links below to get Room 13’s event calendar!

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Parent Conferences Rescheduled to January 26th

I am happy to let you know that we have rescheduled the parent-teacher conferences that were postponed twice due to snow. These conferences are very important, and we’re determined to provide the opportunity for you.

Our new make-up day for conferences will be Thursday, January 26th. Two weeks’ notice will allow families time to make arrangements with work or childcare in order to attend their meeting. I encourage you to bring your child to their conference. Continue reading Parent Conferences Rescheduled to January 26th

No Horses on this Math Carousel!

Students create math posters to show their story problem solutions.

This week in math, we have been working on multi-step story problems. On Tuesday, we used a technique called “Math Carousel” where students worked in groups to solve a multi-step problem and then present their solution on a poster.

Students were required to state the question they were trying to answer and then show both their mathematical solution (or algorithm) and a drawing that represented the mathematical process they used to solve the problem. Finally, students answered the question using a complete sentence. After working with their team to solve the problem, each group presented their poster to the rest of the class. We have a few presentations left to go, but plan to finish them before we head out to winter break.

Parent Conferences Rescheduled for January 5th

UPDATE 1/11: Conferences have been rescheduled for January 26th. Please see our website post from January 11th for more information.

UPDATE 1/5: Due to inclement weather, conferences scheduled for today are cancelled. We will be re-scheduling conferences for a TBD date in January. 

 calendar-36971_960_720Families who were scheduled to meet with teachers on Thursday, December 8th are now rescheduled to Thursday, January 5th. This will be a half day for students in order to accommodate time for teachers to meet with parents. Friday, January 6th will be a regular full day of classes.

Rescheduling notices are going home in today’s Tuesday folders. Your conference time has not changed. If you had a meeting time scheduled for Thursday, you will keep that same time for January 5th. If you need to make changes to your conference time on Jan. 5th, please call the school at 541-689-0511 or email me so we may reschedule. You can also download a copy of our conference schedule here.

Move Over Breakfast! We Start Our Day with a Dance!

Has your student come home and told you about our Morning Meetings? Or, maybe they’ve mentioned our new Morning Meeting Song? Curious what in the world they’re talking about?

Morning Meeting is a school wide initiative we’ve started to help build a stronger sense of community and set up kids for social and academic success. We spend the first 20 minutes every day (8:55-9:15) greeting one another, sharing and learning about characteristics such as kindness or empathy. Our meetings generally consist of four parts: a greeting, sharing, an activity and a morning message. Recently, we added one more component: Our Morning Song (see video). The kids love the time we spend together in the morning and it gives us time to interact with one another and have some FUN!

Interested in learning more about Morning Meeting? Visit Responsive Classroom’s website to read more!

Room 13 Celebrates Perfect Attendance

Room 13 is proud to announce that seven of our students earned Perfect Attendance for the first trimester of the 2016-17 school year. Congratulations to Kayla, Paij, Jake M., Gabi, Michael, Syrus and Cody! These students have not missed a single day of school this year, nor have they arrived late or left early. Nice work, kids!

Unfortunately, the data system that pulls the attendance report experienced some sort of glitch causing these students to be omitted from the perfect attendance list used for recognizing students at our assembly yesterday. Our utmost apologies that these students were not recognized during yesterday’s assembly. We enjoyed a special Room 13 Exclusive celebration of their achievement today.

Special Homework Alert: Week of 12/5

Similar to Thanksgiving week, we have special homework for conference week. Students are released at 11:55 on Thursday, December 8th and will have no school on Friday, December 9th. With the shortened week and extra time spent with students preparing for conferences, I have modified our homework to only include a reading log. There is no spelling this week or Homework BINGO. Your student received this homework on Monday, December 5th, and it is due Monday, December 12th.

Parent Conferences This Week

UPDATE 12/8: Due to inclement weather, conferences scheduled for today are cancelled. We will be re-scheduling conferences for a TBD date in January. I can be available for a limited number of conferences this coming week (week of 12/12). Please watch our website and messages for more information in the coming days. Stay safe out there!

UPDATE 12/13: Conferences have been rescheduled for Thursday, January 5th. Your scheduled time remains the same as your December conference date. Please see our blog post from 12/13 for more details.


It’s that time of year again! Time to meet with your child’s teacher and find out more about what we’ve been learning during the first third of the year.

Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, December 7th and Thursday, December 8th. You should have received a paper in your child’s Tuesday folder last week with your scheduled time. If you do not know when your conference is, you can email me or phone the school at 541-689-0511. The front office has a copy of our conference schedule and will be able to help you even if we are in class and I’m unable to take your call right away. If you are unable to come during your scheduled time, please let me know so that we can reschedule. All of our conference slots are full (and then some), but we can arrange to meet next week, instead.

I would encourage you to bring your child to the conference with you, too. They have lots to share about what they’ve done so far this year, and it is a perfect opportunity to help your child develop ownership of their learning.

On a Mission: Random Acts of Kindness

kindnessAs part of Clear Lake’s emphasis on fostering a positive school environment, we will be celebrating Random Acts of Kindness all month long in room 13.

A random act of kindness is a simple act which brightens someone’s day. It can be something significant, like creating a certificate to recognize someone for a job well done, or something smaller, like holding a door open for someone. It can be planned in advance or happen on the spur of the moment.

Our schedule for the month will be sent home in tomorrow’s Tuesday Folder. Check it out! You’ll see that every day has a theme. Here’s how can you help at home: Let your child see you being kind to someone else. Encourage them to be kind to you, their siblings, and their neighbors. Point out kind acts you see others perform in real life and in books or movies.

Help us spread kindness. Kindness is contagious–pass it on!

What a Bunch of Turkeys!

A big shout out to one of our room 13 families! We would like to thank Theresa Richardson (Paij’s grandma) for her thoughtfulness. This morning, these adorable turkeys were delivered to our room as a treat for our class. Move over, Pinterest, these guys are SO cute! Thank you, Theresa!

Theresa was also the one responsible for assembling the Halloween glow sticks last month. We’re grateful to have such wonderful people in our lives.

To all of our room 13 families, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!