Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Want to help set a Guinness World Record?

Earn a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD 
LOTUS LIVE 

Sat, July 15 | 1-3 PM
FREE
RSVP Online 
Want to be a part of history—and get a free admission to the Asian Art Museum? Join us for LOTUS LIVE – our attempt to earn the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest human flower!

DESCRIPTION

The Asian Art Museum’s LOTUS LIVE is an effort to earn the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest human flower

Part human be-in, part artwork, part celebration of the museum’s Flower Power exhibition and the 50th anniversary of San Francisco's Summer of Love and ALL FUN!

Be part of history and join us to form a beautiful lotus that can be seen from the sky. We need at least 3,000 community members who want to create something larger than themselves to break the record. The current GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest human flower featured 2,297 people at the Rochester Lilac Festival on May 9, 2014.



DATE AND TIME

LOCATION

Asian Art Museum - Civic Center Plaza
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Friday, June 23, 2017

California Habitat Links and Selected Habitats




NameHabitatState/National Park
Jesustropical rainforestEl Yunque NF, Puerto Rico
RusskylarforestOuachita NF, OK/ARNF = National Forest
JashanforestShawnee NF, IL
Elianatropical rainforestEl Yunque NF, Puerto Rico
VickytundraDenali NP, AKNP = National Park
Nathan D.temperate rainforestRedwoods National Park, CA
AndrewoceanCumberland Island NS, GANS = National Shoreline
ThanhforestAshley NF, UT/WY
Heiditemperate rainforestGorges State Park, NC
KellybeachesVirgin Islands NP, VI
DarrinislandChincoteague Island NWR, VANWR = National Wildlife Refuge
MichaeloceanChannel Islands NP, CA
TarendesertChihuahuan NP, AZ/NM/TX
Paul N.oceanEverglades NP, FL
DanieloceanPoint Reyes NS, CA
KatieoceanKalaupapa NHP, HI
AndersonislandAngel Island State Park, CA
Aaronisland beachesHawai'i (Hapuna Beach State Park?)
AnthonielakeLake Tahoe
Jennifertropical rainforestEl Yunque NF, Puerto Rico
HarmandeepriverSnake River
Nathan T.ocean
Kalaupapa NHP, HI

Joshuacoastal beachesMiami (Oleta River State Park?)
Paul V.coral reefFlorida Reef, FL
BrandonforestApalachicola, FL

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Chris Colfer is Coming!

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Wednesday, July 26 at 7 p.m.
at the Hammer Theatre Centre

Bestselling author and Glee star Chris Colfer will bring his sixth and final The Land of Stories book to a Hicklebee's audience. Order tickets now (the book is included in the $22 price) for this event which will feature a reading from Chris, audience Q&A, Land of Stories Trivia, a costume contest, and prizes.
worlds Everyone attending this offsite event at the downtown Hammer Theatre Centre (the "blue cube" that formerly housed San Jose Rep) must have a ticket. Each ticket includes a pre-signed copy of The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide and a raffle ticket. Fans who attend in costume will receive an additional raffle ticket. Raffle tickets enter fans in a drawing for an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet with Chris immediately following the event. Five lucky readers (and one guest each) will have a chance to meet Chris, snap photos, and get their book personalized.

In the highly anticipated conclusion to the Land of Stories series, twins Conner and Alex will try to restore order in a world where all the fairy tale characters--heroes and villains alike--are no longer confined in their stories. There will be breathtaking action mixed with laugh-out-loud moments. Hollywood is waiting with as much excitement as Chris's fans.

FREE Day at the Tech (and $5 for IMAX movies)

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Community Day at The Tech

Sun, Jun 25, 2017   |  10:00am - 5:00pm
The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 S Market St, San Jose

Come one, come all! For one day only, we’re opening our doors for free! Spend a day in beautiful downtown San Jose and experience The Tech’s award-winning exhibits and hands-on activities. And tickets to the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater will be just $5.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

HW - Wednesday, 6/7

Parents:

      THANK YOU to the parents who volunteer to chaperone today's field trip as well as drive their cars with other parent volunteers! The field trip was a success because of you! Again, thank you!
  • Field Trip tomorrow to Cataldi Park. Please wear your class t-shirt and comfortable clothes; bring your lunch; and be ready to have some safe fun and make good memories.
  • ALL music instruments need to be returned ASAP!
  • Want your 2016-17 student ID? Bring your library book/s AND/OR textbooks to Ruskin immediately! Or you need to pay for your book/s!
  • PTA News:  
  • TenMarks - Students can complete the rest of the assignments for practice and review. Yesterday, I just added 10 5th grade strands (20 problems each). These were identified by the 5th grade teachers as important to practice.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to our 2016-17 San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool MVP Reader: ANDREA!
    1.  Read for 30 min.

