Week 11: November 2-6, 2015

It was so nice getting to have some time with you this week. It was fun sharing the accomplishments your students are making in fifth grade. As we said, fifth grade is a leap up from fourth grade, but these kids are very ready for that challenge!

Thank you to all who purchased from the scholastic fair last week. The school is blessed. And a big thank you for the donations to our class library! I can’t wait to get reading those new books!

*Field Trip!! Please arrive at school with a packed lunch at 8:15. We’d like to load up and be driving toward the museum by 8:30. We have a lab scheduled in the morning that I am super excited about!

School Happenings:

  • Santa Cruz Warriors Game. All proceeds help to refurbish our gymnasium! Tickets are on sale for the November 7th game against Reno starting this week. You can buy at the info booth or the office.
  • No school November 11 to celebrate Veterans Day
  • No school November 23-27 to celebrate Thanksgiving

Classroom Happenings:

  • Monday – Art at 11:45
  • Tuesday – Tech at 11:40, Spanish at 2:20
  • Wednesday– FIELD TRIP TO THE TECH MUSEUM IN SAN JOSE (please arrive at 8:15)
  • Thursday – Irregular Verbs Quiz, Westing Game Presentations
  • Friday – Spelling test, reading comprehension quiz, Write on demand assessment, Bible quiz, PE at 10:30

Homework Due Dates:

  • Monday: Westing letter, and anything not finished in class
  • Tuesday: Math 4-9, Book Club Assignment, and anything not finished in class
  • Wednesday: Math 4-11, Book Club Assignment, and anything not finished in class
  • Thursday: Westing Project
  • Friday: Spelling Menu List 2-3, Math Review, Vocabulary, Completed Bible Lesson, and anything not finished in class

Upcoming Tests:

  • Westing Game Final Project Due (11-5-15)
  • Grammar – Irregular Verbs Quiz (11-5-15)
  • Spelling test Friday (11-6-15)
  • Reading Comprehension Quiz Friday (11-6-15)
  • Write On Demand Fall Assessment (11-6-15)
  • Math Test Friday (11-6-15)

Bible Verse: “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.” Hebrews 4:14

Spelling List:

  1. you’ve                                   11. we’re                            BONUS
  2. she’d                                      12. couldn’t                                1. won’t
  3. that’s                                     13. I’ve                                         2. referred
  4. what’s                                    14. didn’t                                     3. advertisement
  5. doesn’t                                  15. they’re                                   4. elected
  6. there’s                                   16. shouldn’t                               5. sanctified
  7. you’re                                    17. wouldn’t
  8. wasn’t                                   18. he’d
  9. we’ll                                       19. don’t
  10. we’ve                                      20. isn’t

Second Quarter!! Week 10 (October 26-30)

One of the things I love about being a Christian is that I get God’s grace every morning. Being able to hit a reset button each day and try to do better is my daily aim! One of the great things about school is there is a reset button every nine weeks. That reset button is being pressed this weekend! We are ready to start a new week with all A+ and perfect conduct scores! I, for one, am so ready for this freshness!

School Happenings:

  • Chapel Monday the 26th at 2:20
  • Parent teacher conferences 28th-30th. These are half days for the students.
  • Santa Cruz Warriors Game. All proceeds help to refurbish our gymnasium! Tickets are on sale for the November 7th game against Reno starting this week. You can buy at the info booth or the office.

Classroom Happenings:

  • Monday – Art at 11:45, chapel at 2:20
  • Tuesday – Tech at 11:40, Spanish at 2:20
  • Wednesday– Half day.
  • Thursday – Half day.
  • Friday – Spelling test, reading comprehension quiz, PE at 10:30

Homework Due Dates:

  • Monday: Piece of Cake Narrative, Book Club Assignment, and anything not finished in class
  • Tuesday: Math 4-6, Book Club Assignment, and anything not finished in class
  • Wednesday: Math 4-7, Book Club Assignment, and anything not finished in class
  • Thursday: Math 4-8, Book Club Assignment, and anything not finished in class
  • Friday: Spelling Menu List 2-2, Math 4-9, Book Club Assignment, and anything not finished in class

Upcoming Tests:

  • Spelling test Friday (10-30-15)
  • Reading Comprehension Quiz Friday (10-30-15)
  • Math Test (11-5-15)
  • Westing Game Final Project Due (11-5-15)
  • Grammar – Irregular Verbs Quiz (11-6-15)

Bible Verse: No verse due to the short week.

