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Welcome!

 
 
 

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Welcome To Mrs. Cornejo's class!

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

 

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Regular Homework

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

Spelling Ideas to try at home:

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

Chalk: Write your words outside using sidewalk chalk.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
 

  

2017-18 School Year...Looking ahead:

 

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

Tuesday, August 29- Instrument Fittings at Alta Sierra

Thursday, August 31- BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Thursday, August 31- Instrument Fittings at Alta Sierra

Monday, September 4 - Labor Day - No School

Tuesday, September 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Wednesday, September 6- Picture Day

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

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

Friday, September 22 Movie Night

Tuesday, September 26 Homework Club Begins

Friday, September 29- Mid Trimester (Make Sure You Are Checking Your Child's Grades On Line)

Friday, September 29 Jog-A-Thon

 

Monday - Friday, October 2-6- Minimum Days - Parent Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 3 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Wednesday, October 11 Picture Retakes

October 16-20 - Fall Break

Tuesday, October 31 Halloween Parade and Celebrations

Sunday, November 5 Daylight Savings

Tuesday, November 7 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

 

Friday, November 10 - Veteran's Day - No School 

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

November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

December 6-9 Mistletoe Mall

Friday, December 22- Minimum Day

December 25- January 6- Winter Break

Monday, January 8- No School - Professional Development Day

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 6 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Sunday, March 11 Daylight Savings

March 26-30- Spring Break

Monday, April 2- Snow Day Make-Up

Tuesday, April 3 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Monday, April 23- No School - Professional Development Day

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

Tuesday, May 1 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Sunday, May 13 Mother's Day

Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day- No School

Tuesday, June 5 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

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

 

 

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

 

 
 

Recent Posts

 

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Recent Posts

Feb. 22 volunteer needed.

We will need one parent volunteer to help lead one reading group of about 7 students on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 1:15-1:50 p.m.  Please email me if you will be able to join us.
Thank you!

Feb. 20 - Feb. 23

February 20-23

This is another short week for us!  I hope that everyone enjoyed their four day weekend!

 

Thank you so much to everyone who sent in supplies for  Valentine’s Day!  It was a great day!

 

Last week the kids had fun watching the Star Maker performance.  

 

Our Denim and Diamonds fundraiser is rapidly approaching!  Thank you to the families who donated $5.00, and a HUGE thank you to the Tamo family for contributing $20.00!  We received a total of $50 to purchase supplies for our class basket.  Thanks so much to Mrs. Medlyn for putting our basket together.  I hope that everyone will be able to make this event on Saturday, March 3rd at the Alta Sierra Country Club. 

Spelling 6.1 will be on Thursday. 

This week, we will finish up stories in our reading book and move on to reading our next novel, The Boy of the Painted Cave.

 

Looking Ahead:

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

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 17 Open House

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 or the following Monday, so students will get a four day weekend.

Because we have two short weeks in a row, we will 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 Thursday, February 22.

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

Valentine's day is on Wednesday! We will be making our Valentine’s Day bags on Monday, so students may bring their Valentines in at any time! Thank you to all the parents who signed up to send in treats and supplies! We will also have our Art Docent presentation and project on Wednesday. It will be a special day!

We are finishing our math unit on Fractions on Monday, and then we will start the test on fractions. I think our students are prepared! It has been one of the trickier units! 

Thanks again to Mrs. Medlyn for taking on our class project for the Denim and Diamonds fundraiser! Thank you to the Johnston family for sending in our FIRST donation for this worthy project. Donations in the amount of $5.00 will be accepted all week. Mrs. Medlyn will shop for our class basket themed, "Movie Night" very soon. Donations are due on or before February 16. Then, 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 reading for AR quizzes. 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!  The contest ends March 9th.

If your child would like to participate in the Six Flags reading program in order to win a ticket 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 out Valentine’s Day cards, we ask that he/she includes all people in our class.

Here is our Valentine’s Day list!

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!

