Thursday, December 24, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

HW - Thursday, 12/17

Parents:
  • Tomorrow is a MINIMUM DAY. Dismissal is 1:00 p.m.
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge theme for January is AMERICA, in honor of Presidents' Week. Bookmark RuskinLUG.blogspot.com for more Ruskin LUG news.
  • Students received instructions on their next project: writing their own version of the Cinderella story.  They need to start writing their first drafts now.
  • Thank you to the parents who have signed up for the classroom party tomorrow! If you still are considering donating store purchased (not home prepared) foods, please contact me ASAP. Check here for the current sign-up list.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for DECEMBER: MOST PAGES READ
(Logs are due on Tuesday, January 5.)


HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!

2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) NONE
  • Wordly Wise NONE
  • Time for Kids NONE
  • Cinderella story (first draft) is due on Monday, January 4, 2016. It is not a RETELLING of the original story, rather a reinventing or tweaking of the story with the option of including cultural influences.
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. none
  • WKBK pgs. none
4.   History pgs. none

5.   Science pgs. none

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

HW - Wednesday, 12/16

Parents:
  • CAASPP Interim testing has completed and we will continue with "The Hour of Code" through Thursday.  Thank you to the parents who provided their child an account. They can continue to work on them at home, if desired. Most students have finished the Star Wars code suite and are working on the Minecraft or Frozen ones.
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge theme for January is AMERICA, in honor of Presidents' Week. Bookmark RuskinLUG.blogspot.com for more Ruskin LUG news.
  • Students received instructions on their next project: writing their own version of the Cinderella story.  They need to start writing their first drafts now.
  • Thank you to the parents who have signed up for the classroom party this Friday! If you still are considering donating store purchased (not home prepared) foods, please contact me ASAP. Check here for the current sign-up list.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for DECEMBER: MOST PAGES READ
(Logs are due on Tuesday, January 5.)


HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!

2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) NONE
  • Wordly Wise NONE
  • Time for Kids open "book" quiz is tomorrow. Magazines were distributed yesterday. Students will be needing the magazine tomorrow to complete a few activities.
  • Time for Kids worksheet due tomorrow.
  • Cinderella story (first draft) is due on Monday, January 4, 2016. It is not a RETELLING of the original story, rather a reinventing or tweaking of the story with the option of including cultural influences.
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. none
  • WKBK pgs. none
4.   History pgs. none this month

5.   Science pgs. none this month

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

HW - Tuesday, 12/15

Parents:
  • CAASPP Interim testing has completed and we will continue with "The Hour of Code" through Thursday.  Thank you to the parents who provided their child an account. They can continue to work on them at home, if desired. Most students have finished the Star Wars code suite and are working on the Minecraft or Frozen ones.
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge will take place tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary, will also be shown. We will also have a few contests. It's FREE so stop by and check out your Ruskin classmates' MOCs!  Bookmark RuskinLUG.blogspot.com for more Ruskin LUG news.
  • Students received instructions on their next project: writing their own version of the Cinderella story. More clarifications will take place tomorrow so if you or your child have questions, please remind them to ask me tomorrow and this whole week.
  • Thank you to the parents who have signed up for the classroom party this Friday! If you still are considering donating store purchased (not home prepared) foods, please contact me ASAP. Check here for the current sign-up list.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for DECEMBER: MOST PAGES READ
(Logs are due on Tuesday, January 5.)


HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!

2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) NONE
  • Wordly Wise NONE
  • Time for Kids open "book" quiz is on Thursday. Magazines were distributed yesterday. Students will be needing the magazine tomorrow to complete a few activities.
  • Cinderella story (first draft) is due on Monday, January 4, 2016. It is not a RETELLING of the original story, rather a reinventing or tweaking of the story with cultural, regional, etc. differences.
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. none
  • WKBK pgs. none
4.   History pgs. none this month

5.   Science pgs. none this month

Holiday Party Update

I will try to update this page as often as I can.
Even though a category is filled, if you'd like to contribute something to the class party please let me know via email.

MAIN DISHES (2-3)
1. Tamales (Mr. Amutan)
2. Pizza (Joanie and Logan)
3. Lumpiang Shanghai a.k.a. pork egg rolls (Marcella)

SNACKS (3-4)
1.  Chips (Tammy and Dylan)
2.  Edamame (Kira)
3.  Spam Musubi a.k.a. spam sushi (Zoe)
4.  Vegetable tray and cheese balls (Raaid)
5.  Fruit (Tyler and Kaylene)

DESSERTS (2-4)
1.  Something delicious (Amanda)
2.  Cupcakes (Anirudh)
3.  Birthday cake (Janice)
4.  Brownies (Tristan)
5.  Cheesecakes (Hannah)

DRINKS (enough for two servings per student)
1. Martinelli Apple Cider (Mr. Amutan's class)
2. Capri Sun (Ava)
3. Juice (Gurpriya)
4. Lemonade or Orange Juice (Angela)

SUPPLIES
Plates - Katelyn/Bryan M
Utensils - Katelyn
Cups and Napkins - We're well stocked already

Monday, December 14, 2015

Are You Ready for Star Wars?

