Newsletter 20 – 1/30/15


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Performing Arts Update

January 26, 2015

Dear 4/5 Parents,

Attached to this letter, you will find a costume breakdown for our Going West musical theatre performances that are less than three weeks away. If you are unable to locate an outfit for the show or have any other questions at all, please feel free to contact me at

Performances will be held at the Ivy Tech/Waldren Auditorium on Tuesday, February 17th Mr. Jim’s HOPES cast will perform at 6pm and Ms. Kalei’s DREAMS cast will perform at 7pm

There are TWO separate casts performing, because we were over the room capacity by more than 70 audience members last year- wow! Students in the 6pm HOPES line show should arrive at 5:45pm. Students in the 7pm DREAMS line show should arrive NO EARLIER than 6:45pm, in order not to disturb the first performance. Parents are more than welcome to attend the dress rehearsals that same day, if they would like to see the other cast perform. Just let me know, so I can alert security at the theatre. See you on February 17th!

Mr. Chris TPS Performing Arts Specialist, K-8 

Math Workshop

This week in Ms. Kalei’s group we reviewed our geometry assessment. We started our next unit on fractions, decimals and percents. In this unit, students will write, compare, and compute with these partial numbers. They will explore multiple models for representing tenths, hundreths, and thousandths. We will do multiplication and division with decimals. We will learn multiplication and division with fractions later in the unit.

This week in Mr. Jim’s math group we finished our study of geometry. We took our assessment. Students had to work with reflection and rotation of geometrical figures. We dealt with symmetry, types of angles, plotting coordinates, and all things spatial. Next week we will start our unit on probability and working with data.

This week in Ms. Kandi’s group we began a new unit on probability and data analysis.  Families should have received a letter explaining this new unit in more detail.  We discussed the meaning of the word probability.  We then discussed the likelihood of rolling a 4, an even number, and a number less than 7 in a single roll of a die marked 1 – 6.  After some experimentation and discussion, students developed working definitions for the terms impossible, unlikely, as likely as unlikely, likely, andcertain, placed them in order along a “probability line”, and entered a variety of everyday events along that line.  Students received a home connection to practice using a chart to show all the possible outcomes of a situation.  Students played a game called the Tile Choice Game, which involves randomly selecting tiles from a bag that contains 6 yellow, 4 blue, and 2 green tiles.  Students made observations and predictions about the likely outcomes of the game and then played it in partnerships.  Students then discussed the actual results, as well as the theoretical probability of drawing each color of tile.  They then used this information to assign numerical values between 0 and 1 to the terms they placed along the probability line earlier in the week.  At the end of the week students created bar graphs to summarize the results from the Tile Choice Game.  This allowed them to compare the theoretical probabilities to the experimental probabilities.  This activity also helped them understand that larger sample sizes produce data that comes closer to matching theoretical probabilities.

Readers Workshop

In readers workshop this week, we continued our study of historical fiction. Our teaching points were:

  • Readers look out for symbols.
  • Readers consider the symbolic arcs of their books.
  • Readers find power in picture books and novels.

Additionally, students participating in book clubs have this assignment due on Monday.

Writers Workshop

In writers workshop we studied poetry. We talked about strong emotions in poems. We talked about the different forms of poetry we are learning to write. We discussed how we can be inspired to write new poetry.

P3 Workshop

In P3 this week we finished our studies of regional groups of Native Americans.

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