Spelling List:

  1. jogging                                   11. deserved                            BONUS
  2. dripping                                12. applied                                 1. assimilate
  3. skimmed                               13. relied                                    2. experiment
  4. accepted                                14. renewing                             3. hypothesis
  5. amusing                                15. complicated                        4. procedure
  6. easing                                    16. qualified                              5. enthusiasm
  7. regretted                               17. threatening
  8. forbidding                            18. gnarled
  9. referred                                 19. envied
  10. injured                                  20. fascinated

Week Nine (October 19-23, 2015)

Last week of the quarter! 😦  I had a student today ask if I was happy or sad that the school year is going fast. Honestly, that is a hard question. Some yes, because it means we are having fun! Mostly no, though! I am not happy it’s going so fast because I am going to be sad to see my kids head off to middle school in the summer!

School Happenings:

  • Friday: End of the quarter. All papers and missing assignments need to be turned in for grading!
  • Chapel Monday the 26th
  • Parent teacher conferences 28th-30th. These are half days for the students.

Classroom Happenings:

  • Monday – Art at 11:45
  • Tuesday – Tech at 11:40, Spanish at 2:20
  • Wednesday– Science test (Study packets were given to the students Friday. Half of the answers were covered in class. The rest will be done in class on Monday. Test Wednesday.), PE at 1:15
  • Thursday – Bible Quiz, Music at 11:45
  • Friday – Grammar (helping verb) Quiz, Spelling test, reading comprehension quiz, write on demand, PE at 10:30

Homework Due Dates:

  • Monday: Letter to a Disney character, Book Club Assignment, and anything not finished in class
  • Tuesday: Math 4-1, Book Club Assignment, and anything not finished in class
  • Wednesday: Math 4-2, Book Club Assignment, and anything not finished in class
  • Thursday: Math 4-3, Book Club Assignment, and anything not finished in class
  • Friday: Spelling Menu List 2-2, Math 4-4, Book Club Assignment, and anything not finished in class

Bible Verse: James 2:10 “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”

Spelling List:

  1. rattlers                                   11. difficulties                            BONUS
  2. fangs                                      12. batches                                 1. mangoes
  3. countries                               13. abilities                                2. conflict
  4. liberties                                 14. lashes                                    3. ally
  5. potatoes                                 15. identities                              4. massacre
  6. rodeos                                    16. losses                                    5. multiplication
  7. taxes                                       17. possibilities
  8. reptiles                                  18. notches
  9. surroundings                        19. zeroes
  10. beliefs                                    20. eddies

Week Eight (October 12-16)

We have only two weeks left in the quarter. I told the kids this fact and we all agreed that the school year has been going by fast! I guess that’s a good sign that we are all having so much fun!

School Happenings:

  • Monday: 3rd-5th Character Trait Chapel @ 2:25 in Monschke Hall. All are welcome to join us as we take time to honor the incredible traits God has given some of our students.
  • All Week: Drive for School – Keep selling those tickets! Let’s see if we can keep our title as the upper grade’s best sellers!