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    HW - Tuesday, 6/6

    Parents:
    • Field Trip tomorrow to Mission San Juan Bautista. Please wear your class t-shirt and comfortable clothes; bring your lunch; and be ready to learn!
    • ALL music instruments need to be returned ASAP!
    • Want your 2016-17 student ID? Bring your library book/s AND/OR textbooks to Ruskin immediately! Or you need to pay for your book/s!
    • PTA News:  
    • TenMarks - Students can complete the rest of the assignments for practice and review. Yesterday, I just added 10 5th grade strands (20 problems each). These were identified by the 5th grade teachers as important to practice.
    • CONGRATULATIONS to our 2016-17 San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool MVP Reader: ANDREA!
      1.  Read for 30 min.

      Monday, June 5, 2017

      Looking Ahead


      • Science Camp dates have been set: September 11-15, 2017. The cost per student is roughly $320 for the 5 days and covers room and board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) while they are at camp. To ensure your child experiences the unique exploration of the local habitats and practical application of their science curriculum, the 5th grade teachers are asking that you plan ahead and start saving some money for Science Camp.
      • Orchard Supply Hardware is having a "Build A Race Car with Dad" event this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Limit one kit per child, while supplies lasts.
      • Also this Saturday at Toys R Us:

      HW - Monday, 6/5

      Parents:
      • Talent Show tomorrow (~1.5 hours).
      • ALL music instruments need to be returned ASAP!
      • Want your 2016-17 student ID? Bring your library book/s AND/OR textbooks to Ruskin immediately!
      • PTA News:  
      • TenMarks - Students can complete the rest of the assignments for practice and review. Yesterday, I just added 10 5th grade strands (20 problems each). These were identified by the 5th grade teachers as important to practice.
      • CONGRATULATIONS to our 2016-17 San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool MVP Reader: ANDREA!
        1.  Read for 30 min.

        Friday, June 2, 2017

        LAST WEEKEND OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!!!

        Time just "speeds up" as you get older...

        The schedule for the last week of school:
        • MONDAY - Field Day. Wear your class t-shirt, loose clothes (maybe shorts), running shoes, and you may want to bring a hat/cap and water bottle. Applying sunscreen before school may be a good idea, too. Field Day will end before lunch; ribbon assembly is after lunch; and the PTA purchased popsicles for each participating student.
          • Parents, if you can assist, please show up on Monday. We will need parent helpers to watch the students.
        • TUESDAY - Talent Show. If you are participating in the Talent Show, make sure you are practicing your routine/skit/etc. I hear it's a pretty long one this year (about 1.5 hours).
        • WEDNESDAY - Mission San Juan Bautista Field Trip. Please wear your class t-shirt and bring your lunch and as well as some comfortable walking shoes and clothes. I will be contacting parent chaperones this weekend.
        • THURSDAY - 4th Grade End-of-the-Year Picnic at Cataldi Park. Please wear your class t-shirt (if possible) and bring your lunch and as well as some comfortable walking shoes and clothes.
        • FRIDAY - Last Day of School. We will be hanging out, signing yearbooks, playing games, etc. Remember: 1:00 p.m. dismissal. (But you can always sign them out earlier if you have other functions to attend that day.) Hot lunch will be available for students who would like to order one.
        Congratulations to Andrea as she was our classroom's San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool MVP Reader for the school year!

