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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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June 4-7

June 4-7

 

 

Happy last week of school at Alta Sierra 5th graders.  I can hardly believe that this is it!  I have so enjoyed the personalities that I have worked with this year.  Best to you all! 

 

We have an exciting day tomorrow.  The kids will be presenting their STEM Science group projects to the kids in 1st- 3rd grade.  Our first round of presentations will be from 8:30-9:50.  The kids will have a break from 9:55-10:25 and then we do our second round of presentations from 10:30-11:30.  Please feel free to stop by school and check it out!  The kids have learned a lot about working together with this project!

 

On Tuesday afternoon, we will have a woman coming to talk to us about the Forest Industry.  She has awesome hands on activities for the kids to participate in!

 

Wednesday is our Fun Day!  Kids are going to be out in the sun for most of the day and playing games in the sun.  Please make sure that they come to school with sunscreen on and have comfortable clothes for playing and good shoes for running!  Also, please send them with a water bottle so they can stay hydrated!  It is supposed to be 80 and partly cloudy on Wednesday, so hopefully it won’t be sweltering!   Thank you so much to the people who have volunteered to help with the day’s events and send in supplies.  Remember, that we will be having our end of the year celebration/picnic on Wednesday, June 6th.  Sweeney’s Weenies will be here to provide a hot dog lunch for us.  Parent’s club is paying for the students, but any other family members who would like to purchase a hot dog meal will need to pay $5 per person.  You don’t need to send money into school, just bring it with you on Wednesday.  Your child let me know how many people in their family are planning to purchase the lunch.  If you could check with them and let me know if I need to order more we will be sure to have enough.   All family is welcome!  Make sure you bring a lawn chair, blanket, or beach towel to sit on for lunch. 

 

Here is our schedule for June 6th:

In the morning, we will have our Fun Day rotations, we will do lunch with parents around 11:30, then play kickball with the parents until around 1:00.  At about 1:15, we will have a super informal promotion ceremony on the wooden stage near the upper playground.  We hope that all parents will be able to make it this day and celebrate the years that your child has spent at Alta Sierra School. 

 

Thanks again for an awesome year!  It was such a pleasure to get to know you all and to work with your children.

Looking Ahead:

Monday, June 4, 4/5 STEAM Exploratorium In MP room

Tuesday, June 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Wednesday, June 6th Fun Day and End of the Year Celebrations!

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

 

May 29-June 1

May 29- June 1

I hope that everyone is enjoying this beautiful three day weekend!  The kids are definitely counting down the last two weeks of school.  

 

 

This coming week will go by fast!  We have testing on Wednesday.  This will be our last day of testing unless kids have make up tests to do.

 

We are trying to still have a routine and get work done!  I have found that this is best for keeping the kids calm and encouraging good behavior.  Without structure, things can get crazy! 

 

Kids have until this Friday, June 1st to meet their AR goal.  Please ask your child how he/she is coming along toward meeting his/her AR goal. Students have to meet at least 75% of their AR goal in order to attend Fun Day.

 

Please remind your child to have good behavior for the next two weeks.  Students with over 6 refocus forms will start to loose fun day rotations. We want to end the year on a positive note, and having good classroom behavior is a big part of this.

 

We have decided to move our STEM Mini Exploratorium to Monday, June 4th.  We will be having this in the multipurpose room from 8:30-10:00and then 10:40-11:15.  Feel free to come check out what the kids have been working on during science groups.

 

We will be doing our last book report in class this week.  

 

Our end of the year picnic will both be on Wednesday, June 6th.   The cost of the student hot dog lunches will be covered by the Parent’s Club.  If parents or other family members would like to purchase a hot dog lunch, just bring your $5 the day of the picnic!  We do need to get a head count though, so if you could please let your child know how many additional family members will be purchasing a hot dog lunch it would be super helpful.   Thank you so much for the sign ups for that day.  In the afternoon, the 5th graders will be having a parent vs. student kickball game and then a very simple promotion ceremony.  We hope that parents can make it!  Our schedule is on the Sign Up Genius!  Make sure you bring a lawn chair, blanket, or beach towel to sit on for lunch. 

 

This coming Friday is Hawaiian Shirt and Flip Flop Day!

