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Welcome To Mrs. Cornejo's class!

We are having a terrific first few weeks getting to know each other and sharing our fabulous summer experiences. Your children have adjusted nicely to the school routine, and their eagerness for learning is amazing! It is going to be a wonderful year!
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I look forward to an INCREDIBLE year with you!


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Regular Homework


*Read 20 minutes and record. Reading logs are due Friday.
*Practice Spelling words. Test on Friday. 

*Math- We are working in our Math Book and using  Xtra Math facts practice on the computer


Extra Practice with our math concepts can be found online using the ISE under "Things to Do" and Skill Sets found in the "Library", click on the "Lady in the Red Hat." You can find these helpful web based tools on Student Links under "Think Central." The children have been practicing how to access these helpful tools in our computer lab, so they should be able to show you how to log on to the program.


Please check over your child’s math homework daily for accuracy and completeness. Studies show students learn better when they are given the opportunity to verbalize the steps taken to solve problems. Please allow your child this golden opportunity each evening when completing the math homework to explain to you their logic on a few select problems. If you notice error, you will be able to catch it quickly before it becomes a habit difficult to break. Some of the concepts may seem tricky, so please know ANY strategy you show your child that works is worth learning and sharing in math class.


Xtra Math Fact practice is expected to be completed daily for points. If your child completes facts for 5 days/week they will receive 10 points (A+) for the week, 4 days = 9 points (A-), 3 days = 8 points(B-), 2 days = 7 points(C-), 1 day = 6 points(D-).

When practicing spelling words, it  helps to break the words down into parts (syllables) and focus on the sounds of each part. Please try out Spelling City. Your child will need to register first before they play. It might be helpful to have them use their regular school username and password:

Spelling Ideas to try at home:

  •   ABC order: Write your words in alphabetical order.
  •   Word Sort: Sort your words by vowel sounds, patterns, syllables, etc.
  •   Repetition: Write your words 3 times each
  •   Sentences: Write a sentence for each
  • spelling word.
  •   Word Art: Draw a picture and write your
  • words in the picture.
  •   Story time: Write a short story using all
  • your words.
  •   Creative Letters: Write your words by magazine and glue them on a paper.
  • cutting out letters in an old newspaper or
  •   Pyramid: Write your words adding or will be a pyramid shape of words.
  • subtracting one letter at a time. The result
  •   Good Clean Words: Write your words in surface that can be cleaned safely.
  • shaving cream on a counter or some other
  •   Handwriting: Write each word 3 times in
  • your best handwriting.
  •   Cheer your words: Pretend you are a
  • cheerleader and call out your words!
  •   Sound Words: Use a tape recorder and
  • record your words and their spelling. Then listen to your tape, checking to see that you spelled all the words correctly.
  •   Choo-Choo Words: Write the entire list end-to-end as one long word, using different colors of crayon or ink for different words.
  •   Flashwriting: In a darkened room, use a flashlight to draw letters in the air.
  •   Timer: Get a timer. Set it for 3 minutes. See how many times you can write your words before the timer goes off.
  •   Scramble: Have a parent scramble your spelling words. You unscramble them.

Chalk: Write your words outside using sidewalk chalk.

Letters: Write each word as many times as there are letters in the word.

Out loud: Spell your words out loud 2 times to a brother or sister, mom or dad.

Trace Around: Print your spelling words neatly. Take a colored pen and draw an outline around the word, closely following the shapes of the letters. Close your eyes and remember the shape.

Colorful Words: Use two different color pens to write your spelling words. Use one color to write the consonants and the other for the vowels.

Military spelling: Do jumping jacks, as you clap say a letter to spell your words.

Finger Tracing: Use your finger to spell out each of your words one letter at a time on your Mom or Dad‛s back. Then it‛s YOUR turn to feel and spell. Try to guess the word.

Practice Test: Have an adult give you a practice test.

Scratch n' Sniff: Write letters with glue on paper, and then sprinkle with Jell-O. Makes a super scratch n' Sniff when tracing over the letters.

Computer Words: Have your child type their spelling words ten times each on the computer. Use different colors and fonts and print it out!

Words-in-words: Write your word and then write at least 2 words made from each.

Snap and Spell: Snap on each letter, clap when you say the word at the end.

Create an activity: Can you think of a fun way to do your spelling activities? Try it out.




