Wednesday, April 18, 2018

HW - Wednesday, 4/18

Parents:
  • SBAC Testing begins next week
    • Next Monday starts English Language Arts
    • Following Monday starts Math
    • If students need more time or are absent, we have make-up days.
    • There will be less homework assigned so students can get enough sleep
    • Take the Practice Tests here: https://practice.smarterbalanced.org/student
      • First Window: Click SIGN-IN
      • Second Window: Select Grade 4
      • Third Window: There are SIX tests.
        • Take the Training Tests FIRST. DO NOT forget to scroll (up/down, left/right) and use the toolbox if needed.
        • Then take the 4th Grade specific tests.

  • SPIRIT DAY Tomorrow, 4/19 - Tie Dye or Class T-Shirts
  • Scholastic Book Fair started today and runs until next Friday.
  • Thursday: Music 
  • Friday: P.E.
    1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Wednesday, 5/2
    2.  Language Arts
    • Time for Kids - Read the new issue Not in my box today...sorry!; quiz next Monday (maybe?)
    • Cinderella stories - Start editing and reviewing your stories. I will be reading and suggesting changes in the coming days. Please use your Google Drive accounts and do not let anyone edit your work (your family can, however). Your friends can - and should - comment if they are editing. (No more than 3 friends please.) The further along you are on your story, the less work you're going to have to do.
    3.  Math
    • Textbook pgs. 434-435; 436-437
    • Workbook pgs. none
    4.   History - pgs. 151-154

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    HW - Tuesday, 4/17

    Parents:
    • SBAC Testing begins next week
      • Next Monday starts English Language Arts
      • Following Monday starts Math
      • If students need more time or are absent, we have make-up days.
      • There will be less homework assigned so students can get enough sleep
      • Take the Practice Tests here: https://practice.smarterbalanced.org/student
        • First Window: Click SIGN-IN
        • Second Window: Select Grade 4
        • Third Window: There are SIX tests.
          • Take the Training Tests FIRST. DO NOT forget to scroll (up/down, left/right) and use the toolbox if needed.
          • Then take the 4th Grade specific tests.

    • SPIRIT DAY This Thursday, 4/19 - Tie Dye or Class T-Shirts
    • We will most likely wrap up Science Fair Presentations tomorrow.
    • Tuesday: Music
    • Wednesday: P.E.
    • Thursday: Music 
    • Friday: P.E.
      1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Wednesday, 5/2
      2.  Language Arts
      • Time for Kids - Read the new issue Not in my box today...sorry!; quiz next Monday (maybe?)
      • Cinderella stories - rough drafts due TOMORROW. Please use your Google Drive accounts and do not let anyone edit your work (your family can, however). The further along you are on your story, the less work you're going to have to do.
      3.  Math
      • Textbook pgs. 422-423
      • Workbook pgs. 16-1 R/P
      4.   History - pgs. 147-150

      Monday, April 16, 2018

      HW - Monday, 4/16

      Parents:
      • SPRING PICTURE DAY...TOMORROW, April 17
      • SPIRIT DAY This Thursday, 4/19 - Tie Dye or Class T-Shirts
      • We will most likely wrap up Science Fair Presentations tomorrow.
      • Tuesday: Music
      • Wednesday: P.E.
      • Thursday: Music 
      • Friday: P.E.
        1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Wednesday, 5/2
        2.  Language Arts
        • Time for Kids - Read the new issue Not in my box today...sorry!; quiz next Monday (maybe?)
        • Cinderella stories - rough drafts due Wednesday, 4/18. Please use your Google Drive accounts and do not let anyone edit your work (your family can, however).
        3.  Math
        • Textbook pgs. 418; 419
        • Workbook pgs. none
        • Topic 15 Test tomorrow
        4.   History - none
        5.   Science - none

        Friday, April 13, 2018

        Weekend Notes

        Parents:
        • TONIGHT: PTA Movie Night. Movie is Ferdinand (based on the award-winning book, The Story of Ferdinand)
        • Tuesday, April 17 - Spring Picture Day
        • Homework:
          • Monday: Time for Kids open magazine quiz
          • Tuesday: Topic 15 Math Test
          • Wednesday: Cinderella rough draft is due
          • Science Fair Presentations continue through the week
        • Please pay attention to the weather, especially for Monday
        Have a GOOD WEEKEND!!!

        Thursday, April 12, 2018

        HW - Thursday, 4/12

        Parents:
        • Thursday: Music; Open House from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
        • Friday: P.E.
        • Tuesday, April 17 - Spring Picture Day
          1.  Read for 30 min. / April Reading Logs due Wednesday, May 2!
          2.  Language Arts
          • Time for Kids - Read the new issues; quiz next Monday
          • Cinderella stories - rough drafts due next Wednesday, 4/18. Please use your Google Drive accounts and do not let anyone edit your work (your family can, however).
          3.  Math
          • Textbook pgs. 408-409; 410-413
          • Workbook pgs. none
          • Topic 15 Test next week
          4.   History - pgs. 143-146
          5.   Science - pgs. none; We are done with the textbook. The consumable workbook/textbook should be kept (for use in reviewing) for next year's grade 5 Science Test.
          • Science Fair Projects presentations take place Friday and will continue through next week

          Wednesday, April 11, 2018

          HW - Wednesday, 4/11

          Parents:
          • SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS are to be turned in ASAP! It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points! Thank you to those who turned theirs in already!
          • Wednesday: P.E.; PTA General Meeting (see flyer)
          • Thursday: Music; Open House from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
          • Friday: P.E.
          • Tuesday, April 17 - Spring Picture Day
            1.  Read for 30 min. / April Reading Logs due Wednesday, May 2!
            2.  Language Arts
            • Time for Kids - Read the new issues; quiz next Monday
            • Cinderella stories - rough drafts due next Wednesday, 4/18. Please use your Google Drive accounts and do not let anyone edit your work (your family can, however).
            3.  Math
            • Textbook pgs. 406-407
            • Workbook pgs. 15-3 R/P; 15-4 R/P
            • Topic 15 Test next week
            4.   History - pgs. none
            5.   Science - pgs. none; We are done with the textbook. The consumable workbook/textbook should be kept (for use in reviewing) for next year's grade 5 Science Test.
            • Chapter 9 Open Book Test tomorrow
            • Science Fair Projects presentations take place Friday and will continue through next week

            Tuesday, April 10, 2018

            HW - Tuesday, 4/10

            Parents:
            • SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS are to be turned in ASAP! It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points! Thank you to those who turned theirs in already!
            • Wednesday: P.E.; PTA General Meeting (see flyer)
            • Thursday: Music; Open House from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
            • Friday: P.E.
            • Tuesday, April 17 - Spring Picture Day
              1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
              2.  Language Arts
              • Time for Kids - Read the new issues; quiz next Monday
              • Cinderella stories - rough drafts due next Wednesday, 4/18. Please use your Google Drive accounts and do not let anyone edit your work (your family can, however).
              3.  Math
              • Textbook pgs. 402-403; 404-405
              • Workbook pgs. 15-2 R/P
              • Topic 15 Test next week
              4.   History - pgs. none
              5.   Science - pgs. 338 Math Links; 339-340 #1-20 + Map the Concept; 342-343 (Due Wednesday)
              • Chapter 9 Open Book Test on Thursday, 4/12
              • Science Fair Projects presentations take place Friday and will continue through next week

              Monday, April 9, 2018

              HW - Monday, 4/9

              Parents:
              • SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS are to be turned in TOMORROW! It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
              • Tuesday: Music; PTA Tastea fundraiser (see flyer)
              • Wednesday: P.E.; PTA General Meeting (see flyer)
              • Thursday: Music 
              • Friday: P.E.
                1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                2.  Language Arts
                • Time for Kids - Read the new issue Not in my box today...sorry!; quiz next Monday (maybe?)
                • Cinderella stories - rough drafts due next Wednesday, 4/18. Please use your Google Drive accounts and do not let anyone edit your work (your family can, however).
                3.  Math
                • Textbook pgs. 400-401
                • Workbook pgs. 15-1 R/P
                • Topic 15 Test next week
                4.   History - pgs. 139-142
                5.   Science - pgs. 338 Math Links; 339-340 #1-20 + Map the Concept; 342-343 (Due Wednesday)

                • Chapter 9 Open Book Test on Thursday, 4/12
                • Science Fair Projects presentations take place Friday

                Thursday, March 29, 2018

                Enjoy your Spring Break!


