Monday, January 22, 2018

Week 17 Newsletter

This week, your student will turn-in the latest book report assignment. For this project, they will have three parts that are due on Tuesday, January 23th. First, they will present any project they created, from the signed proposal. Second, they will turn in a 8 to 12 sentence summary of their book. Lastly, they will turn in a 4-6 sentence recommendation which will be displayed in the classroom for others to see about their book. The information sheet is attached here. Each student will present their project. It should be around two to four minutes in length. Please encourage them to practice what they will say for the time. If they are done talking about their project and still have time remaining, they should tell something about the book (give a summary, tell their favorite part, describe a character, etc.)

This week your child will need to go to the library and/or check online for resources for their wax museum speech . Wikipedia is not an acceptable resource because it’s not always reliable information. I will also be giving each child a resource to use and it’s possible that it could be identical to one of the resources they found on their own. All resources need to be in class by this Thursday. Starting that Thursday and before the following Tuesday, for homework your student will read over their information they acquired, and as a parent I ask that you help them identify what contribution their character made to the West. This will be the main emphasis of the speeches. Some children have difficulty pulling out this information so I’m asking you as parents to help your child with that part of the project. They will be able to earn reading log minutes starting on Thursday, and the more familiar they are with their character the easier the note-taking will be for them. The note-taking and rough draft writing will all take place in class.

On Feb.16, we are going to Fort Clatsop in Astoria to learn more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition on an experiential field trip. Due to the distance of this field trip, the students will need to arrive early to school this day. So, if you have a carpool group, please plan to notify them as soon as possible. We will start to load the bus at 7:45 and depart shortly after. We should arrive back to school in time for carpool. If you want to chaperone the field trip, the Room Moms will email details soon.

In science, we have started a new unit on magnetism and electricity. In this week’s science labs, they will need to use 2 D-size batteries. Please send them to school with your student by Tuesday morning in a labeled bag and they will return in about a month.

Recorder practice with Mrs. Fausto will begin this Tuesday. Please remind your child every Tuesday morning, or Monday night, to bring their recorders to school for the lunchtime practice.

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Work on our chapel / God is Omnipotent
Grammar:  Verbs
Math:  Ch. 5 - Factors, Multiples, and Patterns
Reading: Novel studies groups continue.
Science:  Magnetism and electricity unit - Static and current electricity
Social Studies:  Lewis and Clark Unit - How did they get there?
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Voice


What's coming up:

  • Jan. 22 - All-School Parent Meeting 7:00-8:00pm (FREE PIZZA...click here)
  • Jan. 24 - We lead Chapel from 9:00-9:25am (Plan to join us!)
  • Feb. 1 - Oregon Symphony Field Trip from 10:15am-12:15pm
  • Feb. 14 - Progress reports emailed home
  • Feb. 16 - Fort Clatsop Field Trip from 7:45am-3:00pm
  • Feb. 19 - No School - Presidents Day
  • Feb. 20 - No School - Professional Development for teachers
  • Mar. 2 - Hoop-a-thon
  • Mar. 16 - Patriotic Performance and Wax Museum at 7:00pm

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Week 16 Newsletter

On Friday of this week, your student will choose their Wax Museum character. They were given the list today, and should share it with you. Please help them decide on a priority list (1-10) of the character they wish to select. There will be a random drawing on Friday for them to select their character, and more information will come home on that day.

Last week, your student received the latest book report assignment. For this project, they will have three parts that are due no later than January 23rd. First, they will be allowed to present any project they wish to create. Second, they will create a 8 to 12 sentence summary of their book. Lastly, they will create a 4-6 sentence recommendation which will be displayed in the classroom for others to see about their book. Here is a copy of the information sheet which your student brought home and should answer all questions.

In science, we have started a new unit on magnetism and electricity. In the science lab next week, they will need to use 2 D-size batteries. Please send them to school with your student this week in a labeled bag and they will return in about a month.

Recorder practice with Mrs. Fausto will begin next Tuesday. Please remind your child every Tuesday morning, or Monday night, to bring their recorders to school for the lunchtime practice.


