Friday, December 16, 2016

A Short Blog Post for Now

THANK YOU parents and students for the thoughtful gifts and cards!

Students went home with a few little somethings from me:

  • PACKET (homework): Due the Tuesday we get back from our break
  • PACKET (fun): NOT due but tote that packet along to kill time at the shopping malls, in the car driving from one destination to another, on the airplane, or when your child says, "I'm bored."
  • Little holiday bag filled with treats and goodies. Enjoy and...

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

HW - Thursday, 12/14

Parents:
  • Please remember to dress warmly for the winter weather!
  • MINIMUM DAY TOMORROW (1:00 p.m. dismissal)
  • Ruskin's Student Leadership group is still collecting sweaters, sweatshirts, and/or jackets for distribution to those in need so they can stay warm this winter. Please send it/them with your child to school ASAP.
  • CLASS PARTY tomorrow. Please just bring something small to share like a snack. No homemade snacks please; store bought only. This isn't a feast due to it being a minimum day and they have P.E. that day as well.
    • Congrats to Lori, our November Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read over 25 books (100+ pages) during the month!
    • PTA News:  
    1.  Read for 30 min.  *December READING LOGS are due by Wednesday, 1/4*
    2.  Language Arts
    • Wordly Wise - Lesson 14e; Test on Friday
    • Time for Kids - to be distributed TOMORROW. Quiz and reading/writing handout due on Tuesday, 1/3.
    3.  Math
    • TEXT pgs. none
    • WORK pgs. none
    4.   History
    • TEXT pgs. none
    • Native Californian Slideshow presentations to be completed tomorrow; we have twelve more presentations to do
    5.   Science
    • TEXT pgs.  none
    6.   P.E. Tomorrow

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    HW - Wednesday, 12/14

    Parents:
    • Please remember to dress warmly for the winter weather!
    • Ruskin's Student Leadership group is still collecting sweaters, sweatshirts, and/or jackets for distribution to those in need so they can stay warm this winter. Please send it/them with your child to school ASAP.
    • Class picture with Santa tomorrow @ 11:25 a.m.
    • CLASS PARTY on Friday. Please just bring something small to share like a snack. No homemade snacks please; store bought only. This isn't a feast due to it being a minimum day and they have P.E. that day as well.
      • Congrats to Lori, our November Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read over 25 books (100+ pages) during the month!
      • Next Spirit Day (Pajama Day): TOMORROW, December 15
      • PTA News:  
      1.  Read for 30 min.  *December READING LOGS are due by Wednesday, 1/4*
      2.  Language Arts
      • Wordly Wise - Lesson 14e; Test on Friday
      • Time for Kids - to be distributed on Thursday. Quiz and reading/writing handout due on Tuesday, 1/3.
      3.  Math
      • TEXT pgs. none
      • WORK pgs. none
      4.   History
      • TEXT pgs. none
      • Native Californian Slideshow due TOMORROW, 12/15
      5.   Science
      • TEXT pgs.  none
      6.   Music Tomorrow

      Tuesday, December 13, 2016

      HW - Tuesday, 12/13

      Parents:
      • Please remember to dress warmly for the winter weather!
      • Ruskin's Student Leadership group is still collecting sweaters, sweatshirts, and/or jackets for distribution to those in need so they can stay warm this winter. Please send it/them with your child to school ASAP.
      • Thank you to the parents who chaperoned our field trip to Sharks Ice!
      • Class picture with Santa on Thursday @ 11:25 a.m.
      • CLASS PARTY on Friday. Please just bring something small to share like a snack. No homemade snacks please; store bought only. This isn't a feast due to it being a minimum day and they have P.E. that day as well.
        • Congrats to Lori, our November Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read over 25 books (100+ pages) during the month!
        • Next Spirit Day (Pajama Day): This Thursday, December 15
        • PTA News:  
        1.  Read for 30 min.  *December READING LOGS are due by Wednesday, 1/4*
        2.  Language Arts
        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 14c-d; Test on Friday
        • Time for Kids - to be distributed on Thursday. Quiz and reading/writing handout due on Tuesday, 1/3.
        3.  Math
        • TEXT pgs. 234-237
        • WORK pgs. none
        4.   History
        • TEXT pgs. none
        • Native Californian Slideshow due Thursday, 12/15
        5.   Science
        • TEXT pgs.  none
        6.   P.E. Tomorrow

        Monday, December 12, 2016

        HW - Monday, 12/12

        Parents:
        • Please remember to dress warmly for the winter weather!
        • Ruskin's Student Leadership group is still collecting sweaters, sweatshirts, and/or jackets for distribution to those in need so they can stay warm this winter. Please send it/them with your child to school ASAP.
        • Field Trip forms are due ASAP. No slip, no trip!
          • Please consider donating $8 for the Sharks Ice Field Trip. The bus cost, skates rental and admission (ice time) will be subsidized by it as it doesn't cover the whole cost (almost half). I will not be asking for field trip donations for the two little buddy field trips and Don Edwards. Thank you to those who donated.
        • NO Library or Music tomorrow due to the field trip.
        • CLASS PARTY on Friday. Please just bring something small to share like a snack. No homemade snacks please; store bought only. This isn't a feast due to it being a minimum day and they have P.E. that day as well.
        • Congrats to Lori, our November Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read over 25 books (100+ pages) during the month!
        • Next Spirit Day (Pajama Day): This Thursday, December 15
        • PTA News:  
        1.  Read for 30 min.  *December READING LOGS are due by Wednesday, 1/4*
        2.  Language Arts
        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 14a-b; Test on Friday
        • Time for Kids - to be distributed on Thursday. Quiz and reading/writing handout due on Tuesday, 1/3.
        3.  Math
        • TEXT pgs. 230-233
        • WORK pgs. none
        4.   History
        • TEXT pgs. none
        • Native Californian Slideshow due Thursday, 12/15
        5.   Science
        • TEXT pgs.  none
        6.   NO Music Tomorrow (due to the field trip)

        Saturday, December 10, 2016

        Weekend Notes


        • Monday
          • Language Arts - Time for Kids worksheet due; Open Magazine Quiz
          • Science - Chapter 5 Open Book Test
          • History - Work on Google Slideshow due Thursday
          • Holiday Sing-Along at 9:10 a.m.
        • Tuesday
          • Sharks Ice Skating field trip(leave after recess); bring your lunch, dress warmly in layers, and if you'd like, skateboard/bike helmets, knee pads, and/or elbow pads.
        • Wednesday
          • 4th grade teachers are out for district writing training
          • P.E. today
        • Thursday
          • Minimum Day
          • Music today
          • Slideshow presentations today
        • Friday
          • Minimum Day
          • P.E. today
          • Slideshow presentations continue today, if needed

