Sunday, December 10, 2017

Week 13 Newsletter

With less than a week of school until Christmas Break, I have been reminding all students to make sure that all of their late and absent work has been turned in.  I will need to finalize all grades by Dec. 15, so all work will need to be turned in by next Monday (12/11) at the latest.  

Character Day was a great success.  Each student’s presentation was well done.  I can tell they all took time at home to work on it.  Thank you for supporting them and encouraging them!!  Our next book report is going to be from a fantasy book.  More information will be coming home AFTER Christmas Break, but the book must be more than 125 pages and it should be a higher quality text.  If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me!  

The Take Action Inc. food drive is in its last week!  It is a great service project to help underprivileged students in our area.  To learn more and to see a list of acceptable food, click this link.  As an incentive, I will be awarding extra recess minutes if food from the list is brought in.

On Tuesday morning, I will be conducting a preliminary classroom evaluation portion of the National Geographic Geography Bee which is open to grades 4-8 nationwide. (There is no grade associated with this!) If your student would like to visit the website to prepare or study, there are sample questions located at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/ . Again, this is an optional activity, but all students will be asked the preliminary Bee questions.

Don’t forget to continue studying the prepositions, because the students have an overall test over each of the 5 sets of propositions on December 14.  Here is the list to study from.

NOTE:  This week there will be:

  • No spelling new words

  • No reading log for the next three weeks.










This week’s bible verse:  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6  (quiz on 12/14)






What we are studying this week:
Bible: Christmas (Lesson test on 12/14)

Grammar: Prepositions final test on Thursday

Math: Ch. 4 - Division

Reading: Begin novel groups (until beginning of February)

Science: Begin Unit F - Body Systems: circulatory system

Social Studies: Begin Lewis & Clark unit

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Organization

What's coming up:

  • Dec. 14 - Christmas Class Party (2-3pm)
  • Dec. 15 - No School - Grading Day
  • Dec. 16 to Jan. 1 - No School  - Christmas Break
  • Jan. 2 - School resumes - Start of 2nd Trimester
  • Jan 5 - Report Cards for 1st Trimester emailed home
  • Jan. 15 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Jan. 24 - We lead Chapel from 9:00-9:25am (Plan to join us!)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Week 12 Newsletter

With a week and a half left of school until Christmas Break, I have been reminding all students to make sure that all of their late and absent work has been turned in.  I will need to finalize all grades by Dec. 15, so all work will need to be turned in by next Monday (12/12) at the latest.   

As a reminder, our realistic fiction book report, Character Day, is on Tuesday, and here is the Character Day Information Sheet.  Your student needs to answer the 10 required questions as the book’s main character.  They should plan to use note cards or a sheet of paper to help them.  Their “report” is a presentation as the character of their book answering the questions and I will only grade what is said (there is nothing to turn-in).  

The Take Action Inc. food drive is underway.  It is a great service project to help underprivileged students in our area.  To learn more and to see a list of acceptable food, click this link.  As an incentive, I will be awarding extra recess minutes if food from the list is brought in.

Sometime in the first part of December, we will be participating in the preliminary classroom evaluation portion of the National Geographic Geography Bee which is open to grades 4-8 nationwide. (There is no grade associated with this!) If your student would like to visit the website to prepare or study, there are sample questions located at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/ . Again, this is an optional activity, but all students will be asked the preliminary Bee questions.

This week's bible verse:  All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 (quiz on 12/5)








The next bible verse:  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6  (quiz on 12/14)






What we are studying this week:
Bible: The Bible Is Inspired (Lesson test on 12/5), Christmas (Lesson test on 12/14)

Grammar: Fourth set of propositions: throughout, to, toward, under, until, up, with, without.

Math: Ch. 4 - Division

Reading: Begin novel groups (until beginning of February)

Science: Begin Unit F - Body Systems: circulatory system

Social Studies: Begin Explorers of the Pacific Northwest (1600-1800) test on Friday

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Organization

What's coming up:

  • Dec. 1 - Spirit Wear Day (wear WHCS shirt!)
  • Dec. 5 - Character Day Presentation
  • Dec. 8 - Christmas Concert for 5/6 grade (Auditorium at 7pm)
  • Dec. 14 - Christmas Class Party
  • Dec. 15 - No School
  • Dec. 16 to Jan. 1 - No School  - Christmas Break
  • Jan. 2 - School resumes - Start of 2nd Trimester
  • Jan 5 - Report Cards for 1st Trimester emailed home

Monday, November 27, 2017

Week 11 Newsletter

I want to thank each of you for the time we spent discussing your student.  This allows me to see each student a little more wholly.  The time we used to talk about your child will allow me to better teach them.  It is truly a blessing to team with each of you to better your child individually.


