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Monday, October 09, 2017 7:03:17 PM
Julie Coffin
Joined on 25 January, 2015
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Newsletter 10-10-17

Dear Parents,                                                             10-10-17


Your first grader is now the proud new caretaker of two mealworms.  We will be observing this insect in our classroom and caring for them by checking the oat bran and adding small chunks of apple to their habitat.  We will also observe the lifecycle stages of ladybug.  We have several ladybug larva which will turn into pupa and then adult ladybugs.  The excitement for our insect study has spread to recess where students are searching for insects under rocks and on trees.

The first graders are participating in a gardening program through collaboration with Cultivating Community.  The class will walk across the street to the school garden to search for insects and will also learn about parts of plants, apple trees and how to plant garlic.  Over the next 5 weeks we will continue to learn about gardens, healthy foods and how our food grows.  Please have your child wear sneakers and warm clothes every Friday, as we will be spending time outdoors in the garden until the middle of November.

I am going to begin uploading these weekly newsletters to my page on the East End Community School website.  When you go to, click on “Academics”, find “First Grade” then “Mrs. Coffin”.  If you subscribe to my page you will be informed as to when I have added a new newsletter.  The great thing about the website is that it can translate newsletters in several languages!

It was so nice seeing many of you last Thursday night during
“Back to School” night.  The children were so happy to show you some of their work and activities they have been doing in first grade.


Mrs. Coffin



Mrs. Coffin


I have enjoyed teaching at East End Community School since 2006.
 Prior to teaching in Portland, I taught primary grades in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.  
I love the enthusiasm and curiosity of first grade children!

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