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?


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!!!

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