 

Because we have two short weeks in a row, I am going to have spelling and vocabulary 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!  The slots for helpers are full, but anyone is welcome to come!  We can always use extra help!  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!  On Friday, I gave the kids a choice to either stay in at recess and finish or take their book reports home to finish them.  Most kids chose to take them home.  If you could check with your child and see if they need to finish up his/her book report it would be great!

 

The kids are doing a great job working on a five paragraph essay about why summer reading should or should not be assigned.

 

In both 4th and 5th grade math, students are working on fractions.

 

In 4th grade social studies, we will read about early settlers to California.  In 5th grade social studies, we will read about early democratic ideas.

 

This week, we will do a fun, hands on science activity involving  hang gliders.

 

Last week, we finished up our science unit on food chains and food webs.

 

Thanks again to Mrs. Harwood and Mrs. Yoho for taking on our class project for the Denim and Diamonds fundraiser!  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:

Richie                        

Kassandra                   

Bryson                         

Jedidiah                       

Olivia                          

Hailey                         

Brayden                      

Tyler                                  

Sawyer                        

Randy                         

Max                             

Nolan                          

Savannah                     

Gracie                         

Owen                           

Charlee                        

Blake                           

Dallen                         

Emma                         

Ben                              

Zack                            

Logan                          

Jared                           

Izaak                           

Daringer                      

Quinn Tamo               

Quinn Taylor             

Conner                      

Zachary                                          

 

 

Looking Ahead:

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

WednesdayFebruary 14 Classroom Valentine’s Day celebrations

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 Ends

Sunday, March 11 Daylight Savings

March 26-30- Spring Break

Monday, April 2- Snow Day Make-Up

Tuesday, April 3 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Monday, April 23- No School - Professional Development Day

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

Tuesday, May 1 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Sunday, May 13 Mother's Day

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

 

 

 

 

 

Denim and Diamonds! A message from our Room Mother:

Hi parents!
This is Casey, the room mom for Ms Cornejo’s class. I am here to remind you that our spring fundraiser, "Denim & Diamonds", is quickly approaching. I am also going to do a little begging. Every year each classroom sponsors a gift basket for the silent auction. This year I am putting together a Movie Night themed basket. All the money that our basket earns goes straight back to our classroom. So, what I am hoping to do is get $5 from each student to help make a fantastic basket this year. I would like all donations sent in by February 16 so I can get everything ready. Thank you everyone! And I hope to see you all there.
 

February 5-9

February 5-9

I hope you and your family enjoyed the beautiful February weekend!

We had a great week last week, and I look forward to the upcoming week with our students!

Thank you so much to everyone who signed up to help with our Valentine’s Day treats and supplies!  Volunteers have taken care of everything on our list. Thank you! You are amazing!

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 Casey Medlyn for volunteering to organize our classroom project for our spring fundraiser. She will be letting parents know what help we will need to put together our class basket. 

Our library reading program is going on right now! Please make sure that your child is reading and taking AR tests in order to earn tickets for a drawing for a $50 gift card! In addition, 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.

Please continue checking grades on Power School. The end of the trimester is only a month away!

Have a wonderful week!

 

 

 

January 29-February 2

January 29- February 2

I hope that everyone enjoyed our beautiful weekend! 

We had a great time going into the Solar System during our planetarium assembly last Thursday!  I hope your children told you about it! It was FANTASTIC!

We are working on Spelling City Spelling Words 5.3 this week. Nearly everyone in class completed 100% of the assigned work for lesson 5.2 last week! Please make sure your child is doing as much as they can at home, and the Chromebooks are available in class for those who do not have access to the programs at home.

We will be continuing our study of plants in Science this week integrated with National Geographic REACH readings about Fungi.

In math, we are continuing our study of fractions, equivalent fractions, and now adding and subtraction fractions needing a common denominator. So much to take in! Please make sure your child is working to complete the multiplication requirements on the Xtra Math program toward their certificate. Division would be great, too! This will help TREMENDOUSLY with the computation of the difficult math concepts involving fractions.