        Thursday, December 8, 2016

        HW - Thursday, 12/8

        Parents:
        • Please remember to dress warmly for the winter weather!
        • Ruskin's Holiday Food Drive is underway. Please refer to the Blog post on what supplies are needed. Thank you in advance!
        • Field Trip forms are due ASAP. No slip, no trip!
          • Please consider donating $8 for the Sharks Ice Field Trip. The bus cost, skates rental and admission (ice time) will be subsidized by it as it doesn't cover the whole cost (almost half). I will not be asking for field trip donations for the two little buddy field trips and Don Edwards. Thank you to those who donated.
          • UPDATE (12/6): This Friday's field trip forms were passed out today. They were printed on yellow stock paper. I'm still missing TWO permission slips!
        • Congrats to Lori, our November Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read over 25 books (100+ pages) during the month!
        • Next Spirit Day (Pajama Day): Thursday, December 15
        • PTA News:  
        1.  Read for 30 min.  *December READING LOGS are due by Wednesday, 1/4*
        2.  Language Arts
        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 13e (due Friday); Test on Friday
        • Time for Kids - read; Quiz and reading/writing handout due on Monday, 12/12
        3.  Math
        • TEXT pgs. 228-229
        • WORK pgs. R/P 10-1
        4.   History
        • TEXT pgs. none
        • Native Californian Slideshow due NEXT Thursday, 12/15
        5.   Science
        • TEXT pgs. 182-183; 190 (Math); 192-193 #1-20 + Map the Concept
        • Chapter 5 Open Book Test on Monday, 12/12
        6.   P.E. Tomorrow

        Wednesday, December 7, 2016

        HW - Wednesday, 12/7

        Parents:
        • Please remember to dress warmly for the winter weather!
        • Ruskin's Holiday Food Drive is underway. Please refer to the Blog post on what supplies are needed. Thank you in advance!
        • Field Trip forms are due ASAP. No slip, no trip!
          • Please consider donating $8 for the Sharks Ice Field Trip. The bus cost, skates rental and admission (ice time) will be subsidized by it as it doesn't cover the whole cost (almost half). I will not be asking for field trip donations for the two little buddy field trips and Don Edwards. Thank you to those who donated.
          • UPDATE (12/6): This Friday's field trip forms were passed out today. They were printed on yellow stock paper.
        • Congrats to Lori, our November Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read over 25 books (100+ pages) during the month!
        • Next Spirit Day (Pajama Day): Thursday, December 15
        • PTA News:  
        1.  Read for 30 min.  *December READING LOGS are due by Wednesday, 1/4*
        2.  Language Arts
        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 13e; Test on Friday
        • Time for Kids - read; Quiz on Monday, 12/12
        3.  Math
        • TEXT pgs. 225
        • WORK pgs. P 9-2; P 9-3
        4.   History
        • TEXT pgs. none
        • Native Californian Slideshow due NEXT Thursday, 12/15
        5.   Science
        • TEXT pgs. 186-189
        • Chapter 5 Open Book Test on Monday, 12/12
        6.   Music Tomorrow

        Tuesday, December 6, 2016

        HW - Tuesday, 12/6

        Parents:
        • Please remember to dress warmly for the winter weather!
        • BOOK ORDERS DUE TODAY by 5:00 p.m.
        • Ruskin's Holiday Food Drive is underway. Please refer to the Blog post on what supplies are needed. Thank you in advance!
        • Field Trip forms are due ASAP. No slip, no trip!
          • Please consider donating $8 for the Sharks Ice Field Trip. The bus cost, skates rental and admission (ice time) will be subsidized by it as it doesn't cover the whole cost (almost half). I will not be asking for field trip donations for the two little buddy field trips and Don Edwards. Thank you to those who donated.
          • UPDATE (12/6): This Friday's field trip forms were passed out today. They were printed on yellow stock paper.
        • Congrats to Lori, our November Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read over 25 books (100+ pages) during the month!
        • PTA News:  
        1.  Read for 30 min.  *December READING LOGS are due by Wednesday, 1/4*
        2.  Language Arts
        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 13c-d; Test on Friday
        • Time for Kids - this week's issue ARRIVED today (though there was no issue for last week); Quiz on Monday, 12/12
        • Time for Kids money worksheet. Bonus section is optional.
        3.  Math
        • TEXT pgs. none
        • WORK pgs. none
        • Topic 9 Review Packet (3 pages)
        • Topic 9 Test on Wednesday
        4.   History
        • TEXT pgs. none
        5.   Science
        • TEXT pgs. none
        • Chapter 5 Open Book Test on Monday, 12/12
        6.   P.E. Tomorrow

        Monday, December 5, 2016

        HW - Monday, 12/5

        Parents:
        • Please remember to dress warmly for the winter weather!
        • BOOK ORDERS DUE TOMORROW!
        • Ruskin's Holiday Food Drive is underway. Please refer to the Blog post on what supplies are needed. Thank you in advance!
        • Field Trip forms are due ASAP. No slip, no trip!
          • Please consider donating $8 for the Sharks Ice Field Trip. The bus cost, skates rental and admission (ice time) will be subsidized by it as it doesn't cover the whole cost (almost half). I will not be asking for field trip donations for the two little buddy field trips and Don Edwards. Thank you to those who donated.
          • UPDATE: This Friday's field trip forms were not passed out due to the lack of time at the end of the day. Expect them tomorrow.
        • Congrats to Lori, our November Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read over 25 books (100+ pages) during the month!
        • PTA News:  
        1.  Read for 30 min.  *December READING LOGS are due by Wednesday, 1/4*
        2.  Language Arts
        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 13a-b; Test on Friday
        • Time for Kids - this week's issue did not arrive today (there was no issue for last week)
        3.  Math
        • TEXT pgs. 220-221; 222-223
        • WORK pgs. none
        • Topic 9 Test on Wednesday
        4.   History
        • TEXT pgs. none
        5.   Science
        • TEXT pgs. 168-171 (from Friday); 172-173; 176-181
        • Chapter 5 Open Book Test on Monday, 12/12
        6.   Music Tomorrow

        Friday, December 2, 2016

        HW This Weekend and December Events

        Homework this weekend (all due Monday unless otherwise noted):
        • Wordly Wise - 9-12 Review
        • Math
          • Textbook pgs. 218-219
          • Workbook pgs. R/P 9-6
          • Topic 9 Test moved to Wednesday
        • Science - pgs. 168-171
          • Big THANK YOU to Avneet who has been demonstrating to the class how she uses Cornell Notes to review lessons. We will still work on completing the rest of the Chapter this way.
        • History - Native Californian Project Slideshow (due 12/15)
        Congratulations to Lori for achieving this November's SJ Sharks Reading Is Cool Reader of the Month award. She read 33 books (100+ pages) during the month! Overall, twenty students completed and returned their Reading Logs for a total of 39,767 pages read! Way to go!

