Room 5- Cheri

Classroom Updates

Cheri's Update 11-16-2020

Dear Families,

This week we’ll continue to learn about Native Americans. Our hope is that students will gain some understanding about the ways in which indigenous people lived and the practices developed to satisfy their physical and spiritual needs. We want children to feel respect for their own and other cultures and to honor belief systems different from their own.

Some Seesaw activities are assigned for practice following live instruction. Other activities are assigned for review or special interest. Activities that students should be sure to complete will be marked with asterisks/stars around the ***title***. Research projects or other non-screen school work can substitute for unmarked activities.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade Scholastic News schedule is included. During our Scholastics lessons with students, we introduce new topics presented, review articles and take a peek at the grade-level activities provided. Azusa meets with 1st grade students on Wednesdays at 9:15 and 2nd grade students on Thursdays at 9:15. Cheri meets with 3rd graders on Fridays at 12:30. Please add these meetings to your student’s’ schedules.

Research: In the classroom, research is always an ongoing activity. It is also a choice during Distance Learning. If your student wishes to research a particular topic and share the information with classmates, please let me know. This month we are asking students to research plants or animals from their favorite biome. For more information send an email cheri.spies@ridgeline.org or pop in during your student’s one-on-one meeting with me.

Cheri's Update 11-6-2020

Dear Families,

Here we are ready for Home Learning Week Eight, November 8-12.

· If you were unable to pick up supplies during last week’s distribution, please contact Leauriy, 541.681.9662

at the school office and arrange for a time to retrieve these items.

· This week our Cultural Studies will focus on Native Americans, especially those from the Pacific Northwest.

· No School this Wednesday, November 11, in honor of Veteran’s Day.

· No School November 26-27, Thanksgiving holiday

· This week only- 1st grade Scholastics is scheduled for Tuesday at 9:15.

Some Seesaw activities are assigned for practice following live instruction. Other activities are assigned for review or special interest. Beginning this week daily activities that students should be sure to complete will be marked with asterisks/stars around the ***title***. Research or other non-screen school work can substitute for unmarked activities.

1st, 2nd and 3rd grade Scholastic News schedule is included. I will meet with 3rd graders on Fridays at 12:30 for their Scholastics activity. Please add this meeting to your 3rd grader’s schedule.

Research: In the classroom, research is always an ongoing activity. It is also a choice during Distance Learning. If your student wishes to research a particular topic and share the information with classmates, please let me know. This month we are asking students to research a plants or animals from their favorite biome. For more information send an email cheri.spies@ridgeline.org or pop in during your student’s one-on-one meeting with me.

Thanks for your support

Cheri & Azusa

Cheri's Update 11-2-2020

Dear Families,

Welcome to Home Learning Week Seven, November 2-6.

We are grateful for the opportunity to meet with you last week during Family Conferences. Your words of encouragement and your commitment to your children’s education energized us!

This week we begin with the next step in our Cultural/Science studies-Decomposers! Fallen leaves and Halloween pumpkins decompose or rot over time. We’ll look closely at the stars of this process- decomposers! After watching a video about decomposition in forests our students will go on a Decomposer Hunt then have fun experimenting with different types of foods, how they decompose and what conditions or products might slow their decomposition!

Weekly Teacher-Student Meetings/Check-ins

I meet with students individually every week. This one-on-one time provides an opportunity for me to check-in, evaluate social/emotional well-being and assess academic progress. It also allows time for some individualized instruction. Parents are always welcome to attend. Because the 10-15 minute meetings are individual, your student may have to wait a few minutes. Please leave the zoom window open and I will invite your student to join. I especially appreciate knowing about changes or events that affect your family so Azusa and I can observe and provide additional support for students as needed. The schedule for our weekly teacher-student check-in is included. These meetings happen at the same time each week. Please help your child remember to come to Cheri’s zoom-room on time.

First and second grade Scholastic News topics and dates schedule is included. Thank you Azusa!!

**I will meet with 3rd graders on Friday at 12:30 for their Scholastics activity. Please add this meeting to your 3rd grader’s schedule.

We appreciate all of you and thank you for your support!

Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 10-22-2020

Dear Families,

Welcome to Home Learning Week Six, October 26-30. Only 3 days of school this week, with family conferences on Thursday and Friday.

On Wednesday morning we’ll do some pumpkin math. If you are able to join us with a pumpkin of your own that would be great! If that’s not convenient, your student can watch as the teacher weighs and measures her pumpkin. Materials needed: pumpkin, scale, yarn or string to measure the circumference of the pumpkin, scissors to cut off extra and a tape measure or ruler to measure the string!

