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Welcome To Room 19, 4th/5th Grade At Alta Sierra School

Welcome to my class! I am so excited about teaching a 4th/5th grade combination at Alta Sierra School! I have been teaching in the Pleasant Ridge School District since 1990. I have taught in grades K, 2, 4, 5, and 6. Most of my teaching years have been in grades 4, 5, and 6. I love working with kids in the upper grades because I enjoy the interesting subjects and especially reading and discussing novels. I will work hard to have this be a fun and interesting school year. Our family motto is "work hard, but play harder" and I try to have a similar philosophy in the classroom. I think it is really important to work hard and learn a lot, but it is just as important to have fun while you are working!

I have an incredible family that I adore. My husband, Brian, is a State Farm Insurance agent in Grass Valley. My daughter, Mackenzie, graduated a year ago from San Diego State with a degree in graphic design. She has a job with a graphic design firm in LA. My son, Connor, graduated a year ago from Bear River.  This August, he is headed off to Massachusetts to attend the Maritime Academy and play football for the school.

For fun, I love to read, exercise, go out on my family's boat, and walk my dogs. We have two pugs named Buddy and Bella and my husband and I try to walk them every day.

I look forward to an INCREDIBLE year with you!!
 

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Tonight's Homework, Monday, September 25

READING: Read for 20 min. (Five nights this week!) 
AR Goal due this Friday
SPELLING: Do one Spelling City activity tonight.  This week, you need to do a total of 4 activities.  Study more if you need to.  

MATH:
Hollister- 1.11 Front
Shureen- 2.2 Both and XTra Math
Cornejo- 2.8 Both  XTra Math
 
Tomorrow is Library.  Remember your book.
This Friday is the Jog-A-Thon.  Be collecting pledges.
Wednesday Speeches for Officers and Class Reps.

Hollister Happenings, September 25-29

September 25-29

 Happy weekend. It is beginning to feel a little more like fall!

Mrs. Yoho did an amazing art lesson on Friday. This is super exciting, because we are going to read a book next trimester called The Boy of the Painted Cave. This lesson ties directly in with that book. We are going to check these websites out in the computer lab tomorrow, but in case it doesn’t work, I am passing this information along to you. This could be awesome for your family to check out at home. Here is info from Mrs. Yoho!!

The kids were super excited and inspired by the Cave Art Docent lesson we did this last Friday. Several students were interested in further information. Before exploring any of these sites with your children, please preview them for yourself.

For further exploration of Cave Art throughout the world, visit:
http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/index.php

Please note, the following website is primarily in French, I did find an English translation. There are no words spoken. Click on A visit to the cave to begin the tour, when a box pops-up, click on it to see what the wall of the cave looks like if you were actually facing it! I showed the kids a snapshot of this tour, just the walk through part, but it did not have the interaction part.

For a virtual tour of the Lascaux Cave in France, visit:

http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/?lng=en#/en/00.xml

Also, for those of you that have Netflix, there is a fantastic documentary that explores the Chauvet Cave in France.  The title is "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," it is rated G.

Enjoy your explorations!

Susie Yoho

Art Docent

This is going to be a busy week!

Please remember that the Jog-A-Thon is this Friday. We are so excited about the color run portion of our Jog-A-Thon this year. It could get messy, but the kids will LOVE it! They might want to bring a change of clothes for after the Jog-A-Thon. Please have your kids be collecting pledges. This one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. The money that is raised goes directly to make things better for kids at our school! The money raised last year purchased the amazing picnic tables that the kids sit at for outside lunch. Two years ago, the money purchased chrome books, which our class uses on a daily basis. Thank you so much for supporting this event! Our class runs from 8:30-9:00. If you volunteered to help, please come around 8:10 in order to get kids ready to run.

Thank you so much to the parents who work in our garden and run our produce cart!   The kids had a blast in the garden this past week. The kids participated in fun activities! The kids love picking and tasting the fresh vegetables. They get so excited on Tuesdays when the produce cart is out!

Wednesday morning, we will listen to Student Council candidate speeches and have our election immediately following that. Before the end of the day Wednesday, we will elect classroom representatives.

This Friday marks the end of our mid-trimester. Please be asking your child how he/she is coming along with his/her AR goal. I think that there are some students who have not taken any tests yet. We will start our book report the week after next, so students need to have their chapter books finished soon.