 

May 21-25

May 21-25

I can’t believe that we only have three weeks of school left!!  Our time this year has gone so fast for me!

 

Thank you so much to all of you who were able to attend Open House! I was disappointed that I had a glitch in the slideshow.  I have so many good pictures on it.  I got it going the next day so at least the kids got to see it.   Your students worked really hard the past month or so to complete all of the work that we had out on display!  Thank you all for the support you gave your children in order to complete the Science Fair projects!  The kids did a great job and I know that they could not have done it without your help!  Thank you!!

 

This week we have testing on two days, Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

We will have will finish the spelling that we started last week.  There won't be spelling homework on the nights before the testing days.  

 

We are wrapping things up, but we still have some things to complete.  I have also found that it is good to keep the kids busy up until the end of the year, otherwise, I have mayhem in the classroom!

 

This week will be our last reading log. 

 

Kids need to meet their final AR goal by Friday, June 1st.  We will be taking our last AR Star test and doing our final reading fluency soon!

 

We will be doing one last book report in class on Wednesday, May 30th.   Please check with your child to make sure that he/she is reading a chapter book or has finished a chapter book fairly recently.

 

Thank you so much for signing up for the end of the year picnic.  All of the slots are full!  Wow.  For those of you who signed up to bring items for the goodie bags, it would be great if you could start sending those in.  I originally asked for them by June 1st, but our coordinators would like to get started assembling them.  

 

 

I could really use 1 more person to help run our station on Fun Day for part of the time.   One of our helpers will be leaving to go to the Kindergarten Luau.  If someone could come in from 9:30 to 10:30 that would be fantastic.  Please let me know if you can do this.  

 

5th graders will be doing state PE testing this week.  It is really important that they wear or bring tennis shoes for this.  Thanks!  

 

I think that is about it for now!  Thank you again for all of your help and support!!  It is much appreciated!

Looking Ahead:

Tuesday, May 22 State Math Testing

Wednesday, May 23 State Testing Math

Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day- No School

Wednesday, May 30th State Testing Math Performance Task

Friday, June 1, 4/5 STEAM Exploratorium In MP room

Tuesday, June 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Wednesday, June 6th Fun Day and End of the Year Celebrations!

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

 

May 7th-11

May 7-11

 

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I have so little time with your great kiddos.  There are only 5 weeks left and we have lots going on.  We are about halfway through our testing and we are working on projects for Open House. 

 

This coming week, the only testing that we have is on Wednesday. (Yeah!!)  Thank you again to parents who have been sending in testing snacks and drinks.  The kids really look forward to the refueling and appreciate it!

  

I want to make sure that students have plenty of time to finish up Science Fair projects, so we will not be doing vocabulary.  We haven't had spelling in two weeks so we will resume this week.  I hope to give the kids some time in class to do Spelling City so that their main focus can be their science projects.  Don't forget to have your kids bring in their science project on Tuesday, May 15.  We will be presenting projects that week.  

 

The kids will have one last book report to do!  Hopefully everyone is reading a chapter book or has finished one recently.  We will start this book report in class on Wednesday, May 30!

 

Don’t forget that Open House is on Thursday, May 17th starting at 6:00.  We hope to see everyone!  Sweenie’s Weenies will be there, Lazy Dog, and the book fair will be open.  

 

I will be in North Carolina next weekend for my son's college graduation from Chapel Hill.  We are so excited for him.  Rachael Von Ruden will substitute for me on Friday and Monday so that I am able to make this special trip.  The kids are always thrilled to have her teach.  

 

I can’t believe how short our looking ahead date list has become!

Looking Ahead:

Wedesday, May 9 Testing Math

Sunday, May 13 Mother's Day

Thursday, May 17 Open House

Tuesday, May 22 State Math Testing

Wednesday, May 23 State Testing Math

Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day- No School

Friday, June 1, 4/5 STEAM Exploratorium In MP room

Tuesday, June 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

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

 

April 30-May 4

April 30th- May 4th

Tomorrow, we begin our first day of state testing.  We are going to be very busy with this for the next three  weeks!  Our testing days this week are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.   Please make sure your student gets a good night sleep for these days.  Thank you so much for signing up to bring snacks and drinks (water bottles are fine).  

