Weekly News - February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017

Classroom News

Object Work: As of today, almost every student is on the step of getting their cardboard and making their patterns for the costumes.  This brings us to a point where having extra adult hands really makes a big difference.  We need helpers during object work times, but we also really need people to come cut the patterns out.  We are planning to work on objects all day Monday (9:00-10:25, 10:45-12:15, 1:00-2:30) and would love adults then.  Cutting cardboard can happen any time you have time to come in.  After Monday, in order for many students to continue, they will need their cardboard cut, so we’d really love help Tuesday and Wednesday for sure with that.  Based on how much help we get, we may work on objects again later in the week, so if you’re available, let us know and we’ll tell you if/when we’re working.

As we get ready for the Object Parade, we’ve been reading and learning more about what it was like to travel to California during the Gold Rush times, as well as what life was like during the Gold Rush itself.  We’ve been using what we’ve learned to help us understand the songs we’ll be singing.  The words to the songs went home a couple of days ago.  So far, they’ve been taught the tune to the first song, so that one should be getting practiced at home so that the words can be memorized.

Valentines Day is coming up, and we will be passing out valentines.  Please be sure, if your child chooses to bring valentines, that they are brought for the whole class (48 students, or 47 if you don’t include your child).  If your child wants to personalize them and address them to specific students, we can send home a class list, if that makes it easier.  The bags will be organized by roll call number, so if your child puts roll call numbers on the envelopes, that will make passing the valentines out even easier.

As part of our work with the idea of gratitude, we’ve read some great books and had some wonderful discussions.  This past week, each student was randomly assigned to pay attention to another student to find something he/she was grateful for about that other student.  Today they each wrote what they were grateful about on a piece of paper and shared it out loud.  After reading what they were grateful for, we glued the paper into a gratitude chain that we’re hanging on one of our boards.  We’ve now expanded this into writing notes on post-its and sticking them on people’s bins.  We’ve encouraged them to do this for more than just their closest friends and to pay attention so that, as a class, we can try and get at least one note of gratitude for everyone in the class.  They are supposed to show the notes to a teacher before putting them on a bin (to help make sure they are actually expressions of gratitude) and once they are read, we’re adding them to our gratitude board.  We’ve had a great response, with many notes written today.  We’re especially proud that some of our students really reached out to other kids that they aren’t close friends with and we hope more students do the same.


Scholastic News:  Next week we are reading a Science Spin magazine.  The students will be deciding which map to use to answer the question at the top of the page.  Please help your child remember to not use complete sentences when filling in the map (that helps them use their own words and to think more deeply about what they are doing).  The magazine and map are due on Tuesday, 2/14. 

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 characteristics of balloons.  We’re hoping this is an extension and reinforcement of last week’s weekly problem.  It’s due on Tuesday, 2/14.  

Word Study:  The octagons and heptagons have their work due on 2/9.   Pentagons and hexagons received their new words yesterday, and their new work is due on 2/16.  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.

Expiration Date: 
Jun 30