Saturday, November 3, 2012

Newsletter November 2, 2012

Math  As we continue to expand our math brains we are gearing up for unit 3 test this coming Friday.  The students in my group have also been introduced to our tessellation art project, a wonderful extension that they work on whenever they are done with their math.  Fact tests will also return every morning, they are vital for math success in the coming years.
Science  Science takes a break next week as we will use the time for some community building.  However, once science starts it will be my favorite unit; variables, that we get into it.  This is where we really see the students feel like scientists and it is amazing how the concepts of variables bleeds into the other subject areas.  The unit will wrap up with our bubble gum research paper which previews a skill needed for 6th grade, while working with bubble gum. 
Social Studies – The explorers are coming!  We start the next ss unit with a simulation to expand the students’ background knowledge.  I love this unit because it allows us to use our debate skills when we discuss Columbus as well as tying it into our current immigration debate.
Reading  Mrs. Johnston sure has been bragging about these students and their reading.  I cannot wait to see what they have been reading, start book talks and also start our next read aloud.  We have a lot to explore in literacy.
Writing  Just from the snippets of writing I have seen, we have some wonderful creativity in the room.  The next unit we start is opinion essays, a brand new genre for the kids.  We will also discuss Yahara Writers contest more and re-do our spelling assessment.
Special Notes:
*Human Growth and Development starts this Tuesday at 9:20 AM to 10:05.  It will run three Tuesday’s in a row.  Please send n the signed permission slip this Monday, I know many students are nervous about this so I have encouraged them to speak to you about any nervousness they may have.
* We sent off Mrs. Johnston is style but it is actually not goodbye yet.  She slips into the role as a special education substitute teacher on Monday and will still be part of our room, albeit in a different capacity.
 We run the mock election this Tuesday with many classrooms signed up for their students to vote.  Each student has picked their job and we will do a dry run on Monday.  I am excited to get the students invested in the election since we cover government at the end of the year.  We have also discussed the possibility of running an election for class president later in the year, we shall see.
*  We have won a grant this year from the Meemic Foundation providing us with our very own digital cameras and video cameras.  Although we do not know when these will arrive, we are very excited to start using them.
*  The harvest party will be the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  More details to come closer to the date.
*  The Harvest Meal is this Thursday at 12:20.  We hope to see you then, but if you cannot make it, I always invite students whose parents could not come (and who want) to come back and have lunch in the room.
*  I am continuously updating our calendar that can be found on our website
 I am thrilled to be back.  I love my job, which I hope is apparent, and I have heard nothing but great things from Mrs. Johnston.  I have a feeling this will be a very special year.
 I have some dates for you to put on your calendars: Mock election all day Tuesday, November 6th, Human Growth and Development Tuesday’s November 6, 13, and 20th 9:20 – 10:05 AM, Harvest Meal Thursday, November 8th 12:20 PM, Math test unit 3 Friday, November 9, I SPY art event Monday, November 12th 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Parent Teacher Conferences November 15th and 20th, No school Friday, November 16th, Harvest Party Wednesday, November 21st at 10:15 AM, Early Release Wednesday, November 21st at 11 AM, No school Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23rd – Happy Thanksgiving!


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