December Class newsletter
Thank you to all parents, students and families who helped contribute to our Fall Festival Movie Night basket. Although the festival was canceled, the silent auction was not. We raised $76 for our classroom! Thank you again for all your time and support!
- Miss Schiff
What's Happening in the classroom:
December may be a short month of school, but there is no shortage of learning happening in the classroom this month! Students are continuing in our unit on "Rules to Live By" and our novel study of Bud, Not Buddy. We are analyzing the rules to live by conveyed using figurative language in Rudyard Kipling's poem "If" and relating it to our novel. Students will be completing this unit before Winter Break and will have an assignment over the vacation which will contribute to their final assessment in this module (to be done in January) writing their own essays describing their individual "rules to live by."
Students will also be completing our second unit in math on Number Systems division. Students have focused on dividing decimals and the standard division algorithm and are now going deeper to understand helpful division patterns and relationships.
Lastly, students have been working on their project based Egypt unit. They will be completing their research and projects in the next week and presenting them the second week of December. In their groups, they will present all their research in the form of a tour package to not only one another, but to Ms. Behm's 4th grade CAPP class (who is doing Egypt for International Festival) and to our guest speakers as well.
As a reminder, your student's agenda should be signed every evening. This is one way to check that you are aware they completed their homework, and what the homework was. Students who have missing assignments still need to complete the assignment. All missing and late assignments are a zero.
Additionally, Passports go home in Tuesday folders every week and progress reports go home every other week. Please be sure you look for these as they need to be signed and are a means of communicating your student's progress.
upcoming important events
4 Model UN History Report Revised Due
6 Model UN Current Event 5
10 PTA Meeting - 5PM
13 Restaurant Night: Panda Express
16-20 Spirit Week (See Calendar for specifics)
20 Half Day 12:30 Release
End of Quarter 2
December 21-January 5 Winter Break
There are still many ways for you to help partner with your student's learning and help with the CAPP classroom. Here are a few items we need parents to help with!
1. Parents to work with Mrs. Bowers writing grants to help fund activities and projects in the CAPP classrooms
If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Bowers at:
2. Help creating our class bulletin boards throughout the year based on what we have been learning in class
3 . We have 3 large windows in our classroom that look out onto the red brick wall of the gym. Generally the blinds are kept down so our class is not distracted by the other students walking in the breezeway, and because the windows don't let in very much natural light. I would like to create panoramic scenes of different places around the world that we learn about in our Social Studies curriculum. This way students actually feel they are looking out onto ancient China or ancient Egypt etc. Also, they could be made to look as though the viewer is looking through a microscope, so students see the
differences between animal and plant cells etc.
If you are able to help with any of these projects, please just e-mail me and let me know!