Next week (October 1-5), most 5th graders will be at Science Camp, also known as San Joaquin County’s Outdoor Education.
Science Camp encourages children to experience a rich, science-based environment, as well as learn to appreciate the bounty and diversity of the earth by taking a responsible role in protecting natural resources. For students that are going to Science Camp, they will have an exciting time learning about nature.
I will be accompanying the students to Science Camp this year with Ms. Martinez. A total of 19 students in our class are going to Science Camp. Students not going will be joining all the other 5th graders in Ms. Attaway’s class for the week.
ACCELERATED READER UPDATE
As of last Friday, only 4 out of 32 students in class have met the mid-Trimester goals. If your child is still working on their goals, please encourage them to read for at least 30 minutes (or more) everyday. AR reading is a HOMEWORK for every day of the week. All students should know how to log in, check their point goals, and see the percentage progress toward their goal.
We will begin our Parent-Student-Teacher (PST) Conferences in the month of October. I sent home invitations along with the Progress Report last week. Please return the yellow form as soon as possible. Looking forward to meet with all parents and students.
Thank you for your support.
First Trimester Progress Report is going home with your child this Wednesday, September 19, 2018 showing the current status of your child in class. We will have many more assignments/projects to complete. These grades could go up or down, depending on the work your child does between now and at the end of the Trimester (November 2nd).
Please look over and either encourage your child to continue doing good work or talk about trying their best in all assignments, turning in all classwork and homework. MAP scores and AR progress will also be included with the Progress Report.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
We will begin our Parent-Student-Teacher (PST) Conferences in the month of October. I will send home invitations along with the Progress Report. Looking forward to meet with all parents and students.
Thank you for your support.
Our class will hold our first “Flea Market Friday” in the classroom on September 14. 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 bargain and 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, instead, 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, paintings, making balloon animals, or other creations and even do demonstrations.
We will have a fun learning experience in our first Flea Market. THANK YOU for your support.
This issue comes up from time to time. For various reasons, some teachers do, some teachers don’t give homework. Parents too are divided on if their children should have homework or not. Some parents struggled with their child not completing or feel burdened with helping their child with the homework. Other parents believe some homework should be given so kids would not spend all their time playing video games or looking at their devices. There is no proof that homework load equals academic success. I do believe in giving some homework, not a lot, and also not the kind of homework that would frustrate the students.
As a teacher, it is my responsibility to help students understand 5th grade content. Therefore, most of the work is being done in class where I can help students directly. I don’t believe parents should be solving math problems for their children.
I don't assign homework as busy work. Homework's purpose is to aid the student in achieving classroom goals, and it should never be for keeping students busy. Homework sent home is an extension of the learning experience children have during the instruction day. Besides the language spiral review and reading comprehension, not everyone in our class will have the same homework. Some students get extension work, some get reteach practices or reviews, and then there are students who need to complete unfinished work.
The one consistent homework assigned everyday is the 30-minute AR reading time. I ask parents to strictly enforce this reading time. Including the AR reading, students should spend about 45 minutes to 1 hour of homework time. As for the rest of the afternoon, I encourage the students to go play outside and then go to bed early. :)
Please read and discuss this homework policy with your child. We can do this – together!
Our Class Gradebook is online this week. I will introduce it with the students and go over the log-in procedures. They are required to check their grades at least once a week. Having an online gradebook will not only let parents keep track of progress but more importantly, it will help students to be responsible for their own education.
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.