The newest Star Wars movie releases this week, so why don't you get to know the "good guys"* of the film saga, the Jedi Order, a little bit better?


* To understand the use of quotation marks, you must watch all of the Star Wars movies or Star Wars: Clone Wars TV series.

HW - Monday, 12/14

Parents:
  • Due to internet issues, we will continue with CAASPP testing and "The Hour of Code" tomorrow through Thursday.  Thank you to the parents who provided their child an account. They can continue to work on them at home, if desired. Students worked on the first Coding puzzles (Star Wars and Minecraft) and will continue doing so this week.
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge will take place this Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary, will also be shown. We will also have a few contests. It's FREE so stop by and check out your Ruskin classmates' MOCs! Bookmark RuskinLUG.blogspot.com for more Ruskin LUG news.
  • Tomorrow, students will receive instructions on their next project: writing their own version of the Cinderella story.
  • I will send an email out re: this Friday's party tonight.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for DECEMBER: MOST PAGES READ
(Logs are due on Tuesday, January 5.)


HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!

2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) NONE
  • Wordly Wise Lesson 9-12 Review pgs. 133-135
  • Time for Kids open "book" quiz is on Thursday. Magazines were distributed today.
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. none
  • WKBK pgs. none
4.   History pgs. none this month

5.   Science pgs. none this month

Thursday, December 10, 2015

HW - Thursday, 12/10

Parents:
  • We continued "The Hour of Code" today.  Thank you to the parents who provided their child an account. They can continue to work on them at home, if desired. Students worked on the first Coding puzzles (Star Wars and Minecraft) and will continue doing so next week.
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge has been posted: RuskinLUG.blogspot.com
  • District testing started today will take place tomorrow through next week (probably only one day, Monday, is needed). They are taking two tests: reading informational text (Language Arts) and number operations (Math). Ask them about the tests. We used the state testing website that they will use later in May.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for DECEMBER: MOST PAGES READ
(Logs are due on Tuesday, January 5.)


HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!

2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) NONE
  • Wordly Wise Lesson 12e / Wordly Wise Test on Friday
  • Time for Kids has not been assigned; we will have it next week (they arrived today).
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. none
  • WKBK pgs. P 6-3 / P 6-4 (for those who did not finish their math workbook pages)
4.   History pgs. none this month

5.   Science pgs. none this month

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

HW - Wednesday, 12/9

Parents:
  • We started "The Hour of Code" today.  Students worked on the first Coding puzzles (Star Wars) and will continue doing so tomorrow and through next week.
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge has been posted: RuskinLUG.blogspot.com
  • District testing will take place tomorrow through next week (we caught up with work and did coding today).
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for DECEMBER: MOST PAGES READ
(Logs are due on Tuesday, January 5.)


HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!

2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) NONE
  • Wordly Wise Lesson 12e / Wordly Wise Test on Friday
  • Time for Kids has not been assigned; we will have it next week (they arrived today).
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. 158-161
  • WKBK pgs. P 6-3 / P 6-4
  • Topic 6 Math Test tomorrow
4.   History pgs. none this month

5.   Science pgs. none this month

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

HW - Tuesday, 12/8

Parents:
  • Shhhhhh.....Tomorrow, SANTA is visiting Ruskin! If you so choose, you can wear any festive clothing or gear for the class picture with Santa.
  • Also, tomorrow is the Holiday Sing-A-Long at 9:00 a.m. with the Kindergarten and 5th grade classes.
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge has been posted: RuskinLUG.blogspot.com
  • District testing will take place tomorrow through next week.
  • We will be participating in the Hour of Code during the week of December 7-13. Students will practicing coding skills in class. (Since I'm gone on the 7th and 8th AND we're gone on the 11th, I'll make that hour up on Wednesday, Thursday, and/or the following Monday.)
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for DECEMBER: MOST PAGES READ
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!


2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) NONE
  • Wordly Wise Lesson 12c-d / Wordly Wise Test on Friday
  • Time for Kids has not been assigned
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. 154-156
  • WKBK pgs. none
  • Topic 6 Math Test on Thursday
4.   History pgs. none this month

5.   Science pgs. none this month

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Friday, December 4, 2015

Congratulations to Our Class's SJ Sharks Reading Is Cool Winner

I should say...WINNERS!

Congratulations to November's Sharks Reading Is Cool Readers of the Month: Hannah AND Gurpriya!  Both read 50 books (100 pages or more)! I couldn't believe it either! They will both receive a $5 Barnes and Noble gift card as well as have their names posted on the SJ Sharks Reading Is Cool website! Again, CONGRATS to Hannah and Gurpriya
  • Our class surpassed last month's total and logged an amazing 58,822 pages read! Because they completed and returned their October Reading Logs, the following students HAVE BEEN given a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza voucher: Angela, Anirudh, Ava, Brian, Bryan, DylanEva, Gurpriya, Hannah, Janice, Joanie, Katelyn, Kaylene, Kira, Logan, Rachel, RaymondSkye, Tammy, Thea, Tristan, and Tyler. Remember the vouchers expire in 30 days.
  • Remember, your DECEMBER Logs (most pages read) are due on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6.

