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Thursday        8:50-9:20


Friday             11:50-11:20


Monday          1:45-2:45

Wednesday    9:30-10:15

Character Education

Tuesday          1:45-2:45

Computer Lab  

M, T, W, F         8:15-9:00


Every other Wednesday     11:25-12:15


Monday/Friday Helpers

Week of:

1/16  Katia/Rebecca

1/22  Nancy/Rebecca

1/29  ???/Rebecca

2/9    ???/Rebecca




Life Skills

September-Safety and Respect

October-Responsibility and Friendship

November-Gratitude and Initiative

December-Flexibility and Caring

January-Courage and Organization

February-Perseverance and Compassion

March-Integrity and Sense of Humor

April-Personal Best and Critical Thinking

May-Patience and Creativity

Important Documents and Links

PPT, Word, Excel Viewers [Go]
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A-5 Classroom

The Gardens at Heather Farm-Nature Detectives

Weekly News January 16, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  We were chosen to receive a free presentation from The Gardens at Heather Farms.  This was provided with funds from Andeavor (formerly Tesoro).  Students learned about camouflage and mimicry in a lesson and then went outside to be nature detectives.  They used their senses to find clues that animals had been there and recorded them in a Nature Journal.  You will see these journals and other activities coming home soon.

Spell-a-thon is this week!  Have you started collecting pledges yet?  You can get pledges for a flat amount or per word.  I would love to see 100% participation.  All students will take the spelling test, I hope you will all collect pledges.  It would be great if everyone could raise $20.00. That would be $500 from our class!  Because of the Spell a thon we will not have a regular spelling test this week.  Please have students study the Spelling words for the Spell a thon.  The list is on the back of the Homework Assignment sheet.  We will take the test on Friday.  Corrected tests will be sent home on Monday, so you can collect your pledges.

January Book Report: Traditional Literature- a story passed down from one group to another including folk-tales, legends, fairy tales, myths. Information went home in the homework folder.  Project due on January 26.

Volunteers:  I have volunteers for Centers tomorrow.  Thank you!  Please visit the Shutterfly website to sign up for Monday Envelope and Homework Help too.  We also have centers later in the month.  Lots of spaces open!

Memory Book: Please share your photos with Seena Larkin for the memory book. You can email her at We will have another performance in the spring so stay tuned for details and volunteer opportunities.

International Family Fest: Monte Gardens ELAC and DBPC will hold our first family community event celebrating our multiculturalism. It will be on Friday, 1/19 at 5:00-8:00 in the MU. Families are encouraged to bring a dish or artifact or performance of any kind, (reading a book in a foreign language, dance, etc.) 

Please draw a PEACE SIGN in the box of the assignment sheet if you have read this newsletter.

Language Arts

Unit 3-Live and Learn

Week 5-Express Yourself

The Big Idea-What have you learned about the Earth that surprises you?

Essential Question-How do you express yourself?

Genre-Expository Text

Spelling Pattern-Spell a thon words

Comprehension Skill-Main Idea and Details

Grammar-Combining and Rearranging Sentences

We will be finding evidence from text to answer comprehension questions.



We will be learning strategies for addition with double digits. 


Keep practicing math facts.  The goal from now until March is to be able to complete 60-70 facts in 5 minutes.  Many students have passed that goal.  Keep practicing!

December Social Superheroes

My Family

Current Assignments

Assigned: 1/8/18 Due: 1/26/18

Class Mascot

Class Mascot

Star Student of the Week

This week's Star Student


Monday- Estimation Jar/PE leader

Tuesday-Share poster

Wednesday-Share something special/PE leader

Thursday-Read a book, current event, comic, etc.../Tell class a joke

Friday-Students in class write letters to Star Student

Don't forget to write in the Snoopy Journal!

Please return the bag, journal and Snoopy on Friday!

School News and Events

1/19 International Family Fest

1/27 Bambino's Fundraiser

2/12 No School

2/19 No School

2/22 STEM Fair 2:45-4:30