Monday, March 11, 2019

Room 9 News~ March 12

What a welcome relief it has been seeing the sun and feeling it's warmth this week. The snow is finally melting on the playground and we almost have all areas open again. While it was such a joy to wake up to all of that snow and have time to play in it those first few days, many of us were ready to come back to school by about day four. It's good to be back! Our school calendar has been adjusted to make up for the snow days. There will be no more early release Fridays for the rest of this school year. The last day of school will now be a full day on Friday, June 14.


This trimester, your child will have math homework to complete each week. It will be sent home on Monday in the “Homework” pocket of the Home/School Folder. It should be competed and returned in the same “Homework pocket by Friday. Please check your child's homework for accuracy and have them make corrections before turning it in. Don’t forget to initial the “Math” box on the log, after you have checked the homework. Initialed boxes will earn a math stamp. Five stamps = a Friday Surprise! As we move into higher level math skills, it will be even more important to practice math every day. The math homework will be a review of what has already been taught in class and should take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete. If your child is struggling with math homework, please let me know. Thank you for your support in helping to grow your child’s math brain! 

Room 9 read over 10,000 minutes during the Readathon! Our class surpassed their reading goal of 6,000 minutes and earned a movie/popcorn party! We will join all of Ridgeview to celebrate the end of the Readathon by dressing up and taking a serpentine walk through all of the classrooms on Book Character Day. Thank you for supporting your child and our class in this reading challenge.


Bingo Night and Silent Auction is Friday, March 15th. This is our largest fundraiser of the year, and the most fun. Your child brought home a free BINGO card for this event. Come see me on BINGO Night to buy more cards. I will be selling cards at 5:30 when the doors open. BINGO will start at 6:00. I hope to see you at this fun, family night!

Friday, March 15~ PTO Family Bingo Night at 5:30
Friday, March 25~ Book Character Dress-Up Day
Monday, March 25- Friday, March 29~ Spring Break

Monday, February 18, 2019

Room 9 News~ February 19

Our raccoon is closing in on the 2,250 minutes of reading marker! Wow, great job on all the extra reading. Our goal is 6,000 minutes by February 28 to earn the movie/popcorn party. As an added incentive, the top two readers over the President's Day weekend will earn a prize.

Crazy Hair Day

We had fun celebrating Valentines Day all day long with lots of fun activities. 

 We counted conversation hearts to see how many groups of ten we could make and then we graphed them. We made a giant class graph to see which colors we had the most and least of. Guess which colors they were.

 We opened valentines and remembered to thank everyone who gave us a valentine.

We had valentine Jello dessert with whipped cream and candy sprinlkes. What a sweet treat!

 We decorated valentine card bags and made fancy valentines for our loved ones. We wrote friendly letters to a secret valentine in our class. The letters are on the bulletin board.

Friday, February 22~ Spirit Day- Favorite Sports Team
Friday, March 1~ Early Release at 12:30
                             Book Character Day

Friday, February 15, 2019

Health Reminder

From the Health Room:

Most seasonal illnesses do NOT require students to stay home from school. Please review the following information. If you do not have easy access to medical care, please call your school nurse. There are clinics available, as well as help with Oregon Health Plan applications.
Here are some simple rules to help you through the winter months:
Common cold with runny nose & cough, but NO fever -- does not require staying home from school. Send tissues with your student, encourage extra fluids & frequent hand washing. Runny nose, with cough AND FEVER -- seek medical advice.
(A thermometer reading over 100.4 is considered a “fever”.)

Sore throat, NO fever -- uncomfortable, but going to school is OKAY. Encourage your child to get more rest and to drink extra fluids.
Sore throat WITH fever, headache or abdominal pain -- seek medical advice.
Ear pain -- needs medical attention. If an infection is present, antibiotics will be prescribed & possibly medication for pain relief. A child with an ear infection does not need to miss school. These guidelines also apply to sinus infections.

Diarrhea & Vomiting -- Exclusion from school is required if the student has diarrhea or vomiting. If a fever develops, seek medical advice. Anytime a student has a fever, they should not return to school for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or other fever reducing medicine.
If a student goes home sick, they cannot return back to school later in the school day. PLEASE NOTE:
Only licensed health care providers can diagnosis, prescribe treatment & provide a note to excuse a student from school for more than 2 days.
Transportation -- A sick child will not be allowed to travel home on their regular school bus. An authorized adult will need to pick them up from the school.

VERY IMPORTANT!! Please inform the school if there are any changes in the
contact numbers for your student. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Registered Nurse assigned to your child’s school. The Health Aide at your child’s school can give you contact information for their RN or can have the nurse contact you directly.

Springfield School District Nurses

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Readathon is an annual reading challenge event that takes place during the month of February. We kicked off the Readathon with an assembly on Thursday. Students received their Readathon log slips after the assembly. If you have not yet seen the slips, ask your child to check their backpack.

