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  • Oakland Zoo FIELD TRIP WILL BE RESCHEDULED!

  • I am sure you have heard by now, but the Alameda Unified School District teachers’ union has filed an impasse over contract negotiations.  We will be going to mediation on Wednesday, November 14th. 

  • I will go from a bi-monthly update schedule to once a month and as needed basis.  Look for the email in your inbox.

  • We have closed first trimester and have begun second.  The year is flying by and we have so much to accomplish.  I look forward to meeting with you in a few weeks.

  • Since bad air quality seems like the new normal, I would encourage you to invest in a filtered mask for your child.  They sell child sizes on Amazon. If we all have mask, I can take the kids out for small breaks during the day. Please remember to send a water bottle and layers for changing temperature in the classroom.  We are on a rainy day protocol, however on rainy days we can open window and doors, smokey days we cannot.

  • Coloma- Potential chaperones- I haven't forgotten about you!  We are on a hold from Coloma on how many female and male chaperones we will need.  I promise, I will let you know soon.

  • Marin- 5th grade paperwork was sent home today.   Due November 9th!

    • Language Arts:

      • Reading:We started AUSD adopted curriculum, Center for the Collaborative Classroom, referred to as CCC.  I will meet with 5th grade for 5th grade reading and 4th grade for 4th grade reading. This allows for small group instruction as well as focusing in on the specific standards for each grade.  We have started a unit on Expository Text.

      • Writing: Every day we write.  Every Friday we publish one of the paragraphs we wrote during the week.  So far, the kids have published 10 paragraphs on their chromebook in Classroom.We have wrapped up our fiction writing and will start Personal Narrative next week.  

      • Root Words: Both 4th and 5th grade are learning about word parts, prefixes, suffixes which will aide in spelling and understanding of word definitions

      • Read Aloud: We are reading Shooting Kabul by N.H Senzai Shooting Kabul summary I will go back to Maniac Magee after Shooting Kabul

      • Math: We are at it! We have taken multiple quizzes which will come home for a signature so you can see how your child is doing with the work.  

      • 4th grade: Module 3: Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division Module 3

      • 5th grade: Module 1: Place Value and Decimal Fractions Module 2

        • District Benchmark  Test will be Friday, November 16th

    • Social Studies:

      • We will begin a unit on Native Americans this week.  4th grade will focus on California Natives and the Management of Natural Resources and 5th grade will focus on the different regions in the United States and the Natives that live/ lived there.  

      • What a great way to end a unit!  Our Immigration Interviews were awesome.  The kids were engaged, respectful, and curious.  If you haven’t done so already, ask them about last Friday.  They are currently presenting back to the rest of the class about the person they interviewed.  Powerful stuff!

    • Science:

      • We are about the conclude our second investigation- Developing Models: Black Boxes, Drought Stopper, and Models for Change in Properties

  • Announcements:

  • Please sign up for conferences if you haven’t done so already:

  • Halloween parade and Dia De Los Muertos was AMAZING! Big thank you to Tali, Nuri’s mom, for teaching us so much about the Mexican tradition.  Thank you to Anna, Teron’s mom, and Sara, Erik’s mom, for reading a bilingual book to the class on the celebration. THANK YOU ALL who can and helped as well.

  • Check out my new feature in the website… Social and Emotional Educational reading

Schedule:

    • Monday: PE at 9:25-10:25; 4th grade garden 12:30-1:45; 5th grade garden 1:50-3:00

    • Tuesday: Music 2:00-3:00

    • Wednesday: 1:10 dismissal

    • Thursday: Media Center  8:20-9:20

 

  • Dates:

    • November 19-23: Thanksgiving Holiday- NO SCHOOL

    • November 26-30: 12:30 Dismissal- Report Cards

    • December 12-14: 4th grade Coloma

    • December 24-January 4: Winter Break- NO SCHOOL

    • January 11: Staff Development Day- NO SCHOOL

    • January 21: MLK- NO SCHOOL

    • January 23-25: 5th grade Marin

    • January 30th: Oakland Museum (will need drivers)

    • February 18-22: Presidents’ Week- NO SCHOOL

    • February 26th and 28th: Sailing into Science field trip at Lake Merritt

    • April 1-5: Spring Break- NO SCHOOL

    • May 27: Memorial- NO SCHOOL

    • June 5th : Mrs. Otieku’s Birthday :)

    • June 7: Last Day of School

 

 



 

UPDATE 10/26/18

 

  • I assigned new home base seats. By filling out a survey, students had some input into who, where, and what seats they would like.  I particularly loved the honesty of the kids when writing who they wanted to sit next to, many also wrote the same person as the person that would also distract them the most! :) We start and end everyday at home base and then are able to move around during the day. It seems to be working well.  We are still waiting on two more tractor seats. They should be in next week.

