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Room 414- December Reminders

Room 414 Families–
Some quick reminders as we head in the last week of school before the Winter Break…

celebration-of-learning-flyer2Tues. Dec. 15th > The Celebration of Learning (formerly Gallery of Experts) is this Tuesday from 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm. The 6th graders will be presenting their ancient Egypt project in the classroom . Students are welcome to dress up as Egyptians for the presentation, but this is not required. Please see the time schedule below.

3:00-3:20 – Students will stand with projects and give oral presentations 3:20-3:45 – Students are free to walk around to other 6th grade rooms to view projects

Wed. Dec. 16th > Project Pie Pizza  – 6th grade fundraiser for End-of-Year e9e1ddc1145b512edc0ac439253f06db_400x400activities. We get 40% profit. This money will help with any end-of-the-year field trips or rewards for the classes. Grade level fundraising paid for our Legoland trip last year! Save a night of cooking, and come down to the Vons shopping center on Otay Lakes Road.

Fri. Dec. 18th > Movie Party  in the afternoon. A “reverse” permission slip will go home on Monday asking permission for your child to possibly watch a PG movie in the classroom. District policy is that G-rated movies are only permissible. If you DO NOT want your child to watch a PG movie, please sign it and return (and email me just to be sure I get the notice). Attached is a Google form if your child would like to donate a snack for the party to share. We will not be having any large food items (no pizzas, no cakes). Students will still need to bring / buy lunch. Download the reverse permission here if you need it. MovieParty

Report Cards > Home with your child. No signatures needed.

VAPA Showcase archive > We had 28 out of 30 students in our class participate!!! Yeah! Your child’s amazing dance & vocal talents is on our Camarena News YouTube channel. Subscribe, watch and send link to friends…or use just as blackmail for your child in high school! 😊

Have a wonderful Winter Break! School will resume January 12th (minimum day).


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!