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Dear Parents,

Your students did a great job this week with the both Math and Reading NWEA tests. Next week the 5th graders will be taking the Aimsweb Plus assessments on Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon. They have also been hard at work with their classroom jobs and remembering the routines and expectations of the classroom. After this busy week, we hope you find some time to relax and enjoy time with family over this long weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Tuesday!

Social Studies:

-This week we finished working on our climate migration projects.

-Next week we will be talking about families immigrating to the US and the processes they go through to become citizens.

– To prepare for next week, students have been asked to interview a family member about their own family’s immigration story and traditions that are still kept alive today.  Ideally students will interview the person in their family that actually made that trip, however, I know that in many families this is not possible.  In that case, students should talk to the person in the family that knows the most about their family history.  If all of the interview questions are not able to be fully answered, that is ok!  Have the students and family members do the best they can.  The purpose is to learn more about their family.  We will use some of this information in discussions next week.

Language Arts:

-This week we began our first novel study, Esperanza Rising.

–In preparation for this novel we have been talking about various aspects of writing, figurative language, characterization, and the importance of paying attention to those as we read.

-Next week we will continue our novel and build our reading comprehension skills.

Psimaras Math:

-Solved volume story problems and compared “rectangular prisms” using the formula V = LxWxH

-Learned about exponents and how to solve them in order of operations problems

-Took Numerical Expressions Quiz

-Completed weekly spiral review

-Next week we will make posters comparing perimeter, area, volume, and surface area

Science:

-Discussed the different kinds of potential and kinetic energies

-Continued to measure, record, and analyze the masses of 4 carrots over time on pan balances

-Brainstormed possible hypotheses to explain how a projectile’s weight will affect the distance and started to constructed catapults during class

-Next week, we will measure, record, and graph the distances of the projectiles in our lab books as we conduct our catapult experiments

Upcoming Dates:

9/5   – Labor Day, No School

9/6 & 9/8- AimswebPlus Assessments

9/13  – Curriculum Night Comstock Building 6-7pm

9/15 – Curriculum Night Carson Building 6-7 pm