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Weekly Newsletter

Welcome back to school! We had a wonderful time getting back into the classroom and seeing each other this week! Thank you so much for sending your children to school! They are amazing!
 

Thank you for subscribing to our web page!  Every week I will post a newsletter for the week and it will automatically be sent to you, as long as you have subscribed to our class web page! 

We had a great week getting to know each other and learning our classroom routines and expectations.  

Many things will look a bit different this year! The first thing I wanted to mention is a message from Mr. Bivens. He wanted you to know:

"Please let parents know that our attendance for Mondays will be based on work completion similar to independent study.  When the student comes back Tuesday, they hand in the Monday work.  The teacher judges if there was a full day of participation."

Hopefully you have seen your child’s agenda.  Please establish the habit of checking your child’s agenda nightly to monitor required classwork and homework.  The students have written a number of items to complete before we meet together again on Tuesday. As stated above, attendance for Monday will be based on completing the work.

We will begin spelling on Friday, August 28 with Week 1 found on Spelling City.  I will explain the procedure with the class.

We will start home reading practice this week. Students will take home their  Blue Reading Logs   on Thursday, August 27, and they will be due on Friday, September 4. Students are expected to read for at least 20 minutes each night for five nights or more during the week. Reading homework is due every Friday morning.

Blue communication folders will be sent home on Thursdays – Please return them on Friday.

I look forward to a wonderful school year with your amazing children!

 

Mrs. Baker

 

Upcoming Dates:  Back To School Night Thursday, September 3 7:00 on ZOOM.

 

Happy Friday!


What a great first full week of school!  Daily routines are being established and the students are really doing well.  


Thank you to all of you who were able to attend Back-to-School night on Thursday.  It was great to “see” you and tell you about Room 18 and fifth grade.  If you were unable to attend or have any questions, please send me an email.  If you would like a copy of the powerpoint I can email it to you as well.


Next week we will have our first art docent lesson on Tuesday.  The students will be creating their art work for our Square One fundraiser.  All monies raised will go directly to our art docent program.  


We will also be visiting the library.  Because of a conflict with art docent, we will be going on Wednesday, but our regular library day will be Tuesday.


Monday students will be taking their first math quiz.  It will cover the material presented in Lessons 1-3.  The problems on the quiz will be similar to those seen on the homework and problem sets.


Today all students participated in Fun Friday. Starting next week students will earn Fun Friday by completing all of their homework and classwork and having no more than 2 refocus behavior forms.


Thank you again for sending your students to me each day.  I am enjoying their company. Have a great weekend, and be safe out there.


Upcoming Dates

September 6          Labor Day 

September 7          PTC Meeting Library 6:00

September 8          Picture Day

October 1               Jog-a-thon

October 4-8            Parent/Teacher Conferences - Minimum Days

October 5               PTC Meeting Library 6:00

October 13             Picture make up day

October 18-22        Fall Break

Welcome to September!


We had a great week in Room 18.  Students are getting into the routines of the classroom and things are starting to run smoothly.  We miss our classmates who have been out this week and hope everyone is back with us soon.


There were two birthdays this week, Carson and Tyson.  They were not here but we hope to celebrate with them when they return.


Picture day is Wednesday, September 8.  All students will have their picture taken even if you are not ordering pictures.  You can send your order form in on Wednesday, or you can order online.  Visit mylifetouch.com.  The Picture Day ID is EVT6RQB7H.


Our library day is Tuesday.  Please remind your student to bring their book on Tuesday to renew or return.


Just a reminder, the students have a sheet of QR codes that link to videos to explain the math lesson.  Zearn, our computer program also helps students understand the lesson.  If your student is frustrated, please let me know with a note or a quick email.


Have a great three day weekend!

 

Upcoming Dates

September 7          PTC Meeting Library 6:00

September 8          Picture Day

October 1               Jog-a-thon

October 4-8            Parent/Teacher Conferences - Minimum Days

October 5               PTC Meeting Library 6:00

October 13             Picture make up day

October 18-22        Fall Break

Happy Friday Afternoon!


It was so nice to have a change in the weather today.  I do not think the rain is going to stick around but I did enjoy it today.


It was so great to have so many students back this week.  We are almost at full strength!  I am hoping that the worst of this has passed and we can finally get into a good rhythm.  Of course, if your child is sick or exhibiting any of the symptoms on the Covid list, we ask that you keep them home.  If you have any questions, please call the office and they can let you know what the current procedures are.


Zearn is the supplemental math program the students are doing online.  Your student should be in the same lesson in Zearn that we are doing in class.  For example, we just finished lesson 10, so they should be finished with lesson 10 on Zearn.  It is a great tool and can help teach and reinforce the skills we have learned that day.


The jog-a-thon will be October 1.  We will have more details soon.  I do know that we can have three parent volunteers and there will be no spectators allowed.  If you are interested in volunteering please get a volunteer application from the office.  The first three parents who let me know will be allowed to volunteer for this event.  Thank you in advance for your support.


We had another birthday this week.  Happy birthday Kayt!  


Just a reminder, typically there is no homework assigned on the weekend.  I do send home the spelling list for the next week as well as the reading log.  This allows students to get some work done over the weekend if they want to.  As they get older and have more activities during the week, sometimes it can be helpful to do some reading or practice spelling on the weekend. 


I hope you all have a great weekend and I am looking forward to a full week and maybe a full classroom next week.

 

Upcoming Dates

October 1               Jog-a-thon - 3 parent volunteers needed.

October 4-8            Parent/Teacher Conferences - Minimum Days

October 5               PTC Meeting Library 6:00

October 13             Picture make up day

October 18-22        Fall Break

Happy Friday!


It is starting to feel like Fall.  The mornings have been a little chilly and I think we may even get some rain this weekend.

 

We celebrated two more birthdays this week . Happy birthday Jackie and Lily!


Just a reminder that students do not fill in their agendas on Fridays as there is no homework assigned over the weekend.  If your student has fallen behind, they may need to spend some time on the weekend catching up.  I do send home the reading lag and the spelling list for the next week if students want to get ahead.


