Room 3- Rachel

Classroom Updates

Rachel's Update 11-20-2020

Last week I started the conversation on gratitude. What we are grateful for. Often it is those simple things, like a cup of coffee hot in your hands or a few moments of solitude to dive into that great book you have been looking forward to. Whatever your cup of coffee is, our lives are made up of all of those little moments. Good and bad. I am grateful for my little moments.

What we say and how we say it has an impact on those around us. Being aware of our own power can help us to create special moments for others. Smile at someone today and see if they smile back. :). You have now added to their happiness. What a gift! As a teacher I am grateful for all of your children smiling at me each and every school day. I am grateful to be a teacher!

This week I encourage you to talk with your children about what you are grateful for. What are your family traditions? How do you bring your family together? In challenging times it can feel like gravity has increased, squeezing and narrowing our mind. Our thoughts become heavy and it can be easy to notice the hard things in life everywhere. We are quick to anger. By talking about gratitude our focus can shift towards lighter thoughts. Remembering all the good is important now.

This week in class is all about gratitude.

Heart Bomb Ridgeline - Every day brings a few more yarn hearts to the school fence. We hope you add some on!

NO SCHOOL - Thursday and Friday

Rachel's Update 11-13-20202

Hello Room 3 families. How are you doing? We are entering into week 9 of distance learning. Routines have been set, schedules made, work plans are being used, and lessons are well attended. Most importantly, learning is happening! I see all the work you put into helping your student show up to lessons and put in a day's work. Thank you for all you do.

Speaking of thanks, we are entering into a time of year when we traditionally slow down and take notice of all the things in our life we are grateful for. Friends, family, health. Chocolate. Time has taken on a new light. During this time of COVID we have more time with some people and much less time with others. Many of our social needs are not being met. We are all missing human connection. All of this extra time alone gives us the opportunity for self-reflection. For some it might be uncomfortable being alone to face ourselves. Nowhere to hide, right? For some, scary. Sometimes it is those challenging moments that we look back on with a smile because we know that they were the catalyst for change that we needed, albeit painful. My hope for us all is that our current challenges are of the growth variety. Let's notice what is good in our lives. I have a feeling we will find way more than we expect!

Cultural Topic

This week we will continue to look at Native American topics local to our area.

Social Connection

There are a number of families reaching out for ideas on how they can connect with other families in our classroom. If you have any ideas or thoughts on this topic please reach out to Hannah, our classroom parent. Her email is: hannahsorrel@firegroove.com

Have a wonderful week!

Rachel and Jacob

Rachel's Update 11-5-2020

Hello Room 3 families! We are entering into week 8 of distance learning. Every year I am surprised by how fast the first few months of school fly by! Thank you to all the families who joined Jacob and me for family conferences. It was really great to see you all and hear about your experience with distance learning. I am always available if you need to meet before the next conference time!

Next week we will explore local Native American Kalapuya history and how they prepared for Winter.

Art Supplies

For those of you who missed the art supply pick-up you can call the school and schedule a time to pick up your child's art package.

EasyCBM

Thank you for all of your support in getting your child to their EasyCBM testing times. We are finishing up now and will be done this coming week.

Conference Take-Aways

Many of you asked for clarification on the work plan. How do I know if my kiddo has done enough work? What do I do if they are so far behind that it feels impossible to catch up? Good questions! A good rule of thumb is to get math and language done each day. Make sure that your child is spending time reading each day as well. Reading is a key skill developed in lower elementary. There are "Montessori" math works that I would like them to practice at least twice a week. These are stamp game, checkerboard, or string division. If your child had a lesson on abstract (paper) math that may be their Montessori math at the moment. Writer's workshop on Wednesday is another important work that should be completed on Wednesday. Outside of that, if your child gets absorbed in a special project or a specific work, spending lots of focused time on it, that is great! We love when children find something that they are passionate about learning. It is ok for them to not get three works done in that case. Also, any appropriate subject can be chosen for research and counts as Cultural. Research can be writing and poster-making, creating a model, drawing a diagram, or any other creative choice. Have fun with it!

If your child is feeling stressed because they have allowed their activities to pile up in seesaw, my best advice is to reset and work from the top, which is the most current assigned activities. If they find that they are stuck because they did not learn a skill that is required for the current activities please go to Jacob's help zoom and he will help your child get caught up. Another option is to request a catch-up lesson with me.

Thank you so much for all you do for your kids and their learning experience. Every day I see so many examples of love and caring. You guys inspire me to be better.

Thank you,

Rachel and Jacob

Rachel's Update 10-22-2020

Hello once again Room 3 families and welcome to a short week of school! This week we are holding conferences on Thursday and Friday. If you haven't yet scheduled a conference and would like to it's not too late!

Rachel's Class Sign Up

Pumpkins. Need I say more? If your child has a pumpkin, bring it along to our Monday morning meeting. If not don't worry! Jacob will be working with students who do not have their own pumpkin available.