 

 

Because this will be such a rigorous week, I will not assign spelling again this week.  This should give your child some extra time to work on science projects and to read.  Some kids are needing reminders to turn in weekly reading logs. 

 

Remember that Friday was our mid-trimester.  Please make sure that you have checked your child’s grades on line. I sent home the grade and asked kids to have you sign the report card.  Thank you!  

 

Almost all of the students met their ½ way AR goal this trimester!  Thank you so much for encouraging your children to finish books and take AR tests!  I so appreciate the support!

 

This week, we will continue to work on lots of projects for Open House.  On Thursday we will have an assembly called Sky Dome.  Kids will learn so much about our Solar Sytem.  

 

Please keep having your child work on his/her science project at home.  We will continue to go over the packet in class.  These will be due on Wednesday, May 16.  Your child can bring his/her project in any day that week MondayThursday

 

The groupScience projects are underway.  Students are working in teams of 3 or 4 to put together an exciting display and experiment to share with their peers in June. We are taking it step-by-step in class, and students may ask for your assistance in finding some materials for their experiment. Please let me know if you need my assistance at any point in the process. This is new for the students, but the final outcome will be rewarding! Science groups meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:20-1:50. If you would like to come in to volunteer to assist with a group, please contact me. Volunteers are always appreciated!

 

Friday's Spirit Day is "Star Wars Day." 

 

April 23-27

April 23-27

This coming week is going to be another short week!  We continue to have lots going on!

 

Monday there is no school for students.  The teachers will be attending a professional development day at the district office.

 

On Tuesday we have the state science test in the lab.  

 

On Tuesday, we will also do our painting with the Community Canvas teacher!  We are super excited about this.  Please make sure that your child wears old clothes on Tuesday, or brings a big t-shirt to throw on over their clothes.  If you are able to be with us that day to help out please let me know.  Our time slot is 10:15. 

 

There will be no spelling or vocabulary this week because it is a short week and this will allow families to focus on the Science Fair project.  From here on out students will be expected to be doing their project at home.  They will need your help to display the project (most kiddos use a trifold board).  Their captions can be hand written or typed.  The projects are due May 15th and students will be presenting them to the class that week.  We hope that your family enjoys the process.  The projects are always a hit at Open House.  

  

This week we will begin our science rotations for our Exploratorium which will be held on Friday, June 1st.   Most of the work for these projects (different from the Science Fair projects) will be done in class.  Several of our reading group volunteers will be continuing to help during these times, but we could use another helper for Thursdays.  The time is 1:15 to 1:45.  Please let me know if you are willing to help out with the groups.  I will send home the information packet of the projects for you to see this week.  Your student will be teamed with two other students from either Mrs. Hollister's or Mrs. Cornejo's classes.   We hope that your student is able to exchange phone numbers with their partners in order to communicate with each other and round up the materials.  Please let me know if you do not want them to exchange phone numbers.  Thank you! 

 

I will be sending out a snack sign up for our testing dates in the next couple of days.

 

Next week, I will be getting out sign ups together for our end of the year celebrations. 

 

The middle of the trimester is this coming Friday!!  Please check with your child to see how he/she is coming along with meeting his/her AR goal.  Also, please make sure to check your child’s grades on line.  We no longer send a paper copy of grades at the mid-trimester.  It is expected that parents will check grades on line.

 

We are busy working on projects for Open House.  We hope that you will be able to join us this night which is Thursday, May 17 at 6:00.

 

April 16-20

April 16-20

We have a busy week this week with many fun things planned.

On Tuesday, we are going to the garden after lunch.  After that we will watch the third grade play.  Because of this, we will not have reading groups on Tuesday afternoon.  On Tuesday, please send your kids to school in clothes that will be good for the garden.  It is still a bit muddy out there and it could be chilly.

Wednesday morning, the Magnolia Jazz Band will be visiting our school, so we will get to watch them perform. 

On Thursday, we will be doing clay with Chic Lotz.  Because of our clay, we will not have reading groups on Thursday afternoon either. 

If you lead reading groups, you are off the hook for both Tuesday and Thursday this week!