  • Thanks to a donation form the Obots, I have also added a new tool that has increased student participation and taken the strain off our voices!  It is called the Q-Ball. It is a microphone you can toss, roll, and pass. Check out the pictures!

  • Coloma- Potential chaperones- I haven't forgotten about you!  We are on a hold from Coloma on how many female and male chaperones we will need.  I promise, I will let you know soon.

  • Marin- 5th grade paperwork was sent home today.   Due November 9th!

    • Language Arts:

      • Reading:We started AUSD adopted curriculum, Center for the Collaborative Classroom, referred to as CCC.  I will meet with 5th grade for 5th grade reading and 4th grade for 4th grade reading. This allows for small group instruction as well as focusing in on the specific standards for each grade.  We have started a unit on Expository Text.

      • Writing: Every day we write.  Every Friday we publish one of the paragraphs we wrote during the week.  So far, the kids have published 10 paragraphs on their chromebook in Classroom.We have wrapped up our fiction writing and will start Personal Narrative next week.  

      • Root Words: Both 4th and 5th grade are learning about word parts, prefixes, suffixes which will aide in spelling and understanding of word definitions

      • Read Aloud: We finished The Witches by Roald Dahl The Witches today. Up next is Maniac Magee Maniac Magee Summary  **** Change in read aloud… We are reading Shooting Kabul by N.H Senzai Shooting Kabul summary I will go back to Maniac Magee after Shooting Kabul

      • Math: We are at it! We have taken multiple quizzes which will come home for a signature so you can see how your child is doing with the work.  

      • 4th grade: Module 3: Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division Module 3

        • Mid Module will be Thursday, November 1st

      • 5th grade: Module 2: Place Value and Decimal Fractions Module 2

    • Social Studies:

      • We will begin a unit on Native Americans this week.  4th grade will focus on California Natives and the Management of Natural Resources and 5th grade will focus on the different regions in the United States and the Natives that live/ lived there.  

      • We will conclude our Immigrant studies on November 9th with a panel of immigrants.  The students will have a chance to work in a group of 10, interview an immigrant, then present back to the rest of the class the experience of the person they interviewed.  

    • Science:

      • We concluded our first investigation on Making and Separating Mixtures. Up next: Developing Models: Black Boxes, Drought Stopper, and Models for Change in Properties

  • Announcements:

  • Our first trimester grading period is coming to an end! I will send home a Signup Genius link for conferences by next Friday.  Conferences will take place the week of November 26th-30th. Dismissal that week will be 12:30pm.

  • Halloween Parade: Get ready for a parade:  FROM PTSA:

    • You are invited to the first Bay Farm Halloween Parade! It will be on October 31st from 12:30-1:10 around the neighborhood surrounding the school. Kids who are not participating will be able to do crafts in one classroom, supervised by a teacher. Kids are welcome to wear their costumes all day or change into them at lunch. No masks which cover the face and no fake weapons.

 

The parade route will be starting in the quad, then going out Tillman Park, down Kofman Pkwy, up Dublin, then up the tree lined path and back into the quad for a dance party and to hear the results of the pumpkin carving contest. Parents are welcome to dress up too!

 

What I would prefer is to have the room parents (or 1-2 parent volunteers) walk along side the classroom in the parade to keep the kids lined up properly, and have the rest of the parents along the parade route to take pictures. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me. Laurel Arroyo (415) 595 3795 or lpgorman@usfca.edu (I am Lucia and Sienna Arroyo's mom)

 

Thanks!

