Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Winter Sing will be held on Wednesday, January 27.  Chorus members will be singing at two different times:  8:30 and 1:00.  Fourth grade will be in the spring sing - not tomorrow's.  However, our class has several students in the chorus.  Chorus:  remember to wear appropriate clothing on Wednesday.

Interim Progress Report Cards went home on Monday, January 25.  Sign and return the cards by Wednesday, January 27th.  

Room 26 has a field trip to Olivas Adobe in Ventura County on February 3rd.  We need parent volunteers for this all day trip.  If you are able to go as a volunteer, send me an email.  I will be sending out the parent volunteer information on Thursday.  

The Completed Work Envelope will go home on Tuesday, January 26th.  In it you will see some of your child's writing and also the Module 3 final math test.  Go over the work with your child.  The math test questions that are wrong should be reworked on lined paper and turned in with a parent signature.  The character trait essays will have one final edit and then students will type them in final.  The students did a thorough job on the essays and are now writing different informational text during our writing time.  The Completed Work Envelope will also have two Lafayette newsletters about the current math - geometry.  These newsletters help parents to understand what we are doing in Eureka math and how it is done.  I hope you will spend some time going through the information.

Math - Unit 4.  Geometry.  We will spend approximately two weeks on this unit.

Language Arts.  On Tuesday we will start a new unit:  Who was Steve Jobs?  Students will be reading the book of the same title, answering different depth and complex questions and learning vocabulary.  Students will use Chrome books throughout this unit.

Students will be held accountable for their independent reading.  Two times a week students will be writing details of what they have read during the past three days.  Everyone should be reading four hours a week on their own.  Readers are Leaders!  

Earth Science with Mrs. Hauser continues.  Parent signature required on most recent work.  This will be due on Thursday of this week.

Social Studies will include independent, small group and whole group work on the Mission Period in California.  Students are responsible for a small packet and a written report.  Information going home on Wednesday regarding the written report.

Students will be working on a Genius Hour Project.  This entails finding a topic of interest and researching to learn more.  Students will be able to choose their final project.  Several students have not turned in information that would make for a worthwhile project.  If you have not had a discussion with your child about his/her ideas for this project, please do.  Students that don't yet have a project will send a note home this week so that parents can work with them to come up with possible ideas for the Genius Hour.

Huge thank you to our parent volunteers that come each week to class:  Mrs. Choi, Mrs. Chatterjee, Mrs. Kaulbach, Mrs. Lowenstark (Zuckerman), Mr. Shirley, and Mrs. Murugeson.  We appreciate your help so much.  If you are able to come to volunteer for Monday's 8:50 - 9:50 psychomotor program, PLEASE DO!  We need your help!

Continue to have healthy discussions with your family about current events and issues that are meaningful to them.  Encourage your child to become a self-learner.  

Thank you!

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