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May/June 2017

 

Kindergarten and TK

            Kindergarten and TK students will be learning about Cinco de Mayo, insects, plants, and Mothers Day! We will learn many new sight words and continue adding/subtracting single digit numbers. Our year will finish with learning about sea life, the ocean, and shells. We will continue to add and subtract, use number bonds in math, and learn about 3-D shapes. As we continue to use our reading skills and knowledge of print, you will see your children reading everything in sight! Please have them write down the things they see as they continue to improve on their writing skills. As the school year comes to an end, please have your children continue their learning over the summer by practicing their reading, writing, and addition/subtraction skills so they are ready and prepared for school in the fall. It has been a privilege to teach your children! 

 

First Grade

            As we approach the end of the year, remind your child to work hard and do his/her best each day. Over the summer, it is a good idea to go to the library and have your child continue to read daily. Also, the libraries have great summer reading programs and activities. Continue to practice addition and subtraction facts. Students have worked so hard all year; don't let your child forget everything he/she has learned! Stay ready for second grade!

 

Second Grade

            Second graders have been hard at work counting money, measuring, and working on graphing skills. With our math skills, we are incorporating problem-solving to challenge ourselves to think critically while we try different strategies to find the solution. We have been reading different fairy tales and other fictional stories, as well as working on retelling the stories with characters, setting, and beginning, middle, and end. We are looking forward to our field trip to the Gene Autry Museum on May 5, and a trip to the LA Zoo in June. Families, please remind your child to always work hard and be on their best behavior these final months of school. Thank you for all your support!

 

Third Grade

            Third graders are proudly learning skills to improve their writing.  We have learned narrative, informational, and now opinion writing this year.  One of the fun strategies we have used with opinion writing is to answer the question "Would you rather…?"  We must choose one thing or the other, and both choices are not always something very pleasant.  Our first writing topic was "Would you rather get stung by a bee or eat a giant bug?" Yuck! We needed to come up with three reasons why we would choose one or the other.  It really makes us think about our choices!  We are making excellent progress with our writing this year!  Stop by our classrooms at Open House to see some of our writing from the year!  We know you will be impressed!

 

4-5-6 SDC

            Room 57 is a very busy place! We are hard at work on several projects.  Fourth graders are learning about the Gold Rush, fifth graders are focusing on the Revolutionary War, and the sixth graders continue to explore the Ancient World. Thinking Maps continue to be our focus in writing. In math, students are starting to learn about fractions, double digit multiplication, and solving for single variables. Our sixth graders enjoyed visiting and learning about Mayfair Middle School. Sixth grade families, be on the lookout for important information about special activities.

 

Fourth Grade

            The end of the year is quickly approaching. Students have worked hard to improve their writing, reading, and math skills throughout the year. We are beginning to assess their hard work with SBAC testing which will continue through the end of May.  Please make sure your child is getting a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast in preparation for testing.  Your child will also need to come to school with headphones for all testing. We encourage you to come see all of the wonderful work the students have been doing at Open House.  As our last Effort Club in June, we will be celebrating and wrapping up the year with Pool Day. We look forward to finishing the year strong and getting the students ready for fifth grade!

 

Fifth Grade

            We have prepared all year for this time, and testing is well underway. Our students are doing great work and giving their best efforts on the state tests. As we continue, please make sure your student is getting plenty of rest at night and eating a good breakfast in the morning to keep them alert and going. As we come up on the close of this fifth grade year, we would like to thank you for supporting us in educating your children. It has been an absolute pleasure to have a hand in their education, and we know they are going to go on and do amazing things! Thank you to our students who have shown up daily with a great attitude ready to learn. Let's finish this year strong, fifth graders! 

 

Sixth Grade

            The time when we look back on our year together is almost upon us.  The end of the year brings the reminder of some wonderful times spent together with our awesome sixth grade students. We will cherish the memories made this year, and we hope that your Wildcat comes back to remind us of our time together.  As we begin to think of what lies ahead for the end of the year, please know that we will do our best to communicate activities as they are finalized.  Right now, your Wildcat is diligently working on earning enough points to participate in some of the fun activities. We will be picnicking and swimming at the Mayfair pool on June 8th, going to Knotts Berry Farm on June 12th, and playing in the annual 6th grade vs. faculty kickball game on June 13th.  We will be practicing for promotion on June 14th.  The year will come to a close on June 15th after promotion.  More information will be coming regarding these activities.  We have enjoyed this year tremendously and thank you for your support!

