Don’t forget the Star Party for 5th and 6th graders is on Friday night. It starts at 7:00 in the park behind the school. Children must be supervised by parents.
If you have any free time during the day, playground volunteers are badly needed. That time slot would be from 11:30-12:35. In addition to Miss Jodie and Mr. Dan, there is always a teacher on playground duty. We like to have additional parents to help oversee the children. PLEASE CONTACT ALISA REED at email@example.com.
We will be having a vocabulary test on Sections 1 and 2 from” Sophia’s War” on Tuesday, March 27. Your child should be spending 10-15 minutes a night reviewing these words.
Please remember that if your child is leaving school with another parent I need to have either a quick email or a face-to-face conversation with you.
If you have any questions, please email me.
March 12 – 16
This week students made three mixtures of solid materials (salt, gravel, and diatomaceous earth) and water. After they observed the mixtures, they attempted to separate them with screens and filters. They discovered that water and salt make a special kind of mixture—a solution—that cannot be separated with a filter.
With Declamation Day fast approaching, we have decided to make some changes to this event for 4th and 5th Grades. In the past we have invited 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades as well as parents, grandparents, and friends thus having as many as 250 people watching the poems being recited. This has caused unneeded stress and anxiety for many of the children.
So with the students in mind, we have decided that it is in their best interest to have them recite their poems for just their grade level class. We will put more focus on poetry and types of poems.
Our main goal has always been to give them exposure to public speaking. We are hoping this change will help in promoting this goal in a healthy way. It will gives them a chance to focus on their poem rather than on the apprehension of the day itself.
We will still choose several students from each grade to perform at the schoolwide Declamation Day on April 6th.
With these small changes we feel that every child will be successful. This is really what Declamation Day should be about.
Thank you for your support!
We had a great Love of Reading week. Not only did we have extra reading time (one day we read in the Wetlands area), we also had Mrs. Tomiak in as our special “guest reader.” On Friday we had Paul Mosier speak with us about his newest book; Train I Ride . Finally se had a very successful book exchange and collected many books for our project of giving books to needy children.
This week may be a little more calm. In Social Studies we are continuing our research for our thirteen colonies reports and will probably begin our posters sometime this week. In math we will be celebrating Pi Day on March 14th. We also are filling out a March Madness Basketball Bracket; discussing how math might help in our choices.
I did not send home the Eagle Express last week as there were no announcements from the office. But expect it this week with a lot of graded papers. Please make sure that you review these papers with your child, and then send the envelope back.
Please look for news about the up coming “Star Party” on March 23rd in your EE this week also.
Social Studies News
The students will be doing research on the Thirteen Colonies. They have only started this project, but the completed results will be organized on a poster with complete information about the colonies. This will be in lieu of having chapter tests for Chapters 6 & 7. It should be a fun project for the 5th grades.
Love of Reading Week
We are celebrating Love of Reading with MANY great activities. Mrs. Faltico and Mr. Veron kicked the week off with the help of some special friends; Wilbur and Wilma!
On Wednesday we will exchange teachers within our courtyard to have a picture book storytime.
On Friday we will have a book exchange for the fifth graders. They can bring in “gently read” books and exchange them for another book.
AND of course The Book Fair is in the Smith Parish Center until Friday.
Also on Friday we are having a guest author, Paul Mosier, come to talk with us about the process of writing a book.
Lastly we are collecting for the Pajama/Book Project. We have a box outside of our classroom where you can contribute books for any age level. These books are then given out with a pair of pajamas to needy children.
The Tucson Festival of Books is at the U of A this weekend. The choir will be singing on Saturday at 1pm at the Science City Food Court stage. If your child is in choir, they have received a handout with all pertinent information.
We had a great KICK OFF to LOVE OF READING WEEK
The Theme this year is: PAWS FOR BOOKS!
SO WHO BETTER TO HELP US KICK IT OFF THAN WILBUR AND WILMA!!
THEN WE ENDED THIS SUPER SPECIAL MONDAY CHAPEL WITH THE MATH-A-THON WINNERS GIVING THE DIVISION HEADS A ‘NEW LOOK’….
THE BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES… WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE!!