Laurel

 

  • Halloween in class/party:  I am planning some Science activities and will NOT have a party the day of Halloween.  Our class party will be on Friday, November 2nd. November 2nd is also El Dia De los Muertos.  In order to pay tribute to those we have lost, we will build an altar and celebrate their time on earth with a party  including pictures, stories, food. We will then watch COCO in the afternoon. Thank you Tali, Judy, Mary-Jane, Sara and Anna for volunteering for November 2nd.

  • Oakland Zoo Field Trip November 15th! I am still waiting on a few permission forms.  Thank you Jenn Williams, Chris Kwong, Julee Chai, Kevin Dong, Jason Hannigan for volunteering to drive and chaperone

  • Check out my new feature in the website… Social and Emotional Educational reading

Schedule:

    • Monday: PE at 9:25-10:25; 4th grade garden 12:30-1:45; 5th grade garden 1:50-3:00

    • Tuesday: Music 2:00-3:00

    • Wednesday: 1:10 dismissal

    • Thursday: Media Center  8:20-9:20

 

  • Dates:

    • October 31st: Halloween Parade

    • November 2nd: el dia de los muertos celebration with the movie Coco and class party

    • November 12th: Veteran’s Day- NO SCHOOL

    • November 15th: Oakland Zoo Field Trip

    • November 19-23: Thanksgiving Holiday- NO SCHOOL

    • November 26-30: 12:30 Dismissal- Report Cards

    • December 12-14: 4th grade Coloma

    • December 24-January 4: Winter Break- NO SCHOOL

    • January 11: Staff Development Day- NO SCHOOL

    • January 21: MLK- NO SCHOOL

    • January 23-25: 5th grade Marin

    • January 30th: Oakland Museum (will need drivers)

    • February 18-22: Presidents’ Week- NO SCHOOL

    • February 26th and 28th: Sailing into Science field trip at Lake Merritt

    • April 1-5: Spring Break- NO SCHOOL

    • May 27: Memorial- NO SCHOOL

    • June 5th : Mrs. Otieku’s Birthday :)

    • June 7: Last Day of School

UPDATE 10/12/2018

 

  • After our setback last week, we are back to our fabulous selves.  It was great learning opportunity to show how individual behavior affects the whole group dynamic.  Another motivator to gain flexible seating back was the delivery of our Donors Choose project materials.  We received 2 adjustable Hokki-like stools, 6 more picnic chairs, 2 tractor seats. We are still awaiting 2 more tractor seats to add to the choices.  I think I can confidently say we are stocked and fully loaded with many choices for successful learning to take place.

  • Coloma- We have a 100% return on our Coloma forms and payments.  THANK YOU. I will contact those who were chosen to chaperone in a few weeks.  We had quite a few applications. Thank you for the interest.

  • Marin- 5th grade paperwork was sent home today.   Due November 9th

    • Language Arts:

      • Reading:We started AUSD adopted curriculum, Center for the Collaborative Classroom, referred to as CCC.  I will meet with 5th grade for 5th grade reading and 4th grade for 4th grade reading. This allows for small group instruction as well as focusing in on the specific standards for each grade.  

      • Writing: Every day we write.  Every Friday we publish one of the paragraphs we wrote during the week.  So far, the kids have published 8 paragraphs on their chromebook in Classroom. Our current writing assignment is a fictional story.  The kids have begun to write about a powerful mask they found and what happens when the mask is worn. We made the masks in our first Art Docent class led by Kevin Dong.  

      • Root Words: Both 4th and 5th grade are learning about word parts, prefixes, suffixes which will aide in spelling and understanding of word definitions

      • Read Aloud: We finished The Witches by Roald Dahl The Witches today. Up next is Maniac Magee Maniac Magee Summary  

      • Math: We are at it! We have taken multiple quizzes which will come home for a signature so you can see how your child is doing with the work.  

      • 4th grade: Module 3: Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division Module 3

      • 5th grade: Module 1: Place Value and Decimal Fractions Module 2

        • Mid Module will be Wednesday October 17th

    • Social Studies:

      • We have begun a unit on Immigration.  We will research our own names and family genealogy, the Waves of Immigration into the United States, and end with a culminating project of interviewing an immigrant.  We will tie this unit into IBD as well as current events.