 

 

March/April 2017

 

Kindergarten and TK

March and April are busy months in TK and kindergarten. We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and reading about leprechauns, shamrocks, and rainbows in March. We will read and write new words and work on sentence structure and punctuation. In math we will be writing numbers to 30 or higher, using number bonds, learning about greater and less than, 3D shapes, and graphing. During April, we learn about Spring, rabbits, bunnies, chickens, chicks, and many other farm animals. We will be learning about plants and how they grow! We will plant a garden and watch the progress from seed to sprout to plant to eating what we grow. Students will be adding and subtracting numbers 1 to 10. We will be reading many sight/snap words and continue to use our phonemes to read CVC (consonant vowel consonant) text. Please practice reading all the simple books we send home. Your child needs to practice these new skills to become more fluent readers.

 

First Grade

The Act of Kindness Service Projects we received from first graders were very inspiring. If your child has not yet completed the project, please make sure it gets completed. There will be another family project coming in April.  Please remember to have your child complete homework each day and turn it in on time every Friday. Homework is an extension of what students learn in class. We hope everyone enjoys Spring Break and takes time to do some reading, writing, and talking together as a family.

 

Second Grade

Can you believe that the school year is more than half over already?!  What does that mean for second graders? It means that now is the time to put in that extra reading and writing time at home. Practice those math facts a little extra every night. It also means that we did a family history project and shared about our family's heritage. It is always fun to learn about each other. We now have worm farms in each of our classrooms. Thank you to the Lakewood Education Foundation for the grant money to buy these farms. We are fascinated by the tunnels that the worms are making. In math, we are finishing up our units on 3 digit addition and subtraction. These are difficult concepts, but we have persevered! 

 

Third Grade

3rd grade students are excited that SPRING is coming.  Room 22 made an acrostic poem for everyone~Enjoy:

Social skills are being learned with our PAWS pledge

Preparing to research a topic and write a research paper

Reading chapter books, taking Accelerated Reader tests, and getting 100% 

Inspiring science activities

Navigating on our laptop computers with Google Drive

Growing in our ability to read and understand 




4-5-6 SDC 

We have been working on several projects in social studies. Sixth graders have started learning about Egypt, fifth graders have been learning about life in Colonial America, and fourth graders have started learning about California Missions. In science, biomes have been our focus while in math, our students are learning about exponents, multiplication, and numbers greater than 1,000. In language arts, we are focusing on writing. Our classroom is always in need of donations of Kleenex and glue sticks. Thank you again for all of your support.

 

Fourth Grade

As the students passed the halfway mark of their fourth grade year, they continue to work hard and celebrate their accomplishments.  In math, we will continue to work on fractions and then begin measurement. In language arts, we will be focusing on informative writing. Students will use content from science and social studies to construct their own five paragraph essays. The students got a wonderful visit from Water Wanderings where they took part in an interactive decomposer game, master science jeopardy, and explored sea life in the touch tanks. In science, we will conclude our units on life science and begin Earth science. In social studies, the students will be working on writing a report about a California mission of their choice. In March, we will be visiting Mission San Juan Capistrano for a guided, hands-on tour.  In February, we also had our field trip to the Los Angeles Arboretum where we saw native plants and learned about the Rancho period and the history of transportation.

 

Fifth Grade

Fifth grade scholars are working hard and are producing great work! We have been focusing on using thinking maps for writing in the classroom. Students look at the question being asked, read the text, produce a thinking map to organize their thoughts, and then produce a constructed response. We have received some truly great constructed response answers using this process. At home, please encourage your scholar to use thinking maps for writing when applicable on homework. You'll be amazed! Also, remember to check Class Dojo to see how your student is doing daily. Finally, please continue to have your student read 30 minutes each night and practice math facts! 

 

Sixth Grade

Sixth grade has been diligently studying biomes in science. In class, the students have completed a slide show presentation. They had a wonderful time experiencing biomes up close, as they just returned from spending a week in the field at Thousand Pines Outdoor Science Camp. In math, the students have recently completed their unit on variables and exponents. These concepts can be difficult to master, so please review your student's homework, tests, and quizzes to ensure that they achieve mastery.  In language arts and social studies, the students have just completed their winter book clubs.  The students had a wonderful time digging through their books and learning in small groups. Next, we are getting ready to visit Ancient Egypt!

