Try an “Hour of Code”


Hour of Code
This week our classroom is participating in the “Hour of Code.”   This is a global event with millions of students all over the world learning the basics of coding.    I am hoping that our students will find this a fascinating adventure into the world of code and it may open up other doors of opportunity for them.  Here are a couple of videos about the event and why students should code:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DxWIxec6yo
Why you should code:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUWzRdxD6sM

This year there are two new coding activities that look like a lot of fun:
Star Wars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNjiHkQQl6A
Mind Craft
https://code.org/mc

 

Math
In math we are currently working on division concepts.
The 4th graders are working of dividing with whole numbers and being able to model what they are doing.  They are dividing two and three digit numbers by whole numbers, so practice the algorithms at home and make sure that they are checking their homework carefully.  You can help by going over the work and having them check their answers with a calculator.
5th graders are working with dividing with decimal numbers.  Please check your child’s work at home and make sure they are doing the right steps.  Check answers with a calculator.
Ms. Nafferte does a tutoring class for any 5th grade student who would like a little more help in math in the mornings at 7:00 am.  Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to have your child get some more help to catch up, or even just strengthen their math skills.

Martin Luther King ” I Have a Dream” Contest
Martin Luther King Recreation Center is having their 6th Annual  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration and Sportsfest on Saturday, January 9, 2015 and would love to have your involvement!  Click here: MLK DAY Participation for the worksheet.  They are asking all elementary schools students to participate. All submissions will be laminated and placed out  for the community to see on Saturday, January 9, 2016.   There will be a special award and super surprise for the winners  on that day.   If your child would like to participate, please have them bring back the completed sheet by December 12th to school and I will get it to the Rec Center.

Class Winter Celebration
Friday, December 18th will be our last day of school before winter break. We would like to celebrate our last day of 2015 with a Luncheon. You can share your cultural food traditions with us (i.e. lumpia, tamales, flan, etc.). Please let me know if you would like to bring in a special dish or dessert to share with our class. Because of allergy restrictions, please label your dish if it contains eggs, milk, fish, shrimp, peanuts, tree nuts. We will begin our luncheon at 12:15 pm.
If you cannot send in a luncheon item, we can use: paper plates, napkins, forks and spoons, cups, juice or water-mini bottles.
Please discuss this with your child, and we will make a list in class of what we are having.

Gift Exchange
We will also be having a gift exchange on Friday, December 18th. Please have your child bring a wrapped gift to exchange with a friend. A gift can be as simple as a pen and pencil set, something from the Dollar Tree, a special food item, or a “re-gifted” gift. This is a voluntary activity.

Craft Supplies
We are planning a fun activity for Thursday Dec. 17th , but I could use some help with a few craft items if you have them around: small colorful plastic beads, sequins, buttons, Styrofoam or paper plates, glue bottles. If you have anything you can donate to the cause, we would be grateful.

December Awards
On Friday, December 18th is our December Awards Day.  Congratulations to Richard, Lynnette, Aiden, Rafael, and Collin.  Join us if you can at 8:10am to celebrate their good work.
I also wanted to mention that our class actually took 3rd place for attendance last month, and got a special award for our great work in PE by Ms. Davis.  Let’s keep up the good work and the good attendance!  Congratulations to our class!

 

Thank you for all your support,
Gingerlily

 

 
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