Class Newsletter 10/30

Hello Olivia Park Families,

10/30/20

Happy Friday!

November 3rd – November 10th – I will have a guess teacher. If you have any questions or need help, please message and email Chrystie Phillips … PhillipsCL@mukilteo.wednet.edu  Mrs. Phillips will managing the Schoology course and all zoom meetings.

There will be a supply pick-up November 5th between 12-5pm.  Conferences will be done via Zoom November 23, 24 and 25th. I will be sending out an online sign-up form. Please sign-up as soon as possible. Conferences, as usual, will be no student days and a shortened report card will be use for these conferences. Veteran’s Day is November 11th. No school November 11th.  

 

Reading – We continue unit 3: making inferences. In this unit students explore characters, a key element of narrative text structure. They make inferences to understand characters’ traits and feelings as well as how they develop and change. They come to understand that stories are about characters, the problems they face, how they deal with those problems, and how they change as a result. Sometimes character change is dramatic; at other times character change can be as subtle as a realization or a new perspective. This is a 5-week unit so we will be working on making inferences through November. 

Writing- This week we wrapped up writing unit 1 and 2 on the writing community and writing process.  I have definitely enjoyed reading student’s stories. Nice work everyone! For the first few weeks of November will focus on journal writing. Students will have journal topics to write about. There will be options for submitting handwritten writing or writing on the computer. The focus of this will be to continue to build stamina for writing on a regular basis. Beginning the week of November 16th, we will launch a writing unit on Personal Narratives. During this four-week unit, the students explore the genre of personal narrative and write about significant topics and events from their lives. They explore characteristics of good personal narrative, including sensory details, temporal words and phrases, engaging openings, and effective endings. The students practice relevant skills and conventions. This unit continues through December.

Math- As unit 1 has end, we move on to Unit 2: Multiplication and Division continued. In this unit, students learn multiplications and divisions for 6s, 7s, and 8s, while continuing to practice the rest of the basic multiplications and divisions covered in Unit 1. Although students practice all the 6s, 7s, and 8s multiplications they really have only six new multiplications to learn: 6 x6, 6x7, 6x8, 7x7, 7x8 and 8x8. The lessons for these multiplications focus on strategies for finding the products using multiplications they know. This unit also focuses on word problems. Students are presented with a variety of one-step and two-step word problems. Here is an example of a two-step word problem:

A roller coaster has 7 seats. Each car has 4 seats. If there were 3 empty seats, how many people were on the roller coaster?

Students use the language and context of each problem to determine which operation or operations- multiplication, division, addition, or subtraction- they must use to solve it. Students use a variety of methods to solve two-step word problems. Please continue to help your child get faster on multiplications and divisions. Your support is crucial to your child’s learning.

Daily assignments- Reading, Writing and Math assignments and discussions are posted. If your child has not yet completed and/or submitted work, please remind them to complete schoolwork daily allowing for flexibility and breaks. Posted work is due the Sunday at midnight to allow time to complete before the new week begins. Students should expect to read every day at least 30 minutes.  Raz-kids and Epic are reading resources if you need additional reading material.

Library Book for Grades 3-5: Students in grade 3-5 can request books by placing titles on hold using the library catalog or fill out a book request form. They do not do both. If they know what books they would like, then they use the catalog. If they need recommendations, they use the request forms. This is the link to the catalog:  https://library.mukilteo.wednet.edu/district/servlet/presentlistsitesform.do?districtMode=true

This is the link to the 3-5 book request from:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5289V4p_Lnep5Ec9bxVdBWiE8EIM3P2DA1xwbSbdw3W646g/viewform

How to access this has been shows during specialist learning time and it is also posted in the library Schoology courses. If you would like to see it again, here is the course link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GskItI1ZE8LCIUe97-sy1vkAIij12-ZT/view

Parent access to Schoology- Currently, Schoology does not have an effective way for teachers to show student’s missing work to parents. However, there is a way for parents to check on assignments and see what your child has been working on (or not working on). Please check weekly or more often, so you know what work is needed. Here is a link with instructions and Schoology features to allow you to do that.

https://support.schoology.com/hc/en-us/articles/201000833-Homepage-Parents

Hello Olivia Park Families,

10/30/20

Happy Friday!

November 3rd – November 10th – I will have a guess teacher. If you have any questions or need help, please message and email Chrystie Phillips … PhillipsCL@mukilteo.wednet.edu  Mrs. Phillips will managing the Schoology course and all zoom meetings.

