Newsletter 18 1/29/17

Voices of 5/6

A small group of students met during lunch on Friday to comment on the events of the week and share highlights with families. The contributors for this week are Oliver, Emily, Marcella and Jasmine.

  • We started a new writing unit introducing us to fantasy writing. We used a special website to get story ideas.  We wrote small “blurbs” from the story starters.
  • We resumed our Legal Literacy unit.  Two students from the IU School of Law came in and taught us about assault and battery and self defense.  We played a game like “telephone” where we shared information about the legal definitions.
  • In P3 we are collecting food samples to test their reactions to yeast.  Yeast mostly reacts to sugar.  We are looking for foods that have different amounts of sugar.  We will look to see how the ending result changes.
  • In readers workshop we have continued with our book clubs.  Clubs have all had at least one meeting.  In a meeting we talk about a section we have just read and then fill out a log.  All of the book club books are written with different perspectives.  This ties into our Throughline “Perspectives”.  Some of the books have two character perspectives and others have 13 different perspectives.  
  • We made special calendar cards for our class calendar.  Each was made by a partnership.  They got the number and a theme.  Then they came up with original art to decorate the card.  

We also spent some time on Friday doing some surveys of how well we know our classmates. Students wrote about what they know is important to fellow classmates and then analyzed to look for trends in who they know about. It was an interesting process, and we’re still working on how to get to know folks well across grades, genders, lines, interests, etc.

Announcements

We are still in need of some classroom supplies – pencils, ziplock bags, tissues, and paper towels. If you can, please send them in!

HONK lines are due this Wednesday, February 1st. Please let us know if your kiddo could benefit from some extra practice in school and we’ll find some time in the day.

Fresh Grade – if you do not have access to your child’s Fresh Grade portfolio, please et us know so we can re-send the invitation links.

Art To Remember Late Orders HAVE ARRIVED! All orders placed on-line or turned in to TPS beyond the original due date have arrived in one lovely box. If you or any other loved ones would like me to hold them for you and NOT send them home with your TPS students, please email me. Otherwise, all late order products will be sent home in backpacks this coming Monday, JAN 30th 2017. Thanks so much for all of your support for the arts.

Optional Winter Conference: We so enjoy sharing your child’s progress and goals, while also learning more about your perspectives, hopes, and dreams related to your child. We have completed the round of fall conferences and look forward to the ones that we will have later in the spring (April/May). We do offer an optional winter conference as well. If we feel that there is a need for a winter conference, we will be in touch to schedule by February 10. If you would like to request a winter conference, please contact your child’s main teacher before February 10 to let them know that you would like to  schedule a winterconference

 

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • What story starters did you get during Writers Workshop?
  • How is set design going?
  • How are book clubs? How many discussions have you had with your group?
  • What have you learned about your classmates this week?

 

Newsletter 17 – 1/23/17

Voices of 5/6

Here is your Voices of 5/6 update.  A small group of students met during lunch on Friday to comment on the events of the week and share highlights with families. The contributors for this week are Allie, James, Matthew F., Noah, Parker and Nora.

  • This week we did a walk on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. day.  We saw special places in Bloomington that were important to African American history.  We saw the the May House.  It was a place for African American students to live and get meals before they were allowed in the dorms.  We also saw the site of the Black Market.  It was a store that sold books and clothes and items related to African Americans.  The store was firebombed in 1968.The site is now People’s Park on Kirkwood.
  • In performing arts we learned the choreography for HONK.  We have been working on our lines.  The deadline for memorizing lines is February 1.  In visual arts we have been working hard to get the sets done.  All the groups are getting closer to their vision for the sets.
  • We have been working on our argument essays.  We got feedback and now we are working on revising them to make them the best they can be.  
  • We had new Passions choices.  A lot a people got their first or second choice.  One of the new choices was stop motion animation.
  • We started new book clubs.  We made our own schedules for meetings and deadlines.
  • In science we put yeast into bags with water.  Some bags had cookies too.  The bags bags with the cookies expanded because the yeast was metabolizing the cookie.
  • We are still working with Ms. Steph on Fridays on yoga.

To add onto these points, we are working on Book Clubs in Readers Workshop. Students have met and determined their own deadlines and meeting schedules. They are independently deciding on topics of study in their book clubs, coming up with discussion questions/elements, and soon will be creating a self-assessment rubric for their participation. This agency and independence has  been awesome.

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Announcements

In writers workshop, kids revised their original published argument essay in light of feedback that Jim and I gave them. Most kids completed this process in the workshop times we set aside last week (about 2.5 hours). Some have not finished, and that will be a part of their homework this week.

