Week 24: Hard at Work…in March!

Greetings, Panther families! March is here. Wow, time is flying! Anyway, last week was a great week.  We are regaining our focus from the February holidays, Mrs. King’s absences, and special events.  Only four weeks to go till Spring Break!  But those four weeks are full of testing.  We continue to work on our Math CAASPP testing in the Computer Lab in the afternoons.

Writing Test (WEPT) – This week we will be hard at work on our Writing Enriched Performance Task.  Tuesday we will read the texts and annotate.  Wednesday we will watch a related video, take notes, discuss with a partner and begin planning our writing.  Thursday, we will write, revise, and edit on our own and then submit our best Narrative writing!  Wish us luck!

Friday Math Quiz – will be sent home Monday.  Boy, do we need practice on Long Division!  We’ve been working so hard on Fractions, we forgot how to multiply and divide!  I will assign an extra practice page for homework this week.  Students will have a chance to retest on Long Division on Friday.  Please help them study at home.  Remember that videos are on the Math Resources page to access at any time!

Weekly Progress Report and AR Report (pink) – Please remember to ask your child for their reports, look over, and sign both pages, and return Monday.  Students have two more weeks to reach their personal goal until the AR Electronics Party on 3/13.  Even if they have reached their goal, they are still required to take tests every week.  They should be earning 2 or more points each week. 

Student-Led Conferences – March 23rd through the 26th.  Here is the Conference Schedule so far.  Please sign up if you haven’t, by emailing me your top three choices at arlene.king@cvesd.org.  If you’ve signed up and need to reschedule for any reason, please email me right away.  Thank you!  It’ll be exciting to see your child leading their conference!

California History Projects – Students have been assigned their topics.  Now, they should be doing their research, doing a search online or going to the library for books on their topic.  Students may do research in the classroom during recess and lunch if they need to.  They may check out books on Tuesday Library Day.  Try to have at least two different sources and take notes on paper.  They fill out the Information Sheet (yellow-person, pink-place, blue-invention).  The Information Sheet is due this Wed. March 4.  Please don’t forget to sign the Checkoff Sheet (yellow) each step of the way.  Here are the documents if you need them: CA history project2-1 CAprjctckoff-1  Thank you again for your help at home.  I’m looking forward to project presentations the week of March 23rd!

March Learnings

Reading – Reader’s Theater practice and performances, By the Great Horn Spoon, setting, characters, Fluency Tests

Grammar – word work and sentence work

Writing – Narrative Performance Task, history project report, Pen Pal letters, and spiral review of all three text types – Opinion, Informative/Explanatory, Narrative

Math – Fractions, review Multiplication/Division of Larger Numbers

Science – Rapid Changes on Earth, Slow Changes on Earth

Social Studies – finish Gold Rush, History Projects

Art – Van Gogh

PE – Folk Dances, Four Square, laps

With all that’s been happening, I forgot to welcome new students, Romel and Evelyn.  They’ve been with us a while now, but I still wanted to acknowledge them.  Also, we said good-byes to our good friends Logan and Ian. Logan is still at Rosebank but in a different classroom, and Ian moved to Vista Square, we’ll miss you both!

Also, I’ve updated the Photos page with photos from our trip to Living Coast Discovery a while back and some other photos of the students.  Check it out!

Have a wonderful week, Panthers! Happy March! ~ Mrs. King 🙂






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