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Monday, December 12, 2016

Week 13

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 then end of the day on Monday at the latest.   

My family and I are going on an extended Christmas vacation out of the country and I will not have reliable internet access until after I return on Jan. 8.  My last day in the classroom will be Dec. 14 and I will return on Jan 9, so any correspondences during this time will be delayed.

As a reminder, our realistic fiction book report, Character Day, is on Tuesday, and here is the Character Day Information Sheet.  The realistic fiction book should be more than 125 pages.  It should not be a book from a series, nor a graphic novel.

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.


Lastly, I am looking again for small items to re-stock the Student Store.  Any donations of small items like erasers, pens, mechanical pencils, or other kid-centered office supply items would be a great addition to the store.  I do not accept candy or food for the store.





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: (Please note, due to the two snow days, many units have changed!)
Bible: Test on Isaiah 9:6 on Thursday
Grammar:  Prepositions: Final test on Wednesday...spelling counts!
Math:  Due to Snow Days, Ch. 3 Test after Christmas Break
Reading: Continue novel studies groups.
Science:  Due to Snow Days, The body system - Unit Review and Test after Christmas Break
Social Studies:  Begin Lewis and Clark Unit
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Organization

What's coming up:
Dec. 13 - Character Day (Realistic Book Report)
Dec. 15 - Band Concert (9:30am in Auditorium)
Dec. 15 - Christmas Class Party (2 to 3pm)
Dec. 16 - No School - Grading Day
Dec. 17 to Jan. 2 - No School - Christmas Break
Jan. 3 - School resumes - Start of 2nd Trimester
Jan. 6 - Report Cards for 1st Trimester emailed home
Jan. 13 - National Geographic Geography Bee competition at 2:15pm. “Good Luck, Nick!”
Jan. 16 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 18 - We lead Chapel from 9:00-9:25am (Plan to join us!)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Character Day - Possible Delay

I know all the students are excited to present their character for their book reports tomorrow.  I hope they all have been practicing their presentations.  Just a reminder, the presentation does not need to memorized, but it should be practiced so they can be relaxed and make eye contact frequently.

With the possibility of inclement weather tomorrow, I wanted to let you know that if the Character Day does not happen tomorrow, both Mrs. Porter and I will postpone it until Tuesday (12/13).  Due to the amount of class time the presentations take up, this is the next window for both of us.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Updated coming events

It was recently pointed out to me that I have put a few wrong dates on the last blog post, so I wanted to update everyone at the same time. I apologize for any inconveniences I may have caused.
What's coming up:
Dec. 8 - Character Day (Realistic Book Report)
Dec 9 - Christmas Concert, 5th/6th Grade (7pm in Auditorium)
Dec 15 - Band Concert (9:30am in Auditorium)
Dec. 15 - Christmas Class Party (2 to 3pm)
Dec. 16 - No School - Grading Day
Dec. 17 to Jan. 2 - No School - Christmas Break
Jan. 3 - School resumes - Start of 2nd Trimester

Jan 6 - Report Cards for 1st Trimester emailed home

Monday, December 5, 2016

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.   

My family and I are going on an extended Christmas vacation out of the country and I will not have reliable internet access until after I return on Jan. 8.  My last day in the classroom will be Dec. 14 and I will return on Jan 9, so any correspondences during this time will be delayed.

As a reminder, our realistic fiction book report, Character Day, is on Thursday, and here is the Character Day Information Sheet.  The realistic fiction book should be more than 125 pages.  It should not be a book from a series, nor a graphic novel.

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 9.  Here is the list to study from.

Lastly, I am looking again for small items to re-stock the Student Store.  Any donations of small items like erasers, pens, mechanical pencils, or other kid-centered office supply items would be a great addition to the store.  I do not accept candy or food for the store.




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 12/6), Christmas (Lesson test on 12/13)

Grammar:  40 Prepositions Test on 12/9

Math: Ch. 3 Multiplying 2-digit numbers

Reading: Continue novel studies

Science: Unit F: The body system - Blood cells, then begin the Excretory System

Social Studies: Explorers of the Pacific Northwest, begin Lewis & Clark unit

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Organization

What's coming up:
Dec. 8 - Character Day (Realistic Book Report)
Dec 9 - Christmas Concert, 5th/6th Grade (7pm in Auditorium)
Dec 14 - Band Concert (9:30am in Auditorium)
Dec. 14 - Christmas Class Party (2 to 3pm)
Dec. 15 - No School - Grading Day
Dec. 16 to Jan. 2 - No School - Christmas Break
Jan. 3 - School resumes - Start of 2nd Trimester
Jan 6 - Report Cards for 1st Trimester emailed home

Monday, November 28, 2016

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.

