Awards Ceremony-September 29th Minimum Day

Thank you parents for taking time out of your day and coming to Back to School Night.  I hope I was able to answer any questions you might have had about our class this year.  I also want to thank parents who were able to take a card to help us gather some things for our classroom.  I’m looking forward to starting a small garden area with our class.    If you are a gardener and interested in helping with this task, please let me know.

Math
This week we finished Topic 2 in math and took our test.  We started Topic 3 on Friday, which focuses on using the 100s chart to add and subtract.  Students use the chart to find the patterns in adding tens and adding ones.  This unit will last about 2 weeks.  Make sure that your child cuts out the vocabulary cards and can use the math words.

Spelling
Students have their new word list focusing on long vowel sounds: o, e, u.  We also can start using Spelling City which is on Clever through the Nye Student Portal.   Students can sign in to practice their spelling words playing games.  Try it at home with them.

Read More
I’ve sent home the October Scholastic Book Order forms.  Please take a look at the books with your child and encourage them to choose books that they are excited to read.  2nd grade level books are K, L, M, but students you can also read with your child books that are a bit higher if they are interested in the title. Our one time class code is QJ3YR

PTA
PTA membership drive is happening now.  Find the envelope in the red folder.  Please join and become a member of our PTA who does so much to support our school.

Calendar Reminders:
Award Assembly -Friday, September 29th
Additional Minimum Day Friday, September 29th

 

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Unit 1 Math Test on Wednesday

Math Test Tomorrow Unit 1
Please check your child’s work and practice adding and subtracting for tomorrow’s Unit Assessment in math. Make sure to sign the homework. Students should be bringing their homework folder to school and back every day.

Login and Pin for Learning Resources
I gave each student their district login number and pin. You will see this taped in their homework folder. Please make sure that you keep a copy of these numbers. This will give them access to online resources.

ST Math
Students should go to Clever through the Nye student portal to sign on using their district login and pin number. Working in ST math can help students to develop math skills and concepts.

Scholastic Book Club
Please remember to check the Scholastic Book Club online. There are some wonderful books available and inexpensive. You can get Ralph S Mouse for $1. Charlotte’s Web is also on sale for $1. And Judy Bloom’s Freckle Juice is on sale for $2. Your order, especially at the beginning of the year can earn our class free books. So I want to encourage everyone to buy at least one book if you can. Remember to use our class code: QJ3YR. You will only need to put this in the 1st time you go to https://clubs.scholastic.com/home to make sure that you order with our class.

Thanks for your support!

Welcome to 2nd Grade, Room 5!

We had a wonderful 1st week of school!  Thank you for returning the enrollment forms and papers promptly.  And if you haven’t finished those yet, please do so as soon as possible.

Spelling
This Friday I am sending home a spelling list for next week’s homework and a sheet that students can cut out to make flashcards to practice with.  Please practice the spelling words with your child through the next week.  Please keep the spelling homework for the whole week to practice everyday, then send in the homework folder on Friday.  We will have a spelling test on Friday.

Math
This week students have been bringing their homework sheets.  Please check your child’s homework with them and sign the homework.  This will help you to know what we are working on in class and how your child is doing.  If  your child is having trouble, you can help them and catch them up with the class.

I had asked for parents to get some counters (like beads or beans) and a deck of playing cards to put in a pencilbox/toolbox that your child can keep in  their desk. We are just looking for some regular playing cards that you can get at 99 cents store with numbers 1-10 and Jack, Queen, King, Ace.Jokers. Students will use the cards to play some math games at home to practice math facts and skills. This will help them when we are doing math.

Afterschool Pick-up
By now most of you have noticed that the 2nd graders will all wait over by the grassy area by the school sign after school.  This will be our regular waiting place unless you have made other arrangements with your child.  Please be sure to let other family or friends know if you make a change in who picks up.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Calendar Reminder:
Wednesday is our regular Minimum Day- Dismissal @ 12:00
September 4th – No School Labor Day Holiday
September 21st -Back to School Night 5:00-7:00
September 29th- Awards Assembly
September 29th- Additional Minimum Day

Final Events

We are finally here at our last few days of school.  We’ve had such a wonderful time together and made such great memories.

Here are the events for the last days:
Retirement Party – Community is all invited to wish well our retiring staff  Janice Taylor-Romstad, Gaylene Davis, and Rosario Lopez, and other staff members who are leaving Nye.  Come join us in the Auditorium after school at 12:45 on Wednesday, June 7th.  It’s a potluck!  Students may attend with parents or guardians.