                • HOMEWORK
                  • Nothing assigned specifically for this break
                  • Keep working on your Science Fair projects and writing your Cinderella story (use your Google drive, if you can)
                  • I will assign optional TenMarks Math practice by the end of this weekend.
                • NO SCHOOL tomorrow
                • Classes resume on Monday, April 9
                • A LOOK AHEAD at some upcoming dates:
                  • April 10 - Science Fair Projects are collected and brought into the Multi
                    • Also, PTA fundraiser at Tastea (Berryessa and Capitol)
                  • April 11 - PTA Meeting in the Library (6 p.m.)
                  • April 12 - Open House (5:00 - 6:30 p.m.)
                  • April 13 - PTA Movie Night
                  • April 17 - Spring Picture Day
                  • April 18 - Book Fair starts (ends 4/26)
                  • April 23 - SBAC Testing Period begins (last day is 5/11).
                    • Our designated testing days are April 23-25 (English Language Arts) and April 30 and May 1 (Math). However, we have flex days set aside for students needing more time or making up tests due to absences.
                  • May 1 - Levi's Stadium Field Trip
                  • May 9 - PTA Meeting in the Library (6 p.m.)
                  • May 28 - NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
                  • May 30 - Happy Hollow Field Trip
                  • May 31 - Mrs. Clements's music class concert (6:30-8:00 p.m.)
                Have a safe and enjoyable Spring Break!


                Wednesday, March 28, 2018

                HW - Wednesday, 3/28

                Parents:
                • KEEP WORKING ON YOUR SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS! It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                • Thursday: Music 
                • SPRING BREAK begins THIS FRIDAY (no School)
                  1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                  2.  Language Arts
                  • Time for Kids - Read the new issues; 3-2-1 on article due tomorrow; quiz on the Monday we return to school
                  • Cinderella Project - Project Guidelines went home yesterday. Pay attention to the Due Dates.
                  3.  Math
                  • Textbook pgs. 390-393; 394-395
                  • Workbook pgs. none
                  4.   History - pgs. none
                  5.   Science - pgs. 330-331

                  Tuesday, March 27, 2018

                  HW - Tuesday, 3/27

                  Parents:
                  • CLASS T-SHIRTS were distributed yesterday.
                  • KEEP WORKING ON YOUR SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS! It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                  • Wednesday: P.E.
                  • Thursday: Music 
                  • SPRING BREAK begins this Friday (no School)
                    1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                    2.  Language Arts
                    • Time for Kids - Read the new issues; 3-2-1 on article due Thursday; quiz on the Monday we return to school
                    • Cinderella Project - Project Guidelines went home today. Pay attention to the Due Dates.
                    3.  Math
                    • Textbook pgs. 383-385; 386-387
                    • Workbook pgs. none
                    4.   History - pgs. 135-138
                    5.   Science - pgs. 334-337

                    Monday, March 26, 2018

                    HW - Monday, 3/26

                    Parents:
                    • CLASS T-SHIRTS were distributed today.
                    • KEEP WORKING ON YOUR SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS! It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                    • Tuesday: Music (Reminder: Mrs. Clements is back! - no pun intended)
                    • Wednesday: P.E.
                    • Thursday: Music 
                    • SPRING BREAK begins this Friday (no School)
                      1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                      2.  Language Arts
                      • Wordly Wise - none
                      • Time for Kids - Read the new issues; quiz on the Monday we return to school
                      3.  Math
                      • Textbook pgs. 378-379; 380-381
                      • Workbook pgs. 14-7 and 14-8 R/P
                      4.   History - pgs. none
                      5.   Science - pgs. 324-329

                      Friday, March 23, 2018

                      Weekend, 3/23-25

                      Parents:
                      • Mr. G(oldfein), our student teacher, returned this past week having done a quarter of observing and teaching in Mrs. Burns's class during the last quarter. He will be staying with us until the end of the school year. He will be doing 2-3 lessons each week in different subjects and eventually, he will have to teach the class for two weeks by himself. I will be assisting him with the lesson preparation and delivery as well as evaluating him while he's teaching. Finally, he will be distributing Release Forms this coming Monday because he and the students (with signed consent forms) will be taped for his credential program some time later this quarter. Thank you to those who have already turned them in!
                      • Class T-Shirts arrived today and will be distributed on Monday.
                      • HW
                        • Time for Kids
                          • Quiz on Monday, 3/26
                        • Math
                          • Textbook pgs. 376-377
                          • Workbook pgs. 14-6 R/P
                        • Science - Keep working on your Science Fair projects. It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                      Enjoy the weather and have a good weekend!

                      Thursday, March 22, 2018

                      HW - Thursday, 3/22

                      Parents:
                      • ENDING THIS WEEK!!! The "Make a Difference" Raffle Ticket Sale is back! See the hot pink form for more information. Half of the proceeds Ruskin raises benefits our Science Lab!
                      • THANK YOU to the parents who returned t-shirt order forms and/or submitted class donations! T-shirts are supposed to be done by Spring Break.
                      • KEEP WORKING ON YOUR SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS! It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                      • We kicked off the Cinderella story project informally yesterday. More info to follow tomorrow.
                      • Friday: P.E.
                        1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                        2.  Language Arts
                        • Wordly Wise - Done for the year. Wordly Wise books went home in the Wednesday Folder.
                        • Time for Kids - Read the new issue; quiz next Monday
                        3.  Math
                        • Textbook pgs. none
                        • Workbook pgs. 14-5 R/P
                        4.   History - pgs. none
                        5.   Science - pgs. 320-321

                        Wednesday, March 21, 2018

                        HW - Wednesday, 3/21

                        Parents:
                        • ENDING SOON!!! The "Make a Difference" Raffle Ticket Sale is back! See the hot pink form for more information. Half of the proceeds Ruskin raises benefits our Science Lab!
                        • THANK YOU to the parents who returned t-shirt order forms and/or submitted class donations! T-shirts are supposed to be done by Spring Break.
                        • KEEP WORKING ON YOUR SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS! It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                        • We kicked off the Cinderella story project informally today. More info to follow tomorrow.
                        • Thursday: Music (Mrs. Clements is projected to return)
                        • Friday: P.E.
                          1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                          2.  Language Arts
                          • Wordly Wise - Done for the year. Wordly Wise books are going home in the Wednesday Folder.
                          • Time for Kids - Read the new issue; quiz next Monday
                          3.  Math
                          • Textbook pgs. 374-375
                          • Workbook pgs. 14-4 R/P
                          4.   History - pgs. none; Unit 4 Open Book Test tomorrow
                          5.   Science - pgs. none

                          Tuesday, March 20, 2018

                          HW - Tuesday, 3/20

                          Parents:
                          • HAPPY FIRST DAY of SPRING!!!
                          • ENDING SOON!!! The "Make a Difference" Raffle Ticket Sale is back! See the hot pink form for more information. Half of the proceeds Ruskin raises benefits our Science Lab!
                          • THANK YOU to the parents who returned t-shirt order forms and/or submitted class donations! T-shirts are supposed to be done by Spring Break.
                          • KEEP WORKING ON YOUR SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS! It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                          • Wednesday: P.E.
                          • Thursday: Music (Mrs. Clements is projected to return)
                          • Friday: P.E.
                            1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                            2.  Language Arts
                            • Wordly Wise - Done for the year. Wordly Wise books are going home in the Wednesday Folder.
                            • Time for Kids - Read the new issue; quiz next Monday
                            3.  Math
                            • Textbook pgs. 370-373
                            • Workbook pgs. none
                            4.   History - pgs. Unit 4 Review Packet due Tomorrow; Unit 4 Open Book Test on Thursday, 3/21
                            5.   Science - pgs. 316-319

                            Monday, March 19, 2018

                            HW - Monday, 3/19

                            Parents:
                            • ENDING SOON!!! The "Make a Difference" Raffle Ticket Sale is back! See the hot pink form for more information. Half of the proceeds Ruskin raises benefits our Science Lab!
                            • THANK YOU to the parents who returned t-shirt order forms and/or submitted class donations! T-shirts are supposed to be done by Spring Break.
                            • KEEP WORKING ON YOUR SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS! It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                            • Tuesday: Music (none for Mrs. Clements' class since she will be out)
                            • Wednesday: P.E.
                            • Thursday: Music 
                            • Friday: P.E.
                              1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                              2.  Language Arts
                              • Wordly Wise - Four Cumulative Tests (Lessons 1-20; 12 questions each) tomorrow
                              • Time for Kids - Read the new issue; quiz next Monday
                              3.  Math
                              • Textbook pgs. 368-369
                              • Workbook pgs. 14-3 R/P
                              4.   History - pgs. Unit 4 Review Packet due Wednesday; Unit 4 Open Book Test on Thursday, 3/21
                              5.   Science - pgs. 310-313

                              Friday, March 16, 2018

                              Weekend - Happy St. Patrick's Day!