Just a reminder, the week of October 2-6 (next week) are all minimum days for students so that teachers can conference in the afternoons.  I hope this is not too much of an inconvenience for your family!  I am really looking forward to meeting you all and discussing your child with you!

In 5th grade, we are starting to work with double digit division. This is SO difficult for students if they have not mastered their multiplication facts. If your child is still struggling to pass multiplication in X-TraMath, please support your child at home and practice their facts with them. Memorization of basic facts is essential to math success. Fourth grade families, thank you for being supportive with students practicing X-TraMath facts as part of their homework routine!

We are on spelling Week 6 this week.

This week, I will not be sending home Thursday folders.  I will be keeping them in order to go over the work in them during conferences.

Thank you so much for all of your help and support.

Looking Ahead:

Early release days every Friday.  Dismissal is at 1:00

Friday, September 29- Mid Trimester (Make Sure You Are Checking Your Child's Grades On Line)

Friday, September 29 Jog-A-Thon

Monday - Friday, October 2-6- Minimum Days - Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 3 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Tuesday, Oct. 10 Homework Club Begins

Wednesday, October 11 Picture Retakes

October 16-20 - Fall Break

Tuesday, October 31 Halloween Parade and Celebrations

Sunday, November 5 Daylight Savings

Tuesday, November 7 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Friday, November 10 - Veteran's Day - No School 

Friday, November 17 - End of 1st Trimester, Minimum Day

November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

December 6-9 Mistletoe Mall

Friday, December 22- Minimum Day

December 25- January 6- Winter Break

Tonight's Homework, Thursday, September 21

READING: Read for 20 min.  Read for just 4 nights this week.  Signed reading log due tomorrow!
SPELLING: Have all Spelling City activities done tonight. You only had to do three this week.  Study more if you need to.  Spelling test is tomorrow! 
No vocab this week!
MATH:
Hollister- 1.10 Back
Shureen- 2.1 Front and XTra Math
Cornejo- 2.7 Both Sides  XTra Math
 
Be working toward your 1/2 way AR goal.  This is in the front of agendas.  Please ask your child how they are doing with meeting their 1/2 way AR goal.  There are lots of kids who have not taken any tests!!!
 
Be reading your chapter book for our October 3 book report.
 
Thursday folders came home today.
Wear Spirit wear tomorrow!
Color Run Note!
 
 

Tonight's Homework, Wednesday, September 20

READING: Read for 20 min. (Four nights this week!) 
Be 1/2 way to your AR Goal by 9/29
Be reading a chapter book for our October 3 book report.
SPELLING: Have two Spelling City activities done tonight.  This week, you need to do a total of 3 activities.  Study more if you need to.  

MATH:
Hollister- 1.10 Front
Shureen- Show what you know, vocab, and XTra Math
Cornejo- 2.6 Both  XTra Math
 
Color run permission slip

Tonight's Homework, Tuesday, September 19

READING: Read for 20 min. (Four nights this week!) 
Be 1/2 way to your AR Goal by 9/29
Be reading a chapter book for our October 3 book report.
SPELLING: Do one Spelling City activity tonight.  This week, you need to do a total of 3 activities.  Study more if you need to.  

MATH:
Hollister- 1.7 Back
Shureen- Last Page of Review and XTra Math
Cornejo- 2.5 Both  XTra Math
 
Color run permission slip

Hollister Happenings, September 18-22

September 18-22

Remember that there is no school for students on Monday. It is a teacher in-service day.

Being a short week, next week is going to fly by!

The 5th graders had a super field trip on Friday. Thank you so much for sending them looking so nice! They were awesome! Thank you so much to the parents who went along and chaperoned.

On Tuesday, we go to the garden! We are so lucky to have this awesome experience available at our school! The kids love it! If you would like to help and come to the garden with us, please let me know. We go every third Tuesday of the month from 9:00-9:30.

This Friday, we have our first Art Docent lesson with Mrs. Yoho. I am so appreciative that she is willing to do this for our class. It is such a wonderful experience for the kids.

We are on spelling unit week 5. Thank you so much for being supportive of having the kids do their spelling homework on line!

 This week, we will have no vocab test.

We are making our way through The One and Only Ivan. We are working on answering comprehension questions by rephrasing the question in the answer and adding details. We are focusing on quality written responses.

In social studies, the fourth grader learned about longitude and latitude and the location of California. The fifth graders learned about ancient Native American tribes.

In science, we are learning about plants, animals, and cells.