The week after this, we are changing our reading groups and doing science groups instead.  We still need parent helpers to continue coming in for groups.  They will be supervising the kids working in their groups.  These science groups are different from our science fair projects that kids are working on at home.  On Friday, June 1st, the kids will be doing a  STEAM Science Exploratorium in the multi purpose room.  We have put the kids in groups of three.  There is one student from each classroom.  They will be creating a display that demonstrates a scientific principle and sharing this with students in the younger grades!  It will be a fun day for them!  The work for this will be done at school for the most part.  

Thank you for your support with your child’s Science Fair project.  I hope that it isn’t too much work for your family.  I am trying to assign a part of the project at a time so that it is not a last minute stress for your child.  

Mrs. Hollister and some parents and I are working on coordinating our end of the year picnic for 5th grade.  We will be sending information home about this soon.  We were going to have to ask parents for $5 per student to cover the cost of some food, but Mrs. Alonso, our Parent’s Club president has an idea for a fund raiser for 5th grade to raise money to cover part of the cost.  She is going to sell Jamba Juice cards.  They cost $10 and $5 of this will support the 5th grade picnic.   She is asking 5th graders to help with this the night of Open House.  I am going to try to recruit Student Council kids to help with this!

We will start our state testing soon!  Mr. Bivens has split our testing into small increments, so we will be testing quite a few days, but for a short period of time each day.  He has done lots of research on the best testing scenarios.  If you could take a look at our testing schedule below and try to make sure that your child is at school during our testing times it would be great!  I will be putting together a snack sign up for these days too!  Kids love to have snacks when we test!

We are busy with projects for Open House.

Thank you so much for all of your support!!

Monday, April 23- No School - Professional Development Day

Tuesday, April 24-State Science Test 

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 State Testing ELA and  PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Wednesday, May 2, State Testing ELA

Wedneday, May 9, State Testing Math 

Tuesday, May 22 8:15 State Testing Math

Wednesday, May 23 State Testing Math

Sunday, May 13 Mother's Day

Thursday, May 17 Open House

Tuesday, May 22  State Testing Math

Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day- No School

Friday, June 1- 4/5 STEAM Exploration in mP room 

Tuesday, June 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Wednesday, June 5- Fun Day and 5th grade picnic 

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

 

 

April 9-13

We have a fun and full week ahead of us!

 

In social studies, we are learning about the state capitol.

 

Remember, 5th grade will be going a field trip to the state capitol on Tuesday.  Students have been told that there is a dress code for this field trip.  I sent another notice about this home in Thursday folders.  Students are to dress suitably for this occasion.   Boys are asked to wear a collared shirt.  Please no t-shirts with logos.  According to the forcast there might be rain.  Please have kids wear closed toed shoes and bring raincoats.   Thank you so much for your cooperation with this!!  Thank you for sending in permission slips!  

 

Kids did a good job with their biography book reports.  We spent most of our reading time writing those last week.  We will begin the next unit of Reach this week.  

 

We have some fun things coming up!  On Thursday, April 19, we will be doing clay projects.  Thank you so much to the families that sent in their clay donations.  We are still collecting donations if you have not yet turned them in.  The following week, we will do a painting project with Community Canvas.  This project is paid for by out amazing Parents Club.  A big thank you to them.  

 

Remember that Friday April 27th is our middle of the trimester.  Kids should be ½ way to their AR goal.  Please ask your child how he/she is progressing toward his/her AR goal.

 

This past week, I passed out packets for our Science Fair projects.  We will keep going over these packets during class time, but most of the work for the projects will be done at home.  I will be assigning science project components to be done as homework so please look at your child's agenda.   Please make sure that science packets come back and fourth to school daily.  

 

Thank you again, for all of your help and support!

 

April 3-6

April 3-6

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful spring break and kids are feeling refreshed.  I have so enjoyed the fabulous weather and seeing friends and family.  Remember that tomorrow, April 2nd is a snow day and there is no school until Tuesday.

 

Thank you so much to all of you who sent in food for our Spring Breakfast on the Friday before break!  Thanks a bunch to the parents who came in to set up, serve food to the kids, and clean up!!  The kids had a blast and quite a feast!  Thank you so much for helping to provide this good time!