What to bring to Monday morning meeting (if you have it):

1. pumpkin

2. string for measuring

3. measuring tool capable of measuring in inches

4. scale if available

5. white board and dry erase marker

EasyCBM

EasyCBM testing is moving right along. Some students have finished already and others have yet to start. That is ok. Keep an eye out for a testing time sign-up from Jacob soon.

Lessons

It is so important for students to attend their level lesson each day. This is the "synchronous" time of instruction where we actually teach students the skills they will need to complete the seesaw activities. Without this lesson students may not be able to complete their assignments and fall behind. If your child misses a lesson and needs assistance they can join Jacob's help zoom or reach out to me for help. Life happens and we know that lessons will be missed at times. It only becomes a problem when the lessons are frequently missed. Thank you for your support in getting your child to their orange, blue, or green lessons. I truly appreciate you.

Video permissions - In order for teachers to effectively use zoom, they may need to view the students on the screen to ensure student engagement. This means that if teachers record the lesson for absent students or student review, the participating students will be included in the video. A video permissions form was sent out for all families to sign. If you have not yet signed it and are comfortable with video permissions please sign so that we can move forward with recording lessons.

Have a wonderful Fall weekend. It is such a beautiful time of year!

Rachel's Update 10-16-2020

Welcome Room 3 families! Next step - leaves. They are everywhere right now! Red ones. Green ones. Orange ones. Soft ones. Crunchy ones. Leaves are pretty great. Next week we will look closely at our very own biome, the temperate forest, and explore different types of leaves. Your job this weekend is to help your child notice and collect a variety of leaves so that they have some hands-on materials for next week.

During the week of October 26, we'll do some pumpkin math. We will weigh, measure, estimate, graph, and count up our pumpkins. Please plan on having an uncarved "math pumpkin" available at this time. Small "pie" pumpkins are fine for this activity... but giants can be fun too!

Family Conferences

Jacob and I want to know how distance learning is working for you! If you have any questions or concerns (or just want to check in and say hello) please sign up for a 20 minute conference spot on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30.

Rachel's Class Sign Up

If you have a particular concern or question, please send me a quick email. I’d love to start working on problem solving strategies ASAP and then use our conference time to see what progress we’ve made.

Easy CBM testing is in full swing. Keep and eye out for a seesaw invitation to come test in Jacob's help zoom.

Easy CBM take 2!

This next week we will be starting part 2 of Easy CBM testing.

In order to do this testing through distance, we need some assistance from your end to get your child logged on to our testing site. We are a team!

I have compiled some step-by-step directions on how things will look on your end. Please do not preview the materials with your child or coach them during the assessment.

For Computer Based Assessments:

1. Join the testing Zoom link. Please have video on.

2. Ridgeline staff will guide your child through expectations and instructions.

3. Open your internet browser (Chrome, Safari, etc.). It will cover up your Zoom view, but that’s okay, as long as the teacher/assistant can still see your child.

4. Go to this website: 4j-or.easycbm.com

5. Your screen should look like this:

6. Click on the Students “Click Here” link.

7. Type in the teacher’s username. It is rachel.quinn

8. Once you click “Go!” then you should be taken to a screen that asks you to select the group. Click on “All Students”.

9. Scroll through the names until you come to your child’s name, and click on it.

10. ***Confirm it is on your child’s test, and not another student’s!

11. It will prompt you to enter a password, which is a six-digit number from your child’s birthdate. MMDDYY, with no slashes.

12. Once entered, you will see “Select the Test”.

13. Scroll through the array of tests offered and select the one your teacher/assistant has indicated.

14. If your child is doing the math, your assistance in reading the math problems aloud to your child may be needed. No reading assistance is allowed on the reading assessments.

15. Your teacher/assistant is required to observe your child taking the assessment. There will likely be one group at a time on Zoom, testing at the same time.

These groups will happen in Jacob's zoom. Students will be notified in advance of their day and time to be tested. If this time does not work for you please let us know.

Thank you for helping to make this happen.

Rachel's Update 10-8-2020

Hello to Room 3 families! Welcome to week 4 of school. I have to say that I am impressed with how quickly we are all finding a rhythm. This week we talked a lot about creating good work plan habits. Remembering to update work plans after each work is the easiest way to ensure that it happens. This is where each student gets to tell us what they have completed. Also, it is a tool for students to know what they could work on next. Each day our goal is to complete language, math, and cultural work. We are well on our way to meeting this goal. Good job guys!

Easy formula: Do ELA (language), Math, and Cultural each day. Yay!

Biome Exploration Next Week

Let’s get ready to travel the world as we explore all the beautiful biomes - deserts, rainforests, polar regions, grasslands, mountains, wetlands, and even the ocean. We’ll learn what a biome is and identify its living and nonliving parts. In Wednesday’s writing lessons, students will choose a biome to research and write about. On Friday will be "dress like a biome day!" Students who want to participate can shop their closets to create an outfit for exploring the desert, diving into the ocean, or braving the polar winds. I can’t wait to see what we all come up with!

