Week of January 3, 2017
As I said before the break, we will be beginning Esperanza Rising this week. The students will be receiving a copy which will be theirs to KEEP. This is so that the students can annotate and write in their book, but also build their home library. The students should bring the book daily between home and school - there will be daily reading assignments at home and we will be doing work at school also using their books and notes. I do have extra copies in class if students leave their books at home, but this is not ideal because they are not allowed to write in my copies and they won't have their notes from their homework.
I'm so excited to read this book with the students. Every class so far has really loved the book and responded to the themes and depth of the story with such enthusiasm. It's a great book to use to introduce the children to literature analysis.
This week will be a review test week. Tuesday, the students will get a study guide for Chapters 2, 3, and 4 (Multiplication and Division) and Wednesday will be the test. This is my way to see how the students did in my absence and to provide targeted review as necessary. My hope is that we will be able to work on Chapter 5 by next week.
We will be working on Expository writing for the rest of the trimester (until the end of February/early March). Students usually do well on this unit because of the structure of the writing. A typical expository essay has:
An Introductory paragraph
3 Body paragraphs
A Concluding paragraph
We will be working on the structure and how to write each kind of paragraph on a topic and put it all together.
Grace, Kyle, and Ashvika spent good time on i-Ready reading over the break and passed their lessons!
Congratulations to Grace and Kyle for passing 100% of their i-Ready math lessons over the break!
Ashvika and Kyle for mastering the most skills on Khan Academy over the break!
MUSD Spelling Bee for 4th-6th
This district wide Spelling Bee will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The location of this event will be at Rose Elementary School's MUR. More information to follow.
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!