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    Week of January 27th, 2020
     
     
    Hello families.
    Go NINERS! Congratulations to all you Niner fans.
    Looks like we are on for the field trip to the Altamont windmills and the Alameda County landfill on the 30th of this month. WE NEED DRIVERS
     I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful weekend.
    The trimester ends February 13th. 
    Here is a look ahead:
     
    Math: 
    POW # 19 will go home graded on Monday. POW #20 will go home Monday and is due Friday.....THIS IS THE SAD FAREWELL TO POWs, but there is something else lurking on the horizon...
    Topic 6 tests will go home on Monday. They are due back with a parent signature by Friday. Retakes on Thursday.
    Four 5s is still up and rolling in the classroom. The students have been offered a prize if they can defeat the 50 numbers by the end of the year.
     Students are encouraged to bring in math puzzles, riddles and questions to share on Fridays.
     
    Language Arts:
     Grammar rule #15 will go home on Monday and the packet is do on Thursday. The quiz will be on Friday.
    We will quiz on main idea and supporting detail this THursday.
    We will begin reading Number the Stars with our literature circle groups.
    Students have researched about their writing topic ad will begin drafting this week. We will use their graded Chocolate Milk writing pieces to improve on their craft in this genre.
     
    Students are to read 20 minutes every night and write in their nightly reading response journal.
    The trimester ends February 13th. Star Party is accessible for all students and 10 stars need to be earned by that date to participate.
     
    Science:
    The study guide for atmosphere is due today, we will play a review game, and the test was pushed back to this Tuesday.
    Students will work in groups on a windmill engineering project this week.
    Field trip to windmills and landfill January 30th. We need drivers.
    We will work heavily on our OPPS/CC presentations, and we will present sometime early in February.
    Engineering Fair packets will go home this week.
    (WOW)
     
     
    Social Studies:
     
    TBD 
     
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday
    • All week is the Great Kindness Challenge
    • Music Tuesday
    • Walk Through American Rev. on Wednesday @ 8:30 in room A-19
    •  Library Wednesday
    • PE Thursday and Friday
    • Field trip January 30th @ 8:30.
     
     
    Week of January 21st, 2020
     
     
    Hello families.
    Go NINERS! Congratulations to all you Niner fans.
    Looks like we are on for the field trip to the Altamont windmills and the Alameda County landfill on the 30th of this month. WE NEED DRIVERS!
    Field trip forms will go home on Tuesday.
     I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful weekend.
    The trimester ends February 13th. 
    Here is a look ahead:
     
    Math: 
    POW # 18 will go home graded on Monday. POW #19 will go home Monday and is due Friday. We only have 2 more POWs left:) Cartwheels:)
    Topic 6 test on Friday. It covers multiplying with decimals.
    Four 5s is still up and rolling in the classroom. The students have been offered a prize if they can defeat the 50 numbers by the end of the year.
     Students are encouraged to bring in math puzzles, riddles and questions to share on Fridays.
     
    Language Arts:
     Grammar rule #14, adjectives, will go home on Tuesday and the packet is do on Thursday. The quiz will be on Friday.
    We will focus on a few passages this week looking at main idea and supporting details.
    We have our new literature circle groups for the book Number the Stars. The book takes place in WW 2 Denmark, and follows the struggles of a Jewish family and their plight with the German Forces. Thes groups have been assigned a pre-reading exercise to come closer with the messages and themes within the text. Ask your kiddo what their specific task is.
    We used the topic, "Should chocolate milk be banned from John Green?" as our intro. lesson into how to create an argumentative writing pice. They were turned in on Friday. I will grade them this week, have a workshop meeting with each student, and use this as aa means to create another piece on a topic of their choice. Students will have a topic by the end of Tuesday and begin the research process this week. Ask your kiddo about their choice.
    Students are to read 20 minutes every night and write in their nightly reading response journal.
    The trimester ends February 13th. Star Party is accessible for all students and 10 stars need to be earned by that date to participate.
     
    Science:
    The study guide for atmosphere and resources went home last week, and the test will be this Thursday.
    Students will work in groups on a windmill engineering project this week.
    Field trip to windmills and landfill January 30th. We need drivers.
    We will work heavily on our OPPS/CC presentations, and we will present sometime early in February.
    Engineering Fair packets will go home this week.
    (WOW)
     
     
    Social Studies:
    American Revolutionary War Walk Through cards and parts should be practiced.
    Don't forget, the date of the performance is Wednesday, January 22nd. Time is 8:30 AM. I will let you know ASAP.
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday
    • Talent Show applications due by January 22nd.
    • Music Tuesday
    • Walk Through American Rev. on Wednesday @ 8:30 in room A-19
    • No Library Wednesday
    • PE Thursday and Friday
    • Field trip January 30th @ 8:30.
     
    Week of January 13th, 2020
     
     
    Hello families.
     
    I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful weekend. The Pats are out, so let's go local...GO NINERS!
    One thing to keep in mind with these newsletters is that what I put down here is my hopeful week. Reality does not allow me to always get to what I put down here, so always ask your kiddo about how the day/week is going. Also, I like to run with ideas and discussions in the classroom, and especially about what is happening in our current events. So again, ask your kiddo.
    It looks as though we are 90% set to have a field trip up to the wind turbines and our county landfill on Thursday, January  30th. We will need DRIVERS. I will know for sure after school Monday and then send home field trip forms. This should, and I say should becasue this is my first time being offered this opportunity, be a very informative and rich curriculum-based field trip. 
    The trimester ends February 13th. 
    Here is a look ahead:
     
    Math: 
    POW # 17 will go home graded on Monday. POW #18 will go home Monday and is due Friday.
    Topic 12 test on Tuesday.
    We will circle back to topic 6 this week and begin multiplying with decimals.
    Four 5s is still up and rolling in the classroom. The students have been offered a prize if they can defeat the 50 numbers by the end of the year.
     Students are encouraged to bring in math puzzles, riddles and questions to share on Fridays.
     
    Language Arts:
     Grammar rule #13, possessive nouns and pronouns, will go home on Monday and the packet is do on Thursday. The quiz will be on Friday.
    A list of 12 "knowledgable" words will go home on Monday, and the associated activity will be due on Thursday. The quiz will be on Friday.
    We will focus on a few passages this week looking at main idea and supporting details.
    We have our new literature circle groups for the book Number the Stars. The book takes place in WW 2 Denmark, and follows the struggles of a Jewish family and their plight with the German Forces. Thes groups have been assigned a pre-reading exercise to come closer with the messages and themes within the text. Ask your kiddo what their specific task is.
    We will continue with our opinion/argumentative writing genre this week. The first writing assignment on whether or not chocolate milk should be banned from our cafeteria, will be due this Wednesday. The students will pick a topic of their choice and use the writing process we have worked on to develop their final argument writing piece. Ask your kiddo about their choice.
    Students are to read 20 minutes every night and write in their nightly reading response journal.
    The trimester ends February 13th. Star Party is accessible for all students and 10 stars need to be earned by that date to participate.
     
