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Welcome To Mrs. Cornejo's class!

We are having a terrific time 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 nightly. 
*Math- We are working in our Math Book and and using  Xtra Math facts practice on the computer.


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, 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 an error, you will be able to catch it quickly before it becomes a habit that is 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-).

When practicing spelling words, it  helps to break the words down into parts (syllables) and focus on the sounds of each part. 

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.









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Students will be tested on their spelling words on Friday. We will introduce words each Monday. Students will be expected to practice the words at home throughout the week. 

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.  

Read 20 Minutes and record in reading log.
Math- One lesson plus Xtra Math facts practice
Practice spelling words on own.

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

Practice spelling words on own.

Read 20 Minutes and record in reading log.
Math- One lesson plus Xtra Math facts practice.
Practice spelling words on own.

Library book due Thursday.

Read 20 Minutes- Signed reading logs due on Friday.
Math- One lesson plus Xtra Math facts practice
Practice spelling words on own.





June 6, 2022

June 6, 2022

We have an amazing week planned! Thank you to all of our wonderful parents who have signed up on the sign-up genius to help with our class end of the year party on Thursday. The children have worked so hard this year and they will really enjoy being able to spend time together just having some fun!

Thursday is FUN DAY. We will have fun outdoor activities in the morning and an indoor party in the afternoon. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and be aware that students may get wet.

Friday is a MINIMUM DAY. Dismissal is at 12:00.

Thank you for all of your help and support for your our students' learning throughout the year! It has been an amazing school year!

CAASPP Testing next week!

We have a busy week coming up!
Monday - Garden Time and BMX Bicycle Assembly! 
Tuesday and Wednesday Morning - CAASPP Testing beginning at 8:15 a.m.
Please have your student rest well the night before, enjoy a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on time. We will have a "Testing, Do Not Disturb" sign outside our door. We will need to schedule make-up testing if your child is not in class during our testing time beginning at 8:15 a.m.
Thursday Open House 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Students will present their STEM Science Projects to families. 
We will continue to study Spelling word list 7.4 and daily grammar during the two weeks of CAASPP testing. However, students will not take their spelling test 7.4 or grammar test 28 until Friday, May 27.
Our field trip to Coloma was a huge success! The students were very eager to share their experiences in class this morning. Thank you to the families who signed up to volunteer to chaperone our students. They had a great time! Thank you!

Field Trip on Thursday, May 12, 2022

Our James Marshall Gold Discovery Site Field Trip is on Thursday, May 12, from 8:00-2:00. Please make sure your student is at school on time wearing comfortable walking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. Students who are bringing their own lunches are asked to have them contained in something that is disposable so their favorite lunch containers do not get lost. Thank you.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Friday, April 22, 2022
We had a very productive week! Thank you for sending in the materials needed for our science projects. Please send in remaining items for your child's science project on Monday. We will work on this project in class. The information letter went home earlier this week.
We have finished all items needed for our Mission Boards! I will send home our beautiful pieces to be arranged on the display board with complete instructions on Monday. You do NOT need to buy anything! (But, hopefully you have glue stick at home.) Display boards, frames, pictures, and report paragraphs will all go home with your child on Monday. Please advise your child at home to arrange their pieces BEFORE gluing them down to make sure they like how it looks. Completed Mission Display Boards are due back to class on Friday, May 6. We will have them on display for Open House on Thursday, May 19. In addition, I will send home a note on Monday with information about completing a Mission Extra Credit Project. This project is not required, but it can be a lot of fun! Extra Credit Projects are due on Monday, May 16, and they will be on display for Open House.
We have almost everything needed for our "Beach Ball Bowling" class booth for the Saturday, April 30th School Carnival! Thank you so much! We are still looking for more parent and student volunteers to run our booth. I have set up 30-minute slots on the sign up genius. Please sign up! I hope you can join us for this Fun Day!
Monday - We go to the Garden!
Thursday - We go to the Book Fair!
I look forward to a wonderful week with your awesome children!

STEAM Stations - Important

We are working on the Fourth & Fifth Grade Mini Exploratorium & STEAM stations in class for the next several weeks. A letter explaining this project will go home tomorrow in your child's blue Thursday Folder. Please keep the letter handy for future reference as needed. Keep in mind, ALL PROJECTS WILL BE DESIGNED IN CLASS WITH A COLLABORATIVE TEAM AND MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE STUDENTS IN THE GROUP. The final due date is Monday, May 16, 2022. The parent's role is that of shopper, chauffeur and advisor - that's it. This is an exciting time in class to work together to create such a rewarding project to share with others. We will look forward to sharing our projects with you at Open House on Thursday, May 19th!

April 8, 2022

The Maidu Museum Field Trip was a successful learning adventure. The students enjoyed the trail and the museum and got to show off how much they new about the Maidu and Nisenan tribes. Thank you to the volunteer chaperones for your help!

Scholastic Book Fair is back! After months without beloved school traditions, our upcoming Book Fair will be a familiar and welcome celebration. Here's what you need to know about our upcoming fair:

  • Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly
  • You can sign up for Book Fair eWallet, a convenient digital payment account, so your child can shop the Fair cash-free. Grandparents, friends, and others can contribute to the eWallet to help build your home library.

Save these dates and view our school’s Book Fair site:

Book Fair Dates: 4/26 – 4/30

Book Fair Homepage:

           Book Fair Facebook Page:


A flyer went home with your child with information about helping Parents’ Club out with the book fair.

Library: 10:25, Thursday, April 21, 2022

Please remind students to bring their library books in for renewal or check-in. We have finally finished our Mission Reports so students may now return their Mission Books. We will work on our Mission Art Projects when we return from Spring Break. Final Mission Boards are due on Friday, May 6. Most of the work is completed in class. When we have all of our pieces ready they will be sent home to glue down onto the student's Mission board. (I will supply the Mission boards and send home detailed instructions soon.)

Marshall Gold Discovery Site Permission slips will come home on Monday, April 18. Our field trip is on May 12. The sign up genius is out and we already have many parents ready to join us. Thank you! This should be an exciting day!

Spring Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 12:00-4:00. Please sign up for a 30-minute slot on our sign up genius. If you are able to volunteer, you will help students play "Beach Ball Bowling". Please sign up today! 

Have a great Spring Break!

March 2, 2022 - Change Date for Teddy Bear Picnic

March 2, 2022 - Change Date for Teddy Bear Picnic
Mrs. Alonso send me the following message this morning...
I am sorry to make a last minute change to this week, but due to inclement weather, this event is being pushed back to Friday, March 25th. I hope that you will be able to join us on that date. It will still be right after school, so 1:15-2:00.

March 1, 2022 - Important Information!

March 1, 2022
Art Docent, tomorrow, Wednesday, March 2. It is one of my favorite projects!
Friday, March 4, 12:00 Dismissal. 
Friday, March 4, "Teddy Bear Storybook Picnic" begins at 12:15 on the field. If you would like to attend, parents will need to arrive at 12:00 to pick up their child and walk them to the field. If your child is not a "regular pick up", meaning if they usually ride the bus, then please email me and let me know if you plan to pick them up in the upper parking lot or on the lower parking lot at 12:00 to attend this event. Otherwise, students will go home as they normally do on Friday at 12:00.
Reminder: Trimester 2 ends this Friday, March 4. Report cards will go home next week on Thursday, March 10.
Thank you!

A Message from our Superintendent

Good Afternoon PRUSD Parents,

Due to using the four allotted emergency days,  the school calendar has been modified for the remainder of the school year. The last school day is now June 10th and March 18th, and April 18th are now school days.  Please view the changes on the school calendar posted on the district website or attached is the link.