        Thursday, June 1, 2017

        HW - Thursday, 6/1

        Parents:
        • UPDATE:  Field Day and the End-of-the-Year Picnic are back ON. Parents, please contact me if you can help watch the kids on Monday.
        • ALL music instruments need to be returned TUESDAY. Ms. Wang and Ms. Clements need to collect and inventory them for next year.
        • It's going to get warmer so drink lots of water and stay cool!
        • Want your 2016-17 student ID? Bring your library book/s AND/OR textbooks to Ruskin immediately!
        • PTA News:  
        • TenMarks - Students can complete the rest of the assignments for practice and review. Yesterday, I just added 10 5th grade strands (20 problems each). These were identified by the 5th grade teachers as important to practice.
        • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
          1.  Read for 30 min.
          2.  P.E. tomorrow

          Wednesday, May 31, 2017

          HW - Wednesday, 5/31

          Parents:
          • Restating an email that was sent out earlier today: Acting on recommendations from the County Health Department, all Field Days and End-of-the-Year Picnics have been CANCELLED.
          • ALL music instruments need to be returned TOMORROW. Ms. Wang and Ms. Clements need to collect and inventory them for next year.
          • It's going to get warmer so drink lots of water and stay cool!
          • Want your 2016-17 student ID? Bring your library book/s AND/OR textbooks to Ruskin immediately!
          • PTA News:  
          • TenMarks - Students can complete the rest of the assignments for practice and review. Yesterday, I just added 10 5th grade strands (20 problems each). These were identified by the 5th grade teachers as important to practice.
          • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
            1.  Read for 30 min.
            2.  Music tomorrow

            Tuesday, May 30, 2017

            HW - Tuesday, 5/30

            Parents:
            • THANK YOU to all the parents and guardians who were chaperones today!
            • ALL music instruments need to be returned on THURSDAY. Ms. Wang and Ms. Clements need to collect and inventory them for next year.
            • It's going to get warmer so drink lots of water and stay cool!
            • Want your 2016-17 student ID? Bring your library book/s AND/OR textbooks to Ruskin immediately!
            • PTA News:  
            • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
              1.  Read for 30 min.
              2.  Language Arts
              • Nutrition Handbook - none. We will review the Handbook tomorrow.
              3.  Math
              • We are done with the textbook and workbook.
              • TenMarks - Students can complete the rest of the assignments for practice and review. Yesterday, I just added 10 5th grade strands (20 problems each). These were identified by the 5th grade teachers as important to practice.
              4.   P.E. tomorrow

              Friday, May 26, 2017

              Memorial Day Weekend Notes


              • NO SCHOOL on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
              • Complete Nutrition Handbook Lesson 7 for Wednesday.
              • Happy Hollow field trip on Tuesday, 5/30.
                • Wear your class t-shirt, comfy shoes, and bring your lunch.
                • NO permission slip = NO field trip
              • Cinderella story readers this coming week
                • Wednesday:  Sango, Vanessa, Kevin, Katelyn
                • Thursday:  Jonas, Andrea
                • Friday:  Austin, Riena, Aiden, Jacob
                • If someone is absent, the next person will be "moved up" the schedule. Example: If Vanessa is absent, then Kevin and Katelyn still will read but Jonas will be moved to the last reader on Wednesday and Austin will be moved to the last reader on Thursday. Vanessa will then be the last reader on Friday.
                • If it's your day to read, cold lunchers report directly to the library and eat your lunch there. Hot lunchers need to get their lunch then report directly to the library and eat your lunch there.
              • Happy and safe travels to all who are traveling!

              Thursday, May 25, 2017

              HW - Thursday, 5/25

              Parents:
              • UPDATE: Friendly reminder
                • Today is the Spring Music Concert (held outside, flagpole area)
                  3rd grade:       6:30 - 7:00
                  4th/5th grades:  7:00-  8:00
                • Times may have changed by 15 minutes or so. Check with your child.
              • It's going to get warmer so drink lots of water and stay cool!
              • Bring ALL library books AND TEXTBOOKS to Ruskin immediately!
              • PTA News:  
              • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
                1.  Read for 30 min.
                2.  Language Arts
                • Nutrition Handbook - Lesson 6 is due tomorrow; Lesson 7 is due Tuesday
                3.  Math
                • We are done with the textbook and workbook.
                • TenMarks - Students can complete the rest of the assignments for practice and review. Yesterday, I just added 10 5th grade strands (20 problems each). These were identified by the 5th grade teachers as important to practice.
                4.   P.E. tomorrow