June 8th -5th Graders remember to wear your new t-shirt!  We will be practicing for Graduation in the morning.  Please don’t be late to school.  We have a Movie and popcorn  after (please send in your popcorn donation if you volunteered to send some).

In the afternoon at 1:00-2:00 Field Day: Kickball Adults vs. Students  Basketball Adults vs. Students.  Parents, Please join us out on the field.

June 9th (all day)–Wear you t shirt if it is still in good shape. We are going San Diego County Fair Plant Eat Grow  Field Trip.  Bring a sack lunch.  Do not bring your backpacks.  Wear sunscreen, a hat, and good walking shoes.

June 12th (1-2 pm)–Yearbook Signing and special fingerfoods donated by one of our 5th grade parents.  You can wear your t shirt and bring a sharpie to get it signed by your friends.  Bring a silver or gold sharpie for yearbook signing.

June 13th (all day)–Game Day -bring your electronic games, your string,  for the morning.  5th Grade BBQ in the afternoon.  Dress to get wet in the afternoon.  You can bring your soakers.

June 14th–5th Grade Promotion @ 11am, Last day of school

Fun Run Wednesday May 24th

Fun Run
Wednesday, May 24th is the Fun Run! All students will be able to participate whether or not they brought in pledges, so make sure that your child wears comfortable clothing and shoes that they can move in.   Make sure that your child brings a water bottle and puts some sunscreen on in the morning.  5th graders will run after they eat lunch, at 10:30.   If you are able to make a donation or pledge, it is not too late to do so. You can still sign up online or send in the envelope. We appreciate any help you can give to the school to support our kids.  It’s going to be a lot of fun!

Testing
We have a lot of testing these last weeks. Please make sure that your child gets some good sleep each night.   If you can send in a pack of mint gum, we can still use it.Homework
With testing going on we have modified our class schedule and homework.  Homework this week has been to get the personal narrative books finished and illustrated. Please check in on your child and remind them to do that work at home.
They can also review their math skills and practice problems they are unsure of. They will have several math tests coming up including SBAC testing,  a placement test for next year, and our end of year assessment.
I’ve also sent home some lyrics that they need to practice for Promotion Day. There is a guideline sheet which I sent home a hard copy of, and also posted online on DOJO yesterday.
Colonial Day Costumes
Thank you families for washing and returning Colonial Day borrowed costumes.  I am still waiting on just a few students to return their costumes.  Please send back all borrowed Colonial Day costumes, washed and ready for next year.  If you have extra pieces that you would like to add to our collection, we are very grateful to you and yo uwill know that the pieces will be used well by the students coming after you.
Fifth Grade Barbecue
I am also still waiting on just a few of the Barbecue letters. Please send those back with what you will be able to send for the 5th grade barbecue. We hope parents will join us for the celebration and social time. Come a little early to help.

Open House and Colonial Day

Thank you to all the families that came to Open House!  It was so fun to see you all dancing and trying out some of our activities.

Thanks for your support.

Calendar
May 16th-25th–5th Grade SBAC Testing (Make-up Testing the following week)
May 24th Fun Run, Regular Minimum Day
May 25th, Thursday–Additional Minimum Day
May 26th, Friday–No School
May 29th–Monday-Memorial Day Holiday
May 31st–Pass out 5th grade T-Shirts/T-Shirt signing (Bring a sharpie)
June 1st, Thursday–Music concert 12:10-1:00
June 2nd–5th grader perform Fifty-Nifty United States (last awards assembly)
June 8th (1:00-2:00)  Field Day: Kickball Adults vs. Students  Basketball Adults vs. Students
June 9th (all day)–San Diego County Fair Plant Eat Grow  Field Trip
June 12th (1-2 pm)–Yearbook Signing and Special Luncheon
June 13th (all day)–Game Day and 5th Grade BBQ in the afternoon
June 14th–5th Grade Promotion @ 11am, Last day of school

Colonial Day and Open House -Thursday May 18th

5th Grade Barbecue and Activities
Students brought home a letter with some of our 5th grade activities and events. We will need your help and some donations. Please check what you would be able to send for our hot dog barbecue and please let us know if you can also attend some of the activities–come play in the 5th grade versus the Parent/Teacher games, etc.

Fun Run
I’ve also sent home the letter for the Nye Fun Run which is raising money for the school. Students can participate by getting pledges, but they can also participate by registering online and sending email pledge requests to family and friends. The Fun Run is May 24th.

Colonial Day
Students also got to pick out some costumes to borrow for Colonial Day on Thursday, May 18th. They have taken them home and should put together their outfits to wear tomorrow. Students got hats, vests, skirts, blouses, dresses to use. They may still need other items such as britches, tops or aprons. Please make sure that your child takes care of the costume pieces that they borrow. These should be washed and returned after Colonial Day.

