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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

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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Math Homework on computer

I wanted to let you all know that tonight's math homework will need be completed on the computer.  We have started it in class, and several students did not finish it at school.  They should try to finish it at home today.  Again, any device that connects to the internet will work for homework, but smartphones are not the best choice, due to screen size (but yes they will work if you are desperate).

All students are bringing home a sheet to assist with logging in, but here are the details.

Website: www-k6.thinkcentral.com
(on this page, they will need to login)
You will need the following school information to access your student's account
Your student's username is initial of first name then last name (ex. John Doe will be jdoe)
The password is the same for everyone: Killian

From there, they should click on "Things To Do" and start their homework.

Please let me know if they cannot complete their homework due to a family decision with the use of technology.  I will allow them to finish it (without penalty) during non-essential class time and recess time tomorrow if completing it at home is not possible.

Blessings,

~Kevin

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week 6 Newsletter

This 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 Mondays Oct. 17 and 24 from 1 - 2 pm and on Fridays Oct 21 and 28 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.

The following 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 helping 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.  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.
In order to get progress reports emailed out on Wednesday, October 26, I will be temporarily closing our grade books on Friday, October 21. This means that all late/absent homework needs to be turned in and all tests should be made up by Friday in order to be counted on this report. Please note that this progress report is just a snapshot of your child’s grades to this point. I will also be sending out a missing work report at the same time.  Grades will not be finalized for report cards until Christmas break.

Biography book reports are due on October 28.  If you need another copy of the project, click here.  All students should have brought their book to school today and we will complete some necessary parts in class work for the project.  

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 - periods and commas

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 Lower Columbia River and Plateau region

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


What's coming up:
Oct. 17 - Biography finished and brought to school.
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

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Computer use for math

I wanted to be proactive and let all the parents know that starting next week, I will be encouraging students to complete some of their math homework on a computer.  I have learned some new teaching  modalities and learning tools with our new math curriculum that will enhance student learning through different avenues.  I will be assigning some homework to be done at home, on nearly any type of computer or tablet.  They will still need pencil and paper to "figure out" the problem, but the answers will be recorded on the computer.

The practice I am asking the students to do on the computer will not be every day.  I will assign 1-3 homework assignments per chapter.  Additionally, I will encourage "extra learning" in some areas, but the "extra learning" will not be recorded at all and will be used only as individual enhancement.

Your student will be given a sheet of login information again this week, so you can access the website at home.  The website can be pulled up on any device that can access the internet (Computer, notebook computer, iPad, android tablet, iPhone/iPod [not recommended due to screen size]).

If for any reason, your student cannot access the internet at home to complete the homework assignment, time will be given during the next day for the student to do their homework.  Typically the time given will be during recess and non-essential classroom time.  In an attempt to help keep your student honest, I would ask that you make a note in their assignment book if it was NOT POSSIBLE for them to complete their homework on a computer due to a family decision.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Biography Book Report

I was informed yesterday that I never linked the book report properly in this week's newsletter.

Here is the link.

We will begin working in class on the written part on Monday, so they NEED to have their biography book in class with them.  They will bring the written parts home by Thursday, October 20.  The overall project is due October 28.

Right now, they should be planning on what the mobile structure (coat hanger, sticks, loop with yarn, etc...) will look like, knowing that they will have at least six hanging items.

Please try to remember, this is their learning, not yours.  Please help them acquire the materials needed, but they can do everything else.  You will see the grading criteria on the bottom of the page.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Week 5 Newsletter

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 Mondays Oct. 17 and 24 from 1 - 2 pm and on Fridays Oct 21 and 28 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.  There will be one make-up session for any absences during any of these times.

Biography book reports are due on October 28.  If you need another copy of the project, click here.  All students need to bring their book to school on October 17 and we will complete some necessary in class work for the project.  

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.

There are no spelling words/test this week.

This week's bible verse:  No verse this week due to 3-day week.

What we are studying this week:
Bible: No lesson this week.

Grammar:  Begin punctuation unit

Math: Begin Ch. 2 - Multiplying one-digit numbers

Reading: Mystic Horse - working on sequencing a story

Science: Fossil fuels - How they are created

Social Studies: Native Americans of the Lower Columbia River

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas


What's coming up:
Oct. 13 & 14 - No school - Staff Development Day

Oct. 17 - Biography finished and brought to school.

Oct. 27 (9:00-noon) -  Service project at the Oregon Food Bank.

Monday, October 3, 2016

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, 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.
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.

Recently a parent had to stop volunteering on Friday mornings during my morning paper turn-in time.  I have a need of one parent who can volunteer weekly on Fridays from 8:15 until at least 8:30.  You could stay longer, if you wish.  If you would like to volunteer for that shift or others, please click this link and type your name.  

Also, there are a few more spots available to assist with carpool, since I have to leave everyday at 3:10 to coach a high school sports team.  If you could watch the students from 3:05-3:30, on any open day, I would REALLY appreciate it.  The job is easy...supervise the students to make sure they are quiet and listening for their name in the carpool line.  Here is the document to signup (type your name).  THANK YOU!!

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.

Grammar: Capitalization review and test this week

Math: Review for Ch. 1 test on Tuesday

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

Science: Minerals

Social Studies: Native Americans of the Oregon Coast

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas


What's coming up:
Oct. 13 & 14 - No school - Staff Development Day

Oct. 17 - Biography finished and brought to school.

Oct. 27 (9:00-noon) -  Service project at the Oregon Food Bank...more info coming soon!