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It was the week before spring break and all through first grade….

Jungle week brings lots of excitement to Lacamas.

Here are some things you might want to know.

1. Students participate in the "jungle" during their regular p.e. days and times. Please send your child in clothing they can climb, jump, roll, and easily move while wearing. The jungle is like a giant obstacle course decorated with vines, trees, and stuffed animals.

2. Students eat lunch in their classroom. There is still hot lunch available. They walk it back to the classroom to eat there. Please, take care to send nut free lunches to protect our students with allergies. Thank you!

3. As a reward for helping with Jump Rope for Heart, all kids who raised more than $65 are invited to attend ONE lunch recess in the Jungle. The kids are expected to know they have earned this, so if you know your child did achieve this then remind them.  They are expected to eat in the classroom as any other day, then when dismissed to recess, they should ask to go to the gym and Mrs. Moran will be here to meet and entertain them. TUESDAY is for K & 1st grade!

4. Friday is a SPIRIT DAY! Your child is invited to dress like a jungle animal.


Targets this week in class….

Reading: I can ask questions anytime, anywhere, about anything! Students will review what they have learned about asking questions and extend their learning to wonder without limits, to work to answer questions with our newly acquired inferring strategy, and to learn that some questions need to be answered using outside sources.

Writing: I can publish expository/informational text! Students will be putting finishing touches on their animal reports.

Math: I can use a number line to add and subtract! Students will practice using tools to add and subtract larger numbers.

Social Studies: I can use text features to identify key details in a text to learn about children going to school around the world. Students will use what they learn to engage in discussion and expository writing to clarify their understanding.

Science: I can use biomimicry to use what I have learned about plants to solve a problem I generated. Students will work with Mrs. Schaeffer's fifth graders to design and then build a model of a device.

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Zoo Snooze


What is the date?

Room 103 Mrs. Schlenz : May 30th   Room 104 Mrs. Clary: May 31st    Room 105 Mrs. Faddis: June 1st

When do we need to be there, again?

@ 5:00 p.m.

Don’t forget to pay for parking.

What if we are going to be late?

If you are going to be late or if there is an unexpected delay (traffic, etc…) please call 503-704-3903 just prior to your arrival.  I cannot make advanced arrangements for families knowing they need a different arrival time.  Zoo staff will return to the gate, unlock, and escort you to join a group. 


What if we can’t eat the food being served?

The zoo will serve pizza, fruit, and juice for dinner and cereal, muffins, fruit, and juice for breakfast.  If you have a specific dietary need due to food allergies refrigeration is available.  Just inform a zoo staff member upon arrival.  However, there is not the ability to cook/reheat any food items.  Also, if you plan to bring snacks please be sure to abstain from sharing due to food safety rules.  Lastly, make sure all snacks are reasonable in size and controlled.


What should we pack?

  1. Backpack- (snack, water, camera, layered clothing, band aid, and/or other personnel needs) to carry during the evening tours as you will be on the go and won’t have access to your belongings.
  2.  Sleeping bag, pad, & pillow
  3. Layers of clothes as needed, pajamas, change of clothes, & comfortable shoes
  4. Toiletries with exception to shower needs and/or hairdryers/straighteners/curlers (no facilities for the like)
  5.  Camera
  6. Cell phone (abstain from use other than emergencies)


What should we leave at home?

  1. Flashlights (The kids have been asking about this a lot!)
  2. Electronic game systems, radios, Ipods, Ipads, cell phone (games/videos), and tablets
  3. Toys


What else should I know?

  • I will bring your medical history/permission slip form, as well as a master list of our participants as the zoo staff requested.
  • Upon your arrival I will also give you a name-tag to wear. 
  • Zoo staff will coordinate the division of the class into groups.  


What do I have to do?

Enjoy time with your child.  Supervise your child’s behavior, being sure they participate positively with other students/staff/parents.


What happens the next day?

After we pack up, have breakfast, and enjoy time watching an animal enrichment and family farm experience you are free to go.  You may choose to enjoy the zoo for the rest of the day or you may choose to go home and rest.  The choice is yours.  Just don’t forget to pay for parking if you decide to stay. 


We look forward to this experience with you and certainly want it to be enjoyable, so feel free to ask any questions you have or express any needs.  We don’t mind asking if we don’t know and are always happy to help.

Mark your calendars now.

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