Thank you to all those parents that made the Ice Skating Field Trip a success!! The students loved the experience and found great strength from trying something new. We are officially done with home projects. You can relax and enjoy the rest of the school year. Our students have done two of the four tests for state testing. They worked hard and stayed focused; I was impressed. There is a sixth grade field trip to the Clark Planetarium coming up and the students will ride on the Front Runner so no car pools are needed. We are also done with parents providing snack. From now one have your student pack a snack in their lunch boxes. I hope you are all doing well and I love your children so much. I value my time with them. This year has been memorable. Take care.
It is time to update you. Our class has been extremely productive. Our days are spent reading, exercising, learning math, writing, studying cultural subjects and so on. Right now we are learning about the brain in physiology and river ecosystems in biology. We solve weekly problems in class meetings that the students run. We are focusing on how to build resilience right now in our behavior curriculum. The fifth graders just went on a field trip to JBiztown to learn how to interact in a financial community. The Utah Opera Company came to do an assembly and educate our students about the fine arts last week. We had a funeral for our class pet, a parakeet named Blue tube. As you can see, there is never a dull moment in our class.
We are going to begin a humanitarian project to send wash clothes to Africa. Each student is going to need to bring a pair of knitting needles (around size 6-7) by Friday of this week. They will also need to bring yarn. This will be a part of practical life curriculum that we highlight on Friday afternoons.
The home project for this month is an engineering project. Your student is well aware of it and has been working on it in class. Now it is time to involve you in the process. Your student has come up with an invention that he or she needs to create that meets a need in life. Your student should come home with the idea already formalized and a plan to create the invention. What we need from you is help to make your student’s invention a reality. Last year, we had inventions such as a mouse trap, a key retriever when it gets lost in the cracks of your seat in the car, an envelope opener and so forth. They also need to track in writing the process they took to make the invention, what mistakes were made and how they resolved them. This is an important part of this project. Below is the rubric for the project:
- Form 1: A Plan for the Invention (done in class)
- Form 2: Questionaire for the Invention (done in class)
- Create the invention. (Done at home)
- A written step by step process of the creation of the invention (done at home and at school)
- A display of invention to put in the school hallway on the Engineering Day (only for fifth graders) by March 29.
We will focus a lot on this at school just be there when they need your help.
One other thing I feel I finally need to point out is that there is quite a great profanity problem in our class. Certain students are dropping swear words quite regularly and it is becoming an uncomfortable situation for all of us. If you feel your student might have this problem can you please help me to work with him/her to find positive ways to clean up their language.
We are having a Valentine’s party on February 14. Each student, if possible, has been asked to bring a Valentine snack or craft for that day. There is also the expectation that each student will bring valentines for every member of the class, a box or bag to hold them, and one special valentine treat for an individual in the class; they drew names for a secret cupid. I know this is a lot. I told the whole class that this was too much but they voted and all wanted to do these things. If you don’t have the ability or want to provide any of the above valentine stuff just let me know and I will help get something together. These are the current snack/craft assignments that the students created as well as a name list for the valentines.
Lily- Whip cream and strawberries
Trey- Salsa and chips
Juliann- Cheese ball and crackers
Ben- Stuffed red peppers
Rio- Chocolate fondue and fruit
Lincoln- Fruit Tray
Bingham- Chocolate Strawberries
Carl- Cheese and Crackers
We are also getting ready for our field trip on Tuesday. Currently, this is what the students have said about car pools.
Valaya is driving and is taking Akela, Preslie, Konnor, Jordynn, Annie and Mari.
Rio is driving and taking Mckenzie, Monica, Trey, Konnor, Carl and Matt. (But she might be only able to take Mckenzie, Trey and Konnor depending on her car situation)
Jennavecia is driving and taking Stevie and Kenadee.
Lincoln said he might be able to take Bingham, Jayden and Ben.
Brynn has a ride.
Juliann still needs a ride.
This is the word on the street as of this morning. If you plan to drive can you confirm it with me so we can plan accordingly.
Next week is parent-teacher conference. They have moved to a new system of sign-up through MAPA. I’m figuring it out right after I send this post. I will send a second post when I have it figured out. It will be today, but conferences are next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and these are also half-days with school getting out at one.