    Science:
     
    Students are working in groups on a project about a severe weather event in history.
    We will do a lesson about renewable and nonrenewable energy sources.
    A study guide will go home for a test on this unit which will be sometime the following week, probably the 23rd.
    Students will work in groups on a windmill project, and I am working on a field trip up to the windmills near the Altamont Pass and the Almaeda Landfill. This will tie into 2 pieces we are working on in class; the windmills and the renewable vs. nonrenewable energy sources, as well as our StopWaste work. WIN-WIN-WIN!!!  This is my first time trying to do this and I think it will be soooo enriching for the kids. Looks like the date for the trip will be Thursday, January 30th. If you are able to drive, please let me know when the field trip forms go home.
    We will work heavily on our OPPS/CC presentations, and we will present sometime later this month.
    Also, Engineering Fair information will go home in the next week or two.
    (WOW)
     
     
    Social Studies:
    American Revolutionary War Walk Through cards and parts should be practiced.
    Don't forget, the date of the performance is Wednesday, January 22nd. Time is either 8:30 or 11:00 AM. I will let you know ASAP.
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday
    • Talent Show applications due by January 22nd.
    • Music Tuesday
    • Library Wednesday
    • PE Thursday and Friday
    • Spelling Bee Friday morning from 8:30 to 10. GO ISAAC and VEERA!
     
    Week of January 7th 2020
     
     
    Hello families.
    Here we are in the year 2020. Really kind of surreal and hard to believe. As I said in my email yesterday, this is really when the year starts to fly by. There is so much coming up besides our weekly "routine." The kids seemed excited to be back today, and I showed them a quick "map of what the next 7 weeks look like as we head into camp the last week of February.
    So buckle up and enjoy the ride:)
     
    Here is a look ahead:
     
    Math: 
    POW # 17 is due Friday.
    We started topic 12 on volume today. We will focus on rectangular prisms and cubes, but I will touch on other 3 dimensional objects as well. Discuss volume with your kiddo over everyday "things" like tissue boxes, cereal boxes, shelves, etc...
    We wrapped up our QB Club (bummer the Pats are out:(:(). And pending review, Abdullah and Gabe are the two top winners in our class. Whether it is a prize or not, they have won a catered lunch by Chef Ewing (it is a prize:). Congratulations boys. I think the class really had fun along this season's journey, and shhhh, don't tell them, they learned too:)
    Four 5s is still up and rolling in the classroom. The students have been offered a prize if they can defeat the 50 numbers by the end of the year.
     
    Students are encouraged to bring in math puzzles, riddles and questions to share on Fridays.
     
    Language Arts:
     Grammar rule #12, antecedents and pronouns, will go home on Wednesday and the packet is do on Thursday. The quiz will be on Friday.
    We will focus on a few passages this week looking at main idea and supporting details.
    Final Walk Two Moon projects will go home following a "gallery walk" in the classroom so students can check out each others' awesome work.
    We will continue with our opinion/argumentative writing genre this week.
    Students are to read 20 minutes every night and write in their nightly reading response journal.
     
    Science:
    Today students planted in their greenhouses and made a model in their notebooks about what they represent about our atmosphere and planet.
    Greenhouses will go home soon. Happy growing:)
    We will begin work on severe weather and nonrenewable vs. renewable resources.
    Students will work in groups on a windmill project, and I am working on a field trip up to the windmills near the Altamont Pass and the Almaeda Landfill. This will tie into 2 pieces we are working on in class; the windmills and the renewable vs. nonrenewable energy sources, as well as our StopWaste work. WIN-WIN-WIN!!!  This is my first time trying to do this and I think it will be soooo enriching for the kids.  Hopefully I will have a date soon and it will be toward the end of January. If you are able to drive, please let me know when I get the date squared away.
    We will work heavily on our OPPS/CC presentations, and we will present sometime later this month.
    Also, Engineering Fair information will go home in the next week or two.
    (WOW)
     
     
    Social Studies:
    13 colonies Quiz Tomorrow.
    American Revolutionary War Walk Through cards and parts should be practiced.
    Don't forget, the date of the performance is Wednesday, January 22nd. Time is either 8:30 or 11:00 AM. I will let you know ASAP.
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday
    • Music Tuesday
    • Library Wednesday
    • PE Thursday and Friday
     
     
    Week of December 9th
     
     
    Hello families.
    Hope you are well today. I am having a difficult time watching the Pats right now struggle to do anything offensively against the Chiefs, Yet, they still have a chance???
    Anyway, maybe stepping away for a minute will help:)
    I want to give A HUGE THANKS to those parents whow were able to step up and drive to the Tech. Museum last Thursday. 
     We have a great week coming up.
    Here is a look ahead:
     
    Math: 
    POW #16 will be discussed in class on Monday, go home, and is due by Friday.
    Corrected and reviewed POW #15 will go home Monday.
    We had a quiz on multiplication of fractions last weeek. That will be reviewed and go home on Monday.
    We will start division of fractions on Monday, the full unit 11 tpoic test will be this Friday.
    I will introduce an activity called "4 fives." Ask your kiddo about it.
    We will do another mean-median-mode, and continue on with QB Club.
    Students are encouraged to bring in math puzzles, riddles and questions to share on Fridays.
     
    Language Arts:
     
    Grammar rule #11 (subject and object pronouns) and vocabulary (-script root) will go home on Monday, and the grammar packet is do on Thursday. The quizzes will be on Friday.
    Last week's graded quizzes will go home on Monday.
    We finished Walk Two Moons. WOW! Ask your kiddo about the book. We focused on making connections, summarizing, vocabulary, and developing deep thinking questions in our literature circles. There will be ana end of the book test and project on Tuesday.
    We will start our opinion/argumentative writing genre this week.
    Students are to read 20 minutes every night and write in their nightly reading response journal.
     
    Science:
    A science reader on convection currents and our atmosphere will go home on Monday. They are due this Wednesday.
    We will work on the causes of local and global winds, as well as get into severe weather this week.
    Students will begin our greenhouse engineering project this week. Ask your kiddo about the project and directions. The greenhouse is due Thursday 12/19.
    We will work heavily on our OPPS/CC presentations.
    StopWaste: Students became "garbologists" last week, and the results were outstanding. John Green is a leader in the district about removing our foodwaste from a trip to the landfill.
    We will have one more StopWaste visit next week before starting our action project when we return from winter break.
     
    Social Studies:
     
     
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday
    • Music Tuesday
    • Library Wednesday
    • DARE graduation on Thursday
    • PE Thursday and Friday
     
     
    Week of December 2nd
     
    Wow, here we go into the last month before we enter the 2020s. WOW!
    Hard to believe.
    We are now entering the stretch of school where it seems to go inter hyperspeed. We have a lot to do in the next 3 weeks before we enter into our 2-week winter break.
    But, mixed in with all the academics, I will be stressing lessons of empathy, compassion, and spreading joy to all those our kiddos come into contact with. 
    Over this break, circumstances/life really emphasized to me the importance of living every minute of life to its fullest. That spreading joy and happiness and love, as much as humanly possible, is really what is important in this world we live in, because we never know when things will change.
    In regards to that, look for some HW that is a little out of the norm and focuses on these aspects of living life.
     