2017-18 School Year...Looking ahead:


Wednesday, August 23 Informational Band Meeting For Parents At Magnolia School @ 6:30pm

Tuesday, August 29- Instrument Fittings at Alta Sierra

Thursday, August 31- BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Thursday, August 31- Instrument Fittings at Alta Sierra

Monday, September 4 - Labor Day - No School

Tuesday, September 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Wednesday, September 6- Picture Day

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

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

Friday, September 22 Movie Night

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

Monday, January 15  - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School 

Friday, January 19- Mid-Trimester (Make Sure You Are Checking Your Child's Grades On Line)

Tuesday, February 6th PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Friday and Monday, February 16 and 19 - Presidents' Days - No school 

Friday, March 2 - End of 2nd trimester, Minimum Day

Tuesday, March 6 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Sunday, March 11 Daylight Savings

March 26-30- Spring Break

Monday, April 2- Snow Day Make-Up

Tuesday, April 3 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Monday, April 23- No School - Professional Development Day

Friday, April 27- Mid-Trimester (Make Sure You Are Checking Your Child's Grades On Line)

Tuesday, May 1 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Sunday, May 13 Mother's Day

Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day- No School

Tuesday, June 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

June 7 - Last Day of School - Minimum Day, 12:00 Dismissal



“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” Dr. Seuss



Recent Posts


Students will be tested on their spelling words on Friday. We will introduce words and give a practice test each Monday. Students will write the words in their agendas on Tuesday in class. Wednesday and Thursday they will play spelling games in class. Final test given on Friday. 

Reading Logs will go home on Fridays and will be due the following Friday. We are expecting students to read for 20 minutes and record three complete sentences summarizing what they read. Please initial each entry. For three complete entries, they will receive a B-. For four complete entries, they will receive an A-. For five complete entries, they will receive an A+. They can choose which nights to read.

The following schedule shows the consistent homework assignments for each day. There may be other assignments given. Please check the agenda daily for specific assignments.  

Read 20 Minutes and record in reading log.
Math- One lesson plus Xtra Math facts practice

Read 20 Minutes and record in reading log.
Math- One lesson plus Xtra Math facts practice

Read 20 Minutes and record in reading log.
Math- One lesson plus Xtra Math facts practice

Read 20 Minutes- Signed reading logs due on Friday.
Math- One lesson plus Xtra Math facts practice
Library book due Friday.



Recent Posts

Sept. 25-29

Wow! It is beginning to feel a little more like Autumn!

Mrs. Yoho did an amazing art lesson last Wednesday.  The children created beautiful Fall pumpkins! She is scheduled to conduct 5 art docent visits with us this year, which is 3 fewer lessons than last year, due to budgetary issues. However, we can all help by raising money through programs like Jog-A-Thon or by making a donation to our classroom. We are short $100 to fund the last 3 Art Docent presentations and projects. Your support really does make a difference!

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 child collect pledges for our school.  This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.  The money that is raised goes directly to make things better for the children 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 raised 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.  You can check your child's grades on Power School. Mid-trimester grades are not finalized and can be used to help your child meet their personal goals before grades are made final at the end of the trimester on November 17.

 Just a reminder, the week of October 2-6 (next week) are all minimum days for students so that teachers can conference in the afternoon.  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!

We are on spelling Week 2.2 this week. Please see Spelling City for daily spelling practice. We will attempt to take the spelling test in the computer lab on Thursday afternoon. 

Thank you so much for all of your help and support. I look forward to a wonderful week with your marvelous children!

Spelling 2.2 Words (Test in lab on Thurs. Sept. 28)

We will test in the computer lab using Spelling City on Thursday. Only students who need to retake the test will do so in class on Friday, September 29. Good luck students! Please use Spelling City nightly this week to help prepare you for the test.

Unit 2, Week 2

Words with Digraphs ck, sh

  1. ashamed
  2. flourish
  3. flock
  4. husk
  5. knuckle
  6. lack
  7. marsh
  8. package
  9. pluck
  10. punish
  11. reckon
  12. shaggy
  13. shelter
  14. shriek
  15. stuck
  16. trickery

Watch-Out Words

  1. course
  2. coarse
  3. affect
  4. effect


Spelling City

Please log in and try out Spelling City! We now have access to the Premium Edition to the program. Thank you for your patience! Please have your child let me know how things are going with the Spelling City access from home! (You will find it under Student Links.) Students will use their regular log in information and search for our class. I have assigned a practice test, practice activities, and the actual spelling test. This week I will offer a regular spelling test in class, but if it works online we will begin to take the tests on chrome books. So please, try it out at home and we will see together how it works! Thanks!