                Wednesday, May 24, 2017

                HW - Wednesday, 5/24

                Parents:
                • UPDATE: Friendly reminder
                  • Tomorrow is the Spring Music Concert (held outside, flagpole area)
                    3rd grade:       6:30 - 7:00
                    4th/5th grades:  7:00-  8:00
                • It's getting warmer so drink lots of water and stay cool!
                • Tomorrow morning, we will accompany the primary grades with Mr. Truong and watch Ms. Rice's class perform their play.
                • Bring ALL library books AND TEXTBOOKS to Ruskin immediately!
                • PTA News:  
                • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
                  1.  Read for 30 min.
                  2.  Language Arts
                  • Nutrition Handbook - Lesson 5 (break down your dinner into food groups; check if it's balanced)
                  3.  Math
                  • We are done with the textbook and workbook.
                  • TenMarks - Students can complete the rest of the assignments for practice and review. Today, I just added 10 5th grade strands (20 problems each). These were identified by the 5th grade teachers as important to practice.
                  4.   Music tomorrow

                  Tuesday, May 23, 2017

                  HW - Tuesday, 5/23

                  Parents:
                  • A HUGE "Thank You" to the parents who volunteered for today's field trip. Your patience, understanding and commitment is appreciated! 
                  • Drink lots of water and stay cool!
                  • Bring ALL library books AND TEXTBOOKS to Ruskin immediately!
                  • PTA News:  
                  • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
                    1.  Read for 30 min.
                    2.  Language Arts
                    • Nutrition Handbook - none
                    3.  Math
                    • We are done with the textbook and workbook.
                    • TenMarks - Students can complete the rest of the assignments for practice and review.
                    4.   P.E. tomorrow

                    Monday, May 22, 2017

                    HW - Monday, 5/22

                    Parents:
                    • Tomorrow's Field Trip to Don Edwards:
                      • Bring your lunch
                      • Bring your light jacket/sweater
                      • Wear comfortable shoes and your class t-shirt
                      • No backpacks on the field trip (but you can bring them to school)
                    • Drink lots of water and stay cool!
                    • Bring ALL library books AND TEXTBOOKS to Ruskin immediately!
                    • PTA News:  
                    • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
                      1.  Read for 30 min.
                      2.  Language Arts

                      • Nutrition Handbook - Complete Lesson 4 tonight with your family
                      3.  Math
                      • We are done with the textbook and workbook.
                      • TenMarks - Students can complete the rest of the assignments for practice and review.
                      4.   No Music tomorrow due to our field trip

                      Friday, May 19, 2017

                      Weekend Quick Hits


                      • Only ONE assignment this weekend: for ONE dinner, students must write down the item/s they were served or consumed and the serving sizes of the five food groups contained in the food. (This is to help them understand and apply the concept of "serving size".) Please assist them, if needed, and sign the bottom of the page of their nutrition handbook.
                      • Interested in building your own Lego spinner? You can look online or through YouTube videos, but Lego has released official instructions for one of their creations:


                      Enjoy the weather!


                      Thursday, May 18, 2017

                      HW - Thursday, 5/18

                      Parents:
                      • Be mindful of the weather. We will be warming up heading into the hot weekend.
                      • Oakland A's tickets have been distributed! Please check the flyer for instructions!
                      • Bring ALL library books AND TEXTBOOKS to Ruskin immediately!
                      • PTA News:  
                      • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
                        1.  Read for 30 min.
                        2.  Language Arts
                        • Time for Kids - none arrived for this week
                        3.  Math
                        • We are done with the textbook and workbook.
                        • TenMarks - Students can complete the rest of the assignments for practice and review.
                        4.   P.E. tomorrow

                        Wednesday, May 17, 2017

                        HW - Wednesday, 5/17

                        Parents:
                        • Be mindful of the weather. We will be warming up heading into the hot weekend.
                        • Oakland A's tickets have been distributed! Please check the flyer for instructions!
                        • Bring ALL library books AND TEXTBOOKS to Ruskin immediately!
                        • PTA News:  
                        • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
                          1.  Read for 30 min.
                          2.  Language Arts
                          • Time for Kids - none arrived for this week
                          3.  Math
                          • TEXT pgs. 470-471
                          • WKBK pgs. Step Up Lesson 10 (no quiz for Step Up)
                          • TenMarks - Students can complete the rest of the assignments for practice and review.
                          4.   Music tomorrow