                              Parents:
                              • Mr. G(oldfein), our student teacher, returned this past week having done a quarter of observing and teaching in Mrs. Burns's class during the last quarter. He will be staying with us until the end of the school year. He will be doing 2-3 lessons each week in different subjects and eventually, he will have to teach the class for two weeks by himself. I will be assisting him with the lesson preparation and delivery as well as evaluating him while he's teaching. Finally, he will be distributing Release Forms this coming Monday because he and the students (with signed consent forms) will be taped for his credential program some time later this quarter.
                              • [EDIT] Book Orders are due Wednesday, 3/21
                              • HW
                                • Wordly Wise
                                  • Wordly Wise Review Packet (Lessons 11-20) due Monday, 3/19
                                  • Four Cumulative Tests (Lessons 1-20; 12 questions each) on Tuesday, 3/20
                                • Math
                                  • Textbook pgs. 366-367
                                  • Workbook pgs. 14-2 R/P
                                  • Topic 13 Test moved to Monday, 3/19
                                • History 
                                  • Unit 4 Open Book Test moved to Thursday, 3/22
                                • Science - Keep working on your Science Fair projects. It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                              Saturday is St. Patrick's Day.

                              Have a good weekend!

                              Thursday, March 15, 2018

                              HW - Thursday, 3/15

                              Parents:
                              • ENDING SOON!!! The "Make a Difference" Raffle Ticket Sale is back! See the hot pink form for more information. Half of the proceeds Ruskin raises benefits our Science Lab!
                              • THANK YOU to the parents who returned t-shirt order forms and/or submitted class donations! T-shirts are supposed to be done by Spring Break.
                              • KEEP WORKING ON YOUR SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS! It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                              • Tuesday: Music (none for Ms. Clements' class since she wi
                              • Wednesday: P.E.
                              • Thursday: Music
                              • Friday: P.E.
                                1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                                2.  Language Arts
                                • Wordly Wise - Wordly Wise Review Packet (Lessons 11-20) due Monday, March 19; Four Cumulative Tests (Lessons 1-20; 12 questions each) on Tuesday, March 20.
                                • Time for Kids - none this week
                                3.  Math
                                • Textbook pgs. 354-357; 358-359
                                • Workbook pgs. 13-1 P; 13-6 R/P; 13-10 R/P
                                • Topic 13 Test on Friday, 3/16
                                4.   History - pgs. none; Unit 4 Open Book Test on Wednesday, 3/21
                                • March Madness (college research) sheet due ASAP. Once you're done with the sheet, you can begin your pennant in class. The goal is to be done by Thursday.
                                5.   Science - pgs. 302-303 (#1-20 and Map the Concept) due Thursday; Chapter 8 Open Book Test on Thursday, 3/15

                                Wednesday, March 14, 2018

                                HW - Wednesday, 3/14

                                Parents:
                                • THANK YOU to the parents who chaperoned today's field trip: Collin's dad, Jesse's dad,  Joanna's mom, Kyle's mom, Miguel's mom, and Sophie's mom! We could not have done it without you!
                                • Went home last Wednesday... The "Make a Difference" Raffle Ticket Sale is back! See the hot pink form for more information. Half of the proceeds Ruskin raises benefits our Science Lab!
                                • T-Shirts have been ordered. Expected date of delivery is 3/23, pending purchase order approval and check issuance.
                                • Science Fair: Keep working on your projects. It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                                • Ms. Clements is out this week but will hopefully be back soon (she hopes to return next week). Please leave your instruments at home until further notice.
                                • Thursday: Music
                                • Friday: P.E.
                                  1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                                  2.  Language Arts
                                  • Wordly Wise - Wordly Wise Review Packet (Lessons 11-20) due Monday, March 19; Four Cumulative Tests (Lessons 1-20; 12 questions each) on Tuesday, March 20.
                                  • Time for Kids - none this week
                                  3.  Math
                                  • Textbook pgs. 364-365
                                  • Workbook pgs. 14-1 R/P
                                  • Topic 13 Test on Friday, 3/16
                                  4.   History - pgs. none; Unit 4 Open Book Test on Wednesday, 3/21
                                  • March Madness (college research) sheet due ASAP. Once you're done with the sheet, you can begin your pennant in class. Some students have already started on their pennants. The goal is to be done by Thursday.
                                  5.   Science - pgs. 302-303 (#1-20 and Map the Concept) due Thursday; Chapter 8 Open Book Test on Thursday, 3/15

                                  Tuesday, March 13, 2018

                                  HW - Tuesday, 3/13

                                  Parents:
                                  • Went home last Wednesday... The "Make a Difference" Raffle Ticket Sale is back! See the hot pink form for more information. Half of the proceeds Ruskin raises benefits our Science Lab!
                                  • T-Shirts have been ordered. Expected date of delivery is 3/23, pending purchase order approval and check issuance.
                                  • Science Fair: Keep working on your projects. It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                                  • Ms. Clements is out this week but will hopefully be back soon (she hopes to return next week). Please leave your instruments at home until further notice.
                                  • Wednesday: Field Trip with Little Buddies (Leave Ruskin around 8:00 a.m. for our 8:30 a.m. VTA Light Rail train)
                                  • Thursday: Music
                                  • Friday: P.E.
                                    1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                                    2.  Language Arts
                                    • Wordly Wise - Wordly Wise Review Packet (Lessons 11-20) due Monday, March 19; Four Cumulative Tests (Lessons 1-20; 12 questions each) on Tuesday, March 20.
                                    • Time for Kids - none this week
                                    3.  Math
                                    • Textbook pgs. 364-365
                                    • Workbook pgs. 14-1 R/P
                                    • Topic 13 Test on Friday, 3/16
                                    4.   History - pgs. none; Unit 4 Open Book Test on Wednesday, 3/21
                                    • March Madness (college research) sheet due ASAP. Once you're done with the sheet, you can begin your pennant in class. Some students have already started on their pennants. The goal is to be done by Thursday.
                                    5.   Science - pgs. 302-303 (#1-20 and Map the Concept) due Thursday; Chapter 8 Open Book Test on Thursday, 3/15

                                    Monday, March 12, 2018

                                    HW - Monday, 3/12

                                    Parents:
                                    • Went home last Wednesday... The "Make a Difference" Raffle Ticket Sale is back! See the hot pink form for more information. Half of the proceeds Ruskin raises benefits our Science Lab!
                                    • T-Shirt / Class Donation form went out two Wednesdays ago. I have proceeded with the order filling in student sizes for those missing their forms. Thank you to the parents who have donated to the class!
                                    • I am still waiting for ONE student to turn in their Science Fair forms. It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                                    • Tuesday: Music
                                    • Wednesday: Field Trip with Little Buddies (Leave Ruskin around 8:00 a.m. for our 8:30 a.m. VTA Light Rail train)
                                    • Thursday: Music
                                    • Friday: P.E.
                                      1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                                      2.  Language Arts
                                      • Wordly Wise - Wordly Wise Review Packet (Lessons 11-20) due Monday, March 19; Four Cumulative Tests (Lessons 1-20; 12 questions each) on Tuesday, March 20.
                                      • Time for Kids - none this week
                                      3.  Math
                                      • Textbook pgs. 354-357; 358-359
                                      • Workbook pgs. 13-1 P; 13-6 R/P; 13-10 R/P
                                      • Topic 13 Test on Friday, 3/16
                                      4.   History - pgs. none; Unit 4 Open Book Test on Wednesday, 3/21
                                      • March Madness (college research) sheet due ASAP. Once you're done with the sheet, you can begin your pennant in class. The goal is to be done by Thursday.
                                      5.   Science - pgs. 302-303 (#1-20 and Map the Concept) due Thursday; Chapter 8 Open Book Test on Thursday, 3/15