Over the next couple weeks, students will research plants that grows in a temperate forest biome. I’ve attached a planner with which to gather information. We ask that students provide an picture (photo or hand drawn) and at least 3 facts about their chose plant.

REMINDER: NO SCHOOL THURSDAY or FRIDAY, Oct 29-30. Sign up for FAMILY CONFERENCES!

*Since there’s no school on Friday, our kids will have Art class together this Wednesday, 1:15-1:45.

Upcoming Family Conferences-Thursday Oct. 29 or Friday Oct.30

We’d like to know how distance learning is working for you and your student, answer any questions you have and share information. Please sign up for a 20 minute conference time on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30. Follow this link to find a time that works for your family. If the available times are not convenient, send an email and we’ll schedule a conference for another time. If you have particular questions or concerns, send an email prior to our meeting time.

Click here to sign up: Cheri's Class Sign Up

A message from this week’s E-news…

Conferences - Parent/student and teacher conferences are coming up Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30. These are no school days. With comprehensive distance learning, we recognize that some families are in frequent contact with teachers. If you do not feel that you need to touch base with your child’s teacher at this time, it is not mandatory to sign up. However, if your child’s teacher specifically requests to meet with you, please be sure to sign up.

Weekly Teacher-Student Conferences

I meet with students individually every week. This helps me get a sense of their social/emotional well-being and their academic progress. It also allows time for some individualized instruction. Parents are always welcome to attend.

I especially appreciate you letting me know about changes or events that affect your family so we can observe and provide additional support for students as needed. The schedule for our weekly teacher-student conferences is attached. These meetings happen at the same time each week. Please help your child remember to come to Cheri’s zoom-room on time.

Thanks for all your support. Cheri and Azusa

Next week we complete part two of Easy CBM district testing and we need your help!

Easy CBM Testing Schedule 10/26-28 Azusa’s Zoom Room.

Family Support Survey (due October 29) - We know distance learning is a huge burden and challenge for families. Please complete the Family Support Survey to share with us how it is going for you (both the good and the challenging parts) and let us know how we can provide useful and meaningful support throughout this year. With your feedback, we will create opportunities for families to connect, support, and learn with each other. Portions of your survey responses will be combined with teacher input to help us connect and support those who need it most.

Click here for FAMILY SUPPORT SURVEY

SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION

Art Supply & Other Supplies Distribution - Now that we are a month into school we have more items for you to pick up to assist you student(s) with CDL. There are items for ALL students to pick up. Pick up times are on conference days - Thursday, October 29, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. AND Friday, October 30, 8:30 a.m. - 10am. Please make every effort to come during those times to pick up art supplies and other items. If you cannot come at these times we encourage you to reach out to another Ridgeline family to pick up your child’s items. Please present a clearly written sign with each student’s FULL NAME, GRADE, and CLASS on it. Add siblings to your sign with all the same information. Example: Patty Smith Simon Smith

Grade 3 Grade 5

Rachel’s Class Jasper’s Class

Pull up as far as you can in the driveway circle and wait for a staff member to come to your vehicle. Masks are required. Remain in your vehicle. Hand the sign to the staff member and they will hand you your bag/box.

Plant research idea/planners

Cheri's Update 10-16-2020

Dear Families,

Welcome to Home Learning Week Four, October 12-16. This week and next we will have fun learning about Botany and Math using Leaves and Pumpkins! Our first in depth Biome studies will be with our own, familiar, Temperate Forest Biome. We’ll learn about types of leaves and investigate why they change color. We will also use leaf collections to practice graphing. This weekend please help your child notice and collect a variety of leaves so that they have some hands-on materials for next week. While you’re outside, talk about the types of trees that live in and around Eugene. Take time to make a list of some of the trees and plants you see. We will be learning about many types of plants that live in a Temperate Forest, including nonvascular plants such as moss, lichen and algae. Many plants that live in this biome have adapted to live close or even in water. Some Aquatic plants you may be familiar with are Cattails and water lilies. Enjoy exploring our surroundings!

During the week of October 26, we'll do some pumpkin math. We will weigh, measure, estimate, graph, and count our pumpkins. Please plan on having an uncarved "math pumpkin" available. Small to medium-sized pumpkins will be fine for this activity….but larger ones can be fun too.

