Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Thank you so much for everything! This teacher feels SOOOO appreciated! We are already enjoying our classroom supplies. We love our mechanical pencils and now we have lead to put in them! The flowers were beautiful and our classroom looked like a spring garden! Don't get me started on the treats! Oh Wow! Yes, I am sharing those with both the classroom and my family. The door is the best in the school (I'm not biased or anything!). All my (sorry, I consider them mine at school) cute kids with their mustaches are perfect.

We are continuing with all our school work. We have completed our SAGE test in writing. I must say what I saw looked good. These students have come so far this year. The expectations have been raised and guess what!? They have risen to meet the challenge! We will be testing in Language Arts next Monday and Tuesday and then in math the next Monday and Tuesday. Please help them prepare by helping them get a good nights rest and a good breakfast.

We are looking forward to 2 field trips. We are going to This Is The Place monument on Thursday, May 22nd, and to Clarke Planetarium on June 3rd. We are riding Trax to the Planetarium and are so glad that UTA has provided free passes! The last day of school in June 4th and the whole school will participate in field day. All this fun kind of makes you wish you were back in elementary school, right?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

We are SMART!!

Sage testing starts this Monday morning with a check on our writing skills.  We will continue this week Monday thru Wednesday.  Please help your student by encouraging them to get plenty of sleep, and come prepared having had a good breakfast.  Also please send a snack with your student for recess.  Pushing our brain cells to the max sure makes us hungry!

The Current Event was cancelled this month in order for us to spend more time on preparing/reviewing for our tests.

Homework this week consists of 1 math page and reading 20 minutes every night.  Because of testing this week our homework is minimized.   Have a great week-  we will!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Welcome back from Spring Break!

Welcome back from a wonderful spring break.  So many students described their activities and  adventures ranging from camp outs, family parties, St. George, and Easter egg hunts.  How fun!  We are all glad to be back and are working hard to improve our fluency, writing, and math know-how!  We love learning!

This week in Reading Street our question of the week is:  "Why do we have symbols that represent freedom?"  Today we talked about what freedom means and we shared our background knowledge about the Flag, the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, and the Alamo. Did you know  that it took 18 years to design and construct the Statue of Liberty. The statue then was disassembled and shipped to the United States. Here, an enormous base was built for the statue. The statue was reassembled, and Liberty has welcomed newcomers to the harbor ever since.

We will be finishing up our area and perimeter unit in math this week . We will be reviewing and reteaching much of perimeter and area over the next couple of weeks.

We are still pushing forward with multiplication and division timed tests for the next 3 weeks.  We won't be able to do pass-offs everyday but we will do checks twice a week.  There's still time to scoop up that ice cream with a little practice every night.  Our multiplication ice cream party is scheduled for May 21 at 2:00 p.m.  We will be needing a few moms or dads to help out with serving, so if you are interested in helping, please let me know.  Many hands make light work- and it's a lot of fun!  Thanks for all your support! 
Sage testing will be starting next week beginning April 28-30 for writing, May 12-13 for Language Arts, and May 19-20 for Math.  Hope this helps while you are planning appointments and vacations.  Have a great week- thanks for all you do to support your student and me!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Book Reports Are Due Thursday, March 27

This week we will be learning about customary and metric units of measurement.  We are measuring our smiles to the nearest 1/2 inch just to see how happy we really are.  After that we'll combine our individual measurements and see how big our classroom smile is!

We are continuing to work in practice stations with a focus on fractions as well as passing off multiplication/division facts.  Yes!  We love math!
In Language this week we will be reading the story JalapeƱo Bagels.  Our narrator is trying to decide what treat to take to his class at school. As he helps his parents make food items in the bakery shop, he goes over his choices. Able to draw from his mother’s Latin American heritage and his father’s Jewish heritage, he has an unusual array of choices.
Our comprehension strategy that we will focus on this week is Drawing Conclusions.  When we draw conclusion we take what we read, and add it to what we know and then the mixture becomes our conclusion.
We will also be learning about comparative and superlative adverbs.  Some adverbs compare action.  To compare two actions, add -er to many adverbs.  to compare three or more actions add -est to many adverbs.
Our book report trains are due this Thursday, March 27.  I look forward to seeing all our fabulous work!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Windy, Wet, Wonderful March

March is blowin' hard! It's blowing in Spring. We are working hard inside the classroom. We have learned so much this year and are still cramming knowledge in as fast as we can!

We are working on fractions in Math and are getting ready to test. We are reading about other cultures in reading and trying all sorts of comprehension strategies to understand what we read better.

Thanks to all the parents who volunteer! We love our Friday Helpers, our Homework parties, and our parents who do all the little things like cutting things out!

We are looking forward to our Multiplication Banana Split Party that is coming up! Keep practicing those multiplication and division facts!!!

Just a little reminder… our traditional literature book reports are due March 27.  Don't forget we are completing a train project that focuses on name, title and author, a picture of your favorite part, and a paragraph that describes the setting. Good luck with your reading and project!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Parent Teacher Conference Week

Our new unit in Reading Street asks the question:  What happens when two cultures come together?  We will be looking specifically this week at the influence culture has on our dress.  So far we've decided that customs, climate and tradition directly influences what we wear.  We will be learning about synonyms, adjectives, and articles as well as learning how to compare and contrast and visualize for our comprehension skills.
In our math groups this week we will be pushing forward with multiplication/division timed drills as well as introducing fractions as equal parts.
I look forward to seeing you for Parent/ Teacher conferences this week.  See you then!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Our question we will be discussing this week is, "What unique traits does it take to be the first to do something"?  Today we read a story about the first Female Hispanic- American astronaut.  Dr. Ellen Ochoa became an astronaut in 1991, but not before she earned 3 degrees in physics, science, and electrical engineering.  She became part of the Discovery crew and also helped develop the International Space Station. We decided it would take imagination, creativity, determination, intelligence, skills and bravery to do all that Dr. Ochoa did to be the first in her field.  We will be reading about other unique individuals this week who were the first in their own field like Gertrude Ederle. Please ask your child what she did first!

We are looking forward to the Valentines Party on Friday at 11:00. Please bring a Valentine box that you make at home (one that will fit on their desk) that morning. Please include Valentines for 24 students. There won't be a list of names going home.

Keep working on those multiplication facts! :) Banana Split Party is coming soon!!