Spelling 2.1, Test on Fri., Sept. 22


Unit 2, Week 1

Words with Short e

  1. accident
  2. attend
  3. clever
  4. employee
  5. escape
  6. express
  7. forever
  8. invest
  9. medicine
  10. object
  11. pellet
  12. prevent
  13. regret
  14. relative
  15. vegetable

Watch-Out Words

  1. there
  2. they’re
  3. their
  4. good
  5. well

Sept. 18-22

(No school on Monday, Sept. 18th.  Teacher's Professional Development Day.)

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

On Tuesday, we go to the garden! We are so lucky to have this wonderful opportunity. We go every third Tuesday of the month from 9:30-10:00.

We will have our Art Docent lesson with Mrs. Yoho this Wednesday. I am so appreciative that she is willing to do this for our class. It is such a wonderful experience for our children.

We are on spelling unit 2.1. Test on Friday. 

Please continue to read nightly with your child and record the brief "summary", minutes read, and parent signature. Red Reading Folders are due every Friday morning.

We are beginning to study the distributive property for multiplication this week. Please continue to check your child's math homework and encourage them to check the ISE (under "Things to Do") and Skill Sets found in the "Library" of the Think Central/Go Math web sites under Alta Sierra Student Links for extra support with the new math concepts. If math homework becomes too overwhelming this week, please have your child complete the multiplication problems the traditional way at home, check over their work for accuracy, and write me a brief note on the math homework paper stating "We tried!" Thank you.

I will be sending home Student Council, Letter of Intent to students who are interested in running for Classroom Representatives. The signed letter of intent will go home on Tuesday and it needs to be returned by Friday, September 22. Student Council elections will be held on Thursday, September 28th.

I look forward to a wonderful week with all of our terrific children!

Spelling Words 1.4, Test Fri., Sept. 15

Unit 1, Week 4

Words with Digraph ch, tch


Watch-Out Words


Weekly Post Sept. 11-15


I hope that everyone is enjoying this beautiful weekend!!

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 1.4 this week. 

Band started this past week. Students are riding a bus from Alta Sierra to Magnolia. 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 classroom representative. 

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 High School taking classes.

Looking Ahead:

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

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

Tuesday, September 26 Homework Club Begins

Friday, September 29- Mid Trimester 

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

Peanut Free Classroom Update

Please do NOT bring any peanuts or products containing peanuts into the classroom.
Please note: When sending treats for class parties or for birthday celebrations, please do not send any home-made snacks or treats as they do not have a reliable ingredients list.
Thank you for your kind understanding and for keeping all of our students safe!

Spelling Words 1.3, Test Sept. 8

Unit 1, Week 3

Words with Short i, u


Watch-Out Words


Weekly Update September 5-8


Welcome Back!

I hope that everyone enjoyed their long weekend!

Thank you so much to all who attended Back to School Night!  We had almost every family represented!

Thank you to Quinn Tamo's family for sending in copy machine paper! We do go through about one ream per month, so if anyone else would like to send some in that would be great! We are also hoping for a bag or two of "Smarties" candies! 

Because this week is a short week, I will only require three nights of Xtra Math facts instead of four. 

We are really enjoying reading A Dog's Purpose.

With written work, I am stressing that students go back over their work and proofread.  Many students are working quickly and do not have sentences beginning with capitals and are missing ending punctuation.  This year, you will see lots of growth with students’ written work.  When you are reviewing work that comes home in Thursday folders, please remind your child of the importance of proofreading when completing written work.

Please reinforce adding and subtracting through the hundred thousands place with regrouping. Our math test will be given this week.

We will be working on our California Books in Social Studies this week.

We will begin our weekly visit to the library this Friday, Sept. 8th. Please help your child remember to return their library book every Friday morning. We will also begin wearing our school colors for Spirit Day every Friday! 

Thank you so much for supporting our online Xtra Math fact program. Please continue to try to log into the Spelling City program to study the spelling words. It may be a little tough at first, but I think it will become easier for the students as we go along. Hopefully when we merge from the "Free" program to the "Paid" program things will get easier. Until the program is firmly in place, the children will need extra practice and support with memorizing the words at home.  Keep me posted on how this is going for your family.  If your child needs to do the Xtra Math facts at school, due to lack of internet or not having access to a computer, I am happy to support them in any way that I can! 

We will start reading groups this Thursday afternoon. Thank you to our three families who signed up at Back to School Night. I am still looking for at least 3 more volunteers for Tuesday or Thursday reading groups from 1:15-1:50. Please email me or send a note with your child if you are available to be a reading group leader.   

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.  

Wednesday is picture day, 12:35 p.m.

This Friday is movie night!

Thanks so much for all of your help and support! I look forward to a wonderful week with your marvelous children!

