Dana's Weekly Update 10-18-12

posted Oct 18, 2012, 11:06 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Hello to the families of all my great fourth, fifth and sixth graders! I hope each of you enjoyed your long weekend. It sounds like some of you had some fun adventures! Here’s the scoop on some of the important things going on in our class this week. 

Creative Expressions: This week was the last week of our regular Creative Expression meetings. Next week we will wrap up our first rotation of classes with a showcase in which students are able to visit each class and see the fabulous activities they have been doing! I am looking forward to seeing their finished products! 

Volunteers: A big thank you to our new weekly volunteers, Lauren Richardson and Rachael Carson. Lauren has joined us for Wednesday mornings to work with reading groups, while Rachael is coming Fridays to help with independent work time and student research projects. More volunteers are needed! Please let me know if you are available to help out. We could use parent support during independent work time, 9:30-11:30 Monday-Friday, during writing time on Mondays from 1:30-2:15 and on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:00 for reading groups.  

Field Trip: Our class will be heading to Cascadia State Park on Tuesday, November 6th for a walking field trip! We will be visiting a location important to the Kalapuya tribe as we wrap up our studies of the Native American tribes of Oregon. We will learn about their environment and resources, tying these back to our theme of how our environments shape our lives. We will hike 1.1 miles through a beautiful park and forest to the site of the Kalapuya petroglyphs. These amazing rock engravings tell a story of the people who lived there and are an awe inspiring reminder that the world is much bigger than the things we see in our daily lives. We will need parent volunteers to transport students for this trip. We will leave school at 9:00 and will return to school by 3:00. Look for a permission slip in this week’s green Ridgeline folders on Friday. Let me know if you are able to join us. It should be a fun and educational trip and a great day outdoors! 

Homework: Please have your child practice multiplication facts at home. We are beginning daily practice here at school with math facts, but hitting them at home as well is a great help. I encourage students to begin by identifying all the facts they already know, which is a fairly large amount for many students: 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, and 11s are usually the first mastered. They can then dive into some that they don’t know, 3s for example, and practice one a night. I have had success with my own children in having them repeat and practice a fact at dinner and bedtime then I ask that same fact in the morning. If my son or daughter was able to answer it quickly, we move on to a new fact the following day, if not, we continued with the original fact. Flashcards, multiplication grids and online math games are also great ways to practice at home. 

Conferences: Conference sign-ups sheets are in the office for our upcoming conferences that are taking place on November 1st and 2nd. Please stop by or contact the office to schedule your time. I am looking forward to getting a chance to talk with each of you individually about your fabulous students! 

Thank you for your support of your child and our classroom!
Dana and Jenny