Classroom Happenings:

  • Monday – Explorer Project Work: Be sure to bring your completed Explorer Research Notes pages. We will use some class time to begin working on our project presentation.
  • Tuesday – Prepositions Unit Test: After a little more review on Monday, we’ll have to show all we know about prepositional phrases and how they can help us find different parts of the sentence. Be sure to study your review packets!
  • Thursday – Bible Quiz
  • Thursday – Math Chapter 3 Test. Be sure to study your spiral notes!
  • Thursday – Explorer Report Presentations: Be sure to have your completed Explorer Presentation submitted and be ready to present your project to the class.
  • Friday – Spelling Test
  • Friday – Reading Quiz

Homework Due Dates:

  • Monday: Explorer Project Research Packet and Book Club Assignment & Bookmark
  • Tuesday: Math 3-7, Preposition Unit Review Packet, Preposition Notes Booklet, and Book Club Assignment
  • Wednesday: Math 3-8 and Book Club Assignment
  • Thursday: Math Chapter 3 Review Homework, Book Club Assignment,  and Explorer Project (submitted on Google Classroom)
  • Friday: Spelling Menu List 2-1, Graphs in the Real World- Math Chapter 3 Extra Credit, and Book Club Assignment

Bible Verse:

Ephesians 4:1-3 “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Spelling List:

  1. joint                                11. fountain                            BONUS
  2. foul                                 12. sprawls                                 1. buoyant
  3. coil                                  13. douse                                    2. tributary
  4. hoist                               14. clause                                    3. filament
  5. stout                               15. sprouts                                  4. pistil
  6. dawdle                           16. cautious                                 5. pollination
  7. mouthful                       17. turmoil
  8. counter                          18. scrawny
  9. brought                         19. foundation
  10. bawl                              20. turquoise

Week Seven! (October 5-9, 2015)

WOW! Seven weeks already! We are having a fabulous time! I am still in need of 8 pumpkins and several plastic table cloths. Please email me if you are interested in bringing some in! I need them by Wednesday because we are doing the experiment on Thursday! Thank you!

Here’s what’s happening in the school:

Drive For Schools is still happening! Keep selling those tickets.

Friday Family movie night! We are watching Big Hero 6 out on the field starting at 7! Bring your lawn chairs for a fun fellowship night!

Classroom Happenings:

  • Monday – Thursday: Language Arts Unit Test: This week we will be taking our unit wrap up test on the skills and strategies we have learned in reading and writing, as well as a unit review of the spelling words we have learned so far.
  • Monday – Reading Comprehension Test and Writing Project Planning
  • Tuesday – Reading Comprehension Test and Writing Project Drafting
  • Wednesday – Spelling and Vocabulary Test and Writing Revisions and Edits
  • Thursday – Pumpkin Dissection: Time to do some messy, hands on science! Please where clothes that can get a little gooey as we will be digging in to some plump pumpkins to practice our graphing skills and take a look at what pumpkin seeds have on the inside.
  • Thursday – Fluency Assessment and Writing Project Final Drafts
  • Thursday – Bible Quiz
  • Friday – Write-on-Demand Writing Assessment

Homework Due Dates:

  • Monday: Book Club Assignment and Writing of the Week – Personal Narrative Final Draft (on Google Classroom)
  • Tuesday: Math 3-2 and Book Club Assignment
  • Wednesday: Math 3-3 and Book Club Assignment
  • Thursday: Math 3-4 and Book Club Assignment
  • Friday: Math 3–5, Personal Narrative Final Draft, and Book Club Assignment

Bible Verse: Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Spelling List (Review Quiz Wednesday)

This week the spelling list is a review of all the spelling we have done this school year. There will not be a spelling menu this week, so be sure your student reviews the words Monday and Tuesday nights. The unit testing will be Wednesday this week. Here are your words to focus on!

  1. batch                                11. mute                               21. squirm
  2. tuna                                  12. flare                                22. prey
  3. bamboo                            13. harsh                              23. stuff
  4. dove                                  14. scan                                24. guess
  5. handbook                         15. lead                                25. lurch
  6. scarce                                16. dreary                           26. stump
  7. rough                                  17. pure                               27. hoof
  8. hand                                   18. shave                            28. nerve
  9. stiff                                     19. gush                              29. starch
  10. plume                                 20. swerve                         30. tough