     
    Math: 
    POW #15 will be discussed in class on Monday, go home, and is due by Friday.
    Corrected and reviewed POW #14 will go home Monday.
    We will continue with multiplying and dividing fractions. We will have a quiz on multiplying fractions this Wednesday.
    I will introduce an activity called "4 fives." Ask your kiddo about it.
    We will do another mean-median-mode, and continue on with QB Club.
    Students are encouraged to bring in math puzzles, riddles and questions to share on Fridays.
     
    Language Arts:
     
    Grammar rule #10 (irregular verbs) and vocabulary (-bio root) will go home on Monday, and the grammar packet is do on Thursday. The quizzes will be on Friday.
    We will wrap up our core literature book this week. There will be a final reading comprehension test from the book, based on literature circle journal jobs we focused on throughout reading the book. This will be Thursday or Friday.
    We will work on main idea and supporting details this week.
    We will start our opinion/argumentative writing genre this week.
    Students are to read 20 minutes every night and write in their nightly reading response journal.
     
    Science:
     Water cycle tests have been graded and will go home on Monday. Please sign and return these ASAP.
    We will start our unit on the atmosphere and weather this week.
    Students will begin our greenhouse engineering project this week. Ask your kiddo about the project and directions.
    We will work heavily on our OPPS/CC presentations.
    StopWaste: Students had their first lesson from StopWaste members, and they went home with a project to do a home fridge audit, with your permission of course. They have a scale, compost bag, and reusable totebag to carry the items in. They should have the auidt finished and return the materials. StopWaste will come in this week for their second visit.
     
    Social Studies:
    This week we are focusing on settlements. We are looking at Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth. We will be role playing as if we are English settlers in these settlements. Looking ahead, we will be studying the regions as the 13 colonies develop and then will learn about the 13 colonies. 
     
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday
    • Get those Tech. Museum field trip forms and donations in
    • Music Tuesday
    • Library Wednesday
    • Tech Museum field trip on Thursday
    • PE Friday
     
     
    Week of November 18th
     
    Good day families of C-12.
     
    I hope you all enjoyed another beautiful weekend.
    Our conference schedule is attached below and I will put it in an email as well. I look forward to sitting down with all of you soon. 
    Have a great week and here is a look ahead:
    • Thanks to all those parents who drove to Chabot on Friday. AWESOME field trip!
    • Thanks to Jina Lee, and Juliet and Allison for the cool art lesson last week.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rjwgobtyyr8hOz6m6MevOIBe_FEk0XP1g-b0GGtGNGE/edit

     
    Math: 
    POW #14 will be discussed in class on Monday, go home, and is due by Thursday.
    Corrected and reviewed POW #13 will go home Monday.
     
    We will have a quiz on multiplication of fractions on Thursday of this week.
    We will do another mean-median-mode, and continue on with QB Club.
    Students are encouraged to bring in math puzzles, riddles and questions to share on Fridays.
     
    Language Arts:
    We will continue in our core literature book, Walk Two Moons. We are getting deep into the book and the author is starting to reveal some of the cliffhangers and answers to questions the kids have had as we have read and discussed the book. Talk to your kiddo about the "mysterious messages" being left on Phoebe's doorstep, and what they mean in the "bigger" picture of life.
    Response sheet chapters 23-33 went out to the kids. It will be due by Thursday.
    We will work on main idea and supporting details this week.
    Students are to read 20 minutes every night and write in their nightly reading response journal.
     
    Science:
     Water cycle test on Wednesday of this week.
    StopWaste: Students had their first lesson from StopWaste members, and they went home with a project to do a home fridge audit, with your permission of course. They have a scale, compost bag, and reusable totebag to carry the items in. They should have the auidt finished by the 21st. Thanks. 
    Social Studies:
    This week we are focusing on settlements. We are looking at Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth. We will be role playing as if we are English settlers in these settlements. Looking ahead, we will be studying the regions as the 13 colonies develop and then will learn about the 13 colonies. 
     
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Thursday (No School Friday)
    • Get those Tech. Museum field trip forms and donations in
    • Music Tuesday
    • Library Wednesday
    • DARE and PE on Thursday
     
    Week of November 12th
     
    Good day families of C-12.
    I hope you enjoyed a great three day weekend. I would like to say thank you to all of our service men and women past, present, and future. 
    We only have two weeks, both of them shortened weeks, until we leave for Thanksgiving Break. That being said there is a lot happening in those two weeks.
    Our conference schedule is attached below and I will put it in an email as well. I look forward to sitting down with all of you soon. 
    Have a great week and here is a look ahead:
    • Thank you to all the parents who volunteered at the assembly for Kids Against Hunger, and thank you for all the donations that came in for this amazing cause.
    • We have some room moms coming in the Tuesday to do an art project with our kiddos. THANKS:)

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rjwgobtyyr8hOz6m6MevOIBe_FEk0XP1g-b0GGtGNGE/edit

     
    Math: 
    POW #13 will be discussed in class on Tuesday, go home, and is due by Friday.
    Corrected and reviewed POW #12 will go home Tuesday.
    Topic 10 tests will go home on Tuesday. We will review and correct the tests in class. They need to be signed and returned by the end of the week.
    We will start topic 11, which focuses on division and multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers.
    We will do another mean-median-mode, and continue on with QB Club.
    Students are encouraged to bring in math puzzles, riddles and questions to share on Fridays.
     
    Language Arts:
    We will continue in our core literature book, Walk Two Moons. We are getting deep into the book and the author is starting to reveal some of the cliffhangers and answers to questions the kids have had as we have read and discussed the book. Talk to your kiddo about the "mysterious messages" being left on Phoebe's doorstep, and what they mean in the "bigger" picture of life.
    Response sheet chapters 23-33 went out to the kids. It will be worked on in class as we move through the chapters.
    We will work on main idea and supporting details this week.
    Students will begin their persuasive writing piece this week.
    Students are to read 20 minutes every night and write in their nightly reading response journal.
     
    Science:
     
    Water Olympics got pushed back to this Tuesday, and students will finish their group collage projects on the four spheres.
    Wednesday we will talk about water conservation methods and aquifers.
    Study guides will go home on Wednesday and we will have a unit test on this material on the 20th of November.
    StopWaste: Students had their first lesson from StopWaste members, and they went home with a project to do a home fridge audit, with your permission of course. They have a scale, compost bag, and reusable totebag to carry the items in. They should have the auidt finished by the 21st. Thanks. 
    Social Studies:
    This week we are focusing on settlements. We are looking at Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth. We will be role playing as if we are English settlers in these settlements. Looking ahead, we will be studying the regions as the 13 colonies develop and then will learn about the 13 colonies. 
     
