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Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 6 Newsletter

Your student should be reading a biography book for their first book report of this year. I ask that they finish reading the book by tomorrow, October 17th and bring the book to school.  A couple weeks ago your student should have brought home an instruction sheet, but if you can’t find it, click here.  Remember, nothing needs to be done at home yet. We need to complete a form in class, starting on October 17.  They will bring the form home on October 19.  Once they will bring home the written information that they’ve completed in class on Wednesday, the information will need to be checked and corrected for spelling, grammatical errors, etc., and then typed or neatly written and placed on the back of each mobile piece.  That is when the real work can begin!  The overall project is due on Oct. 27.

I pushed back our twice-a-year MAP (computerized) testing to NEXT week.  I will encourage your student to try to do their best, by working on goal setting for learning.  I will spend some time discussing how we can all push our learning further.  Our tests will occur on Thursday Oct. 26 and Nov. 2  from 2 - 3 pm and on Fridays Oct. 27 and 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.  There will be one make-up session for any absences during any of these times.

This week's bible verse:  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32

What we are studying this week:
Bible: “The Freedom of Forgiveness”

Grammar: Punctuation unit - periods and commas

Math: Ch. 2 - Multiply by 1-digit numbers

Reading: Mystic Horse - working on sequencing a story

Science: Rocks and crystals

Social Studies: Native Americans of the Oregon Coast

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas

What's coming up:

  • Oct. 17 - Biography finished by this date and brought to school
  • Oct. 17 - Picture Make-Up Day - If your student is participating, bring back your entire packet
  • Oct. 25 - Progress Reports emailed home
  • Oct. 27 - Biography Book Report (Mobile) due

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Week 5 Newsletter

I am incredibly sorry this did not go out yesterday...I forgot to click a proper box, which delayed the post. FYI, it is my goal to have these posted by the end of the school day on Mondays.

Tomorrow we’re leaving at 8:45 for the Oregon Food Bank in Portland. Students will probably be working in a cold room so should dress in long pants and bring a sweatshirt or jacket. All students are required to wear their new West Hills shirts on field trips this year so please make sure your child has that on before going out the door. Also, the Oregon Food Bank requires all workers to wear closed-toed shoes and remember, if your child is sick, they’re not allowed to work at the food bank. I pray that everyone is in good health!

Next week we will begin our twice-a-year MAP (computerized) testing.  I will encourage your student to try to do their best, by working on goal setting for learning.  I will spend some time discussing how we can all push our learning further.  Our tests will occur on Thursday Oct. 19 and 26 from 2 - 3 pm and on Fridays Oct 20 and 27 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.  There will be one make-up session for any absences during any of these times.

Your student should be reading a biography book for their first book report of this year. I ask that they finish reading the book by October 17th and bring the book to school.  Last week your student should have brought home an instruction sheet, but if you can’t find it, click here.  Remember, nothing needs to be done at home yet. We need to complete a form in class, starting on October 17.  They will bring the form home on October 19.  That is when the real work can begin!  But if they are antsy, they can find a way to construct a mobile so that at least six item can hang down.

Just a quick reminder...all late work is now reduced by 10%.  Please encourage your student to double check their assignment books daily at home.

Kid Invest, West Hills Christian School's annual fundraiser, is in full swing. If the Lord leads you please donate online at www.whcs.org. Remember every dollar donated is matched.

This week's bible verse:  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:9

What we are studying this week:
Bible: “The 5 A’s for Resolving Conflict”  Look for the packet to come home on Friday.  Verse quiz on Thursday.

Grammar: Capitalization: review and Test on Thursday

Math: Ch. 2 - Multiply by 1-digit numbers

Reading: Mystic Horse - working on sequencing a story

Science: Rocks and crystals

Social Studies: Native Americans of the Oregon Coast

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas

What's coming up:

  • Oct. 10 - (8:45-noon) -  Service project at the Oregon Food Bank - Portland
  • Oct. 13 - No school - Staff Development Day
  • Oct. 17 - Biography finished by this date and brought to school
  • Oct. 17 - Picture Make-Up Day - If your student is participating, bring back your entire packet
  • Oct. 25 - Progress Reports emailed home

Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 4 Newsletter

This year is off to a great start.  I want to thank you, as parents, for the assistance you have been giving to your students.  I hope that you have been finding time to look over your student’s assignment books frequently to help them stay on top of their budding time management skills.  Remember, I do send home all of their completed work on Fridays.  In addition to their weekly work they bring home on Fridays, their daily assignment (red) folders should be gone through every day (preferably by your student) to encourage independence.  I will occasionally send home important information in that folder, and they should give it to you on the same day as they go through it.
Thank you all for your help at home with helping your student study for the spelling test, memorize bible verses, and signing the assignment book and reading logs.  Please do remember that one of my goals is to help your student to become more self-sufficient.  Please continue to help them by gradually handing off the responsibility to them.


Your student should be reading a biography book for their first book report of this year. I ask that they finish reading the book by October 17th and bring the book to school.  They will be bringing home and instruction sheet soon, but nothing needs to be done at home yet. The book report will be a mobile, so if they are antsy, they can find a way to construct a mobile so that at least six item can hang down.


