Weekly News - October 12, 2019

October 11, 2019

Class News

On either Monday or Tuesday we will be sending home tent, carpool, and group information for the Safari Park trip, as well as two luggage tags for each person.  One tag should go on the sleeping bag and one tag is for the bag that holds clothes etc.  Please let us know if you need a new copy of the packing list.  Once you have the information, please reach out to your driver, or your passengers, to check in about what time the car will be leaving Legoland and where the kids will be brought, as well as to figure out anything else that might need to be figured out, so that everyone knows what is going on.  We will also include a reminder note with other trip-related information, so please be sure to read that.  

If your child doesn’t have a family member coming on the trip, we will also be sending home an end-of-trip release note that gives us permission to release your child to his/her carpool driver at the end of the trip.  Please fill out any missing information and return it to school as soon as possible.  Also, if your child takes any medication (and there isn’t a family member coming), we will need the doctor’s information about dosage, administration, etc, so that we can give your child what he/she needs.  When you are packing, please keep the medication separate, clearly labeled with your child’s name, so that it can be handed to us that morning.  

We have begun work on writing a story from something that is on the cover of our writing notebooks.  The students told each other their stories and received feedback about what else a listener / reader might want to know and did a quick flow map of their story.  Then we began work on narrative openings.  Ask your child if he/she can name all 8 types of narrative openings!  Today we practiced writing one of each type to go with an illustration.  We’re making a display to see if people can match the opening with the picture.  Then we will move to writing the openings for our stories and continue on from there.  Our goal is to have a polished draft for you to read at conferences.

Earlier this week we sent out a sign up genius for people to sign up for their parent/teacher/student conferences.  If you haven’t yet signed up, please do so as soon as possible.  Let us know if we need to accommodate your schedule in a way that isn’t reflected in the time slots we have.  

On Wednesday Open School is hosting principals from our local network.  They will be visiting classrooms to look at how we are teaching math.  It is also their College Gear day, so we are encouraging all of the students to also wear clothes that represent a college.


Scholastic News:  This week we are reading about how some places are celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day.  The map is two-sided, with side being a thinking map that asks the students to identify the main idea of each of the sections and to find at least 2 supporting details that support the main idea.  The back is a map activity about Native American lands.  The magazine and map are due on Friday, October 18th.

Problem of the Week:  This week’s problem is also about using a pattern repeatedly to solve the problem.  Many students did get last week’s problem correct, but the ones who didn’t were students who didn’t read the problem carefully enough and missed the information about the patterns, so encourage your child to read the question a couple of times. We recommend a table or chart to organize the information to help figure out the solution. It’s due on Friday, October 18th.


Expiration Date: 
Jul 31