Dear Families,

Our last field trip of the year is on Wednesday afternoon. We’re headed to the Troutdale branch of the Multnomah County Public Library to learn about their summer reading program. For students that completed a library card application, they will be able to check out books using their account!

Last week, students put the final touches on their last published essay of the year. This writing unit focused on writing literary essays. Students learned how to analyze literature, turn their ideas into claims, and support their claims with reasons and analysis. I’m extremely proud of the hard work they put into these essays. They have certainly grown as writers over the course of this school year.

Wednesday afternoon and evening is portfolio night. I will be available between 4pm and 7pm in my classroom. Please come by any time during that time to check out your child’s work they produced this school year and see the progress they have made. This will be student led, meaning your child will walk you through their learning from this school year. You’ll be able to take home many documents from their school year, including their writing and art.

On Portfolio Night, Mrs. Oakley will be hosting an open mic in her classroom.  This will serve as an opportunity for your ukulele player to bring you down to her classroom and perform a song for you all.  This is an optional performance, but also very low-pressure.  She is encouraging all students to stop by and share what they’ve been working on all year.  She looks forward to seeing you all next week.  Please contact her with questions or concerns:

This upcoming Thursday May 31st, the PTA is hosting Bouncy House Day. The Bouncy House is a way that the PTA says, “Thank you” for raising money during the Jog-a-thon fundraiser. They’re looking for volunteers to help, in addition to looking for volunteers that may be interested in helping during the ice cream social on the last day of school. If you’re interested, you can sign up to volunteer here.

Last week, students worked in small groups on a scientific inquiry project. Groups have to design and construct a bottle rocket out of supplies like a plastic two-liter bottle, tennis ball, paper, silicone, and clay. Each group is allowed one test launch before we have our classroom competition on Thursday. Finally, the winners from each classroom will compete against winners from other classrooms on Friday. The competition will begin shortly after 9am.

Speaking of Friday, it’s the last day of school year. Woah! Dismissal is at 12:30pm. Our lunch is at 11:30am, followed by recess and the ice cream social outside. You are more than welcome to join us for the bottle rocket competition and, if you’d like, feel free to take your child home during the ice cream social. If you take your child then, please be sure to check out with me to let me know you’re taking them. Buses will run on their normal schedule.

Progress reports will be mailed the week of June 4th. You will receive them at some point that week. Please be on the lookout for them. As always, email me with any questions or concerns, especially if you end up with another child’s progress report.

Looking ahead to summer, there is a variety of summer enrichment opportunities that are being offered. I’m offering a hiking enrichment course during June and July. We’ll be doing some cool hikes in the Gorge and on Mt. Hood. There are a few spots left for both sessions. Alongside Mrs. Young and Mr. Wallace, we’re offering three different weeks of summer school that’ll focus on reading, writing, and math. There are other courses being offered as well. You can check out the offerings of courses here.

Thank you for patience this school year as I navigated educating your youngsters while figuring out to raise my own baby. It certainly isn’t easy! I appreciate your support and greatly appreciate Ms. DeMott for running the ship on Thursdays for the past few months. Have a wonderful summer!

Mr. B