Scholastic book orders were sent home in the Thursday folder.  If you are interested in ordering books just go online and place your order.  You can have books shipped to your home, but if you have them shipped to the school there is no fee for the shipping. If all orders could be placed by October 6th, that would be great.


The jog-a-thon will be Friday, October 1.  Our students will be running from 9:45 - 10:05.  If you are available to help that day, please let me know.  We are allowed 3 parent volunteers.  More information about collecting pledges will be sent home next week in the Thursday folder.


Parent conferences will be the week of October 4.  This week students will be released at 12:00 each day, so please plan accordingly.  A link to the sign up genius will be sent out soon.  All conferences will be held via ZOOM.  If you do not have reliable internet, please let me know and other arrangements will be made.


Have a wonderful weekend and go enjoy this amazing weather!

 

Upcoming Dates

October 1               Jog-a-thon - 3 parent volunteers needed.

October 4-8            Parent/Teacher Conferences - Minimum Days

October 5               PTC Meeting Library 6:00

October 13             Picture make up day

October 18-22        Fall Break

Happy Fall!


The days are starting to get a little cooler and it is starting to feel like Fall.  I am excited for the change of seasons.


I have to apologize.  I forgot to send home next week’s spelling list.  I will send it home with the students on Monday along with a reading log for next week.  


We still need volunteers for the jog-a-ton next week.  If you can help out, please let me know.  Pledge sheets were sent home on Thursday.  Please consider supporting this fundraiser.  It is one of the biggest fundraisers we have.  


Thank you  to all who have signed up for parent-teacher conferences.  I am really excited to meet all each  you and talk about your student.  If you can not find the sign up genius link, let me know and I can send it to you again.


Please remember to call the office if there is any change to how your student will be getting home from school. We want to make sure all students arrive home safely and are not accidentally left at school.


Have a fantastic weekend!

 

Upcoming Dates

October 1               Jog-a-thon - 3 parent volunteers needed.

October 4-8            Parent/Teacher Conferences - Minimum Days

October 5               PTC Meeting Library 6:00

October 13             Picture make up day

October 18-22        Fall Break

 

 

Happy October!


I can not believe it is already October.  I love the cool mornings and warm afternoons but I am not looking forward to it getting dark earlier.


Congratulations to all of the students who ran for a student council office.  I am so proud of them for taking a risk and trying something new.  Next week we will talk about classroom representatives.  Student Council meetings will be during lunch once a month.


The students had a great time at the jog-a-thon.  Pledge envelopes were sent home and pledges are due by next Friday.  Congratulations to Lena V. Jacob and Aiden for the most laps run in our class.  They will be enjoying a donut party some time soon.


Next week is parent/teacher conference week.  Students will be released each day at 12:00.  Here is the link to the sign up genius if you need to schedule or reschedule a conference.  The zoom link is in the invite, but if you need me to re-send it, please let me know.  I look forward to meeting with all of you.

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4EA8A72EA0FE3-parentteacher


Lastly, please remember to let the office know if you need to change your student’s after school routine.  We do not want students to miss the bus because they think someone may be coming to pick them up.


Have a great weekend and root for the Giants!

 

 

Upcoming Dates

October 4-8            Parent/Teacher Conferences - Minimum Days

October 5               PTC Meeting Library 6:00

October 8. Jog-a-Thon pledges due

October 13             Picture make up day

October 18-22        Fall Break

 

Friday!


Why is it that the weeks with all of the short days seem so long? It was a great week and we were able to accomplish a lot.


Happy birthday to Lena V. this week.  Thank you for the delicious popcorn!


I really enjoyed having time to zoom with each of you this week.  I feel so lucky to have such a great group of parents and students this year. If you were unable to attend a conference, please send me an email and we can meet next week.


We wrote our first report of information this week on Native Americans.  We will be typing and printing them next week.  These will not come home, but if you would like to see your student’s work, it will be on their chromebook.


We had a great art lesson with Mrs. Yoho this week.  We were finishing up our city scapes.  They turned out awesome!


Enjoy the amazing weather, and root for the Giants!

 

Upcoming Dates

October 13             Picture make up day

October 18-22        Fall Break

November 1. PTC Trailblazer's Fundraiser

November 11. No School - Veteran's Day

November 12. No School - Professional Development Day

November 21. Mrs. Baker out - Go Raiders!

November 23- 25. Thanksgiving Break

 

 

Fall break is here!


I hope you all use this week to relax, recharge and reconnect with family and friends.

 

Happy Birthday to Rat this week. And happy birthday to Bronsen and Josh who will be celebrating over the break.


We will be busy when we return on the 25th.  On Monday we will have time in the garden, so make sure students wear proper shoes.  If it rains it could be muddy.  We will also have an art lesson with Mrs. Yoho on Monday.  Yeah!


Friday we will celebrate Halloween.  Students are encouraged to wear costumes to school. Please no masks covering the entire head, no weapons and nothing too scary.  (I do not want to have nightmares!) We will have our parade in the morning and parents are welcome to come.  It will begin at 8:15 and should be finished by about 8:35.  Students should bring a change of clothes so that costumes do not get ruined. More details will follow.  We will be having activities during the day and a small party after lunch.  Here is a link to the sign up genius. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4EA8A72EA0FE3-halloween


The last two weeks students completed two big projects.  They wrote a report about Native Americans and completed a book project on our class novel, Restart.  You can review their report on their chromebook if you wish.


Just a reminder, if you need to change your student’s after school plans, pease call the office and let them know.

 

Information was sent home regarding t-shirt and sweatshirt orders. Check them out on the school webpage.

 

And a huge thank you to all sho participated in the Jog-a-Thon. The school raised over $19,000! That is impressive!


Have a great break and I look forward to seeing everyone in a week.

 

Upcoming Dates

 

October 18-22        Fall Break

November 1. PTC Trailblazer's Fundraiser

November 11. No School - Veteran's Day

November 12. No School - Professional Development Day

November 21. Mrs. Baker out - Go Raiders!