There will be a supply pick-up November 5th between 12-5pm.  Conferences will be done via Zoom November 23, 24 and 25th. I will be sending out an online sign-up form. Please sign-up as soon as possible. Conferences, as usual, will be no student days and a shortened report card will be use for these conferences. Veteran’s Day is November 11th. No school November 11th.  

 

Reading – We continue unit 3: making inferences. In this unit students explore characters, a key element of narrative text structure. They make inferences to understand characters’ traits and feelings as well as how they develop and change. They come to understand that stories are about characters, the problems they face, how they deal with those problems, and how they change as a result. Sometimes character change is dramatic; at other times character change can be as subtle as a realization or a new perspective. This is a 5-week unit so we will be working on making inferences through November. 

Writing- This week we wrapped up writing unit 1 and 2 on the writing community and writing process.  I have definitely enjoyed reading student’s stories. Nice work everyone! For the first few weeks of November will focus on journal writing. Students will have journal topics to write about. There will be options for submitting handwritten writing or writing on the computer. The focus of this will be to continue to build stamina for writing on a regular basis. Beginning the week of November 16th, we will launch a writing unit on Personal Narratives. During this four-week unit, the students explore the genre of personal narrative and write about significant topics and events from their lives. They explore characteristics of good personal narrative, including sensory details, temporal words and phrases, engaging openings, and effective endings. The students practice relevant skills and conventions. This unit continues through December.

Math- As unit 1 has end, we move on to Unit 2: Multiplication and Division continued. In this unit, students learn multiplications and divisions for 6s, 7s, and 8s, while continuing to practice the rest of the basic multiplications and divisions covered in Unit 1. Although students practice all the 6s, 7s, and 8s multiplications they really have only six new multiplications to learn: 6 x6, 6x7, 6x8, 7x7, 7x8 and 8x8. The lessons for these multiplications focus on strategies for finding the products using multiplications they know. This unit also focuses on word problems. Students are presented with a variety of one-step and two-step word problems. Here is an example of a two-step word problem:

A roller coaster has 7 seats. Each car has 4 seats. If there were 3 empty seats, how many people were on the roller coaster?

Students use the language and context of each problem to determine which operation or operations- multiplication, division, addition, or subtraction- they must use to solve it. Students use a variety of methods to solve two-step word problems. Please continue to help your child get faster on multiplications and divisions. Your support is crucial to your child’s learning.

Daily assignments- Reading, Writing and Math assignments and discussions are posted. If your child has not yet completed and/or submitted work, please remind them to complete schoolwork daily allowing for flexibility and breaks. Posted work is due the Sunday at midnight to allow time to complete before the new week begins. Students should expect to read every day at least 30 minutes.  Raz-kids and Epic are reading resources if you need additional reading material.

Library Book for Grades 3-5: Students in grade 3-5 can request books by placing titles on hold using the library catalog or fill out a book request form. They do not do both. If they know what books they would like, then they use the catalog. If they need recommendations, they use the request forms. This is the link to the catalog:  https://library.mukilteo.wednet.edu/district/servlet/presentlistsitesform.do?districtMode=true

This is the link to the 3-5 book request from:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5289V4p_Lnep5Ec9bxVdBWiE8EIM3P2DA1xwbSbdw3W646g/viewform

How to access this has been shows during specialist learning time and it is also posted in the library Schoology courses. If you would like to see it again, here is the course link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GskItI1ZE8LCIUe97-sy1vkAIij12-ZT/view

Parent access to Schoology- Currently, Schoology does not have an effective way for teachers to show student’s missing work to parents. However, there is a way for parents to check on assignments and see what your child has been working on (or not working on). Please check weekly or more often, so you know what work is needed. Here is a link with instructions and Schoology features to allow you to do that.

https://support.schoology.com/hc/en-us/articles/201000833-Homepage-Parents-

Please keep in mind when checking some features meant for older students may not be available to us. It would be valuable to check ‘Grades’ as it will list assignments. Assignments that have not been completed will have a line next to it. Completed assignments will have a square next to it.

 

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you so much for all your help and support! I so appreciate you all.

Mrs. U.

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Please keep in mind when checking some features meant for older students may not be available to us. It would be valuable to check ‘Grades’ as it will list assignments. Assignments that have not been completed will have a line next to it. Completed assignments will have a square next to it.

 

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you so much for all your help and support! I so appreciate you all.

Mrs. U.