Weekend Events (December 5-6)

SATURDAY, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.: (FREE) OSH is offering a DECORATE YOUR OWN Jolly Paint Nick art event

SATURDAY, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: ($) San Jose's Super Toy, Comic and Collectible Show at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds (Tully Rd. and Monterey Rd.)

SUNDAY, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: (FREE) Exploratorium (Pier 15) is offering FREE ADMISSION (sponsored by Uniqlo) See link for more info.

SUNDAY, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: (FREE) Asian Art Museum is offering FREE ADMISSION (sponsored by Target) See link for more info.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sumdog Final Update (8:42 p.m.)

Update #2 (8:42 p.m.):  The contest ended. We finished #15 in the nation! Well done!!! :D




Update #1 (4:20 p.m.):  I know many of you are trying to boost our class into the top 10...

YOU'RE REALLY CLOSE!

Currently, we sit at #16.

So keep answering those questions CORRECTLY!


HW - Thursday, 12/3

Parents:
  • Due to only 2.5 weeks of school left, Scholastic Book Orders will be due this Friday, 12/4 (book order form with payment) OR Saturday, 12/5 (online order). Orders will be processed on Sunday, 12/6.
  • Thank you to the parents who donated wire hangers for those students who didn't have one. BUT we still need just a FEW more! If you can spare some, the students and I will be grateful!
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge has been posted: RuskinLUG.blogspot.com
  • District testing will take place this month.
  • We will be participating in the Hour of Code during the week of December 7-13. Students will practicing coding skills in class. (Since I'm gone on the 7th and 8th AND we're gone on the 11th, I'll make that hour up on Wednesday, Thursday, and/or the following Monday.)
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for DECEMBER: MOST PAGES READ
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!


2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise Lesson 11e / Wordly Wise Test
  • Language Arts Workbook pgs. 188-189
    • Write your essay in the order:
      • Paragraph 1: Opening (Write your statement of opinion)
      • Paragraph 2: Reason #1 (Most important)
      • Paragraph 3: Reason #2 (Next most important)
      • Paragraph 4: Reason #3 (Next important)
      • Paragraph 5: Reason #4 (Least important)
      • Paragraph 6: Closing (Rewrite your Opening and wrap it up with some of your key reasons)
  • Time for Kids did not come in today and may not come in this week (off week, I think).
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. 144-147
  • WKBK pgs. none
  • Sumdog (last day for the contest!) As of 1:13 p.m., we're currently 16th in the Nation! HELP US finish in the top 10 by the end of today!


4.   History pgs. none this month

5.   Science pgs. none this month

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

HW - Wednesday, 12/2

Parents:
  • Due to only 2.5 weeks of school left, Scholastic Book Orders will be due this Saturday, 12/5. Orders will be processed on Sunday, 12/6.
  • Thank you to the parents who donated wire hangers for those students who didn't have one. BUT we still need more! About 1/3 of the class was able to start their wreath project today. If you can spare some, the students and I will be grateful!
  • FIVE chaperones are needed for next Friday's field trip.
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge has been posted: RuskinLUG.blogspot.com
  • District testing will take place this month.
  • We will be participating in the Hour of Code during the week of December 7-13. Students will practicing coding skills in class. (Since I'm gone on the 7th and 8th AND we're gone on the 11th, I'll make that hour up on Wednesday, Thursday, and/or the following Monday.)
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for DECEMBER: MOST PAGES READ
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!


2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise Lesson 11e (due Friday) / Wordly Wise Test
  • Language Arts Workbook pgs. 178-180, 184-186
  • Time for Kids did not come in today and may not come in this week (off week, I think).
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. none
  • WKBK pgs. P 6-1, P 6-2
  • TenMarks (only FOUR students need to finish)
4.   History pgs. none this month

5.   Science pgs. none this month

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

HW - Tuesday, 12/1

Parents:
  • REMINDER: November's Sharks Reading Is Cool Reading Logs will be accepted tomorrow, Wednesday, 12/2 but NOT LATER!
  • If you have wire hangars (not the really thick kind; must be pliable, easily bendable; preferably NOT coated with plastic), please have your child bring TWO to school tomorrow. If you have 1 or 2 extra for those who may not have one, please send them as well. THANKS!
  • Tomorrow we have a brief presentation from our Ruskin school counselor on social skills (i.e., being nice, no bullying).
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge has been posted: RuskinLUG.blogspot.com
  • District testing will take place this month.
  • We will be participating in the Hour of Code during the week of December 7-13. Students will practicing coding skills in class. (Since I'm gone on the 7th and 8th AND we're gone on the 11th, I'll make that hour up on Wednesday, Thursday, and/or the following Monday.)
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for DECEMBER: MOST PAGES READ
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!