November 21. End of the First Trimester

November 23- 25. Thanksgiving Break

Happy Halloween!


It was so fun to see all of the students dressed for the holiday.  It was great to have the parade and fun activities during the day.  Things seem to be getting closer to “normal”.  Thank you to those of you who sent in supplies for our party.  We had plenty for everyone.


On Monday there will be a Fundraiser at Trailblazers Pizza.  Our school will receive 15% of all sales.  If you like pizza it sounds like Monday would be a great day to enjoy some and support our PTC.


Information came home in the Thursday folder regarding Square One Art.  The money earned from these purchases support our amazing art docent program.  The deadline to order items is November 5.  These items will be at school in time for Christmas.  


There are three weeks left in the first trimester.  This would be a great time to check grades with your student.  I should have all grades updated by Sunday evening.  If there are things that seem incorrect, please have your student speak to me or send an email.

 

Upcoming Dates

 

November 1. PTC Trailblazer's Fundraiser

November 2. PTC Meeting 6:00 Library

November 11. No School - Veteran's Day

November 12. No School - Professional Development Day

November 19. Minimum Day

November 21. Mrs. Baker out - Go Raiders!

November 21. End of the First Trimester

November 23- 25. Thanksgiving Break

December 7. PTC Meeting 6:00 Library

How can it be November already?


The holiday season is going to be here before we know it.  Next week will be the first of many short weeks leading up to the winter break.  Students will not be in class Thursday or Friday next week in observance of Veterans’ Day.  There will be NO SPELLING next week.  Reading logs were sent home today and I will collect them on Wednesday.  


School Lunch 

If your student is absent and will be returning to school the next day, please call and order their lunch for the next day.  Lunches are ordered the day before they are needed.


If at all possible, please buy your student a whiteboard marker to use at school.  We use these each day during math and they seem to be disappearing at a rapid rate.


The jog-a-thon pizza party will be next Wednesday.  I will email the parents of the students who earned this reward.


Don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend.  Hopefully we will have a few nice days to enjoy the fall weather.

 

Upcoming Dates

November 10.   PizzaLunch Jog-a-thon reward

November 11. No School - Veteran's Day

November 12. No School - Professional Development Day

November 19. Minimum Day

November 21. Mrs. Baker out - Go Raiders!

November 21. End of the First Trimester

November 23- 25. Thanksgiving Break

December 7. PTC Meeting 6:00 Library

December 20- January 3 Winter Break

Happy Veterans’ Day weekend!


The weather should be amazing so I hope you are all able to get outside and enjoy some extra time with family and friends.


Thursday folders were not sent home this week.  They will be sent home next week.  We also did not fill in agendas today.  Your student may have some math to complete.  They will have about 30 minutes on Monday to complete the lesson 23 homework.  They will be taking a quiz on long division on Monday as well.


We will be starting a new class novel on Monday, Sign of the Beaver.  It is historical fiction and goes along well with our social studies unit.  We will be reading and discussing the book in class.


Please make sure your student comes to school with their chromebook charged and ready each day.  We will be completing a computer science unit and each student will need a computer.  If they have headphones or earbuds that would be helpful.  


The school is participating in a food drive during the month of November.  If you are able, please consider sending in a few canned food items.  The food bank has requested “Thanksgiving” foods.  Thank you to those who have already donated. 


Thank you for all of your support, and don’t forget to thank a veteran.

 

Upcoming Dates

November 11. No School - Veteran's Day

November 12. No School - Professional Development Day

November 19. Minimum Day

November 21. Mrs. Baker out - Go Raiders!

November 21. End of the First Trimester

November 23- 25. Thanksgiving Break

December 2. Report cards sent home

December 7. PTC Meeting 6:00 Library

December 20- January 3 Winter Break

Happy Thursday!


This newsletter is coming out a day early as I will be traveling Friday afternoon.


Happy birthday to Parker, and thank you for bringing in treats to share!


Friday is the last day of the first trimester.  Report cards will not be sent home until after Thanksgiving break.  Grades are still being finalized so some changes and adjustments may still be made.  All assignments completed for Sign of the Beaver , our new novel, will be entered in the second trimester.


Next week there is school Monday and Tuesday.  Here is a link for a sign up genius.  We will be having a dessert party Tuesday afternoon.  If you send a pie it should be store bought because of Covid restrictions.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4EA8A72EA0FE3-thanksgiving


All students get a fresh start for the second trimester. Help your student stay current on their assignments.  Because of all of the holidays it can be easy to fall behind.  Try to stay with a routine even during these busy times.


There will be no newsletter next week, so I will wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing all the students after the holiday.

 

Upcoming Dates

 

November 21. Mrs. Baker out - Go Raiders!

November 21. End of the First Trimester

November 22 Thanksgiving Dessert party

November 23- 25. Thanksgiving Break

December 2. Report cards sent home

December 7. PTC Meeting 6:00 Library

December 20- January 3 Winter Break

Happy Friday!


Report Cards

You all should have received your student’s report card yesterday in their Thursday folder.  Please sign the envelope and return it so I know you have seen your child’s grades for the first trimester.  The report card is a great way for you and your student to celebrate success and to set realistic goals for the next trimester.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.  I would be happy to meet with you and your student.


Holiday gift exchange.  

On December 17 I would like to have a holiday gift exchange.  Students purchase a gift that costs no more than $5 and bring it to school wrapped on Friday December 17.  We will play a game and everyone who brings a gift will receive a gift.  Gifts should not be gender specific because there will be no way to control who will receive which gift. Also, we do have a nut allergy so If you send food (kids love candy) please make sure it is nut-free.


I will send out a sign up genius sometime next week for our holiday party. It will be something simple because Friday is a minimum day and students will be released at noon.


Chromebooks

Just a reminder that your student needs to come to school with their chromebook charged and ready to go each day.  If their chromebook is no longer holding a charge, please have them bring it to school so it can be repaired.


Have a great weekend, enjoy the sunshine, but pray for some winter weather soon!