In Performing arts, as you may have seen above – we’ve set a deadline of February 1 for all lines (and song lyrics) to be memorized. This is the homework for the week as well as revising the essays and completing any book club reading.

We are running low on pencils, tissues, paper towels, and ziplock bags. If you are able to and willing to, we welcome donations of these supplies!

Optional Winter Conference: We so enjoy sharing your child’s progress and goals, while also learning more about your perspectives, hopes, and dreams related to your child. We have completed the round of fall conferences and look forward to the ones that we will have later in the spring (April/May). We do offer an optional winter conference as well. If we feel that there is a need for a winter conference, we will be in touch to schedule by February 10. If you would like to request a winterconference, please contact your child’s main teacher before February 10 to let them know that you would like to  schedule a winter conference.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What book club are you in? What do you think about being in charge/responsible for your book club schedule/discussions?
  • Tell me about yeast in relationship to the science work you’ve been doing.
  • What was it like to receive feedback on your writing pieces? How did you handle the feedback?
  • Last week, the theme of CPR/Morning Meeting was play & fun. What did you discuss? What games did you do?

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Newsletter 16 – 1/14/16

Voices of 5/6

This week we are starting a new feature for our weekly newsletter called “Voice of ⅚”. Each week we will invite a small group of students to meet at lunch and contribute their ideas to be included in the newsletter.  This week’s contributors are Elora, Matthew S. Nick, Surya and Zach.

  • In P3 we are doing work with food.  We did an experiment to find the amount of grease/fat in different foods.  We we took one gram of different foods and placed them on brown paper.  Then we measured how big the grease stain was.
  • In read aloud we are reading a novel called First LightThe two main characters, Peter and Thea, are going on adventures.  The class is making predictions about what is going to happen next.  This book connects to our CGTQ on Perspectives and to our book clubs
  • Right now in reader’s workshop we are choosing a few books for our book club unit.  We are going to be working on the theme of “Perspectives”.  All the book choices have multiple characters and the books switch point of view between characters.
  • In writer’s workshop we are working on finishing our argument essays about a topic that each person picked.
  • In music we are practicing our music with other classes.  We are working hard to learn all of our lines. Next week we will start working on staging for the play HONK.
  • In Visual Arts we are making the set design for our production of HONK.  We are working in groups to make pieces for the set.
  • HONK will be Thursday, February 23 at the Waldron.  HOPES will go on at 6:00 and DREAMS will go on at 7:30.

Weekly Highlights

Just to add to what kids mentioned above, we are starting the beginning of a science unit. Here is some information about it – Our class is beginning a new science unit using the FOSS Food and Nutrition Module. We will be investigating what food is, what it is made of, and how several nutrient groups contribute to good healthful nutrition. Children will learn about fats, sugars, proteins, and vitamins and ways of testing for some of these nutrients in food. Your child will be conducting experiments that use common foods. We are assembling a collection of empty food containers of all kinds – especially those that list the ingredients and nutritional information on the package. Please save a few containers if you can and send them in.

We may also need small samples of foods you may have in your homes. After completing our investigation on fats in foods, we asked kids what they’d most like to test next. Most items were either directly related to school (school lunch, snack foods) and items from home.

Though we are studying the science of food right now, we’re going to be studying food, nutrition, and many topics surrounding in P3 for much of the rest of our year. If you have ideas, questions, comments, concerns, etc. – I’d love to hear from you!

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • How did you test for fats in food?
  • What is a fat?
  • Did you meet the deadline for writing? How did you work toward it successfully? Is there anything you’d change for next time?
  • What are some of the books you’re excited about in the next reading unit?
  • What was something you were glad to get back to after winter break?

Announcements

Optional Winter Conference: We so enjoy sharing your child’s progress and goals, while also learning more about your perspectives, hopes, and dreams related to your child. We have completed the round of fall conferences and look forward to the ones that we will have later in the spring (April/May). We do offer an optional winter conference as well. If we feel that there is a need for a winter conference, we will be in touch to schedule by February 10. If you would like to request a winter conference, please contact your child’s main teacher before February 10 to let them know that you would like to  schedule a winter conference. 

We need some materials for upcoming science investigations. If you are able to – please send in 2 liter soda bottles, baker’s dry yeast, thermos/coffee pot/electric tea kettles – ways to maintain/store warm water, breakfast cereals (a baggie full of any you have in your home would be great!), and other foods that contain sugar that may be interesting for us to test. Please let Kalei know if you can send these in – or just send them in – thank you!!!