        December Events
        • Saturday, December 3 @ Orchard Supply Hardware (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.): Make a Free Snow Globe. Limit one per child, ages 3-12. Canning jar and all the necessary materials will be provided. Visit http://www.osh.com/snowglobe for more info.
        • Saturday, December 10 @ Avaya Stadium (12 - 5 p.m.): Winterfest. Free admission. Consider donating a new or gently used toy or canned goods at the gates. About 2,100 cubic feet of snow will be falling down on guests and enough to make snowballs and snowmen. Visit http://www.sjearthquakes.com/post/2016/11/01/snow-fall-san-jose-dec-10-avaya-stadium for more info.

        Thursday, December 1, 2016

        HW - Thursday, 12/1

        Parents:
        • Please remember to dress warmly for the winter weather!
        • Ruskin's Holiday Food Drive is underway. Please refer to the Blog post on what supplies are needed. Thank you in advance!
        • Class T-Shirts are here! Students will get them tomorrow before the field trip.
        • Field Trip forms are due ASAP. No slip, no trip!
          • Please consider donating $8 for the Sharks Ice Field Trip. The bus cost, skates rental and admission (ice time) will be subsidized by it as it doesn't cover the whole cost (almost half). I will not be asking for field trip donations for the two little buddy field trips and Don Edwards. Thank you to those who donated.
        • Congrats to Andrea, our October Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read around 6,700 pages!
        • PTA News:  
        1.  Read for 30 min.  *November READING LOGS are due by THIS Friday, 12/2*
        2.  Language Arts
        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 12e; Test on Friday; Review Lesson 9-12 due Monday
        • Time for Kids - this week's issue did not arrive today
        3.  Math
        • TEXT pgs. 214-217
        • WORK pgs. none
        • Topic 9 Test next Tuesday
        4.   History
        • TEXT pgs. none
        5.   Science
        • TEXT pgs. 160-165
        6.   P.E. Tomorrow

        Wednesday, November 30, 2016

        HW - Wednesday, 11/30

        Parents:
        • Please remember to dress warmly for the winter weather!
        • Ruskin's Holiday Food Drive is underway. Please refer to the Blog post on what supplies are needed. Thank you in advance!
        • Box Tops are due TOMORROW!
        • Congrats to Andrea, our October Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read around 6,700 pages!
        • PTA News:  
        1.  Read for 30 min.  *November READING LOGS are due by THIS Friday, 12/2*
        2.  Language Arts
        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 12e; Test on Friday; Review Lesson 9-12 due Monday
        • Time for Kids - this week's issue did not arrive today
        3.  Math
        • TEXT pgs. 212-213
        • WORK pgs. R/P 9-4
        • Topic 9 Test next Tuesday
        4.   History
        • TEXT pgs. none
        5.   Science
        • TEXT pgs. none
        6.   Music Tomorrow

        Tuesday, November 29, 2016

        HW - Tuesday, 11/29

        Parents:
        • TOMORROW: Wednesday, November 30 is MAKE-UP PICTURE DAY. (No, you don't have to wear make up to it.) Be sure to bring your picture pack with you if you are retaking it; take out and keep the class picture though.
        • Please remember to dress warmly for the winter weather!
        • Ruskin's Holiday Food Drive is underway. Please refer to the Blog post on what supplies are needed. Thank you in advance!
        • Box Tops are due TOMORROW!
        • Congrats to Andrea, our October Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read around 6,700 pages!
        • PTA News:  
        1.  Read for 30 min.  *November READING LOGS are due by Friday, 12/2*
        2.  Language Arts
        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 12c-d; Test on Friday
        • Time for Kids - this week's issue did not arrive today
        3.  Math
        • TEXT pgs. 208-209; 210-211
        • WORK pgs. R 9-2; R 9-3
        • Topic 9 Test next Tuesday
        4.   History
        • TEXT pgs. none
        5.   Science
        • TEXT pgs. none
        6.   P.E. Tomorrow

        Monday, November 28, 2016

        Ruskin's Holiday Food Drive Starts TODAY!


        HW - Monday, 11/28

        Parents:
        • Welcome back! I hope you had a relaxing and eventful Thanksgiving break!
        • Tomorrow, we have LIBRARY TIME. Please bring your library books to school.
        • PLEASE bring a wire hangar to school. We will be using them for our holiday project.
        • Wednesday, November 30 is MAKE-UP PICTURE DAY. (No, you don't have to wear make up to it.) Be sure to bring your picture pack with you if you are retaking it; take out and keep the class picture though.
        • Congrats to Andrea, our October Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read around 6,700 pages!
        • PTA News:  See more at ruskinpta.weebly.com
        1.  Read for 30 min.  *November READING LOGS are due by Friday, 12/2*
        2.  Language Arts
        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 12a-b Test on Friday
        • Time for Kids - this week's issue did not arrive today
        3.  Math
        • TEXT pgs. 206-207
        • WORK pgs. R/P 9-1
        • Topic 9 Test next Tuesday
        4.   History
        • TEXT pgs. none
        5.   Science
        • TEXT pgs. none
        6.   Music Tomorrow

        Thursday, November 17, 2016

        HW - Thursday, 11/17

        Please forgive the basic blog post: I packed my laptop away and the app keeps crashing on my phone.