 

Upcoming Dates

December 7. PTC Meeting 6:00 Library

December 17. Minimum Day- Students released at 12:00

December 20- January 3 Winter Break

January 4. PTC Meeting

One more week!  We can do it!


It was a busy week.  We had one birthday - happy birthday Cayla!  We also had one student leave.  We will miss Dawson and wish him good luck at his new school, Alta Dutch Flat - the first place I taught :).  We  also had a student join us last week.  Welcome Ava Moyer!


Sign of The Beaver Project

Students are working on a project in class.  The project is due Thursday, December 16.  This project will not come home unless they fall behind.  They should be able to complete it in class.


Trimester Goals

Last week the students set goals for the second trimester.  Each Friday they will be reporting to me how they are doing with their goals. I will help them to evaluate their goals and make adjustments as needed.  They also set goals for themselves outside of school, so feel free to monitor their progress on these as well.


Holiday Party

Friday morning we will be watching The Sign of the Beaver and enjoying hot chocolate.  I have styrofoam cups, but if students could bring in a mug from home, that would be great.  In the afternoon we will be playing a gift exchange game.  Students need to bring in a wrapped gift that costs no more than $5.  There is no way to know who will get which gift so all gifts need to be gender neutral.

If you would like to send in a treat to share, that would be great, but it is not necessary.  


The weather seems to have taken a turn.  Make sure your student has a coat as it has been quite cold in the morning.


Monday we will have garden and art docent.  If the garden is too wet, the garden docent will come to class and do a lesson with the students.


Have an amazing weekend.  Stay warm and I’ll see the kids Monday .

 

Upcoming Dates

 

December 17. Minimum Day- Students released at 12:00

December 20- January 3 Winter Break

January 4. PTC Meeting

Good Afternoon!


Wow!  What an eventful few weeks it has been!  2022 is certainly coming in with a bang!  


I know many of you were without power for many days and some of you are still without power.  I know internet access has also been a challenge and will probably continue to be a challenge.  Please let me know if your family is still having issues and your student is unable to keep up with school work because of these challenges.  I want your student to have success, not stress.


Students have started or finished reading a book for their biography book project.  Students will have until the end of next week to read the biography they selected. These books are not very long, so they should be able to complete them in a few weeks.  They may use this reading as their reading log as well.  Each student will be writing a short essay about their person of interest as well as completing a project.  Projects will be presented to the class.  Information about the project will be sent home next week.


Please encourage your student to take AR quizzes as they complete a book.  Next week notifications will be sent home to students who are falling behind on their AR goal for the trimester.  Each week we go to the library and Mrs. Alanso reads a book to the students.  Students can take quizzes on these books as well.  They are only worth a point or two,  but will help your student to reach his/her goal.


I am looking forward to a less eventful week next week.  Have a great weekend!

 

Upcoming Dates

January 11. PTC Meeting 6PM Library

January 17. No School MLK Holiday

January 21. Mid Trimester

February 1. PTC Meeting 6PM Library

February 18. No School - Presidents' Day

February 21. No School Presidents' Day

Good Afternoon!


It was another great week in room 18.  I was happy to see so many of the students back this week.  I am hoping we have everyone next week.  Fingers crossed!


Many students received a pink form regarding their AR reading points.  These will go home twice  a trimester to students who are falling behind with their reading.If you do not receive a form, your student is on track to meet their goal for the trimester.  If you would like to check on your student’s progress, have them log into the AR and show you their progress.


This month students can participate in the reading contest sponsored by our local Lions Club.  For each AR test they take and receive a score of at least 80% they will receive a raffle ticket.  On February 17 there will b e a drawing for a $50 Target card.  There will be one gift card awarded for each grade level.


We are currently working on our biography book reports.  Students should have finished their biography.  We will be writing the essay in class.  Students need to assemble the remainder of the project at home.  They can make a poster or create a cereal box. Directions were sent home this week.  Reports are due Friday, January 28.  Each student will also be making a presentation.


Enjoy your three day weekend.  Get outside, soak up some sun and maybe watch a little football.

 

 

Upcoming Dates

 

January 17. No School MLK Holiday

January 17- February 17 Lions Club reading Contest

January 28. Biography Book Reports Due

January 21. Mid Trimester

February 1. PTC Meeting 6PM Library

February 18. No School - Presidents' Day

February 21. No School Presidents' Day

Is it Friday already?


What a strange week!  Maybe next week things will be back to normal.


Because of the unexpected school cancellation this week, I will be adjusting the due date for the book report.  Book reports will now be due on Friday, February 4.  Students should all be prepared to make a presentation on that day and turn in their project.  We will begin working on our essays on Monday.  Your student can be working on creating their poster board or cereal box display and gathering dates for the timeline at home.


Students should have module 3 completed in Zearn.  We will be taking the module 3 test on Monday and I will be grading Zearn on Monday.  


The spelling list for next week was sent home today.  I did not collect reading logs for this week.  I will collect them again next Friday.


I hope most of the students will be back on Monday.  Mrs. Yoho, our art docent will be here in the afternoon.  


Today we are halfway through the second trimester, and halfway through the school year.  This is a great time to go online with your student and check their progress.  There are six weeks before the end of the grading period, plenty of time to improve.


Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing the students on Monday.

 

Upcoming Dates

 

January 17- February 17 Lions Club reading Contest

January 21. Mid Trimester

February 1. PTC Meeting 6PM Library

February 4. Book Report Due

February 14. Valentines' Day

February 18. No School - Presidents' Day

February 21. No School Presidents' Day

It was so great to have a full week of school.  I enjoyed getting back to a regular schedule.


Thursday Folders

The Thursday folder is a great way to check on your student’s progress each week.  Graded work is returned and meant to stay home.  Please take time to review assignments that have been returned.  Important school information is also sent home in the folder.

If your student was out because of quarantine, an independent study contract will be sent home in the Thursday folder.  Please sign this paper and return it to school.  


