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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

Monday, October 23, 2017

Week 7 Newsletter

This week we begin 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 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...if at all possible.  There will be only one make-up session for any absences during any of these times.

With the changes in the weather, the sick season is probably knocking on the door. Soon, nearly every student in our class will be feeling under the weather. To combat this, in the classroom, we will begin regularly washing our hands and using hand sanitizer, and starting to disinfect desktops a couple times a week. I want to assure you that we are doing everything we can in the classroom to keep everyone here as healthy as possible. If your child has a fever or is feeling under the weather, please keep them home so they can get better quicker and return to school as a healthy student as quickly as possible.

Progress reports are planned to be emailed out on Wednesday. Please review and discuss the report with your child. This report indicates your child’s grades as of Friday, October 20. At your conference in November, I will have an updated progress report to give to you. Grades are not finalized until the end of the trimester on December 14. Since the progress report is a “live” document (pulled directly from our grading database), please print the report the day you receive it. When I resume entering grades toward the end of the week, the report can become inaccurate. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about your child’s progress.

Biography book reports are due on October 27.  If you need another copy of the project, click here.

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 (Quiz on Wed. 10/25)

What we are studying this week:
Bible: “The Freedom of Forgiveness” / Review all 6 verses for a final test next week.

Grammar: Punctuation unit - periods and commas

Math: Ch. 2 - Multiply by 1-digit numbers review for test next week

Reading: Mystic Horse - working on sequencing a story / Snowflake Bentley - working on summarization

Science: Fossil Fuels & review unit for test next week.

Social Studies: Native Americans of the Oregon Coast

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas

What's coming up:

  • Oct. 25 - Progress Reports emailed home
  • Oct. 27 - Biography Book Report (Mobile) due
  • 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 soon)
  • Nov. 22-24  - No school - Thanksgiving Break

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