                          Tuesday, May 16, 2017

                          HW - Tuesday, 5/16

                          Parents:
                          • SBAC Tests: We are done with our SBAC tests!
                          • Be mindful of the weather. We will be warming up heading into the hot weekend.
                          • Spring Music Concert papers were distributed last week. Thank you to the parents who submitted to be volunteers!
                          • Bring ALL library books AND TEXTBOOKS to Ruskin immediately!
                          • PTA News:  
                          • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
                            1.  Read for 30 min.
                            2.  Language Arts
                            • Time for Kids - none arrived for this week
                            3.  Math
                            • TEXT pgs. 468-469
                            • WKBK pgs. Step Up Lesson 9 (no quiz for Step Up)
                            • Oakland A's Math Packets were corrected on Friday and submitted (via USPS mail) on Saturday. Now we wait!
                            • TenMarks - Students can complete the rest of the assignments for practice and review.
                            4.   P.E. tomorrow

                            Monday, May 15, 2017

                            HW - Monday, 5/15

                            Parents:
                            • SBAC Tests: Tomorrow we take our final SBAC test (Math Performance Task). Make sure they are focusing on the standards they need to review (not the ones they're strong in) via the TenMarks assignments.
                            • Spring Music Concert papers were distributed last week. Thank you to the parents who submitted to be volunteers!
                            • Bring ALL library books AND TEXTBOOKS to Ruskin immediately!
                            • PTA News:  
                            • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
                              1.  Read for 30 min.
                              2.  Language Arts
                              • Time for Kids - none arrived for this week
                              3.  Math
                              • TEXT pgs. 464-465; 466-467
                              • WKBK pgs. Step Up Lesson 7-8 (no quiz for Step Up)
                              • Oakland A's Math Packets were corrected on Friday and submitted (via USPS mail) on Saturday. Now we wait!
                              • TenMarks - UPDATE: I assigned the final two domains (Fractions and Geometry) for completion by testing. Thought these do NOT count toward their grade, it will help identify areas in which the student needs to do more review before testing. We will continue to have time each day, as long as we have access to a computer cart, to work on them in class. However, they should be doing them at home!
                                • If you are still seeing some lessons as not assigned, please email me. Thank you.
                              4.   Music tomorrow
                              • Music tomorrow (8:10-9:00 a.m.) means SBAC test is after recess.

                              Friday, May 12, 2017

                              Berryessa Art and Wine Festival / Mother's Day

                              Tomorrow is the Berryessa Art and Wine FestivalIt is a big event for our greater Berryessa community and, best of all, it supports our schools!



                              Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, grandmas, and great-grandmas (and great, great-grandmas) out there!


                              Thursday, May 11, 2017

                              HW - Thursday, 5/11

                              Parents:
                              • Please check your Inbox for a very important email later today. Thank you.
                              • SBAC Tests: We start again on Monday with our first of two Math tests. Make sure they are focusing on the standards they need to review (not the ones they're strong in) via the TenMarks assignments.
                              • Spring Music Concert papers were distributed and went home earlier this week. Ask your child for it! Thank you to the parents who submitted to be volunteers!
                              • Bring ALL library books to Ruskin immediately!
                              • PTA News:  
                              • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
                                1.  Read for 30 min.
                                2.  Language Arts
                                • Time for Kids - Two new magazines this week: "Inside: Mummies" and "Time for Kids Around the World: Australia". Open magazine quiz will be on Monday, May 15.
                                  • "Australia" worksheet due tomorrow
                                3.  Math
                                • TEXT pgs. 460-461
                                • WKBK pgs. Step Up Lesson 5 (no quiz for Step Up)
                                • Oakland A's Math Packet - due tomorrow
                                • TenMarks - UPDATE: I assigned the final two domains (Fractions and Geometry) for completion by testing. Thought these do NOT count toward their grade, it will help identify areas in which the student needs to do more review before testing. We will continue to have time each day, as long as we have access to a computer cart, to work on them in class. However, they should be doing them at home!
                                  • If you are still seeing some lessons as not assigned, please email me. Thank you.
                                4.   P.E. tomorrow
                                • Time Change: Music next Tuesday (8:10-9:00 a.m.)

