Goodbye for Now!

I think one of the most challenging parts of being a teacher is having to say goodbye to students each June. We come together in September tentative, nervous and filled with hope and anticipation. We begin to learn who we are as individuals and as a community. We cautiously begin to trust each other and take risks. As time goes by, little by little, we gain comfort and let down our guard; we accommodate each other and care for each other. By spring, we are a smooth moving machine. We know the expectations, push ourselves to be the best we can be and revel in who we have become. Life is pretty comfortable. Then in late May we realize it is drawing to an end. There is excitement for the summer break, but also a sadness in knowing that our time together is culminating. I always tell my students that if they feel sadness, then they know it was good. I am feeling a great deal of sadness, so I know that it has been very good. I thank each of you for your support, encouragement and for the amazing children you are raising. They are each unique, bright and creative human beings. I feel so fortunate that I was able to spend a year with them. (Some, two, or even three!) In the next two days, we still have work to wrap up. I know you have noticed that I have been sending things home each day. This will continue through Friday. I would love it if you could send a grocery bag in for kids to bring the final items home on Friday. I wish you all a relaxing, fun-filled summer. Every student received a copy of the Multnomah Library Book Challenge. I encourage you to support your child’s continued learning by providing opportunities to read, write and explore math and science during the summer. (Along with swimming, playdates, family vacations, etc.) I will be posting end of-the-year pictures on my blog, so keep taking a peek in the coming days/weeks after school lets out. I will eagerly await the hugs and greetings when I see everyone in September!
With great fondness,
Ms. Sarah

Brain Pop


Access to BrainPOP for the entire district – trial

BrainPOP has offered a free trial for the entire district. 

Here is the information if you would like to share with your department or district population.

 Free Trial info

username: portlandps
password: pps – for grades 3rd and up

Try it and let me know what you think!


Our Trip to Reed College

These are oldies, but goodies. I thought you all would enjoy seeing pictures from our trip to Reed College. Enjoy!

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Native American Presentations

We have learned a lot about Native American groups in Oregon. Our culminating activity was to put together presentations and share what we learned. You can view these presentations by clicking the link below. You may need to enter via your child’s account on Enjoy!

Liam and Miles:

Claire and Zaida:

Lena and Hannah:

Fred and Isaac:

Sebastian and Liam M.:

Mike and Lesly:


Claire W. and Austin:

Ashley and Lily:

Sage and Madalinny

Nakoa and Jeremiah:

Julia and Melanie:

Haven and Peyton: