Welcome Back Leopards

Hello Leopard Families,

I am very excited to start the new school year!  The children had an excellent first day of school.  Please visit the agenda tab if your child forgets their agenda or if you want to double check if they have homework. :-)

One note of housekeeping, please return all school emergency forms as soon as you can, make sure your child has purchased their agenda as well as submitted the $5 for our National Geographic Kids subscriptions.  Thank you in advance for your timeliness with this.

Looking forward to a great year,

Mr. Lasher


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Thanks for a fun year!

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Money and Finances

I have not mentioned, but maybe your child did, that we had the opportunity to have two CHS Decca students come to our class and teach the kids about money and the basics of finances.  The students were my niece, Kendall Mooney, and Jack Kelly.  They did an excellent job and used an on-line curriculum, provided by the national Decca association, to engage the students.  Plus, the kids got fake money which they got to spend on real items in order to practice money management.  I think the students really enjoyed it!Decca

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays (and belated Thanksgiving)!

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20 Minutes Reading for 20 Days

Greetings – Lacamas has a long standing tradition of its' students reading 20 minutes a day for 20 days a month. Here's an interesting tid bit to back that up!  I have noticed over the last few years that very few of my students turn in their 20/20 paw sheet.  I encourage you to keep this tradition alive and read with your child.  Keep it simple and read something they like which is not too hard or too easy.  Reading together is built-in quality time!  Happy reading smiley

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Welcome 15-16

Welcome Back Leopards


Mr. Lasher

Fourth Grade

Room 304


Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year and fourth grade!  I look forward to watching each student in our class meet challenges, grow and have a successful school year. 

This is my twelfth year at Lacamas Heights Elementary and my nineteenth year in teaching so I am what you would call a professional educator. 

Below is some information that will help to answer questions you may have as the new year arrives.

LACAMAS BLOCK PARTY – I look forward to meeting you on August 27th from 4 – 6 pm!

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – I’ll see you for sure on Wednesday, September 2nd at 9:00 am sharp!!  This is not an early release day. 

BEHAVIOR – Lacamas Elementary has three school-wide rules which are Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible.  I expect each student to abide by these rules.  I look forward to creating more specific routines with you and discussing what rewards and consequences will go along with them during our first week of school.

GRADES – Our movement away from letter grades in 4th grade and toward a standards based report cards continues much like last year.  The marks in this system are as follows:

  • 4 – Advanced; Consistently above grade level expectations
  • 3  – Proficient; Consistently meets grade level expectations
  • 2 – Basic; Meets some grade level expectations, but not all
  • 1 – Developing; Little progress toward grade level expectations

Additionally, Camas School District has now adopted the Common Core State Standards and with it the Smarter Balance Assessment continues to replace the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) in the spring. 

HOMEWORK – I encourage each student to read for at least 20 minutes, five days a week.  In addition, there will be a moderate amount of homework including spelling homework on Mondays.  There will also be “at-home projects” that will be completed throughout the year with specific details explained at the time the projects are assigned. 

ORGANIZATION – An emphasis on good study skills begins in 4th grade.  Students are expected to bring their Agenda to school each day to keep track of assignments and for use as a school/home communication tool.  Parents, please initial your child’s agenda daily so we keep you informed of homework, subject matter and events.

To help students be successful with organization, folders will be used.  Purple folders will be used for homework and take home papers.  This folder should also go home and come back daily. 

A list of needed school supplies can be found in the office. 

PARENT COMMUNICATION AND CONFERENCES – Parent conferences will again be held in a Conference Week this year which is October 26th – 30th.  Students will be released at 1:10pm every day this week.  If you have important information about your child which should be communicated before conferences, or have questions, please feel free to contact me sooner by e-mail at john.lasher@camas.wednet.edu or phone 360/833-5740.


Lastly, I am very excited for what should be a great year.  Again, welcome to 4th grade!




Mr. Lasher

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Dr. Seuss Week – The Lorax!

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Geographical Terms Project!




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Pajama Day

Pajama Day 2015

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Hello There,

Right before Winter break I thought to add a post about the dreaded homework.  I subscribe to the old school philosophy that homework should not exceed 10 minutes times the digit of the grade the student is in.  For example 10 minutes x 4 (4th grade) would be 40 minutes a day for a 4th grader.

How, you may ask, will I get to 40 minutes a day when Mr. Lasher only sends homework on Mondays?  Here are some thoughts.  First, 20 minutes of reading.  The 20/20 Paw sheet has been a tradition at Lacamas since I have been here and this is my 11th year!  Next, study spelling words for 10 minutes. You can find the list under the Lanuage Arts tab on this blog.  Last, practice some kind of math for 10 minutes.  Both the Math Connects website and text, as well as Khan Academy are excellent resources which you can find under the Math tab on this site.

This year's class has been doing an excellent job of turning in their weekly spelling homework and other homework assignments they have had.  Thank you for the support!

Mr. L.

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