As a reminder, all students should finish reading their realistic fiction book this week and should start responding to the questions, from the main character’s point of view, on the Character Day Information Sheet.  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. 8.

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 9.  Here is the list to study from.




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:  Prepositions (throughout, to, toward, under, until, up, with, without) - QUIZ on Friday)

Math: Begin Ch. 3 Multiplying 2-digit numbers

Reading: Begin novel studies

Science: Unit F: The Body’s Delivery Systems - Respiratory and circulatory system

Social Studies: Explorers of the Pacific Northwest

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Organization


What's coming up:
Dec. 2 - National Geographic Class Bee
Dec. 8 - Character Day (Realistic Book Report)
Dec. 14 - Christmas Class Party (2-3)
Dec. 16 - No School - Grading Day
Dec. 17 to Jan. 2 - No School - Christmas Break
Jan. 3 - School resumes


Monday, November 14, 2016

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.  

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.

If your child is unsure of their address, please review it with them tonight. They will need to know it for an assignment we’ll be doing in class. If they do not know it, please have them write it down in their assignment book tonight, so they can refer to it when needed for the assignment.

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 couple weeks, by December 1.  This is a fun report for many 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 explained the book report to them last week.  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. 8.





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:  Prepositions (of, off, on, out, outside, over, past, through - QUIZ on Friday)

Math: Ch. 2 Test on Wednesday - Begin Ch. 3 Multiplying 2-digit numbers

Reading: Case of the Missing Lunch Skill: Cause and Effect

Science: Unit F: The Body’s Delivery Systems - Respiratory System

Social Studies: Finish Native Americans Report and Explorers of the Pacific Northwest

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Organization


What's coming up:
Nov. 21/22  - No school - Parent/Teacher Conferences
Nov. 23-25  - No school - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 8 - Character Day (Realistic Book Report)

Monday, November 7, 2016

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.

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. 8.

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: Review of all 6 verses (Test on Thursday)

What we are studying this week:

Grammar:  Prepositions (during, except, for, from, in, inside, into, near QUIZ on Thursday)

Math: Ch. 2 - Multiplying one-digit numbers with regrouping, test Thursday

Reading: Case of the Missing Lunch Skill: Character study

Science: Unit F: The Body’s Delivery Systems - Respiratory

Social Studies: Native Americans Report and Explorers

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Organization


What's coming up:
Nov. 10 (8:30-10:30) - Honored Guest Day
Nov. 11 - No school - Veterans Day
Nov. 21/22  - No school - Parent/Teacher Conferences
Nov. 23-25  - No school - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 8 - Character Day (Realistic Book Report)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Reading log mishap

No reading logs are due on Monday.  Due to an error on my part, I did not have the copies prepared in time to hand out the logs this week.  I forgot to send this message earlier this week, so I apologize for any inconveniences I may have caused.

This will be a one-week "vacation" from reading.  But I told the students today, if they have been reading and they want to submit a reading log with minutes only in ANY format, I will award them with an extra penny (which is a small individual reward).

Monday, October 31, 2016

Week 8 Newsletter

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.

Thank you to the chaperones for joining us at the Oregon Food Bank service project. We all worked hard to pack over 3,000 pounds of frozen pasta with green beans and carrots (which worked out to an average of 38 meals per volunteer). Everyone worked together cooperatively and enthusiastically. The students were wonderful representatives of Christ to the others there at the food bank.

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: 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 review, continue learning the prepositions

Math: Ch. 2 - Multiplying one-digit numbers with regrouping

Reading: Snowflake Bentley Skill: Main idea and details

Science: Unit A Review and Unit Test

Social Studies: Native Americans of the Plateau regions and comparative informational report

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Organization


What's coming up:
Nov. 10 (8:30-10:30) - Honored Guest Day
Nov. 11 - No school - Veterans Day
Nov. 21/22  - No school - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov. 23-25  - No school - Thanksgiving Break