Dear Room 414 Families-
As we end our first school quarter of 2015, I want to thank you for making yourself so available during Fall Student-Parent Conferences. I was very pleased to meet each and every one of you to discuss how to make your child’s learning stronger this year. I hope you child walked away from our meeting feeling satisfied with what he/she has accomplished, and reflective in the areas that need improvement. Here are some reminders for the Fall Break…
Math > Module 2: Division of Fractions– Next quarter will be devoted to learning division of fractions. We have already started this week, so your child should be taking good notes of visual models. Several links to photos of worked examples can be found on their Schoology account. You can help your child by having him practice his multiplication facts for speed. Flash cards or their worksheets in the plastic sheet protector can aid in this.
Vacation Homework / Language > Bud, Not Buddy Vacation Homework (mandatory)- Students will need to complete a cereal box craft project about the last six chapters of the book we read in class. Digital copies of the book can be found online, and students know where to find this link. Paper copies will be provided for those who have asked in advance. Your child should have a complete description of the assignment with a rubric, which was passed on earlier this week. Likewise, digital copies are on Schoology to download.
As far as any other vacation homework...I will NOT be assigning any other mandatory language or math. However, your child has online access to Achieve3000 and TenMarks for practice as needed! Some students may be getting homework passes for making these efforts!
Writing > Next quarter, we will be participating in the global Student Blogging Challenge 2015. This is an exciting opportunity for your child to get aglobal audience reading their work! Last year, we connected with a few middle school classes inAustralia and New Zealand. We hope to do the same this Fall, and make even more friends.
Science > SD MakerFaire 2015 – Interesting in creating and tinkering? Stop by Balboa Park on October 3 & 4 to see the San Diego MakerFaire. MakerFaires have been dubbed as part county fair, part artist & inventory gallery. It’s a great way to see these all fuse together. For $12.50/student and $20/adult,you will get a passport to ten of the museums in Balboa Park and learn about the Maker culture. For more information, go to http://sdmakerfaire.org/
We could be lost! – Finally, our DonorsChoose Project: Find Me a Treasure just needs $600 left to bring GPS units to our classroom. Time is ticking! The deadline is November 13th !! We intend to share these with all of the Camarena campus onGeocaching walks. If you would still like to donate, please visit the link here. Or please pass this onto your social networks or places of business. I would be so grateful!
6th Grade Camp – A reminder that the YMCA Health History forms may be filled out (possibly needing a doctor’s signature) and returned anytime between now and the end of January. Camp payments are now being accepted. We will have one fundraiser to help with your $275 camp fee. Flyers for Butter Braid pastries will be distributed when students come back from the Fall Break.
Have a wonderful, rested break with your children!
See you back at Camarena on Tuesday, October 6th (minimum day)
– Mrs. Hughes