                                      Friday, March 9, 2018

                                      Weekend, 3/9-3/11

                                      REMEMBER: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS IS ON SUNDAY!
                                      SPRING AHEAD ONE HOUR! :(
                                      • Keep working on your Science Fair projects. ALL students must participate. If you need another participation form, please see me ASAP.
                                      • Lego Robotics classes and Math Olympiad after school S.I. classes resume this week.
                                      • HW:
                                        • (Due Monday) SCIENCE pgs. 298-299 (at least one paragraph, two other animals comparison/contrast with an electric eel); 300 (Math Skills)
                                        • (Due Tuesday) MATH pgs. 354-357; 358-359
                                        • Read for TFK quiz on Monday
                                      • To those of you enjoying the snow this weekend, please travel safely!

                                      Thursday, March 8, 2018

                                      HW - Thursday, 3/8

                                      Parents:
                                      • Early Dismissal Days (1:00 p.m.) are this week: Monday-Friday, March 5-9. The focus of this Parent-Conference period is for parents for whom I need to meet with. In other words, if your child is performing at or above grade-level expectations overall, you do not have to meet. Letter went out last week.
                                      • Went home on Wednesday... The "Make a Difference" Raffle Ticket Sale is back! See the hot pink form for more information. Half of the proceeds Ruskin raises benefits our Science Lab!
                                      • T-Shirt / Class Donation form went out last Wednesday. We are only missing FOUR student forms. Help us complete this order! If I do not receive the orders by Monday, I will proceed with the order. Thank you to the parents who have donated to the class!
                                      • I am still waiting for TWO students to turn in their Science Fair forms. It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                                      • Friday (Early Dismissal): P.E.
                                        1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                                        2.  Language Arts
                                        • Wordly Wise - Wordly Wise 20 e; Crossword due Monday; Test on Friday
                                        • Time for Kids - Read TFK: Water Woes and Your $: Cause and Effect; Quiz next Monday
                                        3.  Math
                                        • Textbook pgs. 350-351; 352-353
                                        • Workbook pgs. 13-9 R/P
                                        • Topic 13 Test on Friday, 3/16
                                        4.   History - pgs. none; Unit 4 Open Book Test on Wednesday, 3/21
                                        5.   Science - pgs. 298-299 (write at least one paragraph comparing and contrasting two different animals that use electricity with the electric eel); 300 (Math Links) due Monday; Chapter 8 Open Book Test next Thursday, 3/15

                                        Wednesday, March 7, 2018

                                        HW - Wednesday, 3/7

                                        Parents:
                                        • Early Dismissal Days (1:00 p.m.) are this week: Monday-Friday, March 5-9. The focus of this Parent-Conference period is for parents for whom I need to meet with. In other words, if your child is performing at or above grade-level expectations overall, you do not have to meet. Letter went out last week.
                                        • Went home yesterday... The "Make a Difference" Raffle Ticket Sale is back! See the hot pink form for more information. Half of the proceeds Ruskin raises benefits our Science Lab!
                                        • T-Shirt / Class Donation form went out last Wednesday. We are only missing FIVE student forms. Help us complete this order! Thank you to the parents who have donated to the class!
                                        • I am still waiting for TWO students to turn in their Science Fair forms. It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                                        • Thursday (Early Dismissal): Music; Make-up Science Lab @ 9 a.m.
                                        • Friday (Early Dismissal): P.E.
                                          1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                                          2.  Language Arts
                                          • Wordly Wise - Wordly Wise 20 e due Friday; Test on Friday
                                          • Time for Kids - Read TFK: Water Woes and Your $: Cause and Effect.; Quiz next Monday
                                          3.  Math
                                          • Textbook pgs. 347-349
                                          • Workbook pgs. 13-8 R / P
                                          • Topic 13 Test on Friday, 3/16
                                          4.   History - pgs. 89-90; Unit 4 Open Book Test on Wednesday, 3/21
                                          5.   Science - pgs. 292-297; Chapter 8 Open Book Test next Thursday, 3/15

                                          Tuesday, March 6, 2018

                                          HW - Tuesday, 3/6

                                          Parents:
                                          • Early Dismissal Days (1:00 p.m.) are this week: Monday-Friday, March 5-9. The focus of this Parent-Conference period is for parents for whom I need to meet with. In other words, if your child is performing at or above grade-level expectations overall, you do not have to meet. Letter went out last week.
                                          • Going home today... The "Make a Difference" Raffle Ticket Sale is back! See the hot pink form that goes home today for more information. Half of the proceeds Ruskin raises benefits our Science Lab!
                                          • T-Shirt / Class Donation form went out last Wednesday. We are only missing FIVE student forms. Help us complete this order! Thank you to the parents who have donated to the class!
                                          • I am still waiting for TWO students to turn in their Science Fair forms. It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                                          • Wednesday (Early Dismissal): P.E.
                                          • Thursday (Early Dismissal): Music; Make-up Science Lab @ 9 a.m.
                                          • Friday (Early Dismissal): P.E.
                                            1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                                            2.  Language Arts
                                            • Wordly Wise - Wordly Wise 20 c-d; Test on Friday
                                            • Time for Kids - Read TFK: Water Woes and Your $: Cause and Effect.; 3-2-1 worksheet; Quiz next Monday
                                            3.  Math
                                            • Textbook pgs. 343-345
                                            • Workbook pgs. 13-7 R / P
                                            4.   History - pgs. 129-132
                                            5.   Science - pgs. 282-289 (due Wednesday)

                                            Monday, March 5, 2018

                                            HW - Monday, 3/5

                                            Parents:
                                            • Early Dismissal Days (1:00 p.m.) are: Monday-Friday, March 5-9. The focus of this Parent-Conference period is for parents for whom I need to meet with. In other words, if your child is performing at or above grade-level expectations overall, you do not have to meet. Letter went out last week.
                                            • T-Shirt / Class Donation form went out last Wednesday. Thank you to the parents who have donated to the class!
                                            • I am still waiting for TWO students to turn in their Science Fair forms. It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                                            • Tuesday (Early Dismissal): Music; Library (bring your books from home)
                                            • Wednesday (Early Dismissal): P.E.
                                            • Thursday (Early Dismissal): Music
                                            • Friday (Early Dismissal): P.E.
                                              1.  Read for 30 min. / March Reading Logs due Tuesday, April 10 (later date due to Spring Break)!
                                              2.  Language Arts
                                              • Wordly Wise - Wordly Wise 20a-b; Test on Friday
                                              • Time for Kids - Read TFK: Water Woes  and Your $: Cause and Effect.; Quiz next Monday
                                              3.  Math
                                              • Textbook pgs. 336-339; 340-342
                                              • Workbook pgs. 13-5 R / P
                                              4.   History - pgs. 125-128
                                              5.   Science - pgs. 282-289 (due Wednesday)

                                              Friday, March 2, 2018

                                              Weekend


                                              • Keep working on your Science Fair projects. ALL students must participate. If you need another participation form, please see me ASAP.
                                              • Minimum days (1:00 p.m. dismissal) for the whole week. NO Lego Robotics classes; NO Math Olympiad either.
                                              • HW:
                                                • (Due Tuesday) Math Textbook pgs. 336-339 (for page 339 Stop and Practice, estimate only for the odd #d problems 1-24); Workbook pgs. 13-5 R/P
                                                • Read for TFK quiz on Monday
                                              • To those of you enjoying the snow this weekend, please travel safely!

