Weekly Update: May 7, 2021

We have officially finished our RISE testing!! Woohoo! If your student was absent for any of the tests, we will have make-ups next week.

Highlights:

  • Starting our last writing unit on poetry! Students generated some incredible ideas on why we write and read poetry!
  • Celebrating the end of testing with some chalk art outside!

Reminders:

  • Scholastic Book Orders: I would love to order some books as goodbye gifts for our students, but I need your help! If you order books from this Scholastic link & use our class code GNZNP, we will earn points for free books that I can give to students! Also, if you use the promo code READS & spend $25, you can pick 1 free $5 book! Please share with extended family and friends, too!
  • Testing: Make-up testing is next week. If your child was absent for any tests, they will complete them then.
  • May 28: Last day of school!

Donations needed:

Weekly Update: April 29, 2021

Only 1 end-of-year test to go! RISE writing starts on MONDAY, so please be on time and ready to rock our last test!!

Highlights:

  • Finding more time for some free choice time as we’re starting to wrap up testing. Lots of building, creating, and team work!
  • Listening to Camryn’s Great Brain!
  • Finishing the math RISE test!

Reminders:

  • Scholastic Book Orders: I would love to order some books as goodbye gifts for our students, but I need your help! If you order books from this Scholastic link & use our class code GNZNP, we will earn points for free books that I can give to students! Also, if you use the promo code READS & spend $25, you can pick 1 free $5 book! Please share with extended family and friends, too!
  • Testing: Begins continues next week. See schedule below. The tests will begin at 9 am, so please make sure your student is well-rested and on time!
    • Monday May 3/4: Writing
  • April 30: No School!
  • May 28: Last day of school!

Donations needed:

Weekly Update: April 23, 2021

We are officially halfway through end-of-year state testing! Way to go, everyone!

Highlights:

  • Cleaning up outside & having a math relay on Earth Day!
  • Studying WWI & WWII–one favorite was reading the true story of how Winnie-the-Pooh came to be during WWI by reading “Finding Winnie.”
  • Creating our own ecosystem! To review conservation & cycle of matter/energy, we decided to create our own models. Students had a blast creating real and imaginary ecosystems!

Reminders:

  • Scholastic Book Orders: I would love to order some books as goodbye gifts for our students, but I need your help! If you order books from this Scholastic link & use our class code GNZNP, we will earn points for free books that I can give to students! Also, if you use the promo code READS & spend $25, you can pick 1 free $5 book! Please share with extended family and friends, too!
  • Testing: Begins continues next week. See schedule below. The tests will begin at 9 am, so please make sure your student is well-rested and on time!
    • Tuesday April 27/28: Math
    • Tuesday May 4/5: Writing
  • April 30: No School!
  • May 28: Last day of school!

Donations needed:

  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Paper or plastic cups
  • Snacks!

Weekly Update: April 16, 2021

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Spring Break! Everyone is working so hard to prepare for the rest of our end of year tests–we have already finished English Language Arts, and have science next week, followed by math and writing. Keep up the great effort!

Highlights:

  • Watching an amazing video to review chemical and physical changes!
  • Getting a visit from the BYU Dunk Team & Cosmo the week before break! Video here!
  • Holding a full-body rock-paper-scissors bracket tournament the week before break!

Reminders:

  • Scholastic Book Orders: I would love to order some books as goodbye gifts for our students, but I need your help! If you order books from this Scholastic link & use our class code GNZNP, we will earn points for free books that I can give to students! Also, if you use the promo code READS & spend $25, you can pick 1 free $5 book! Please share with extended family and friends, too!
  • Testing: Begins continues next week. See schedule below. The tests will begin at 9 am, so please make sure your student is well-rested and on time!
    • Tuesday April 20/21: Science
    • Tuesday April 27/28: Math
    • Tuesday May 4/5: Writing
  • April 30: No School!
  • May 28: Last day of school!

Donations needed:

  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Paper or plastic cups
  • Snacks!

Weekly Update: March 26, 2021

First week of Term 4 down! Our students have worked so hard this year! End of year testing starts next week for English Language Arts–please read carefully Reminders for more information.

Highlights:

  • Having our Read-A-Thon to celebrate that we surpassed our book goal! And setting our new goal, which is more than twice what our first term goal was!
  • Watching the 6th grade presentations. Students exclaimed that they learned a lot! They are excited for their turn next year!

Reminders:

  • Testing: Begins next week. See schedule below. The tests will begin at 9 am, so please make sure your student is well-rested and on time!
    • Tuesday March 30/31: English Language Arts
    • Tuesday April 20/21: Science
    • Tuesday April 27/28: Math
    • Tuesday May 4/5: Writing
  • April 5-9: Spring Break

Donations needed:

  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Paper or plastic cups
  • Snacks!

Weekly Update: March 19, 2021

Today is the last day of Term 3! Only 1 more term to go. Watch for report cards coming home next week. Thank you again for all your continued support!

Highlights:

  • Reaching our term reading goal! Our collective reading goal was to read a total of 241 books, and we ended up reading (drum roll…) 326 BOOKS!! We had previously decided that if we met our goal, we would have a read-a-thon! We will plan on having that on Tuesday, March 23rd. Students can bring any pillows/blankets they can fit in their backpacks, as well as a small mess-free snack/treat to share.

Reminders:

  • March 26: Maturation Presentation. Thank you for sending back the consent forms! There has been one change: instead of a whole-group viewing of the presentation, students will be grouped into rooms for each gender and opt-outs and then will watch the video individually with headphones. There will be no Q&A session–any questions students ask will be directed to ask a trusted adult at home. As such, parents will not be invited to attend, but they are invited and welcome to view all the materials online at home. The date will be the same.
  • April 5-9: Spring Break

Donations needed:

  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Paper or plastic cups
  • Snacks!

Weekly Update: March 12, 2021

We had another wonderful week! We were excited to welcome a new student to our classroom, and I have been so proud of how supportive our whole class has been. Please read through the highlights and reminders carefully below. They include an update on Maturation.

Highlights:

  • Learning about Westward Expansion. Students studied points of view of each group impacted, such as settlers, Native Americans, etc.
  • Feeling the love for Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you to all your support this week and throughout the year! I feel so grateful to work with such a phenomenal learning community.

Reminders:

  • March 26: Maturation Presentation. Thank you for sending back the consent forms! There has been one change: instead of a whole-group viewing of the presentation, students will be grouped into rooms for each gender and opt-outs and then will watch the video individually with headphones. There will be no Q&A session–any questions students ask will be directed to ask a trusted adult at home. As such, parents will not be invited to attend, but they are invited and welcome to view all the materials online at home. The date will be the same.
  • Keeping Chromebooks and chargers at school! We are going to start keeping student computers and chargers at school. They will use them during the day and then charge them at school overnight. Please send both in with your student. This means they won’t have typing club practice as homework anymore, but it does mean that if they are absent, they will need to make up any missing work when they return; the daily Peardeck slides won’t be posted on Canvas moving forward.
  • April 5-9: Spring Break

Donations needed:

  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Paper or plastic cups
  • Snacks!