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Welcome to fifth grade in Room 18.  I feel so privileged to be teaching in our wonderful district at Alta Sierra School.  I have taught Second, Third, Fourth, and Sixth grades for our district, as well as Fourth/Fifth combinations in my pre Nevada County life, and I bring those experiences to Fifth grade.  This will be my fourth year in Fifth grade here at Alta Sierra, and I know that I have found a great fit for my teaching style.  Fifth grade is an amazing opportunity for kids to grow and think in ways that I love being a part of.  I strive to make my classroom a place where every child wants to be each day.  I will ask my students to think deeply, be productive, and laugh often.  Academics at this grade level are challenging, and I will push the students to do their best while supporting them to do so. 

Please go to the next page, "Our Week" to learn about what we are currently doing in Room 18. 

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August 21-25

 

We had a fun four days last week.  We have done lots of fun assignments to get to know each other.  Your kiddos really seemed to enjoy being back to school and had lots of ideas to share. We have many things to finish up this week!

 

We had an awesome band assembly on Friday and notes went home about participating in band.   I hope that lots of students will take advantage of this great program that our district offers!

 

Tomorrow we will have a fun morning with the eclipse.  I purchased glasses for the students, so we will be safe while viewing the eclipse.  We will watch some videos to understand what is happening with the eclipse.  We are also going to make pin hole projectors.  It will be a great morning!  I am requesting a donation of $3 for each student to cover the cost of the glasses.  

 

Wednesday afternoon, we will start going to the computer lab.  We will be taking the AR Star test.  I would like to welcome our new computer lab teacher Mrs. Boyes.  We are so excited to have her!

 

We will be doing our first spelling unit this week.  Students will be tested on their spelling words on Friday. We will be using an on line program called Spelling City.  We will do all of the Spelling City practice during class this week in order to get kids used to the program.  Students will receive their words on Mondays.  We will write the spelling words in their agendas and discuss the words on Monday.  MondayTuesdayWednesday, and Thursday, for homework, students will play a game on Spelling City with the words.  (Please let me know if your child does not have internet access or does not have access to a computer) We will have a test this Friday, but it will also not count for a grade.  We will just take it for practice.

 

This week, we will be starting our reading practice at home. A reading log went home last Thursday and will be due the following Friday. New logs will always go home in Thursday folders and then will be due the following Friday.  We are expecting students to read for 20 minutes each night.


We started our math groups last Thursday.  We will start math homework this week.

I will be writing the homework for each day in the agenda.  Please take a look and initial your child's agenda. Thank you!  I know its an effort, but so helpful to get the kids on track.  

 

I have the "Looking Ahead" dates on the "Looking Ahead" tab of this website.  I am so looking forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night!  

 

 

 

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February 20-23

February 20-23

This is another short week for us!!  I hope that everyone enjoyed their four day weekend!  It was a chilly one! 

 

Thank you so much to everyone who sent in supplies and came in to help at our Valentine’s Day party!!  I think the kids had a blast!

 

Last week the kids had fun watching the Star Maker performance.  I think it got the 5th graders excited for choir next year!

 

Our Denim and Diamonds fundraiser is rapidly approaching!  Our Laundry theme basket turned out so darling AND useful!   It has a cute art to go with it.  I will try to take a picture and post it.  If you are not going to the event perhaps you will have a friend who is going make a bit for it on you behalf.  Kim Sayre also took and amazing photo of our class on the playground making the shape of a heart with our hands.  It is priceless!     Could you please let me know if you are going to the event?  

 

Kids will have their spelling and vocab tests this week on Friday

 

Our end of the trimester is rapidly approaching!!  We only have two weeks until the end of the trimester.  Please be asking your child how he/she is coming along with his/her AR goal.  AR tests taken for this will also apply toward our Library Reading Contest.  Time is going so quickly.  I can’t believe that we are almost to the point where we only have one trimester left!

 

 

In science, we finished water and we will move on to weather.  

 

In social studies we will carry on.  We didn't finish "The Poeple Unite" last week so that is on our list.  We will also begin picking states for our state report.  