No verse this week, due to working on our chapel.
No spelling words this week, due to the shortened week.


What we are studying this week:
Bible: Work on our chapel
Grammar:  Verbs
Math:  Begin Ch. 5 - Factors, Multiples, and Patterns
Reading: Novel studies groups continue.
Science:  Begin magnetism and electricity unit
Social Studies:  Begin Lewis and Clark Unit - Who were they?
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Voice


What's coming up:

  • Jan. 22 - All-School Parent Meeting 7:00-8:00pm
  • Jan. 24 - We lead Chapel from 9:00-9:25am (Plan to join us!)
  • Feb. 1 - Oregon Symphony Field Trip from 10:15am-12:15pm
  • Feb. 16 - Fort Clatsop Field Trip from 7:45am-3:00pm

Monday, January 8, 2018

Week 15 Newsletter

Last week, your student received the latest book report assignment.  For this project, they will have three parts that are due on January 23rd.  First, they will be allowed to present any project they wish to create.  Second, they will create a 8 to 12 sentence summary of their book.  Lastly, they will create a 4-6 sentence recommendation which will be displayed in the classroom for others to see about their book.  The proposal for their project is due on January 12.  Here is a copy of the information sheet (and proposal) which your student brought home and should answer all questions.


If your child is interested in playing the recorder for the patriotic program they need to get their recorder slip in by this Wednesday.





Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Deuteronomy 31:6





What we are studying this week:
Bible: God is Omnipresent, Deuteronomy 31:6 Test on Friday 1/12
Grammar:  Verbs
Math:  Ch. 4 Test on Thursday 1/11.
Reading: Novel studies groups continue.
Science:  The Body Unit - Excretory system, review and Unit Test on Wednesday 1/10.
Social Studies:  Begin Lewis and Clark Unit - Who were they?
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Organization

What's coming up:

  • Jan. 12 - National Geographic Bee 2:00-3:00pm “Good Luck Maxson!”
  • Jan. 15 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Jan. 22 - All-School Parent Meeting 7:00-8:00pm
  • Jan. 24 - We lead Chapel from 9:00-9:25am (Plan to join us!)
  • Feb. 1 - Oregon Symphony Field Trip from 10:15am-12:15pm
  • Feb. 16 - Fort Clatsop Field Trip from 7:45am-3:00pm

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Week 14 Newsletter

I hope each one of you had an enjoyable break filled with family, friends, and fellowship.

As we begin a new trimester, there are two notable changes.  First, late assignments will be awarded with –20% if they are not turned in the morning (or other designated time) they are due.  Second, if a student has three or more late assignments in one week (M-F) they will assigned lunch detention of the following Monday (or first day of the week).  These penalties will continue throughout the rest of the year and will the same in 5th grade.

Finally, some assignments will become a little longer and more thought provoking, although most nights of homework should not exceed 20 minutes (excluding reading).  If your student is spending more than 20 minutes regularly, please let me know.






Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Deuteronomy 31:6






What we are studying this week:
Bible: God is Omnipresent, Deuteronomy 31:6 Test on Friday 1/12
Grammar:  Verbs
Math:  Ch. 4 Test on Jan. 9.
Reading: Novel studies groups continue.
Science:  The Body Unit - Excretory system, review for Test.
Social Studies:  Begin Lewis and Clark Unit - Who were they?
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Organization


What's coming up:

  • Jan. 2 - School resumes - Start of 2nd Trimester
  • Jan 5 - Report Cards for 1st Trimester emailed home
  • Jan. 12 - National Geographic Bee 2:00-3:00pm “Good Luck Maxson!”
  • Jan. 15 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Jan. 22 - All-School Parent Meeting 7:00-8:00pm
  • Jan. 24 - We lead Chapel from 9:00-9:25am (Plan to join us!)
  • Feb. 1 - Oregon Symphony Field Trip from 10:15am-12:15pm
  • Feb. 16 - Fort Clatsop Field Trip from 7:45am-3:00pm

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