Monday, February 6, 2017

Updates and Announcements

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It is nice to get outside now that the weather is warming up. Paul and I made it to Tucson this weekend to watch the Seattle Sounders play in a pre-season soccer game against Portland.

Permission slips for the field trip are due on THURSDAY this week, February 9th. Please send in the filled-out permission slip and money by Thursday. If you need another copy of the permission slip, I have extras in the classroom.

Our Great Hearts Day celebration will be next Tuesday, February 14th, 2:00-3:00. We will be looking for food donations and volunteers to help with food, crafts, and games. Keep an eye out for the sign-up genius.
Athletic Field Day will be next Friday, February 17th. While I will not be sending out a sign-up genius, I will take a couple volunteers “first come, first serve” to help on the day of the event. If you are able to volunteer on-site, please email me. Volunteers must have fingerprint clearance. We are also looking for a parent or two to donate healthy snacks and 2 coolers with wheels to carry water bottles. Please look at last week’s blog post for specific information regarding student dress code for the day and volunteer opportunities to help Coach Rubino and Coach Steinmann.

Class pictures are on Thursday, February 16th.

Our week in learning

We are enjoying reading The Secret Garden and identifying character traits as we read. We are continuing our study of characters this week.

Students are beginning their explorer reports today. They should have their materials in class each day to research. We will complete outlines on Thursday and Friday. Although we have a timeline of due dates, these may be adjusted to ensure that as the majority work is done in class. We will keep you updated on all due dates as we progress,

We will have our quiz over Roots 62-65 on Wednesday.  Students should study these nightly!

We introduced our new poem, I, Too, by Langston Hughes last week. We will recite these poems on Wednesday, February 22nd.

This week we will be learning about the different kinds of seeds that develop into angiosperms. There will be a unit test on Friday the 10th. The students will receive a study guide on Monday and should study all plant notes throughout the week.

This week, students will continue to learn about the Age of Exploration. We will be covering Christopher Columbus, Spanish encomiendas and slavery, and Magellan’s voyage around the world. Take note that we will be discussing the slavery of African people during the Age of Exploration this week and next week. Students will continue their study of United States Geography with the Midwest.

This week we will continue our study of multiplication and division of decimals and learning to convert fractions into decimals. There are no math groups this week.