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 Phone number:  425 - 837- 7592

Portable P1

Lots to learn in 3rd grade

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Classroom Volunteer Application Now Online

We look forward to having you in our classroom.   The volunteer application is now only available online.  Please complete the Issaquah School District Volunteer Application here.  Your volunteer clearance is valid for a year. 

Upcoming Event Calendar


August 31st - Meet the Teacher - Come to Portable 1 and say hello!  You can bring your school supplies too if you like.  10:00 - 11:00 am with a PTSA Popsicle social on the playground.


1st - First day of school

5th - Labor Day holiday

15th - Curriculum Night - more info to follow about times

22nd - Fish Hatchery field trip - if you are planning on volunteering for this fun event please make sure your volunteer paperwork is up to date.  See above on web page to fill out the application.

Upcoming Events

 Fall Curriculum

The first weeks of school are an important time to set precedent for the rest of the year.  Please make sure your child arrives on time, well rested and after a good breakfast.

Health - we will spend some time on getting to know each other and learning ways to work together.

Writing - Units of Study

Our first unit is Narrative Writing.  Student will learn how to write about small moments.  Small moments  are tiny windows of time.  For example, maybe you went to Disneyland.  A small moment would be explaining one part of the trip.  An example would be picking one moment like  a ride, or eating an ice cream, or  the airplane trip rather than a long list of all activities.    I like to explain to the kids that it is like painting a picture of a certain small moment rather than writing a newspaper report about the whole trip.   Please brainstorm with your student about all the different things they can write about.  The more ideas they have, the easier it is.   Practice talking about small moments at the dinner table.  It's fun and challenging to try to stick to one topic.


New Math Curriculum info to come.....



Issaquah School district uses the gradual release model in our balanced literacy curriculum.  Our curriculum emphasizes instruction that helps students become independent and capable thinkers/problem solvers.  You will often here the expression “I do, we do, you do” to explain the process.  A teacher starts by modeling a skill and gradually releases students to learn to practice it on their own.  Teachers are then able to guide small groups of students who have similar reading abilities to gain specific skills and strategies, which can improve their reading development.  The Issaquah adopted curriculum is Making Meaning.

Third grade is an important transition year in reading skills.  Although students continue to learn new skills to improve reading abilities, there is an added component and change from "learning to read" to "reading to learn".  The better the reader they become, the more success they have at school.  Students are learning to read more complex texts to gather information.

Please make sure your child has lots and lots good books at school at all times.  


Social Studies:

Our first unit is Democracy and Citizenship.  This is a great way to see show these principles are applied to how we work and get along together in class.  

Our first unit is a wonderful unit on Life Cycles.  We use the Salmon to illustrate these concepts with a trip to the Salmon Hatchery.



Paying Online

Instructions for Parents Paying Online

Go to the Challenger website . Click on Pay Online.  Sign in with your Family Access user name and passoword.  Your password is your last name and is case sensitive.  You should see a RED notification that your child has fines/fees.  Click on pay and follow directions.  If you need further assistance please call the office.  They will be happy to help.