Calendar
May 16th-25th–5th Grade SBAC Testing
May 18th–Colonial Day
May 18th–Open House 5:30-6:30
May 25th, Thursday–Additional Minimum Day
May 26th, Friday–No School
May 29th–Monday-Memorial Day Holiday
May 31st–Pass out 5th grade T-Shirts/T-Shirt signing (Bring a sharpie)
June 1st, Thursday–Music concert 12:10-1:00
June 2nd–5th grader perform Fifty-Nifty United States (last awards assembly)
June 8th (1:00-2:00)  Field Day: Kickball Adults vs. Students  Basketball Adults vs. Students
June 9th (all day)–San Diego County Fair Plant Eat Grow  Field Trip
June 12th (1-2 pm)–Yearbook Signing and Special Luncheon
June 13th (all day)–Game Day and 5th Grade BBQ in the afternoon
June 14th–5th Grade Promotion @ 11am, Last day of school

Thank You for a Lovely Teacher Week!


Thank you for a lovely Teacher Appreciation Week!  I loved all the letters, cards, gifts, and flowers, and the wonderful lunch last week.  Thank you all for your support and help!

Language Arts
We are now reading Lemonade War together and having a lot of fun.  Spend some time with your child and ask them about what’s happening in the story.  Have them read a passage to you and talk about the book.  If anyone has a lemon tree with lemons on it, we would love to make some lemonade in class.  Please Dojo me if you are able to contribute some lemons or sugar.

Writer’s Workshop
I am hoping students can get another personal story published.  Please remind your child to work on it at home to add more details and finish their project.  Students are using google docs to type in their story, but they can also keep their writing on a jump drive and work on a word file.  Also, please help your child to find some pictures that they might be able to add to their book when they publish.  It is always fun to add pictures of family and events if you have them.

Math
We have finished Topic 16 geometric figures.  We will have a test on the unit on Wednesday.  Please remember to check your child’s tests results and math work online.

SBAC Testing
Next Monday we officially start SBAC testing.  We would like some mint gum donations so our students can chew only while taking their tests.  If you are able to help us, it would be greatly appreciated.

Colonial Day
Colonial Day is Thursday, May 18th.  Students have been given a letter with some suggestions for costumes to wear on our Colonial Day.  We also have a few things here that students can borrow, then wash and return back to school.

Please read over the letter that was sent home last week for ideas and suggestions.  You can also look for Colonial Costume ideas online and go through your closets to put an outfit together.  Students will be expected to come to school dressed.  We will also have our Open House from 5:30-6:30 that evening where students and parents can participate in a big colonial dance.

Scholastic Book Club
Our last book order will be placed by May 12th.  This will give us enough time to get the books in time before school is out.  Students got a special coupon which will give them one free book up to $5.00 if they order  at least $5.00 worth of books.  Please take a look online at the catalogs.  Remember to redeem the coupon online.  You will need to enter the code when you order.  If you are sending a book order back to school, please make sure that you include the coupon so I can enter it for you.

Order  online. If this is your first time ordering online, you will need to enter our class code:  QJ3YR

 

Calendar
May 16th-25th–5th Grade SBAC Testing
May 18th–Colonial Day
May 18th–Open House 5:30-6:30
May 25th, Thursday–Additional Minimum Day
May 26th, Friday–No School
May 29th–Memorial Day Holiday
May 31st–Pass out T-Shirts/T-Shirt signing
June 1st, Thursday–Music concert 12:10-1:00
June 2nd–5th grader perform Fifty-Nifty United States (last awards assembly)
June 8th (1:00-2:00)  Field Day: Kickball Adults vs. Students  Basketball Adults vs. Students
June 9th (all day)–San Diego County Fair Plant Eat Grow  Field Trip
June 12th (1-2 pm)–Yearbook Signing
June 13th (all day)–Game Day and 5th Grade BBQ in the afternoon
June 14th–5th Grade Promotion @ 11am,Last day of school

Graduation Picture Day on Friday May 5th-Wear Nye T-Shirt (or Navy Blue)

 

Free Children’s Book Party on April 29th
This annual event is at the Organ Pavillion from 8:30-10:30 and everyone is welcome.  You can drive yourself and spend a lovely morning at the park.  Or if you would like to ride with the school, there will be free transportation to the Children’s Book Party at Balboa Park this Saturday, April 29th leaving at 8:00am.  First 80 people to RSVP to the Nye office or email mbarnes1@sandi.net will have a seat on the bus.   Don’t miss it!