                                Wednesday, May 10, 2017

                                HW - Wednesday, 5/10

                                Parents:
                                • NO WEDNESDAY FOLDER TODAY. They go home tomorrow. Sorry for any inconveniences caused.
                                • Today, the remaining students completed their ELA SBAC tests. We start again on Monday with our first of two Math tests. Make sure they are focusing on the standards they need to review (not the ones they're strong in) via the TenMarks assignments.
                                • Spring Music Concert papers were distributed and went home yesterday. Ask your child for it! Thank you to the parents who submitted to be volunteers!
                                • Bring ALL library books to Ruskin immediately!
                                • LAST BOOK ORDER of the year is due TODAY, 5/10If you are PLANNING ON BUYING books, please let me know. I will give your child a "Buy $5 or more, get one book (up to $5 value) for free" voucher. You can input the code online or return it to school (with a check). [When ordering and they ask for the class code, it is 1FGFV.]
                                • PTA News:  
                                • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
                                  1.  Read for 30 min.
                                  2.  Language Arts
                                  • Time for Kids - Two new magazines this week: "Inside: Mummies" and "Time for Kids Around the World: Australia". Open magazine quiz will be on Monday, May 15.
                                    • "Mummies" worksheet due tomorrow
                                    • "Australia" worksheet due Friday.
                                  3.  Math
                                  • TEXT pgs. 458-459
                                  • WKBK pgs. Step Up Lesson 4 (no quiz for Step Up)
                                  • Oakland A's Math Packet - due Friday, May 12
                                  • TenMarks - UPDATE: I assigned the final two domains (Fractions and Geometry) for completion by testing. Thought these do NOT count toward their grade, it will help identify areas in which the student needs to do more review before testing. We will continue to have time each day, as long as we have access to a computer cart, to work on them in class. However, they should be doing them at home!
                                    • If you are still seeing some lessons as not assigned, please email me. Thank you.
                                  4.   Music tomorrow
                                  • Time Change: Music next Tuesday (8:10-9:00 a.m.)

                                  Tuesday, May 9, 2017

                                  HW - Tuesday, 5/9

                                  Parents:
                                  • Day Two of testing was smoother. Anyone who needs to complete their ELA SBAC tests will do so tomorrow. Get plenty of rest, eat well, and exercise.
                                  • Spring Music Concert papers were distributed and went home today. Ask your child for it!
                                  • Bring ALL library books to Ruskin immediately!
                                  • LAST BOOK ORDER of the year is due tomorrow, 5/10If you are PLANNING ON BUYING books, please let me know. I will give your child a "Buy $5 or more, get one book (up to $5 value) for free" voucher. You can input the code online or return it to school (with a check). [When ordering and they ask for the class code, it is 1FGFV.]
                                  • PTA News:  
                                  • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
                                    1.  Read for 30 min.
                                    2.  Language Arts
                                    • Time for Kids - Two new magazines this week: "Inside: Mummies" and "Time for Kids Around the World: Australia". Open magazine quiz will be on Monday, May 15. Activity sheets to go home tomorrow (Wednesday).
                                    3.  Math
                                    • TEXT pgs. 454-455; 456-457
                                    • WKBK pgs. Step Up Lesson 2-3 (no quiz for Step Up)
                                    • Oakland A's Math Packet - due Friday, May 12
                                    • TenMarks - UPDATE: I assigned the final two domains (Fractions and Geometry) for completion by testing. Thought these do NOT count toward their grade, it will help identify areas in which the student needs to do more review before testing. We will continue to have time each day, as long as we have access to a computer cart, to work on them in class. However, they should be doing them at home!
                                      • If you are still seeing some lessons as not assigned, please email me. Thank you.
                                    4.   P.E. tomorrow
                                    • Time Change: Music next Tuesday (8:10-9:00 a.m.)

