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I Think We are Going to Need a Bigger Boat Mon, 28 Sep 2015 20:09:00 +0000 Welcome new Coho and Chinook Parents,

This is the first blog entry for the year.

We will use the blog to:

1. Update you on new curriculum.

2. Inform you of important dates or events.

3. Share pictures of class activities.

This week’s entry will include a bit of everything.

Coho MATH:

In math this month the students have been reviewing multiplication. The Coho’s have been working on their skip counting and double digit times single digit. Some of the Coho’s have been working on triple and double digit multiplication.

We have also been working on rounding numbers. This week we will be moving on to what Nominal, Ordinal, and Cardinal numbers are. We have also been reviewing area and perimeter of a rectangle.

Chinook MATH: The Chinooks have also been working on rounding and estimating, along with reviewing of division and multiplication. The Chinooks did a cool project where they estimated the growth of an object using both the standard and metric units. They will now be moving into basic statistics. They will work on mean, median, mode and range.

Chinook READING:

In reading class this month we have been reading The Sign of the Beaver. Our goal is to read about four chapters a week. Your student should be reading out load to you every night. There is a great deal of vocabulary in this book that your student is unfamiliar with. The vernacular is also unique and could trouble your student. You should be asking both comprehension and vocabulary questions to make sure that your student is understanding the reading to their fullest.


Reading – In reading, the Cohos are reading either Gooseberry Park or Charlotte’s Web. Both stories have some very rich vocabulary, in addition to spelling words, that should be discussed at home nightly.

WRITING: The Chinooks’ writing theme this unit is a narrative piece. The Chinooks will be creating a story that tells what happens to Ben, from The Sign of the Beaver, after he leaves Matt’s cabin.

History – The Cohos are learning about Northwest Coast Native American families. The students will begin comparing their family life to that of a Native American’s life in clothing, tradition, family roles, and food. The students will then create a family tree.
The Chinooks have learned about community among the Northwest Coast Native Americans and will continue on into the community formed during the building of Portland. The students with be creating a book that tells the history of Portland, OR.

ICT – The Cohos and Chinooks are developing their typing skills using Mavis Beacon.
The Chinooks, who have a year of typing skills under their belt are moving into internet search skills. They are using teacher designed sites to locate information and answer questions.

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A Day in the life of a Rocket! Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:58:00 +0000 We do so many amazing things all day, each and every activity teaches us something new, whether it be academic, social, or emotional. Us teachers have such a great job!

First day ! ???????????? Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:05:00 +0000
It’s beginning to look a lot like autumn here at Class Academy ! We are very excited to “fall” Into the new school year. 
(Isha yesterday playing in the leaves)
(Ira helping friends make a pile of leaves) 
(Friends cannot contain their excitement ! Arushman and Saanvi)
(Sahasra enjoying the sunshine with friends) 

-Miss Hughes (Blue Puffins)

]]> Our first day of school! Wed, 09 Sep 2015 22:56:00 +0000 Summer school is now over, today we celebrated our first official day of the school year! We started out by coloring the wall!

Welcome Back Wed, 09 Sep 2015 03:43:00 +0000 A few reminders…
Homework will be handed out every Friday with a calendar sharing due dates and assignment reminders. Please read over your child’s homework calendar weekly. Homework can be completed nightly. The first week will NOT contain nightly reading from our book, Esperanza Rising. However, week two and on I will assign nightly reading. I will send a letter home with a full explanation with the second homework calendar. The reading will be around five pages a night and include a short response. Homework table will be held daily at school from 4:15-4:45.
Speeches are given monthly and students have two weeks to prepare. The first speech is tilted “About Me” and will be handed out with the homework calendar this Friday.
Contacting Me
Email is the best way to contact me if you have a question or would like to set up a meeting.Tuesday is my closing day, it is usually the best day to ask me brief questions during pickup.
I look forward to the up coming school year!

The end of summer already!?! Sat, 22 Aug 2015 22:51:00 +0000 I can’t believe we are approaching our last week of summer session. We have had tons of fun, made lots of great art for taking home and decorating our classroom, learned lots of new songs, and practiced writing our letters and numerals.

After break we will be losing a couple of Red Puffins, and gaining a new friend. Change is the only constant in our lives. More fun, more numerals and letters, more songs await.

Apologies for not getting a post up last week. Here are some pictures to make up for it!!

“Fat old five goes down and around….”

 Our butterfly habitat was a great success!! Six caterpillars, six chrysalides, six healthy butterflies. So much fun. We miss them so.

 We learned how to do rubbings with old crayons. They sure look cool. Check them out on the brag boards above your child’s hook.


Indian Festival Tue, 18 Aug 2015 23:49:00 +0000 What a privilege it was to see the students perform at the India Festival this past Sunday. It was quite impressive

The Reds Sure Like To Paint!!! Sun, 09 Aug 2015 23:50:00 +0000 We make make numerals and write numerals and trace numerals and sing songs about numerals.
Ask your Red about “Down and over and down some more…” or “Around a tree and around a tree….”

Nursery rhymes are a hit as well. Coloring, reciting, felt story boards, and other ways of telling the stories help the Reds to remember them. When we all get good at it we get to recite alone out loud through the microphone. So much fun!!!

One of the favorite activities in the Red Room is painting with our hands. We are learning about primary colors and what happens when they mix together. Work has begun on our large rainbow made of paper plates. Ask your Red to show you where it is, and maybe what color is next.

Watermelon Day inspired us to do something else with paper plates. Crayons, paints, and more crayons. Who needs brushes?

August Already?!? Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:36:00 +0000 Well, July sure happened quickly. We are really starting to get in the groove of Red Puffin life, and it is a lot of fun. Here are some snaps from the last week of learning fun.

These next few are of the Reds doing portraits of the caterpillars. This week we will do chrysalis portraits, and maybe next week, butterflies!!! 

Writing on the wall is soooo much fun. They love erasing the wall at the end of the day as well. Such great helpers. How about at home? Do you let them help with chores around the house? 


All of the letters have poems to go along with them. Ask your Red about “Top start, slant down, monkey tail…..”

Play dough is a real hit!!!
Our numbers have poems too!!!
“Around the tree and around the tree, that’s the way to….”