        • Wordly Wise 11e due tomorrow; test tomorrow
        • Math Text pgs. 198-199; 200-201; 202. Topic 8 test tomorrow.
        • Fire Drill @ 8:45 a.m.
        • PE and Science Lab tomorrow

        Wednesday, November 16, 2016

        HW - Wednesday, 11/16

        Parents:
        • This week is Conference Week. Please refer to the email I sent today if you need to know the date and time of our conference.
        • UPDATE: Wednesday, November 30 is MAKE-UP PICTURE DAY. (No, you don't have to wear make up to it.)
        • Congrats to Andrea, our October Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read around 6,700 pages!
        • Congratulations to Andrea, who had the winning design for our t-shirt! (We are the "Popularly Peaceful Pandas")
          • UPDATE: The printing started on Friday!
          • Here is the FINAL revision:
        • PTA News:  See more at ruskinpta.weebly.com
        1.  Read for 30 min.  *November READING LOGS are due by Friday, 12/2*
        2.  Language Arts
        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 11e (due Friday); Test on Friday
        • Time for Kids - Quiz on Monday, 11/28
        3.  Math
        • TEXT pgs. 194-195; 196-197
        • WORK pgs. 8-3 P; 8-4 R/P; 8-5 R/P
        • Topic 8 Test FRIDAY
        4.   History
        • TEXT pgs. none
        5.   Science
        • TEXT pgs. none
        6.   Music Tomorrow

        Tuesday, November 15, 2016

        HW - Tuesday, 11/15

        Parents:
        • This week is Conference Week. Please refer to the email I sent today if you need to know the date and time of our conference. I am still waiting for a few parents to contact me; please do so as soon as possible.
        • UPDATE: Wednesday, November 30 is MAKE-UP PICTURE DAY. (No, you don't have to wear make up to it.)
        • Congrats to Andrea, our October Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read around 6,700 pages!
        • Congratulations to Andrea, who had the winning design for our t-shirt! (We are the "Popularly Peaceful Pandas")
          • UPDATE: The printing started on Friday!
          • Here is the FINAL revision:
        • PTA News:  See more at ruskinpta.weebly.com
        1.  Read for 30 min.  *November READING LOGS are due by Friday, 12/2*
        2.  Language Arts
        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 11c-d; Test on Friday
        • Time for Kids - To be distributed tomorrow
        3.  Math
        • TEXT pgs. 190-191; 192-193
        • WORK pgs. 8-2 R/P; 8-3 R
        • Topic 8 Test FRIDAY
        4.   History
        • TEXT pgs. none
        5.   Science
        • TEXT pgs. none
        6.   P.E. Tomorrow

        Monday, November 14, 2016

        HW - Monday, 11/14

        Parents:
        • Don't forget to witness the "Super Moon" tonight! 
        • This week is Conference Week. Please refer to the email I sent today if you need to know the date and time of our conference. I am still waiting for a few parents to contact me; please do so as soon as possible.
        • This Wednesday is MAKE-UP PICTURE DAY. (No, you don't have to wear make up to it.) UPDATE: Per Ms. Kailyn, since the proofs haven't arrived yet, the make-up picture day will be rescheduled.
        • Congrats to Andrea, our October Sharks Reading is Cool Top Reader! She read around 6,700 pages!
        • Congratulations to Andrea, who had the winning design for our t-shirt! (We are the "Popularly Peaceful Pandas")
          • UPDATE: The printing started on Friday!
          • Here is the FINAL revision:
        • PTA News:  See more at ruskinpta.weebly.com
        1.  Read for 30 min.  *November READING LOGS are due by Friday, 12/2*
        2.  Language Arts
        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 11a-b
        • Time for Kids - To be distributed tomorrow
        3.  Math
        • TEXT pgs. 186-189
        • WORK pgs. 8-1 R/P
        • Topic 8 Test FRIDAY
        4.   History
        • TEXT pgs. none
        5.   Science
        • TEXT pgs. none
        6.   Music Tomorrow

        Thursday, November 10, 2016

        Veterans Day and Conference Week


        • Conference Week is next week. If you have forgotten your date and time, please email me.
        • ALL MINIMUM DAYS next week. Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.
        • Lego Robotics class will still meet on Monday and Tuesday from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
        • Math Olympiad will still meet from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
        • Monday: Time For Kids quiz; Math Topic 8 Review What You Know is due
        • Friday: Wordly Wise Lesson 11 Test; Math Topic 8 Test
        • AWESOME DEAL if you love Lego, use eBooks or PDFs, and want to support charities! Humble Bundle is partnering with No Starch Press (from San Francisco) to offer most of their best sellers. Here's how it works:

        The Humble Book Bundle: LEGO presented by No Starch

        • Books for everyone on the block. We've assembled a virtual stack of No Starch Press books for you and for the LEGO fans in your life (of any age)! But you might not want to LEGO of these books once you have them. We're just sayin'.
          Pay $1 or more for The LEGO Adventure Book, Volume 1; Medieval LEGO; The LEGO Build-It Book, Volume 1; and Beautiful LEGO.
          Pay $8 or more and you’ll also get The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol.2: More Amazing Vehicles; The Cult of LEGO; LEGO Space; The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions; Incredible Technic; and Forbidden LEGO.
          Pay $15 or more for all of that plus The LEGO Architect; The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book; The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book; The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Vol.1: Machines and Mechanisms; The LEGO Neighborhood Book; and Steampunk LEGO.
          Pay $1 or more. Together, these books would cost over $323. Here at Humble Bundle, though, you name your price of $1 or more!
          Read them anywhere. These books are available in PDF and ePUB formats, meaning you can read them anywhere at any time.

        • If you have some time on Saturday, Mr. Owens and a bunch of Ruskin community members will be working in the garden from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help prepare our garden for class use!


        • Saturday: Free Lego Nexo Knights Make-and-Take
         


        Wednesday, November 9, 2016

        HW - Wednesday, 11/9

        Parents:
        • TONIGHT: 
          • School Site Council meeting @ 5:00 p.m.
          • Ruskin PTA meeting @ 6:00 p.m. Ruskin's social worker, Aleece Nyland, will be presenting on the Role of the Social Worker and Bullying/Peer Conflict.
          • Both meetings are OPEN TO ALL who would like to attend.
        • TOMORROW is a Spirit Day: DISNEY DAY. Dress up as a Disney character (not Tarzan, please); bring Disney dolls or stuffed animals; wear Disney clothes; and/or bring a Disney book to share. Remember: Star Wars and Marvel are OWNED by Disney (you're welcome).