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday
    • Get those Tech. Museum field trip forms and donations in
    • Music Tuesday
    • Library Wednesday
    • DARE and PE on Thursday
    • PE Friday
    • This Friday field trip 11/15 to Chabot Science Center
     
     
    Week of November 4th
     
    Good day families of C-12.
    I hope you enjoyed a great weekend. A few items to think about as this week moves along
    • Book Fair all week. We go on Wednesday, but I will have a wish list on the teacher board in the library by tomorrow. The list is a request for books to get for our classroom library.
    • We have DARE this Thursday
    • We start our first of four StopWaste lessons this Thursday. This will culminate in another action project for our kiddos. It will focus on food waste and ways to curb it in our community.
    • Kids Against Hunger: Donation forms went home on Friday. We are going into the MPR on Thursday to pack bags for the effort. I have not heard if they are still in need of any volunteers.
    • Trimester 1 is over. Conferences are set for a few weeks down the road.
    Have a great week and here is a look ahead:
     
    Math: 
    POW #12 will be discussed in class on Monday, go home, and is due by Friday.
    Signed topic 9 tests are due.
    We will continue with topic 10 and test this Friday.
    We will do another mean-median-mode, and continue on with QB Club.
    Students are encouraged to bring in math puzzles, riddles and questions to share on Fridays.
     
    Language Arts:
    We will continue in our core literature book, Walk Two Moons
    Response sheet chapters 12-22 went out to the kids. It will be worked on in class as we move through the chapters.
    We will work on main idea and supporting details this week.
    Narrative writing pieces are to be finished and turned in by Tuesday.
    Students will begin their persuasive writing piece this week.
    Students are to read 20 minutes every night and write in their nightly reading response journal.
     
    Science:
     We have started into the water cycle. Students will continue working on this topic through the week.
    Our focus this week is the interactions between Earth's four spheres. We will do our "Water Olympics" this Wednesday. 
     
    Social Studies:
     
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday
    • BOOK FAIR all this week.
    • Music Tuesday
    • Library Wednesday
    • DARE on Thursday
    • StopWaste first edition this Thursday
    • Star Reading Party on Friday (congratulations Lauren C. and Ryan)
    • PE Friday
     
     
     
     
     
    Week of October 28th
     
    Good day families of C-12.
    I hope you enjoyed a great weekend. It was wild with all the wind and smoke. It kind of felt surreal on Sunday. I just heard Fallon is closed on Monday, but we at Green are open. Hopefully the firefighters up north are safe and able to bring things under control. 
    Have a great week and here is a look ahead:
     
    Math: POW #11 will go home graded on Tuesday.
    POW #12 will be discussed in class on Tuesday, go home, and is due by Friday.
    Topic 9 tests will go home on tuesday or Wednesday of this week, and they are due back with a parent signature ASAP.
    We will do another mean-median-mode, and continue on with QB Club.
    Students are encouraged to bring in math puzzles, riddles and questions to share on Fridays.
     
    Language Arts:
     
     
    We will continue in our core literature book, Walk Two Moons
    Response sheet chapters 12-22 went out to the kids. It will be worked on in class as we move through the chapters.
     
    Students are drafting their final edition of their legend. When finished, students will print these out and create illustrations for each scene within their writing. I can't wait to see the finished products.
    We will work on main idea and supporting details this week.
    Students are to read 20 minutes every night and write in their nightly reading response journal.
     
    Science:
     We have started into the water cycle. Students will continue working on this topic through the week.
    PLEASE keep those magazines coming in if you have any old ones to spare.
    We have introduced our students, Ms. Battershell's class and ours, to their year long action project. Your child will either focus on climate change or ocean plastics pollution. Both crises are intertwined, but our students will place their main focus on one of the two. They will educate themselves, besides what we did, on the topics and first create group presentations geared to a specific grade level at Green. They will present in a few months, and then from there carry on maybe beyond just the Green family.
    Ask your kiddo about it as we move forward. 
    Social Studies:
     
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday
    • Music Tuesday
    • Library Wednesday
    • Thursday and Friday release is at 12:42
    • Halloween on Thursday. The parade starts @ 9 AM sharp. We have a 5th grade party from 10:10 to 12:10 on Thursday
    • Friday Gator Gallop Assembly 11:45
    • PE Friday
     
     
    Week of October 21st
     
    Good day families of C-12.
     
    I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful weekend, and you are able to get out and enjoy the beautiful area we all call home.
    A HUGE SHOUT OUT to all the parents who helped volunteer for the Gallop last Friday. It takes a village:) Also a BIG THANKS to those parents who came to cheer on on our kiddos, and to those who were able to donate for the cause. DONATIONS are still being accepted up until this FRIDAY the 25th. THANKS AGAIN!
    We have only two weeks until the end of the first trimester. WOW! There are a lot of events coming up, so please check your emails and the postings from Green.
    RED RIBBON WEEK is this week. Everyday has a theme and let's do our best to show our school spirit and the spirit of making healthy, positive decisions in our lives. 
     Have a great week and here is a look ahead:
     
    Math: POW #10 will go home graded on Monday.
    POW #11 will be discussed in class on Monday, go home, and is due by Friday.
    We are deep into adding and subtracting fractions. We will continue to work on this skill, finding LCM and GCF using two different methods, and prime factorization this week. We will have a quiz on prime factorizing and adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators early this week.
    I would like to introduce our in class activity called "Four Fives." Ask your kiddo about it.
    We will do another mean-median-mode, and continue on with QB Club.
    Students are encouraged to bring in math puzzles, riddles and questions to share on Fridays.
     
    Language Arts:
     
     
    We will continue in our core literature book, Walk Two Moons. We are focusing on a number of reading comprehension skills as we move through the book. Students have twice met in their Literature Circles and will meet again this week. Response sheet for chapters #1-11 is due by Tuesday. Students will receive another response sheet for the next chapter chunk. The questions on this worksheet are deep thinking questions which most often have multiple parts. I am working with the students to get them to answer all parts, and usually they will be able to finish this assignment in class, but if not, it sometimes will become homework.
     Grammar lesson about verb types will be introduced on Monday. The packet is due Thursday and we will have a quiz on Friday.
    Vocabulary list of words will go home on Monday, and there will be a quiz on Friday.
    Students are drafting their final edition of their legend. When finished, students will print these out and create illustrations for each scene within their writing. I can't wait to see the finished products.
    We will continue working directly with the skill of inferring and have a quiz this Wednesday.
     
    Science:
    Solar System tests are due back signed ASAP.
     