I hope your break was wonderful. The students are great! They got right back to work. Looking forward, the important information you need is listed below.
- The home project for the months of January and February is the Science Fair. Sixth graders are the only ones that compete in the fair. The fourth and fifth graders will just share their projects with the class and they won’t be judged. The requirements for this project are more relaxed for fourth and fifth graders and much more involved for sixth. The fifth graders will have their big project later in the spring at the engineering fair and the fourth will have their big project at the history fair again later in the spring. You can find the requirements on the Science Fair page on this blog.
- I’ve updated the snack schedule. Please take a look. Due to construction and recess congestion, we don’t go out to recess until one o’clock. Every one is starving by 11 a.m. It is really nice when we have a snack for them. Thank you for your help.
Just a reminder that your student’s home project is due. I would like to see them done in class no later than December 15. Your student was given the rubric to take home. If you haven’t seen it, can you ask your student where it is? I can print out a new one if he/she has lost it. The requirements for the home project are on the rubric. Along with this report students should be making posters or visual aids that celebrate their countries with pictures and information to present in the festival. It is also fun to have your student dress up, have artifacts, play music and provide food samples for the festival if they want. No drinks or food that has to be warmed up, also no tooth picks. Limited time in class will be provided for this project so doing it at home needs to be planned.
We had a class meeting and decided to have our winter holiday class party on Monday, December 21th from 9-12. Students were each asked to bring a holiday snack to share. They also voted on having a secret Santa exchange. Each student got the name of another random student in the class. I told them to talk to you about your comfort level and feasibility with this but they will purchase or create a gift for their secret Santa to not exceed 5-10 dollars. If you have a problem with this, please let me know and I can help your student out with this task. I know Christmas time can be financially stressful. Just email me if you have concerns and I will handle it. The reason it is on Thursday morning is that the International Festival fills up the rest of the week.
- Tuesday 12/19 Junior High 1-2.30 (Gym)
- Wednesday 12/20 Upper El 9-11 (Kiva and classrooms)
- Thursday 12/21 Lower El 1-2.30 (classroom)
I would also like it if some of you could help me plan some fun holiday crafts for our party. If you think you can prepare one for our class will you please email me.
Thank you so much,
I hope all is well with each of you. I hope your Thanksgiving Break was fun and relaxing. I spent my break in Seattle. I enjoyed the nature trails and walking the beaches of the Puget Sound; I even saw a seal! It rained and rained though.
Anyway, so coming up is a surprise field trip. I got the opportunity to take the class to the Nutcracker on December 5th. Field trip forms will be coming home tomorrow (Tuesday). We are running out of field trip funds so a three dollar donation for the trip would be greatly appreciated. We will need to arrange rides so if you think you can drive to this one that would be great. Unfortunately we don’t have enough tickets for parents so it would be just a drop-off and pick-up situation. I’ll check the form but I think it is a drive at ten and pick up at one situation. I apologize for the short notice but I thought it would be well worth it for the students to see the production.
Our Thanksgiving feast was amazing! Thank you so much for providing that experience for our class. It means a lot to all of us.
Remember the country study is the next home project and is due December 12. I will post the rubric on a country study page at the top of the blog so you have access to it.
Thank you for all you do.
There are just a few things to go over.
- Congratulations on the home projects! They were awesome! It was a great start to our year.
- The next home project will start November 15 and be due December 10. Each student will be given a country to study. They will be given a rubric for this; I will post it next week. There is an international festival for the whole school in December. They will present their country study at this festival.
- Our Thanksgiving feast will be November 17. I will send out a wejoinin sheet for you to pick what you want to donate for your student’s feast. Preparations for the feast will start around 11 and students will be eating at noon. You can just send your donation with your student that day. More information will come later.
- This week I’m doing a few projects and wondered if any of you could bring some of the following: Oatmeal packets (peace leader’s favorite food) and fruit (botany study).
- Your students have a studio Friday activity where they can cook anything they want Friday afternoon, but they have to bring the ingredients. I’m sure they will be letting you know what.