Our book report is rapidly approaching. I checked with all of the kids last week, and they all said that they are reading chapter books. If you could help to make sure that they are finished with their book by October 3rd it would be awesome!

Please encourage your child to be taking AR tests. They need to meet their ½ way goal by September 29.

Most parents have signed up for a conference time. If you have not, here is the link to the Sign Up Genius:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eaaa92fa0fa7-october

Please let me know if none of the times are convenient for you!

Please be checking your child’s grades on line. Let me know if you need help with this!

Looking Ahead:

Monday, September 18 - No School - Professional Development Day for Teachers

Tuesday, September 26 Homework Club Begins

Friday, September 29- Mid Trimester (Make Sure You Are Checking Your Child's Grades On Line)

Friday, September 29 Jog-A-Thon

Monday - Friday, October 2-6- Minimum Days - Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 3 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Wednesday, October 11 Picture Retakes

October 16-20 - Fall Break

Tuesday, October 31 Halloween Parade and Celebrations

Sunday, November 5 Daylight Savings

Tuesday, November 7 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Friday, November 10 - Veteran's Day - No School 

Friday, November 17 - End of 1st Trimester, Minimum Day

November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

December 6-9 Mistletoe Mall

Friday, December 22- Minimum Day

December 25- January 6- Winter Break

Tonight's Homework, Thursday, September 14

READING: Read for 20 min.  Signed reading log due tomorrow!
SPELLING: Have all Spelling City activities done tonight. Study more if you need to.  Spelling test is tomorrow!  (5th Grade does not have to take the test due to field trip!)
VOCABULARY- Study words from Ivan- Section 3 test Tomorrow.  Signed vocab study sheet due tomorrow.
MATH:
Hollister- Multiplication worksheet
Shureen- p. 58 &59 of test and XTra Math
Cornejo- 2.3 Both Sides  XTra Math
 
Thursday folders came home today.
4th Graders: Wear Spirit wear tomorrow!
5th Grade field trip tomorrow!  5th graders, PLEASE DRESS NICELY!!!  Look like you would on picture day!  Take a shower, look beautiful, and be on your best behavior!
 
$10 Bus donation if possible.
 

Tonight's Homework, Wednesday, September 13

READING: Read for 20 min. (Five nights this week!) 
Be 1/2 way to your AR Goal by 9/29
Be reading a chapter book for our October 3 book report.
SPELLING: Do one Spelling City activity tonight.  You should have a total of 3 done now.  This week, you need to do a total of 4 activities.  Study more if you need to.  
LANGUAGE: Study your words for Section 3, The One and Only Ivan.  There is a test this Friday.  Their words are in the back of their agendas.

MATH:
Hollister- Multiplication worksheet
Shureen- 1.12 Both and XTra Math
Cornejo- 2.2 Both  XTra Math
 
$10 Bus Donation
If you are running for office, have your letter of intent by Thursday and be ready to give the class a little speech about why you want to run and why you would be the right person for the job!

Tonight's Homework, Tuesday, September 12

READING: Read for 20 min. (Five nights this week!) 
Be 1/2 way to your AR Goal by 9/29
Be reading a chapter book for our October 3 book report.
SPELLING: Do one Spelling City activity tonight.  This week, you need to do a total of 4 activities.  Study more if you need to.  
LANGUAGE: Study your words for Section 3, The One and Only Ivan.  There is a test this Friday.  Their words are in the back of their agendas.

MATH:
Hollister- 1.7 Front
Shureen- 1.11 Both and XTra Math
Cornejo- 2.1 Both  XTra Math
 
$10 Bus Donation
If you are running for office, have your letter of intent by Thursday and be ready to give the class a little speech about why you want to run and why you would be the right person for the job!

Tonight's Homework, Monday, September 11

READING: Read for 20 min. (Five nights this week!) 
SPELLING: Do one Spelling City activity tonight.  This week, you need to do a total of 4 activities.  Study more if you need to.  

MATH:
Hollister- 1.6 Back
Shureen- 1.10 Both and XTra Math
Cornejo- 2.1 Back- Spiral Review Only  XTra Math
 
Tomorrow is Library.  Remember your book.

Hollister Happenings, September 11-15

September 11-15

 I hope that everyone is enjoying this beautiful weekend!!

 Please remind your kids to be taking AR tests and to be reading to accomplish their ½ way trimester goal.  They need to meet this goal by the 29th of this month! We have some kids that have taken AR tests, but I have lots that have not taken any tests.

