I hope you are having a relaxing weekend. Most students finished their colonies project – they’re up on our bulletin board and it’s looks amazing! We’re continuing our unit about the American Revolution this week with seeing how long our tea can float in the “harbor”.
Happy New Year Families!
We are dividing straight into the American Revolution this month with a fun challenge project this Friday.
NEW HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS: As mentioned at conferences, spelling work is changing in our classroom and therefore there will be an addition to homework.
In addition to reading, writing about reading, math, students will also now have spelling words to practice. Homework is not meant to cause additional stress at home. Homework should take no longer than 45-60 minutes. If your student is spending more than an hour on homework, please contact me. Thank you!
New Homework Expectations:
Monday – Thursday:
- Read 20 minutes
- Complete reading response
- Complete math homework
- (NEW) Work on spelling words (10 words a week) – complete at least 3 activities on spelling menu (Spelling Menu will be in Tuesday folders & on Weekly Homework page.)
Friday- Sunday: Read a total of 60 minutes
- All reading must be written on reading log
- Reading responses and spelling work are to be done in spiral notebook
- In order to receive credit, homework must be displayed on desk in the morning.
- Math homework is dependent on the teacher – it may be daily turn in or a packet to turn in at the end of the week.
We have quite a few things happening this week!
- Body Growth Unit: We’ll be teaching the unit on Monday, Wednesday & Friday afternoon. I sent the link to the parent letter via ClassDojo. Please let me know if you would like your student to be at an alternative placement during the unit.
- UO Basketball Game Field Trip: Students may only bring their lunchboxes if they are bring lunch from home to the arena. Please leave cellphones and money at home.
- Winter Break Homework Challenge: Students have a chance to earn for hot chocolate or cider and other goodies after the break based on what they choose to complete over winter break. Last week, students planned out their workload for the break. The minimum is to read 100 minutes and complete 3 reading summaries. I do think it is important that students have time to relax, play and spend time with family therefore, I do not expect students to complete the entire packet. Find a copy of the packet here
- Link to this week’s homework here
A couple of things:
I have been meaning to share this resource and haven’t had a chance to – Common Sense Media is a website that helps you stay informed about the latest technology and media. It provides information about movies, music, video games, apps, TV shows, etc and lets you know of which age groups they’re appropriate for. It also has reviews from parents and kids. (Sort of like a Yelp for media.) I like using it to get more information about the games the students are telling me about and also how to incorporate lessons on making sure students are safe while using the web. I’ll be using some of their tools to teach about digital citizenship in January.
Our class has been super fortunate with grants the last couple of years and I’m so grateful! I currently have one that I have submitted via DonorsChoose – a nonprofit organization that helps classrooms get the materials they need. I’m hoping to be able to get Breakout Kits for the class. I need some help with spreading the word about this grant – If you could share this link out, I would very much appreciate it! Thank you!
*The website does still state that I teach 4th grade. The overall grant was written for 5th. I couldn’t find a way to fix that detail.
We’re starting the week with a guest speaker and then will be tuning into a Scholastic webinar about the book, Rescue and Jessica featuring co-authors Patrick Downes & Jessica Kensky with illustrator Scott Magoon and ASPCA Dog of the Year, Rescue, the service dog. It should be a super exciting week!
Coming up next week – I’ll be explaining the winter break homework challenge to students and will send home an extra copy in Tuesday folders.
Our trip to the UO Basketball game is next Thursday! Please let me know if your student will bring lunch from home or needs school lunch ASAP. Complete form here
Reading homework here
It’s conferences week. A reminder that Thursday is an early dismissal day (11:15 am) and Friday is a no school day. This is the final short week. Looking forward to getting back on our normal routine next week!
Your student will be presenting during conferences. They have been working hard on their presentations and have lots of great things to share. I look forward to seeing you this week!
We are going to spend the next couple of weeks reading about the various Native American tribes in Oregon and the impact on our state and country.
Students will also be getting ready for conferences and gathering their work to present. Conferences will be student led and I am looking forward to seeing everyone next week! Quick reminder of how students are graded here: Standards Based Grading
Important Dates to remember:
- Friday, Nov. 30 – Grading Day (No School)
- Wednesday, Dec. 5 – Conferences 3-8pm (Book Fair)
- Thursday, Dec. 6 – Half Day -11:15am Dismissal & Conferences 12-8pm (Book Fair)
- Friday, Dec. 7 – No School
With the holiday & long weekend coming up, students will be receiving a homework packet. Students will be asked to:
- Read at least a total of 100 minutes (Fiction or Nonfiction)
- Write a summary about what you read. Include a paragraph convincing others to read this book.
- Complete Family Project – math about your family and interview a family member (We’ll spend a little time brainstorming questions in class.)
- Make a bar graph of your weekend activities
Click for a digital copy of the homework packet here
It’s a music filled week with our field trip to the Hult Center and then the music performance on Thursday. Students are encouraged to dress up for both events.
Students will be writing news reports about the field trip this week and practicing editing & revising their writing.
The next few weeks are short school weeks. Here is are some dates to keep in mind:
- Tuesday, Nov. 20 – (via ClassDojo) Conference time confirmations
- Thursday, Nov. 22 & Friday, Nov. 23 – Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)
- Friday, Nov. 30 – Grading Day (No School)
- Wednesday, Dec. 5 – Conferences 4-8pm
- Thursday, Dec. 6 – Half Day -11:15am Dismissal & Conferences 12-8pm
- Friday, Dec. 7 – No School
Literacy night is this Thursday! Hope you can join us for lots of fun activities centered around literacy. I’ll be teaching students some basic Chinese and how to write characters with a brush!
Field Trip – Our first field trip is on Tuesday, November 13th. We’ll be attending a special Eugene Symphony concert for students. Please make sure you have completed this field trip permission form so your student can attend: In Town Field Trip Permission. Also, we’ll need two chaperones for this trip. Please message me if you would like to come!
*Our next field trip will be on Dec. 20th & we’ll need 3 chaperones for that trip.
Snacks – We are running low on snack again. If you are able to send in snacks, we would super appreciate it! Thank you!!
Coming home in Tuesday folders:
- Music Performance reminder
- A brief progress report
- School pictures