        • We have finished 3 waves of Immigration:

          • Wave 1: European Colonists and Involuntary Immigrants

          • Wave 2: 1820s-1880s: Chinese and Irish Immigration

          • Wave 3: 1880s-1940s: Italians, Easter Europeans; Ellis Island, Angel Island:

          • We will end our unit with Wave 4: 1965- Current:  students will interview immigrants and give a presentation telling the story of the person they interviewed

          • HELP- if you are a first generation immigrant, or know someone who would like to be interviewed by eager 4th and 5th graders, please let me know.  Interviews will be held on November 9th at 12:45. A small group of students will interview and record.

    • Science:

      • Due to some very overcast days a few weeks ago, we had to switch gears from Earth and Stars to Mixtures and Solutions.  We concluded our first investigation on making and separating mixtures using a solute and solvent. Up next is separating a dry mixture.   Ask your kids about the different states of matter.

  • Announcements:

  • Pizza Party October 19th

  • Movie: The Witches- We will watch the movie version of The witches on Friday, October 26th.  Please PREVIEW the movie and if you want to opt your child out, let me know. Movie is PG made in 1990- send in pre-popped popcorn to share.

  • Halloween Parade: Get ready for a parade…. More information to follow…

  • Halloween in class/party:  I am planning some Science activities and will NOT have a party the day of Halloween.  Our class party will be on Friday, November 2nd. November 2nd is also el dia de los Muertos.  In order to pay tribute to those we have lost, we will build an altar and celebrate their time on earth with a party  including pictures, stories, food. We will then watch COCO in the afternoon. I will need help with this project. Please let me know if you would like to help.

  • Oakland Zoo Field Trip November 15th!  I need drivers. Please sign up for a great day spent at the newly refurbished Oakland Zoo.

  • Check out my new feature in the website… Social and Emotional Educational reading

Schedule:

    • Monday: PE at 9:25-10:25; 4th grade garden 12:30-1:45; 5th grade garden 1:50-3:00

    • Tuesday: Music 2:00-3:00

    • Wednesday: 1:10 dismissal

    • Thursday: Media Center  8:20-9:20

 

  • Dates:

    • October 19th: Mrs. O out- Mrs. Sabbattini will sub

    • October 9th: COLOMA PAPERWORK/PAYMENT DUE

    • October 25th: Mrs. O out at a conference- Mrs. Sabbattini will sub

    • October 26th: 12:30 Dismissal- movie The Witches and Staff Development

    • October 31st: Halloween Parade

    • November 2nd: el dia de los muertos celebration with the movie Coco and class party

    • November 12th: Veteran’s Day- NO SCHOOL

    • November 15th: Oakland Zoo Field Trip

    • November 19-23: Thanksgiving Holiday- NO SCHOOL

    • November 26-30: 12:30 Dismissal- Report Cards

    • December 12-14: 4th grade Coloma

    • December 24-January 4: Winter Break- NO SCHOOL

    • January 11: Staff Development Day- NO SCHOOL

    • January 21: MLK- NO SCHOOL

    • January 23-25: 5th grade Marin

    • January 30th: Oakland Museum (will need drivers)

    • February 18-22: Presidents’ Week- NO SCHOOL

    • April 1-5: Spring Break- NO SCHOOL

    • May 27: Memorial- NO SCHOOL

    • June 5th : Mrs. Otieku’s Birthday :)

    • June 7: Last Day of School


 

UPDATE

 

  • We are in the full swing of school, learning is happening and kids are thriving.  We are using Flexible Seating appropriately and are learning to self monitor behavior. We are having a blast.   

    • Language Arts:

      • Reading: Inquiry By Design (IBD): We have finished reading “America America” by Martin W. Sandler. We picked out the Main Ideas for each of the 5 sections and made a list of Hardships that immigrants faced.  We are currently reading “Going to America” an excerpt from A Place for Us by Nicholas Gage.  We will then write an essay answering the question, What were the most important qualities that immigrants of the early twentieth century needed in order to come to America? We will state a claim and back it up with evidence.

      • Writing: Every day we write.  Every Friday we publish a paragraph form the week.  So far, the kids have published 5 paragraphs on their chromebook in Classroom. The kids have also chosen a Fairy Tale to rewrite, showing the point of view of a minor character or a continuation story of the tale. We are typing our final drafts of our story and will be illustrating a book to go with our writing.   

