Weekly News - December 2, 2016

December 2, 2016

Classroom News

Today your child is bringing home a new weekly goal and a special paper marked For Parents Eyes Only.  The special paper is an opportunity for you to buy holiday gifts (notepads) with your child’s digital artwork on them.  At the bottom of this email will be the contents of the note, just in case your child lost the one we put in mailboxes today.  If you want to place an order, we will need the order by Thursday so we have time to get the gifts made.  If you have any questions, please let us know.   

Next week students around the world will be participating in the Hour of Code.  This is a wonderful program that encourages teachers to give students an hour of coding experience during this next week.  It’s how we got started coding in Yellow Cluster a few years ago.  Since we now do coding regularly, we’re going to introduce the school’s new robots to Yellow for our Hour of Code activity.  We’re super excited!  We’ll be doing this on Monday, all day, and would love helpers.  (We don’t actually think the kids will need a lot of help, just more supervision to be sure they are not making the robots crash into things or each other.)  We’ll be doing robotics from 9:00 - 10:25, 10:45-12:15, and 1:00 - 2:30, so come on in during any of those times if you want to help or just want to see what fun things we’re doing!

If you’re looking for holiday gifts for your kids, we’d like to suggest games that involve logic, critical thinking, and problem solving.  Studies have shown that playing games that involve those skills has a direct relationship to increased academic success.  The thinking skills truly help students, not just with mathematical problem solving, but also with inferencing, making scientific conclusions, combining information, and understanding the cause and effect of historical effects, to name a few.  The catalogs/websites Mindware and Marbles (which is also a store) are filled with wonderful games and activities to support those skills.  The company ThinkFun makes lots of great games, many of which are designed to be single person games, and they are sold all over.  If you’re interested in a Bitsbox subscription for your child (it’s a java script coding website/experience that students who have done a lot of Tynker have been using and loving in Yellow Cluster - check it out, it’s really cool!), let us know and we can get you a 20% off deal that will save you some money.  (While Bitsbox is cool, it’s not super cheap.)

Homework

Scholastic News:  This week the map will be about looking at the article’s text features and explaining what it shows or says and how it helps a reader increase his/her understanding of the text.  This will be due on Tuesday, December 13th.

Problem of the Week:  We are sending home a set of logic puzzles involving arranging colored circles to match specific clues (for example, there is a blue circle to the left of every red circle).  These problems involve careful reading to be sure the clues are being followed exactly as written and that the solution matches all of the clues.  It is often helpful to use actual objects to stand for the circles so they can be moved around to match the clues and to play with locations.  Colored circles can be drawn and cut out if you don’t have anything that is the listed colors already.

There is no more spelling homework until after we come back in January.  We do highly recommend having your child do Typing Club and Tynker regularly, though.  

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Yellow Cluster Families,

PLEASE DON’T SHOW THIS TO YOUR CHILD OR TALK ABOUT IT WITH YOUR CHILD.  THIS CONTAINS SPECIAL SURPRISE INFORMATION THAT WE DON’T WANT THEM TO KNOW.

    We make a special surprise holiday present for all of our wonderful Yellow Cluster students and we wanted to give you to the opportunity to get extra ones as presents for them or for other family members.  What we do is take a piece of computer art from each child (a drawing they have made of their object) and turn it into a personalized notepad tablet.  Each student gets a notepad with their picture and name across the top of each page.  We also make plain ones that contain one of each students’ pictures as gifts for the faculty and staff at school.  We have samples from prior years at school if you would like to see them.  As these are always very popular gifts, we thought we’d offer you the opportunity to order more.  Each notepad will cost $5 and will have about 40 pages. The options are listed below.  If you want to purchase any of these tablets, please fill out the order form and send it back with cash or a check made payable to Friends of the Open School (cash will be easiest for us, the Budget Committee, and the Friends and Governing Board treasurers, if you can manage it).  Put it in a sealed envelope, addressed to Denise (that way we’ll know what it is without you writing it on the outside).  PLEASE DON’T TELL YOUR CHILD WHAT IT IS - THEY DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE NOTEPADS.  The notepads will be sent home with your child after they receive their own notepads as gifts, so we won’t need to keep the surprise any longer. If you are intending anything in your order to be an extra present for your child, please check the appropriate place on the order form so that we don’t give it to your child.  We’ll email you, instead, so you can pick them up (we’ll try to have them ready on the day of the Holiday Program).  Again, you don’t need to order one for your child to receive their own - we do that as our holiday gift to them.  This is only for extra notepads as gifts for other family members or friends, or as an additional present for your child.  These orders are due by Thursday, December 8th so that we have time to make them.

Order Form

Child’s Name _________________________________

___ This includes a gift for my child.  Please don’t send it home with him / her.

We would like to order the following:

 

Quantity

___ My child’s art - my child’s name large across the top of each page - full size (8 1/2 x 11) (this is what they will get from us)

___ My child’s art - my child’s name small under the picture (like an artist’s signature) - full size (8 1/2 x 11) 

___ My child’s art - no name across the top- full size (8 1/2 x 11)

___ One of each child’s art - no name - full size (8 1/2 x 11)

 

___ My child’s art - my child’s name large across the top of each page - half size (5 1/2 x 8 1/2)

___ My child’s art - no name across the top - half size (5 1/2 x 8 1/2)

___ My child’s art - my child’s name small under the picture (like an artist’s signature) - full size (8 1/2 x 11) 

___ One of each child’s art - no name - half size (5 1/2 x 8 1/2)

 

___ My child’s art - personalized with another name big across the top - full size (8 1/2 x 11)

            This is the name I would like on the notepad ______________________

                    (please print and spell carefully so we don’t make any spelling mistakes)

___ My child’s art - personalized with another name big across the top - half size (5 1/2 x 8 1/2)

            This is the name I would like on the notepad ______________________

                    (please print and spell carefully so we don’t make any spelling mistakes)

We can’t personalize the ones with all of the children’s art, sorry.

Quantity of notepads _______ x $5 per notepad = total cost ___________

Expiration Date: 
Jun 30