 

The week before break, we sent home permission slips for our last field trip for 5th grade which will be to the state capitol.  We will be going on Tuesday, April 10.  Please fill out the permission slip as soon as possible.  Please remember that kids are asked to dress nicely for this trip.  We would prefer the boys wear a collared shirt. It can be a polo shirt.  Please no jeans or shorts if possible!  Girls do not have to wear a dress.  We just ask that everyone look presentable for this day.  The state capitol is a working museum and merits our respect.   Thanks so much for your help with this!  Please let us know if you would like to go on the field trip with us and if you will be joining us on the bus or meeting us in Sacramento.  

 

Because we have our book report, that we will be working on in class on Tuesday, and we have a short week, we will not have a vocab test this week.

 

I have been talking to kids about the book report for about a month now.  I hope that they have read their biography books so that they can do their book report on Tuesday.  If they haven’t completed their book, please tell them to come and talk to me so that we can figure it out together!

 

In 5th grade, we are required to do state physical fitness testing.  We will start running on a regular basis in order to prepare for this.  Please make sure that your child wears good shoes for running on a daily basis. 

 

Time continues to fly!!!  Friday the 27th is our middle of the trimester.  Kids should be ½ way to their AR goal.  Please ask your child how he/she is progressing toward his/her AR goal.   Each child's goal is posted in their agenda.  

 

This week, we will start working on our science fair projects for open house.  I will go over the directions for this in class, but the bulk of the work for this will have to be done at home.  Thank you in advance for your help with this. 

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

Tuesday, April 24-State Science Test 

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

Friday, May 4th 8:15 State testing ELA 

Thursday, May 10 8:15 State Testing Math

Sunday, May 13 Mother's Day

Thursday, May 17 Open House

Tuesday, May 22  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

 

 

March 19-23

March 19-23

 

The kids had a great time going to Magnolia on Friday and seeing their Alice In Wonderland play!  It was a great play!!  The costumes were incredible, the sets were amazing, and I can’t believe the number of lines that the kids memorized!  The drama class is something that these kids can look forward to doing when they get to Magnolia!  We also enjoyed the tour of the school.  The students had many questions for Mr. Morgan and seem so enthusiastic about 6th grade.  

 

We have another fun and busy week ahead of us!

 

We will have health class on Monday and Tuesday this week.

 

We will go to the garden on Tuesday.  We have been rained, or snowed, out the last couple of times we were scheduled to go.  I would love to have volunteers help us out that day.  Our time is 12:30. 

 

On Wednesday, we will go and watch the talent show.

 

We will be on Spelling unit 7 week 1. 

 

We will not do social studies this week because of health class.  Instead, we are going to do a couple of fun science experiments.

 

On Friday, we will have a quick perfect attendance assembly and then we will be ready for our Spring Brunch.  Help!  We are in need of pancakes and eggs for our pancake breakfast.   If you can provide any of these items, here is the link to the sign up

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

 

Thank you so much to the people who have sent in the clay donation!  

 

We will have Art Docent this week.

 

This Thursday, March 22nd from 2pm-8:30 pm is our Trailblazer Pizza night fundraiser.    If you go in and purchase dinner, a portion of the money goes to our school.

 

Friday is class color day.  Our colors are black and white.  Kids can do a combination of black, white, and gray!

 

Students need to make sure that they are checking books out from the library that they can finish and take AR tests on.  They need to make sure to be at their ½ way AR goal by April 27th which is our mid trimester point.  That is just around the corner!  It will be here before we know it.  Our year is just flying by!

 

We have checked out books for our biography book report.  We will be doing those on April 3rd, so kids really need to finish reading those this week!  Please encourage them to do so.  

 

We finished The Sign of the Beaver and had lots of great discussion.  The kids keep telling me how much they enjoyed it.  We will begin the Reach for Reading unit on Justice.  It has been a favorite with students in the past.  

 

I am entering grade today and they are the first grades of the trimester.  Please be looking to see if you child is missing an assignment.  

 

So far, we get Monday, April 2nd off!  It is a snow day.  The day the kids got sent home early did not count as using a snow day.  Hopefully we won’t have a snow day this week!

 

March 12-16

March 12-16

 

This weekend has flown by and I am not sure that you will get this post tonight.  I was out of town for a family event and am just now getting to this post.  

 

I hope everyone remembered to set their clocks forward.  With the digital age this seems much for unlikely since our phones and computers do it for us.   The first week of the time change in the spring is always a challenge, but it will be great to have more light in the late afternoon! 