Book Report

Book reports are due next Friday.  We have been working on the essay during class this week.  Students can write these by hand or type them on their chromebooks.  Typed essays can be printed at school.  We will be printing finished essays Monday through Thursday next week. We will also go to the lab one day next week to print out three graphics that students can use on their project.


Grammar and Vocabulary

Next week we will be adding grammar packets and vocabulary to our ELA class.  Grammar packets will be completed in class and there will be a quiz on Friday.  Vocabulary will be introduced on Monday and there will be a quiz on Thursday.  A study sheet will come home each Monday for the vocabulary quiz on Thursday.


ASP Fundraiser

Next week information will be sent home regarding an ASP fundraiser.  


End of Trimester 2

The second trimester ends Mar 4, 2022.  Graded work that is turned in on time is entered into power school the week it is due.  Work that is turned in late will be graded and entered before the end of the trimester. 


That is all for this week.  Enjoy the sunshine, but pray for a little rain :).

 

Upcoming Dates

 

January 17- February 17 Lions Club reading Contest

February 1. PTC Meeting 6PM Library

February 4. Book Report Due

February 14. Valentines' Day

February 18. No School - Presidents' Day

February 21. No School Presidents' Day

March 4 End of Second Trimester

 

We had a great week in room 18.  I really enjoy being with your students each day.  They are a great group of kids.


Everyone did a fantastic job presenting their biography.  I learned so much from each of them.  And, your student may tell you that no one died.  Before they presented everyone was a little nervous.  I let them know that in my 31 years of teaching I have never had a student die ( or even faint) because they had to make a presentation in front of the class. 


We will be having a Valentines’ Day celebration in class on Monday, February 14.  I put a class list in the google classroom.  If students wish to give valentines, please make sure they give one to each student.  There are 22 students in our class.  Our party will be before lunch and we will be having an art docent lesson after lunch.  


There will no longer be spelling pre-test in class on Mondays.  Giving your student a pre test on Monday as part of their spelling homework will help them to prepare for the test on Friday.  If your student is struggling with spelling any written spelling practice done at home can be turned in on Friday.  At the end of the trimester, extra credit will be added to their final spelling grade.


Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing your student on Monday.

 

Upcoming Dates

 

January 17- February 17 Lions Club reading Contest

February 14. Valentines' Day

February 18. No School - Presidents' Day

February 21. No School Presidents' Day

March 4 End of Second Trimester

Happy Friday!


It was so great to have a “normal” week of school.  The next few weeks are short, so expect to see a few adjustments in our weekly routines.  


Valentine’s Day

Monday we will be celebrating Valentine’s day. Students can bring in valentine’s for their classmates.  If you would like to send in a treat to share, that would be great.  Please make sure that everything is store bought and nut free.  


Garden and Art Docent

Monday we will also be visiting the garden in the morning and we will have an art docent lesson in the afternoon.  It will be a busy and fun day!


Guest Chef

On Thursday , February 24 we will be participating in the guest chef program sponsored by Sierra Harvest.  A media release form was sent home Thursday.  Students can participate even if the media release is not signed.  If you have questions regarding this, please call or email me.


School Carnival

The school carnival is back! Mark your calendars, the school carnival is back.  It will be Saturday, April 30.  We will need parent volunteers to run our game.  I will let you know when we have decided what our activity will be.   


Have a great weekend !

 

Upcoming Dates

 

January 17- February 17 Lions Club reading Contest

February 14. Valentines' Day

February 18. No School - Presidents' Day

February 21. No School Presidents' Day

March 4 End of Second Trimester

Happy Fake Friday!


I am looking forward to the long weekend!  It is always nice to have a few extra days to relax.


This was a busy four day week.  Valentine’s day was enjoyed by all.  Thank you to those who sent in treats.  We had the perfect amount.  Your student should have brought home a clay heart.They made these with our garden docent.  They are filled with seeds of native California flowers. You can plant them in a pot or in the ground and hopefully you will have flowers soon.


We also enjoyed an art lesson.  Mrs. Yoho showed the students how to draw dragons in honor of Chinese New Year.  They turned out terrific!


Next Thursday we will be participating in the Guest Chef program through Sierra Harvest.  A media release was sent home regarding this event.  Students can participate even if you do not want photos taken.  I am looking forward to this activity.  It has always been lots of fun.


We have two weeks until the end of the trimester.  Encourage your student to keep up the great effort.  


The Lions’ Club reading contest is in full swing.  Your student can earn a raffle ticket for every AR test they take in their reading level.  The lucky winner will receive a Target gift card. Keep on reading !


Enjoy the weekend and I will see your students on a very special “Twos” day. (2/22/22)!

 

Upcoming Dates

 

January 17- February 17 Lions Club reading Contest

February 18. No School - Presidents' Day

February 21. No School Presidents' Day

March 4 End of Second Trimester

March 13 Daylight savings time - Spring forward

March 18. This is now a school day

 

 

Good afternoon,


I hope you all had a great week.  This is the last of the short weeks for quite a while, though next Friday is a minimum day and students will be released at noon.


The students have been very flexible this week with all of the changes. The mask mandate is still in place, but that could change on Monday.  Students opting not to mask have been offered desk shields to use in the classroom. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email or call myself or Mr. Bivens.


Thursday we participated in the guest chef program sponsored by Sierra Harvest.  Farmer Rob taught the students how to make veggie street tacos.  They were delicious.  The students enjoyed making and eating them.


This week is the last week to take AR tests to qualify for the drawing sponsored by the Lions Club.  One lucky fifth grader will win a Target gift card.  Tests can be taken until Sunday night.


Next week is the last week of the second trimester.  This school year is flying by!  Your student has been monitoring their progress in each class every week, so there should be no big surprises.  Grades will reset when the new trimester begins on March 7.


The Parents’ Club will be hosting a Teddy Bear Picnic next Friday afternoon after school.  A flyer was sent home in the Thursday folder with the details.


The PTC will be having its next meeting March 1 at 6 PM. The link to join the meeting is below.  They are looking for parents to help with a variety of activities.