 Our first Book Report is Tuesday, October 3rd and students need to have read a chapter book at their level by then.  I will check in with kids this week to see what book they have chosen for this.

We started reading groups last Thursday! Our first day this coming week will be Tuesday.  Please plan on coming in on either Tuesday or Thursday at 1:15 if you signed up to do reading groups.  This is such an awesome time for kids to practice reading at their level. We could not do it without parent help, so thank you so much if you are helping to run reading groups!!

Our PTC is once again asking that each family donate $10 for the year to help with the buses for field trips.  If you could please send that in it would help our school so much.  

We will be doing spelling week 4 this week. We will have four activities due this week. Kids are doing a great job getting the Spelling City routine down!

Friday is the 5th grader’s field trip to the Nevada County Courthouse. Please have your student look nice for this day. They need to look like they would for picture day. There is a dress code. I have talked to the kids about this. I know that we sent a letter asking you to have your kids dress nicely and to not wear shorts.  I want to reconsider this for the boys.  Their long dressier shorts looked so good on picture day that I think they would be fine for our trip as long as the shorts are paired with a nice shirt with a collar such as a polo or button down shirt. The shorts need to be newer and in good condition. NO sports shorts please! If girls have longer shorts or capris that would be fine too.  We are hoping for no logos on clothing and to strive to represent our school in a positive way.  I will continue to go over the rules for good courthouse behavior for this exciting day.  Students will go through metal detectors and will not be able to take food and drinks inside the courthouse. The teachers will provide a snack as we sometimes have to wait for the bus after the tour.  

Band started this past week. Kids are riding a bus from Alta Sierra to Magnolia. Let me know how this is working for your family. If you would like your child to participate, kids can still join!!

We had our first tasting for our farm to school program. We tasted Asian Pears. Most kids loved them and wanted more! The garden cart was out this week with yummy vegetables to sample! Thank you so much to the parents who make this program possible. Lori Long is our head garden goddess. Her work is so appreciated! I think that she could use help with the garden cart on Tuesdays. If you are possibly free to help with this, let me know!

Last week, we had a student council assembly where students learned about having the opportunity to run for an office or be a classroom representative. Please be asking your child if he/she would like to be involved in student council. If your child is interested in running for an office (only 5th graders can run for office, but they can be class reps.), they need to have a 1-2 minute speech ready to give the class this Thursday and they need to turn in a signed letter of intent.

 Next Monday, September 18th, there is no school for students. This will be a professional development day for teachers. We will be at Nevada Union taking classes.

Looking Ahead:

Early release days every Friday.  Dismissal is at 1:00

 Friday, September 15- Law Day Field Trip (5th Grade)

Monday, September 18 - No School - Professional Development Day for Teachers

Tuesday, September 26 Homework Club Begins

Friday, September 29- Mid Trimester (Make Sure You Are Checking Your Child's Grades On Line)

Friday, September 29 Jog-A-Thon

Monday - Friday, October 2-6- Minimum Days - Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 3 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Wednesday, October 11 Picture Retakes

October 16-20 - Fall Break

Tuesday, October 31 Halloween Parade and Celebrations

Sunday, November 5 Daylight Savings

Tuesday, November 7 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Friday, November 10 - Veteran's Day - No School 

Friday, November 17 - End of 1st Trimester, Minimum Day

November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

December 6-9 Mistletoe Mall

Friday, December 22- Minimum Day

December 25- January 6- Winter Break

Monday, January 8- No School - Professional Development Day

Tonight's Homework, Thursday, September 7

READING: Read for 20 min. (Just four nights this week!)  Please have your parents initial your AR goal in the front of your agenda.  Signed reading log due tomorrow!
SPELLING: Have all Spelling City activities done tonight.  This week, you only need to do a total of 3 activities.  Study more if you need to.  Spelling test is tomorrow!
VOCABULARY- Study words from Ivan- Section 2 test Tomorrow.  Signed vocab study sheet due tomorrow.
MATH:
Hollister- 1.5 Back
Shureen- 1.9 Both and XTra Math
Cornejo- Do Chapter 1 math sheet  XTra Math
 
Thursday folders came home today.
Wear Spirit wear tomorrow!
Tomorrow night is movie night.... Come and watch Sing!
 
$10 Bus donation if possible.
5th Grade permission slips for Law Day