Jog-a-thon/ Crazy Socks Day! (Peek at the week 5/21)

Hi Families, 

We are deep in two different projects at the moment – building a tiny house and research a person who has made in impact on the world! The hope is that we’ll be able to invite you into our classroom to see all of our hard work in a couple of weeks!

Jog-a-thon: We’ll be running/ walking on Thursday morning! We are hoping to be able to join our buddy classroom and run/walk with them. Students are encouraged to wear crazy, wacky socks on that day! If you are available to come that morning, I would appreciate your help or come cheer! It should be a fun morning!

Peek at the Week 5/14

Hi Families!

We have a couple lessons about the garden and food systems this week in preparation for our trip to the Bethel Farm on June 5th.

Students will be picking an inventor or another famous person to complete a final research project. Students will be asked to write an informational essay, complete a series of pictures and prepare a speech about their chosen person.  Students may complete some of the research at home but all other parts will be completed in class. 

A reminder – I am teaching lesson 2 of the Child Protection Unit.  You can review the materials online here. The code is: CPU4 FAMI LYG4.  Please contact me if you have questions or would like to opt your child out.  Thank you!

Reading homework here.

Math homework – Look for a bright yellow booklet! Students should be completing at least 5 pages by the end of the week (any order). It is all review and will help reinforce concepts for 5th grade. 

Peek at the Week 5/7

Hi Families, 

I’m hoping to teach Lesson 1 and 2 of the Second Steps Child Protection Unit this week. Lesson 1 will be today and Lesson 2 will be on Thursday. Look for Lesson 2’s letter in Tuesday folders. You can review the materials online here. The code is: CPU4 FAMI LYG4.  Please contact me if you have questions or would like to opt your child out.  Thank you!

Reading homework here

Next Week 5/7

Dear Families, 

Thank you for your input and feedback in regards to lessons for next week. We are revising our lessons and making some changes. Thank you again for the honest feedback. 


Multicultural Fair – Friday 5/4

Hi Families, 

Just wanted to remind you that the Multicultural Fair is happening this Friday! It will be at Prairie Mountain from 6-8 pm.  It’s a super fun event with lots of performances including Lion Dancers, and Taiko Drumming. There will also be free food from various  local restaurants for families to taste. 

Additionally, our class’s writing about families and names will be on display. I hope to see you there!

Second Steps – Child Protection Unit

Hi Families, 

Today in Tuesday folders I’m sending home Letter #1 about the Second Steps Unit – Child Protection Unit.

Please take some time to read the letter and review the materials online here. The code is: CPU4 FAMI LYG4

I’m planning on teaching this unit next week. If you would like to opt your child out, please let me know by Sunday. This will not have an effect on their grades and during the lesson, they will be sent to another classroom with an alternative assignment. 

Screen Free Week (Peek at the Week) 4/30

Hi Families, 

We are in week 2 of state testing. We’ll hopefully finish up the ELA this week then take a break from assessments for a couple weeks before we tackle the math portion and our district assessments.

It’s Screen Free Week  and Children’s Book Week!  I’ll be encouraging the class to participate in the Screen Free pledge. Their challenge is to not only go screen free all week but to also outlast me! I hope families will join in too! I’ll also be sharing some more of my favorite books with the class.   


Peek at the Week -4/23

Hi Families,

State testing begins this week. Please make sure your child: 

  • Gets a good night’s rest
  • Eats a healthy breakfast at home or at school
  • Packs a snack
  • Feels encouragement to do their best

Tuesday Folder look-fors:

  • Field trip permission slip & information – Please let me know if you would like to join us on the trips!
    • June 1st: Central Oregon trip (6:00am -6:00pm)
    • June 5th: Bethel Farm Trip (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Peek at the Week – 4/16

We are continuing to learn more about our names and families this week and still practicing how to tackle the state assessment.

Something to look for in Tuesday folders this week: A letter explaining when students will be taking the state assessments & blank positive notes for you to write to your child. I will give them to your child right before they head into the computer lab.   

Class snack – We are running a bit low on snack… Thank you so much to everyone who have been sending in snack. The class really appreciates it! 

State Testing Part 1

Dear Families, 

State Testing is coming up in two weeks. Just like last year, students will be taking the Smarter Balance tests (SBAC) for English Language Arts and Math. Each subjects has two test components – Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) & Performance Task (PT). 

The CAT is features more multiple choice questions whereas the PT asks students to read a longer chunk of information and write an essay for ELA or to solve a multi-step math number story. 

To learn more about types of test questions that students will see, visit this site:

We’ll be looking at it in class as well. I also will be sending home more information next week about state testing and how to help your student stay calm & positive during the test session.