In Social Studies, we are continuing our study of the California Missions.

Please check this week for the Sign Up Genius for Valentines Day Supplies needed. In addition, we are still looking for volunteers to send in copy machine paper, red correcting pens, and yellow highlighters.

Thank you for your continued support for our classroom and all our wonderful children!

 

 

January 22-26

January 22-26

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

We have many fun activities planned for our school week!

This week we are having a planetarium assembly. The kids will love it!

In our National Geographic REACH reading program, we are working on "Invaders!"

We are working on spelling 5.2. Please have your child practice Spelling City at home, or let me know if your child needs access to the Chrome Book to do the assignment in class.

In Science we will be studying on "Plants."

This week in Social Studies we will continue to read about life in the Missions.

Please make sure that your child is reading a chapter book or other reading selection from their chosen genre (fairy tale, fantasy, realistic/historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, article, etc.) for their Reading Folder.

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 need a volunteer from our classroom to coordinate our classroom contribution for the auction. Please let me know if your are interested.

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14th. I will be sending out a Sign up Genius soon. We will be exchanging Valentines in class. If your child wishes to participate in the Valentine exchange, please make sure they make a valentine for everyone in class. This will avoid hurt feelings. I will send home a printed copy of all of the students' names in our class soon.

Classroom donations of white copy machine paper, red correcting pens, and yellow highlighters are needed. Please send them in with your child at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for your continued support and have a wonderful week!

Message from ASPTC

1/16/18 Email from ASPTC -

Welcome Back!

I hope that everyone had a relaxing break filled with family and friends (and sleep).  I have attached the agenda for the upcoming meeting as well as the minutes from Decembers meeting. 

We only have one event coming up in the next couple of months so we hope you can join in by helping with the event and/or attending.  

- Our Spring Fundraiser, Denim & Diamonds, will be on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Alta Sierra Country Club.  You will be receiving a flier with all the information in the coming weeks.  

If you're interested in helping there will be a meeting on Thursday, January 25th at Trailblazers at 6pm.  The event coordinator would appreciate volunteers for decorating, advertising and auction.  If you are interested, but can't make that meeting, please contact me and I will get you in touch with the other volunteers for your requested committee.  

Our Hands-On Learning Garden will resume on Tuesdays in February.  It would be great to have two volunteers per class so that our students receive the most out of their time there. I will send out the class schedule once I receive it from the garden coordinator  If you are available, please let me know so that I can let the garden coordinator know to expect you.  You are also welcome to stay and help with other classes.  Every volunteer is greatly appreciated! (WE HAVE ONE GARDEN VOLUNTEER, SO WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ONE MORE FOR THE CORNEJO CLASSROOM.)

We are still in need of a parent willing to take on our Spirit Wear program (t-shirts, etc) as well as our eScrip program.  We are also still seeking a parent who would be willing to be on the yearbook team for next year.  If you are interested in helping with either of these programs, please contact me so we can discuss them in more detail.

Last, but not least, we'd like to send out a HUGE thank you for the anonymous donation we received that will allow our art docent program to continue, providing our students with monthly art lessons.  

I'd also like to remind everyone that the PTC is a place for parents to come who have concerns or suggestions about the school, including, but not limited to, programs we offer, supplies and equipment we have, safety, and pretty much anything you would like to address.  Another goal for us is to support and nurture our community.  Fundraising is only part of what we do.  We would love to see you, hear your opinions and get to know you, thereby strengthening our school community.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Alicia Alonso

PTC President

asptcpresident@prsd.us

(530) 305-3651

January 15-19

January 15-19

 

THERE IS A MOUNTAIN OF COATS/ SWEAT JACKETS IN THE LOST AND FOUND!!  PLEASE REMIND YOUR CHILD TO LOOK FOR HIS/HER LOST ITEMS IN THE BIN IN THE MP ROOM!!!

 

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday on Monday! Last week we had a great week back from break. We are easing our way back into our routines.