Live Lessons… The Instruction Manual for Remote Learning

Our seesaw activities are designed to be follow ups to our daily live lessons, not stand alone works. Being with students live lets me introduce new concepts, clarify expectations and answer questions. If your child misses a lesson, they may struggle to complete the Seesaw activity on their own. Pending permissions (more on that later), we will have recorded lessons available. Until then, encourage good attendance! If your child misses a lesson and needs some help, please have them visit Jacob's help zoom to get back on track.

Permission to Record Lessons

Our lessons are highly interactive, and I often have students in view on my screen in order to see raised hands and check for understanding. This means that the lessons I record include students in the video. In order to share these recorded lessons with students who need them, we need your consent. Please fill out this form ASAP so that our recorded lessons can be made available.

Distance Learning Recording Consent Form- Rm 3

https://forms.gle/mDyGvyfFoDemU9Tj6

Remember, lesson videos will only be made available to families within our classroom.

Easy CBM Update

Next week we will be starting our first round of EasyCBM with some one minute reading tests. Students can drop in to Jacob's zoom at 1:50 - 2:30 for testing. EasyCBM may also be given during conference times or in regular help zoom hours. Tests should only take a couple of minutes. We ask that your child be in a quiet space where they can give good, undivided attention. This is an assessment, which means the student will need to do the task without your help or coaching. Our students have all done this before and it should feel familiar to them.

Help!

Email Rachel or Jacob if you have any questions. Your kids can jump into Jacob's wonderful help desk zoom for immediate assistance with assignments or understanding expectations.

Thank you families. Have a great weekend!

Rachel and Jacob

Rachel's Update 10-1-2020

Hello to Room 3 families! We are now entering into week 3 of our distance learning time! Can you believe it? Every year it never ceases to amaze me how time can be so relative! Well, we made it through many of the stops and starts of the beginning of school. Students are joining in my meetings and lessons and taking advantage of Jacob's help desk. Yay! Good job to all the families who are such a big part of our success. Your support and assistance make this possible. I am aware of the challenges, frustrations, and inconveniences distance learning creates. My heart goes out to all who are struggling at this time. During the first week of school we asked students the question, "What do you do when things get hard?" The answers we received looked something like this:

1. Take big belly breaths.

2. Try, try, and try again. If I get frustrated, walk away and distract myself. Come back and try it again later.

3. Stop. Breathe. Count to 10.

4. I yell and shout until I am not upset anymore. Then I try again.

5. Go be by myself for a bit.

Does this sound about right? Our kids are learning how to deal with a lot of uncomfortable feelings right now. So are we as parents! Developing strategies for managing life when it is hard is so important for our children's mental strength. The best thing we can do is model positive strategies and forgive ourselves and others when we can't. Nobody is perfect after all! Thank goodness. :)

Cultural Theme

For week 3 we are continuing with our astronomy thread, bringing it closer to home with planetary motion, the seasons, and shadows. We are shifting into fall at the moment. This makes it the perfect time to talk about why our planet Earth has seasons. What do the seasons mean to you? Your family? What kind of special traditions do you have surrounding the changing seasons? What sensory elements of fall do you love? For me fall is crunchy leaves, hot chocolate, pumpkins, and snugly fireplaces. The air smells different in the fall. Talk to your kids about your fall memories!

Academics

We are now in full swing with writing, grammar, and math. Each week your child will receive instruction in these different curricular areas. Jacob and I love seeing all the amazing work your kids are doing in Seesaw!

Work Plans

Our goal is that a work in each area (math, language, cultural) is completed each day. This is what we call a balanced work plan. Last week we talked in our family email about the different types of work that may be assigned. Some work is done in one sitting. Others are meant to take multiple days. Some students have expressed confusion about how they can do math each day when they don't get a lesson each day. Every student has been assigned a tabbed math activity. Each time a student practices their math they should be doing a few equations. It may take them 4 practices to finish the entire assignment. Each time they practice the math they get to mark it on their work plan. There are also additional math activities they can do so they are not doing the same activity each and every day. After a student practices or completes a work they should be marking it on their work plan. This lets us know that they did the work.

Easy formula: Do ELA (language), Math, and Cultural each day.

Help!

Email Rachel or Jacob if you have any questions. Your kids can jump into Jacob's wonderful help desk zoom for immediate assistance with assignments or understanding expectations.

Small Group Instruction

Keep a lookout in Seesaw for lesson invitations. Some invitations will be for on-going groups that will meet each week. Others will be a one-time supplemental lesson or meet-up. These lessons will be during our second work period, which is from 1:30 - 2:40.

Thank you families. Have a great weekend!

Rachel and Jacob


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