Creating a Pollinator Sanctuary in the School Garden

The fourth graders spent time this year bringing new life to our garden. After preparing the garden beds by pulling weeds and amending the soil, students researched plants that would attract pollinators and thrive in our climate. What was once a a messy crop of weeds is now a pleasant space full of plants that are ready to grow, bloom, and bring more pollinators into our school garden. Check out the pictures to see some of the hard work the students have been putting in to improve this area of our school.

Root Word Superheroes

Today fourth graders celebrated our love of words with our Greek and Latin root word superhero project. Students shared their super powers with each other and learned many new words in the process. The costumes and creativity were very impressive. Please take a moment to check out some of the photos from this exciting day.

Artist in Residence 2019

Kelsey, our artist in residence, came to Willamette this week to guide students through the process of block printing. Each child drew their designs, transferred their drawings onto their rubber blocks, cut their blocks, and printed their designs on newsprint, cards, and canvas bags. Each child got to take their blocks home to continue printing for as long as they want. We are grateful to Kelsey for teaching us this new, unique skill.


Today we discussed the idea of neuroplasticity, which explains how the brain can change throughout an individual’s lifetime. With repeated and focused attention, we can create new habits and re-wire our brain. It is so important that kids understand that their attitude and mindset can have a profound impact on their lives.

Teachers Traveling

Mr. Wavra, Mr. Porter, and I went on a memorable trip to Cambodia and Thailand this summer. We saw so many new things, met so many great people, and ate so many delicious meals. Here is a little glimpse into our experience:

Summer Break

I hope everyone is enjoying their time off. I decided to do something a little ambitious this summer and head to Asia with Mr. Porter and Mr. Wavra. We spent our first couple days in Siem Reap, Cambodia where we visited my sister (who teaches there) and experienced the city. After a few days we decided to cross the border into Thailand. We are currently sitting on a beach on Koh Chang island, listening to the rain falling and the waves crashing on the beach. I hope all of you are finding ways to enjoy your time off, whether you are traveling the world or staying in West Linn.

Metric Measurement Olympics

This morning students participated in the Metric Math Olympic Games.  Events included Left Handed Sponge Squeeze, Right Handed Marble Grab, Bigfoot, Cotton Ball Shot Put, Straw Javelin, and Paper Plate Discus.

Students had fun competing and measuring.  Awards were given to students for outstanding performance as well as to the students whose estimation was closest to their actual result.