Class Newsletter 11/20/20

Hello Olivia Park Families!


Happy Friday!

Conferences will be done via Zoom November 23, 24 and 25th.  No school for student during this week. However, I am recommending students continue to read daily for at least 30 minutes and work on unfinished Schoology assignments next week.  Students in grades 3-5 will NOT have a scheduled supply drop in December. For safety, students in these grades will pick up any supplies next time. You may still request school library books.

Reading – Review making inferences and summarizing. Before jumping into our next reading unit on Questioning and Wondering, we will do some review work on summarizing and making inferences. Using some of our previous stories, students will have an opportunity to write a summary. For each summary, students will need to include the important parts of the story including story elements like character, setting, problem, solution and ending. They will identify each part and then use to write a short summary paragraph. Please make sure to include capitals and periods where they belong. An attached video will demonstrate writing the summary. If you need, please view before attempting the assignment.   

Writing- The coming week we will begin a unit on Personal Narratives. During this four-week unit, students explore the genre of personal narrative and write about significant topics and events from their lives. They explore the characteristics of a good personal narrative, including sensory details, temporal words and phrases, engaging openings, and effective endings. The students practice relevant skills and conventions, such as correcting commonly misused words. They hear, discuss, and write personal narratives. 

Math- This week we continue with 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:

This is the link to the 3-5 book request from:

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:

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.

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 missed Curriculum Night, here is a link to the video. If you have additional questions, please let me know.  


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

Mrs. U.