Word Work, Art, and Reed Science

We launched a new word study program called “Words Their Way” about a month ago.  Students are in groups based on spelling ability and are studying word patterns.  Each week they work with a new group of words and then have an assessment on them.  You should start seeing graded assessments coming home every week. … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day

We had a nice little Valentine’s Celebration in Room 22.  Thanks for all the treats!  Hopefully your children didn’t come home too sugared up! This week we are doing more background work on Native American history.  It’s important that students have an understanding of the broader story before focusing on those groups Native to Oregon. … Continue reading

January 2017

It’s been a funky month with all the snowy weather!  I am looking forward to getting back into normal classroom routines with your children. Last week, we did a lot of non-fiction reading about current events.  Students choose one of four topics: The phenomenon of Fake News, Barack Obama’s Presidency, inauguration 2017, or The Legacy … Continue reading

Happy Winter Break!

What a funky week it was with the snow days on Thursday and Friday! Due to the shortened week, we are going to push back some of the school work that I was hoping students would complete before break.   The end of the Oregon geography unit, including the brochure on Google Docs and the … Continue reading

December 2016

PLEASE send your child to school with a coat and many layers of clothing! It is cold out there and we like to go out for a brief morning recess regardless of the weather.  I cannot, in good conscience, take children outside in a cotton sweatshirt when it is raining and the temperatures are in … Continue reading

Three Weeks

I hope you and your family had a lovely fall break!  I had relatives in town from Texas and it was really nice to see them and have time to relax and unwind. We only have three weeks until Winter Break and we will be busy wrapping up our various units before then.  In geography, … Continue reading


It was a pleasure getting to speak with so many of you at conferences!  It was great for me to be able to share all the growth your children have made and to make plans together about where we can go from here.  I really appreciate all of the honest conversations. On Monday morning, we … Continue reading


It’s been a bit of a funny week between Halloween on Monday and no school this coming Friday in order for teachers to prepare for conferences.  We’ve done some work with place value in math, started revising our personal narratives in writing, and continued reading our novels in literacy with a focus on character traits. … Continue reading

Student Teacher

I am excited to announce that we will have a student teacher,  Eric Harder, starting with us on Monday.  He will be in our classroom full time until Winter Break.  Eric spent last spring and the first part of this fall teaching in a first grade classroom at Faubion Elementary.  While at Lewis, he will observe, co-teach, … Continue reading