    We have started into the water cycle. Students will continue working on this topic through the week.
    PLEASE keep those magazines coming in if you have any old ones to spare.
    We have introduced our students, Ms. Battershell's class and ours, to their year long action project. Your child will either focus on climate change or ocean plastics pollution. Both crises are intertwined, but our students will place their main focus on one of the two. They will educate themselves, besides what we did, on the topics and first create group presentations geared to a specific grade level at Green. They will present in a few months, and then from there carry on maybe beyond just the Green family.
    Ask your kiddo about it as we move forward. 
    Social Studies:
     
     
    Odds and Ends
      • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday....3:04 dismissal Thursday and Friday
      • RED RIBBON WEEK: (Mon- WEAR Red, Tues- WEAR NEON COLORS, Wed- Wear a tie, Thurs- Wear sports gear, Fri. Wear crazy socks/hair/show spirit)
      • Music Tuesday
      • Library Wednesday
      • PE Thursday and Friday
      • Friday Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat
     
     
    Week of October 14th
     
    Good day families of C-12.
    I hope you enjoyed a fantastic weekend. I pciked up a whole bunch of garden starters and seeds for the gardeners to plant our winter crop.
    I am excited to get the kids out there and allow them to watch what they can do. It still feels a bit like summer, but cooler days are ahead.
    Sorry to all parents who volunteered to drive to Chabot, and then had to change their plans. We hope to hear soon about our reschedule date. I will let you know ASAP.
    Gator Gallop is Friday. Please do what you can to support our largest fundraiser.
     
     Have a great week and here is a look ahead:
     
    Math: POW #9 will go home graded on Monday.
    POW #10 will be discussed in class on Monday, go home, and is due by Friday.
    Signed topic 5 tests are due back to me by Friday.
    We will be jumping to topic 9 which focuses on fractions and understanding parts of wholes.
    I would like to introduce our in class activity called "Four Fives." Ask your kiddo about it.
    We will do another mean-median-mode, and continue on with QB Club.
     
    Language Arts:
    I decided to push our grammar quiz on singular to plural nouns to this week as last Friday was very busy. We will review on Monday and take the quiz in the afternoon. The new packet will go home on Monday and is due Thursday.
     
    Also, our Walk Two Moons vocabulary quiz is pushed off until Tuesday of this week. No new vocabulary words for the week will go home.
    We are well into the book. Students are working in literature circles to perform different reading comprehension roles. They meet weekly to discuss these roles.
    Every chapter chunk students will receive what I call their "Response Sheets." Students have received repsonse sheet 1-11 and it is due by Fridya of this week. Time is given in class to work on this, and as long as students are on task, they should be able to finish it in class.
    We will start our unit on inference this week.
    Students need to read at least 20 minutes every night and complete their quick nightly reading response.
     
    Science:
    Solar System tests are due back signed by this Wednesday.
    We are moving into our units on the four spheres. Our first focus is the hydrosphere and atmosphere.
    We have Zone 7 coming in this week to do an awesome in class presentation about the "life-cycle" of a water molecule.
    We have introduced our students, Ms. Battershell's class and ours, to their year long action project. Your child will either focus on climate change or ocean plastics pollution. Both crises are intertwined, but our students will place their main focus on one of the two. They will educate themselves, besides what we did, on the topics and first create group presentations geared to a specific grade level at Green. They will present in a few months, and then from there carry on maybe beyond just the Green family.
    Ask your kiddo about it as we move forward. 
    Social Studies:
     
     
    Odds and Ends
      • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday....3:04 dismissal Thursday and Friday
      • Music Tuesday
      • Library Wednesday
      • Zone 7 presentation on Wednesday
      • Great American Shakeout on Thursday
      • PE Thursday and Friday
      • Gator Gallop is Friday, October 18th 
     
     
     
    Week of September 23rd
     
    Good day families of C-12.
    First off, thank you soooooooooo much to all of our parents who helped out on Friday with the Heritage Project Potluck. What an event this year. Of all the years we have done this event, this year's was the biggest, and a lot of behind the scenes work goes into making it run smootly and being such a success. THANK YOU!
    Also a big thanks to all of you who put so much time in making those incredibly yummy dishes. THANK YOU!
    Also, thanks to all of those parents who were able to attend and make it feel like family. THANK YOU!
     
    I spoke to the kids about how this is really the first big milestone of the year, and now we are truly moving through this school year. By the way, the kids did amazing on their presentations and we have some really natural public speakers. There will be many more opportunities across this school year to present in front of their classmates and peers.
     
    Have a great week and here is a look ahead:
     
    Math: POW #6 will go home graded on Monday.
    POW #7 will be discussed in class on Monday, go home, and is due by Friday.
    Signed topic 3 tests are due back to me by Wednesday.
    We will have a topic 4 test on Friday of this week.
    If students were to forget their book at school, they have access through Pearson realize at home to use the online text book. Students will be able to log on through their Google account using Clever.
    We will do another mean-median-mode, and continue on with QB Club.
     
    Language Arts:
    Grammar rule #4 will go home on Monday. This rule focuses on compound sentences. We will quiz on Friday.
    We will focus on simile and metaphor this week, as well as onomatopoeia, alliteration, and irony. We did not get to test on figurative language last week. We will have a quiz this Wednesday.
    Students have been introduced to their narrative writing assignment. They received the instructions for the paper, brainstormed on their graphic organizers and will begin to draft this week. They are creating a Native American legend making since of something in nature. I really enjoy these writings as the students are able to be really creative, and it covers three core areas of study; science, social studies, and writing.
    We did not get to start Walk Two Moons, but we will this week. Students will be placed in literature circle groups and will work on different reading comprehension skills as we read through the book.
    Students need to read at least 20 minutes every night and complete their quick nightly reading response.
     
    Science:
     
    We did not quiz on the sun as we put science a bit on the shelf while we worked through our Heritage Project presentations. We will on Tuesday.
    The study guide for this unit's test will go home this Monday.  The test will be Wednesday, October 2nd.
    We are pretty good with cardboard pieces and we are ready to start our planet project this week. Students know what planet, or star, they will become an expert on. They will create our classroom cardboard solar system throughout this week.
    Also, we will focus on phases of the moon and gravity and inertia this week.
    Students will rotate out to Ms. Battershell's class 2 or 3 times a week to get their direct social study lessons. During that time, her students will come in to receive their direct science lessons from me.
     
    Social Studies:
    Native American regions test is going home this week. Please sign and return. We are learning about European exploration this week. Students will receive an explorer and will make a trading card based on their explorer. 
     