                                              Thursday, March 1, 2018

                                              HW - Thursday, 3/1

                                              Parents:
                                              • Happy March! 
                                              • Early Dismissal Days (1:00 p.m.) are: Friday, March 2; Monday-Wednesday, March 5-7; and Friday, March 9. The focus of this Parent-Conference period is for parents for whom I need to meet with. In other words, if your child is performing at or above grade-level expectations overall, you do not have to meet. Letter went out today.
                                              • T-Shirt / Class Donation form went out on Wednesday. Thank you to the parents who have donated to the class!
                                              • I am still waiting for FIVE students to turn in their Science Fair forms. It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                                              • Friday (Early Dismissal): P.E.
                                                1.  Read for 30 min. / February Reading Logs due Friday, March 2!
                                                2.  Language Arts
                                                • Wordly Wise - Wordly Wise 19 e (due Friday); Test on Friday
                                                • Time for Kids - Read TFK: The Kids' Table and TFKATW: Canada. Canada Worksheet due tomorrow.
                                                3.  Math
                                                • Textbook pgs. 334-335
                                                • Workbook pgs. 13-4 R / P
                                                4.   History - pgs. 121-124
                                                5.   Science - pgs. 279

                                                Wednesday, February 28, 2018

                                                HW - Wednesday, 2/28

                                                Parents:
                                                • Early Dismissal Days (1:00 p.m.) are: Friday, March 2; Monday-Wednesday, March 5-7; and Friday, March 9. The focus of this Parent-Conference period is for parents for whom I need to meet with. In other words, if your child is performing at or above grade-level expectations overall, you do not have to meet. Letter went out today.
                                                • T-Shirt / Class Donation form went out yesterday. Thank you to the parents who have donated to the class!
                                                • I am still waiting for eight students to turn in their Science Fair forms. It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                                                • Thursday (Early Dismissal): Music
                                                • Friday (Early Dismissal): P.E.
                                                  1.  Read for 30 min. / February Reading Logs due Friday, March 2!
                                                  2.  Language Arts
                                                  • Wordly Wise - Wordly Wise 19 e (due Friday); Test on Friday
                                                  • Time for Kids - Read TFK: The Kids' Table and TFKATW: Canada. 1-2-3 Worksheet (for Cover Story) due Thursday.
                                                  3.  Math
                                                  • Textbook pgs. 332-333
                                                  • Workbook pgs. 13-3 R / P
                                                  4.   History - pgs. 117-120
                                                  5.   Science - pgs. none

                                                  Tuesday, February 27, 2018

                                                  HW - Tuesday, 3/27

                                                  Parents:
                                                  • Early Dismissal Days (1:00 p.m.) are: Friday, March 2; Monday-Wednesday, March 5-7; and Friday, March 9. The focus of this Parent-Conference period is for parents for whom I need to meet with. In other words, if your child is performing at or above grade-level expectations overall, you do not have to meet. Letter went out today.
                                                  • T-Shirt / Class Donation form went out today.
                                                  • I am still waiting for eleven students to turn in their Science Fair forms. It is part of the 4th grade curriculum and thus all students are expected to participate. It also counts for their Science grade: just signing up and participating earns you the full 100 points!
                                                  • Wednesday: P.E.
                                                  • Thursday (Early Dismissal): Music
                                                  • Friday (Early Dismissal): P.E.
                                                    1.  Read for 30 min. / February Reading Logs due Friday, March 2!
                                                    2.  Language Arts
                                                    • Wordly Wise - Wordly Wise 19 c-d
                                                    • Time for Kids - Read TFK: The Kids' Table and TFKATW: Canada. 1-2-3 Worksheet (for Cover Story) due Thursday.
                                                    3.  Math
                                                    • Textbook pgs. 330-331
                                                    • Workbook pgs. 13-2 R / P
                                                    4.   History - pgs. 111-116
                                                    5.   Science - pgs. none

                                                    Monday, February 26, 2018

                                                    HW - Monday, 2/26

                                                    Parents:
                                                    • Early Dismissal Days (1:00 p.m.) are: Friday, March 2; Monday-Wednesday, March 5-7; and Friday, March 9. The focus of this Parent-Conference period is for parents for whom I need to meet with. In other words, if your child is performing at or above grade-level expectations overall, you do not have to meet. Letters will go out tomorrow.
                                                    • T-Shirt forms also go out tomorrow.
                                                    • Tuesday: Music
                                                    • Wednesday: P.E.
                                                    • Thursday (Early Dismissal): Music
                                                    • Friday (Early Dismissal): P.E.
                                                      1.  Read for 30 min. / February Reading Logs due Friday, March 2!
                                                      2.  Language Arts
                                                      • Wordly Wise - Wordly Wise 19 a-b
                                                      • Time for Kids - Read TFK: The Kids' Table and TFKATW: Canada. Students will get their worksheets tomorrow in class.
                                                      3.  Math
                                                      • Textbook pgs. 328-329
                                                      • Workbook pgs. 13-1 Reteaching Only
                                                      4.   History - pgs. 107-110
                                                      5.   Science - pgs. 272-275

                                                      Friday, February 16, 2018

                                                      Happy New Year and Enjoy the Week Off

                                                      Parents,

                                                      First, I want to thank the parents who donated to today's Lunar New Year Celebration. I think the students really enjoyed it! And the lion performance was an entertaining one!

                                                      Second, there is no homework for the break. I will assign TenMarks for review but it is optional (read: it will not count toward their grade).

                                                      Finally, when we start up again on February 26, we will be:
                                                      • Finishing Island of the Blue Dolphins
                                                      • Starting Wordly Wise 19, new Time for Kids issue, Topic 13 in Math, and Chapter 8 in Science
                                                      • Continuing Unit 4 in History
                                                      See you in a week!

                                                      Happy New Year!

                                                      Thursday, February 15, 2018

                                                      HW - Thursday, 2/15

                                                      Parents:
                                                      • Permission slips were sent home the other day for 2018 Winter Olympics artwork. No signed slip granting permission, no sharing of the artwork.
                                                      • Please do not forget to sign up on Class Dojo for tomorrow's Lunar New Year Party.
                                                      • Friday: P.E.; Lunar New Year assembly and party
                                                        1.  Read for 30 min. / February Reading Logs due Friday, March 2!
                                                        2.  Language Arts
                                                        • Wordly Wise - NO Wordly Wise this week
                                                        • Time for Kids - NO TFK this week
                                                        3.  Math
                                                        • Textbook pgs. 318-319; 320-321; 322-323
                                                        • Workbook pgs. 
                                                        • Topic 12 Test on Friday
                                                        4.   History - pgs. none
                                                        5.   Science - pgs. none

                                                        Wednesday, February 14, 2018

                                                        HW - Wednesday, 2/14

                                                        Parents:
                                                        • Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
                                                        • Permission slips were sent home the other day for 2018 Winter Olympics artwork. No signed slip granting permission, no sharing of the artwork.
                                                        • Thank you to the parents who made today's Valentine Day "party" possible!
                                                        • Today, students heard from current San Jose Earthquakes player, Shea Salinas, about his journey to become a major league soccer player. They also received a signed photo and a soccer squeeze ball!
                                                        • Thursday: NO Music (both attending a music teachers' conference); Spirit Day: YouTube Day (dress up as your favorite YouTube star, personality, animal, etc.)
                                                        • Friday: P.E.; Lunar New Year assembly and party
                                                          1.  Read for 30 min. / February Reading Logs due Friday, March 2!
                                                          2.  Language Arts
                                                          • Wordly Wise - NO Wordly Wise this week
                                                          • Time for Kids - NO TFK this week
                                                          3.  Math
                                                          • Textbook pgs. 312-313; 314-317
                                                          • Workbook pgs. 12-10 R; 12-11 R
                                                          • Topic 12 Test on Friday (moved)
                                                          4.   History - pgs. none
                                                          5.   Science - pgs. none