                                    Monday, May 8, 2017

                                    HW - Monday, 5/8

                                    Parents:
                                    • Day One of testing went pretty well. We continue tomorrow. Get plenty of rest, eat well, and exercise.
                                    • We have ONE more Library visit before the end of the school year (it's THIS Tuesday). Please make sure you bring ALL library books to school.
                                    • LAST BOOK ORDER of the year is due this Wednesday, 5/10If you are PLANNING ON BUYING books, please let me know. I will give your child a "Buy $5 or more, get one book (up to $5 value) for free" voucher. You can input the code online or return it to school (with a check). [When ordering and they askfor the class code, it is 1FGFV.]
                                    • PTA News:  
                                    • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
                                      1.  Read for 30 min.
                                      2.  Language Arts
                                      • Time for Kids - Two new magazines this week: "Inside: Mummies" and "Time for Kids Around the World: Australia". Open magazine quiz will be on Monday, May 15. Activity sheets to go home tomorrow.
                                      3.  Math
                                      • TEXT pgs. 452-453
                                      • WKBK pgs. Step Up Lesson 1 (no quiz for Step Up)
                                      • Topic 16 Test tomorrow
                                      • Oakland A's Math Packet - due Friday, May 12
                                      • TenMarks - UPDATE: I assigned the final two domains (Fractions and Geometry) for completion by testing. Thought these do NOT count toward their grade, it will help identify areas in which the student needs to do more review before testing. We will continue to have time each day, as long as we have access to a computer cart, to work on them in class. However, they should be doing them at home!
                                        • It has come to my attention that there are a few strands that were not assigned. I will look into them.
                                      4.   Music tomorrow

                                      • Time Change: Music next Tuesday (8:10-9:00 a.m.)

                                      SBAC Testing Schedule

                                      SBAC Testing Schedule is as follows:

                                      • Monday - Wednesday (5/8-10)  English/Language Arts
                                      • Monday - Tuesday (5/15-16)  Math
                                      • If students need more time, they will be given that time and/or moved to an alternate testing location until they have completed the test/s. Moreover, make-up testing days have been set aside.
                                      • PLEASE DO NOT PLAN ANY APPOINTMENTS FOR THESE DAYS. Thank you!

                                      Friday, May 5, 2017

                                      Very Eventful Weekend

                                      School stuff first:
                                      • Math Textbook - page 450, Topic 16 Performance Task
                                        • Topic 16 test on Tuesday; we will still work on finishing the book (Step Up to 5th Grade) for the rest of the school year.
                                      • SBAC Language Arts testing begins next week (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday). Please review for the test by doing the practice test, accessible by this LINK to a previous blog post.
                                      • ATTENTION STUDENTS: A student found something that should not have been inside his backpack (bag of a tomato red-like liquid); his parent just brought this to my attention and now I am reminding you to 1) RESPECT other people's stuff and 2) BE MINDFUL of your backpack and belongings whether you are INSIDE the classroom or OUTSIDE on the blacktop (before or after school). If anyone is caught doing something similar to this, they will have to explain why they did it to Principal Pender in her office. Thank you for your cooperation.
                                      Weekend stuff:
                                      • SATURDAY, May 6
                                        • Free Comic Book Day. Free comics are being given out at many comic book stores. Type in your zip code and GO!
                                        • (Free) Raina Tegelmeier and Gene Luen Yang at St. Victor's school (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). Listen to them talk about their books, work, and life - or even ask them a question. I think they may also be signing.
                                        • (Free) Lakeshore Learning is offering a crafts for kids event (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.); they host it every Saturday.
                                        • (Free) Toys R Us is hosting a free Lego Star Wars mini build of Princess Leia 12 p.m. Reservations were needed but you might be able to still show up and build one!
                                          1. Click here and type your zip code (Don't worry. BabiesRUs and ToysRUs are the same company and share the same site.)
                                          2. Find a store you want to visit
                                          3. Register so you can build!
                                          4. As of 2:00 p.m. on Friday,
                                            1. Sunnyvale (El Camino Real) has 33 spots
                                            2. San Jose (Blossom Hill) has 75 spots
                                            3. San Jose (The Plant) has 67 spots
                                            4. Fremont (Christie St.) has 69 spots
                                        • (Free) Children's Day Festival in San Francisco's Japantown (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.).
                                      • SUNDAY, May 7
                                        • ($10 parking) Japanese Cultural Day at Hidden Villa in Los Altos (1-4 p.m.): "Join us for an afternoon of traditional arts, taiko drumming and other music and dance performances, crafts and activities such as calligraphy, flower arranging and tea ceremony demos, a cool kendama contest, games, kids' craft activities, origami,  foods, visiting our farm animals, and much, much more!" Registration required (and to receive your parking pass).
                                        • (Free) Free Admission Day to San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. Click here for more information.
                                        • (Free for Bank of America / Merrill Lynch bank card holders) Free Museum Weekend. Click here for more information.
                                      Lastly...

