September 5, 2014
Dear Families and Students,
The first week of school was a load of fun. This group of students is absolutely terrific! Everyone was cheerful, helpful, kind and curious throughout the week. We are all getting to know each other now. There is a good feeling in the air. We will continue to settle into our daily schedule over the next few weeks.
Yesterday, I asked the students to brainstorm what they think they should be able to expect from their teachers. In groups they made five posters where students wrote their ideas anonymously. Major items were: lots of parties, making learning fun, kindness and just the right amount of homework. To my amusement, one student wrote "clean." I would have to agree. I like teachers to be clean also. One of my favorite parts about working with young people is that they say the funniest things.
One of our purposes this year is to build connections between our classroom and communities out in the real world. Last year my 5th grade class built Barn Owl nesting boxes to help with a community study on the local population of Barn Owls.
This year, my class will work with the city of Wilsonville and CREST to install three nesting boxes, two on school campus and one in a nearby meadow. In the spring, we will gather data on new owl families that take up occupancy inside of them.
Through rigorous academic work, purposeful service-learning projects, leadership activities and creative projects, I hope to make this a meaningful year for each student. Everyone at Lowrie wants to make children feel welcome, safe and eager to engage in learning.
I am looking forward to meeting with parents soon to build a strong connection between home and school. To help us stay in touch throughout the year, please make sure that the office has your current email and phone number. You can reach me at my school email: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on my voicemail: 503) 673-7700 exten) 5729.
A packet will go home each Thursday. All work is due the following Thursday. Late work will be accepted, but emphasis is placed on turning in work on time. Weekly homework will include math, reading and writing, primarily.
Our school Planner is meant to keep parents and students "on the same page" regarding homework.
Mark your calendars!
Back to School Night: Thursday, September 18, 6-8pm
Fall Goal-Setting Conferences:
Evening conferences - Monday & Tuesday evenings, October 6 &7,
from 3:00 - 7:30pm
Daytime conferences - Wednesday, October 8, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
These conference spots will be available for sign-ups online. The principal's secretary, Maria Horton, will provide a link to conference sign-ups on Lowrie's home page a week or so before conferences begin.
Alternative dates: I can meet after school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are eager to have a conference before the official October dates, appointment slots are 2:30 pm or 3:00 pm. If we meet on an early date, we will not meet during the official conference week. Your 5th Grader is encouraged to participate in Fall Conferences. It is best for students to help set their own year-long goals. If you need privacy and would like to meet without your 5th Grader, that is perfectly fine as well.
Email me at email@example.com if you are interested in making an early appointment.
To get kids excited about math, I recommend
"One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale" for ages 4 to 9 (http://
"The Math Curse" for ages 6 to 10 (http://
"Infinity and Me" for ages 5 to 8 (http://
"The Red Blazer Girls" for ages 9 to 12 (http://
Thank you for having exceptionally wonderful children.
503-673-7700 ext.) 5729