                                                          Tuesday, February 13, 2018

                                                          HW - Tuesday, 2/13

                                                          Parents:
                                                          • THANK YOU for your Pennies for Patients donations! As a class, we were able to raise $124.24! For more info about the Pennies for Patients fundraiser, please visit: http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools
                                                          • Permission slips were sent home yesterday for 2018 Winter Olympics artwork. No signed slip granting permission, no sharing of the artwork.
                                                          • Science Fair Assembly kicks off the planning and carrying out of science experiments and/or research. If you have any questions, please see the flyer in tomorrow's Wednesday Folder.
                                                          • Wednesday: P.E.; Valentine's Day; SJ Earthquakes assembly
                                                          • Thursday: NO Music (both attending a music teachers' conference); Spirit Day: YouTube Day (dress up as your favorite YouTube star, personality, animal, etc.)
                                                          • Friday: P.E.; Lunar New Year assembly and party
                                                            1.  Read for 30 min. / February Reading Logs due Friday, March 2!
                                                            2.  Language Arts
                                                            • Wordly Wise - NO Wordly Wise this week
                                                            • Time for Kids - NO TFK this week
                                                            3.  Math
                                                            • Textbook pgs. 308-309; 310-311
                                                            • Workbook pgs. none
                                                            • Topic 12 Test on Thursday
                                                            4.   History - pgs. none
                                                            5.   Science - Review for Chapter 7 Open Book Test tomorrow

                                                            Monday, February 12, 2018

                                                            HW - Monday, 2/12

                                                            Parents:
                                                            • THANK YOU for your Pennies for Patients donations! As a class, we were able to raise $124.24! For more info about the Pennies for Patients fundraiser, please visit: http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools
                                                            • Permission slips were sent home today for 2018 Winter Olympics artwork.
                                                            • Tuesday: Music (Wang only; Clements out); Science Fair assembly
                                                            • Wednesday: P.E.; Valentine's Day; (tentative) SJ Earthquakes assembly
                                                            • Thursday: NO Music (both attending a music teachers' conference); Spirit Day: YouTube Day (dress up as your favorite YouTube star, personality, animal, etc.)
                                                            • Friday: P.E.; Lunar New Year assembly and party
                                                              1.  Read for 30 min. / February Reading Logs due Friday, March 2!
                                                              2.  Language Arts
                                                              • Wordly Wise - NO Wordly Wise this week
                                                              • Time for Kids - NO TFK this week
                                                              3.  Math
                                                              • Textbook pgs. 304-307
                                                              • Workbook pgs. none
                                                              • Topic 12 Test on Thursday
                                                              4.   History - pgs. 103-106
                                                              5.   Science - Review for Chapter 7 Open Book Test on Wednesday

                                                              Friday, February 9, 2018

                                                              Olympic Weekend


                                                              • 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics
                                                                • Tonight at 5 p.m. is the Opening Ceremonies and can be seen on NBC or NBCOlympics.com. This is the official start of the Olympics though they have had two days of events already.
                                                                • Students are encouraged to continue their Winter Olympics art as we continue to learn more about the sports and the athletes who are participating.
                                                                • Before I include the art on a public Facebook page, I will need your permission so on Monday, a permission slip will go out to the parents. Since we were invited by NBC Bay Area to be a participating school, there is a chance your child's art may be shown on their news programs.
                                                              • This Coming Week...It's going to be a busy one!
                                                                • Monday: Anti-Bullying assembly
                                                                • Tuesday: Science Fair assembly; Music; San Jose Earthquakes visit
                                                                • Wednesday: P.E.; Valentine's Day
                                                                • Thursday: Minimum Day; Music *Spirit Day: YouTube Day*
                                                                • Friday: Minimum Day; P.E.; Lunar New Year assembly and Party
                                                              • Homework
                                                                • Read Time for Kids cover story.
                                                                • Math Textbook pgs. 300-303; Workbook 12-6 R/P

                                                              Thursday, February 8, 2018

                                                              HW - Thursday, 2/8

                                                              Parents:
                                                              • Pennies for Patients fundraiser ENDS TOMORROW. Thank you for helping raise funds for a good cause. For more information, please visit: http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools
                                                              • We started 2018 Winter Olympics art today. More info to follow.
                                                              • Friday: P.E.; Wordly Wise Test; PTA Movie Night (Despicable Me 3 - Doors @ 6:00 p.m.)
                                                              • Next Friday is a Minimum Day and our Lunar New Year class party. UPDATE: A message will be posted after school on Class Dojo for you to read.
                                                              • NO SCHOOL: February 19 - 23
                                                                1.  Read for 30 min. / February Reading Logs due Friday, March 2!
                                                                2.  Language Arts
                                                                • Wordly Wise - Lesson 18e (due Friday); Wordly Wise Test on Friday; NO Wordly Wise next week
                                                                • Time for Kids - Read the new issues (TFK and Your Money); Open Magazine Quiz next Monday, 2/12
                                                                3.  Math
                                                                • Textbook pgs. 296-299
                                                                • Workbook pgs. 12-5 R/P
                                                                • Topic 12 Test on Friday
                                                                4.   History - pgs. 97-102 (due Friday)
                                                                5.   Science - pgs. 256-257; 258 (Math Skills); 260-261 (#1-20 + Map the Concept); 262-263 (due on Friday)
                                                                • Chapter 7 Open Book Test next Tuesday

                                                                Wednesday, February 7, 2018

                                                                HW - Wednesday, 2/7

                                                                Parents:
                                                                • Today is the LAST DAY to place Scholastic book orders. I will be placing them tonight.
                                                                • Pennies for Patients fundraiser ENDS THIS WEEK. Thank you for helping raise funds for a good cause. For more information, please visit: http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools
                                                                • TONIGHT:  PTA Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. (moved from 2/14)
                                                                • Thursday: Music
                                                                • Friday: P.E.; Wordly Wise Test; PTA Movie Night (Despicable Me 3 - Doors @ 6:00 p.m.)
                                                                • Next Friday is a Minimum Day and our Lunar New Year class party. A message was posted on Class Dojo for you to read.
                                                                • NO SCHOOL: February 19 - 23
                                                                  1.  Read for 30 min. / February Reading Logs due Friday, March 2!
                                                                  2.  Language Arts
                                                                  • Wordly Wise - Lesson 18e (due Friday); Wordly Wise Test on Friday; NO Wordly Wise next week
                                                                  • Time for Kids - Read the new issues (TFK and Your Money); Open Magazine Quiz next Monday, 2/12
                                                                  3.  Math
                                                                  • Textbook pgs. 294-295
                                                                  • Workbook pgs. 12-4 R/P
                                                                  4.   History - pgs. 97-102 (due Friday)
                                                                  5.   Science - pgs. 256-257; 258 (Math Skills); 260-261 (#1-20 + Map the Concept); 262-263 (due on Friday)
                                                                  • Chapter 7 Open Book Test next Tuesday

                                                                  Tuesday, February 6, 2018

                                                                  HW - Tuesday, 2/6

                                                                  Parents:
                                                                  • Tomorrow is the LAST DAY to place Scholastic book orders
                                                                  • Pennies for Patients fundraiser ENDS THIS WEEK. Thank you for helping raise funds for a good cause. For more information, please visit: http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools
                                                                  • Wednesday: P.E.; PTA Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. (moved from 2/14)
                                                                  • Thursday: Music
                                                                  • Friday: P.E.; Wordly Wise Test; PTA Movie Night (Despicable Me 3 - Doors @ 6:00 p.m.)
                                                                    1.  Read for 30 min. / February Reading Logs due Friday, March 2!
                                                                    2.  Language Arts
                                                                    • Wordly Wise - Lesson 18c-d; Wordly Wise Test on Friday; NO Wordly Wise next week
                                                                    • Time for Kids - Read the new issues (TFK and Your Money); Open Magazine Quiz next Monday, 2/12
                                                                    3.  Math
                                                                    • Textbook pgs. 292-293
                                                                    • Workbook pgs. 12-3 R/P
                                                                    4.   History - pgs. 91-96 (due Wednesday)
                                                                    5.   Science - pgs. 256-257; 258 (Math Skills); 260-261 (#1-20 + Map the Concept); 262-263 (due on Friday)