      • Root Words: Both 4th and 5th grade are learning about word parts, prefixes, suffixes which will aide in spelling and understanding of word definitions

      • Read Aloud: The Witches by Roald Dahl The Witches

    • Math: We are at it!  We took our End-Module test this week and will have the results next week.  We have taken multiple quizzes which will come home for a signature so you can see how your child is doing with the work.  

      • 4th grade: Module 2: Multi-Digit Whole Number and Decimal Fraction Operations Module 2

      • 5th grade: Module 2: Place Value and Decimal Fractions Module 2

    • Social Studies:

      • We are studying Immigration.  We will research our own names and family genealogy, the Waves of Immigration into the United States, and end with a culminating project of interviewing an immigrant.  We will tie this unit into IBD as well as current events.

      • Geography: 4th grade is learning the different regions of California.  5th grade is currently learning the states and physical geography of the United States.

    • Science:

      • We have finished up Brain Work. We have learned about the 4 lobes, Nervous System, Neurons, Dendrites, and Multiple Intelligences.  

      • We will start a FOSS Unit Earth and Stars next week

  • Announcements:

  • Our class has a room parent! Mary-Jane Manuel 

  • 12:30 dismissal Friday September 28th

  • PTSA forms- please consider donating to the PTSA.  I sent home a yellow paper this week. Please join or indicate you have already joined/prefer not to join.  Please return the form.

  • Check out my new feature in the website… Social and Emotional Educational reading

  • Start sending in your COLOMA forms!

Schedule:

    • Monday: PE at 9:25-10:25; 4th grade garden 12:30-1:45; 5th grade garden 1:50-3:00

    • Tuesday: Music 2:00-3:00

    • Wednesday: 1:10 dismissal

    • Thursday: Media Center  8:20-9:20

  • Dates:

    • September 28th: 12:30 Dismissal- Staff Development

    • October 5th and 19th: Mrs. O out- Mrs. Sabbatini will sub

    • October 9th: COLOMA PAPERWORK/PAYMENT DUE

    • October 26th: 12:30 Dismissal- Staff Development

    • November 12th: Veteran’s Day- NO SCHOOL

    • November 19-23: Thanksgiving Holiday- NO SCHOOL

    • November 26-30: 12:30 Dismissal- Report Cards

    • December 12-14: 4th grade Coloma

    • December 24-January 4: Winter Break- NO SCHOOL

    • January 11: Staff Development Day- NO SCHOOL

    • January 21: MLK- NO SCHOOL

    • January 23-25: 5th grade Marin

    • January 30th: Oakland Museum (will need drivers)

    • February 18-22: Presidents’ Week- NO SCHOOL

    • April 1-5: Spring Break- NO SCHOOL

    • May 27: Memorial- NO SCHOOL

    • June 5th : Mrs. Otieku’s Birthday :)

    • June 7: Last Day of School

 

UPDATE

  • The kids are mastering the procedures of flexible seating and school.  We are doing our best to follow the 4Bs of Bay Farm and act as responsible citizens.  

Highlights:

    • Language Arts:

      • Reading: Inquiry By Design (IBD): We have read “America America” by Martin W. Sandler. We are currently looking for unfamiliar terms and ideas that need further investigation.  We will then look at the Main Ideas of The Push and Pull of Immigration.

      • Writing: Every day we write.  Every Friday we publish one of the paragraphs we wrote during the week.  So far, the kids have published 4 paragraphs on their chromebook in Classroom. The kids have also chosen a Fairy Tale to rewrite showing the point of view of a minor character or a continuation story of the tale.    

      • Root Words: Both 4th and 5th grade are learning about word parts, prefixes, suffixes which will aide in spelling and understanding of word definitions

      • Read Aloud: The Witches by Roald Dahl The Witches

    • Math: We are at it!  We took our Mid-Module test this week and will have the results next week.  We have taken multiple quizzes which will come home for a signature so you can see how your child is doing with the work.  

      • 4th grade: Module 1: Place Value, Rounding, and Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction Module 1

      • 5th grade: Module 1: Place Value and Decimal Fractions Module 1

    • Social Studies:

      • We have begun a unit on Immigration.  We will research our own names and family genealogy, the Waves of Immigration into the United States, and end with a culminating project of interviewing an immigrant.  We will tie this unit into IBD as well as current events.

