A Blanket of Snow

I hope you all have enjoyed this long Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. We are excited to see your students (and a blanket of snow) at school on Monday! We will start the week off in ELA with a visit from Mrs. Rompella to continue work with John Muir. At this time, each student has created a drawing with a short matching text to make a picture book on the Life of John Muir. We will begin the editing process this week. On Tuesday, spelling tests will be given to the Yellow Submarines, Banana S’mores, Australian Hawks, Squishy Bananas, and Disney groups. Please check with your student to see which group (s)he is in. On Wednesday, we will begin a writing unit on the five paragraph essay as we put our creative minds to work on an “Invention” essay..
In social studies, we are planning to wrap up our Election unit with a general election for our class mascot. Each class held primary elections before break and both “parties” – World Wildlife Fund and Defenders of Wildlife – have officially elected their candidate for the general election. Voting will take place on Friday and students can expect a test on the election process next Monday, December 3rd. After that, we will begin our unit on National Parks. We will also hold our class Geography Bee this Wednesday to select a class representative for the school wide Geography Bee in December.
This Friday we will have our November Marketplace after lunch, and the following Wednesday, December 5th, is an Early Release Day.
I really enjoyed meeting with you and your students during conferences last week. If you were unable to meet during that time, please let me know, and I would be happy to make other arrangements for us to get together. Several of you mentioned that you did not have the link to the homework calendar. Although your student should be writing down the homework each day in his/her assignment notebook, I’ve included the calendar link here for those days when your student may forget this notebook at school. You can bookmark the site for easy access. I hope this helps us all stay on top of homework assignments.