This week, students spent a large majority of their time revisiting previously learned reading concepts in preparation for SBAC testing. We began the week by reviewing fiction and nonfiction reading techniques such as theme, inferencing, main idea, and text structure, and ended the week by going over testing strategies that would help students RELAX. Should your child become worried about State testing, please remind them to R (read the question carefully, then reread the passage or problem to find the right answer), E (examine every answer choice before you choose your answer), L (listen to your instincts), A (always double check your work), X (x-out answers that cannot possibly be correct).
This week, students finished their module unit on fractions by working with mixed numbers. Students now know how to add, subtract, multiply, and change an improper fraction to a mixed number. We also spent a large part of the week completing multi-step word problems, that had us use the Read, Draw, Write method in which we used visual models to show our thinking. Students took their end of module test on Friday, and are excited to begin our next unit this Monday, which will focus on decimals.
This week, students continued working on their inquiry exploration by choosing one natural disaster that they would like to research and create a write-up on. Students were given the option of earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, wild fires, landslides/avalanches, or floods/droughts. Each student then focused on three main points of interest for their papers which included warning signs, examples from the past, and actions we can take to be prepared. Students spent a lot of time exploring the website ready.gov/kids, and Mrs. Hauser brought in her bug-out-bag that she keeps in her car, to share what essential items may be needed in the case of an emergency. Next week, students will begin the planning process of their very own Public Service Announcement with the help of an interactive green screen!
This coming Tuesday (May 1st), students will begin SBAC Testing. We will start State testing by focusing on ELA for the first two weeks, and then end with two weeks of Math. It is important that your child comes to school each day well rested, and fed, so they can do they're very best.
Walk and ride to school
-May 1st to May 31st
-Big promotion day: May 4th Green Team will pass out pencils, stickers and bandanas to walk/bikers as they arrive
-National Walk/Roll day is May 9th
-Drop off and walk: must be at top of hill (88th and Stark). Dropping off at store doesn't count
-If you have to ride bus, go on family walk/ride/skate after school for 15 minutes. Bring in a signed note to Cereda/Johnson and they will mark you off
-Students will mark off if they walked/biked to school in the morning in the gym
-participate one day a week: 18 raffles for shirt, bell or light
-participate every day: certificate, shoelaces, reflective emoji key chain
-participate every day: 2 raffles for helmet and scooter
-Most participants for month: smoothie party
All Star Showcase
If you are interested in performing in the West TV Talent Show, then look no further...Starting Wednesday, April 25th there will be Registration Forms available in main office to grab at your child's own leisure. Here are some important dates to keep in mind if they are interested in being apart of this years event!
- Wednesday, May 9th: Registration forms for students who would like to audition are due to classroom teachers.
- Tuesday, May 15th during lunch recesses: Auditions to perform talents will be held in the library.
- Friday, June 8th at 2pm: Star Showcase will be performed in the gym in front of all classes, and parents who would like to attend.
- Tuesday, May 1st- Reading Logs due/Vocabulary Test
- Tuesday, May 1st, 2nd, and 4th- SBAC Testing Begins
- Tuesday, May 1st-31st- Walk/Ride Your Bike to School Month
- Friday, May 4th- Formal Spirit Day