We had a great field trip on Wednesday to the Maidu Indian Museum.  Thank you so much to the parents who volunteered their time to join us and make this trip truly special. Thank you!

We will have Art Docent with Mrs. Yoho this Wednesday.

This Friday, January 19, marks the end of our mid-trimester. We will not be sending a hard copy of the mid-trimester grades home. Please check your child’s grades on Power School. Please let me know if you need help with this.

Last Monday, at the District Professional Development day, we met with the teachers from Cottage Hill School. The Speech Contest was one of the topics we discussed and it was decided that we are not going to participate in the Speech Contest. We discussed how the project winds up being a parent project, and not a child centered project. Students will have other opportunities to present projects and do oral presentations this year. So, you are off the hook with trying to find a topic for the speech contest.

This week, we will be on spelling 5.1. It is the first week I will require students to work through the Spelling City practice games online. The students may choose to do the required work on Chrome Books in the classroom, or they may do the spelling games at home.

In math, we are working on equivalent fractions. Please monitor your child's homework for correct and complete answers. Testing on equivalent fractions will happen this week.

Thank you to all parent volunteers involved with our Tuesday/Thursday afternoon reading groups. Our groups depend on your attendance, so I thank all of you for joining us. Thank you also for giving us advance notice when you are unable to attend, so we have time to find someone to take your place. Thank you!

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 (Please Check Your Child's Grades On Line)

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 6 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Sunday, March 11 Daylight Savings

March 26-30- Spring Break

Monday, April 2- Snow Day Make-Up

Tuesday, April 3 PTC Meeting 6:00 In Library

Monday, April 23- No School - Professional Development Day

Friday, April 27- Mid-Trimester (Please Check 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

January 8-12

Happy New Year to all!  I hope all of our families had a fun and restful break. I now have a beautiful daughter-in-law! My son, Cameron, married Amanda in a lovely ceremony on Friday, December 22. Cameron was an Alta Sierra student several years back and had Mrs. Kelly, Mr. Beahm, Mrs. Merrill and several other now retired teachers! Our children do grow up too quickly! 

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 holiday party a success.  I think it was a fun day for the children!  Thank you so much!

On Wednesday our 4th graders will be on a field trip to the Maidu Indian Museum in Roseville.  Please remember to pack a lunch in a disposable bag if your child has not previously ordered a sack lunch from school. Wear good shoes for walking and dress in appropriate attire for the weather conditions. 

We will begin working on our speeches for the Nevada County Speech Contest within the next few weeks.  This year’s topic is  “Technology’s Impact: Past, Present or Future.”  All students will be required to write a speech and present it to our classroom.  Please begin to discuss ideas with your child and help him/her come up with their own unique take on the topic.  I will break the task down into small segments presented in class to help the process along, but unfortunately it will require a lot of one on one help for the students to write their speeches.  This means students will need parental help at home in order to complete this assignment.  Thank you for your help and support!

Due to the shortened week, and our field trip on Wednesday, we will NOT have a regular spelling test this week. 

The end of the Mid-trimester is Friday, January 19th.  Please continue to check your child's grades on Power School in order to help your child monitor their success.

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

Monday, January 8- No School For Students - 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 - Minimum Day, 12:00 Dismissal

Dec. 18-22

December 18-22

This upcoming week is going to be full of fun! Some of you are already aware that my son is getting married on Friday! I will be working with our students all day on Monday, and half day on Tuesday, until Mrs. Mikan arrives to take over the class for the remainder of the week. I will be helping the bride and groom greet out of town guests and make final preparations for the big day! It is all so very exciting! I will look forward to seeing your wonderful children again on Tuesday, January 9th! Please remember we will have our field trip on Wednesday, January 10th!

This week, we will have spelling activities on Spelling City, and our test on Thursday.  We will give the kids time during class in order to complete activities.

We will have Xtra Math facts and regular math homework.

