This year has gone by so fast. As we go in to the last Trimester of 5th grade, I ask all parents to continue to support your child in their learning effort. Usually, toward the end of the year, students will begin to let go and not have the same excitement for school like they did at the beginning of the year. In class, we continue on with our curriculum, assignments, and projects. I will do everything I can to keep your child engaged and motivated. At home, please remind/enforce homework and reading time and not let your child make excuses for not fulfilling their responsibility.
Thank you for your support.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
Help your child with time management.
Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Don't let your child leave homework until just before bedtime. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting together with classmates.
Be positive about homework.
Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.
When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers.
Giving answers means your child will not learn the material. Too much help teaches your child that when the going gets rough, someone will do the work for him or her.
If homework is meant to be done by your child alone, stay away.
Too much parent involvement can prevent homework from having some positive effects. Homework is a great way for kids to develop independent, lifelong learning skills.
OZOBOTS Part 2
In this week’s STEM time, we will continue our Ozobot exploration. Students have been using markers to draw lines for the Ozobots to follow. This time, they will use the computer or tablet (iPad, Android) to program the mini robot.
Please allow your child to bring their tablet, if available, to school on Wednesday to use with the Ozobots. Thank you.
Our class will hold our 3rd “Flea Market Friday” in the classroom on February 22. The purpose is to use our Class Money to buy (and/or sell) little trinkets and other knick-knacks. During the process of buying and selling, students are required to calculate prices, add, subtract, divide, multiply, give correct change, and wisely use their money to make more money or to buy things they like. This is a great way to learn how to run a business and the “art” of selling. It is also a part of applying Common Core State Standards to real-life activities in the classroom.
Students are NOT ALLOWED to bring anything of value, rather, they can bring extra toys they have, playing cards, old games, books, and other used “stuff” that they have and want to sell. Students can also sell special skills they have like coloring, drawings, origami, making bookmarks, or other demonstrations.
We will have a fun learning experience in our Flea Market. THANK YOU for your support.
The students website project was started this month and the students are hard at work making their websites look great with their own designs and favorite things. We will use our websites to publish our Black History, Women’s History, and State Reports.
This week in STEM, we will start an exciting project for the first time ever in Mr. Pham’s class: OZOBOTS!!! We will have more information once we know more about the… OZOBOTS!!!
TIPS FOR SUCCESS 2 - Make Learning a Priority
Parents, your attitude toward school, attendance, education, and involvement in the school makes a strong and lasting impression on your child. Show your child, by example, that learning is a priority. Please ask for the Learning Schedule at the beginning of the week to know what are the activities for the upcoming week.
Our class will be having our Valentine RoAch on February 14th in the afternoon.
The students are encouraged to share with each other Valentine cards and some treats. We will also have a “Valentine Container” competition judging. Ms. Sharyn will be coming back to Rio Calaveras for a visit and to judge our creations. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention prizes will be awarded to the most creative containers. Have fun and good luck.
Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!
Time goes by so fast! There are only 3 weeks left until the end of Trimester 2. We have many projects, assignments, and tests to complete to end our Trimester. AR goals must also be met within the next few weeks.
Please help me by having your child at school every day, no tardies or leaving early. Encourage your child to complete all assignments as best as they can. Please also make sure your child reads and do their homework everyday at home.
Through this year, we have been working on improving our skills in art. We learned to mix colors, to draw, and to shade and blend using different mediums such as crayons, color pencils, acrylic paint, oil pastels, and watercolors. Our art work is displayed on our class website (www.ourclass.us).
In the month of February, we will continue with watercolors. We will also go into perspective drawings and using charcoal.
It’s going to be fun learning different art techniques.
Thank you Parents and Students for coming to Science Night 2019.
It was a fun learning experience for all. There were many Science and STEAM activities along with artifacts and even a cool science demonstration by the UOP students.
Our class contributed with 5 STEAM stations. Thanks to the students who helped run the
See you next Science Night 2020.
To inform parents of what's going on in the classroom, curriculum, news, progress, and activities. Please ask for the Learning Schedule that goes home every Monday.