Photos of Mr Richner’s Physical Education Giant Balloon Fun

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Today the skies cleared enough for the kids to do some outside running without realizing that were working hard.  We also notice that although you can’t see the wind the wind must be considered.  It can keep you from controlling your balloon.  The balloons were larger than typical balloons.  These are the balloons used at car lots and a long time dream of mine to use with students.  Glad for the chance to try them with our Lewis kids while sneaking in some running.

The best quote of the day came from a student who said, “I love this school,”we never did this at my old school.”

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Ms Brenan class in PE

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Ms Brenan’s class was one of the first to get a chance to experience giant balloons in recess.  These balloons are the type I have seen at car lots and was able to purchase over the holiday for our class.  Because they are so big they really catch the air current and are easy to keep aloft.  It was fun to see students get their exercise while chasing after them outside when the skies cleared yesterday.  Exercise like this is a great way trick your body into getting heart healthy exercise without even noticing.

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Pedometers into practice

UnknownExcited about the 10,000 step movement?

It would be fun to share this experience of tracking students and families steps each day.  I am looking to see what it would take to get a class set to use with one class at a time.  If you have any info about where we could get some please let me know.  Sometime people pick them up for free at health fairs and maybe we could try to have a donated set.  Let me know what you think.  You can email me at


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Don’t Miss This Inaugural Event!

February 3-6, 2016

The Portland Winter Light Festival, powered by PGE renewable energy, is a free, all ages, community-wide celebration illuminating the city’s public spaces with installations by premier light artists and designers. Hosted by OMSI, no tickets are needed for this event (museum admission not included) simply show up and enjoy the fun! fun!fun!

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Forth graders get in free

Don’t forget to take advantage of this offer from the government to explore America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free.

Ridgefield Refuge is one of those sites.



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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Looking for a fun place to take a walk or go for a drive?  Look no further than a short dive up I-205 to Ridgefield, Washington.  They have both a driving and walking refuge.  The car refuge I was actually able to get the closest to the wildlife.  The walking option helped me get my 10,000 steps.   I suggest both.  In the gym at Lewis I  put a map from my last adventure to the refuge.  Stop in and take a look.

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Happy New Year

After what seems like a long long time I am happy to see many members of our Lewis Family again.  Please stop by and say hello.

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The benefits of taking a walk this time of year.

Looking for a chance to spend quality time with the kids might be no further than one of Portland’s beautiful parks.  This fall the leaves are putting on a display of color.  Walking among the trees of  Mt. Tabor Park I spied this beautiful tree.  I snapped a few photos to share with YOU… hoping to encourage you and your child to take a walk.

Looking for a way to elevate your heart rate?  Try walking up the long flights of stairs to the top of Mt. Tabor.  Just meandering the trails for a gradual adventure is also and option.  It is fun to see what parks have in terms of  a play structures and capture photos of the kids to send to grandparents and special friends.  Memories made exploring out doors in some of Portland’s beautiful parks can reinforce children’s understanding of community, maps and how Lewis School fits into this city we call home.  We certainly have wonderful  proximity to many great outdoor spaces.  I would love hear from students and parents of where they have explored lately and be reminded of our cities treasured green spaces.  Drop me a note or stop me in the hall.  I would be happy to hear where you have walked and what you recommend.

Looking for more reasons to walk?  Click on this link to hear what #Regence of BCBS Oregon posted on #twitter today.


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Guest Yoga Instructor Kathy on Friday Nov 6th, 2015

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Photos from 3rd Grade Soccer Game Nov 7, 2015

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