Pearson Math
We have  completed Topic 14 on Coordinate Grids and have taken the Unit Assessment for Topic.  We will take the Topic 13 unit assessment now on operations and math expressions.
As we are finishing up these units, it would be helpful for your child to go over past units they had trouble with and review the lesson pages.  SBAC testing have already begun for some students and we will also be starting to test these skills and concepts in the next few weeks.

Smarter Balance Assessment Consortia (SBAC)
Our class has already started testing in the SBAC as many other students in the state.  We started with the new 5th grade Science Tests on Wednesday, and will continue taking the rest of the Math and English Language Arts tests in a couple of weeks.  These tests are a snapshot of your child’s progress towards Common Core Standards.

There has been some research showing that students who get a good night’s sleep the night before, who eat a good breakfast in the morning, and who are allowed to chew gum during the test may perform a little better.  You can help your child by making sure that they get a good night’s sleep and come to school rested and well-fed on testing days.   Also if your are able to donate some gum or mints to school for testing, please send your child with some.  I will collect them and pass it out during testing time.  Thank you for your support.

Art
We are currently working with clay and learning about techniques used by Erik Gronborg, the sculpture artist we studied on our fieldtrip to the Mingei Museum.  I’ve asked students to bring in small toys, stamps, wood blocks and other interesting pieces that they can use in class.  We also need cylindrical pieces that would serve as a rolling pin, as I only have one in the classroom.  Please help your child look around the house to see what might be useful for these activities.

Plant Eat Grow-San Diego County Fair Fieldtrip
Our plants have sprouted and our planters are now sporting baby radishes and lettuces.  It is very exciting. Please make sure that your child brings in their permission slips and bus money, if they haven’t yet done so.

 

Fifth Grade Activities and Special Events
There are many fun things happening for the 5th graders in the next few weeks.

Right now is the Student Logo contest for the 5th grade t-shirts.  Students can enter their black line designs during this week.  5th graders will vote for their favorite which will be featured on a 5th grade t-shirt.

Coming up on May 5th (Friday) will be Graduation Picture Day.   Please remind your child to wear their Nye t-shirt on Friday (or Navy blue t-shirt) for our big group picture which will be featured on the 5th Grade Yearbook.

5th Grade Yearbook
Thanks to the generosity of our Nye PTA, a beautiful 5th Grade Yearbook will be available for students to purchase at only $15.00.  The Yearbook will cost us $20.00, but a donor has offered to offset the cost of the books to make it more affordable for our families.  Thank you!

 

Calendar:
April 24-May 3 (VOTE May 5th)–5th Grade Logo Contest
April 28th, Friday–April Awards Assembly 8:10
April 29th, Saturday-Children’s Book Party in Balboa Park
(Free bus from Nye or drive yourself to Organ Pavillion)
May 5th, Friday – 5th Grade Graduation Picture Day (Wear your Nye T-shirt for Group Picture)
May 16th-25th–5th Grade SBAC Testing
May 18th–Colonial Day
May 18th–Open House 5:30-6:30
May 25th, Thursday–Additional Minimum Day
May 26th, Friday–No School
May 29th–Memorial Day Holiday
May 31st–Pass out T-Shirts/T-Shirt signing
June 1st, Thursday–Music concert 12:10-1:00
June 2nd–5th grader perform Fifty-Nifty United States (last awards assembly)
June 8th (1:00-2:00)  Field Day: Kickball Adults vs. Students  Basketball Adults vs. Students
June 9th (all day)–San Diego County Fair Plant Eat Grow  Field Trip
June 12th (1-2 pm)–Yearbook Signing
June 13th (all day)–Game Day and 5th Grade BBQ in the afternoon
June 14th–5th Grade Promotion @ 11am,Last day of school

Set Your Calendars!

County Fair -Plant Grow Eat
(Please return your permission slips and letter with bus money ASAP)
Our final field trip of the year will be to the San Diego County Fair-Where the West is Fun on Friday, June 9th.  Our busses will cost $6.00 per child.  Our students will be participating in the Plant Eat Grow program, cultivating plant pots and learning about the growing cycle.  It is a great activity, as students learn to care for their living pots.  The trip to the fair will be their culminating activity where they will take their lettuce and radishes to be judged.  In fact, their plant pots will be their ticket into the fair that day.  

We are also looking for chaperones to help us on this field trip.  Parents will be expected to take students to visit the educational displays and installations at the fair in small groups.  There is a lot to see and experience and this is always a highlight trip for our students.  During the field trip time, parents and students may not purchase food or other items and will not be allowed to go on paid-for rides, however if  parent chaperones would like to stay after our field trip time, you can visit those exhibits at your leisure.  

