Room 414- December Update

Dear Families-

Happy December! I hope this email finds you and your family well-rested from our week-long break! I am looking forward to working with your children as we come back to school tomorrow, Monday December 1st! We are now heading for the tail end of our Quarter 2. Here are some things to know for this month.

Friday Dec. 5th Winter Wonderland Donations DUE > We are still in need of donations for this year’s Winter scienceWonderland silent auction basket. Thank you to the Salcido, Payne and Cervantez families for your help! If you’ve secured any “Black Friday” deals, maybe these could go towards the basket?? Our classroom’s “Science Experiments” theme is due this FRIDAY. Sign-ups and suggested items can be found at
this Google Form link . Anything would be appreciated to represent our class. Please visit the school Camarena blog for other details about the Winter Wonderland coming Dec. 12th.

Thursday Dec. 18th Gallery of Experts > This is an opportunity to see your child’s expertise in either social studies or science in an informal “open house” gallery. We will be hosting the gallery in our own classrooms from 3:00-4:00pm. We would like your child to stay after school if possible to field questions, however we know this may not be an option for everyone. Please take a moment, if your schedule allows, to visit these very special projects!

report2Friday Dec. 19th Q2 Report Cards > As you may recall, during Quarter 1 conferences your child only received a report card detailing general behaviors, citizenship and homework habits. I was also able to show some samples of their work based upon Common Core expectations. Our school district has now finalized the official Common Core report card, and I will be able to give your child marks for subject areas taught for both Quarter 1 & Quarter 2. These will go home just before the Winter Break. There are no parent conferences scheduled in the second quarter. However, I will be happy to schedule any informal conferences after the New Year, once you have had a chance to review the new report card with your child.

Friday Jan 30, 2015 Camp Balance DUE > Camp Marston is in just two months! This week I will be sending home camp balance notices to remind of what your child needs to pay, as well as the medical health form. If your child has a history of asthma or other conditions which require a doctor signature, you may want to plan a visit to your provider well in advance to take of the paperwork. In January, we will have a parent informational meeting after school to review all the detail for luggage. Details to come.

Math > This week I will be focusing on using TenMarks – our free math online website – to review skills more
logo consistently. Students will be asked to work on these at their own pace during the week, with specific assignments due each Friday. Please be sure your child has Internet access to practice these math problems if completing at home. They will also have time in class to work on TenMarks as well.

Language > Also, this week, I will be introducing another online program called NoRedInk.com. It will allow your child to practice grammar skills in context. They will get their own account login and be able to access it in class and at home. Just like TenMarks, students will be expected to work on assignments at their own pace, with specific due dates in mind.

Science > During the vacation, your child was assigned to collect research sources and notes on the science topic of their choice. These notes go towards one of the Gallery of Experts projects. Please review with them the project outline so they are prepared in class.

Welcome back!

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