Weekly News - 2/17/17

February 17, 2017

Classroom News

 Our objects are coming along nicely, despite being severely hampered by all of the wet weather that we’ve been having.  Our next work times are going to be on Wednesday between 10:45 and 12:15, and Friday from 9:00 - 10:25 and 10:45 - 12:15 and we’d love helpers.  (If you want to be sure to be helping your child, let us know when you’re coming so we can schedule the groups accordingly.)  We won’t need any cardboard cut until after that.  We are going to soon need parents to use our special die cutting machine (a Cricut) to cut out the letters for the objects.  It’s an easy process to learn in a few minutes and doesn’t require any special skills or knowledge, just a little bit of patience while the machine cuts.  This work can be done any time, so if you’d like to help, just let us know or show up.  

The Object Parade is being planned for Wednesday, March 29th.  We will have two shows, one around 9:00 ish and one around 11:15 ish.  We’ll be getting back to you with exact times.  We are going to need some parents to watch one show and help at another.  The students have the songs to practice and the script will be coming soon.  If you have any acting experience or talents and can come help the students rehearse, please let us know, as we’d love your help.

This coming Friday is also payday, which always goes better with a few extra adults, so if you can come at 1:00, we’d love the support.

Book orders were due Friday, but the orders won’t be placed until Sunday evening or Monday, so if you still want to order online, there’s time.

Our next field trip is going to be a wonderful one - we’re going to Riley’s Farm to have a living history simulation in which the students will be experiencing what life was like during the Gold Rush.  They set up a small boom town area and the students pan for gold, trade their nuggets for cash, and do many of the kinds of jobs that they would have had to do during the Gold Rush.  It’s a lot of fun and an incredible learning experience.  We will be going with Blue Cluster.  In the past, we’ve funded this through Donors Choose, which is wonderful, but involves a lot of extra work and coordination, so this year, we’re going to try using carpools to get there and back.  (The buses are extremely expensive.) It’s a long drive to Oak Glen, taking a little over 2 hours.  We leave early and come back in the afternoon, so students will not be able to take the school buses that day.  More specific information will be coming soon, but we wanted to let you know that this trip was coming up so anyone who wanted to drive and needed to make arrangements, had the time to do so.  We anticipate asking for $15-$20 donations to cover the cost of the trip.

Parent-teacher-student conferences are coming up in March.  We will be using the same schedule as we used for the fall conferences, so next week we will send home confirmation notes to make sure the days and times still work for everyone.  Please send those back as soon as possible so that we can make any necessary adjustments.


Scholastic News:  We’re trying something new with the next Scholastic News.  We’re going to let the students choose, individually, which article they want to do the map for and what kind of map they want to use.  The requirements are that they can’t use a circle/brainstorming map, as that one does not require the information to be organized in any way, and that the map has to show what they’ve learned from the article. The magazine and map are due on Tuesday, 2/28. 

Problem of the Week:  Next week’s problem is one that might appear challenging at first, but with a little bit of careful thought, it’s much more simple that it first appears.  If your child doesn’t see it at first, please don’t lead them to directly to the solution.  Our strategy recommendation in class is going to be drawing a picture, so we suggest starting there. It’s due on Tuesday, 2/28.  

Word Study:   The octagons and heptagons work is due on 2/23.  Pentagons and hexagons received their new words on Thursday and they have their work due on 3/2. 

Expiration Date: 
Jun 30