     
    Odds and Ends
      • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday....3:04 dismissal Thursday and Friday
      • Green Team and Garden Club are up and rolling:)
      • Music Tuesday
      • Library Wednesday
      • PE Thursday and Friday
      • 10/1 stargazing event @ Green. Forms to go home this week.
      • Chabot Science Center field trip 10/10
      • Gator Gallop is Friday, October 18th (Pledge packets will go home on Monday)
     
    Week of September 16th
     
    Good day families of C-12.
    Holy cow the Patriots are off and running with a combined total of 76-3 over our first two games. YIKES:)
    There is a lot going on now in C-12 and the kids seem to really be coming together as a community. I really enjoy watching them interact together, collaborate with each other, advocate for each other, and make positive choices together.
    The moon has been amazing over the last few nights and early mornings. This is a great time to get your kiddo to try and look at the phases from full to new as we lead in to our stargazing night on October 1st. Here is a link to see when the moon is rising and setting over the rest of the month. https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/usa/california-city
    Here is a look at the week ahead:
     
    Math: POW #5 will go home graded on Monday.
    POW #6 will be discussed in class on Monday, go home, and is due by Friday.
    Topic 3 test is on Tuesday.
    If students were to forget their book at school, they have access through Pearson realize at home to use the online text book. Students will be able to log on through their Google account using Clever.
    We will do another mean-median-mode, and continue on with QB Club.
     
    Language Arts:
     We did not get a chance to go over the grammar rule about conjunction usage last week. We will do that on Monday and quiz on Tuesday. Students will receive their new vocabulary list focusing on Latin/Greek roots. This week will be -ben and -bene, which are opposite of the -mal and -male we did last. Students received their graded quizzes, and some students did really well, while others did rather poorly. I told the students I will take the higher score between the two quizzes and delete the other. This will provide them a chance to see the format once and better prepare for the next, or if they did well, carry on with what they did. We will quiz on Friday.
    We will focus on simile and metaphor this week, as well as onomatopoeia, alliteration, and irony. Quiz on Friday.
    Students have been introduced to their narrative writing assignment. They received the instructions for the paper, brainstormed on their graphic organizers and will begin to draft this week. They are creating a Native American legend making since of something in nature. I really enjoy these writings as the students are able to be really creative, and it covers three core areas of study; science, social studies, and writing.
    We will try and start Walk Two Moons this week, but it may be pushed to next week.
     
    Science:
     Sun, planets, stars, answering daily phenomenon: here we come.
    Last week we started our Kinesthetic Astronomy unit. We focused on day and night. This week we will focus on seasons. 
    Sun outline will be corrected in class on Monday, and students will have a wink-wink pop quiz.
    The study guide for this unit's test will go home this Wednesday. The test will be sometime next week.
    We are in need of large pieces of cardboard for our planet project. If you have any, please send it in with your kiddo.
    Students will rotate out to Ms. Battershell's class 2 or 3 times a week to get their direct social study lessons. During that time, her students will come in to receive their direct science lessons from me.
     
    Social Studies:
    Heritage Project presentations start this week and are to be between 3 to 6 minutes in length. 
    Heritage potluck is this Friday from 9 to 9:45 in the MPR.
    Please join us if you have time.
     
     
    Odds and Ends
      • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday....3:04 dismissal Thursday and Friday
      • Green Team and Garden Club are up and rolling:)
      • All band this week. If you need more info contact Mr. Silva            silvasteve@dublinusd.org
      • Music Tuesday
      • Library Wednesday
      • PE Thursday and Friday
      • Heritage potluck Friday from 9 to 9:45 in the MPR. Join us:)
      • 10/1 stargazing event @ Green. Forms to go home this week.
      • Chabot Science Center field trip 10/10
     
     
     
    Week of September 9th
     
     
    Hola mi familias.
    I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I am writing this Saturday morning, so I am not sure if the patriots started the NFL season off on the right foot, but I am sure they did:)
    There is a lot going on now in C-12 and the kids seem to really be coming together as a community. I really enjoy watching them interact together, collaborate with each other, advocate for each other, and make positive choices together.
    Enjoy the weekend and I hope to see you all sometime soon.
    Here is a look at the week ahead:
     
    Math: POW #4 will go home graded on Monday.
    POW #5 will be discussed in class on Tuesday, go home, and is due by Friday. There is a physical component to this one. See if you and your child can stay up with the pattern for a few days:)
    We took our topic 2 test on Friday. They will go home Monday and need to be signed and returned by you the parent.
    We will start Topic 3 on Monday which focuses on multiplication (multiple methods).
    If students were to forget their book at school, they have access through Pearson realize at home to use the online text book. Students will be able to log on through their Google account using Clever.
    We will do another mean-median-mode, and this will be our first week of this year's Quarterback Club!!! GO PATS!
     
    Language Arts:
    Grammar rule #3, sentence structure, will go home on Monday and is due by Thursday. There will be a quiz on Friday.
    We pushed this back due to the math test on Friday. We will quiz on these words on Tuesday. Our Greek/Latin root -mal and -male went home last Wednesday so we did not quiz on the words. We will do activities in class this week on the words.
    We will do another Idiom of the Week.
    We finished Freak the Mighty and I think most of the kids really appreciated the book. Ask your kiddo about the story. Students are creating a one pager about setting/charcater development/scene creation in class. They will also take an end of the book short answer quiz on Monday. There is a movie about this book and the students will watch that later this week. It is PG and has a few "strong" words in the movie. Here is the trailer if you want to view it. Please email if you have any concerns about your child watching it. https://youtu.be/NUm_Xg8ZuPo
    We started with our figurative language unit, and our focus this week will be understanding, identifying, and using simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole. We did not quiz on these aspects yet.
    We will start our narrative writing this week. The first direct lessons will be on "showing" rather than "telling" in our writing. Ask your kiddo about it.
     
    Science:
     Sun, planets, stars, answering daily phenomenon: here we come.
    Students are working on understanding why we have day and night, the seasons, and our solar system.
    A sunrise/sunset activity will go home. It is due back by Wednesday. I hope you enjoy the moment it may create with your kiddo. It is meant to make them wonder and ask questions.
    Sun outline due on Wednesday.
    Students will rotate out to Ms. Battershell's class 2 or 3 times a week to get their direct social study lessons. During that time, her students will come in to receive their direct science lessons from me.
     
    Social Studies:
    Heritage Project is up and rolling. Presentations will start the week of September 16th, which is next week. Two more one hour in class sessions to finalize their presentations. If your child needs more time, they need to work on this at home. Presentations are to be between 3 to 6 minutes in length. Some students have started to practice their prez. in class and time them. Be an audience at home:)
    Students have a quiz with Ms. Battershell on Wednesday.
     
     
    Odds and Ends
      • Field trip forms went home for Chabot Space and Science Center on 10/10. We have 10 seats so far (5-Voyce and 5-Lee). We need at least 26. Also there is a requested $12 donation fee with this to cover entry fees.
      • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday....3:04 dismissal Thursday and Friday
      • Green Team and Graden Club are up and rolling:)
      • All band this week. If you need more info contact Mr. Silva            silvasteve@dublinusd.org
      • Music Tuesday
      • Library Wednesday
      • PE Thursday and Friday
      • Heritage party potluck 9/20 more details to come
      • 10/1 stargazing event @ Green. Forms to go home this week.
    Week of September 3rd
     
    August is history. September is a mystery, but here we go:)
    The word of the week is symbiotic. If your kiddo wants some extra "swagger" this week, have them look up the definition and I will do something for it later in the week.
    Here is a look at the week ahead:
     
    Math: POW #3 will go home graded on Monday.
    POW #4 will be discussed in class on Tuesday, go home, and is due by Friday.
    We will continue with topic 2 this week. We will work through the topic lessons this week and test on the topic next Tuesday since it is a short week.
    If students were to forget their book at school, they have access through Pearson realize at home to use the online text book. Students will be able to log on through their Google account using Clever.
    We will do another mean-median-mode, and this will be our first week of this year's Quarterback Club!!! GO PATS!
     
