April 26, 2015 Update

Dear Parents,

Week in Review:

Earth Week was incredibly chilly, windy, and wonderful!  We logged nearly twenty-two miles last week; most of them Monday through Wednesday.

Here are a few shots from this week.  They include the trip to The Chicago Botanic Gardens, The Celebration Trail, and the Fire Ring Ceremony.

Earth Week 1 Earth Week 2Earth Week 3Earth Week 4Earth Week 5

Thanks to everyone who made this week possible:  Earth Week Committee, Green Team, Ms. Naomi, Student Council, Mr. Habel’s class, Staff, and Parent Volunteers.

The Author Visit was interesting and engaging.  Be sure to send in your order for The Sooper Yooper to Ms. Naomi by May 1, 2015.  A hard copy of the order form was sent to you last week.

On Monday we are going to the Waukegan Library for the Bus to Us program.  Students will meet first grade book buddies and join the library staff for a fun-filled morning.  We leave at 9:00 and will return at 12:30.

Academics:

ELA:  Readers’ Workshop:  We are going to spend this week on informational reading skills, covering CCSS for Reading Information standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.  Students will use a National Geographic World magazine for the mentor text.  We will return to the usual spelling routine.  Our additional words are:  Core:  hill, television, bill, solve, pressure, report, farmer, count, trade, chief.  Content:  ray, endpoint, angle, perpendicular, parallel.  In Writers’ Workshop we will finish up our Illinois biography projects and then study pronouns and the use of quotation marks during Grammar Boot Camp.

Math:  We didn’t complete the metric conversion mini unit before Earth Week, so we will finish our work with word problems this week.  Students will have homework on Monday night, and then we will then begin a unit on geometry; understanding lines, angles, and use of protractors.  This unit will be interrupted by our Native American Immersion week May 4- 8, 2015.   Be sure to check the assignment notebook and the homework calendar for updates.

SS:  Students completed Chapter 7 on A Changing Illinois.  Early this week students will review by making a review slide presentation using the Chromebooks.  A chapter assessment is planned for Thursday.

Service Learning Project:  This week students will prepare and give small presentations on their progress on finding a solution to our idea of making our classroom gardens interactive.  We hope to be implementing our ideas by mid May!

Garden:  As a continuation of our SLP from  last year, we planted Japanese greens in the cold frames.  We will donate the greens and radishes to local food pantries.

Spanish:  Remember that students are working on the climate projects and will need information from home.  See the project outline that Senora sent home last week in the assignment notebooks.

Upcoming test information:

We are taking the End of Year (EOY) PARCC tests and the Spring MAP tests in May.  Here is the schedule:

PARCC:  5/11, 5/12, 5/14

MAP:  5/19, 5/22

Dates to Remember:

4/27          Bus to Us Field Trip

4/28         School Board Meeting

4/29          Farm to Table, Town Meeting

5/1            Sooper Yooper book orders due

5/4 – 5/8  Native American Week

5/6            Early Release