We are rapidly approaching
the end of the year.
With spring in the air and
a touch of spring fever it
is important to remind
our children that we have
a lot of learning time left.
With spring also comes
new spring outfits. Please
go over the dress standards
in the handbook that
you received at the beginning
of the school
year with your child. We
do everything we
can to insure that
we set a tone for
thing that impacts
how children react
to the learning climate
is their dress.
Also, regular attendance
is essential to a
student’s success in
school. Most subjects are
taught in sequence, requiring
each concept in the order
of its presentation. Persistent
tardiness and absenteeism
creates a genu-
ine hardship for a student
and is regarded as a very
All students have the responsibility
to be in
school on time each day.
Parents please set the example
by stressing the
importance of regular,
on-time attendance and
by planning vacations
and appointments on
weekends, holidays, and
after school hours whenever
We had another successful
week in the Jungle.
When the gym is transformed
into the Jungle
motivation and excitement
are at its peak. The
design of the gym allows
challenges and opportu-
nities for K-5th. The
equipment is laid out so
everyone is moving at all
times. Heart rates are up
and red faces abound.
We are proud of the student’s
with their lunches from
the cafeteria to their
classroom, eating in the
classrooms and having
safe, responsible and respectful
behavior in the
As we look ahead, a reminder
that state MSP
testing will be in May
for all students in grades
3-5. Lacamas testing
dates will begin May 6th
and finish on May 24th.
You will receive a letter
with specific dates for
your child’s classroom.
Watch for the MSP letter
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Konnichiwa! We have been studying
the children of Japan and comparing
their lives to our own. We
looked at transportation both to
Japan, and within Japan, homes,
First grade has said good-bye to winter
and hello to spring with beautiful
spring hats. We are excited to see all
the changes that will
happen with the coming
of a new season.
We will soon conclude
our study of
whales with the writing of whale reports.
Ask your child which whale he
March roared right by
We will soon begin our
geography unit that focuses
on map skills and
the use of an atlas and
Franz Bakery gives us the opportunity
to see how one business can
enhance our community. The
We celebrated Boy’s Day and
Hina Matsuri. We created cherry
blossoms for Spring. Our cumulating
activity was a Japanese
Our Spring FOSS Science kit is
called “Animals 2x2”, and we
worked on the fish portion of
that kit, comparing goldfish and
or she is researching!
We will begin our
study of plants,
observing their life
cycle from seed to flower.
Our Zoo Snooze is quickly approaching!
Our Plant Sale Fundraiser
is from April 12-26. You earn $5
credit towards your trip for each
item sold. Please see the details in
smells, and bringing home that mini
loaf of fresh bread adds to the
enjoyment! Watching those
huge mixers dumping a huge
load of dough into the troughs
always delights students!
A lot of our math focus is solving
addition and subtraction
regrouping problems, which can be
a very difficult concept to understand.
Practicing the subtraction
facts at home will help your child
be more successful with
We have moved on to
the packet your child brought home.
Mrs. Hansel’s class will attend June
5-6, Mrs. Brech’s class May 29-30
and Ms. Maclachlan’s class May 8-
9. We look forward to our Zoo adventure.
Please be sure the adult attending
has a current volunteer
clearance form on file.
It’s also a great idea to
have a “back up”
adult with clearance in
case you need to make
a last minute change.
this skill. We are also working on
math word problems. Students are
assessed on their ability to problem
solve and communicate in writing
how they solved their problems.
Spring brings the need to make sure
all our students have the basics to be
successful third graders! They’ve
been working hard and it’s amazing
to see the academic growth they
have made since September!
In the coming weeks, third graders
will be sharpening their math and
reading skills to prepare for the state
MSP test. A good nutritious breakfast
and a good night’s
sleep will help your child
come to school with maximum
brain power! Please
encourage your child to do
their very best and show
what they know!
In Social Studies, the students are
beginning to study Native Ameri-
March has marched off into our memories
and April is showering us in rain
and with activities in preparation for
the MSP. Students returned from
their spring break rested and were
ready to tackle the intense review of
reading, math, and writing skills.
Reading with understanding, problem
solving effectively, and writing with
clarity are the targets for this month.
They are working on a review of
skills that have been covered this year
– focusing in math on multi-digit multiplication,
fractions, decimals, and
Congratulations again to our remarkable
students that memorized and recited
“Paul Revere’s Ride”: Ryan
Toedtli, Christina Gensitskiy, Bryan
Hansel, David Kovalenko, and Ella
Nelson. They will enjoy a special outing
with Mrs. Strohmaier.
We have taken the challenge of learning
the spelling and location of our 50
states and their capitals. It was a great
effort. As we finish up we have already
headed forward into the American
Revolution. The children have a decision
to make, would they be a Patriot,
or a Loyalist.
cans. We will be comparing how
the environment impacts the way
each region lives. We will be
studying the regions of The
Northwest Coast, The Southwest,
and Plains. We are
looking forward to our field
trip to Lelooska on Friday,
April 26 th . This trip in an authentic
experience in the legends,
the costumes, and the
environment of our own area’s
mixed numbers, geometry/
measurement, algebra, data/statistics/
probability and problem solving; in
reading, reviewing supporting their
understanding with story details; and
in writing, expressing clearly organized
ideas in either a story
(narrative) or describing/explaining
styles of writing.
Our study of the
state of Washing-
April brings a shower of knowledge.
We will soon begin work on our state
projects using the strands of Social
Studies: geography, history, civics
and economics. Our State Fair night
will be the first part of June, when all
of our projects will be on display.
Science is focusing on environment
and the factors that contribute to relationships
between organisms. Students
will become aware of possible
consequences due to changes in the
environments. We will continue to be
aware of controlled investigations
using procedures while being able to
We are also beginning our Structures
of Life unit in Science. Students
will observe, compare, categorize,
and care for a selection of
organisms. We will use the scientific
method to investigate plants,
ton is underway. The regions of Washington
were covered in the previous trimester
and now the classes are moving
on to the history of people who settled
the land, beginning with Native Americans
and up to the present. In science,
we will also be exploring a science unit
dealing with the muscular/skeletal
write an investigation with all 6 steps.
Students need to describe observations
through detailed writing and
We continue to work on writing, reading
and math skills. Our state testing
will be in May. Students need to continue
to check due dates and use class
time to complete assignments. Springtime
and sports make it easy to overlook
uncompleted work. Please continue
to check your child’s agenda
and replenish their school supplies.
Please mark your calendars for April
29, this is our 4 th and 5 th grade music
Mr. Ainley would like to invite you come and see what students
have learned in music so far this year! Mark your
family calendars now for our upcoming Spring Showcase
taking place on:
April 22 nd – 2 nd & 3 rd Grade – 6:30 pm
April 29 th – 4 th & 5th Grade – 6:30 pm
Come watch your students perform and show you their musical talents!
The K-1 showcase will occur at the school wide Open House on June 6th.
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Lacamas Heights School Orientation/Registration
for the 2013-2014 school year will take place
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00
a.m. You will have a chance to hear from the kindergarten
teachers about curriculum, take a ride on a
real school bus and register your child for next year.
Your child will be able to participate in a class activity
while you are in the gym listening to the presentations.
If you have questions in regard to which
boundary you may be in, feel free to call the Transportation
office at 833-5585 or the Lacamas school
office at 833-5740. Visitation for those students entering
Fall of 2013 will be held at each of the four
Camas neighborhood elementary schools at different
dates and times. Visit the Camas School District
website for registration documents.
Lacamas Heights Elementary
4600 NE Garfield
May 15th 9:30-11:00 a.m.
2400 NE Woodburn Dr.
May 29th 4:00-5:30 p.m.
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Papermaker Preschool - Enrollment for Fall 13-14 13 14
Camas High School’s Papermaker Preschool is open to children who are four
years of age by August 31, 2013. The full-time preschool hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. Tuition is $690 per month, pro-rated September through May, for full-time (ninehour
maximum/day) preschoolers. Our integrated preschool follows the Camas
School District Calendar.
If you have any questions regarding our program or would like to schedule a visit,
please call the Career & Technical Education Office at 833-7258.
If you would like to register your child, please call Shanna Nielson or Becky
Stauffer at 833-5410 to schedule a registration appointment. Registration materials
are available online at www.camas.wednet.edu under Parent
Corner. Registration applications are also available for
pick up at the District Office, located at 841 NE 22nd Ave.
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