If you ever feel it necessary to have another conference, I will make myself available.  Please let me know via email and we can find a time that works for the both of us.


The next book report is due next week.  They should try to finish the book this week.  Your student needs to answer the 10 required questions as the book’s main character.  They should plan to use note cards or a sheet of paper to help them.  Their “report” is a presentation as the character of their book answering the questions and I will only grade what is said (there is nothing to turn-in).  Here is the information sheet that I previously sent home.  The realistic fiction book should be more than 125 pages.  It should not be a book from a series, nor a graphic novel.  Their Character Day Presentation is on Dec. 5.


The Take Action Inc. food drive is underway.  It is a great service project to help underprivileged students in our area.  To learn more and to see a list of acceptable food, click this link.  As an incentive, I will be awarding extra recess minutes if food from the list is brought in.


Sometime in the first part of December, we will be participating in the preliminary classroom evaluation portion of the National Geographic Geography Bee which is open to grades 4-8 nationwide. (There is no grade associated with this!) If your student would like to visit the website to prepare or study, there are sample questions located at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/ . Again, this is an optional activity, but all students will be asked the preliminary Bee questions.


Lastly, I have sent home some Scholastic book catalogs.  The order is due on Dec. 1, so the shipment will arrive before Christmas Break begins.  If you want to order a gift for me to hold, email me and I will keep it for you and not send it home with your child.  To order, go to www.scholastic.com/bookclubs and enter my Class Code GXR3Z.



This week's bible verse:  All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  - 2 Timothy 3:16-17





What we are studying this week:
Bible: The Bible Is Inspired (Lesson test on 12/6)


Grammar: Fourth set of propositions: of, off, on, out, outside, over, past, through.


Math: Begin Ch. 4 - Division


Reading: Begin novel groups (until beginning of February)


Science: Begin Unit F - Body Systems: respiratory system


Social Studies: Begin Explorers of the Pacific Northwest (1600-1800)


Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Organization


What's coming up:

  • Dec. 1 - Spirit Wear Day (wear WHCS shirt!)
  • Dec. 5 - Character Day Presentation
  • Dec. 8 - Christmas Concert for 5/6 grade (Auditorium at 7pm)
  • Dec. 14 - Christmas Class Party
  • Dec. 15 to Jan. 2 - Christmas Break

Friday, November 17, 2017

Book order

Today your student brought home a book order form.  As always, do not feel compelled to buy anything.  There are some good deals on some books and some books truly are garbage.  It is completely up to you if you order any books.  If you do, it is easiest for me if you order online.  Please follow the last page of the book order packet with our unique class code.

The due date of this order is Friday Dec. 1.  The books will arrive before Christmas break.  If you want to order any books for your child as a surprise (or for any other reason), just send me an email and I will hold the book for you, and not give them to your child.  The order should arrive on either 12/8 or 12/11, if their delivery schedule is on-time.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Week 10 Newsletter

I am truly looking forward to conferencing with each family next week.  I will do my best to show which areas your student is excelling, and which areas may need additional assistance at home.  As always, if you feel there is something that we need to discuss before or after conferences, do not hesitate to contact me. Click here to find my conference schedule.  

Last week, I assigned the next book report which is due in about a month.  They should try to finish the book within the next two weeks, by December 1.  This turns out to be a fun report for many of the students.  They are going to be a character from a realistic fiction book.  Their “report” is a presentation as the character of their book.  Here is the information sheet that I sent home last week.  The realistic fiction book should be more than 125 pages.  It should not be a book from a series, nor a graphic novel.  Their Character Day Presentation is on Dec. 5.

Now that we have finished our Young Peacemakers curriculum, we will starting a new bible curriculum (Purposeful Design) which will last for the remainder of the year. We will study the basic doctrines of the Church. With this curriculum we will get to the heart of what God's message is and how it applies to each and every one of us.  Students will have homework several times a week from this workbook.

Sometime in the first part of December, we will be participating in the preliminary classroom evaluation portion of the National Geographic Geography Bee which is open to grades 4-8 nationwide. (There is no grade associated with this!) If your student would like to visit the website to prepare or study, there are sample questions located at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/ . Again, this is an optional activity, but all students will be asked the preliminary Bee questions.