New this year, WHCS is going to give EVERY student a WHCS T-shirt!  The shirts will arrive in our classroom on Tuesday, October 3rd or Wednesday, October 4th.  This shirt CAN be worn on Spirit Wear Fridays (1st Friday of EVERY month, October - May) and SHOULD be worn for all field trips.


Box Tops are can be brought in at any time this year.  Don’t forget to label the bag with 4K.  How many can we bring in with this year???


Please discourage your child from bringing Pokemon cards to school.  In the past, trading cards or lending cards has produced hurt feelings.  Since some of these cards are worth actual money, it is best if all students plan to trade away from school, with adult supervision.  Thank you for helping support us on this front.  


This week's bible verse:  "Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31


What we are studying this week:
Bible: “Conflict Is an Opportunity”  Look for the packet to come home on Friday.  Verse quiz on Friday.


Grammar: Capitalization: Mom & Dad, direct quotations, titles


Math: Begin Ch. 2 - Multiply by 1-digit numbers


Reading: A Walk in the Desert - working on main ideas of reading and summarizing.


Science: Glaciers, soil, and soil conservation.  


Social Studies: Native Americans of the Oregon Coast


Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas


What's coming up:

  • Oct. 2 - All-School Prayer Walk and Parent Meeting (7pm in Auditorium)
  • Oct. 6 - Spirit Wear Day (Wear ANY WHCS shirt!)
  • Oct. 10 - (8:45-noon) -  Service project at the Oregon Food Bank - Portland
  • Oct. 13 - No school - Staff Development Day
  • Oct. 17 - Biography finished by this date and brought to school
  • Oct. 17 - Picture Make-Up Day - If your student is participating, bring back your entire packet
  • Oct. 25 - Progress Reports emailed home

Monday, September 25, 2017

Week 3 Newsletter

As you see below in our upcoming events, we will be having our first math test this week.  You can always expect a review sheet coming home for each test two days prior.  I will instruct all of the students to bring these reviews home both days, whether or not they finish them in class.  Please take time with them to confirm their knowledge.  Encourage them to know “how” to solve each problem since they will encounter similar questions of the test.

Information about the biography book report will come home on later this month, so for right now the students are just reading their books. On October 17, they should bring their biography book into the classroom.  We will use it for two days in-class, then they will need to hold onto the book until they are  finished with the report.  Please remind them not to turn it in until the report is completed.

Box Tops are can be brought in at any time this year.  Don’t forget to label the bag with 4K.  How many can we bring in with this year???
Thank you all for your help at home with helping your student study for the spelling test, memorize bible verses, and signing the assignment book and reading logs.  Please do remember that one of my goals is to help your student to become more self-sufficient.  Please continue to help them by gradually handing off the responsibility to them. But, please be aware...STARTING NEXT WEEK, ALL LATE WORK WILL LOSE 10%.  My goal is for them to gain more responsibility in completing all of their homework.

This week's bible verse:  "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

What we are studying this week:
Bible: “Playing the Blame Game”  Look for the packet to come home on Friday.  Verse quiz on Friday.

Grammar: Capitalization: Mom & Dad, direct quotations, titles

Math: Subtraction and review for Ch. 1 test on Thursday.

Reading: A Walk in the Desert - working on main ideas of reading and summarizing.

Science: Soil and soil erosion.  Bring a bag of soil on 9/26 (tomorrow)

Social Studies: Native Americans of the Oregon Coast - Coastal Native Americans

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas

What's coming up:

  • Sept. 26 - Bring a small zip-lock bag of garden soil (not potting soil or bark dust) for science lab. The fresher the better.
  • Oct. 6 - Spirit Wear Day (Wear RED and BLACK)
  • Sept. 29 - Pizza, Praise, and Pie - Auditorium 5:00-7:30pm
  • Oct. 10 - (8:45-noon) -  Service project at the Oregon Food Bank
  • Oct. 13 - No school - Staff Development Day
  • Oct. 27 - Biography finished by this date

Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 2 Newsletter

During the first two weeks, we have been taking time to learn more about each other and how the classroom atmosphere is going to gel together. I have really enjoyed learning who your children are as students and as disciples of His words.

Thank you all in advance for your help at home with helping your student study for the spelling test, memorize bible verses, and signing the assignment book and reading logs.  Please do remember that one of my goals is to help your student to become more self-sufficient.  Please continue to help them by gradually handing off the responsibility to them.

I’d like to take a minute to discuss how you can help keep the students ready to learn in the classroom. Students are allowed to have water bottles at their desks to encourage proper hydration and brain stimulation.  We have our snack time during the first recess (10:10-10:25) and last recess (1:50-2:05), in addition to lunch.  If they eat a healthy snack during the recess times, it will allow your student to have proper blood sugar for better learning.