Zoom link to join is: 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81926926952?pwd=VFNKaEx3VnR5SHdxMjFLQXBFaFgrUT09

 

Meeting ID: 819 2692 6952

Passcode: 25E157

 

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Upcoming Dates

 

January 17- February 17 Lions Club reading Contest

March 1. Parents' Club Meeting 6:00

March 4 End of Second Trimester - Minimum Day

March 13 Daylight savings time - Spring forward

March 18. This is now a school day

Happy Friday!


It was great to have a full week of uninterrupted school. I believe our next break will be our spring vacation.  I am looking forward to the focused time in the classroom.


The second trimester ended today.  I will spend the next week finalizing grades and preparing report cards.  Report cards will be sent home Thursday, March 17.


This is a great time to talk with your student and set academic goals for the end of the school year.  We will be setting goals in class and checking our progress each week.


Students will receive new AR goals next week.  I will be sending updates every few weeks.  Please look for these updates and help your student stay on track.


We will be working on our states and capitals this month.  Hopefully you have seen the list.  Students will be tested on 10 each week, and all 50 on April 8.  They will be graded on knowing the location of the states and capitals as well as the correct spelling.  This will be our spelling for the next five weeks. The students will be writing a state research project later this year.


Information went home about the Father/Daughter dance and Mother/Son breakfast.  This is a fundraiser put on by the Parent-Teacher Club at Magnolia.  It is a great event and a fun way to support our middle school.


Have a great weekend.  Hopefully we will get a little rain, or maybe some snow!

 

 

Upcoming Dates

March 13 Daylight savings time - Spring forward

March 14. NO MASKS!!!

March 17. Report Cards go home

March 18. This is now a school day

March 25. Teddy Bear Picnic 1:15 on the field

April 5. PTC Meeting Library

April 9 - 17 Spring Break

 

 

Good Afternoon!


I can’t believe we only have one trimester of school left.  In 12 short weeks your students will be officially done with elementary school and headed off to middle school. I do not know where the time has gone!


Report cards will be sent home next Thursday in the Thursday folder.  Please sign  and return the envelope so I know you have seen your child’s report card.


We will be reading The Westing Game at the end of the school year.  I can currently purchase them for $1.50 through Scholastic.  If you would like a copy for your child, please send in $1.50 by next Thursday.  If your child has their own copy it will allow them to write and take notes in the book.  


On Monday masks will no longer be required at school.  Some students and staff may still opt to wear a mask.  Please remind your students to be respectful to all no matter what they have decided.  


Monday will be a busy day.  We will be visiting the garden in the morning and celebrating Pi day.  We will also have an art docent lesson in the afternoon.


Speaking of art, student art work is currently on display at the Nevada County Rood Center.  It will be on display until May 24.  The building is open from 8-5:00 Monday through Friday. 


Don’t forget to “Spring forward” on Saturday night.  Enjoy this beautiful weekend!

 

 

 

Upcoming Dates

March 13 Daylight savings time - Spring forward

March 14. NO MASKS!!!

March 17. Report Cards go home

March 18. This is now a school day

March 25. Teddy Bear Picnic 1:15 on the field

April 5. PTC Meeting Library

April 9 - 17 Spring Break

Friday!


We had a busy week in room 18.  Monday we celebrated Pi day and completed an activity to help explain how to calculate the area of a circle.  Thursday we were treated to a great assembly which was paid for by our amazing Parent’s Club.  Ask your  students to show you the magic trick they learned.


Thank you to everyone who returned the report card envelope.  New grades have already been entered for the third trimester.


Encourage your student to study for the states and capitals test.  We will be working on the fourth set of ten this week.  There is a game and a song to help them.  They can be found in the google classroom.


Papers were sent home regarding the 5th grade health lesson.  This will be taught by our school nurse on Tuesday, April 4.  There is a form to return if you do not want your child to participate.  


We will be starting state research reports soon.  Each student will be researching a different state.  Students will be able to turn in their top three state choices. If more than one student wants the same state, preference will be given to the student who writes the most convincing argument.


AR progress reports will be coming home next week.  


Tuesday students will be taking the module 4 math assessment.  They should have completed all lessons on zearn.  Completing these lessons will help them prepare for the assessment.


There have been questions regarding class treats.  Treats still need to be store bought.  We have a peanut allergy so please try to find something that is nut free.


Have a great weekend!

 

 

Upcoming Dates

 

March 25. Teddy Bear Picnic 1:15 on the field

April 5. PTC Meeting Library

April 9 - 17 Spring Break

Spring has sprung!


The weather has been amazing this week.  There are LOTS of coats and sweatshirts in the lost and found.  If your student is missing something it is probably buried in the pile of clothing.


Zearn

This week we started module 5 and all students were moved to module 5 in Zearn as well.  Zearn is a great tool.  It can be used to review what was taught in class or as a preview of what will be taught. It aligns perfectly with Engage New York.  Students who stay current with their Zearn lessons tend to do better on the homework and the assessments.  Please encourage your student to stay current with their zearn lessons.


State Reports

We will begin our state report research next week.  This project will be completed both in class and at home.  Please look for a handout next week that will explain the criteria.  Students will be writing a research paper, making presentations and creating a float.  We will get books from the library next week.


School Carnival

The school carnival will be Saturday, April 30.  As a class we will need to have a booth.  Please let me know if you are interested in helping.  A sign up genius will be sent out after Spring Break.  Unfortunately, I will not be available the day of the carnival as I have a previous engagement.  


Science

We have been learning about the sun, the moon and constellations in our science unit.  Your student built a “Universe in a Box”.  If you have not seen it, ask them about it and have them explain why we only see certain constellations during certain seasons. 


Enjoy this amazing weather, but secretly pray for rain!

 

Upcoming Dates

April 5. Fifth Grade Health Unit

April 5. PTC Meeting Library

April 9 - 17 Spring Break

April 19.   Kindergarten Round Up

April 27.   Spring Pictures

 

Friday!


What a great week it has been.  Welcome to April.  I do not know where March went.  The year is just flying by.


