Here is the schedule for parent/teacher conferences starting next week. I look forward to meeting with each of you, and celebrating your child together! If you have not already done so, please take a couple of minutes to complete this Pre-Conference Form, so that we can be sure to address what’s most important in our short amount of time together!
Tuesday, February 25
6:45: Eli Hoving
Tuesday, March 3
4:30: Lily McRae
4:45: Eli Ondersma
Thursday, March 5
I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! Here’s what you need to know for the week…
Pre-Conference Form: Please fill in this pre-conference form form by this Friday, the 21st. It should only take a couple of minutes! Keep an eye out for the conference schedule that will be coming out soon.
Scholastic Orders: Your child is being sent home with Scholastic catalogues today. Included is the catalogue of Spanish books, Club Leo. If you do choose to order books, please be sure to use our class code, QB6P9. Every purchase made gets us points to spend on resources for the classroom.
Homework: None this week!
PWJ: Please respond to your child in their PWJ and return it to school by Friday.
- Bible: We have just completed our unit on Samuel, and are now moving into Kings. We will be learning all about King Saul and God’s plan for the Israelites in this unit!
- Math: We are diving into our second unit on fractions. We are looking at how to create equivalent fractions and compare fractions with unlike denominators. At the end of the unit, we will use our understanding of fractions to learn about decimals.
- Reading: Students are thinking deeply about books! In our current unit, students are reading novels, identifying themes of the novels, and giving evidence for those themes.
- Writing: Students are working hard to research their V.I.Ps. We will begin creating a brochure with all of the information they’ve learned at the end of the week.
- Social Studies: Students are enjoying a social studies unit all about the rights and responsibilities of a U.S citizen with Mrs. Asfour.
Homework: Homework 16 is due on Friday. This week’s password is Black History Month. There will be no homework next week (the week of February 10), as we have a 4 day week.
PWJ: We will not be writing in our PWJs this week. There is no need to send them back to school until next Friday, the 21st.
Valentines Party: We will be having a very simple Valentines Day celebration on Friday. Students are welcome to bring in Valentines for their classmates, as long as they have one for everybody!
Here is a list of the students in the class:
Midwinter Break: We have a half day of school on Friday, the 14th (12:10 dismissal), and no school on Monday, the 17th. Enjoy a break!
Today, as we had a conversation about Jackie Robinson in class, I mentioned the movie 42. Some kids expressed interest in seeing it to learn more about Jackie Robinson’s experiences. Common sense media has said it is appropriate for ages 11+, so whether or not you decide to watch the movie with your child is up to you and your discernment. Whether or not you see the movie, be sure to ask your child what they’ve learned about Jackie Robinson in class, and continue that conversation at home! Here is a link to Common Sense Media’s review.
42 Review on Common Sense Media
Parent Teacher Conference scheduling has begun. You should have received an email on Friday, January 31 with a Time Preference Response form. If you have not yet done so, please complete the form no later than Friday, February 7.
Students have completed the United States Challenge, and they did an excellent job! It was exciting to see their hard work shine through on the final test. Tomorrow is our 100th day of school. We will be having a whole school pajama day to celebrate! Students may wear pjs and bring one item that fits in their backpack (stuffed animal, pillow, blanket)
- Homework: Homework 14 will be due on Friday. The password is MAPS. Thanks for responding to your child in their PWJ and returning it to school by Friday.
- Recorders: Need to be brought to school on Mondays and Thursdays.
- January 29: Final math MAP test
- February 28: Ford Museum Field Trip (Ambrose and Asfour) – We are all set with chaperones!
- February 14: 1/2 Day of School
- February 14: Valentine’s Day – Share Valentines with our classmates
- February 17: No School – Mid Winter Break
- March 2: Wege/Wittenbach Field Trip (Ambrose & Pluymert)
- Leave at 10:45, return at 2:30-2:45 – Let me know if you are willing to chaperone for this field trip!
I hope everyone enjoyed the snowy weekend! Here’s what you need to know for this week…
- Report Cards: Report cards will be posted online on Friday. Please spend some time reading your child’s report card, and having a conversation with your child about it. You will be send information on how to access the report cards soon. Feel free to email me with any questions.
- Homework: Homework 13 is due on Friday. Homework this week includes studying the location of all 50 states! Now that students have learned them week by week, they will be tested on all 50 states on Friday. There will be some fun prizes for students who work hard and do well on this challenge! Students should be practicing typing for computer class as well. Please look over your child’s homework to make sure they are doing it completely and doing it well! The parent password this week is MLK Jr.
- Recorders: Students will need to bring their recorder and folder to school every Monday and Thursday.
- Movie Night at Celebration Cinema! The PTO is excited to host our first-ever movie night at Celebration Cinema North (Knapp’s Corner). Get ready to have some popcorn and enjoy a movie with friends! Details are below and we are politely asking that you RSVP so we know how many to expect as space is limited.
Where: Celebration Cinema North – 2121 Celebration Dr. NE
What: We will have two theaters showing The Lorax
When: Thursday, January 30 – Doors open at 5:45, the movie will begin at 6:00
Cost: $1 per person
Tickets will be handed out and money will be collected the night of the event. PTO will have a table set up where you can pick up the tickets you RSVP’d for, you do not need to buy a ticket from the theater.
$6.50 for 32 oz. Drink and 84oz. Popcorn — These will be ordered in advance and should be reserved with the tickets on the Sign Up Genius.
Sign up HERE to RSVP for the event and for concessions
View the Common Sense Media link to The Lorax
We are excited about this event and hope to see you there!
- Field Trips: We are all set for chaperones for the Ford Museum field trip. We need a few more volunteers for the Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience & Environmental Education Center. Parents would be welcome to ride the bus with us or meet us at the center. Send me an email if you are willing to come along on this fun field trip!
- MAP Tests:
- Wednesday, January 22: Reading
- Wednesday, January 29: Math
Thanks for reading!
I apologize for a blog post over the weekend. I wanted to make you aware of a few things for next week…
- Reminder that Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will be a half day of school (12:10 dismissal). There will be no GRPS busing. It will be gym pick up.
- VIP Selections: Students were given options for a V.I.P from their state yesterday. The people on the list are people that we have resources for in our library. I did tell students that if they really wanted someone else from their state, they could look into resources at the public library (they would need at least 1 book) and online. Your child will spend a lot of time researching this person leading up to our living wax museum at the end of April! Please take a few minutes to discuss this list with your child before Monday (or Tuesday if you don’t check email over the weekend 🙂
- Homework 13: I apologize…I forgot to send out the homework yesterday afternoon! Students now have the homework in their email. It will be due next Friday, the 24th.
- Recorders! If your child will be bringing a recorder from home, they will need it on Monday.
Thanks for taking the time to read!
Note from Mrs. Vanderkamp: We are ready to begin playing recorders on Monday, January 20. If your child has a recorder he is bringing from home, please send it that day. Here we go – we are all excited to begin!