Dear Parents & Families of Room 414–
Welcome back, and Happy New Year! I hope 2016 brings you and your family great joy and blessings. I also hope you had a wonderful, restful Winter Break. I am excited to see your children back in class. I’m not sure if it was something in their stockings, but they all seem to be a whole lot TALLER! Here are highlights of things to come…
Math > Module 4 Expressions and Equations – Students are practicing modeling and writing algebraic expressions. They will have had some indirect experience with this through coding and word problems. We will be using both the Eureka & GoMath workbook sheets to help with this concept.
Language > We are starting a new book called Flush by Carl Hiaasen. The premise of the book is set in Florida, about a boy who wants to vindicate his father’s imprisonment related to environmental issues. This topic will go along well with our science unit for the quarter: Earth Science. Students will also continue adding to their blogs. These will serve as student work portfolios later in the quarter for conferences.
Science > Earth Science & climate will be our next focus. We will be specifically discussing weather patterns and how the Earth’s water is related to weather and climate. As we go to 6th Grade Camp, many of these concepts will be strengthened through the YMCA program activities.
6th Grade Camp > We will be having a Camp Marston Parent Informational Meeting on Wednesday Jan. 20th at 3:00 in the Camarena Library. This will be the one time for parents to meet all the teachers in person to discuss any concerns for your child attending camp. If your family still needs to turn in your child’s Medical Health History form or money, we need it NOW. January 29th is the deadline for Camarena to make our deposit. If your child will not be attending camp, please also let me know so that I can make accommodations for their instruction. **Room 414 only has 4 families paid in full. Without ¾ of the total student attendance, we may need to cancel Camp!**
Quarter 3 will prove to be a very FAST quarter. Please remind your children to keep up with their regular homework responsibilities and attendance. I’m excited to see where we are going in 2016!
Dates to Remember
- Jan 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
- Jan 20 – Camp Marston Informational Meeting in Library @ 3pm
- Jan. 29 – Camp Marston full payment due – $275 (payable to Camarena Elementary)
- Feb. 12-15 – President’s Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL
- Feb. 22-26 – 6th Grade Camp @ Camp Marston