On Tuesday, we will be watching the 2nd graders dress rehearsal, so we need to cancel reading groups on Tuesday. Tuesday parent volunteers will not be needed for reading groups. We will still have reading groups on Thursday. 

We will plan to go to the garden on Tuesday, so please remember to wear comfortable shoes!

Thank you so much to everyone who has volunteered to help with our Holiday Party and who are sending in supplies and treats. Please remember to check the labels for NO nuts. Thanks!

Please remember that I would like all of the children to bring in a new or gently used 4th grade level wrapped book for our book exchange on Friday. Please start sending in wrapped books as early as Monday. We will be collecting and counting the books all week until we reach a total of 30. 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.  Students 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 1:05

Friday, December 22- Minimum Day School Dismissal at 12:00

December 25- January 6- Winter Break

Monday, January 8- No School - Professional Development Day

Tuesday, January 9 - School resumes

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 

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

Dec. 11-15

December 11-15

I am so happy to be back with your children this week! Thank you for your kind understanding of the periodontal surgery I had to have last week. I am doing much better now! We will have a full week this week with lots of activities going on!

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

I hope 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, the Sign Up Genius went out last Friday. Thank you to all the families who have already signed up! We still have a few supplies needed.

This Thursday is our first ever, Family Science Night! There will be interactive exhibits and demonstrations that encourage student participation. It will be held from 6:30-8:00 in the multipurpose room. It will be a fun night and I hope you can attend. 

We are on spelling lesson 4.3 this week. Please see the sign up genius.

I am still missing a few permission slips for our January trip to the Maidu Museum. Please send it in this week if you haven't done so already.

We will have our Art Docent presentation with Mrs. Yoho this week!

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. It also seems that kids are always trying to find red correcting pens and highlighters. We need copy machine paper as well. If you are willing to donate any of these items to our classroom it would be much appreciated. There is no rush on them. Sometime after we return in January would 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 

Dec. 4-8, 2017

December 4-8

Time is going way too fast! Three weeks to our holiday break. Our classroom is beginning to look festive for the holidays!

Report cards went home last week and we only have a few more report card envelopes to sign and return. Thank you. We have started the new trimester! 

We will be on spelling lesson 4.2 this week. Please see our Spelling City program to help with studying the words.

On Friday, 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. 

In social studies, we will continue to learn about the Native Americans in California.  

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

Almost all permission slips have been returned for our trip to the Maidu Indian museum in January.  If you still have the permission slip at home, please return it as soon as possible.

Have a wonderful week!

 

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 to spend with family! 

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

We have a regular full week this week.

We are on spelling week 4.1. Please see our Spelling City Web Site for practice before we take our test on Thursday.

We will be taking our math test on division this week, so keep practicing! Students also need to continue to practice Xtra Math Facts for required nightly homework.

In social studies we will learn about early Californians in our Studies Weekly program.

Report cards will come home this Thursday

Our class will go to the Mistletoe Mall on Friday, December 8.

Looking ahead... 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 at home. Please start thinking about the topic and discuss possibilities with your child to help generate ideas and spark imagination as we begin this project sometime in the next month. More information will be sent home before we officially begin our speech writing.

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

Nov. 20-21

 

 

November 20 and 21

We only have two days of school this week! We will have a lot of fun in those two days!

I forgot to remind the kids that we have the garden tomorrow!  Dress for going to the garden.
 
 

Thank you so much for all of the cans that you sent in for our canned food drive!! Our class filled 2 boxes. Thank you for your generosity!

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

We will have our multiplication reward party on Monday., Nov. 27, so there is STILL TIME to pass and receive a beautiful certificate! The due date has been extended to Monday morning, Nov. 27. Congratulations to those students who already passed all of their multiplication facts!

Tuesday is our feast! Thank you so much for filling up our Sign Up Genius! If you didn’t get to sign up for something and still want to send something in just email me. 

The only homework for this week will be math and reading log on Monday. We will have no spelling this week! The Red Reading folder will be due on Friday, December 1.

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