I have a few reminders for this week’s activities.
Reading logs will be due on Thursday, November 1. All books read during October should be listed, and the pages read should be totaled.
Costumes may be worn on Wednesday. Please make sure that it is a costume that can be worn all day. No masks or face coverings, please. Also no props like guns or swords. If your child does not want to wear their costume all day, they may also wear a Halloween t-shirt or their regular uniform.
In celebration of Dia de Los Muertos, Ms. Garca will have an altar set up in her classroom. If you would like to add pictures of relatives or friends who have passed away, please send in a picture to be placed on the altar. Our school Dia de Los Muertos chapel will be on Friday. It is a wonderful chapel to honor our relatives who are no longer living.
Students should be studying for their Chapter 5 Social Studies to be given on November 6. They should be spending 10-15 minutes a day reviewing all of their notes and vocabulary as well as the three lessons in the chapter.
Monday, November 5 we will begin our canned food drive for the Community Food Bank as well as for our church food bank. I thought I would give you a little heads up so when grocery shopping you can pick up a few extra canned goods or boxed foods. This is such a worthwhile project that the school does, and our goal is to have 100% participation. Money is also gladly accepted.
Thanks for all you do!
9TH ANNUAL GLOBAL READ ALOUD
Global collaboration is necessary to show students that they are part of something bigger than them. That the world needs to be protected and that we need to care for all people.
The project was created in 2010 by retired teacher Pernille Ripp with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world.
We choose the book Amal Unbound to read to the 5th Grade from the book list this year.
From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to make a truly global connection with more than 4,000,000 students having participated.
The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible.
Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project are up to you. You choose the tools that will make the most sense for you; from Skype, Twitter, or Flipgrid to Postcard Exchanges and more. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.
So far we have sent postcards to 31 different schools in many states – including Kalamazoo, MI, St. Paul, MN, Willow River MN, Greenwood, MO, Portsmouth, NH, Wyckoff, NJ, Marcellus, NY, New York City, NY, Irvington, NY, Kill Devil Hills, NC, Oberlin, OH, Ruffsdale, PA, Dallas, TX, Spokane Valley, WA, Gloucester, ON. Now we are receiving postcards every day.
New Unit – Sun, Moon and Planets
This week, students will trace their shadows in the morning and afternoon. They use this information to monitor the position of the Sun as it moves across the sky. After using a compass to orient a Sun tracker, students make hourly records of the position of the shadow cast by a golf tee. Back in the classroom, students will use flashlights to reproduce the shadow movements. Students imagine an observer on Earth (their head) and position themselves around a lamp to observe day and night. They discover that rotation of Earth produces day and night.
Get ready for moon observations. Look for their Moon Journal to come home…..
This should be a relatively low-key week. We will be having our special docent from the Tucson Museum of Art visiting us tomorrow. Last time the students looked at Claude Monet’s art. This time it will be Gauguin. They will then complete a painting “in the style of” that artist. We are so fortunate to have Mrs. Scovil visiting us.
Some students presented their Haiku in morning chapel. They wrote these last week for National Writing Day.
Ask your child about the book we are reading this month. It is called “Amal Unbound,” and everyone seems to be enjoying it. It is about a young girl who lives in Pakistan and is desperately trying to overcome many obstacles so she can receive an education. It is a beautifully written, compelling story and is part of the Global Read Aloud program. There are many schools reading this same book, and we hope to correspond with them via postcards and Skype.
Enjoy your week!
We are wrapping up our Living Systems unit, concluding with transport systems in humans and plants.
There will be a 10 question, multiple choice quiz on Monday, October 22. There is a diagram of the heart that they will have to label, but other than that it’s multiple choice.
A study guide went home today and we reviewed it in class.
Dr. Juneman will be here on Friday, October 19 to present about the heart. The information she presents will NOT be on the quiz.
We will be moving on to our Astronomy Unit next!
Student of the Week Information!
This is your week to share things that we may not know about YOU!
Poster (one poster which may include a few favorite pictures)
Bring in your ‘Top 10 List’ – favorite color, book, movie, tv show, food, dessert, etc.)
Bring in Items that mean something special to you to display for the week (ONE ribbon, ONE trophy, ONE item not the whole collection, etc.)
On Friday: You present to the class
Optional: A SMALL Treat (cookie, brownie, popcorn, something students can eat while you are giving your talk; NO drinks)
This week we look forward to Samia’s presentation!
Upcoming Student of the Week Presenters: