Monday, October 24, 2016

Week 7 Newsletter

This week we continue our twice-a-year MAP (computerized) testing.  I will continue to encourage your student to try to do their best, by working on goal setting for learning.  Our tests will occur on Monday the 24th from 1 - 2 pm and on Friday the 28th from 8:30-9:30am.  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.

On Thursday 10/27, we will be going to the Oregon Food Bank in Beaverton for a service project.  We will meet with the staff and learn more about how we can help others less fortunate than ourselves.  Students may want to bring a coat, because we could work in the “Cold Room”, but regardless of where we work...closed toed shoes are a must.  Since we will be packing food, all wounds must be covered by a bandage and, of course, if your child is ill, they would not be allowed to work.  ALL STUDENTS NEED TO ARRIVE IN THE CLASSROOM AT 8:55.  Since this is a Thursday Late Start, I wanted to give you advanced warning!  We will be riding in cars driven by parents.  Chaperones and drivers should report to the classroom at the same time.  We will leave at 9:00, to assure a 9:30 arrival time at OFB.  We will arrive back to WHCS just around lunchtime...11:45.  Please pray for our safe travels and that the students understand the service they are performing.
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 almost daily. 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 will 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 21. At your conference in November, we will have an updated progress report to give to you. Grades are not finalized until the end of the trimester on December 15. 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 28.  If you need another copy of the project, click here.  

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 Five A’s for Resolving Conflict”

Grammar:  Punctuation unit

Math: Ch. 2 - Multiplying one-digit numbers

Reading: Mystic Horse - working on sequencing a story

Science: Fossil fuels - How fossil fuels are created

Social Studies: Native Americans of the Klamath and Plateau regions

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas...last week

What's coming up:
Oct. 26 - Progress Reports sent home
Oct. 27 (9:00-noon) -  Service project at the Oregon Food Bank (Beaverton location)
Oct. 28 - Biography Book Report due
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

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