Friday, September 30, 2011

Gilly, Portland's Working Dog

This is Gilly. He works for the Portland Police Department. Gilly came to visit second graders today. Our story Tara and Tiree was about two dogs that rescued their owner. Gilly helps take care of Portland citizens everyday by tracking down illegal drugs and locating missing people or objects. Gilly and other working dogs like him are very important to our community. It was a privilege to meet Gilly and his owner.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Special Visitor

Sr. Airman Andrew Harpole, from the United States Airforce, came to visit J.W.W. second graders. He told us about his life as a soldier and answered many, many questions from our inquisitive students. I have known Sr. Airman Harpole since high school. We also went to college together. His proud mom is Mrs. Dianne Ellis. Sr. Airman Harpole is a true American Hero, and we truly appreciate the time he generously shared with all of us. 

Man's Best Friend

Our reading story this week was Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends. It was about two dogs that saved their owner's life one day at the lake. Dogs really are man's best friend. Milo the Harley Riding Dog came to visit our class today. Milo is my Uncle Joe's best friend and goes EVERYWHERE with him. I think Milo has to be the coolest dog in Portland!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


We had a visitor today! Her name is Dr. Gallaher, and she is one of my "teachers" from Union University. Dr. Gallaher read to our class and watched our play. We loved having Dr. Gallaher join us during our school day!

Our Play

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Owls Everywhere

Alexis brought her owl purse to school today. It matched one of my owls, so we just had to take her picture with the both of them. Owls are a fun class theme to have right now. It seems like they're everywhere I go!

Ants On a Log

We ate "ants on a log" today after reading our story/play The Strongest One about an a little red ant on a mission to find who is the strongest of all.
 Mrs. Vinson bought this snack for our class and the rest of second grade, which was very thoughtful. Thank you Mrs. Vinson!
Next Wednesday, we will perform this play for parents at 11:10, right before lunch. We hope to see you there.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Teacher's Kid...

Have you ever heard that the teachers' kids misbehave the most? That might be the case with Henry, my (almost) two year old. He gets into EVERYTHING, including my markers. I brought him to school with me one afternoon, because there were a few things I needed to do. I learned my lesson!

Grandparents Breakfast

 Dominick and his grandparents finished up a tasty breakfast together.

 David showed his grandmother his classroom after breakfast.

 Brysen had visitors.

 Blaine's grandparents joined him for breakfast.

Will, my son, brought a crew along with him as well.
Thank you grandparents for joining us this morning! We are so glad you came to eat with us at J.W.W. You are welcome back anytime!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Grandparents Breakfast-
Our annual Grandparents breakfast is this Thursday between 6:45 and 8:00 a.m. Please remind your child's grandparents to join us for breakfast at our Cafe.

Now that school is in full swing, I've started pushing students to take more AR tests. We keep a log of all the books we want to take AR tests over in the back of the binders. Parents, please encourage your children to read, read, read, so that they can take AR tests while at school. If you would like to borrow books from my collection, just jot me a note in your child's planner. I'll share! Thanks for your encouragement and help with this!

Fluency Folders-
I've gotten lots of positive feedback from parents about the fluency folders, which is great! You are very aware of your child's individual needs. Please use this tool as often as you like beyond the required homework to help your child improve reading fluency. I can't stress enough how important it is for students to get a strong foundation in reading.

When I look at my class snack supply, I am truly overwhelmed by your generosity. I can't thank you enough for all your donations to our classroom. If you are financially able, please continue sending in snacks for our class, and we'll keep eating them! Thank you so, so much for your help!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Character Wax Museum

Members of the Portland High School Speech Team came to Wiseman Elementary and performed a live Wax Museum. All kinds of characters came to life. Here are two of the many characters that came for a visit. Our reading skill this week was character and setting... which couldn't have been more perfect!