Health Class

Just a reminder that the health class will be Tuesday, April 5.  It will be taught by our district nurse, Mrs. Shields. There will be a little bit of homework.  This will be turned in before Spring Break.


Wrinkle In Time

We will be watching A Wrinkle in Time on Wednesday afternoon.  Thank you to all who have turned in the permission slip.  Permission slips need to be turned in before they can watch the movie.  


State Report and Float

Students have started working on their state reports in class.  Information was sent home about the float project.  This project needs to be completed at home.  It is due May 2.


School Carnival

The school carnival will be Saturday, April 30.  Our class will be doing face painting.  Bridget Griffis has graciously offered to let us use her airbrush machine.  A signup genius will be sent out after Spring Break.


Book Fair

The Alta Sierra Library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair the week of April 26- 30th.  Information will be sent home next week regarding setting up an ewallet for your student.


Spring Pictures

Spring pictures will be April 27.  Information was sent home in the Thursday folder.


End of the Year Bar-b-que

Save the date !  We are planning A bar-b-que on Wednesday, June 8. The students will enjoy a great lunch, and there may be a student vs parents kickball game if there is any interest.  


That is all for now.  Enjoy the weekend, and only one more week until Spring Break!

 

Upcoming Dates

April 5. Fifth Grade Health Unit

April 5. PTC Meeting Library

April 9 - 17              Spring Break

April 19.                  Kindergarten Round Up

April 26- April 30.    Book Fair

April 27.                  Spring Pictures

April 30                   School Carnival

 

Happy Earth Day!


It is so great we are getting some much needed rain, and even a little snow.I hope you all had a restful spring vacation.  I enjoyed the week off and am slowly adjusting to being back at work.


Next week we will be going to the book fair on Tuesday.  Flyers went home in the Thursday Folder.  If your student would like to purchase books, please send them to school with money.  The book fair will also be open during the school carnival  from 11:30 - 4:30.


The Spring Carnival is Saturday, April 30 from 12-4:00.  Here is a link to the sign up genius if you would like to work a shift.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4EA8A72EA0FE3-school


State report floats are due May 2.  Hopefully your student has been working on this at home.  If they need construction paper or a shoebox, please let me know by Monday.


The flu is currently making its way through our classroom.  I have been encouraging hand washing and have made sure the surfaces of the desks are being cleaned each day. 


Next week students will be choosing groups for a science project.  These projects will be completed at school and presented at Open House on May 19.  More information will be sent home next week.


Have a great weekend!

 

Upcoming Dates

 

April 26- April 30.    Book Fair

April 27.                  Spring Pictures

April 30                   School Carnival

May 3                      PTC Meeting

 

Happy Friday!


Where did the month of April go?  The year just seems to be flying by.  


Carnival Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the school carnival and auction.  This should be a fun event for the entire family.  The carnival is from 12 - 4.  There will be an auction, food and the book fair will be open.  Volunteers are still needed to help at our classroom booth.  I have included a link for the sign up genius.  Unfortunately, I had a previous family commitment so I will not be able to be there.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4EA8A72EA0FE3-school


State Reports

Floats are due Monday, May 2.  If your student needs a reminder of the requirements, the directions can be found in their google classroom under the social studies tab.  I have changed the due date of the report to Friday, May 6.  Students should have all of the narrative sections completed.  We will be completing the table of contents, title page and bibliography next week in class.


Science Snacks

Students selected groups and snacks for their science project.  Information was sent home yesterday regarding the requirements.  Please ask your student for these papers if you have not seen them.  These sacks will be displayed the night of Open House, Thursday, May 19.


Teacher Swap

The week of May 23-27 I will be swapping places with Mrs. Lavelle, a sixth grade English teacher from Magnolia. Mrs. Lavelle is allowing me to accompany her class of sixth graders to science camp and she will be teaching my class.  This is a great opportunity for the students to get to know one of the teachers they will have next year.


State Testing

Students will be taking part in State testing during the month of May.  Students will be taking two math assessments, two language assessments and one science test.  Students have already completed the testing for physical education.  I will make you aware of the testing date as they come closer.  


Have a great weekend and let's make the most of these last few days of the school year.

 

Upcoming Dates

 

April 26- April 30.    Book Fair

April 30                   School Carnival

May 3                      PTC Meeting

May 16.                  Beginning of CAASSP testing

May 19.                  Open House

May 23- 27.            Mrs. Baker at camp

May 31                   Memorial Day - no school

June 8                   5th Grade Barbeque

June 10                 Last Day of School

Happy Friday!


So much to do and so little time remaining!  I can’t believe the end of the school year is so near!


CAASPP Testing

Next week the students will begin taking the CAASPP test.  We will be testing on Tuesday and Thursday for the next two weeks. Students will be taking the test on their chromebooks in class so it is important that they are bringing them charged each day.  You can help your student to prepare by making sure they are well rested and have had a healthy breakfast on the day of the test.


Science “Snacks”

Students have had two sessions in class to work on their science snacks and they will have two more sessions next week.  Thank you for sending in needed supplies.  The students are all engaged and excited about their projects.  These will be displayed at Open House so that everyone can see what each group has done.


State Reports

Next week students will be presenting their state reports. They will be expected to share information about their state.  Their float will serve as a visual aide and will help them remember some key facts about their state.


Mother’s Day disaster

Be sure to ask your student about the mother’s day mess I created.   It was an epic failure.  Sorry!!!!!


I hope you all have a relaxing weekend and I look forward to seeing the kids on Monday .

Upcoming Dates

May 9                      BMX Bike assembly

May 10                     PTC Meeting

May 10.                  Beginning of CAASSP testing

May 19.                  Open House

May 23- 27.            Mrs. Baker at camp

May 31                   Memorial Day - no school

June 8                   5th Grade Barbeque

June 9.                  Eagle Fun Day

June 10                 Last Day of School

Happy Friday!


What a crazy week this has been!  The strange weather seems to have thrown us all for a loop.  I think things are going to start to normalize this weekend.  Get ready for some warmer days.