Mrs. Cornejo

Xtra Math Letter to Parents

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Many parents wonder what they can do to make sure their children are prepared for fourth/fifth grade math. Let us introduce you to the biggest factor for success: memorization of fast facts!
Students need to be fluent with multiplication facts (0-9) and corresponding division facts. In the upper grades, we need to move quickly into 2 and 3-digit multiplication and long division. Having the basic facts memorized will make it possible for students to be successful with these and other more advanced processes. Not having the basic facts memorized will make learning these concepts very difficult. Our math curriculum is challenging and requires us to move quickly to learn everything our students are expected to learn.
In order to assist your child with memorizing facts, we will be using the Xtra Math program. This is an online fact program. Students will be required to complete this program as part of their homework. Please check in with your child to make sure that he/she is completing this program.
If your child is struggling with progression through levels in the program, they may need extra help from you. Here are some suggestions: - Spend just a few minutes each day or a few days a week practicing, rather than long practice sessions. - Play games with the facts. Try to find ways to make practice fun, including silly rhymes, songs, or memory tricks. Card games, such as multiplication war, are also effective. - Use time that is usually “wasted” (waiting in line, sitting in traffic) to drill facts. - Identify the most challenging facts for your child, and spend the most time on those. -Practice skip counting.
In addition, children learn a lot from experiencing math in real life situations. Please involve your children as much as possible when you are using math to cook, build, shop, plan, tell time, etc. These experiences help students to develop a real understanding of math beyond numbers and computation.
Students who pass the Multiplication section of the program by Friday, November 17 will be invited to a special celebration with Mr. Bivens!
If you do not have a computer at home or access to the internet, please contact your child’s teacher.
We are looking forward to a great year with wonderful mathematicians! Sincerely, Mrs. Hollister, Mrs. Shureen, Mrs. Cornejo, Mr. Bivens
- - - - - - - - - - -- - -- -- --- -- -- -- -- -- - - -- - - -- - -- - - -- - -- - -
I have received a letter outlining the importance of fast fact memorization and understand that my student will be required to complete their fact practice online. I will monitor my child’s progress.
Student: ____________________
Parent Signature:___________________________ 

Spelling 1.2 Words for test on Fri., Sept. 1


Unit 1, Week 2

Words with Short o


Watch-Out Words



Weekly Update August 29-September 1


Hello Families! Your children had a very productive week last week. Watching the eclipse was especially exciting! Thank you to all our wonderful families who have sent in their $3.00 donations. Thank you to all the families who sent in $5.00 to help out! YOU are AMAZING! Donations are still being accepted until we reach our $75.00 goal. Thank you!

I feel like I am really getting to know your children and we are establishing our routines. I look forward to seeing you at Back To School Night on Thursday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m., room 23.  The Book Fair will open at 5:30 p.m. for your shopping pleasure. They always have a very nice selection of books.

Our classroom visit to the Book Fair is on Monday, August 28.  If you would like your child to be able to purchase books, please send him/her with money on Monday.

Last week in reading, we read about Living Traditions and Vanishing Cultures. This week we will read Tales from Timbuktu.  Our class novel is A Dog's Purpose. I love this book!  It is about a dog who lives multiple lives until he realizes his ultimate purpose. The book is told from the dog's perspective and includes some really funny passages.

We completed our first set of spelling words this week.  Students will be quizzed on their words every Friday.  Students have a printed list of words that they will bring home every week. This week we are on spelling Week 2 (1.2)  Our spelling routine will be to take a spelling pretest on Monday, and write their words in their agenda on Tuesday.  We will go over these words in class and make sure that children are familiar with them. Students will take their spelling test at school on Friday.

Thursday Folders will come home every Thursday.  This past week, there was not a lot of graded work in the folder.  At the beginning of the year, we also do lots of our work together as I am trying to establish routines and expectations.

This coming Thursday, we will get to attend a fun Character Counts assembly!

I think that is all for now!  Thank you for sharing you awesome children with me!  I am really enjoying them!

Mrs. Cornejo



Today we had an incredible morning studying about the eclipse.Students journaled what they already know about eclipses, what they were wondering about, and finally at they end of the lesson they wrote about what they learned today. I had purchased special LUNT Solar glasses for the students, so we would be safe while viewing the eclipse. $3.00 donations to our classroom are being accepted to help cover the cost of the solar glasses. Most students took them home today to show their families. They may keep their glasses even if you do not make a donation. In addition, we watched videos to help us understand sun safety, to show us what was happening during the eclipse, and we made "pin hole" projectors. It was a great morning!