Week of January 23, 2017
We continue to read Esperanza Rising and we are currently working on drawing conclusions and making inferences about the main characters in the story. We just finished reading chapter 5 where Esperanza begins her journey from Mexico to California and the students were to read chapter 6 over the weekend that tells about Esperanza's arrival in California. In class we are learning a little more background information about California in 1930, the Great Depression, and Mexican Immigration.
By now, you should know that the students are expected to read this book at home and continue to use post-it notes as evidence flags. These evidence flags will help us structure our literature discussion (providing text based evidence for our inferences and opinions). Students should also continue underlining, highlighting, annotating, and summarizing their reading.
We started chapter 10 last week - geometry. So far, the students have learned about lines, rays, and angles, and have classified triangles by angle (obtuse, acute, and right) and side (equilateral, isosceles, and scalene). This week we will continue our work in geometry by learning about perpendicular and parallel lines, classifying quadrilaterals, and lines of symmetry.
We continued to work on writing body paragraphs, and the students are working on writing their own body paragraph from an article about the branches of government. Students will be choosing their topics for their expository essay this week.
Jericho got 100% on 6 i-Ready reading lessons last week!
Congratulations to Grace for passing 100% of their i-Ready math lessons last week!
Congratulations Ashvika, Grace, and Katie for mastering the most skills on Khan Academy last week!
I still have a few students who have not turned in their field trip forms. Please make sure all forms and donations are turned in byWednesday, January 25! We are still about $250 short of our donation goal for both field trips! All parent chaperones for the Tech Museum were emailed last week. I will keep you updated as we get closer to the field trip! We are at our limit for chaperones to the Oakland Museum (the Museum sets a limit that we cannot exceed). I will be contacting you as we get closer to that field trip. Thank you so much for all your support!
BUY YOUR YEARBOOK NOW AND SAVE $5! The 2016-17 Weller Yearbooks are now on sale and can be purchased through February 3 for only $15! On February 4, the price will go up to $20.
Siblings Discount: There is a "Siblings Discount" of $5 when siblings purchase two year books at the same time (making it $35 for 2 year books). When ordering the Siblings Discount online, put 1 for quantity - you will receive 2 books (the total will be $25 during the Presale)
Three ways to order:
1. Fill out a Form (available in the Offcie) and turn it in to the Office with payment (Checks made out to MUSD).
2. Go to Yearbook Order Center and use code "19558" to order.
3. Call and place an order at the Yearbook Order Center 866-287-3096 (open 8am - 5 pm Central Standard Time)
Project 6 is a program hosted by high schoolers from Milpitas High, featuring students who wish to work with elementary school students in order to help foster compassion and humanitarian ideals. The program puts on projects every year: last year, Project 6 worked with Club 6, sixth graders from Pomeroy Elementary, to put on an art fair and donate proceeds from the fair to local causes through their project Art from the Heart.
This year, Project 6 hopes to put on the first MUSD Service Fair: Project Create. Participating students would pursue any service idea, and then complete a project pertaining to their idea. High school students would give any guidance or assistance needed through the scheduled workshops, promoting creativity and individuality. Then, when the students have completed their service projects, they would come together from across the district and present their projects in a science fair style Service Fair, which will take place this spring.
Your child will attend workshops afterschool on the specified Wednesdays from 2:15-3:15 PM.
Please review these expectations with your child and sign and return the form sent home last week (and attached) to the first workshop on Wednesday, January 11th. Please make sure that arrangements have been made to pick up your child at 3:15 PMunless your child attends After The Bell, or walks home.
Pick Up/Drop Off:
Please remember to use the two designated pick up and drop off sections in the front and back of the school. Because of the limited supervision, the office parking lot is not a designated section. Please do not use this area, as it is unsafe for our students.
MUSD 2016-2017 STEAM Showcase is coming Saturday, March 4, 2017
Get proposals in for the STEAM SHOWCASE - The 2016-2017 STEAM Showcase will be Saturday March 4, 2017, at MHS from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Registration is open to all MUSD students. Make sure that students are logged in with their @student.musd.org account when they register! For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all Artists! Students can submit a T-shirt design for the STEAM Showcase t-shirt contest. Winner’s shirt design will be featured on the STEAM Showcase t-shirt. For additional information, contact email@example.com.
Each day, your child will fill out their homework on an agenda. Please check to make sure each day is filled out. Sign or initial that day's agenda so that I know you've seen it and checked their homework.
Your child’s primary homework is to be reading at least 20 minutes EVERY DAY, including one weekend day.
Reading is a skill that only improves with practice, and it is extremely important that my students are reading every day. I have reduced the amount of reading this year, since I will be having the students read in class for 20-30 minutes daily. Family reading time DOES COUNT towards their reading time, so reading to a younger sibling or cousin or reading with you are ways that they can meet their goal.
Students will be given quick writes, on-demand writing, and long-term writing projects throughout the year. Every step we take is a crucial part in composing a writing piece of which we can be proud.
The students will also have additional math homework to do, but this may not be daily. The purpose of the homework will be to practice and/or review math skills, so it will be brief and to the point.
Cursive handouts will be sent as homework on Mondays and will be due on Fridays.
Students may have to work on portions of their projects at home. We will have several group projects this year, which may require families to coordinate with each other. They should also practice their oral presentations with family members.
If you have any questions about homework or my expectations, please let me know!! Here is a resource to help you and your child with their homework:
30 Questions to ask your child instead of "How was your day?"
It's a common thing I hear from parents: They pick up their child from school and ask, "How was your day?" and the child responds with a vague "Fine."
Here are 30 questions you can ask instead that can elicit more specific responses and start real conversations about how your child is feeling about school, their classmates, their teacher, and how well they are doing.
- What did you eat for lunch?
- Did you catch anyone picking their nose?
- What games did you play at recess?
- What was the funniest thing that happened today?
- Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
- What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
- Who made you smile today?
- Which one of your teachers would survive a zombie apocalypse? Why?
- What new fact did you learn today?
- Who brought the best food in their lunch today? What was it?
- What challenged you today?
- If school were a ride at the fair, which ride would it be? Why?
- What would you rate your day on a scale of 1 to 10? Why?
- If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?
- If you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
- Did anyone push your buttons today?
- Who do you want to make friends with but haven’t yet? Why not?
- What is your teacher’s most important rule?
- What is the most popular thing to do at recess?
- Does your teacher remind you of anyone else you know? How?
- Tell me something you learned about a friend today.
- If aliens came to school and beamed up 3 kids, who do you wish they would take? Why?
- What is one thing you did today that was helpful?
- When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
- What rule was the hardest to follow today?
- What is one thing you hope to learn before the school year is over?
- Which person in your class is your exact opposite?
- Which area of your school is the most fun?
- Which playground skill do you plan to master this year?
- Does anyone in your class have a hard time following the rules?
Help at Home
- Provide your child with a quiet place to study
- Please have your child arrive at school on time everyday
- Make sure that your child has a good breakfast, snack and lunch
- Have your child bring a coat or sweater to school in case the weather or classroom gets cold
- Make sure your child's name is on all belongings brought to school
- Have your child leave all toys and watches with alarms at home
- Make sure your child wears the appropriate shoes and clothing for PE and recess
- Talk to your child about their day
- Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep
- Read nightly with your child!