April 12th, 2017

April 12th, 2017

It’s a little strange to be out of the classroom so much this week! I have popped in to do a little test prep and help with writing, but mostly have tried to make myself scare as recommended by Lewis and Clark. This gives Elisa the chance to develop her autonomy and control as a teacher without me in the classroom. From my brief “peeks” into the room, she is doing an amazing job! Teaching to diverse learning needs and styles is a real strength for her.  Next week, I will also be mostly out of the classroom. The remaining 4 weeks of Elisa’s solo teaching, I will have a “limited” presence in the classroom, in a support role. Below you’ll find a newsletter written by Elisa:) Enjoy!

LAST Field Trip!

Tomorrow your child will be bringing home a field trip permission form and a  DOUBLE-SIDED waiver for a fun and educational trip! All third grade classes will be taking a journey down the Willamette River on the Coast Guard certified Willamette Jetboats! We will have the opportunity to see historic sites and learn how the Willamette River has played a key role in Portland’s past and present!

The cost of the trip is $10 for students and $16 for chaperones. Please email me as soon as possible if you are interested in chaperoning this trip! I will take chaperones on a first come, first serve basis! If you need financial assistance, please let me know. I don’t want the chaperone fee to be cost prohibitive for any families.  All money is due by Friday, May 5!

June 16th 8:30-12:10 is the field trip.  Lunch at Willamette Park upon return (weather dependent). 

Please visit the link for more information about the trip! We will take the 1 hour tour.


All parents need to fill out the double-sided liability waiver attached to the permission form. Students must also sign the forms.

Newsletter from Ms. Thomas

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Today was my third day of solo teaching and it went well today. The other days this week went well also. Thank you for having such kind, flexible, and wonderful children. I wanted to let you know of a few things that we are learning about this week.


I sent home a pink homework sheet on Monday explaining the reading homework for the week. This will require your child to be reading a book, at their reading level, with a strong main character that they can write about. This means that they need to bring home a book to keep at home, or bring the book to and from home. However, if your child forgets his/her book at home he/she will need to start another book at school to practice the lesson of the day. I have told this to the students during the reading lesson today.

Also, please remember that your child needs to be reading for 25 minutes every day to keep up their good reading skills.

We have also started an Oregon Geography unit on Monday. If you have time, it would be very beneficial for your child if you talk to your child about your experiences with Oregon. Some items you could talk about are: Who was the first member of your family to move to Oregon? What brought them to Oregon? Have you lived in other parts of Oregon than West Linn? Which parts? What are some of your favorite places and activities in Oregon? What do you think is special about living in Oregon? What makes it different from other states?

For writing, we are finishing up our fairy tale unit. Then we will start our persuasive speeches unit. This will be a fun unit that will end in the students presenting their speeches. I will update you on the date of those speeches if you would like to join us as the students present them.

Remember to email me with any questions or concerns. I would be happy to answer them.


Elisa Thomas

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