I trust you and your children have had a restful, maybe indulging vacation! Can you believe we are already into 2014 ?! When you children come back to school on Tuesday, Jan. 14th, we will be exactly at the halfway point of the school year! I hope you were able to celebrate some of their accomplishments these last two quarters. Quarter 3 is going to go by very quickly, with many short weeks because of the holidays and camp. Here are some things to add to your calendar:
January 14th > Camarena students return to school. This is a FULL DAY.
January 20th > No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
January TBD > 6th Grade Camp Followup Informational Meeting- What to bring. An archived video recording of the meeting will be posted if parents cannot attend in person.
February 14-17 > No School – Presidents Day Weekend
February 24-28 > 6th Grade Camp! Students who do not participate, will still be required to attend school at Camarena, since at least one teacher will be staying behind to teach non-campers.
March 13-21 > Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences. Parents will receive their scheduled appointment dates by the end of February.
Winter Break Cultural Project > Your child has been asked to complete a cultural presentation about his/her family. The details were sent home before break, and digital copies are also online on their Edmodo account, and on our classroom website blog post. These are due when they come back Jan. 14th. I can’t wait to hear more about your families’ heritage!
Gallery of Experts Online > Your child did an exceptional job on his/her science presentation last December! Dr. Winters sent this email the next day to the 6th grade teachers, “Brilliant, brilliant, brillant!” The Ustream videos will briefly remain online this month, and then will be removed. If you’d like a chance to listen to your child, or any another 6th grader, please go to our Camarena Elementary Ustream Channel and scroll through the videos to watch!
Content Standards > This quarter, the 6th grade plans to cover these topics and integrate Common Core State Standards & Next Generation Science Standards. In Room 414, I plan to spend much more time on reading comprehension in small groups. Reading comprehension is an area I noticed students struggled with during our testing assessments.
- Reading- More small group Guided Reading strategies using varied literature
- Writing – Argument/Opinion genre
- Math – Positive & Negative Numbers and Using a Coordinate Grid
- Social Studies – Review of Egypt content, Greece
- Science – Earth & Human Activity
- Technology – Coding, increased book reviews & blogging
Science Expo Field Trip > We have been granted FREE bus transportation in March to enjoy part of the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering! The exact activity and date is TBD. We will need chaperones, so please keep the week of March 17-21 in mind, when I do get more details.
VOICEMAIL! > Finally, we have voicemail. Please refer to the direct email that was sent to parents for Mrs. Hughes’ voicemail extension.
Whew!!! I think that is all for now. Looking forward to a great 2014!