                                                                    • Chapter 7 Open Book Test next Tuesday

                                                                    Monday, February 5, 2018

                                                                    HW - Monday, 2/5

                                                                    Parents:
                                                                    • I can't believe I was right with my Super Bowl Prediction!
                                                                    • Pennies for Patients fundraiser continues. Change will be collected weekly and turned in on Friday mornings, I believe. Thank you for helping raise funds for a good cause. For more information, please visit: http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools
                                                                    • Tuesday: Music
                                                                    • Wednesday: P.E.
                                                                    • Thursday: Music
                                                                    • Friday: P.E.; Wordly Wise Test
                                                                      1.  Read for 30 min. / February Reading Logs due Friday, March 2!
                                                                      2.  Language Arts
                                                                      • Wordly Wise - Lesson 18a-b; Wordly Wise Test on Friday; NO Wordly Wise next week
                                                                      • Time for Kids - Read the new issues (TFK and Your Money); Open Magazine Quiz next Monday, 2/12
                                                                      3.  Math
                                                                      • Textbook pgs. 290-291
                                                                      • Workbook pgs. 12-2 R/P
                                                                      4.   History - pgs. 91-96 (due Wednesday)
                                                                      5.   Science - pgs. 244-247

                                                                      Weekend


                                                                      • Have a great Super Bowl weekend! By the way, my prediction is 41-33 Eagles.
                                                                      • Math HW - Topic 12-1 (textbook and workbook, Reteaching and Practice)

                                                                      Thursday, February 1, 2018

                                                                      HW - Thursday, 2/1

                                                                      Parents:
                                                                      • Happy February!
                                                                      • Pennies for Patients fundraiser continues. Change will be collected weekly and turned in on Friday mornings, I believe. Thank you for helping raise funds for a good cause. For more information, please visit: http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools
                                                                      • Friday: P.E.; Wordly Wise Test
                                                                        1.  Read for 30 min. / January Reading Logs due Friday, February 2!
                                                                        2.  Language Arts
                                                                        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 17e; Wordly Wise Test on Friday
                                                                        • Time for Kids - Read the new issue
                                                                        3.  Math
                                                                        • Textbook pgs. 285
                                                                        • Workbook pgs. none
                                                                        4.   History - pgs. none
                                                                        5.   Science - pgs. 250-255

                                                                        Wednesday, January 31, 2018

                                                                        HW - Wednesday, 1/31

                                                                        Parents:
                                                                        • Starting tomorrow...Happy February! (already?!?)
                                                                        • Pennies for Patients fundraiser continues. Change will be collected weekly and turned in on Friday mornings, I believe. Thank you for helping raise funds for a good cause. For more information, please visit: http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools
                                                                        • Thursday: Music; Topic 11 Math Test
                                                                        • Friday: P.E.; Wordly Wise Test
                                                                          1.  Read for 30 min. / January Reading Logs due Friday, February 2!
                                                                          2.  Language Arts
                                                                          • Wordly Wise - Lesson 17e; Wordly Wise Test on Friday
                                                                          • Time for Kids - Read the new issue
                                                                          3.  Math
                                                                          • Textbook pgs. 280-283
                                                                          • Workbook pgs. none
                                                                          • Topic 11 Math Test tomorrow
                                                                          4.   History - pgs. none
                                                                          5.   Science - pgs. none

                                                                          Tuesday, January 30, 2018

                                                                          HW - Tuesday, 1/30

                                                                          Parents:
                                                                          • Pennies for Patients fundraiser continues. Change will be collected weekly and turned in on Friday mornings, I believe. Thank you for helping raise funds for a good cause. For more information, please visit: http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools
                                                                          • Wednesday: P.E.; Unit 3 History Open Book Test
                                                                          • Thursday: Music; Topic 11 Math Test
                                                                          • Friday: P.E.; Wordly Wise Test
                                                                            1.  Read for 30 min. / January Reading Logs due Friday, February 2!
                                                                            2.  Language Arts
                                                                            • Wordly Wise - Lesson 17 c-d; Wordly Wise Test on Friday
                                                                            • Time for Kids - Read the new issue
                                                                            3.  Math
                                                                            • Textbook pgs. 278-279
                                                                            • Workbook pgs. 11-8 R/P
                                                                            • Topic 11 Math Test on Thursday
                                                                            4.   History - pgs. none; Unit 3 Test (Open Book) on Wednesday
                                                                            5.   Science - pgs. 238-243

                                                                            Monday, January 29, 2018

                                                                            HW - Monday, 1/29

                                                                            Parents:
                                                                            • Pennies for Patients boxes went home last Tuesday. Change will be collected weekly and turned in on Friday mornings, I believe. Thank you for helping raise funds for a good cause. For more information, please visit: http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools
                                                                            • Tuesday: Music
                                                                            • Wednesday: P.E.; Unit 3 History Open Book Test
                                                                            • Thursday: Music; Topic 11 Math Test
                                                                            • Friday: P.E.; Wordly Wise Test
                                                                              1.  Read for 30 min. / January Reading Logs due Friday, February 2!
                                                                              2.  Language Arts
                                                                              • Wordly Wise - Lesson 17 a-b; Wordly Wise Test on Friday
                                                                              • Time for Kids - Read the new issue
                                                                              3.  Math
                                                                              • Textbook pgs. 274-277
                                                                              • Workbook pgs. none
                                                                              • Topic 11 Math Test on Thursday
                                                                              4.   History - pgs. 65-66; Unit 3 Test (Open Book) on Wednesday
                                                                              5.   Science - pgs. 232-235

                                                                              Friday, January 26, 2018

                                                                              Weekend Notes


                                                                              • Thank you to those who collected and turned in coins for the Pennies for Patients first week collection. We contributed $29.78 toward Ruskin's goal of $5,000 (I think that's the goal). As of Friday, Ruskin has collected $1,435.81. There are only two more weeks of collecting and donating coins: February 2 and February 9. If the school hits or exceeds the target, Principal Pender will kiss a pig!
                                                                              • T-Shirt order forms will be ready by next Wednesday. I received the quote from Insane Ink and it will come out to be $14 a shirt.
                                                                              • This week we will continue to read Island of the Blue Dolphins and look at the Winter Olympics before doing some art-related lessons for NBC Bay Area. I forgot to mention that they sent some PyeongChang medals and pins to use as a bases for their art.
                                                                              • Lastly,
                                                                                • TFK open magazine quiz on Monday
                                                                                • Math - textbook pages 272-273; Workbook 11-7 R/P

                                                                              Thursday, January 25, 2018

                                                                              HW - Thursday, 1/25

                                                                              Parents:
                                                                              • Pennies for Patients boxes went home on Tuesday. Change will be collected weekly and turned in on Friday mornings, I believe. Thank you for helping raise funds for a good cause. For more information, please visit: http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools
                                                                              • Friday: P.E.; Wordly Wise Test
                                                                                1.  Read for 30 min. / January Reading Logs due Friday, February 2!
                                                                                2.  Language Arts
                                                                                • Wordly Wise - Lesson 16 e due Friday; Crossword due Friday; Wordly Wise Test on Friday
                                                                                • Time for Kids - Read
                                                                                3.  Math
                                                                                • Textbook pgs. 268-271
                                                                                • Workbook pgs. none
                                                                                4.   History - Review Packet (Lessons 2-5) due Friday; Unit 3 Open Book Test next Wednesday, January 31.
                                                                                5.   Science - pgs. none

