Weekly News - April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018

Classroom News

Object Parade:  We sent home a form today to find out what all of our students are doing after school the day of the parade.  We’ve told them it is worth 5 Yellow Cluster dollars if brought back signed on Monday, $10 if the whole class brings it back.  Please help them earn the money!

The other main purpose of the note is to make sure you all know that we would like the students to be at the auditorium between 5:30 and 5:45 so that we can warm up and be ready for the performance at 6:00.  We have treats organized for after the parade as well.  

We do still need 2 parents for each show during the day to help the students off the stage - they can’t always maneuver the stairs easily in their costumes.  Please let us know if you can come to either the 9:30 or 11:00 show to help out.

Also sent home today was an order form for the Object Parade DVD.  Our wonderful tech consultant films two shows, both close up and far away, usually, with his camera directly connected to the microphone feed.  He edits everything together to make an amazing movie of the show that also includes a slideshow of pictures of everyone in their costumes.  It’s $15 per DVD and well worth it.

We did part of a practice test for the state testing this week.  We had all of the students exploring the English/Language Arts portion of the practice test so they could see how to navigate the various sections, how to use the online tools, and how to answer the questions.  We will be doing the same thing with the math section when it gets closer to us actually doing the math tests.  We didn’t have enough time to actually finish the practice test, but it is something that can be accessed at home, if you want to look at it or have your child do the whole thing.  The website is caaspp.org and you would click on the Practice and Training Tests button and sign in as a guest.

Our field trip to Watts Towers is this Friday.  Please have your child wear his/her Yellow Cluster t-shirt and whatever jackets or other layers might be appropriate to the weather, as we will be outside for most of the trip.  They will need a snack, lunch, and drink, with the snack packed separately from the lunch.  Reusable lunch boxes etc are just fine for this trip.  

Some years we have had a parent put together a Yellow Yearbook with pictures of each student and some information that the kids have written (like favorite class, what they want to be when they grow up, stuff like that).  If you’re interested in creating a yearbook this year, please let us know.


We have asked all of the students to practice their lines and the songs many times this weekend, even if they do know them already.  Nerves can make them forget the lines once on stage, so knowing them really, really well can help offset possible freezing on stage.  Plus, some students don’t actually know their lines yet and can really use some focused attention.  

Scholastic News: This week the students are reading the article to find evidence for how drones can be helpful.  They then need to find some examples for how drones can be harmful.  These aren’t in the article, so they will need to talk to you or do some research on the internet to find these examples. The reading and map are due on Thursday, 4/19.

Problem of the Week:  This week the students are filling in missing numbers on the outside edges of a mixed up multiplication chart. The new problem is due on Thursday, 4/19.

Word Study:  There is no word study homework this week.


Expiration Date: 
Jul 31