 

 

 

 

 January/February 2017

 

TK and Kindergarten

In January, we will learn about snowmen, ice and solids, liquids, and gases in science. We will continue to learn, write, and identify numbers to thirty. We will learn the number WORDS for numbers 1 to 10. We will read and write more and more words!!

 

February we will learn about the groundhog and his shadow, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, 100th Day of School, famous presidents, and continue to work hard learning and using phonemes in our reading and writing, practicing rhyming words, spelling CVC words in our writing and identifying numbers 1 to 30 or higher, and learning new math concepts.

 

Be sure to be reading daily with your child. Thank you for your commitment to your child's education.

 

First Grade

This is the time of year for giving. Our next first grade family project is called “Acts of Kindness”. It went home in students’ Friday Folders. Winter break is a great time to complete this project. It is due January 20th. Please be sure to take a photograph to show during oral presentations.       

 

Second Grade

We had a wonderful time at the Natural History Museum learning about dinosaurs, minerals, and animals.  At the end of December, we had our Dinosaur Day where we pretended to be paleontologists digging up dinosaur bones and making imprint fossils. In math, we are working on adding and subtracting two and three digit numbers. We are using place value charts, number lines, expanded form and manipulatives to add.  This is hard work, so please practice addition and subtraction facts at home with your child. Thanks to the Lakewood Education Foundation for grants for science materials!!  We can't wait to use them.

 

Third Grade

Congratulations to all the Super Multiplication Masters in third grade! They are memorizing their multiplication facts to 12 very rapidly! It is very encouraging to see such growth with so many students. The fourth grade teachers will be ecstatic to have so many students having them put to memory. Remember, students should know their facts "as quick as a snap!" 

 

California has such an interesting history, and third graders are learning about our amazing state that includes the geography, its regions, its native people, and lots of explorers from the past.  

 

A great idea this Christmas break is to keep the learning active with a family field trip to some local treasures. Visit Griffith Park in Los Angeles which has the Autry Museum www.theautry.org or the L.A. Zoo next door www.lazoo.org If you want free admission, take a trip to the California Science Center which is an amazing museum that parents and kids love! The price is right also! And don't forget to read!

 

SDC

Students in room 57 are learning and working together to meet their goals.  In language arts, we are working on combining sentences and figurative language. In math, we are working on multiplication tables, single and double digit addition and subtraction.  In social studies we are working on Early California

 

Fourth Grade

Fourth graders have had an amazing start to their year. The students will have a great educational experience while visiting the LA Arboretum and will continue the hands on learning with a visit from Water Wanderings.  Students will get the chance to explore a traveling tide pool, play 'California's Water Jeopardy’, and participate in a food chain activity.  

 

In the classroom, we will be starting our unit on fractions and will continue to master basic math facts.  We will also continue to use Thinking Maps to support students with their writing.  Please continue to encourage your child to use the resources on our school's website for extra practice with what we are learning in class.  Thank you for your support!

 

Fifth Grade

Thank you to everyone who donated food to make our Thanksgiving Feast a huge success! Our students had a great time and learned about the first Thanksgiving in social studies class. Also, thank you to those who donated canned food to our food drive. Our boxes overflowed! As we move in to the first part of 2017, we are hopeful that our fifth graders will continue to work hard, challenge themselves academically, and to stay organized in all of their classes. It has been a challenge to juggle 4 classes, but most have done really well adjusting to the departmentalization. 

 

Please remember to have your student reading nightly for 30 minutes! It is so important that they are reading daily for a good chunk of time in order to improve reading skills. Increased reading skills will lead to better understanding of textbooks they will read this year. 

 

Sixth Grade

Sixth graders are getting ready for Outdoor Science Camp in February. We can't wait to hike, climb rocks walls, learn archery, and work on team building activities. The memories we will be making will last forever. Camp is February 13—February 16, 2017. 

 

In science, we will be studying ecosystems and biomes before we head off to camp. In language arts we just finished an amazing novel unit! We worked in collaborative groups and read fabulous books. We had a great time sharing our insights with one another. In mathematics, we just finished studying ratios and proportions.  We're looking forward to beginning our next unit on area, surface area, and volume.

 

 

November/December 2016

 

TK and Kindergarten

November is a month we talk about family, friendship, Native Americans, Pilgrims, and Thanksgiving. We talk about things and people we are thankful for. December is an exciting and busy month for kindergarteners! We will learn about family customs and holiday traditions. We will talk about sharing, giving, and helping our family and friends.