 

We are scheduled to go to the garden tomorrow, but there is a chance that it will be rescheduled because it is so chilly.  I don't have the answer to that for sure, so please have you child come prepared with warm, casual clothes.  

 

Friday is a Sports Day!  Have your child feel free to dress accordingly.  

 

Just a reminder, if you could send in a pair of ear buds for the kids to use with our classroom computers, it would be awesome!

 

Our next book report will not be due until April 3rd.  I will be assigning books for this book report because it will be a biography book report.

 

Looking Ahead:

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

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

Saturday, March 3 Alta Sierra Denim and Diamonds fundraiser at the Alta Sierra Country Club

Tuesday, March 6 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Feb. 1- March 9th Library Reading Contest

Friday, March 9th Report Cards go home

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

Tuesday, April 10 5th Grade State Capitol Field trip

Monday, April 23- No School - Professional Development Day

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

Monday, April 30 State Testing ELA

Tuesday, May 1 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Tuesday, May 8 Testing ELA Performance Task

Tuesday, May 10 10:15 Math Performance Task

Sunday, May 13 Mother's Day

Thursday, May 17 Open House

Wednesday, May 23 State Testing Math

Thursday, May 24 4th Grade Coloma Field Trip

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

 

 

February 12-15

February 12-15

This is a short week and is going to fly by!  We have no school on Friday this week and the following Monday, so students will get a four day weekend!

 

If you are able to help out on Thursday at 1:15 this week for reading groups please let me know.  One of the amazing parents who does this weekly can't make it.  

 

Because we have two short weeks in a row, I am going to have spelling spread out over two weeks.  We will get the words this week, but students will not be tested on the words until next Friday, February 23.

 

On Tuesday this week, the Magnolia Star Makers will come to our school to perform.  That will be a treat!

 

Our Valentine’s Day Party will be on Wednesday afternoon.  Thank you so much to all of you who signed up for items to bring and to help!   We can always use extra help if you decide to come at the last minute.  We will be having nachos and other treats that afternoon, so students will not need a large lunch!  Our Valentine’s Day bags are made, so kids can bring their Valentine’s in at any time!!

 

Most students are either finished with their book reports or very close to being finished!  We will have a bit of time to finish up and then I will be asking kids to take them home to finish if needed.  

 

Students are working on fractions and making progress.   

 

We continue US history in social studies and are studying the beginnings of the Revolutionary War. 

 

Last week, we finished up our science unit on water.  I had mentioned that we would be having a test, but I couldn't fit it in last week.  We will be wrapping that up and beginning weather this week or next.  

 

Thanks very much for sending in money for the "laundry basket".  We have enough and it has turned out really cute.  I am going to try to pull an art project together to go with.  Crystal Fanelli is helping and graciously picked up all the materials.  Thank you Crystal!    Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 3rd for our "Denim and Diamonds" spring auction at the Alta Sierra Country Club! 

 

Please make sure that your child is working toward his/her full AR goal.  The end of the trimester is less than a month away…. March 2nd!

 

Our library reading program is going on right now.  Kids need to be reading and taking AR tests in order to earn tickets to possibly win a $50 gift card!  This will also help students to reach their AR goals!!  This ends March 9th.

 

If your child would like to participate in the Six Flags reading program in order to win tickets to go to the park, those reading logs are due February 15th.  That is only a few days away!

Please remember that if your child is passing our Valentine’s Day cards, we ask that he/she includes all people in our class.

Here is our Valentine’s Day list!

Aaron

Aiden

Alex

Andrew

Anna

Austin

Autumn

Bella C.

Bella D. 

Bryan

Colton

Corrine

Curtis

Dylan

Erik

Ethan

Evan

Ian

Jack

Jadelyn

Josh

Juliah

Kaden

Kayley

Lily M.

Lily R.

Maggie

Monica

Natalie

Ear buds or headphones

Hello Families,
 
I meant to request that you send in earbuds or head phones if you possible can so that we do not have to share school headphones.  Quite a few students have already done so.   Thanks so much!

February 5- 9

February 4-8

I hope all of the families enjoyed the beautiful weekend.  

