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BOP and Cozy Clothes Day

Hi All,

Just a reminder that our second BOP of the year will be due on 12/5. Your child has once again been assigned either a Book report, an Oral report, or a Poem to work on. If your child has any questions about their work, please encourage them to ask me ASAP so that they have plenty of time to get the work done.

Also, we will be having a “Cozy Clothes Day” next Tuesday. Kids can bring a blanket/sleeping bag, a pillow, and a stuffed animal. It is still a regular school day, just a little cozier! They may also bring a non-sugary snack to share with the class, although this is certainly not required.

And of course next week will be an abbreviated week, with only two days of school.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Field Trip on Tuesday

Hi All,

I wanted to let you know that our class will be going on a field trip to the Alton Baker Park area next Tuesday as a part of our ongoing project with the Walama Restoration Project. On our field trip, we will be doing environmental restoration work by planting native plants along the Willamette River. It’s looking like it may rain, so please have your kids bring rain gear and boots if you have them. We will be leaving school at around 11:30 and returning by about 1:30.

Also, if you haven’t already sent back your permission slip, please do so by Monday (or Tuesday at the very latest!).

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Next Couple of Weeks

Hi All,

Just like that we’re coming to the end of October! It’s really been great to watch this group of 4th and 5th graders come together and become the wonderful class that they are. They’re really a joy to be with and we’ve been learning a great deal.

The next couple of weeks will be quite full, so I’ll just point out a few things.

The 5th graders will be going to Outdoor School from 10/31-11/3. This is a very special learning experience, as well as being a bit of a culminating event for their elementary school years. The kids will be having a Halloween celebration at Outdoor School. If you still have any questions about anything related to Outdoor School, please let me know.

I will be staying behind with the 4th graders, and we have a great week planned for them, including visits from a number of guest presenters. The 4th graders will be staying in their math classrooms for the duration, so they already are used to being with that group of kids. Also, we will be having a Halloween party at the end of the day on Tuesday, and kids are welcome to wear costumes. However, please no masks, weapons, gory things, or costumes that would be scary to the younger kids. Yes, they may not be able to wear their complete Halloween costume!

The week following Outdoor School will be parent/student/teacher conferences. This is an opportunity for us all to sit down and talk about your child’s educational experience. We call these “Student-led” conferences, because the kids will be the ones doing the initial sharing. If there is anything you wish to know that you feel would be better said without your child there, just let me know. I’ve sent home a form with your kids today that has your conference time on it. Please return it ASAP so I know if that time works for you.

If you have any questions about any of this (or something else!), please let me know.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Fun Run and More

Hi All,

The Fun Run is coming up on Friday at 1:00! Continue to encourage your children to get pledges for this great school event. There are still opportunities to volunteer. You can sign up here: http://signup.com/go/QHoQtLR

Also, I hope that your child has had an opportunity to discuss their upcoming BOP with you. This activity is a great opportunity to practice time management, as they are given ~4 weeks to complete it. If you haven’t already, please sign the BOP form and have your child return it to school. It would be great to have the signed forms back this week. If you have questions about the BOP, please let me know!

I’d also like to say a word about classwork. Much of the classwork we do in school lives in various student journals–the students have math journals, two different reading journals, writing journals, and a science journal (with social studies coming soon). Typically, you will see tests and some larger projects come home graded, as these are the opportunities for your kids to show what they learned in a particular unit, but the journals live at school so that they don’t end up lost. In 4th and 5th grade at Edgewood, the students attend the parent/teacher conferences, and have an opportunity to share their work with parents, which will often include journal work. However, if you’d like your child to share this with your earlier, they are free to bring things home from time to time.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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BOP!

Hi All,

This week your child should be bringing home information on their first BOP of the year. BOP stands for Book report, Oral report, and Poem recitation, and all of the 4th and 5th grade classes work on these projects. We do them in cycles, and each time your child will be assigned one of these projects to work on. As the year progresses, they will have an opportunity to do each one at least one time, and perhaps more.

The information that was sent home contains the expectations for the project your child was assigned. Please read through it with your child and then sign and return the half sheet on the front.

These projects are intended to be homework, although there may be some opportunities to work on them at school. There will be a number of weeks to complete it, so please help your child manage their time and plan accordingly.

I look forward to seeing the wonderful reports that the students come up with!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Book Orders!

Class Code – PLD4M

Order Due Date –  09/27/17 (Wednesday)

Dear Families,

This month’s Scholastic Reading Club flyers are now available! Please take a few moments to explore the selection together and let your child help choose books he or she is excited to read.

