march class newsletter:
Parent-Teacher conferences are after spring break! To help organize the sign-up process, I am using VolunteerSpot, the leading time-saving online coordination tool. Please click the link below to learn more and sign up.
Please note, I have made conferences a half hour long, however that does not mean it will take the whole time. Additionally, if you are not available at any of the times listed, please e-mail me and I will work with you to arrange a time that works for both of our schedules.
If you have any questions or concerns about your student, or what is happening in the classroom, please e-mail me and let me know before Parent-Teacher conferences. This way we can work to clarify and solve any situations as soon as possible.
I look forward to meeting with each of you one-on-one to discuss your student's progress towards mastery!
What's Happening in the Classroom:
This month we will be finishing Module 3 in English Language Arts (our units on Laurence Yep's Dragonwings) and begin Module 4. Module 4 moves students from analytical writing to persuasive writing as we consider the interdependence of humans and the natural world. Students will begin Module 4 as they are introduced to Jean Craighead George's Frightful's Mountain, the sequel to My Side of the Mountain and The Other Side of the Mountain. Again, students will be reading various informational texts alongside Frightful's Mountain in order to trace an author's claims and evaluate if they are evidence based or not.
In math, students continue their work on Expressions and Equations as they learn to write addition, subtraction, multiplication and division expressions that represent real-world problems. Moreover, students will be applying their understandings of expressions, the use of variables and substitution to real-world contexts.
This month students complete their study of the systems in plants and animals. They present their findings about how the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, muscular and skeletal systems all work together to serve a function for a living organism. Additionally, students will participate in a culminating lab activity as they dissect frogs to apply their knowledge and learning to identifying the various systems in a frog and comparing it to those of other animals they have studied.
Thank you to all who joined us in Sedona!
Important Upcoming Events:
4 Grade Reports sent home
5 Yogurtini Family Night 1:30-8:30pm
7 Field Day
ELA Unit Assessment
Math Mid-Unit Assessment
8 Field Trip @ Red Rock Jeep Tours in Sedona
10-14 Spring Break - No School
17 Book Critique Due
Spring Training Game
18 PTA Meeting/Bingo Night
19 Barros Family Day 12-9pm
20 Frog Dissection Day in Class
26 Panda Express Family Day 12-9pm
27-28 Parent-Teacher Conferences (12:30 Release)
4 Spring Fair
CAPP Jeep tour in Sedona:
For those families and students joining us on this exciting adventure, below is the information that was e-mailed to you and sent home on March 5th.
When and where are we meeting?
All participating students and family members should meet at 301 N. Hwy 89A (in Sacajawea Plaza in uptown Sedona, across from The Canyon Breeze) by 9:30AM on Saturday, March 8th. Each family is responsible for their own transportation or carpool arrangements.
What will we be doing?
We will be going on a fun and informative Jeep Tour.
The tour will be from 10 – 11AM. While the majority of the tour will be on the jeep, there will be some walking involved. After the tour, everyone is invited to meet at a nearby park for a lunch picnic (bring your own sack lunch, or grab lunch at a nearby restaurant and meet us there). The lunch is not mandatory, but will be a great way for us to tie up the event and spend more time together.
What do we need to bring?
- Tennis Shoes
- Sun Glasses
- Sack Lunch (if you’d like to join us for a picnic in the park)
- BIG SMILES!
The cost of the trip is $37.42 per person. In order to
expedite the payment process when we arrive, Mrs.Bowers will be paying for the field trip in one lump sum. Please bring either cash or a check (made out to Mrs. Leah Bowers) to pay for your student/family. If you have any questions or concerns about payment methods etc., please contact Mrs.Hirsch or Mrs.Bowers before Friday, March 7th.
If your student is going on the trip with another family:
If your student is attending the field trip without you, but is
getting a ride with another family, please be sure your student has the following two items with them: 1) a means of payment for the trip (or arrange something with Mrs. Hirsch or Mrs.Bowers by Friday, March 7th) and 2) a short letter or note stating that your child has permission to attend the Jeep tour, and who your student has permission to arrive and leave the trip with.
If you have any further questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me.
This trip will be a fun and exciting way to kick start Spring
Break. Can’t wait to see you all there!