 

On Tuesday, we will work on our book report in class.  Hopefully all students have finished their books!

 

Thank you so much to everyone who signed up to help with our Valentine’s Day party and for sending in supplies!  Our list is full for volunteers, but we can always use extra help, so feel free to come on in!!

 

One of our school's biggest fundraisers is just around the corner!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 3rd for our "Denim and Diamonds" spring auction at the Alta Sierra country club!  This is always such a great night out for parents!  Thank you so much to Crystal Fanelli for helping me organize our basket.  Also, thanks so much for sending in $ donations and items.   We will be letting parents know what help we will need with this!

 

Please make sure that your child is working toward his/her full AR goal.  The end of the trimester is only a month away!

 

Our library reading program is going on right now.  Kids need to be reading and taking AR tests in order to earn tickets to possibly win a $50 gift card!  This will also help students to reach their AR goals!!

 

If your child would like to participate in the Six Flags reading program in order to win tickets to go to the park, those reading logs are due February 15th.

 

We are zooming through the water units in both the science and Reach programs and the kids will be taking their test this week. Please encourage them to go over the outlines and tests they have in their science folders before Thursday.  

 

In Social Studies our topic is Causes of the Revolution.  The kids are doing so well learning all about US history.  

 

We are all being extra careful to keep the hair critters away.  Please continue to check your child's head weekly.  

 

Our Valentine list is: 

 

Aaron

Aiden

Alex

Andrew

Anna

Austin

Autumn

Bella C.

Bella D. 

Bryan

Colton

Corrine

Curtis

Dylan

Erik

Ethan

Evan

Ian

Jack

Jadelyn

Josh

Juliah

Kaden

Kayley

Lily M.

Lily R.

Maggie

Monica

Natalie

January 22-26

January 22-26

 

This week it will be nice to have a full week and get back into our routine!

 

On Friday we hit the mid trimester and it is a good time to check out your child's grades on Power School.  If you do not know how to do this, your child does and can direct you.  Keep in mind that these grades are not you child's final trimester grade.  Your child will need to continue to perform at a high level to keep grades up.  This is the time for kids to know if they have grades that they would like to improve before the actual trimester grades are finalized in March.   There is time!  Please encourage them to talk to me if they or you have a concern.  

 

Several kids found jackets and coats in the Lost and Found this week.  Please encourage them to keep looking.  There are so many! 

 

On Thursday we are having a planetarium assembly.  The kids will love it!

 

In reading, we will begin Unit 5 "Every Drop" to learn about the importance of water.  This coincides with our science study of water and water resources.  

 

We are on Unit 5 Week 1in vocab and will have a test next Friday.

 

We are on Unit 5 Week 2 in spelling and will have a test Friday. 

 

We will have Art Docent with Mrs. Yoho tomorrow.  Thats a great way to start our week.  

 

We DID manage to squeeze in Social Studies this week and had lots of discussion about slavery.  We will continue this week and begin study our developing government by looking at ancient Rome and Greece and how these cultures influenced governments in the colonies.  

 

I will soon talk to the kids about doing a state report.  Please help them to choose a state to do a report on.  

 

Please make sure that your child is reading a chapter book for our book report!  We will be doing that in class on Tuesday, February 6th.  That is only two weeks away!

 

One of our school's biggest fundraisers is just around the corner!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 3rd for our "Denim and Diamonds" spring auction at the Alta Sierra country club!  This is always such a great night out for parents!  The spring auction coordinator is still looking for some more parents to help out on some committees to make this night a big success.  Do you like to decorate?  Maybe you could be part of the decoration committee and get the venue ready the morning of the event.  How about helping spread the word through advertising or helping with the auction?  If you are interested in being part of one of these committees please join the spring auction volunteers at a planning meeting on Thursday, Jan 25th at Trailblazers at 6pm. 

 

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wedesday, February 14th.  I will be sending out a Sign up Genius sign up this week.  We will be exchanging Valentine’s in class.  I have asked the students if they are participating in our Valentine exchange to please include all students.  This will avoid hurt feelings.  Here are the names of the students in our class:

 

Aaron

Aiden

Alex

Andrew

Anna

Austin

Autumn

Bella C.