Upcoming Family Conferences-Thursday Oct. 29 or Friday Oct.30

We’d like to know how distance learning is working for you and your student. Please sign up for a 20 minute conference time on Thursday, October 29 or Friday, October 30. Follow this link to find a time that works for your family. If the available times are not convenient, send an email and we’ll schedule a conference for another time. If you have particular questions or concerns, send an email prior to our meeting time. cheri.spies@ridgeline.org

A message from this week’s E-news…

Conferences - Parent/student and teacher conferences are coming up Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30. These are no school days. With comprehensive distance learning, we recognize that some families are in frequent contact with teachers. If you do not feel that you need to touch base with your child’s teacher at this time, it is not mandatory to sign up. However, if your child’s teacher specifically requests to meet with you, please be sure to sign up.

Cheri's Class Sign Up

Weekly Student Conferences

I meet with students individually every week. This helps me have a sense of their social/emotional well-being and their academic progress. It also allows time for individualized instruction. Parents are welcome to attend as well.

I especially appreciate you letting me know about changes or events that affect your family so we can observe and provide additional support for students as needed. The schedule for student meetings with their teacher is attached. These meetings happen at the same time each week. Please help your child remember to come to Cheri’s zoom-room on time.

Thanks for all your support.

Cheri and Azusa

This next week we complete part two of Easy CBM district testing and we need your help!

🌈🌈 PARENTS/CAREGIVERS PLEASE FOLLOW THESE STEPS:

Join the testing Zoom link Azusa's Zoom Meeting Please have video on. Ridgeline staff will guide your child through instructions.

Open your browser (Chrome, Safari, etc.). Your Zoom view be covered, but that’s okay, as long as Ridgeline staff can 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 azusa.mcmullen

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. You will be prompted to enter a password, which is the six-digit number of 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 test, 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 child’s Ridgeline teacher or 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.

16. These groups will happen in Azusa’s zoom-room and will be available the morning and afternoon time slots. There will be an assignment in Seesaw with more instructions and times next week. Thanks for your help with these required tests.

Cheri's Update 10-8-2020

Dear Families,

Greetings! After three weeks our zoom meetings are beginning to feel normal and students are becoming more interactive with us and one another. I guess it just takes getting used to. Thank you for all your support.

Biome Exploration

Let’s get ready to travel the world as we explore all the beautiful biomes of our Earth - 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. During our writing lessons, students will choose an animal to research and write about.

Live Lessons… The Instruction Manual for Remote Learning

Our seesaw activities are designed to be follow ups to our daily live lessons. Being with students live allows us to 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 Azusa’s help zoom to get back on track.

Permission to Record Lessons

Our lessons are highly interactive, and we often have students in view on screen. This means that the recorded lessons 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 4

https://forms.gle/RmpPks7F9ReBQLAo9

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

Easy CBM Update

Next week we will be starting our first round of EasyCBM Testing with one minute reading tests. Students will be tested during their conference time and tests should only take a couple of minutes. We ask that your child be in a quiet space where they can focus without distractions. This is an assessment, which means the students will need to complete the task without help or coaching. Our students have all done this before and it should feel familiar to them.

We appreciate you and your students!

Cheri and Azusa

Cheri's Update 9-25-2020

Dear Families,

Welcome to Home Learning week of 9/21-25. Thank you for everything you are doing to help your students

complete home learning activities. Since ours is a multi-grade classroom and students function at different levels, some of our zoom lessons are grade level specific. Please refer to this week’s attached schedule. I color-coded the grade specific zoom meetings to make it easier.

To find assigned activities, students should check their Seesaw account. Since we will keep our Zoom meeting open all day, every day- all meetings will have the same Zoom link. To re-enter our Zoom meeting click on the original link.

· Art classes will start next week, Sept. 28-Oct. 2. You will receive more information from our Art teachers on Monday, 9/28.

How parents can help their student prepare:

· Be sure your child can easily find our Zoom meeting link. Help establish routines and workspace. Set alarms (on your phone, a timer, a clock, or on their device) to make sure they know when their scheduled meetings begin. There’s a Chrome app called Reminders that lets you set a sequence of timed notifications on a chrome book.

· Be sure your child knows how to photograph work using the available devices. You may want to add the Seesaw Class app to your phone so that your child can have another way to submit photographs easily.

FYI: 1. The box means there are materials in your student’s box from Ridgeline to accompany this lesson.

2. Sharing: Your student may bring an item to morning meeting that others can learn from. Help your student prepare to tell three facts about their sharing and answer questions from peers.

3. Your student will find the day’s activity assignments in Seesaw plus messages that remind them it’s time to go to a zoom meeting.

Please feel free to ask us questions and provide feedback. An email is the best way to communicate with us. cheri.spies@ridgeline.org azusa.mcmullen@ridgeline.org

We miss you and can hardly wait until we can all be together again, as a classroom and as a school community.

Take care and Stay Safe!

Cheri and Azusa


CheriSchedule10-13-20.pdf
Cheri's Zoom Links