2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise Lesson 11c-d
  • Language Arts Workbook pgs. 175, 177, 181-183
  • Time for Kids did not come in today and may not come in this week (off week, I think).
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. 142-143
  • WKBK pgs. R 6-1, R 6-2
4.   History pgs. none this month

5.   Science pgs. none this month

Monday, November 30, 2015

HW - Monday, 11/30

WELCOME BACK!

Parents:
  • REMINDER: November's Sharks Reading Is Cool Reading Logs are due tomorrow! I will accept them on Wednesday, 12/2 but NOT LATER!
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge has been posted: RuskinLUG.blogspot.com
  • District testing will take place this month.
  • We will be participating in the Hour of Code during the week of December 7-13. Students will practicing coding skills in class. (Since I'm gone on the 7th and 8th, I'll make that hour up on Wednesday and Thursday.)
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for the month: MOST BOOKS COMPLETED (100+ pages)
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!


2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise Lesson 11a-b
  • Time for Kids did not come in today and may not come in this week (off week, I think).
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. 138-141 (#7, 9, 11, 13, 15 on page 140, you must show your array drawings)
  • WKBK pgs. none
4.   History pgs. none this month

5.   Science pgs. none this month

Saturday, November 28, 2015

SumDog's Holiday Contest...with some perks!

I have entered our class to participate in SumDog's Holiday Contest.
It starts on December 11 and you get some goodies if you play!
Please see the pic for more info:


Sunday, November 22, 2015

TenMarks Assignments Are Now Available for Completion

Due to the amount of standards covered, I only assigned 10 problems per standard ("track").

I have also allowed for more time to complete the tracks as they will be due Wednesday, 12/2. I will give the students some computer time in class on Monday and Tuesday, if they need to work on them. (If they need more time past 12/2, please have your child speak with me.)

This will count for their Math grade so they need to take their time and understand the problems.

Here are the standards covered in this TenMarks assignment:


  • Understanding Multiplicative Comparisons
  • Multiplication and Division to Solve Word Problems
  • Relate: Multiply & Divide, Multiply & Add
  • Solve Problems Using the Four Operations & Estimation
  • Solve Problems Using the Four Operations (No Estimation)
  • Identifying Number Patterns
  • Number Patterns and Word Problems
  • Shape Patterns
  • Relating Place Value and Multiples of 10
  • Multiplying by Powers of Ten
  • State Numbers: Expanded, Word, Visual, and Standard Forms
  • Express Numbers: Standard or Expanded Form to Words
  • Express Numbers: Standard or Word Form to Expanded Form
  • Comparing Whole Numbers
  • Ordering Numbers
  • Rounding Whole Numbers Using Representations
  • Rounding Whole Numbers
  • Estimating Sums and Differences
  • Estimating Products and Quotients
  • Addition and Subtraction Using Standard Algorithm
  • Basic Multiplication Review with Arrays
  • Base Ten Blocks to Multiply
  • Area Models to Multiply
  • Equations and Multiplication
  • Solve Word Problems Using Multiplication Strategies

IF YOU NEED YOUR TENMARKS ACCOUNT INFO, PLEASE HAVE YOUR PARENTS EMAIL ME ASAP.

Remember: The account info is on the back side of your Sumdog card, which was given to you at the start of the school year.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

HW - Thursday, 11/19

Parents:
  • Due to conference week, NO S.I. or Chess Club this week.
  • NO FRIDAY FLAG POLE this week due to conferences.
  • We will be having a LOCKDOWN drill tomorrow. Time TBA.
  • Congratulations to October's Sharks Reading Is Cool Reader of the Month: Angela!
    • Our class logged 53,321 pages read! Because they completed and returned their October Reading Logs, the following students HAVE BEEN given a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza voucher: Amanda, Angela, Anirudh, Brian, Bryan, Eva, Gurpriya, Hannah, Janice, Joanie, Katelyn, Kaylene, Kira, Logan, Skye, Tammy, Trisha, Tristian, Tyler, and Zoe.
    • Remember, your NOVEMBER Logs are due on December 1.
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge has been posted: RuskinLUG.blogspot.com
  • District testing will most likely take place after Thanksgiving Break and run until December break.
  • We will be participating in the Hour of Code during the week of December 7-13. Students will practicing coding skills in class.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for the month: MOST BOOKS COMPLETED (100+ pages)
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!


2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise Lessons 1-10 Review Midterm Test TOMORROW
  • Time for Kids (worksheet and your ad - on an 8.5" x 11" paper - due TOMORROW) / Quiz is TOMORROW (students must use their magazines)
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. none
  • WKBK pgs. none
4.   History pgs. none

5.   Science pgs. none

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

HW - Wednesday, 11/18

Parents:
  • Due to conference week, NO S.I. or Chess Club this week.
  • Students still have P.E. and Music tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow is SPORTS DAY. You are encouraged to wear something sports related tomorrow.
  • Also, NO FRIDAY FLAG POLE this week due to conferences.
  • Congratulations to October's Sharks Reading Is Cool Reader of the Month: Angela!
    • Our class logged 53,321 pages read! Because they completed and returned their October Reading Logs, the following students HAVE BEEN given a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza voucher: Amanda, Angela, Anirudh, Brian, Bryan, Eva, Gurpriya, Hannah, Janice, Joanie, Katelyn, Kaylene, Kira, Logan, Skye, Tammy, Trisha, Tristian, Tyler, and Zoe.
    • Remember, your NOVEMBER Logs are due on December 1.
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge has been posted: RuskinLUG.blogspot.com
  • District testing will most likely take place after Thanksgiving Break and run until December break.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for the month: MOST BOOKS COMPLETED (100+ pages)
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!


2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise Lesson 9-10 Review Sheet / Test on Friday (Two tests reviewing Lessons 1-10)
  • Time for Kids (worksheet and your ad - on an 8.5" x 11" paper - due Friday) / Quiz on Friday (students must use their magazines)
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. none
  • WKBK pgs. none
4.   History pgs. none

5.   Science pgs. none

  • Chapter 4 Open Book Test tomorrow

Tomorrow is Sports Day

Look at this awesome poster for more information:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

HW - Tuesday, 11/17

Parents:
  • MAKE-UP PICTURES is TOMORROW.
  • Due to conference week, NO S.I. or Chess Club this week. However, there will be a Math Olympiad on Wednesday from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Contest day!)
  • Students still have P.E. and Music this week.
  • Also, NO FRIDAY FLAG POLE this week due to conferences.
  • Congratulations to October's Sharks Reading Is Cool Reader of the Month: Angela!
    • Our class logged 53,321 pages read! Because they completed and returned their October Reading Logs, the following students HAVE BEEN given a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza voucher: Amanda, Angela, Anirudh, Brian, Bryan, Eva, Gurpriya, Hannah, Janice, Joanie, Katelyn, Kaylene, Kira, Logan, Skye, Tammy, Trisha, Tristian, Tyler, and Zoe.
    • Remember, your NOVEMBER Logs are due on December 1.
  • Class t-shirts have been distributed today! Thank you for being patient!
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge has been posted: RuskinLUG.blogspot.com
  • District testing will most likely take place after Thanksgiving Break and run until December break.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for the month: MOST BOOKS COMPLETED (100+ pages)
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!


2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise Lesson 5-8 Review Sheets / Test on Friday (Two tests reviewing Lessons 1-10)
  • Time for Kids (worksheet (Animal side) due tomorrow; I'll go over the back side tomorrow) / Quiz on Friday (students must use their magazines)
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. none
  • WKBK pgs. none
4.   History pgs. none

5.   Science pgs. 148-151


  • Chapter 4 Open Book Test on Thursday

Monday, November 16, 2015

HW - Monday, 11/16

Parents:
  • Due to conference week, NO S.I. or Chess Club this week. However, there will be a Math Olympiad on Wednesday from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Contest day!)
  • Students still have P.E. and Music this week.
  • Also, NO FRIDAY FLAG POLE this week due to conferences.
  • Congratulations to October's Sharks Reading Is Cool Reader of the Month: Angela!
    • Our class logged 53,321 pages read! Because they completed and returned their October Reading Logs, the following students HAVE BEEN given a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza voucher: Amanda, Angela, Anirudh, Brian, Bryan, Eva, Gurpriya, Hannah, Janice, Joanie, Katelyn, Kaylene, Kira, Logan, Skye, Tammy, Trisha, Tristian, Tyler, and Zoe.
    • Remember, your NOVEMBER Logs are due on December 1.
  • Class t-shirts ARE IN! Your child will get the shirt tomorrow.
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge has been posted: RuskinLUG.blogspot.com
  • District testing will most likely take place after Thanksgiving Break and run until December break.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for the month: MOST BOOKS COMPLETED (100+ pages)
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!


2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise Lesson 1-4 Review Sheets / Test on Friday (Two tests reviewing Lessons 1-10)
  • Time for Kids (worksheet due Friday - will be distributed tomorrow) / Quiz on Friday (students must use their magazines)
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. none
  • WKBK pgs. none
4.   History pgs. none