Bella D. 

Bryan

Colton

Corrine

Curtis

Dylan

Erik

Ethan

Evan

Ian

Jack

Jadelyn

Josh

Juliah

Kaden

Kayley

Lily M.

Lily R.

Maggie

Monica

Natalie

 

January 15-19

January 15-19

We had a great week back from break.  The students was so focused and showed how much they were ready to be back learning and seeing their friends.  We have welcomed another new student this week, Lily, and she is a fantastic addition to our class just as Juliah and Bella have been.  We are lucky to have these three girls.  

 

Remember, that tomorrow, Monday, January 15th is a holiday.  We do not have school.

 

This Friday, marks our mid trimester.  What is really amazing is that this marks the ½ way point of the school year.  I can’t believe how fast the time has gone.  I feel like there is still so much to do!  Please make sure to check your child’s grades on line.  We will not be sending a hard copy of the report card home.  You will need to check on line to see your child's current grades.  Let me know if you need help with this.

 

Please be checking with your child to see how he/she is coming along with meeting his/her AR ½ way goal.  Friday is also the deadline for this.  I have met with each student to let them know how many points they currently have.  

 

On Monday, we met with the teachers from Cottage Hill and one of the things that we decided was that we are not going to participate in the Speech Contest.  We all came to the conclusion that it is not a child centered project.  It winds up being a parent project.  The kids will have a couple of other opportunities to present projects and do oral presentations.  So, you are off the hook with trying to find a topic!

 

We are nearing the end of our reading unit "Nature's Network" and will be reading "Phyo-Power" about the importance of phytoplankton.  We will also be completing an activity called "Shark Tidbits".  I will also read a selection about Martin Luther King when he was a child that will generate good discussion to celebrate our holiday.  

 

This week, we will continue spelling 5.1.  The test will be Thursday.  

 

The kids have been assigned their vocabulary words.  They will have a test on these this Friday.

 

This week we will be writing our final copy of our New Year's resolutions.  

 

In math, we are working on dividing decimals.

 

In science we wrapped up or unit on the human body.  I will be sending all of the work that we have done on that home in the Thursday folders.  We will begin our first Earth Science chapter on Earth's Water.  

 

With the short week we may not get to Social Studies. 

 

Our next book report will be completed in class on Tuesday, February 6th.  Please check with your child to make sure that they have a chapter book that they can begin in the next week.  This Tuesday when we go to the library I will be asking kids to check out a book that could be used for their book report unless they have a book that they are reading at home.

 

Thank you so much to the parents that send in pencils, paper, and tennis balls.  The students and I so appreciate your contributions.  If you would still like to donate, we could use small prizes for rewards.  

 

On Friday, I noticed SO MANY coats and jackets in the lost and found bin in the multi-purpose room.  If you can possibly get in to go through them I think you might find some lost items.  

 

Enjoy your day off tomorrow and the lovely weather.  My phone app predicts snow in Nevada City on Friday.  Exciting!  

 

 

Looking Ahead:

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

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

Tuesday, April 10 5th Grade State Capitol Field trip

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

Thursday, May 24 4th Grade Coloma Field Trip

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

 

 

Week of January 9-12

January 9-12

Happy New Year to all!  I hope all of the kids had a fun and restful break!

 

Thank you so much for all of the supplies you sent in and for all of the help we received in order to make our gingerbread houses.  I think it was a fun day for the kids!  This required a lot of helpers and supplies and you all were so willing to support the kids.  

 

Students will not have school on Monday the 8th.  It is a professional development day for teachers.  I look forward to seeing the kiddos on Tuesday! 

 

In the next few weeks, we will begin working on our speeches for the Nevada County Speech Contest.  This year’s topic is  “Technology’s Impact: Past, Present or Future.”  All students will be required to write a speech and give it to our class.  If you could be talking with your child and helping him/her come up with ideas for a speech it would be great.  We will be doing some of the work for this at school, but unfortunately, it requires a lot of one on one help for the kids to write a speech.  This means that kids will really need parental help at home in order to complete this.  I will try to break it down into small chunks, so hopefully it will not be too painful!  Thank you for your help and support with this!!

