- FAN Reflection & Planning Luncheon
Wed, June 1st * 12 pm
Every family is part of our Family Action Network and we're asking all families to join us on Wed, June 1st to break bread, talk about FAN events from this year, discuss FAN events for next year and begin building a New Family mentorship program. Please use this link to let us know you can join us.
- Academic Coach Donation: Megan is creating gift baskets for our 4 academic coaches (Gilbert, Ebony, Samiah, Savanah). If your student would like to write them an end of the year letter or make a small donation, we would greatly appreciate it. Megan will have an envelope on her table for donations or you can turn them in to me. I know that Lizette, Katelyn's mom gave them a gift card during teacher appreciation week....Thanks, Lizette!
- End of Year Celebration: Come join Megan and I at South Park in Hermosa on Wednesday, June 1st from 4:00-6:00 pm for a potluck filled with fun games. South Park: 425 Valley Dr, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 If you haven't signed up yet, use this link.
- Parent Report Card Reflection: Due Wed, Jun. 1st! 100% Parent Participation, please!
- End of Year Cultural Fair: Monday, June 6 on campus...more information to come soon!
- Author Share: Mon, June 6 & Tue, June 7 morning during writing classes-Parents are invited during your child's writing class. (9:30-10 4th Grade classes on each day/ 11:00-11:30 3rd Grade classes on each day) Students would like to share their stories, completed or still in progress, to parents. If you are available, please come out and support the students' hard work.
- LAST WORK JOURNAL 5: DUE-TUE, JUNE 7TH!!!!
Third grade students have been busy representing and interpreting different units of measurement on a number line, completing measurement conversion word problems, experimenting with measurements by making Blueberry mug cake, and creating a measurement war game. Fourth graders have been working on solving word problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit, interpreting measurement data on number lines and graph, experimenting with measurements by making Blueberry mug cake, and creating a measurement war game. For information on how to make the blueberry mug cake at home, see attached document. Also, all students successfully completed their Spring MAPS tests for Math, and you will be able to see their results on their end of the year report card.
Writing: Please remind your student to bring back their fairytale on Tuesday or Thursday! We discussed what students learned from working on a publishing project for many months. Students appreciated that they were given time to revise, edit, peer edit, teacher edit, make a layout book, and edit again before beginning their published book. Here are some quotes from the students:
- "I learned that my writing isn't finished after the first draft."
- "It's okay to make mistakes on your layout book."
- "It takes a lot of editing and revising to get it right."
- "I now know the entire writing process."
- "It's okay to change my ideas for my story."
- "I didn't know you could change stories around and twist them."
- "I like writing from the perspectives of other characters in the story."
I shared with students what I've learned during this process: I learned that it's okay to release part of my class to this half-year long writing project. I didn't have a deadline because so many students were in different phases and places in the writing process. This allowed me to give one-on-one and small group instruction to help students who were struggling to get started. I was able to read a few books to help students get inspired and understand how authors change a known story. Also, I was able to teach students how commas help separate dependent and independent clauses. I also taught different types of poetry. Students have already begun to give me suggestions and thoughts about what kind of writing they would like to explore next year!
Reading: These last two weeks, students will be completing the DRA test and gain some freedom to read independently when they are finished with their test.
Makerspace and Science: For the last two weeks of school, students will work on making a circuit to light up a 3D figure with a 9Volt battery, copper tape, and LED lights. This will be a circuit that they can take home and keep!
We also discussed electomagnets and how to make an electromagnet. We will participate in a presentation with Megan's class this Thursday and Friday on how to make rockets. Thank you Cara, Bruce's parents for volunteering their time to come and teach the students their knowledge.
Many thanks to all families for taking time out of your busy schedules last week to participate in our Presentations of Learning! It was exciting to see such depth of knowledge in your child's research projects, passions, hobbies, athletics, musicians, scientists, engineers, historians, mathematicians, artists, authors, and readers.
What a learning experience I've had this year! I've improved on my conflict-resolution communication, being more patient, understanding the needs of the students and how best to group them, being okay to follow the needs of the class and change the environment to meet their needs, having more individual parent meetings to support parent educators, and using this new technology website to communicate more effectively with families.
I can't wait to see what next year brings! Have a wonderful summer break! Relax and enjoy...YOU DESERVE A BREAK for all the HARD WORK you've done to make this year a successful year for your child! It was an honor to be part of your family and your child's educational journey!