5.   Science pgs. none

Thursday, November 12, 2015

HW - Thursday, 11/12

Parents:
  • The November parent conference schedule is posted on the blog and will be updated daily. There are FIVE students who have yet to schedule a conference with me. Please do so immediately. I will be assigning conference times today via email.
  • Please return today's Wednesday Folder tomorrow as there is a lot more work that needs to go home!
  • TOMORROW is PTA Movie Night: Disney's Inside OutDoors open at 6 p.m. Movie starts at 6:30 p.m. It's a good movie, especially for adults.
  • Due to conference week, NO S.I. or Chess Club next week. However, there will be a Math Olympiad on Wednesday from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Contest day!)
  • Also, NO FRIDAY FLAG POLE this week and next week due to conferences.
  • Congratulations to October's Sharks Reading Is Cool Reader of the Month: Angela!
    • Our class logged 53,321 pages read! Because they completed and returned their October Reading Logs, the following students HAVE BEEN given a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza voucher: Amanda, Angela, Anirudh, Brian, Bryan, Eva, Gurpriya, Hannah, Janice, Joanie, Katelyn, Kaylene, Kira, Logan, Skye, Tammy, Trisha, Tristian, Tyler, and Zoe.
  • Class t-shirt update: Insane Ink has notified me that shirts may be in tomorrow or next Friday. I'll keep you posted when they arrive.
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge has been posted: RuskinLUG.blogspot.com
  • District testing will run until December break.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
  • Any Walk-A-Thon donations need to be sent to the office ASAP!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for the month: MOST BOOKS COMPLETED (100+ pages)
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!


2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise #10e (due Friday) / Test on Friday
  • Time for Kids (worksheet due Friday) / Quiz on Friday (students must use their magazines)
    • Bonus on page 5, you must decode "We are on West Neason Street but it is optional to make your own (read: you do not have to do it).
  • TWO Grammar Worksheets (#5 and #6)
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. none
  • WKBK pgs. none
4.   History pgs. none

5.   Science pgs. none

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

HW - Tuesday, 11/9

Parents:
  • The November parent conference schedule is posted on the blog and will be updated daily. There are EIGHT students who have yet to schedule a conference with me. Please do so immediately. I will be assigning conference times on Thursday if I have not yet received a scheduled date and time.
  • NO SCHOOL TOMORROW due to Veterans Day.
    • NO Wednesday Folder this week, so it will go home on Thursday.
  • ATTENTION Ms. Wang's STRINGS Students: Do NOT bring your instrument on Thursday, per her email.
  • THIS FRIDAY is PTA Movie Night: Disney's Inside OutDoors open at 6 p.m. Movie starts at 6:30 p.m. It's a good movie, especially for adults.
  • Congratulations to October's Sharks Reading Is Cool Reader of the Month: Angela!
    • Our class logged 53,321 pages read! Because they completed and returned their October Reading Logs, the following students HAVE BEEN given a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza voucher: Amanda, Angela, Anirudh, Brian, Bryan, Eva, Gurpriya, Hannah, Janice, Joanie, Katelyn, Kaylene, Kira, Logan, Skye, Tammy, Trisha, Tristian, Tyler, and Zoe.
  • Class t-shirt update: Insane Ink has notified me that shirts may be in this Friday or next Friday. I'll keep you posted when they arrive.
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge has been posted: RuskinLUG.blogspot.com
  • District testing will run until December break.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
  • Any Walk-A-Thon donations need to be sent to the office ASAP!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for the month: MOST BOOKS COMPLETED (100+ pages)
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!


2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise #10c-e (due Friday) / Test on Friday
  • Time for Kids (worksheet due Friday) / Quiz on Friday (students must use their magazines)
    • Bonus on page 5, you must decode "We are on West Neason Street but it is optional to make your own (read: you do not have to do it).
  • TWO Grammar Worksheets (#3 and #4)
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. 130-133
  • WKBK pgs. none
  • TWO Enrichment Worksheets (5.2-5.3; 5.4-5.5)
  • TOPIC 5 TEST on Thursday
4.   History pgs. none

5.   Science pgs. none

Monday, November 9, 2015

Last Minute Notice: Science Lab Tomorrow Morning

Just FYI:

We have a make-up Science Lab day tomorrow at 8:25 a.m.

VIDEO: Since we had rain today...

Learn more about how the sun contributes to clouds and the weather (like today's rain):



Learn how clouds are made:


HW - Monday, 11/9

Parents:
  • The November parent conference schedule is posted on the blog and will be updated daily. There are EIGHT students who have yet to schedule a conference with me. Please do so immediately.
  • NO SCHOOL on Wednesday due to Veterans Day.
    • NO Wednesday Folder this week, so it will go home on Thursday.
  • District testing will run until December break.
  • Congratulations to October's Sharks Reading Is Cool Reader of the Month: Angela!
    • Our class logged 53,321 pages read! Because they completed and returned their October Reading Logs, the following students will be given a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza voucher: Amanda, Angela, Anirudh, Brian, Bryan, Eva, Gurpriya, Hannah, Janice, Joanie, Katelyn, Kaylene, Kira, Logan, Skye, Tammy, Trisha, Tristian, Tyler, and Zoe.
  • Class t-shirt update: Insane Ink has notified me that shirts may be in this Friday or next Friday. I'll keep you posted when they arrive.
  • The next Ruskin Lego Challenge has been posted: RuskinLUG.blogspot.com
  • THIS FRIDAY: PTA Movie Night's feature is Disney's Inside Out. Doors open at 6 p.m. Movie starts at 6:30 p.m. It's a good movie, especially for adults.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
  • Any Walk-A-Thon donations need to be sent to the office ASAP!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for the month: MOST BOOKS COMPLETED (100+ pages)
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!