                                                                                Wednesday, January 24, 2018

                                                                                HW - Wednesday, 1/24

                                                                                Parents:
                                                                                • Pennies for Patients boxes went home on Tuesday. Change will be collected weekly and turned in on Friday mornings, I believe. Thank you for helping raise funds for a good cause. For more information, please visit: http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools
                                                                                • Thursday: Winter Performance @ 10:30 A.M. (Band in J-1; Strings in J-2)
                                                                                • Friday: P.E.; Wordly Wise Test
                                                                                  1.  Read for 30 min. / January Reading Logs due Friday, February 2!
                                                                                  2.  Language Arts
                                                                                  • Wordly Wise - Lesson 16 e due Friday; Crossword due Friday; Wordly Wise Test on Friday
                                                                                  • Time for Kids - Read
                                                                                  3.  Math
                                                                                  • Textbook pgs. 266-267
                                                                                  • Workbook pgs. 11-5 Reteaching / Practice
                                                                                  4.   History - Review Packet (Lessons 2-5) due Friday; Unit 3 Open Book Test next Wednesday, January 31.
                                                                                  5.   Science - pgs. none

                                                                                  Tuesday, January 23, 2018

                                                                                  HW - Tuesday, 1/23

                                                                                  Parents:
                                                                                  • Pennies for Patients boxes went home yesterday. Change will be collected weekly and turned in on Friday mornings, I believe. Thank you for helping raise funds for a good cause. For more information, please visit: http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools
                                                                                  • We started Island of the Blue Dolphins today.
                                                                                  • Wednesday: P.E.
                                                                                  • Thursday: Winter Performance @ 10:30 A.M. (Band in J-1; Strings in J-2)
                                                                                  • Friday: P.E.; Wordly Wise Test
                                                                                    1.  Read for 30 min. / January Reading Logs due Friday, February 2!
                                                                                    2.  Language Arts
                                                                                    • Wordly Wise - Lesson 16 c-d; Crossword due Friday; Wordly Wise Test on Friday
                                                                                    • Time for Kids - Read; 3-2-1/Vocab
                                                                                    3.  Math
                                                                                    • Textbook pgs. 262-265
                                                                                    • Workbook pgs. 11-4 Reteaching / Practice
                                                                                    4.   History - pgs. none
                                                                                    5.   Science - pgs. none

                                                                                    Monday, January 22, 2018

                                                                                    HW - Monday, 1/22

                                                                                    Parents:
                                                                                    • Pennies for Patients boxes went home today. Change will be collected weekly and turned in on Friday mornings, I believe. Thank you for helping raise funds for a good cause. For more information, please visit: http://www.studentseries.org/participate/elementary-schools
                                                                                    • Tuesday: Music
                                                                                    • Wednesday: P.E.
                                                                                    • Thursday: Winter Performance @ 10:30 A.M. (Band in J-1; Strings in J-2)
                                                                                    • Friday: P.E.; Wordly Wise Test
                                                                                      1.  Read for 30 min. / January Reading Logs due Friday, February 2!
                                                                                      2.  Language Arts
                                                                                      • Wordly Wise - Lesson 16 a-b; Crossword due Friday; Wordly Wise Test on Friday
                                                                                      • Time for Kids - Read
                                                                                      3.  Math
                                                                                      • Textbook pgs. 260-261
                                                                                      • Workbook pgs. 11-3 Reteaching / Practice
                                                                                      4.   History - pgs. none
                                                                                      5.   Science - pgs. none

                                                                                      Friday, January 19, 2018

                                                                                      I'm Back and This Weekend (And Beyond)

                                                                                      First, it's good to be back though not at 100%, I'm getting there.

                                                                                      Second, only HW this weekend is Math Textbook Topic 11, Lesson 2 and Workbook pages 11-2 Reteaching and Practice.

                                                                                      Also, Monday is the Pennies for Patients assembly. It's also going to be a wet beginning of the week, so please monitor the weather forecasts!

                                                                                      Last, our class was invited by NBC Bay Area to help celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. In addition to learning about the Winter Olympics, they would like artwork created by the class so we will be working on it next week. What is also cool is they're supposed to send us NBC 2018 PyeongChang medals and pins to use in our artwork and/or lessons. More information will follow as I receive it.

                                                                                      Friday, January 12, 2018

                                                                                      Enjoy Your 3-Day Weekend


                                                                                      • Math Textbook pgs. 248-249; 250-251 (Test) on Wednesday
                                                                                      • Science Textbook pgs. 224-225 (#1-20, map the concept) now due on Wednesday; Test now on Thursday
                                                                                      • Please bring in your signed video permission forms as we will be watching the first video on Tuesday.

                                                                                      Thursday, January 11, 2018

                                                                                      HW - Thursday, 1/11

                                                                                      Parents:
                                                                                      • Friday: P.E.; Wordly Wise Test
                                                                                      • Next Monday: No School (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday)
                                                                                      • Monday, 1/22: Pennies for Patients Fundraiser Assembly
                                                                                      • Thursday, 1/25: Winter Performance @ 10:30 A.M. (Band in J-1; Strings in J-2)
                                                                                        1.  Read for 30 min. / January Reading Logs due Friday, February 2!
                                                                                        2.  Language Arts
                                                                                        • Wordly Wise - Lesson 15 e; Wordly Wise Test tomorrow
                                                                                        • Time for Kids - none
                                                                                        3.  Math
                                                                                        • Textbook pgs. 246-247
                                                                                        • Workbook pgs. none
                                                                                        • Topic 10 test on Tuesday, 1/16
                                                                                        4.   History - pgs. none
                                                                                        5.   Science - pgs. 224-225 #1-20, Map the Concept (due Tuesday)
                                                                                        • Chapter 6 Open Book Test on Wednesday, 1/17

                                                                                        Wednesday, January 10, 2018

                                                                                        Upcoming Videos We Will Be Viewing

                                                                                        All are from PBS's NOVA science series:
                                                                                        • Deadliest Earthquakes
                                                                                          • "In 2010, several epic earthquakes delivered one of the worst annual death tolls ever recorded. The deadliest strike, in Haiti, killed more than 200,000 people and reduced homes, hospitals, schools, and the presidential palace to rubble. In exclusive coverage, a NOVA camera crew follows a team of U.S. geologists as they enter Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. The team hunts for crucial evidence that will help them determine exactly what happened deep underground and what the risks are of a new killer quake. Barely a month after the Haiti quake, Chile was struck by a quake 100 times more powerful, unleashing a tsunami that put the entire Pacific coast on high alert. In a coastal town devastated by the rushing wave, NOVA follows a team of geologists as they battle aftershocks to measure the displacement caused by the earthquake. Could their work, and the work of geologists at earthquake hot spots around the U.S., one day lead to a breakthrough in predicting quakes before they happen? NOVA investigates compelling new leads in this profound scientific conundrum."
                                                                                          • Key Concepts: earthquakes; science analysis and prognostication; preparation
                                                                                        • Japan's Killer Quake
                                                                                          • "In its worst crisis since World War II, Japan faces disaster on an epic scale: a death toll likely in the tens of thousands, massive destruction of homes and businesses, shortages of water and power, and the specter of nuclear meltdown. With exclusive footage, NOVA captures the unfolding human drama and offers a clear-headed investigation of what triggered the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear crisis. Can science and technology ever prevent devastation in the face of overwhelmingly powerful forces of nature?"
                                                                                          • Key Concepts: earthquakes; plate tectonics; tsunami; preparation; science analysis
                                                                                        • Killer Landslides
                                                                                          • "Just before 11 a.m. on March 22, 2014, an ominous rumble startled the residents of the community of Oso, Washington, about an hour's drive from Seattle. It was the terrifying sound of what would become the United States' deadliest landslide in decades. The equivalent of one million dump truck loads of earth came plummeting down the valley. In a little over two minutes, a pile of debris up to 75 feet deep slammed into the neighborhood of close to 50 homes. While a massive search and rescue effort continues at the site, geologists are tracing the geological history of Oso to explain why the site was so unstable. But all around the world, scientists have reason to fear that the worst is yet to come. Globally, landslides and other ground failures take a tremendous human and economic toll, and with climate change bringing a sharp rise in intense precipitation events in many countries, the threat of bigger, more frequent landslides, like one that buried at least 350 people in Afghanistan spring 2014, is growing. In the Himalayas, the threat of devastating landslides is always lurking. As NOVA surveys landslide danger zones, discover how and why landslides happen, and how radar monitoring technologies could help predict landslides and issue life-saving warnings."
                                                                                          • Key Concepts: landslides; science analysis; emergency response; geology