 

Our next book report will be completed in class on Tuesday, February 6th.  Please check with your child to make sure that they have a chapter book that they can begin in the next week.

 

In spelling we are on word list 5.1.   Because we have two short weeks, we will not have the test until next Friday, January 19th. 

 

We will have vocabulary this week.

 

The end of the Mid-trimester is Friday, January 19th.  Please be checking with your student to see how they are coming along with their ½ way AR goal.   Students should also be checking their grades.  I can’t believe the year is almost half over!  Time is going really fast.

 

In the next few weeks, we will start working on our state report.  Most of the work for this will be done at school, although it would be a help to get some of the research done at home.   Please be talking with your child about which state he/she would like to report on.

 

Next Monday, January 15, is a holiday for Martin Luther King Day, so next week will be a short week too!!

 

Looking Ahead:

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

MondayJanuary 8- No School For Students - 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

Tuesday, April 10 5th Grade State Capitol Field trip

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

 

December 18-22

December 18-22

This upcoming week is going to be full of fun!!

 

I have decided to not assign reading this week for homework and instead have kids record reading for the Six Flags reading log for the kids who want to participate in that.  This is not required, but the reading for Six Flags is supposed to be unassigned reading.

 

This week, we will have spelling activities for homework,  but no test on Friday.  Several kids had difficulty with last week's test.  I encourage them to retake that test by Wednesday to improve their score.  

 

On Tuesday, we will be watching the 2nd graders dress rehearsal, so we need to cancel reading groups on Tuesday.  We will still have reading groups on Thursday.

 

We will be finishing up our Christmas craft projects at the beginning of the week.

 

Thank you so much to everyone who has volunteered to help with our gingerbread houses and who are sending in supplies. 

 

We will be making frosting and organizing candy on Wednesday afternoon.  Thursday morning, we will be assembling our houses and on Fridaymorning we will be decorating our houses.

 

Remember that I would like all of the kids to bring in some type of candy to share and then either powdered sugar or graham crackers.  Thank you all so much!

 

On Wednesday, we will be participating in Donation Day.  This is a longstanding tradition in Grass Valley were students parade through downtown and bring a can of food to the Women’s Relief Society.  We are asking each student to bring in a can of food.  We will drop the cans off in the multi purpose room and then Mr. Hendricks will deliver Alta Sierra’s cans to the Relief Society.  Thank you for your help with this and thanks to Mr. Hendricks for organizing this for us.

 

Thursday December 21 is ugly sweater day or holiday attire.  Friday, December 22 is pajama day.

 

Friday, December 22 is a minimum day.  School will be out at 12:00.

 

On Friday, we will be watching a Christmas movie.  Kids are welcome to bring a pillow, blanket, and stuffed animal if they like!

 

Thank you all so much for a great 2017.  Next time you receive a newsletter from me it will be 2018!

 

Looking ahead:

 

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

FridayDecember 22- Minimum Day

December 25- January 6- Winter Break

Monday, January 8- No School - Professional Development Day

Wednesday, January 10-Field Trip for 4th Grade to California Indian Museum

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

Tuesday, April 10 5th Grade State Capitol Field trip

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

Thursday, May 24 4th Grade Coloma Field Trip

Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day- No School

Tuesday, June 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

June 7, Last day of school

December 11-15

December 11-15

 

We have another full week this week with lots of activities going on!

 

The kids had a blast at the Mistletoe Mall.  Thanks so much to all of the parents who organized this and volunteered their time!!

 

I hope lots of you were able to attend the pancake breakfast.  Thanks to all of the people who put this event together!

 

If  you haven’t seen the sign up for our holiday party, here is the link to that sign up!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a9a62ba5ff2-winter

We still have a few supplies that we need, but what is super important are the parent helpers that we need.  We can’t do this project without lots of help, so please take a look at the times that we need helpers and see if you are available.  Thank you!

