Week of March 27, 2017
As I announced last week, I am out for this week and next week. This email will cover this week and next week. I will be back after Spring Break and will not be taking any more leave for the rest of the school year. The students received a few important hand outs this week including spring picture flyers, our final field trip form to Dixon Landing Park, and a letter to families about bullying at Weller. Please make sure you read all hand outs. If you have any questions concerning the bullying at Weller, please feel free to contact Ms. Alicia Padilla <firstname.lastname@example.org> or Ms. Parwinder Johal <PJohal@musd.org>.
With that, here is what's happening over the next two weeks:
This past week we finished Esperanza Rising. Talk to your child about the their thoughts of the book and the themes.
The students wrote a 2 voice poem last week and this week comparing and contrasting Esperanza with another character. The students will continue to answer questions about the big metaphors and themes in the book, and then we will take a break until I am back. The students will be writing a literary analysis of Esperanza after Spring Break. This week and next week the students will be reading 2 wonderful stories, Akiak and My Grandfather's Journey and analyzing them.
Last week we learned about perimeter and area of a rectangle and square. The students took their Ch. 13 test on Monday. We are reviewing Factors, Multiples, and Patterns this week, and will begin Ch. 6 Equivalent Fractions next week.
This past week, students continued learning about the structure and components to writing opinion pieces. They are writing letters to people trying to persuade them; for example, a letter to a parent asking for a dog, a letter to Mrs. Padilla asking for more recess time, or a letter to a government official asking that they work on helping the environment. The students are working on their body paragraphs this week. Next week, they will be working on short opinion pieces on topics that will be presented to them each day.
Students have science this week, and I will send out Mrs. R's update next week.
Trimester Award Winners
Makailya Betner -Positive Behavior
Grace Do -Math Achievement
Kyle Le -Reading Achievement
Lingyi Su -Writing Achievement
Yiyi Xu -iReady Math
Jesse Robles-Ybarra -iReady Reading
Katie Yu -Science
Student of the Month:
Adrian Marquez is a very conscientious and diligent worker. He participates in collaborative groups very well, and is a friendly and supportive classmate. He has a great attitude about learning. He advocates for himself and always communicates well. Keep up the great work, Adrian!
Emily Tran works very hard and pushes herself to improve on every assignment. She has an excellent work ethic and she has grown in all areas because of it. She is helpful to her peers and works well in all groups. She is never afraid to ask questions and communicates very effectively. Congratulations, Emily!
This week Tanisha for completing and passing the most lessons on i-Ready Reading this week. And congratulations to Grace for doing the same on i-Ready Math! Phenomenal job!
Give it up for Jorel, Manasvini, and Yiyi for working on Khan Academy for over 100 minutes this week!
Physical Education || Every Monday and Friday
PE is on Mondays and Fridays, so please make sure that your child is dressed in the appropriate clothes and footwear for running and other athletic activities. Thank you!
Headphones || Everyday
We finished our SBAC practice tests this week, and we saw that most students do NOT have their own set of headphones or earbuds. Our SBAC testing will be held in early May, but our online curriculum requires students to use headphones on a regular basis, so it is a big problem when students do not have their own set. My class headphones have been disappearing and breaking, and will not be replacing these this school year, so please make sure that you provide your child with a pair of headphones.
If this is a problem or a difficulty, please let me know so that we can make arrangements for your child accordingly.
Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) began it's enrollment. SEP is designed to be a fun, engaging, learning experience for children. The morning program will include grade-appropriate learning that addresses one or more broad areas in the following common core skills. The afternoon program includes a variety of exploratory and enriching activities such as hands-on geometry and building with Citiblocs, art, health/fitness/nutrition, public speaking, no-bake cooking, etc. Students will be engaged in two or more activities each session.
SEP will be hosted at Pomeroy Elementary (Cost: $200-600)
28th annual Ohlone for Kids and Teens summer enrichment program also began enrollment. They are excited about this year’s classes designed to suit everyone’s interests. Returning this summer are highly popular coding classes along with fun and challenging courses in biology and chemistry. New courses this summer include Public Communications, Little Medical School, Cooking, Business and Entrepreneurship and 3D Printing.
OFK will be hosted at FREMONT: Ohlone College, Fremont Campus 43600 Mission Blvd Fremont, Ca 94539 UNION CITY: Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School 31604 Alvarado Blvd Union City, Ca 94587 (Cost: $100-300)
Read Write Discover will begin enrollment soon. Read Write Discover (formerly known as Read to Succeed!) is a program that matches high school students with youth grades first through eighth grades in an effort to help improve their literacy skills. This program targets students who are struggling in reading and writing or whose families face language barriers in their communities. Taking place during the summertime, this program provides services at a time when free, school-based programs are limited and some families cannot afford fee-based supplemental educational programs. Founded in 2006, this program is located in community libraries and has grown to serve over 100 youth every year.
Website: http://www.readwritediscover.org/ RWD will be hosted at the Milpitas Library (Cost: Free)
BUY YOUR YEARBOOK NOW:
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)
See’s Candy || DEADLINE MAR 29
There will be two upcoming fundraisers for Weller. Both are yummy treats and will help raise funds for supplies and field trips. The first fundraiser will be for See’s Candy. Orders and money must be turned in by Wednesday March 29. Candy will be available for pick up on Tuesday April 5th.
Weller Donation Drive
Project Six is collecting cans, books, toys, clothes and money. Items may be placed in either of the boxes placed at the end of each hallway. Money may be donated in the office.
PTA Family Night: Mindfullness
Parents and children are invited to this special Family event hosted by our PTA. Nicole Steward, our district’s Family Engagement Manager, will share about the importance of mindfulness and how to address mental health concerns. There will be an activity that families can take home.
Keep Weller Safe
Parents, we need your help. Over the February break, a few of Weller’s classrooms were vandalized where classroom windows were broken. Let’s work together to keep our school and community safe. If you hear or see any suspicious activity at Weller on weekends or late night, please contact the Milpitas Police Department to report it. They are here to support us. The non-emergency number is 408-586-2400
Weller school is in need of copy paper. Due to a budget shortage, we are asking for donations of white copy paper. You can choose to donate one ream of paper, one case, or more. Every little bit helps. You may send paper to your child’s teacher or bring it to the office.
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!