Monday, December 14, 2015

OBOB Competitions Begin Jan 28th!  

Check the calendar below for details about your grade level.


3rd grade
 1/21 11:30 – 11:45 – Last practice session – All 3rd grade  Teams
Thursday 1/28  11:30-12:30 First Round of Competition  All 3rd grade teams
Thursday 2/4  11:30-12:00 3rd grade finals

2nd grade –
Tuesday Jan 19th – 10:30-10:50 practice
Tuesday Jan 26th 10:30-10:50 practice
Tuesday Feb 2 – First Round of Competition 2nd grade teams
10:30 Ruth vs Nicholson
10:45 Nicholson vs Sammons
11:00 Sammons vs Fast
11:15 Fast vs Ruth

Tuesday, Feb 9th – 2nd grade finals
                10:30-11:00 – top 2 teams from 2/2  compete

4th/5th grade Competition
Friday, February  5th 11:30- 12:00
Thank you all for a successful book fair!
Here are the statistics:

127 books given to students to support reading

over $400 in books donated to classrooms

$321 raised for the library
13 awesome volunteers that made it happen
22 hours of volunteer time

What a great book fair!

OPB filmed in the library at James John today, as part of Oregon Artbeat's piece  on author Beverly Cleary.  The film will likely air in April, in honor of Beverly Cleary's 100th Birthday.
Happy Birthday Beverly Cleary!

Monday, November 23, 2015

3rd graders are learning about author Beverly Cleary.  She is an author who lived and wrote in Portland and many of the places she writes about we are finding on a Portland map.
Beverly Cleary characters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Congratulations to Oasis for figuring out that this is Margaret Peterson Haddix.  Check out her books FOUND,  the series that features Tachyon Travel. 


 Looking for an interestesting book?

Try one of these, and don't forget to check out the book ideas on the left side of the page!

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year      Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Diamond Willow
Flora and Ulysses
How to Train Your Dragon 
The Lightning Thief 
  A Long Walk to Water
·      Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman:
·      Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle:
·      No Talking by Andrew Clements:
·      Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell:
·      The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors:
·      The Shadows by Jacqueline West:
·      Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor:
·      What Was Ellis Island? by Patricia Brennan Demuth:
·      What Was the March on Washington? by Kathleen Krull:

Sunday, November 8, 2015

OBOB Teams!  

Thursday, Nov. 12th
Team Pictures and practice competition
3rd grade 11:35
4th and 5th grade 1:50

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Guess which author I met this week? 

 Figure it out and tell Ms. Rolfe to win a prize!
Here's a hint:  Tachyon Travel

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Coming Soon - James John Book Fair

Dec 7-10

Writers Unite!

Let your imagination roll AND you could win prizes as wel!

Try Story Starters, to write a wacky story.  Bring it in to Ms. Rolfe for the Wacky Story book.

Win a class visit from author Rick Riordon  
How?  Write an original mythology story that explains how something came to be.  Must be less that 2 pages.  Turn it in to Ms. Rolfe by November 18th. 

Has a book changed the way you think about yourself or the world?
Write a letter to the author describing how you changed, and you could win a prize!
In Oregon winners receive $100 and advance to the national competition;
runners-up receive $50; honorable mentions receive$25 bookstore gift card, and semi-finalists receive $10 gift card. Turn into Ms. Rolfe to be mailed December 1st  or January 8th.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Did you read this summer? Don't forget to turn in your game board to the St. John's library.  We are ahead of Astor, Sitton and Holy Cross, but just barely!
Bring your Multomah County T-shirt to the school library and get your picture taken for our wall of fame!

Super Readers!

Join an OBOB team
REad a classic

Try something new

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Inspiration to read:  Summer Reading in the Park

 Join the James John School Community as we read in the park
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30
St. John's Park
Here's who's coming:
6/24 PTA and Ms. Ruth
7/1 PTA and Ms. Nicholson
7/8 PTA and Mary Klough

Booklists to keep you reading:
OBOB books

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Big, Bad, Book Giveaway

June 9th

Classes will come and each child will select 5-6 books to take home for the summer.   They are theirs to keep!

Thank you Children's Book Bank

Thanks for a great book fair!

We gave away 119 books to students.
PTA bought books for each classroom and the library and we had enough in profits to purchase $390 of books for classrooms and $242 in books for the library.
What a great school we have!

Monday, April 27, 2015

By Star Livingstone

Screen Free Week - May 4 - 11
Turn off your screen (video game, TV or movie) and do something else instead.  Play in the park, play a board game, read, bike, enjoy the sunshine!
You don't have to go Screen Free - you can go Less Screen Time and still make a difference.
Track your progress  on the sheets coming home this week.
Prizes from Ms. Rolfe

Stop the Pop - May 1- 31
Can you go a month without pop?  Track your progress on the sheets coming home this week.
Prizes from Nurse Bill at the end of the month.

Here Every Day for the Month of May
Celebrations for attendance are at the end of the month.

Book ideas
By Levine
We know about Ruby Bridges, but did you know that the next year they closed the high school?  Read about what life was like for a family who had to send their daughter to another town for her high school education.

Friday, March 20, 2015

First impressions of the new library!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

OBOB Regional Championships

OBOB Regional Championships 
March 14, 2015
Before the Competition
After the Competition
James John was represented by Harry, Lindsay, Marrisa, O'Lisia and Pierre

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Iditarod Begins

4th grade ranked the mushers.  We used their experience with dogs, their experience with the Iditarod and their experience with other races to decide how they would finish.  Their predictions are:
Paul Gebhardt
Lance Mackey
Allie Zirkle
Alan Ershens
Jodi Bailey
Jason Compeau

Find out how they are doing

Read about sled dogging in our library
Cover image  Cover image  Cover image  Cover image
   Book   Call #: [E] Blake, Robert J.

Iditarod dream : Dusty and his sled dogs compete in Alaska's Jr. Iditarod    
   Book   Call #: 798 WOO Wood, Ted, 1965-

Douggie : the playful pup who became a sled dog hero    
   Book   Call #: 636.7 FLO Flowers, Pam.

Sled dog : powerful miracle    
   Book   Call #: 636.73 PER Person, Stephen.
Series: Built for cold: arctic animals

Friday, January 16, 2015

Battle of the Books

Thanks Astor for a great competition!
James John OBOB team at Astor

Next up
March 14th
OBOB State Regional Championship