The students are very excited to begin our class store and bank next week.  It is a way for them to buy things from an individual reward system that I use in my classroom. Students earn pennies for good behavior, participation, or being a good citizen.  If any parents want to contribute to the “store”, I could use some SMALL prizes similar to pencils, bookmarks, erasers…(no candy).  Just have your student bring it to the classroom and give it to me while saying, “it is for the store.”  Thank you!

Lastly, I still need a couple more parent volunteers to assist in my classroom weekly.  I have a particularly big need for a parent on Monday mornings from 8:15 to about 9:30 (even if you can only do part, that’s ok) to assist with spelling words.  Please take a look at the volunteer schedule and type your name in it, if you can commit to this.  As I said last week, if you can’t commit to a weekly volunteering schedule, I could still use your help.  Just try to email me a day ahead, and I can let you know if I have a need.  If not, you are still more than welcome to come and observe the class.  I always have an “open door” policy for parents!

Here is our class schedule.  I will keep a current copy on the blog all year, if you need to refer back to it.

This week's bible verse:  What causes fights and quarrels among you?  Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  You want something, but you don’t get it. James 4:1-2  

What we are studying this week:
Bible: “What causes conflict”  Look for the packet to come home on Friday.  Verse quiz on Friday.

Grammar: Capitalization: Languages, poetry, and brand names

Math: Rounding, adding, and subtracting

Reading: Building stamina on reading without interruptions, reading for comprehension.

Science: Sand and ice erosion

Social Studies: Native Americans of the West

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas

What's coming up:

  • Sept. 26 - Bring a small zip-lock bag of garden soil (not potting soil or bark dust) for science lab. The fresher the better.
  • Oct. 6 - Spirit Wear Day (Wear RED and BLACK)
  • Sept. 29 - Pizza, Praise, and Pie - Auditorium 5:00-7:30pm
  • Oct. 10 - (8:45-noon) -  Service project at the Oregon Food Bank
  • Oct. 13 - No school - Staff Development Day
  • Oct. 27 - Biography finished by this date

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 1 Newsletter

I am very excited to get this year off and rolling. I have many exciting opportunities for learning planned for this year. Each week, I will post this newsletter to keep you informed on upcoming events and important information for our class.

MONDAY has a lot going on!  Each week you can expect this newsletter via a post to the blog on Mondays.  Also on Monday, a paper reading log will come home as well. Please help your student remember that the reading log must be completely filled out by the student (except your signature) to receive full credit. They are expected to read 150 minutes weekly. Additionally, the first book report (Biography book) will be due on October 27 (instructions coming out later this week).  Reading a book report book counts for reading minutes at home.
Mondays are also the day I check assignment books. To receive full credit, they must be signed by a parent or guardian. It would not be a bad idea to check a few extra times the first few weeks. Starting next Monday the students will bring their list their of spelling words home on a separate sheet.

Also, I depend on classroom volunteers to assist me with grading papers and helping in the classroom.  If you have availability during the day to regularly assist, even if it is every other week (list EOW next to your name), please click here or find it on my blog under Useful Links.  Most of you should be able to edit the document.  If not, email me and I will list your name in the slot(s) you wish to volunteer for.  If you want to pop into the classroom to assist, please try to email me at least a few hours before to see if I have a need for assistance.  If I don’t have a need for assistance, all parents are ALWAYS welcome to come observe class without an appointment.  Please feel free to stop and observe the class by even if you have 10 minutes, your student be surprised and elated!  

Lastly, the bible verse to be memorized will always be in this weekly post. The students will also write it in their assignment books every Monday.

It was great meeting you all on Friday night at the Back to School Night.  The document with of all the information I presented can be found on my blog on the right sidebar.  In an effort to stay academically connected to your child, please let me know of any pertinent information that will specifically help or hinder your child’s learning opportunities at any point in time.

Here is our class schedule.  I will keep a current copy on the blog all year, if you need to refer back to it.

Lastly, I have a somewhat personal request to ask of you all.  Until November, I am the head coach for my son’s high school water polo team.  I have to leave to make it to practices and games by 3:10 everyday.  I was wondering if any of you would have the freedom to supervise my class in carpool from 3:05 until 3:25.  I have created a signup, so you can sign up, if you are willing and able.  I appreciate your generosity!

This week's bible verse: "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."  Romans 12:18

What we are studying this week:
Bible: “Conflict Is a Slippery Slope” Look for the completed packet to come home on Friday. (Test on Friday 9/16)

Grammar: Capitalization of businesses, days, holidays, and special events

Math: Read, write, understand value of numbers through hundred thousands, order and compare numbers.

Reading: Building stamina on reading without interruptions, reading for comprehension.

Science: Earth’s landforms: Carving the land with erosion and weathering and the changing shorelines

Social Studies: Native Americans of the West

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas

What's coming up:
Sept. 26 - Bring a small zip-lock bag of garden soil (not potting soil or bark dust) for science lab. The fresher the better.Oct. 6 - Spirit Wear Day (Wear RED and BLACK)
Oct. 10 - (8:45-noon) -  Service project at the Oregon Food Bank
Oct. 13 - No school - Staff Development Day

Oct. 27 - Biography finished by this date