State Testing

We completed two days of state testing this week.  Thank you for making sure that your student has been prepared with a charged chromebook.  We will have two more days of testing next week as well, on Tuesday and Thursday.


Open House

Next Thursday Alta Sierra will be hosting Open House from 6-7PM.  This is an opportunity for family members to come and see what we have been working on this school year.  Students will also have their “Science Snacks” on display.  I hope that many of you will be able to join us for this event.


Sixth Grade Science Camp

The week of May 23-27 I will be attending sixth grade science camp with Magnolia.  Mrs. Lavelle, a sixth grade teacher from Magnolia, will be here with the students.  This is a great opportunity for the students to become acquainted with one of their teachers for next year.  I will be able to check email and will be in contact with Mrs. Lavelle.


End of the Year Celebration

Please look for a signup genius regarding the end of the year celebration.  We will be having a barbeque lunch for the fifth graders and their families on Wednesday, June 8.  I hope to see you there. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4EA8A72EA0FE3-fifth1



I hope you are able to enjoy the warmer weather this weekend.

 

May 10                     PTC Meeting

May 10.                  Beginning of CAASSP testing

May 16                      BMX Bike assembly

May 19.                  Open House

May 23- 27.            Mrs. Baker at camp

May 31                   Memorial Day - no school

June 8                   5th Grade Barbeque

June 9.                  Eagle Fun Day

June 10                 Last Day of School

Good Afternoon!


It was so good to see so many of you here for Open House on Thursday.  It is wonderful to have people on campus like we used to.  


Many student projects were sent home on Friday.  Remaining projects will be sent home the week of May 30.  Thursday folders will not be sent home next week as I will be off campus all week.


We had another great lesson with Guest Chef Rob today.  Students learned how to make hummus.  It was really tasty!


June 1 we will have our last art docent lesson with Mrs. Yoho.We are so lucky to have her at our school.  I know the students have enjoyed her lessons throughout their time here at Alta Sierra.


Next week I will be at science camp with the sixth graders from Magnolia.  Mrs. Lavelle, a sixth grade teacher, will be here to teach my class.  Students will be working in groups in math and there will be no math homework unless your student is behind on zearn.  They should have completed lesson 10. If you need to reach me, I will check my email in the evenings.


This is the last week students will be going to the library.  No new books will be checked out this week.  All books should be returned.  Students who have overdue books will be receiving a bill from the library.  Please make an effort to return all library books.


Bridget Griffs has asked that you send in 2 photos of your student- one from this year and one from TK or kindergarten.  She is working on a display for our end of the year celebration.


The last week of school we will be having our 5th grade awards ceremony, barbeque and adult vs student kickball game.  Festivities will begin at 11:30.  I hope you are all able to make it for all or part of the day.

Here is the link to the sign up genius.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4EA8A72EA0FE3-fifth1


Thursday, June 9 the students will be participating in Field day with the third and fourth graders.  This should be a fun day as well.  


Be sure your student is coming to school with a water bottle.  It looks like it will be warm for the rest of the school year.


Have a great week and I look forward to seeing the students again on May 31.

 

Upcoming Dates

 

May 23- 27.            Mrs. Baker at camp

May 31                   Memorial Day - no school

June 8                   5th Grade Barbeque

June 9.                  Eagle Fun Day

June 10                 Last Day of School

Good Afternoon!


We are in the home stretch.  One more week left in the school year.  It is going to be a busy and fun week for everyone.


There will not be any homework this week.  Students should have their chromebook and charger in their desk at school.


Monday

We will be leaving for our field trip at 9:30.  Please make sure your student has a sack lunch.  If your student orders school lunch they will be provided a sack lunch.  Please make sure your student wears socks as well since we will be going bowling.


Tuesday

This will be a regular school day.We will be working on finishing a few assignments. 


Wednesday

We will be having our Awards ceremony and barbecue.  The festivities will begin at 11:30.  Parents are invited to join us for a barbecue lunch, awards ceremony, and a friendly adult vs. students kickball game.  I hope that many of you can join us.


Thursday

Eagle Day will occur from 8:30- 12:00.  Students who have completed all classwork , are caught up on Zearn and have brought in their chromebook and charger will participate in the fun activities.  We will be having our last art docent lesson in the afternoon.


Friday

We will have last day activities in class.  If you would like to send in a treat for a class party, that would be great.  We ask that all students be picked up in the lower lot after school today.


Summer Activities

If you are looking for activities for your student this summer I have listed a few below.


Art Classes at ASiF Studios June 13-August 5

For more information contact Amanda Paoletti  (530) 210-3162 or [email protected]

Visit www.asifstudios.com


Youth Hub Summer Day Camp

Seven Hills Middle School

700 Hoover Lane

Nevada City

Open 8am - 6pm starting June 20.

Learn more at bffyouth.org/summer

There are also summer reading programs at the local libraries.  Students will be able to get lunch daily at no cost.  Contact your local library to see which days lunch will be available and what programs are being offered.


I want to thank all of you for sharing your child with me this year.  It has been a pleasure!

 

Upcoming Dates

 

June 8                   5th Grade Barbecue

June 9.                  Eagle Fun Day

June 10                 Last Day of School - Report Cards sent home

Good evening!


It is here, the end of the school year!  It is with a somewhat heavy heart that I write this last newsletter of the year.  There are certain groups of students that really stick with you, and this is one of them.  I want to thank you all again for sharing your children with me this year.  I am so lucky to have been able to be part of their lives for a short time.  As a class they really worked well together and there was never a day that it was difficult to come in to work.  You are a great group of parents and it was a pleasure to work for you this school year.


A few last reminders:


Tomorrow is a minimum day.  School will end at 12:00.


All students need to take the bus or be picked up at the lower lot tomorrow.  


There is no after school care tomorrow.


Report cards are being sent home tomorrow in the Thursday folders.


In their report card envelope you will also find a ticket to the Nevada County Fair.  I hope to see you there!


I hope you all have an amazing summer.  Unwind, make fun family memories and maybe read a little.


Take care,


Mrs. Baker