Current bible verse:  "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  John 8:32 (Test on Friday)




What we are studying this week:
Bible: God's word is truth (verse test on 11/17)

Grammar: Begin prepositions

Math: Ch. 3 - Multiply by 2-digit numbers (Test on Friday)

Reading: The Raft - working on character traits

Science: Begin Unit F - Body Systems: respiratory system

Social Studies: Begin Explorers of the Pacific Northwest (1600-1800)

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas

What's coming up:

  • Nov. 20/21  - No school - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Nov. 22-24  - No school - Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 1 - Spirit Wear Day
  • Dec. 5 - Character Day Presentation
  • Dec. 8 - Christmas Concert for 5/6 grade (Auditorium at 7pm)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Week 9 Newsletter

As the weather changes this time of the year, encourage your student to wear appropriate clothes to school. I will encourage all students to wear their coats to recess on cool days.   Please make sure you give them the opportunity to bring warm clothes to school every day.

Mrs. Porter wanted me to let everyone know that this week the students will memorize the second set of propositions.  They are: before, behind, below, beneath, beside, between, by, down.  Don’t forget that spelling counts, also.  Due to Veterans Day this week, the quiz will be on Thursday. Additionally, they have finished the grammar unit on punctuation.  They have covered periods, apostrophes, commas, colons, hyphens, quotation marks, question marks and exclamation points.  There will be a short test on Wednesday.

This week, I will assign the next book report which is due in about a month.  They should try to finish the book within the next three weeks, by December 1.  This turns out to be a fun report for many of the students.  They are going to be a character from a realistic fiction book.  Their “report” is a presentation as the character of their book.  I will be explaining the book report to them this week.  Here is the information sheet that I will send home later this week.  The realistic fiction book should be more than 125 pages.  It should not be a book from a series, nor a graphic novel.  Their Character Day Presentation is on Dec. 5.

Now that we have finished our Young Peacemakers curriculum, we will starting a new bible curriculum (Purposeful Design) which will last for the remainder of the year. We will study the basic doctrines of the Church. With this curriculum we will get to the heart of what God's message is and how it applies to each and every one of us.  Students will have homework several times a week from this workbook.

Sometime in the first part of December, we will be participating in the preliminary classroom evaluation portion of the National Geographic Geography Bee which is open to grades 4-8 nationwide. (There is no grade associated with this!) If your student would like to visit the website to prepare or study, there are sample questions located at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/ . Again, this is an optional activity, but all students will be asked the preliminary Bee questions.




Current bible verse:  "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  John 8:32 (Test on Friday)



What we are studying this week:
Bible: God's word is truth (verse test on 11/18)

Grammar: Punctuation unit - Test on Wednesday

Math: Ch. 3 - Multiply by 2-digit numbers

Reading: Snowflake Bentley - working on main idea and details

Science: Begin Unit F - Body Systems

Social Studies: Native Americans of the Oregon Coast informational report, review and unit test on Thursday

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas

What's coming up:

  • Nov. 9 - (8:15-10:50) - Honored Guest Day
  • Nov. 10 - No school - Veterans Day
  • Nov. 20/21  - No school - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Nov. 22-24  - No school - Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 5 - Character Day Presentation

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week 8 Newsletter

This week we will continue our twice-a-year MAP (computerized) testing.  I will encourage your student to do their best, by working to show their learning through the test.  Our tests will occur on Thursday Nov. 2  from 2 - 3 pm and on Friday Nov. 3 from 10:30-11:30am.  On those days, please be sure they eat a great breakfast and bring a good lunch, so their brain activity can be maximized at the test times.  Please try to avoid any absences during these hours on each day...if at all possible.  There will be only one make-up session next week for any absences during any of these times.

Later today, you will receive an email to signup for Parent Teacher Conferences.  I hope I can meet with every family.  It really helps me to give you an idea of how I see your student academically, spiritually, and emotionally, so we can work together to create an amazing school year.  

Sometime in the first part of December, we will be participating in the preliminary classroom evaluation portion of the National Geographic Geography Bee which is open to grades 4-8 nationwide. (There is no grade associated with this!) If your student would like to visit the website to prepare or study, there are sample questions located at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/ . Again, this is an optional activity, but all students will be asked the preliminary Bee questions.

This week's bible verse:  All six verses test on Friday, 11/3.  View the verses here.

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Review all 6 verses for a final test

Grammar: Punctuation unit - periods and commas

Math: Ch. 3 - Multiply by 2-digit numbers

Reading: Snowflake Bentley - working on main idea and details

Science: Unit A Test and Begin Unit F - Body Systems

Social Studies: Native Americans of the Oregon Coast informational report

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas

What's coming up:

  • Nov. 9 - (8:15-10:50) - Honored Guest Day
  • Nov. 10 - No school - Veterans Day
  • Nov. 20/21  - No school - Parent/Teacher Conferences (sign ups coming later today)
  • Nov. 22-24  - No school - Thanksgiving Break