        • Friday, November 11, is Veterans Day. It is both a federal and state holiday so there will be NO SCHOOL. Please think about those who have served our country and especially those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Read more about the holiday: http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
        • Due to errors in the computer program, I will be reviewing the math tests students have been taking online. Unfortunately, the online program was marking answers like 4539 incorrect because there wasn't a comma (4,539). Also, if the order of some numbers were wrong, for example when a student was executing the expanded algorithm for multiplication, then the computer gave zero to fractional credit despite the correctness of the partial products. It will be a time-consuming task and the Topic 6 test may be the last online math test we are going to take this year for quite some time.
        • Pizza Hut vouchers for a free personal pizza were distributed today.
        • Congratulations to Andrea, who had the winning design for our t-shirt! (We are the "Popularly Peaceful Pandas")
          • UPDATE: The printing started on Friday!
          • Here is the FINAL revision:
        • PTA News:  See more at ruskinpta.weebly.com
        1.  Read for 30 min.  *November READING LOGS are due by Friday, 12/2*
        2.  Language Arts
        • Wordly Wise - NO Wordly Wise this week.
        • Time for Kids
          • Bison/National Animals reading handout due tomorrow (Thursday)
          3.  Math
          • TEXT pgs. 180-181; 182
          • WORK pgs. 7-5 R/P
          • Topic 7 Test TOMORROW
          4.   History
          • TEXT pgs. none
          5.   Science
          • TEXT pgs. 148-149 (#1-20, map the concept); 150-151
          • Chapter 4 Open Book Test TOMORROW
          6.   Music Tomorrow

          Tuesday, November 8, 2016

          HW - Tuesday, 11/8

          Parents:
          • TODAY is ELECTION DAY. Since Ruskin is a polling place, please try to arrive early and be patient around the school. And REMEMBER TO VOTE!
          • TOMORROW: 
            • Walk N Roll to School
            • School Site Council meeting @ 5:00 p.m.
            • Ruskin PTA meeting @ 6:00 p.m. Ruskin's social worker, Aleece Nyland, will be presenting on the Role of the Social Worker and Bullying/Peer Conflict.
            • Both meetings are OPEN TO ALL who would like to attend.
          • This Thursday is a Spirit Day: DISNEY DAY. Dress up as a Disney character (not Tarzan, please); bring Disney dolls or stuffed animals; wear Disney clothes; and/or bring a Disney book to share. Remember: Star Wars and Marvel are OWNED by Disney (you're welcome).

          • Friday, November 11, is Veterans Day. It is both a federal and state holiday so there will be NO SCHOOL. Please think about those who have served our country and especially those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Read more about the holiday: http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
          • Due to errors in the computer program, I will be reviewing the math tests students have been taking online. Unfortunately, the online program was marking answers like 4539 incorrect because there wasn't a comma (4,539). Also, if the order of some numbers were wrong, for example when a student was executing the expanded algorithm for multiplication, then the computer gave zero to fractional credit despite the correctness of the partial products. It will be a time-consuming task and the Topic 6 test may be the last online math test we are going to take this year for quite some time.
          • Pizza Hut vouchers for a free personal pizza will be in this week's Wednesday Folder.
          • Congratulations to Andrea, who had the winning design for our t-shirt! (We are the "Popularly Peaceful Pandas")
            • UPDATE: The printing started on Friday!
            • Here is the FINAL revision:
          • PTA News:  See more at ruskinpta.weebly.com
          1.  Read for 30 min.  *November READING LOGS are due by Friday, 12/2*
          2.  Language Arts
          • Wordly Wise - NO Wordly Wise this week.
          • Time for Kids
            • Bison/National Animals reading handout due tomorrow
          • Election 2016 magazine
          3.  Math
          • TEXT pgs. 176-177; 178-179
          • WORK pgs. 7-3 R/P; 7-4 R/P
          • Topic 7 Test this Thursday
          4.   History
          • TEXT pgs. none
          5.   Science
          • TEXT pgs. 144-145
          • Chapter 4 Open Book Test on Thursday
          6.   P.E. Tomorrow

          Monday, November 7, 2016

          HW - Monday, 11/7 and Disney Day

          Parents:
          • TOMORROW is ELECTION DAY. Since Ruskin is a polling place, please try to arrive early and be patient around the school (as the church next door is also a polling place, I believe). And REMEMBER TO VOTE!
          • This Wednesday: 
            • School Site Council meeting @ 5:00 p.m.
            • Ruskin PTA meeting @ 6:00 p.m. Ruskin's social worker, Aleece Nyland, will be presenting on the Role of the Social Worker and Bullying/Peer Conflict.
            • Both meetings are OPEN TO ALL who would like to attend.
          • This Thursday is a Spirit Day: DISNEY DAY. Dress up as a Disney character (not Tarzan, please); bring Disney dolls or stuffed animals; wear Disney clothes; and/or bring a Disney book to share. Remember: Star Wars and Marvel are OWNED by Disney (you're welcome).

          • Friday, November 11, is Veterans Day. It is both a federal and state holiday so there will be NO SCHOOL. Please think about those who have served our country and especially those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Read more about the holiday: http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
          • Due to errors in the computer program, I will be reviewing the math tests students have been taking online. Unfortunately, the online program was marking answers like 4539 incorrect because there wasn't a comma (4,539). Also, if the order of some numbers were wrong, for example when a student was executing the expanded algorithm for multiplication, then the computer gave zero to fractional credit despite the correctness of the partial products. It will be a time-consuming task and the Topic 6 test may be the last online math test we are going to take this year for quite some time.
          • Pizza Hut vouchers for a free personal pizza will be in this week's Wednesday Folder.
          • Congratulations to Andrea, who had the winning design for our t-shirt! (We are the "Popularly Peaceful Pandas")
            • UPDATE: The printing started on Friday!
            • Here is the FINAL revision:
          • PTA News:  See more at ruskinpta.weebly.com
          1.  Read for 30 min.  *November READING LOGS are due by Friday, 12/2*
          2.  Language Arts
          • Wordly Wise Lessons 1-10 Midterm Tests TOMORROW
            • Otherwise, NO Wordly Wise this week.
          • Time for Kids - This week's issue has not arrived yet.
          3.  Math
          • TEXT pgs. 174-175
          • WORK pgs. 7-1 R/P; 7-2 R/P
          • Topic 7 Test this Thursday
          4.   History
          • TEXT pgs. none
          5.   Science
          • TEXT pgs. 136-143
          6.   Music Tomorrow