 

This Thursday is our first ever, Family Science Night!  There will be interactive exhibits and demonstrations for students to participate in!  It will be held from 6:30-8:00 in the multipurpose room.  It will be a fun night and we hope that lots of people will attend.

 

 

We will be on spelling Unit 4 Week 1.  

 

In reading, we finish the unit, Catching the Light and will begin Nature's Network. 

 

We will have an Art Docent presentation tomorrow by Mrs. Yoho.  

 

There are a few donations that I was going to hit families up for.  Our classroom could use tennis balls.  The kids play with tennis balls during recess, but they get lost easily.  We go through #2 pencils like water.  We could really use some #2 Ticonderoga pencils.  We could also use some white notebook paper with the wide lines.   If you are willing to donate any of these items to our classroom it would be much appreciated.  There is no rush on them.  The second half of the year would even be great!

 

Thank you for all of your help and support!!

Looking Ahead:

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

Thursday Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 8 Science Night at AS

Friday, December 22- Minimum Day

December 25- January 6- Winter Break

Monday, January 8- No School - Professional Development Day

Wednesday, January 10-Field Trip for 4th Grade to California Indian Museum

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)

december 4-8

 

December 4-8

 

Is it really December?  Oh my.  We have much to accomplish in the next 3 weeks of school before break

 

On Wednesday afternoon, we go to the mistletoe mall. If you would like your child to be able to purchase gifts for friends and family, please send them with money.

 

 

We will be on spelling Unit 4 Week 2 this week.

 

We will have a vocab test on Friday.

 

 In social studies, we will learn about early colonization and trade. 

 

In science we will learn about the circulatory system. 

 

Don’t forget about Atla Sierra’s science night on Thursday, December 14 from 6:30-8:00. We are so excited about this fun learning opportunity!!!

 

Be looking for our sign up genius for our winter celebration project. I will be posting it this week.  

We will be making “gingerbread houses.” This is a labor intensive project. We will need lots of parent help and quite a few supplies. I am asking all students to please send in some type of candy or other item for decorating the houses and then one additional item. Thank you so much for your help with this project. It is lots of fun for the kids! We will also be needing parents who would be willing to help make frosting and bag up candy on Wednesday, December 20th.

 

Next Saturday, December 9th is our pancake breakfast from 8-11.

 

Hopefully you all received report cards in Thursday folders. 

 

Tomorrow, we will have our celebration for students who met their AR goal for this trimester.

 

We have started a new trimester, so kids still need to be reading and taking AR tests. New AR goals and levels are in the front of their agendas. Their ½ way goals will be due before we know it!!

 

 

Looking ahead:

Tuesday, December 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

December 6-9 Mistletoe Mall

Thursday Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 8 Science Night at AS

Friday, December 22- Minimum Day

December 25- January 6- Winter Break

Monday, January 8- No School - Professional Development Day

Wednesday, January 10-Field Trip for 4th Grade to California Indian Museum

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

 

 

Nov 27-Dec 1

November 27-December 1

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the extra time off of school!  Our family had a fabulous time.  

 

We had a wonderful feast on Tuesday.  Thank you so much to everyone for sending in supplies and to the parents who came in and helped!!

 

We have a full week this week and will get back in our groove.

 

We are on spelling Unit 4 Week 1.  

 

We will continue reading Unit 2 in Reach "Capturing the Sun" with a nonfiction story.  

 

We well finish up our book reports.  

 

In social studies we will do Studies Weekly "Three Flags Over Florida". 

 

Report card will come home this Thursday.  Even though we have wrapped up our AR goals for this trimester, kids still need to stay on top of reading and taking AR tests.  We start all over again with new goals!  Those will come home this week.

 

Our class will go to the Mistletoe Mall on Wednesday, December 6th.

 

Our next four weeks are going to fly!!  We have lots of fun holiday activities planned.

 

We will not do a book report in January.  Instead, we will begin working on our speeches for the Nevada County Speech Contest.  This year’s topic will be “Technology’s Impact: Past, Present or Future.”  We will work on this in class, but students will need lots of support with this at home.

 

Our next book report will be on February 6th, so kids will need to start thinking of a chapter book as soon as winter break is over.

