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Canned Food Drive

I am excited to announce that Alta Sierra will begin collecting canned and non-perishable food the Monday after Thanksgiving. If you find yourself with an extra can of green beans or pumpkin or a box of stuffing, please consider sending this in to get us started, and please watch the ads or add an item or two to your grocery or Costco list. These donations help those in our community. In our class, we'll add a math component - charting each item that comes in and using different methods to display our weekly data.
The food drive will culminate with an Alta Sierra Donation Day Parade on Thursday, December 21 (Third graders will learn more about the history of this important Grass Valley tradition as we study our county's rich history over the next four weeks). Happy Thanksgiving - thank you for sharing what you have with those who could use a helping hand.

Virtual Author Talk

Hello Second & Third Grade Families,
We have been fortunate enough to get to participate in a virtual author talk on Tuesday, December 12th at 10:30am. Classes will get to view a presentation by the authors via Zoom in their classrooms.  The featured book is Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes. I will be reading the book to the class when they visit the library next week and then each child will receive their own copy of the book to take home. There is a link below if you'd like to learn more about the book. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Keep Calm & Read On,
Alicia Alonso
Alta Sierra Elementary

Scholastic Book Order - Due online 11/17

Hello, families!

Book order flyers will be sent home tomorrow, Thursday 11/16. There are many popular titles at great prices in the flyer, and far more that you can access online. You can search by title, grade and reading levels, or interest.

Place an order of $25 or more and you can pick a FREE $5 book (use code READS at checkout).

Family Order Due Date: 11/17/23
I know this is a quick turn-around, but I cannot change the due date in their new system.

Invite relatives and friends to help your child discover the pure joy of reading when you share our Class Page link.

Updates from Room 8

What a great week in the classroom. We read about the Titanic in Scholastic News, worked hard in math and 95 Phonics, and finished the week with a Mystery Reader (be sure to sign up for a time when you can surprise your child and the class!).
Next week will no doubt be memorable at Alta Sierra. Students are encouraged to wear a costume to school Tuesday morning (leave weapons and excessively scary/bloody home for this one) to wear in the parade. We'll have festive activities throughout the day in the classroom - thank you to those who have already to send in items. You can do so here: Halloween
You are welcome to be here for the parade, and if you're able, please consider staying for our STEM activity that follows: building pumpkin catapults (the "pumpkins" will be orange pom-poms and construction supplies will include craft sticks and masking tape). It should be a fun time for all!
Wednesday, November 1, is a Professional Development day for teachers with no school for students.

Sign-Ups & Jog-a-Thon

Hello Families,
Please be sure you've signed up for the following:
If your schedule permits, we look forward to seeing you on the field this Friday at 10:35 to cheer on Room 8 runners and help mark laps as they run in the jog-a-thon

Updates 9/11

Hello families,
Today we finished a Scholastic News issue with a brief article remembering 9/11/01. We did not view the video - I wanted to leave this for families to view and discuss together if they choose to. It is accessible through your child's Google Classroom account.
Over the next few weeks, all PRSD students will have lessons on Digital Citizenship. All lessons are through Common Sense Education.
If you haven't already done so, please be sure to sign up for a parent-teacher conference. The link is in the sidebar of this website.

Updates 8/31

Hello families,
Students are continuing to learn and practice routines for the new school year as we have introduced additional parts of the curriculum this week.
Thank you for your support at home - most students have had their reading journals and math homework complete this week, and we have had practice "fishbowl" book talks to teach the routines that will be part of our reading journal follow-up each day T-F.
If you haven't yet had the chance, please be sure to sign up for a Parent-Teacher conference, and consider sign-ups to be a Mystery Reader and to schedule your child's Golden Eagle week. All sign-ups can be found in the sidebar of our classroom site.
Scholastic Book Clubs
The first Scholastic book order came home today in the Thursday envelope. This paper flyer gives a good start, but please be sure to look at the site for an extensive selection of books, with the option to search by interest, reading level, etc. Your child's reading level is marked with a sticker on the back cover of his or her reading journal. Place an order of $25 or more and you can pick a FREE $5 book (use code READS at checkout). Please place this first order by next Friday, Sept. 8, at 1pm.
Alta Sierra Spirit Wear Order
Be sure to place an order to support our school and turn Room 8 blue on Fridays! Purchase by Tuesday 9/5 to be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Alta Sierra Spirit Gear Store

Room 8 Updates

Hello Families,
I am glad to have seen so many of you at Back to School Night yesterday. I look forward to a great year working together to guide and educate your children. Please be sure to take a look at the sign-ups I mentioned, all of which can be found in the sidebar of our classroom website (conference schedule, Mystery Readers, and Golden Eagles).
Have a fantastic weekend!