2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise #10a-b (due Friday)/ Test on Friday
  • Time for Kids (read tonight) / Quiz on Friday (students must use their magazines)
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. 124-125
  • WKBK pgs. none
  • Test on Thursday
4.   History pgs. none

  • Open Book Test (Unit 2) tomorrow

5.   Science pgs. 144-146

Thursday, November 5, 2015

DATE/TIME CHANGE: Next Ruskin PTA General Meeting

HW - Thursday, 11/5

Parents:
  • Today from 4:30 to 5:30 is the Ruskin Lego Challenge. ALL ARE INVITED to check out some LEGO creations from Ruskin students!
  • The November parent conference schedule is posted on the blog and will be updated daily. There are EIGHT students who have yet to schedule a conference with me. Please do so immediately.
  • District testing (English Language Arts and Math) starts this week and runs until Thanksgiving Break.
  • Tomorrow, the fourth grades will be having a single Science Lab event in the Multi for about 1.5 hours. The students will be dissecting (sanitized) owl pellets and studying what their owl ate. IF YOUR CHILD IS ALLERGIC TO PET HAIR AND/OR DANDER (i.e., dandruff like skin cells), PLEASE LET ME KNOW. These students will be housed in the library during the Lab and will be working on a related activity.
  • Our class t-shirt has been chosen! We will be the LUCKY SNOW LEOPARDS and Joanie's picture was selected as the cover art for the light blue shirt with gold lettering (barring production issues). The company we will be using is Insane Ink, a longstanding class business at Piedmont Hills High School, which is staffed by former Ruskin students. Hallie, the account manager for our school, will be mocking up the t-shirt sample next week. Order forms will be in the Wednesday Folder tomorrow. ALL FORMS ARE IN! The order has been submitted. We must now wait a few weeks for processing and hopefully we will get them before Thanksgiving Break. UPDATE: Insane Ink has informed me that the target delivery period is mid- to late- November.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
  • Please collect all late Walk-A-Thon donations! Help the PTA reach their goal!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for the month: MOST BOOKS COMPLETED (100+ pages)
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!


2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise #9e (due Friday)/ Test on Friday
  • Grammar worksheets (two)
  • Time for Kids worksheet (due Friday) / Quiz on Friday (students must use their magazines)
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. 124-125
  • WKBK pgs. P 5-4 / R 5-5
  • Quiz tomorrow on lessons we covered this week and this year
4.   History pgs. none

5.   Science pgs. 136-143

HW - Wednesday, 11/4

Parents:
  • The November parent conference schedule is posted on the blog and will be updated daily. There are NINE students who have yet to schedule a conference with me. Please do so immediately.
  • District testing (English Language Arts and Math) starts this week and runs until Thanksgiving Break.
  • This coming Friday, the fourth grades will be having a single Science Lab event in the Multi for about 1.5 hours. The students will be dissecting (sanitized) owl pellets and studying what their owl ate. IF YOUR CHILD IS ALLERGIC TO PET HAIR AND/OR DANDER (i.e., dandruff like skin cells), PLEASE LET ME KNOW. These students will be housed in the library during the Lab and will be working on a related activity.
  • Our class t-shirt has been chosen! We will be the LUCKY SNOW LEOPARDS and Joanie's picture was selected as the cover art for the light blue shirt with gold lettering (barring production issues). The company we will be using is Insane Ink, a longstanding class business at Piedmont Hills High School, which is staffed by former Ruskin students. Hallie, the account manager for our school, will be mocking up the t-shirt sample next week. Order forms will be in the Wednesday Folder tomorrow. ALL FORMS ARE IN! The order has been submitted. We must now wait a few weeks for processing and hopefully we will get them before Thanksgiving Break. UPDATE: Insane Ink has informed me that the target delivery period is mid- to late- November.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
  • Please collect all late Walk-A-Thon donations! Help the PTA reach their goal!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for the month: MOST BOOKS COMPLETED (100+ pages)
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!

(Will be in their Wednesday Folders)

2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise #9e (due Friday)/ Test on Friday
  • Time for Kids worksheet (due Friday) / Quiz on Friday (students must use their magazines)
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. 122-123
  • WKBK pgs. R 5-4
4.   History pgs. none