          Friday, November 4, 2016

          Weekend...Stuff


          • Mr. Amutan will be prepping for report cards on Monday. He will be on campus but will have a substitute.
          • If you haven't scheduled a parent-teacher conference date and time, please click on the tab (see above) and email me with a date and time.
          • Bank of America Free Museum Day on Saturday. Must show a BofA debit or credit card. Click here to check for participating museums and rules. Some museums include de Young (SF), Chabot Space and Science Center (Oakland), Tech Museum (San Jose), and The California Museum (Sacramento).
          • Re-opening of the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum (SF). I read somewhere that it was FREE this whole weekend but their website doesn't show it. But admission is FREE this Sunday, since it is the first Sunday of the month.
          •  DAYLIGHT SAVINGS!!!  Turn BACK your clocks at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. (Who am I kidding? Your tech devices probably already do it for you.) But this means it will get dark sooner... 
          • Monday:
            • There will be Monday Morning Flagpole.
            • We will also have a Digital Citizenship Assembly from 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
            • TFK quiz (Thanks, Avneet, for catching this omission!)
            • Wordly Wise Packet (Lessons 1-10) will be corrected and collected.
            • Please complete for Monday: Election 2016 pages 13, 15-17, 19
              • For pages 16-17, students will need to do some research online.
          • Tuesday: 
            • Due: Math text pgs. 170-171; 172-173
            • Wordly Wise Lesson 1-10 Midterm Tests (two reading passages and 12 questions per passage)
          • Wednesday:
            • Hailing from "North of the Border," come and meet Ruskin's new social worker, Aleece Nyland, talk about her role at our school as well as one of the all-time favorite parent topics (bullying) at the next PTA meeting.

          • Thursday:
            • Topic 7 Math Test
          • Friday:


          Thursday, November 3, 2016

          HW - Thursday, 11/3

          Parents:
          • UPDATE: Conference schedule notices will go out twice TODAY: via a small note home and via an email reminder on Friday. Conference week is November 14-18 and 28. They are 1:00 dismissal days. Please note that I will be blocking off some time mostly for Lego Robotics and Math Olympiad. EDIT: Here is the link to the Conference Tab (on the HW Blog).
          • I will have a substitute on Monday due to report card preparation.
          • November 11 is Veterans' Day, an federal and state holiday so there will be NO SCHOOL.
          • Due to errors in the computer program, I will be reviewing the math tests students have been taking online. Unfortunately, the online program was marking answers like 4539 incorrect because there wasn't a comma (4,539). Also, if the order of some numbers were wrong, for example when a student was executing the expanded algorithm for multiplication, then the computer gave zero to fractional credit despite the correctness of the partial products. It will be a time-consuming task and the Topic 6 test may be the last online math test we are going to take this year for quite some time.
          • THANK YOU to those students who participated in the Trick or Treat UNICEF collection. We set a modest goal of $100, but we reaised $220! AMAZING! I will be processing the donation today and will share with you the collection receipt.
          • We have started two Reading Log programs for October: Book It!, sponsored by Pizza Hut, and Reading is Cool, sponsored by the San Jose Sharks. Students who complete the monthly reading log get a coupon for a free personal pizza and entered for possible prizes from the Sharks.
          • Congratulations to Andrea, who had the winning design for our t-shirt! (We are the "Popularly Peaceful Pandas")
            • UPDATE: The printing started on Friday!
            • Here is the FINAL revision:
          • PTA News:  See more at ruskinpta.weebly.com
          1.  Read for 30 min.  *November READING LOGS are due by Friday, 12/2*
          2.  Language Arts
          • Wordly Wise 10e; Topic 10 test tomorrow
            • Wordly Wise Review Packet (Lessons 1-10) due Monday
            • Students should start preparing for the end of the unit tests on Tuesday.
          • Time for Kids
            • This week's issue WAS passed out today
            • Open magazine quiz next Monday
          • Scholastic News ELECTION 2016 magazine pgs. 9-12
          3.  Math
          • TEXT pgs. 166-169
          • WORK pgs. none
          • Topic 7 Test next Thursday
          4.   History
          • TEXT pgs. none
          5.   Science
          • TEXT pgs. 130-133
          6.   P.E. Tomorrow

          Wednesday, November 2, 2016

          HW - Wednesday, 11/2

          Parents:
          • Conference schedule notices will go out twice: via a small note home and via an email reminder on Friday. Conference week is November 14-18 and 28. They are 1:00 dismissal days.
          • I will have a substitute on Monday due to report card preparation.
          • November 11 is Veterans' Day, an federal and state holiday so there will be NO SCHOOL.
          • Due to errors in the computer program, I will be reviewing the math tests students have been taking online. Unfortunately, the online program was marking answers like 4539 incorrect because there wasn't a comma (4,539). Also, if the order of some numbers were wrong, for example when a student was executing the expanded algorithm for multiplication, then the computer gave zero to fractional credit despite the correctness of the partial products. It will be a time-consuming task and the Topic 6 test may be the last online math test we are going to take this year for quite some time.
          • As a class, we are participating with some other Ruskin classes in the Trick or Treat for UNICEFThis is optional but students have learned about what UNICEF does around the world. We will count the collected money in class on Thursday, 11/3. We will then total the collections, and I will take them to the nearest Coinstar, which is processing the donations without a fee. The receipt is then mailed to UNICEF. Afterwards, I will share on the Blog how much we have donated and what that roughly helps purchase for UNICEF's causes. To learn more, please visit www.unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat.
          • We have started two Reading Log programs for October: Book It!, sponsored by Pizza Hut, and Reading is Cool, sponsored by the San Jose Sharks. Students who complete the monthly reading log get a coupon for a free personal pizza and entered for possible prizes from the Sharks.
          • Congratulations to Andrea, who had the winning design for our t-shirt! (We are the "Popularly Peaceful Pandas")
            • UPDATE: The printing started on Friday!
            • Here is the FINAL revision:
          • PTA News:  See more at ruskinpta.weebly.com
          1.  Read for 30 min.  *READING LOGS are due by Friday, 12/2*
          2.  Language Arts
          • Wordly Wise 10e; Topic 10 test on Friday
            • Wordly Wise Review Packet (Lessons 1-10) due Monday
            • Students should start preparing for the end of the unit tests on Tuesday.
          • Time for Kids
            • This week's issue WAS passed out today
            • Open magazine quiz next Monday
          3.  Math
          • TEXT pgs. 163
          • WORK pgs. R 6-4; R 6-5
          4.   History
          • TEXT pgs. none
          5.   Science
          • TEXT pgs. 126-127 (write a paragraph responding to both tasks)
          6.   Music Tomorrow

