Panther Updates

May 2nd-6th

Phyllis Wolfram to visit Portland May 5th

Major Saver Limo Ride- May 6th

School Nurse Day- Wednesday, May 11

IOU 4 All You Do!!!! Celebrate the last 19 Days by Wearing Jeans

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Week at a Glance

Monday 2nd- 13 Days Left

Bagels and Creme Cheese- Thank you Teachers!

SPSL Planning day- Holt-Atkins-Moody- Out

3rd Grade @ Springfield Cardinals

Tuesday 3rd- 12 Days Left

Fruit spread- Thank you Teachers!

Wednesday 4th- 11 Days Left

Muffins- Thank you Teachers!

Thursday 5th- 10 Days Left

Lunch Provided- Thank you Teachers!

Friday 6th- 9 Days Left

Sonic Drinks- Thank you Teachers!

Book and MockTale in the Library

School Nurses Day

Device Collection

Starting the week of May 2nd devices will no longer be sent home. Please remind students and famililes via weekly newsletters.


Three items that need to be collected and should remian at school starting April 25th.


  • Chromebook
  • Charging cord
  • Chromebook case



More details about end of year collection will follow about collection and inventory procedures. Our goal will to have all devicesaccounted for by the last week of school. This will allow us to have all device ready for IT to collect and evaluate before EXPLORE begins.

Upcoming Field Trips

Springfield Cardinals

3rd Grade, May 2nd


Discovery Center

4th Grade, May 3rd


Frontier Theatre

5th Grade, May 4th


Channel 33 Weather Station

4th and 5th Grade, May 10th


Creekside at Elfindale

3rd Grade, May 13th

Hot Spots for Students

Blended Learning has deployed over 200 hot spots to secondary IGNiTE sites and are now moving their focus to elementary sites . Last week, between 10Kajeet hot spots were delivered to Portland for student check out. HERE informational sheet and application that we will send home to families detailing this process and the Access for All Program.



Since we have a limited number to offer at this time, we need to determine who is most in need at this time. Please add names of students that you know would benefit from this program HERE. Once a list is complied, we will send the information home to those families.

End of Year Library Dates

Last Day to return ILL (inter Library Loans) 4/18

Last Checkout Portland 4/22

All materials due back to Portland Library 4/29

Please include the following in your newsletters home:

  • Enroll for EXPLORE! sessions in June and July
  • Kindergarten registration for 2016-2017 school year now open
  • Field Day May 18th
  • Kindergarten Grad- 6pm- May 12th
  • 5th Grade Promotion- 6pm- May 16th
  • iReady Testing 3-5 to begin May 2nd
  • Last Day May 19th- Two hour early release

Rick's Ruminations

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Schlueter's Station

Tagul Word Cloud Tool

I recently discovered a great word cloud creation site called Tagul. Students can easily log on to their account using the Chromebooks by clicking on the Log in with Google button. I like Tagul because it allows students to choose from a variety of shape options for their word clouds, and it allows them to save all their work. I was excited to find this creation tool because one of my favorite sites Tagxedo does not work on the Chromebooks, so this is a great replacement. Check out Tagul here.

Education Tech Tools Padlet

If you are interested in finding new education apps check out the following resource. Brian Marshall (username: edtechpad) has created an EdTech MegaPadlet full of resources for teachers who want to familiarize themselves with popular education apps. This Padlet is full of great resources!

Nurse Rachel's Notes

TIME FOR PARENTS TO PICK UP MEDS IN THE HEALTH OFFICE

Teachers, you please put in your communication to parents that if their student has medication in the Health Office that an adult will need to pick it up from the nurse before the last day of school. All meds not picked up will be discarded. Thanks!

Ponder's Possibilities

Tips for Retelling a story or reading passage.

Attached is a retelling bookmark your students may like to refer to for Retelling a story.

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ChromeBook Checkout

If ChromeBooks do not come back (are forgotten) or come back uncharged the student may not take the ChromeBook home for one week.

LEXIA Usage Goal Window of Fame

When your students reach their weekly Lexia reading goals please send them to the office with a buddy (for supervision). Students will get to sign their name to the window of the interior doors with an expo worker. (We will clean the windows weekly)

Upload Your Classroom Photos Please

I have shared a link via Google and in the link below. Any time you take photos of your class please upload them below when you have a chance. We will use all of these photos to upload and share on our hallway tvs, at Panther Pride Assemblies, on Portland's facebook, and for our year book.

The link to our Portland Photos is below.
https://drive.google.com/a/sps.org/folderview?id=0BxB3dii4jkE8OUk5dy1VR3RpbTg&usp=sharing