 

I will send home information about our holiday celebration in the next couple of weeks.  We will be making gingerbread houses.

 

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

 

Looking Ahead:

Tuesday, December 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

December 6-9 Mistletoe Mall

Thursday Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 8 Science Night at AS

Friday, December 22- Minimum Day

December 25- January 6- Winter Break

Monday, January 8- No School - Professional Development Day

Wednesday, January 10-Field Trip for 4th Grade to California Indian Museum

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

November 20 and 21

November 20 and 21

This will be a fun and fast two day week!  There is no school on Wednesday.  

 

Friday was the end of the trimester.  Report cards will go home on Thursday, November 30th.

 

A few kids did not make their AR goals.  Please ask your child if they met their goal.  Students will get new goals the week after Thanksgiving, so kids need to keep reading and taking AR tests.

 

We will have our multiplication reward party on Monday.  Congrats to those students who passed all of their multiplication facts on line!

 

Tuesday is our feast!  Thank you so much for filling up our Sign Up Genius so quickly!!  It will be a simple, but sweet celebration.  All are welcome.  We will cancel reading groups in the afternoon on Tuesday because parents are so busy with their holiday plans.  

  

We will start our book report on Monday.  If your child has the book that they read, please encourage them to bring it.   We will work on this most of the day on Monday and Tuesday.  If kids don’t finish, we will finish it up after break

 

The only homework for this week will be math on Monday.  We will have no spelling or reading log this week! 

 

There is band and Homework Club on Tuesday.  

 

A big thank you to you for sending in so many cans and food items for the Can Drive.  

 

I hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, November 27th!

 

Looking Ahead:

November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

December 6-9 Mistletoe Mall

Thursday Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 8 Science Night at AS

Friday, December 22- Minimum Day

December 25- January 6- Winter Break

Monday, January 8- No School - Professional Development Day

Wednesday, January 10-Field Trip for 4th Grade to California Indian Museum

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

November 13-17th

November 13-17

 

Our time is flying!!  I can’t believe that we only have this one full week and then the following week we have 2 days and then it will be Thanksgiving break!  After Thanksgiving, we only have four weeks and then it is Winter Break!  This time will be full of lots of projects and activities, so it will go by super fast!

 

This Friday is the end of our first trimester and is a minimum day.  Students will be released at 12:00.  Report cards will go home on Thursday, November 30.

 

There are still some students who have not reached their AR goals.  I would like all students to meet their AR goals by Friday.  Please ask your child if he/she has met his/her AR goal.  If students do not meet their goal it will affect their reading grade.

 

This coming week, we will be on spelling Unit 3 Week 4.

 

We are back to National Geographic Reach for Reading.  We are in the unit called "Capturing the Sun".  It is a mix of myths about the sun and nonfiction, informational stories.  

 

I have sent out the Sign Up Genius for our Thanksgiving celebration.  Our potluck will be our lunch for this day, so you do not need to send a lunch with your child on Tuesday, the 19th.  Here is the link in case you need it:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a9a62ba5ff2-2015

 

We will be collecting canned foods through this Friday.  Thank you so much to the many of you who have already sent food in!!

 

Friday is also Backwards Day!  Help your child to remember to wear things backwards!

 

I checked in with the kids about what chapter book they are using for their book report.  It sounds like most of them have that figured out.  If you could just double check with your child to make sure he/she is on track to finish his/her book it would be awesome!  If they can bring the book to class on the 20th that would be helpful.  

 

This Monday, we will get to watch the adorable kindergartners perform their fall program.

 

This Thursday is our Las Katarina’s fundraiser!  Have dinner with your family and raise money for our school!

 

Mark your calendar!!!  One of our assemblies this year will be a Family Science Night which will be on Thursday Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 8 in the multipurpose room. All students and their families are invited.  We've heard wonderful things about this program and have been wanting to do a science night at AS for some time. The program is entitled Science in Our World and includes demonstrations and interactive exhibits by Explorit Science Center in Davis.  Please try to attend this incredible event!!

