Dear Room 414 Families-
Welcome back to Quarter 2! I hope families had a restful and enjoyable time with their children. We have lots of learning in store for this quarter. Here is what to expect:
Language / Social Studies > We will be starting a new book, The Egypt Game, to connect with our Social Studies unit. The Social Studies unit, is of course – Egypt! Each child should be getting his or her own copy of the book to use. Please remind them that this is still school property, and to be careful not to lose it.
Blogging > The Student Edublog Challenge just got started this week. Students will be posting at least one topic each week for 10 weeks. They’ll also be able to follow other students blogs in different countries to learn more about their cultures and schools.
Science > Life Science! Our science unit will cover plant and animal sciences, and more specifically cellular biology. San Diego is known for its innovations in the medical field. If you have information to share that can help students better understand biology research or environmental plant science, please let me know! I would love to have experts come visit.
We could be lost! > Our DonorsChoose Project: Find Me a Treasure needs just $600 left to bring GPS units to our classroom. The deadline is November 13th !! We intend to share these with all of the Camarena campus on Geocaching walks. If you would still like to donate, please visit the link here, or pass this onto your social networks or places of business. Every bit helps.
Camarena Fall Festival Silent Auction Basket > This year, Camarena is hosting a Fall Festival (instead of the Winter Wonderland). This will be the night of Friday, November 6th. Our class theme will be a Science Basket. If you can donate please visit this link so I can collect items. Last year, our Science Basket went for the highest bid of all the classrooms, at over $200!
6th Grade Camp > Forms went home for the Butter Braid Pastry fundraiser to help with camp cost. Students may fundraise until October 22nd. Orders will arrive November 5th. Your child will receive $6 for every pastry sold. YMCA Health History forms may also be filled out can be turned in any time between now and January.
Thanks for all your support!
We have just one more week before Thanksgiving Break. Then it’s…December?? Wow. Some things to note for the next few weeks:
See King Tut! > If you don’t have plans this weekend, the San Diego Natural History Museum is hosting “Walk Like an Egyptian Day” to celebrate the King Tut exhibit going on now. The family evnet is Sat. Nov. 15th from 11am-3pm. See this link for more details. This would be a great way to connect the social studies lessons your child has been learning in Mrs. Mabe’s class.
Winter Wonderland Donations > If you are willing and able, our class and the PTA would very much appreciate any items to go towards our classroom’s “Science Experiments” themed silent auction basket. Sign-ups and suggested items can be found at this Google Form link. Anything would be appreciated to represent our class. Thanks in advance.
Math Modules > We are almost halfway through our third math module on Integers and Rational Numbers. Your child should be prepared to take a post test on this module the first week of December. Emphasis has been on clear, precise sentences to explain reasoning. Please quiz your child, verbally, by asking how they know the answer is correct. This will build their analyzing skills in math.
Blogging > Students continue to write short responses on their personal class blog. Please feel free to visit your child’s website and leave a comment on something they’ve posted. It will maketheir day to know they have an audience!
Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!
Happy Fall! I trust you had some time to relax your brains with your children – or least they did! Here are some important notes for this month.
Report Cards > Thank you to all of who were able to attend parent-teacher conferences back in September. I appreciate your understanding for the District’s new report card, and hope showing some work samples gave you a better picture of math and writing standards for 6th grade. Many of the ideas and discussions I had with families I’d like to try to implement this quarter. If I still have not spoken to you regarding your child’s report card, please contact me for a phone conference as soon as possible. I am available by school phone until 4:30pm most days.
Moms & Muffins (Wed. 10/8) and Donuts & Dads (Thurs. 10/9) >
If you haven’t seen Dr. Winters’ school wide blog post, PTA is hosting a chance for you to sit
in your child’s classroom. Just as we did last year, you are welcome to shadow your child from 8:15-9:30am. Room 414 will be reviewing some PE skills, then taking on dividing fractions. Come by if you have a free moment!
Camp Fundraiser > At conference time, I mentioned to most parents that 6th grade did not plan for any camp fundraisers. However, that has now changed. Your child received an order form to sell Butter Braid pastries. You can check out their website here: https://www.butterbraid.com/ This is completely voluntary, but will certainly help subsidize the camp cost. You child will earn $6 for every pastry item sold. Orders are due October 24th, with the items delivered flash frozen on November 6th – just in time for the holidays. If you have sent in money towards camp, I can refund that amount to families.
Curriculum Subjects to cover Quarter 2…
Math > Division of Fractions
Language & Writing > Bud,Not Buddy chapter book, poetry, and primary source speeches; Argumentative writing, student blog posting
Science > Cells & Organisms & Project Based Learning
Social Studies > Egypt & incorporating Argumentative writing
Tech > Google Apps for Education (word processing, file storage), TenMarks (math), Glogster (interactive poster publishing)
YEAR BOOK DEDICATIONS
For all those who ordered dedications for the yearbook and have not yet submitted them yet, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 11. Late submissions will not be included in the yearbook, and NO REFUNDS will be given.
Please email your dedications as soon as possible. Please make sure to include name of the student, and your message, in 25 words or less.
Thank you very much!
Camarena Yearbook Committee
PTA is looking for volunteers to help with the 1st Annual Winter Wonderland Festival scheduled for
Friday December 6th. Specifically, PTA is soliciting classrooms to collect items to create a silent auction basket. Room 414’s theme is a “Movie Night” basket.
If you are willing to help, PLEASE email me as soon as possible or contact PTA!!! I know many of you expressed an interest at Parent Conferences if you could help, and this is a great opportunity. I don’t expect you to donate or buy anything or everything. However, to help raise money, I would imagine if families could donate a little bit at a time, the basket would look great! Again, please email me directly or the PTA coordinators at email@example.com.