Our class has set a reading goal, and will work together to reach the goal by February 28th. The goal for each student is to read for at least 10 minutes a day, every day of the month. This adds up to about 280 minutes of reading per student to meet our classroom goal of 7,000 minutes. If we meet out goal, we will be invited to a movie/popcorn party! As an added classroom incentive, students who return a Readathon slip each day will earn a treat and be entered in a drawing. Students may include their nightly reading homework minutes on the Readathon log slips.
In conjunction with our month long Read-A-Thon, the Ridgeview PTO is holding a book exchange each week for students. On the following Wednesdays in February (the 6th, 13th, 20st, 27th) students may bring books from home they would like to exchange for other books. The book exchange takes place outside the library during morning recess.

 We found big footprints outside our classroom door! When it was time to continue reading, "Bigfoot Cinderella", a book we started reading yesterday, we discovered it was gone! Where did it go?

 We had a surprise visitor at the assembly. Bigfoot came in search of books. He loves to read!

We also had a special visit from our very own Ridgeview Skyhawk!

The month of February is here and Valentine’s Day is just a few short weeks away. In preparation for our Valentine’s Day party, your child needs to bring in a small gift bag (about 12"x12") for the valentines they receive. Please have the bags to school by Friday, February 8th. If you don't have a gift bag, please don't buy one. We have some extras so just let me know if you need one. I will send a list of student names next week.
Friday, February 1~ No School- Teacher Prep Day
                              ~ Readathon begins
Friday, February 8~ Valentine boxes due
                              ~ Book orders due

Friday, January 18, 2019

Room 9 News~ January 18

Image result for new year clipartWelcome back to school in 2019! I hope everyone enjoyed a little down time to recharge and refresh for the new year. Now that we are back in the school routine, it's time to get back to the business of learning. Next week, students will take their mid-year reading and math tests. We will be testing every day. To ensure that students are at peek performance, it will be  important to get plenty of rest and eat a healthy breakfast.

Students wrote resolutions to welcome the new year.  

Image result for mcdonalds image MCTEACHER'S NIGHT
Don't forget, McTeacher's Night is Tuesday, January 22nd. I'll be working behind the counter from 5:30-6:00. This is a great fundraiser to help earn money for our school. The class with the most students orders on McTeacher's Night will win a prize. I hope to see you there!

The Readathon is an annual reading challenge event that takes place during the month of February.
Our class will set a reading goal, and work together to reach the goal by February 28th. If we meet the goal we will earn a class reward, (and become better readers in the process). We will kick of the Readathon with an assembly.

District Wide TAG (Talented and Gifted) Testing ~ Springfield Public Schools
On Saturday, March 16, 2019, Springfield Public Schools will hold their district wide Spring TAG Testing at Ridgeview Elementary School.
The TAG test assesses whether or not your child is at the 97%ile or above in the areas of Reading, Math, or Intellectual giftedness. The 97%ile means that if your child was in a line of 100 students, they would know more than the first 97 students in line. These children are at the top of their class, and typically above most students at their entire grade level at school.  If you feel your child may fit into this category, please talk to your child’s teacher and your school’s TAG contact to refer your child for spring screening.
After you refer them for screening, the teacher will pull all of the data for the screening and be in contact with you about whether or not your child would qualify to test. If your child qualifies for testing, you will receive a packet from your school with a parent questionnaire and more information about times of testing for your individual child.                                             
If your child is already qualified as TAG, and you feel that your child may need to be accelerated a grade level, you would also speak to your child’s teacher and the TAG contact to refer your child for acceleration. The testing for acceleration will take place Saturday, March 16, 2019, for the above grade level test in Reading, Math, Writing, Science, Reference & Research and/or Social Studies. After testing, we will meet as a team with your school to discuss the next steps and fill out the Iowa Acceleration Scale.
Questions?  Contact:           Ridgeview TAG Contact:  Stephanie Lovdokken @ 541-744-6308
                                            District TAG Coordinator: Stephanie Lovdokken @ 541-520-4012

Monday, January 21~ No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday, January 25~ Early Release at 12:30
Friday, February 1~ No School- Teacher Prep Day
                              ~ Readathon Begins

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Room 9 News~ December 21

Oh what fun it was to sing Christmas carols with our whole school!

Here are a few of the fun projects we worked on this month.

Our favorite way to read in room 9 is with a partner.

To keep skills sharp, I have sent a reading log home for students to record reading minutes over the break.There will be prizes for all reading logs returned, and grand prizes for the top three readers.

December 24- January 7~ Winter Break
January 11~ Early Release at 12:30
January 21~ No School- MLK Day

Have a wonderful

Image result for winter break

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

November Reading Challenge

Way to go room 9 readers for continuing to read over the past two weeks and returning your Thanksgiving Break reading logs! Congratulations to our top readers, Olivia, Oren, and Henry. They won a free book choice from the December book order. All students who returned their reading logs earned a roll of Smarties, because reading makes you a lot smarter!
FYI, there will be another reading challenge over winter break, with more prizes to be earned.