 

I will be sending in the Scholastic Book Club order.  Please let me know if you would still like to order books.  

 

Looking Ahead:

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

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

Friday, November 17 Backwards Day

November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

December 6-9 Mistletoe Mall

Thursday Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 8 Science Night at AS

Friday, December 22- Minimum Day

December 25- January 6- Winter Break

Monday, January 8- No School - Professional Development Day

November 6-9

November 6-10

 

Today is daylight savings!  Enjoy your extra hour today!  

 

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween last week. 


Thank you all so much for the generous supplies you sent in for our Halloween party!  We wound up having LOTS of stuff!  Thank you so much to all of the parents who helped out at the party!  It was a blast.

 

Our book report will be coming up fast!  Please make sure your child is working on a chapter book in order to complete his/her book report.  We will start our book reports on Monday, November 20.

 

Students need to meet their AR goal by November 15th  If they do not meet their AR goal it will affect their reading grade.  Please ask your child how he/she is progressing toward his/her AR goal.  Quite a few kids have already made it!

 

Our trimester ends on November 17th.  Report cards will go home on Friday, Dec. 1.  Please be checking your child’s grades.  I just finished entering grades for the last two weeks.  

 

We finished The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson and took our end of the book test.  I still have some grading for comprehension on this book.  The kids say they really loved this book.  

 

Remember that this is a four day week!  Friday is a holiday in honor of Veteran’s Day.  Reading logs will be due and we will take our spelling test on Thursday. Kids will only have to read for four nights this week due to the short week!

 

We are on Unit 3 Week 3 for spelling. 

 

Our Kids Can food drive has started.  If at all possible, send in donations for this.  These are the foods that they say are most needed:  Canned meats like tuna, chicken, turkey, ham, stew and chili, canned vegetables,
pasta & pasta sauce,
beans, rice,
healthy cereals, peanut butter, baby food & baby formula.  No glass containers, please!

I can’t believe how quickly our time is going!  It will be Thanksgiving break soon!  We will be having a Thanksgiving feast.  I will send out a Sign Up Genius soon.

We will have  another awesome art docent presentation by Mrs. Yoho tomorrow!  

Square One art orders have been extended.  They are due Monday, November 13.

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

Looking Ahead:

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

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

Friday, November 17 Backwards 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

Wednesday, January 10-Field Trip for 4th Grade to California Indian Museum

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)

  

October 30-Nov 3

October 30- November 3

We accomplished a lot of academics last week.  On a lighter note, I am having fun with the kids with Halloween activities: poems, art and jokes.  Have they told you any?  

 

Tuesday, we will have our Halloween parade and party!  It will be a lively day for the kids!  Thank you so much for everyone who has volunteered to send in supplies for our party and help with groups.  The parade starts at 8:15.  Please feel free to join us!  Our party will start at 12:30.  You are welcome to join us for the party.   Please send in all supplies by Tuesday.

 

On Thursday, we sent home information about the Square One art orders.  They are due by Friday.  Sorry for the quick turn around on this.  It is the company’s policy.  Thanks again to Susie Yoho for organizing this!

 

Please be checking in with your child about how they are doing with meeting their AR goal.  When we go to the library, kids need to be checking out chapter books that are at their reading level.  They can use these for their reading logs during the week and then take AR tests on them when they are finished with them.  They have until November 17th  to meet their goal.  If they do not meet their AR goal it will affect their reading grade.

 

We will start our next book report on November 20.  One of the books that your child is reading for his/her reading log and for taking AR tests should be used for this!  No need for making extra work!

 

 

We will finish The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson this week and work on our written activities.  

 

In science, we are almost finished with Plants and will have our end of unit test and be ready to start The Human Body next week. 

 

In Social Studies, we will continue to learn about Explorers of the New World.  

 

Remember that Friday, November 10 is a holiday.  So, the week after next we only have four days of school.

 

The Kids Can food drive will be from November 2 to November 17.  Please be thinking of items that you can send in for the program.

 

Thanks so much for all of the help and support with your children.  They are doing a great job!  We are really coming together as a class!

 

Looking Ahead:

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

TuesdayOctober 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