5.   Science pgs. 126-127, 130-133

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

HW - Tuesday, 11/3

Parents:
  • The November parent conference schedule is posted on the blog and will be updated daily. There are NINE students who have yet to schedule a conference with me. Please do so immediately.
  • TOMORROW, November 4 (Wed.), is 49ers Gatorade Junior Training Camp at Ruskin. Our time is 8:30 a.m., and we will be joining Ms. Rice's class and the 3rd graders. We will need a few parent volunteers to assist with the activities. I am still missing a couple of permission slips. Students who do NOT have slips will have to sit out, per the 49ers. Please sign and return them.
  • District testing (English Language Arts and Math) starts this week.
  • This coming Friday, the fourth grades will be having a single Science Lab event in the Multi for about 1.5 hours. The students will be dissecting (sanitized) owl pellets and studying what their owl ate. IF YOUR CHILD IS ALLERGIC TO PET HAIR AND/OR DANDER (i.e., dandruff like skin cells), PLEASE LET ME KNOW. These students will be housed in the library during the Lab and will be working on a related activity.
  • Our class t-shirt has been chosen! We will be the LUCKY SNOW LEOPARDS and Joanie's picture was selected as the cover art for the light blue shirt with gold lettering (barring production issues). The company we will be using is Insane Ink, a longstanding class business at Piedmont Hills High School, which is staffed by former Ruskin students. Hallie, the account manager for our school, will be mocking up the t-shirt sample next week. Order forms will be in the Wednesday Folder tomorrow. ALL FORMS ARE IN! The order has been submitted. We must now wait a few weeks for processing and hopefully we will get them before Thanksgiving Break. UPDATE: Insane Ink has informed me that the target delivery period is mid- to late- November.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
  • Please collect all late Walk-A-Thon donations! Help the PTA reach their goal!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for the month: MOST BOOKS COMPLETED (100+ pages)
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!

(Will be in their Wednesday Folders)

2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise #9c-d/ Test on Friday
  • Grammar worksheet
  • Time for Kids (worksheet will be passed out tomorrow)
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. 120-121
  • WKBK pgs. R / P 5-2; R / P 5-3
4.   History pgs. none

5.   Science pgs. 120-125

Monday, November 2, 2015

HW - Monday, 11/2

Parents:
  • The November parent conference schedule is posted on the blog and will be updated daily. Please email me your THREE choices of dates and times. First come, first serve!
  • November 4 (Wed.) is 49ers Gatorade Junior Training Camp at Ruskin. We will need parent volunteers to assist with the activities. If you are interested, please contact me ASAP. I will then forward your name to the office. Also, range permission slips will be in their Wednesday Folders tomorrow. Please sign and return them.
  • TOMORROW: Library at 1:45 p.m.
  • District testing starts this week.
  • Our class t-shirt has been chosen! We will be the LUCKY SNOW LEOPARDS and Joanie's picture was selected as the cover art for the light blue shirt with gold lettering (barring production issues). The company we will be using is Insane Ink, a longstanding class business at Piedmont Hills High School, which is staffed by former Ruskin students. Hallie, the account manager for our school, will be mocking up the t-shirt sample next week. Order forms will be in the Wednesday Folder tomorrow. ALL FORMS ARE IN! The order has been submitted. We must now wait a few weeks for processing and hopefully we will get them before Thanksgiving Break. UPDATE: Insane Ink has informed me that the target delivery period is mid- to late- November.
  • Thank you to the parents who have submitted classroom donations!
  • Please collect all late Walk-A-Thon donations! Help the PTA reach their goal!
1.  Read for 30 min. 
Sharks Reading Is Cool goal for the month: MOST BOOKS COMPLETED (100+ pages)
HAVE YOU BEEN ENTERING YOUR PAGES IN YOUR READING LOG?!


2.  Language Arts
  • Spelling Activity (TWO due by Friday) / Spelling Test
  • Wordly Wise #9a-b/ Test on Friday
3.  Math
  • TEXT pgs. 118-119
  • WKBK pgs. R / P 5-1
4.   History pgs. 61-69

5.   Science pgs. none

Friday, October 30, 2015

Weekend Notes


  • No homework this weekend. :(  {booooooo}
  • THANK YOU to the parents who provided treats and snacks. Also, five pizzas were perfect for the class. Any unopened snacks will be available for the students this coming week, if they choose to have any.
  • Daylight Savings: Fall back an hour on Sunday. :)
  • 49er Permission Slips need to be turned in by Tuesday. Event is on Wednesday. No slip = no participation. We still need a few (1-2) parent volunteers.
  • If you haven't scheduled a conference yet, please: 1) see the available times here and 2) contact me with a date and time that works for you.
  • TOMORROW is the last day to order yearbooks at their cheapest price ($20). Use this website to order yours now: http://www.betteryearbookpublishing.com/login/signin.htm  ( login: ruskin / password:  roadrunner ). Beginning 11/1, the price goes up to $30.
  • District interim testing starts this week and runs through the next two weeks.
  • This coming Friday, the fourth grades will be having a single Science Lab event in the Multi for about 1.5 hours. The students will be dissecting (sanitized) owl pellets and studying what their owl ate. IF YOUR CHILD IS ALLERGIC TO PET HAIR AND/OR DANDER (i.e., dandruff like skin cells), PLEASE LET ME KNOW. These students will be housed in the library during the Lab and will be working on a related activity.
  • Have a Happy and Safe Halloween! :)