          Tuesday, November 1, 2016

          HW - Tuesday, 11/1

          Parents:
          •  HAPPY  NOVEMBER!!
          • As a class, we are participating with some other Ruskin classes in the Trick or Treat for UNICEFThis is optional but students have learned about what UNICEF does around the world. We will count the collected money in class on Thursday, 11/3. We will then total the collections, and I will take them to the nearest Coinstar, which is processing the donations without a fee. The receipt is then mailed to UNICEF. Afterwards, I will share on the Blog how much we have donated and what that roughly helps purchase for UNICEF's causes. To learn more, please visit www.unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat.
          • We have started two Reading Log programs for October: Book It!, sponsored by Pizza Hut, and Reading is Cool, sponsored by the San Jose Sharks. Students who complete the monthly reading log get a coupon for a free personal pizza and entered for possible prizes from the Sharks.
          • Congratulations to Andrea, who had the winning design for our t-shirt! (We are the "Popularly Peaceful Pandas")
            • UPDATE: The printing started on Friday!
            • Here is the FINAL revision:
          • PTA News:  See more at ruskinpta.weebly.com
          1.  Read for 30 min.  *READING LOGS are due by Wednesday, 11/2*
          2.  Language Arts
          • Wordly Wise 10 c-d; Topic 10 test on Friday
            • Students should start preparing for the end of the unit tests on Tuesday.
          • Time for Kids
            • This week's issue was not passed out today
            • Open magazine quiz next Monday
          3.  Math
          • TEXT pgs. 158-159; 160-161; 162
          • WORK pgs. none
          • Topic 6 Test is tomorrow
          4.   History
          • TEXT pgs. none
          5.   Science
          • TEXT pgs. 120-125
          6.   P.E. Tomorrow

          Monday, October 31, 2016

          HW - Monday, 10/31

          Parents:
          •  HAPPY  HALLOWEEN! 
            • If you're going Trick o' Treating, be safe tonight and let your parents/guardians check your candy first!
          • THANK YOU to those who brought treats to share with your classmates! They were all appreciative!
          • As a class, we are participating with some other Ruskin classes in the Trick or Treat for UNICEFThis is optional but students have learned about what UNICEF does around the world. We will count the collected money in class on Thursday, 11/3. We will then total the collections, and I will take them to the nearest Coinstar, which is processing the donations without a fee. The receipt is then mailed to UNICEF. Afterwards, I will share on the Blog how much we have donated and what that roughly helps purchase for UNICEF's causes. To learn more, please visit www.unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat.
          • LOCK IN the early Yearbook sales have started! Best time to buy them is now because they're only $20 AND you get to personalize your back cover. Prices go up scarily to $30 after 10/31.
          • We have started two Reading Log programs for October: Book It!, sponsored by Pizza Hut, and Reading is Cool, sponsored by the San Jose Sharks. Students who complete the monthly reading log get a coupon for a free personal pizza and entered for possible prizes from the Sharks.
          • Congratulations to Andrea, who had the winning design for our t-shirt! (We are the "Popularly Peaceful Pandas")
            • UPDATE: The printing started on Friday!
            • Here is the FINAL revision:
          • PTA News:  See more at ruskinpta.weebly.com
          1.  Read for 30 min.  *READING LOGS are due by Wednesday, 11/2*
          2.  Language Arts
          • Wordly Wise 10 a-b; Topic 10 test on Friday
            • Students should start preparing for the end of the unit tests on Tuesday.
          • Time for Kids
            • This week's issue has not arrived
            • Open magazine quiz next Monday
          3.  Math
          • TEXT pgs. 152-153; 154-157
          • WORK pgs. none
          • Topic 6 Test is this Wednesday, 11/2
          4.   History
          • TEXT pgs. none
          5.   Science
          • TEXT pgs. none
          6.   Music Tomorrow

          Friday, October 28, 2016

          The Wet Weekend Upon Us

          It started this morning and as I am typing this, we are having a break in the weather pattern. Stay warm and dry, and drive safely!

          A couple of news points:

          • Lego name tags are pretty much complete for everyone in the class. However, there are a handful of students missing pieces, so I will be getting their counts on Monday for the last order.
          • El Dia de los Muertos masks are almost finished. Students will be taking them home on Monday.
          • NO MONDAY FLAG POLE.
          • The Halloween Parade begins at 8:45 a.m. The weather projects to be cooperating with us. Here is the layout of where classes and the parent area will be situated.
          • Trick or Treat for UNICEF donations are due on Tuesday, 11/1.
          • November Scholastic Book Orders are due by Friday, 11/4.
          • Next week
            • Monday: Time for Kids packet is due; Time for Kids quiz; Halloween parade; treat exchange; maybe a student's birthday celebration
            • Wednesday: Topic 6 Math test
            • Friday: VTA in-class presentation
          • Two Toys R Us events this weekend:



          Thursday, October 27, 2016

          HW - Thursday, 10/27

          Parents:
          • Wednesday Folders went out today.
          • As a class, we are participating with some other Ruskin classes in the Trick or Treat for UNICEF. This is optional but students have learned about what UNICEF does around the world. We will count the collected money in class on Thursday, 11/3. We will then total the collections, and I will take them to the nearest Coinstar, which is processing the donations without a fee. The receipt is then mailed to UNICEF. Afterwards, I will share on the Blog how much we have donated and what that roughly helps purchase for UNICEF's causes. To learn more, please visit www.unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat.
          • Most of the class built their Lego name tags today. However, we encountered some problems: students didn't count correctly based on their design; students didn't count their pieces correctly causing some shortages; and we have some extra pieces (as a result of miscounts). Once all students have finished putting their name tags together, I start another order for the missing elements.
          • Yearbook sales have started! Best time to buy them is now because they're only $20 AND you get to personalize your back cover. Prices go up scarily to $30 after 10/31.
          • Monday, 10/31 (All Hallows' Eve):
            • Halloween Parade will begin at 8:40 a.m. on the black top/basketball courts. There will only be one parade, and we are requesting that parents please WAIT AT THE LUNCH TABLES while the classes are moving to their spots. Violent costumes are not allowed. Students who cannot participate will be provided an alternative activity monitored by a staff member.
            • We will have a brief treat exchange in the afternoon. It's not a party but just an exchange of goodies before we go home. Treats must be purchased at a store and cannot be homemade. You may also provide alternatives like pencils, little toys/trinkets, etc. If you would like to bring treats to share, please remember we have 29 students. Thank you!
          • We have started two Reading Log programs for October: Book It!, sponsored by Pizza Hut, and Reading is Cool, sponsored by the San Jose Sharks. Students who complete the monthly reading log get a coupon for a free personal pizza and entered for possible prizes from the Sharks.
          • Congratulations to Andrea, who had the winning design for our t-shirt! (We are the "Popularly Peaceful Pandas")
            • UPDATE: The printing is beginning today!
            • Here is the first mock-up of the t-shirt (which was received last week). This will be the FINAL revision:
          • PTA News:  See more at ruskinpta.weebly.com
          1.  Read for 30 min.  *READING LOGS are due by Wednesday, 11/2*
          2.  Language Arts
          • Wordly Wise 9e; Test tomorrow
          • Time for Kids
            • Open magazine quiz next Monday
            • Reading packet is due Monday
          • Continue writing your Mysteries of Harris Burdick stories.  Please try to minimize your assistance as this is their first draft.
          3.  Math
          • TEXT pgs. 148-151
          • WORK pgs. none
          • Topic 6 Test is next Wednesday, 11/2
          4.   History
          • TEXT pgs. none
          5.   Science
          • TEXT pgs. none
          6.   P.E. Tomorrow

          Wednesday, October 26, 2016

          HW - Wednesday, 10/26

          Parents:
          • Wednesday Folders go out tomorrow. Sorry for the delay but I wanted to make sure that some more graded work gets to you.
          • Part of the class started building their Lego name tags today. We will continue through Friday.
          • Today's fire drill was a success. Since we had The Great Shake Out last week, the earthquake drill was canceled.
          • Yearbook sales have started! Best time to buy them is now because they're only $20 AND you get to personalize your back cover. Prices go up scarily to $30 after 10/31.
          • Monday, 10/31 (All Hallows' Eve):
            • Halloween Parade will begin at 8:40 a.m. on the black top/basketball courts. There will only be one parade, and we are requesting that parents please WAIT AT THE LUNCH TABLES while the classes are moving to their spots. Violent costumes are not allowed. Students who cannot participate will be provided an alternative activity monitored by a staff member.
            • We will have a brief treat exchange in the afternoon. It's not a party but just an exchange of goodies before we go home. Treats must be purchased at a store and cannot be homemade. You may also provide alternatives like pencils, little toys/trinkets, etc. If you would like to bring treats to share, please remember we have 29 students. Thank you!
          • We have started two Reading Log programs for October: Book It!, sponsored by Pizza Hut, and Reading is Cool, sponsored by the San Jose Sharks. Students who complete the monthly reading log get a coupon for a free personal pizza and entered for possible prizes from the Sharks.
          • Congratulations to Andrea, who had the winning design for our t-shirt! (We are the "Popularly Peaceful Pandas")
            • Here is the first mock-up of the t-shirt (which was received last week). The image is going to be revised:
          • PTA News:  See more at ruskinpta.weebly.com
          1.  Read for 30 min.  *READING LOGS are due by Wednesday, 11/2*
          2.  Language Arts
          • Wordly Wise 9e; Test on Friday
          • Time for Kids
            • Open magazine quiz next Monday
            • Reading packet is due Monday
          • Continue writing your Mysteries of Harris Burdick stories.  Please try to minimize your assistance as this is their first draft.
          3.  Math
          • TEXT pgs. 144-147
          • WORK pgs. none
          • Topic 6 Test is next Wednesday, 11/2
          4.   History
          • TEXT pgs. none
          5.   Science
          • TEXT pgs. none
          • Open Book Chapter 3 Science Test tomorrow
          6.   Music Tomorrow

          Tuesday, October 25, 2016

          HW - Tuesday, 10/25

          Parents:
          • Book orders have shipped. They are scheduled to arrive tomorrow.
          • The rest of the roughly 64,000+ Lego elements ordered for their name tags arrived yesterday. We will build them tomorrow.
          • TOMORROW is an Earthquake/Fire Drill. Remember to DROP, COVER, and HOLD for an Earthquake, and evacuate swiftly and safely to the blacktop for the Fire drill.
          • Yearbook sales have started! Best time to buy them is now because they're only $20 AND you get to personalize your back cover. Prices go up scarily to $30 after 10/31.
          • Monday, 10/31 (All Hallows' Eve):
            • Halloween Parade will begin at 8:40 a.m. on the black top/basketball courts. There will only be one parade, and we are requesting that parents please WAIT AT THE LUNCH TABLES while the classes are moving to their spots. Violent costumes are not allowed.
            • We will have a brief treat exchange in the afternoon. It's not a party but just an exchange of goodies before we go home. Treats must be purchased at a store and cannot be homemade. You may also provide alternatives like pencils, little toys/trinkets, etc. If you would like to bring treats to share, please remember we have 29 students. Thank you!
          • We have started two Reading Log programs for October: Book It!, sponsored by Pizza Hut, and Reading is Cool, sponsored by the San Jose Sharks. Students who complete the monthly reading log get a coupon for a free personal pizza and entered for possible prizes from the Sharks.
          • Congratulations to Andrea, who had the winning design for our t-shirt! (We are the "Popularly Peaceful Pandas")
            • Here is the first mock-up of the t-shirt (which was received last week). The image is going to be revised:
          • PTA News:  See more at ruskinpta.weebly.com
          1.  Read for 30 min.  *READING LOGS are due by Wednesday, 11/2*
          2.  Language Arts
          • Wordly Wise 9c-d; Test on Friday
          • Time for Kids
            • Open magazine quiz next Monday
            • Reading packet is due Friday - I just now realized that this may not have been passed out today in class. I will distribute and go over them tomorrow.
          • Continue writing your Mysteries of Harris Burdick stories.  Please try to minimize your assistance as this is their first draft.
          3.  Math
          • TEXT pgs. 142-143
          • WORK pgs. Reteaching 6-2 ONLY
          • Topic 6 Test is next Wednesday, 11/2
          4.   History
          • TEXT pgs. none
          5.   Science
          • TEXT pgs. 112-113
          • Open Book Chapter 3 Science Test this Thursday
          6.   P.E. Tomorrow