 We are continuing to learn all the letters/sounds and many sight words. Kindergarten students are beginning to blend sounds together to read words. We are identifying, counting, and naming numbers 1-20 in math. Please continue to turn in the monthly homework on the last day of the month. Remember to color in each activity you complete with your child and make sure you write one sentence for each week about their favorite activity. We hope that each family will be able to be celebrate and spend time together over the Thanksgiving and Winter Break. We are grateful for all of you!

 

First Grade

Thank you parents for coming to your child's Parent-Teacher Conference. It was wonderful to meet with you. If you have not yet met with your child's teacher, please schedule an appointment. 

We look forward to our fun November Family Project. You and your whole family can take part in decorating a paper turkey.  Get your creative juices flowing...you can make a Batman turkey, or a Princess turkey, etc. Finally, remember to read every night and be on time to school each morning.

 

Second Grade

Second grade is off to a fantastic start! These students are kind, caring, and working hard to achieve their goals. Thank you to all the families that have donated money for our field trips. Our first trip will be to the Natural History Museum in November. In order to get ready for that trip, we will be studying fossils, rocks, and dinosaurs. We suggest that you take your child to the library and check out some dinosaur books to learn more about them. Reading every night is essential for improving reading, so why not read about something fascinating like dinosaurs!

 

Third Grade

Third graders have been working hard to memorize all of their multiplication facts. A quick, easy way to work on the multiplication facts is to use a deck of cards. If you want to practice your two's, turn over a card and multiply that card by the number two. Use a timer to turn it into a game for two minutes. Just change the number you are multiplying by to a three or four if that's what you want to focus on. To make the cards for the higher numbers all you need to do is change the jack into a number 11, change the queen to the number 12, and change the king to the number 15. 

We appreciate all the families that showed up for conferences.  It was a pleasure to meet all of you and learn a little bit more about your child from you.  

 

SDC

Room 57 is a very busy place to be! We are diving into several projects.Fourth graders are learning about California's Geography. Fifth graders are learning about the 50 States and Colonial America. Sixth graders are working on the Ancient World. Thinking Maps continue to be our focus in English Language Arts. In math, all grades continue to work on mastering the multiplication facts. 

Families, please remember to read with your student nightly. Also, please save empty toilet paper and paper towel tubes for our classroom. Finally, we are in need of donations of glue sticks and tissues.

 

Fourth Grade

We really appreciated conferencing with the fourth grade families. Working together for the success of each student is our goal. 

In class, we are continuing to learn place value and multi-digit multiplication. Students are learning about ecosystems in science and California Native Americans in social studies. We are practicing the writing process by constructing and editing five paragraph narratives. Please continue to monitor your child's homework and ensure that your child is reading every night. Encourage your child to continue to practice basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts as these skills are crucial for success in math. 

We are collecting $20 contributions for this year's field trips. Thank you to those who are helping to make these experiences a reality.  Another big thanks to the families that have joined PTA. Your support is appreciated! 

 

Fifth Grade

We're moving right along in fifth grade. We are finally adjusted to our new rotation schedule and where we move to 4 different classes throughout the day. Students seem to really enjoy the change of environment for every class and having all of the teachers in fifth grade for at least a subject. Rotating classes requires students to be organized, and they need to make sure they have their materials for each class they attend. Please check with your student to see how their organization is going. Please establish a system of organization that works for your student so it is easy to manage. If you need any tips on how to keep your student organized, please contact us. Also, if you are not yet connected to Class Dojo, please let your student's homeroom teacher know you need another copy of your student's code. 

It was a pleasure meeting families at conferences! We look forward to a successful fifth grade year!

 

Sixth Grade

October was a busy month for our sixth graders. After learning about the internal structure of Earth and its place in the solar system, students turned their attention to learning about the forces that change its landscape. In mathematics, students have been deepening their understanding of fractions and mastering how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. As we move toward Thanksgiving, families can support students’ learning of fractions by having them cook with you. The measuring of ingredients while cooking is a fantastic real-world opportunity to put fractions, measuring, and number sense to use, while having an opportunity to spend time together. 

Speaking of spending time together, students just completed reading Where the Red Fern Grows, a beautiful story about a young boy and his quest to buy and train a pair of hunting hounds. It is so important that our amazing sixth graders read each day at home for at least 45 minutes. Carving out family reading time each day would be the perfect way to spend time together and relax amid the busy and hectic holidays. From the sixth grade teachers to you, we hope you have a truly wonderful Thanksgiving spending time with family and friends. We are so thankful for all of you!

 
 
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