Parent chaperones* may ride the busses with us, or if you would like to stay after our field trip with your child, parents can drive their own cars and pay for parking, then go to the Plant Eat Grow gate at the farm to enter with the school for free. (*Parent chaperones must have completed the school volunteer application process in order to participate.)  We will need 5-6 parents for this field trip.

Scholastic Book Club
Please order Lemonade War for $1.00.  I am encouraging each family to please order this book for your child so we can read it together in class.  It is a funny book, which also reinforces some of the things we learned about economics in our Biztown unit.

Please place your order online or send $1.00 into school before Wednesday, April 19th.  I would like to close the order then so they can send us our book as soon as possible.

Order  online. If this is your first time ordering online, you will need to enter our class code:  QJ3YR

Pearson Math
We took our Topic 11 math assessment on Friday.  Please take a look online at your child’s results.  Go over mistakes and misconceptions with them.

This week we have started Topic 12 about line plots.  We will finish this topic and take the unit assessment on Friday.  Please go over the book pages 725-727 with your child to help them study for the test.

SBAC Testing
Soon we will be taking the state’s Smarter Balance Assessment for California (SBAC)  This is a standardize assessment that all the students in the state will take.  These results will actually be recorded in your child’s school record.  Use these next few weeks to help your child prepare for their test.  Make sure they are reading carefully when they do their homework, ask them questions and have them support their answers with data, reason, and rational.  All these skills will serve them in their futures.

(Please note that some of these dates may change, but I wanted to list as much as I know so you can put it in your calendars at home.)
Calendar:
April 19th- Craft Night at Nye 6:00-7:00
April 24-May 3 (VOTE May 5th)–
5th Grade Logo Contest
April 29th-Children’s Book Party in Balboa Park (Free bus from Nye or drive yourself to Organ Pavillion)
May 5th, Friday – 5th Grade Graduation Picture Day
May 16th-25th–5th Grade SBAC Testing
May 18th–Colonial Day
May 18th–Open House 5:30-6:30
May 25th, Thursday–Additional Minimum Day
May 26th, Friday–No School
May 29th–Memorial Day Holiday
May 31st–Pass out T-Shirts/T-Shirt signing
June 1st, Thursday–Music concert 12:10-1:00
June 2nd–5th grader perform Fifty-Nifty United States (last awards assembly)
June 8th (1:00-2:00)  Field Day: Kickball Adults vs. Students  Basketball Adults vs. Students
June 9th (all day)–San Diego County Fair Plant Eat Grow  Field Trip
June 12th (1-2 pm)–Yearbook Signing
June 13th (all day)–Game Day and 5th Grade BBQ in the afternoon
June 14th–5th Grade Promotion @ 11am,Last day of school

Thank You Biztown and Pacific Western Bank!


Biztown
Thank you to Pacific Western Bank who sponsored our amazing trip to Biztown.  It was such a wonderful and memorable day for our students who practiced the skills needed in a working economy.  Student all had a job and a role in the Biztown community and learned how the economic flow works with workers, businesses, banks, and government.  It was a day full of lessons, and many were inspired to think more deeply and work towards their goals and place in the greater society.


A special thanks to our parent volunteers who made it possible.  Biztown cannot happen without you.  Special shout out to Genny, Susanna, and Judith!

Scholastic Book Club
I’ve sent home the book club catalogue for May.  They are featuring Lemonade War for $1.00.  I am encouraging each family to please order this book for your child so we can read it together in class.  It is a funny book, which also reinforces some of the things we learned about economics in our Biztown unit.

Please place your order online or send $1.00 into school before Wednesday, April 19th.  I would like to close the order then so they can send us our book as soon as possible.

Order  online. If this is your first time ordering online, you will need to enter our class code:  QJ3YR

Pearson Math
We will be taking our Unit 11 Assessment on Friday.  Please remind your child to study.  Go over the word problems and practice conversions.  Look at the previous quick checks to see how the questions are constructed and think through the problems together.

Next week we will start Topic 12.  It is a short unit.  Our Unit 12 assessment will be next Friday.

 

Calendar Dates:
April 13th  – Knox Articulation Meeting for Parents and Students 1:15
May 4th – 5th Grade Graduation Picture Day
5th Grade SBAC Testing- May 16th-25th
Additional Minimum Day May 25th
No School- May 26th, Friday
Memorial Day Holiday- May 29th, Monday
Plant Eat Grow Fair Fieldtrip- June 9th Friday
5th Grade Promotion-June 14th, Last day of school

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