I hope you and your family had a great weekend together! Our families are the foundations upon which we build our understanding of peace and compassion upon. You are all wonderful. I say that after what proved to be an amazing week of parent teacher conferences! I am so excited about our community, the support we have for one another, and our eagerness to continue our progress as socially responsible life-long learners!
This is going to be a busy week here in Room 223! Monday we will begin our weekly routine of different explorations including skyscrapers, graphic organizers, fiction boxes, x50’s (multiplication practice), writing prompts, and our daily world-map. Additionally we will be continuing our parts-of-speech study by analyzing “conjunctions”. In reading and writing we will begin our study of different literary elements, beginning with “character”.
In math, 4th years will begin multiplying by 10’s and estimating products. Fifth years will be starting long division by exploring a Montessori material called “test tube division”. Sixth years will continue multiplying and dividing decimals and may begin working with fractions.
In cultural studies we will be finishing up the Industrial Revolution before moving on to Immigration for much of the rest of the quarter. This unit will not only examine the historical impacts of immigration on our nation and world, but will also explore the ongoing story of immigration in today’s context. Every relevant topic is made much more meaningful when connected to our own lives. As such, if you have a personal story of immigration that you could share with our class, it would be an invaluable opportunity for our students to connect a concept to their heart and mind. Please let me know!
Another real life experience this week is our salmon dissection in class Tuesday afternoon. Thank you to the parent volunteers for making this possible! That appreciation also goes to those of you chaperoning for our field trip Thursday morning to the Performing Arts Center! You make success possible! That being said, please make sure children are dressed appropriately for a walking field trip Thursday morning.
If you have any questions about parent teacher conferences there is always a very open door policy for you to stop in before, during, or after school to chat. It goes without saying you may also call, text, or email to follow up with any praises, questions, or concerns about your child’s happiness and success!