Minimum Days and Parent Conferences

Minimum Days March 21-25
Next week we will have minimum days and Parent Conferences.  If you are conferencing with me, be sure to check your schedule.  (I sent back the letter circled with your time, and you should have also gotten a reminder letter on Thursday.)  I look forward to seeing you.

Parents will receive their child’s report card at the conference.  If you are not conferencing with me, your child will bring their report card home at the end of the week.


Reading Group Books
We are making plans for our next reading group selection.  We are hoping parents can help us buy the $1.00 selection from Scholastic Book Club.  Each child is bringing home the book club order for their group selection on Friday.  You can always order other books, but we would appreciate your help if each child could order the $1.00 book for their group reading.  You can do this online or send in $1.00.

Group 4 are finishing Hatchet this weekend.  They are going to start Tuck Everlasting next week.  They would like to get a book called Ely from the 5th grade April Scholastic catalog.

Group 3 have finished a book titled Magician.  We are now reading a book about Puppets.  They would like the $1.00 book, Lemonade War from the 4th Grade April Scholastic catalog.

Groups 2 and 1 would like to get A Roald Dahl book, Esio Trot from the 4th grade Scholastic March Catalog.  Group 2 have finished reading Magicians and are now reading a book about Puppets.  Group 1 is reading a favorite, Bunnicula.

We would really appreciate it if every parent could help us with this, and if you are able to order an extra book or two our students who are in need would be so appreciative of your help and generosity.  You can order books online at Scholastic Book Club for 1.00, or send your order to school by the end of the week.  We will put the order through, and hopefully books will arrive shortly after we are back from Spring Break.

Fraction Practice and Spring Celebration
Our 4th and 5th graders have completed their concept units about Fractions and taken their Unit tests.  We would like to practice our fraction skills by preparing a recipe to make a treat for our classmates.  Students can find a recipe to practice measurement fractions.  They can practice multiplying or dividing the recipe ingredients–for example making a double batch of something, or cutting a recipe in half.   If students want to make a punch or lemonade, they would have to figure out how many portions of lemonade powder they need for the class and adjust the recipe to make enough servings.  Students may plan with a partner and do a recipe together if they like.  We would like to have a Spring celebration on Friday, March 25th, in which students can bring in what they made.

We have 35 people in our class, so students can use that in their formula.  We can also use some paper plates, napkins, cups, etc.   If you can join us, we would love your help on Friday at 10:45.

Biz Town
Students have finished their unit on financial literacy.  They brought a letter home explaining what they learned in that unit.  We are currently working on a unit about community and economics.  Students had fun this week designing a product with their team.  Engage them to tell you about what they designed and produced.

Soon students will be applying for a job at BizTown.  They will participate in an interview process as they apply for a position.  This is a great time to talk to your child about some of their career goals and aspirations.  Spend some time to tell them about your jobs and the jobs you have done in the past.

San Diego Zoo Watershed Heroes
When we get back from Spring Break, our class will be participating in a program to learn about watersheds.  We are scheduled for an assembly and classroom workshop from the Watershed Heroes, and our program will culminate with a fieldtrip to the San Diego Zoo on May 2nd.

It is still a bit away, but if you think you might like to join our class as a chaperone for that fieldtrip, I hope this gives you plenty of time to reserve it in your calendar.  Please let me know if you are interested in attending.  As always, parent volunteers must have a volunteer application on file at the office.

Awards March 25th
Congratulations to our March awards recipients.  We are so proud of Ashley, Kenneth, Estreya, Manuel, and Alexander N.  Please join us on the blacktop at 8:10 on Friday, March 25th if you are able to do so as we celebrate their good work and achievements.


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