                                      THANK YOU to all the students and families for the generous flowers, fruit, cards and gifts!
                                      I am very appreciative of everything you have done to support me, your child, this classroom, and Ruskin!! #Blessed

                                      Thursday, May 4, 2017

                                      HW - Thursday, 5/4

                                      Parents:
                                      • Thank you to the PTA for the popsicles. A bigger thank you to the parents who sold raffle tickets!
                                      • Just a few more spring pictures and/or payments need to be returned A.S.A.P. Thank you to all who have already returned their picture envelopes!
                                      • We have ONE more Library visit before the end of the school year (it's next Tuesday). Please make sure you bring ALL library books to school.
                                      • LAST BOOK ORDER of the year is due next Wednesday, 5/10If you are PLANNING ON BUYING books, please let me know. I will give your child a "Buy $5 or more, get one book (up to $5 value) for free" voucher. You can input the code online or return it to school (with a check). [When ordering and they askfor the class code, it is 1FGFV.]
                                      • PTA News:  
                                      • CONGRATULATIONS to our April San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ANDREA!
                                      • Thank you to the families who brought in tokens of appreciation today! :)
                                        1.  Read for 30 min.
                                        2.  Language Arts
                                        • Time for Kids - Two new magazines this week: "Nature's Brightest Ideas" and "Your $: Stretch Your Skills." Open magazine quiz will be on Monday, May 8.
                                        3.  Math
                                        • TEXT pgs. 444-447; 448-449
                                        • WKBK pgs. none
                                        • Topic 16 Test on Tuesday, 5/9
                                        • Oakland A's Math Packet - due Friday, May 12
                                        • TenMarks - UPDATE: I assigned the final two domains (Fractions and Geometry) for completion by testing. Thought these do NOT count toward their grade, it will help identify areas in which the student needs to do more review before testing. We will continue to have time each day, as long as we have access to a computer cart, to work on them in class. However, they should be doing them at home!
                                          • It has come to my attention that there are a few strands that were not assigned. I will look into them.
                                        4.   P.E. tomorrow

                                        Wednesday, May 3, 2017

                                        HW - Wednesday, 5/3

                                        Parents:
                                        • Spirit Day tomorrow: HAWAIIAN DAY! Dress in your favorite Hawaiian gear. No flip flops!
                                        • Just a few more spring pictures and/or payments need to be returned A.S.A.P. Thank you to all who have already returned their picture envelopes!
                                        • We have ONE more Library visit before the end of the school year (it's next Tuesday). Please make sure you bring ALL library books to school.
                                        • LAST BOOK ORDER of the year is due next Wednesday, 5/10If you are PLANNING ON BUYING books, please let me know. I will give your child a "Buy $5 or more, get one book (up to $5 value) for free" voucher. You can input the code online or return it to school (with a check). [When ordering and they askfor the class code, it is 1FGFV.]
                                        • PTA News:  
                                        • CONGRATULATIONS to our March San Jose Sharks Reading is Cool winner: ABIGAIL!
                                        • Thank you to the families who brought in fruit today! :)
                                          1.  Read for 30 min.
                                          2.  Language Arts
                                          • Time for Kids - Two new magazines this week: "Nature's Brightest Ideas" and "Your $: Stretch Your Skills." Open magazine quiz will be on Monday, May 8.
                                            • Activity sheet is due tomorrow. Check your student email for the link to the other article (which is needed to complete one of the activities).
                                          3.  Math
                                          • TEXT pgs. 440-441; 442-443
                                          • WKBK pgs. R/P 16-10, 16-11
                                          • Quiz tomorrow: 16-10, 16-11
                                          • Oakland A's Math Packet - due Friday, May 12
                                          • TenMarks - UPDATE: I assigned the final two domains (Fractions and Geometry) for completion by testing. Thought these do NOT count toward their grade, it will help identify areas in which the student needs to do more review before testing. We will continue to have time each day, as long as we have access to a computer cart, to work on them in class. However, they should be doing them at home!
                                            • It has come to my attention that there are a few strands that were not assigned. I will look into them.
                                          4.   Music tomorrow