 

 

Last Thursday, a quintet came from Music in the Mountains!  It was awesome for the kids to get to hear live orchestra music!

 

We have a fun week this week. 

 

Tomorrow we will have Art Docent with Mrs. Yoho.   I'm embarrassed to say I can't remember what she said she would do, but I know that we talked about it recently and I was enthusiastic.

 

On Tuesday, we will go to the garden at 9:30.   It will probably be a bit chilly and wet, so please remind your child to wear good shoes for the garden and warm clothes!

 

On Friday, all 4th and 5th graders will be going to Magnolia to watch a play performed by Magnolia students.  The 5th graders will be taking a tour of the Magnolia campus.  This will really help to make the kids feel comfortable when they leave us in June to go on to Magnolia.   We will be sending home a permission slip home tomorrow for this field trip.  It is important that you fill it out and get it right back to us.  If students have not returned their permission slips by Friday, they will not be allowed to go.

 

We have scheduled for Chic Lotz to come and do a clay project with our classes.  The cost of the project is $10 per students and I am hoping that each family will be able to donate $8.  I am pretty sure that we raised enough at the Denim and Diamond event to affort the reduction.    It will be the 3rd year that I have done this project with students and it is a great one.  I will be sending notes home about this next week.

 

I sent out the Sign Up Genius about our Spring Brunch Celebration.  Just in cast you didn’t receive the link, here it is: 

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

 

 

This week, we will be on Spelling Unit 6 week 4.   We will continue reading  The Sign of the Beaver.  Have your kids been telling you about this fabulous book? 

 

We are moving along in the weather unit for science and in social studies.  This week the lessons revolve around Turning Points in the Revolutionary War.   

 

The kids received their new reading goals for the last trimester.  Each student agreed to the new goal.  I am asking that you look at it and initial it this week.  

 

Please see the dates below to add our testing dates to your calendar.  We ask that your family not schedule appointments during these important days.  

 

I think that is all for now.  Thank you so much for your support!

 

 

Looking Ahead:

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

Sunday, March 11 Daylight Savings (Set Clocks Ahead One Hour)

Friday, March 23 Classroom Celebrations for Spring Break

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 State Testing ELA

Tuesday, May 1 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Thursday, May 10 Testing ELA Performance Task

Tuesday, May 10 10:15 Math Performance Task

Sunday, May 13 Mother's Day

Thursday, May 17 Open House

Tuesday, May 22 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 26-March 2

February 26-March 2 

 

It was great that all students were at school Friday.  I am hoping the flu season is behind us and we all stay healthy.  

 

I am working on grading and report cards, so will keep this post short.  Let me know if you have any questions.  

 

On Thursday, there are talent show tryouts.  Make sure that your child brings in a permission slip if he/she is planning on trying out for the talent show!

 

This week we will be starting a new novel.   It is called The Sign of the Beaver.   We will be doing lots of activities with this book! We won't be doing formal vocabulary words and tests  with this novel.

 

Spelling will be Unit 6 Week 2. 

 

 

 

In science, we begin "Weather".  In social studies we will do Week 22 of Studies Weekly on Signing the Declaration.

You should have seen all of the work that we did on Earth's Water come home in the Thursday folders.  

 

In math, we will begin multiplying fractions.  Kids are getting better with addition and subtraction with common denominators.  They need reminders to simplify and we will keep working on it.  I am proud of their progress.  

 

This coming Friday is the end of our trimester!!  Please be checking your child’s grades on line and be asking how he/she is doing with reaching his/her full AR goal!!  I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by!  After this week, we only have one trimester of school left!!

 

On Friday, students will take the state science test.  This year is only a calibration year and there won't be scores.  This means it will be low pressure for the kids.  I think they will enjoy seeing that they have learned a lot of concepts and I expect them to do well.  It would be great if you could send them with an extra nutritious snack that day.  

 

This Friday, is a minimum day.  Students will get out of school at 12:00 instead of 1:00.  

 

Next Saturday is our Denim and Diamonds fundraiser at the Alta Sierra Country Club.  I hope that everyone can make it!  I have been watching the baskets come into the teacher’s room and there are some awesome items that will be auctioned off!  

 

Looking Ahead:

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

FridayMarch 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 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!