    Language Arts:
    Grammar rule #2, sentence structure, will go home on Tuesday and is due by Thursday. There will be a quiz on Friday.
    Our Greek/Latin root -mal and -male went home las Wednesday so we did not quiz on the words. We will do activities in class this week on the words, but students should also work on the words at home. We will quiz this Friday.
    We will do another Idiom of the Week.
    We will continue in our introduction book, Freak the Mighty. It crosses many themes and life lessons throughout the book. We will use the book to understand expectations for nightly reading responses from books read independently by the students. We will also use the book to get an understanding of expectations for our Literture Circle groups for our core literature books that we will read throughout the year.
     We started with our figurative language unit, and our focus this week will be understanding, identifying, and using simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole. Quiz this Thursday.
    We will start our narrative writing this week. The first direct lessons will be on "showing" rather than "telling" in our writing. Ask your kiddo about it.
     
    Science:
     
    Sun, planets, stars, answering daily phenomenon: here we come.
    Students are working on understanding why we have day and night, the seasons, and our solar system.
    A sunrise/sunset activity will go home. I hope you enjoy the moment it may create with your kiddo. It is meant to make them wonder and ask questions.
    Students will rotate out to Ms. Battershell's class 2 or 3 times a week to get their direct social study lessons. During that time, her students will come in to receive their direct science lessons from me.
     
    Social Studies:
    Heritage Project is up and rolling. Students should have conducted their interviews, written up the Q and A, and turned in the Q and A and a quick reaction summary of the interview. In class last week, students started gathering research for their presentations. We will continue on with this week. Presentations will start the week of September 16th.
     
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday....3:04 dismissal Thursday and Friday
    • Green Team and Graden Club are up and rolling:)
    • All band this week. If you need more info contact Mr. Silva            silvasteve@dublinusd.org
    • No Music Tuesday It is a make up day for Monday music.
    • Library Wednesday
    • PE Thursday and Friday
    • Heritage party potluck 9/20 more details to come
     
    Week of 8/26-30
     Here we go with another week of this 2019/20 school year. We are off and running now, and we have set most of our procedures and expectations for the classroom and for 5th graders around our campus. 
    It was fantastic to meet most of you on Wednesday for our BTSN. Thank you for etching time out in your busy schedules on such short notice. For those who volunteered, I will be reaching out to you this week to start in those areas. It looks like we ar going to have a lot of support from you the parents, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. 
    The word of the week is copacetic. Any C-12 student reading this should look up the definition, try to remember the spelling, and it may just pop up as extra credit later in the week:)
    Here is a look at the week ahead:
     
    Math: POW #2 will go home graded on Monday.
    POW #3 will be discussed in class on Monday, go home, and is due by Friday.
    Students will review on Monday for their topic 1 test which will be given on Tuesday. When tests are returned, they are to go home, be corrected, signed by a parent, and returned to me within the designated time assigned.
    If students were to forget their book at school, they have access through Pearson realize at home to use the online text book. Students will be able to log on through their Google account using Clever.
    We will do our first "Mean-Median-Mode " this week which uses data sets, music, and statistics. We did not get to this last week, so we will start this sometime this week.
     
    Language Arts:
    Grammar rule #1, sentence structure, will go home on MOnday and is due by Thursday. There will be a quiz on Friday.
    A Greek and Latin root word list will go home on Monday as well. We will do some activities in class throughout the week that focus on these rotts and the words assigned. There will be a quiz on Friday.
    We will do another Idiom of the Week.
    We will continue in our introduction book, Freak the Mighty. It crosses many themes and life lessons throughout the book. We will use the book to understand expectations for nightly reading responses from books read independently by the students. We will also use the book to get an understanding of expectations for our Literture Circle groups for our core literature books that we will read throughout the year.
     
    We started with our figurative language unit, and our focus this week will be understanding, identifying, and using simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole. 
     
    Science:
    We willcontinue our dive into answering questions by determining whether or not the size of a student's thumb matters in the THUMB WAR ARENA.
    We will also begin our solar system unit.
    Students will rotate out to Ms. Battershell's class 2 or 3 times a week to get their direct social study lessons. During that time, her students will come in to receive their direct science lessons from me.
     
    Social Studies:
    Heritage Project is up and rolling. Students should have conducted their interviews, written up the Q and A, and turned in the Q and A and a quick reaction summary of the interview. In class last week, students started gathering research for their presentations. We will continue on with this week. Presentations will start the week of September 16th.
     
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday....3:04 dismissal Thursday and Friday
    • Band will start up this week for violin and flute. If you need more infor contact Mr. Silva            silvasteve@dublinusd.org
    • Music Tuesday
    • Library starts this Wednesday
    • Picture Day on this Wednesday the 28th
    • PE Thursday and Friday
    • Picture Day August 28th
     
     
     
     
     Week of 8/19-23
     
    Welcome back to our second week of school. It was fantastic to get to know the class last week. A lot of focus was placed on developing procedures, creating mutual expectations, fostering community at many levels, and just plain having fun to come out of summer with a bang. It can be hard for many kids to make the transition from the summer routine to the daily school routine. I think we were quite successful. They all kept coming back.....not that they had much of a choice (wink wink). 
    This is another year of a classroom filled with so many different personalities, and it is one of my jobs to guide them to work together collaboratively and cooperatively. We have some dancers, some athletes, some singers, many musicians, some astronomers, some gardeners, and so on.... I can't wait to see what we get into as a class:)
    I am sorry we missed BTSN. There will be a rescheduled date ASAP. I will let you know when I know.
     
    For now, enjoy the week and I look forward to meeting you all. Here is a look at the week ahead:
     
    Math: Problem of the Week #1 will be returned on Monday. We did the first one together in class so the students would understand the expectations. POWs are designed to get the kiddos thinking why they are thinking a certain way. Very process driven and really fun. The kids know they can seek help at home if need be. If you work with them, try to guide them and not give them.
    POW #2 will go home mOnday and is due on Friday.
    We started topic 1 last Friday. It works on place value and understanding numbers. We will have a lesson a day, and students will be assigned nightly homework from their book. Most of the time they will be able to get the lion's share of the HW done during independent class work time. 
    If students were to forget their book at school, they have access through Pearson realize at home to use the online text book. Students will be able to log on through their Google account using Clever.
    We completed a math fact fluency in class this week. I will develop a side group, called "Valnut Crushers," who will work on strengthening their facts throughout the year.
    We will do our first "Mean-Median-Mode " this week which uses data sets, music, and statistics. Ask your kiddo about it.
     