You can also choose to order online at scholastic.com/readingclub, where you’ll find a wide selection of quality children’s books that are just right for your child’s reading level and interests–many more books than you will find in the flyer that went home. Use class code PLD4M when ordering online. Or return your paper order form to me with a check made out to “Scholastic Reading Club.” 

And just a reminder–when you order books through Scholastic for your children, Scholastic gives me bonus points to get books for our classroom library. And as kids who have been in my class before can tell you, I use them to get lots and lots of new, high-interest books for the kids. We’ve had many an enjoyable time unveiling all the new books that have come for our classroom library.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Settling In

Hi All,

I hope everyone has been enjoying the last days of summer before we move into the fall. It certainly has been nice to have some rain to wash away the smoke! At school, it feels like we are now finally settling into our more regular ryhthms and routines, and I have to say that this class is a delight to be with. 

As we have continued to get to know each other and build our classroom community, we have also been working hard on our academics. Among the many things we’ve been working on, we’ve started writing our own alternate versions of famous fairy tales, we’ve been discussing literary elements such as setting, characters and conflict, and today we did chalk drawings of our shadows as we launch our science study of the Earth and Sun.

Also, the Fun Run is coming soon! Please see the information on this great school event that will be sent home with your child today.

For 5th grade families – On ThursdaySeptember 28th, at 6 o’clock, we’ll be having our Outdoor School presentation for parents.. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear all about Outdoor School, how to prepare, what to expect, and much more. Please plan on attending. While kids are welcome, this evening is really more about informing families of what they need to do to prepare for the kids to leave. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend and please let me know if you have any questions.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

We’ve had a great first week of school as we get to know our new classmates, and for some of us, our new school. This year’s class is shaping up to be a good one, with kids showing a tremendous amount of respect, kindness, and enthusiasm for learning. I’m really looking forward to spending the year together.

A few notes about the beginning of school…

Picture Day – Envelopes for picture orders went home today. Our class picture day is 9/19 (Tuesday).

Planners – You will have seen your child bringing home their planners each night. It is their responsibility to show it to you and to get you to sign it. As 4th and 5th graders, we continue to build our organizational skills and responsibility. The planners will not show all of the work that we are doing in school, but rather selected activities, upcoming events, and homework obligations.

Homework – Homework will begin the week after next. The homework (and its due date) will differ depending on grade level, particularly in math. This will be noted on the planners. In addition to regular weekly homework, students will have a number of larger homework projects throughout the year.

Volunteers – In the coming weeks, you will be provided with more information about volunteer opportunities. I’m going to wait until we have firmly established our daily routines and schedules before beginning to bring volunteers into the classroom. However, if you’d like to look ahead, it’s looking likely that the main time during that day that I will be looking for help in the classroom will be during our Reading Workshop time which is from 1:15-2:00 each day except Wednesday. There will be also chance to help with classroom parties and school events. I have a parent volunteer who will be helping to coordinate volunteer schedules, so when we’re ready, you should receive an email with available opportunities.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

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Welcome to 4th and 5th Grade!

Dear Students, Families and Friends,

I hope that you had a wonderful summer and are now ready for an amazing school year!

Many of you already know me, but for those of you who don’t, I’ll offer a brief introduction.

I was born and raised in Eugene, and once upon a time I was a student at Crest Drive Elementary. I graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in History, and then later received my Masters in Teaching from Pacific University.

I originally did my student teaching at Eastside Elementary here in Eugene in 2001, with Edgewood’s very own Mrs. Krueger as my mentor teacher. Before coming to Edgewood, I taught for a number of years up in Washington. I was mostly a 4th and 5th grade teacher, but I also got to briefly be a PE and Music teacher!

I look forward to a year full of hard work and learning, but also to a year full of fun and friendship.

It’s a pleasure to be your teacher.

Take Care 🙂

Adam

P.S. You will be receiving much more information in the coming days and weeks, but for now I’ll just mention a couple of things.

We will provide the majority of school supplies for your students, but we ask that you bring these things: An “accordion binder” with multiple pockets, 2 blank spiral notebooks, and a box of tissues.

Also, each child should bring a healthy snack each day. Apples, grapes, raisins, oranges, carrots, cheese, half a bagel are examples of healthy snacks. It’s part of your child’s homework every day to bring your own snack to school. ***Please don’t bring cookies, treats, or juices for snack time.

Your child should also bring any water bottle with a lid to use during the school day (please don’t send other types of beverages.)

 

 

 

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