      • Geography: 4th grade is learning the different regions of California.  5th grade is currently learning the states and physical geography of the United States.

    • Science:

      • We have finished up Brain Work. We have learned about the 4 lobes, Nervous System, Neurons, Dendrites, and Multiple Intelligences.  

      • We will start a FOSS Unit Earth and Stars next week

Schedule:

    • Monday: PE at 9:25-10:25; 4th grade garden 12:30-1:45; 5th grade garden 1:50-3:00

    • Tuesday: Music 2:00-3:00

    • Wednesday: 1:10 dismissal

    • Thursday: Media Center  8:20-9:20

 

  • Dates:

    • September 28th: 12:30 Dismissal- Staff Development

    • October 5th and 19th: Mrs. O out- Mrs. Sabatini will sub

    • October 9th: COLOMA PAPERWORK/PAYMENT DUE

    • October 26th: 12:30 Dismissal- Staff Development

    • November 12th: Veteran’s Day- NO SCHOOL

    • November 19-23: Thanksgiving Holiday- NO SCHOOL

    • November 26-30: 12:30 Dismissal- Report Cards

    • December 12-14: 4th grade Coloma

    • December 24-January 4: Winter Break- NO SCHOOL

    • January 11: Staff Development Day- NO SCHOOL

    • January 21: MLK- NO SCHOOL

    • January 23-25: 5th grade Marin

    • January 30th: Oakland Museum (will need drivers)

    • February 18-22: Presidents’ Week- NO SCHOOL

    • April 1-5: Spring Break- NO SCHOOL

    • May 27: Memorial- NO SCHOOL

    • June 5th : Mrs. Otieku’s Birthday :)

    • June 7: Last Day of School

UPDATE

Welcome:

  • Welcome to the first official update for the 2018-2019 school year! Thank you everyone who came to Back to School Night to find out about me, our classroom, and curriculum.

Highlights:

  • In my updates, I will break down what is happening in class in each subject area as well as include links that you can use to support your child. Please let me know if there are any questions or concerns about material being covered or questions that arise.  Make sure you check out the upcoming events below. 

    • Language Arts:

      • Reading: Inquiry By Design (IBD): We have begun by looking at how we set up a Literacy Notebook, how to choose books, book recommendations, and will start note-taking next week with non-fiction text on Immigration.  This unit will be referred to as: The Push and Pull of Immigration.

      • Writing: We are setting up our writing spirals, generating ideas on what to write, and listening to mentor texts about Fairy Tales- We are looking at point of view and alternatives to the classic Fairy Tale.  Students will begin a writing project and retell a classic in the perspective of a supporting character.

      • Read Aloud: The Witches by Roald Dahl The Witches

    • Math:

      • 4th grade: Module 1: Place Value, Rounding, and Algorithms for Addition and Subtraction Module 1

      • 5th grade: Module 1: Place Value and Decimal Fractions Module 1

    • Social Studies:

      • We have begun a Unit on Immigration.  We will research our own names and family genealogy, the Waves of Immigration into the United States, and end with a culminating project of interviewing an immigrant.  We will tie this unit into IBD as well as current events.

    • Science:

      • We are starting our year with Brain Work.  We will be looking closely at the biology of the brain, how we learn, and different ways of being “smart.”  

  • Schedule:

    • Monday: PE at 9:25-10:25;

    • Monday: 4th grade garden 12:30-1:45; 5th grade garden 1:50-3:00

    • Tuesday: Music 2:00-3:00

    • Wednesday: 1:10 dismissal

    • Thursday: Media Center  8:20-9:20

  • Still needed:

    • Room Parent

    • Art Docent

  • Please send $5 for planners

  • Video clip: Copy and paste this into your browser to watch a powerful clip on shifting our mindset  https://youtu.be/NWv1VdDeoRY

 

  • Dates:

    • September 3rd: Labor Day- NO SCHOOL

    • September 6th:Picture Day

    • September 11th: 4th grade parent COLOMA INFORMATION NIGHT! 5:00PM MPR

    • September 28th: 12:30 Dismissal- Staff Development

    • October 5th and 19th: Mrs. O out- Mrs. Sabatini will sub

    • October 26th: 12:30 Dismissal- Staff Development

    • November 12th: Veteran’s Day- NO SCHOOL

    • November 19-23: Thanksgiving Holiday- NO SCHOOL

    • November 26-30: 12:30 Dismissal- Report Cards

    • December 12-14: 4th grade Coloma

    • December 24-January 4: Winter Break- NO SCHOOL

    • January 11: Staff Development Day- NO SCHOOL

    • January 21: MLK- NO SCHOOL

    • January 23-25: 5th grade Marin

    • February 18-22: Presidents’ Week- NO SCHOOL

    • April 1-5: Spring Break- NO SCHOOL

    • May 27: Memorial- NO SCHOOL

    • June 5th : Mrs. Otieku’s Birthday :)

    • June 7: Last Day of School

WELCOME!!

Welcome to a new school year!  I am excited to welcome back my 4th graders as my new 5th graders, and I look forward to getting to know all of my incoming 4th graders this year ( I already know everyone's names!).  It is going to be another fun, exciting, fresh new year. We will continue to read rich literature in many different ways- independent, shared, whole group, and fun read alouds that range from entertaining to thought provoking.  Currently we are reading an entertaining book by Roald Dahl called The Witches. Writing will encompass genres from personal narrative, reports, stories, and much more. Math we will continue to develop more in-depth knowledge of place value, fractions and decimals, geometry, word problems, etc.  In Social Studies we will start with a whole class Immigration unit which will tie in current events. But, in general, 4th grade will cover CA History and 5th will begin learning about the History of the United States. In Science we will continue studying Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science.  

 

I implement a flexible seating environment where the students have the ability and power to make many of their choices throughout the day.  I foster a supportive learning environment which enables my students to be in control of their learning. I will guide them and help them make appropriate choices but ultimately it is up to them.  

 

I will talk more about how the 4/5 will work this year at Back to School Night on August 28th at 7:00PM.

 

I am looking forward to a very successful year!  

 

Mary

 

Coloma

4th Grade Camp in Coloma is December. Please feel free to access our Google Slideshow for information about our trip to Coloma Outdoor Discovery School. 

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES IN THE CLASSROOM

Our students will be engaged in a wide variety of activities that involve the following websites.  Students will be required to access these sites quickly and know their usernames and passwords.  

 

Google Classroom -- Online classroom management, collaboration and project site.

NewsELA -- With many thanks to our generous PTA, the 4th and 5th Graders will be using this online resource to read articles regarding current events and history.  

Discovery Education -- Educational Video Streaming Website

FOSSWeb -- FOSS Science Curriculum Website. Access the textbook here!

Typing Web -- Online Typing Program.

Biblionasium -- Online Social Media Literacy Website

http://www.prodigygame.com- math

http://www.zearn.org-math

EMBARC Online -- This is an extremely helpful website that features "how to" videos for our Eureka Math curriculum.  If you're trying to help your child and you are stuck, this may help!

Greeting students

Black Box convention

Black Box convention

Laws of oobleck

Laws of oobleck

oobleck

oobleck

oobleck spacecraft

oobleck spacecraft

Dia De Los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos

pumpkin contest

pumpkin contest

immigration interview

immigration interview

Science

Science

Art Docent- sugar skulls

Art Docent- sugar skulls

Q-Ball

Q-Ball

Flexible Seating

Flexible Seating

Passion Project- sewing

Passion Project- sewing

Fairy Tale Books

Fairy Tale Books

Fairy Tale Books

Fairy Tale Books

Science

Science

Flexible Seating

Flexible Seating

New Stuff!

New Stuff!

October's self portrait!

October's self portrait!

October's self portrait!

October's self portrait!

Book Recommendations

Book Recommendations

Math

Math

Wall sits

Wall sits

Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies

Reading Letters

Reading Letters

Can't Wait to read this...

Can't Wait to read this...

STEM- Bridge design

STEM- Bridge design

STEM- face of victory

STEM- face of victory

flexible Seating

flexible Seating

Flexible Seating

Flexible Seating

Shared reading- the brain

Shared reading- the brain

TOY

TOY

First Day

First Day

collaborating

collaborating

Collaborating

Collaborating

Grateful

Grateful