    Language Arts:
    Students will get their first grammar packet on Monday. We will go over the rule and these packets are due every Thursday. This week will focus on direct quotation usage. We will quiz on Friday.
    We will start our Idiom of the Week this week. This will be extra credit on the grammar quiz this Friday.
    We will start a book I love to read to my classes at the beginning of the year. It is called "Freak the Mighty." It crosses many themes and life lessons throughout the book. We will use the book to understand expectations for nightly reading responses from books read independently by the students. We will also use the book to get an understanding of expectations for our Literture Circle groups for our core literature books that we will read throughout the year.
    Figurative language will be our first main focus for reading comprehension lessons. We will touch on it this week.
    Students will have the narrative genre as our first writing unit, and they will do a quick write preassessment this week.
     
    Science:
    We will start this week and our first unit is our solar system and stars. I love this unit and so do the kids.
    But before we get into this, I like to start off with a few experiments to get the kids into their science"lenses." We will have a class competition to help us understand the scientific method and a STEM lesson as well.
    Students will rotate out to Ms. Battershell's class 2 or 3 times a week to get their direct social study lessons. During that time, her students will come in to receive their direct science lessons from me.
     
    Social Studies:
    Our Heritage Project will be introduced on Monday or Tuesday.
     
    Odds and Ends
    • 2:04 Dismissal Monday-Wednesday....3:04 dismissal Thursday and Friday
    • Garden Club and Green Team sign ups were last week. I will be developing those schedules this week.
    • Music Tuesday
    • PE Thursday and Friday
    • BTSN make up ????? TBD
    • Picture Day August 28th
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    August 13th, 2019 and OUR FIRST DAY OF WHAT IS TO BE AN AWESOME YEAR!!!

     

     

     

    Dear Students and Families,

     

               Welcome to room C-12.  This is going to be an outstanding year!!  For those of you who have not met me, here is a brief introduction.  I have been an educator for twelve years, a soccer player for life, and a soccer coach for twenty-one years.  I helped found and have been running the Green Garden Group for the past eight years and this will be my sixth year running Green's Recycling Program.  My educational background is in earth and environmental science and I look forward to integrating much of this field into our curriculum this year.  Here at Green I am one of the lead teachers in moving our science curriculum over to the Next Generation Science Standards.  Last year our 5th graders took the NGSS 5th grade state test. NGSS is a shift in the philosophy of how true learning takes place and involves a lot of exploration for the students. It also involves moving away from some of the science concepts previously introduced in the 5th grade. Some materials overlap and I welcome the challenge on how to successfully combine learning from the past to this new methodology and material.  Should be fun.

    Over the years my classes have worked closely with a group called StopWaste.  Our main mission is to educate our classroom on ways to lighten their personal impact on Earth, and empowering the kids to create a community action plan to help educate our student body.  In the 2016/17 school year our action project was a video we created on how to lessen food waste.  It was amazing.  We came in 3rd place in an international video competition and we were recognized by the  UN Environment and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America for our work in creating the video, https://youtu.be/tBoQYxwN1dQ and reaching so many people.  We will once again work with the amazing staff from StopWaste, and who knows what this next group will create.  One thing is for sure, your child will take a closer look at "things" at home:)

    Last year my class worked closely with Ms. Battershell's class in creating an action project, along with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Ocean plastic Pollution Summit, which focused on reducing Green's use of single use plastic water bottles. The students created grade level oriented presentations, collected weekly audits, held raffles and prize events, and basically got the word out about the global plastic epidemic. The project culminated in 6 lead students getting to spend the night at the aquarium and present our results in a tabling event with other classrooms from all over the west coast. We look to have this next group carry the torch.

    We have some new faces on our 5th grade teaching team. Also we have an added class to bring the 5th grade up to 7 classes. Together, your 5th grade “teaching team”, myself along with Mickey Shannon, Holly Battershell, Jeannie Gray, Lauren Tajihan, Danya Tutino, and Jackie Paul have planned some amazing experiences for the children this year!

                In the upper grades, we have a “team” approach to teaching and believe that we can tailor our instruction to better meet specific learning needs if we work together.  I am proud to say our 5th Grade Professional Learning Community was recognized by the district a few years ago for our ability to work as a collaborative team and provide the best opportunity for all students to learn and achieve.  Given this philosophy, your children will also be working with the other fifth grade teachers on some special projects throughout the year.  Given this structure, please stop by and introduce yourselves to the other members of the fifth grade team.  Parent-student-teacher collaboration is very important to us. Our doors are always open.

                In the classroom, on the playground, and in the community, we have high expectations for our students.  We look for their best effort, a positive attitude, and personal responsibility for learning.  We want our students to be enthusiastic, confident, inquisitive, and independent learners.  During the year, your kiddos can expect  driven instruction in written language, science, social studies, mathematics, technology, community development, and reading comprehension strategies.  Students will concentrate on organization (please make sure your child has a binder and a homework planner ASAP), study skills (see our link on the web page), and time management.  They will also focus on oral presentations, research reports, large-scale math projects, and throughout all this work a great emphasis will be placed on developing each student's ability to work in small group settings.  I want to help students be the best team player they can so group projects go smooth and the final products are detailed, point driven(specific to instructions), and they show real learning has occurred. One of the most important components of elementary school is ensuring the kids are having fun and really want to come to school to be with their peers and the faculty of Green.  I look forward to inspiring and exciting your child to move forward in life.

    This is our second year using the ELA program named Benchmark Advance.  It is a reading, grammar, vocabulary, and writing curriculum that is very thorough and involves whole group activities and lots of small group time to really focus our school day. Last year was a year to get used to combining aspects of this new curriculum and lessons and ideas from past years. I look forward to the challenge and I know the kiddos will do great.

     Here is the link to look at the Common Core Standards: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy and http://www.corestandards.org/Math  I will have each standard posted throughout the year and the students will have their own individual checklist to ensure we handle all of the 5th grade required standards.

     

                Homework consists of reading (20 minutes and evidence of a comprehension strategy), Accelerated Reader, math, and science Monday-Thursday. Over the weekend, I expect each student to have read for at least one hour.    Reports and writing projects have longer deadlines and will be assigned accordingly throughout the year.  A newsletter will be posted on my teacher website every week to detail the items planned for that coming week (tests, math concepts, projects upcoming, etc..).  You should sit down with your child every Monday for a few minutes and look over the weekly newsletter.  I will plan to have it posted every Sunday night.  If you need to contact me, email is the quickest. We check phone messages at the end of each day. Please don’t hesitate to notify us if we can help.

                I look forward to working with your children and having a terrific year! More detailed information will be provided at Back-to-School Night on Thursday, August 15th. Until then, please stop by and say “hello."

                                                        See you soon!

                                                                    Mr. Ewing

     

     
Last Modified on January 27, 2020