Weekly News - January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017

Classroom News

Open School Day is Tuesday!  We are so excited!  We will be starting the day with a performance of classical Korean music and dance and then move to our room to start our rotations.  Our rotations will begin at 9:30 and will continue, with a break for recess, until it’s time to eat our feast!  If you are coming to help set up the feast, we’re thinking set up will start around 11:30-11:40.  Clean up will be after 1:00.  Adults are welcome to eat, as well.  If your child is a particularly picky or sensitive eater, you may want to pack a lunch, just in case, so your child isn’t hungry if he/she doesn’t find anything he/she might like to eat at the feast.

We need a parent to come in and take the covers off of our pillows and take them home to wash, please.  Since lice was found in Yellow, we don’t want our students using the pillows until they are washed.  We’d love someone to make this a regular part of their routine (say every 3 weeks or so), but if that doesn’t work for you, just this time is fine, too.

We are about to land in all-hands-on-deck time for object building.  Many students are ready, or almost ready, to start making their cardboard patterns, which is an excellent time for parent help.  Once the patterns are made and checked, adults have to cut them out, so we definitely need parents for that as well.  For next week we would definitely like help on Monday, all day (9:00-10:25, 10:45-12:15, 1:00-2:30).  We will then have cardboard that needs to be cut.  That can be done any time you have time available, but many parents find it easiest to just stay for 20-30 minutes after drop off.  We have all of the tools that you’ll need.  We will also be working on objects on Wednesday from 10:45-12:15 and on Friday, for sure from 1:00-2:30, but also possibly from 10:45-12:15.  Please join us, as the more adults we have, the quicker this process goes.  


Scholastic News:  This week the cover story is about the demonstration at Standing Rock.  The students will be completing a map to answer the 5 W’s and an H of the event - who, what, where, when, why, and how.  They do not need to write in complete sentences for that part of the map, but the question at the bottom should be answered in a complete sentence.  The magazine and map are due on Tuesday, 2/7. 

Problem of the Week:  Next week’s problem is about using logical thinking and patterning to come up with all the possible combinations of a set of numbers.  We will be modeling and encouraging a systematic approach instead of just writing down what you think of randomly.  It’s due on Tuesday, 2/7.  

Word Study:  Pentagons and hexagons work is due on 2/2.  The octagons and heptagons have their work is due in two weeks, on 2/9.   All groups are being asked to do 6 activities to help them practice their words.  It’s up to them (and you) to decide how many of those activities are on Spelling City and how many are on paper.  They can all be done online, or all on paper, or any combination of the two, as long as a total of 6 things are completed.  In addition, each student needs to find 4 additional words that fit the patterns they are studying and add them to their list.  The students aren’t responsible for spelling those words on the test, but the list does need to be turned in with the homework so we can see the words that have been found.

Expiration Date: 
Jun 30