Newsletter 8 – 10/6/17

Weekly Highlights

It’s hard to believe we are already at the Fall Break mark!

This week, our class spent a lot of time focused on independent work stamina. We had several big assignments that students worked on – an on-demand revision in writing, a reading response for our first reading unit, and new book club choices. Students were so focused during these work sessions — we are definitely in the swing of things in workshops.

In P3 we worked on replicating and understanding more of what happened during Hurricane Katrina. Our read aloud, Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere follows a young girl in NoLa during the storm. In P3, we used stream tables to simulate the normal water cycle, a flood, and then our final experiment was to attempt to control a flood. Students designed levees, filtering systems, special housing, etc. to prevent homes and trees from being destroyed. Our read aloud is perfectly aligning to these experiments as our main character Armani has just been hit by the worst of the storm, her family currently seeking refuge in their attic.

 

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Announcements

Please check out a birthday invite from Weston here! 

We had a homework assignment due yesterday (October 5th, 2017). We did not send home anything for Fall Break! If you can help your child to find some reading time, we’d appreciate that greatly.

Please sign up for conferences if you haven’t already. Conference signups are live – you can find Mr. John’s (hopes) signup here and Ms. Kalei’s (dreams) signup here. Ms. Rebecca will be attending conferences from both lines.

Fresh Grade portfolios will be shared with you sometime during/ just after break. If you get a link inviting you to Fresh Grade – please don’t archive it, follow the link to see your child’s portfolio.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • How do hurricanes/floods/etc impact an environment?
  • What books are you interested in book club choices? (If you’d like to preview the books yourselves, you can have your kiddos show you their “classroom” on google and preview the pdfs)
  • What do you think you are doing really well with so far this school year?
  • What’s a goal you have for yourself after Fall Break?
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