Friday, September 21, 2018

Happy Fall Weekend!

Just a few things:
  • Fall begins tomorrow (and ends December 21)!
  • Math textbook pgs. 48-51 due Tuesday. Topic 2 Test on Tuesday.
  • History Unit 1 review packet due Wednesday. Unit 1 Open Book Test moved to Thursday.
  • Please turn in your emergency packs if you haven't done so!
  • Also, please sign and return any quizzes/tests you may still have from the Wednesday Folder!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

HW - Thursday, 9/20

Parents:
  • CONGRATULATIONS to our Class T-Shirt designer: Swara! I'm having her put final touches on the art then I'll upload it for all to see!
  • If you received student work that needs to have a parent's signature, please sign and return immediately.
  • Friday: P.E. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes; bring a water bottle; Little Buddies
    1.  Read for 30 min.
    2.  Language Arts
    • Scholastic News (9/3 issue) and Science Spin (September) due and handout due tomorrow. (Parents, students will need to use the internet for their assignment tonight.) Open Magazine QUIZ tomorrow.
    3.  Math
    • Textbook pgs. 46-47
    • Workbook pgs. none
    • Topic 2 Test on Tuesday, 9/25
    • Math re-takes went home yesterday. Many improved and will keep the new, higher score.
    4.  History pgs. 1-2 due tomorrow
    • Unit 1 Test on Wednesday, 9/26
    5.  Science pgs. none

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    HW - Wednesday, 9/19

    Parents:
    • CONGRATULATIONS to our Class T-Shirt designer: Swara! I'm having her put final touches on the art then I'll upload it for all to see!
    • First PTA Meeting of the school year is TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m. (School Site Council meeting is at 5 p.m.!)
    • Thursday: Music
    • Friday: P.E. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes; bring a water bottle; Little Buddies
      1.  Read for 30 min.
      2.  Language Arts
      • Scholastic News (9/3 issue) and Science Spin (September) due on Friday. QUIZ on Friday.
      3.  Math
      • Textbook pgs. 44-45
      • Workbook pgs. none
      • Topic 2 Test on Tuesday, 9/25
      • Math re-takes went home today. Many improved and will keep the new, higher score.
      4.  History pgs. 1-2

      • Unit 1 Test on Wednesday, 9/26
      5.  Science pgs. none

      Tuesday, September 18, 2018

      HW - Tuesday, 9/18

      Parents:
      • CONGRATULATIONS to our Class T-Shirt designer: Swara! I'm having her put final touches on the art then I'll upload it for all to see!
      • First PTA Meeting of the school year is tomorrow (Wednesday, 9/19) at 6:00 p.m.
      • Wednesday and Friday: P.E. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes; bring a water bottle.
      • Thursday: Music
      • Friday: P.E.; Little Buddies
        1.  Read for 30 min.
        2.  Language Arts
        • Continue answering the Mixed-Up Files questions in your journal (due Tomorrow). Open Book Test TOMORROW.
        • Scholastic News (9/3 issue) and Science Spin (September) due on Friday. QUIZ on Friday.
        3.  Math
        • Textbook pgs. 40-43
        • Workbook pgs. none
        • Topic 2 Test on Tuesday, 9/25
        4.  History pgs. 15-18 (Don't forget to answer the SUMMARY on page 17. Use the big white space for your written response.)

        5.  Science pgs. none

        Monday, September 17, 2018

        HW - Monday, 9/17

        Parents:
        • Class T-Shirt drawings due TOMORROW as we will be voting.
        • Tuesday: Music
        • Wednesday and Friday: P.E. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes; bring a water bottle.
        • Thursday: Music
        • Friday: P.E.; Little Buddies
        • Please return the Highlights forms signed or initialed. THANK YOU to the parents for who have already returned them. No need to subscribe.
          1.  Read for 30 min.
          2.  Language Arts
          • Continue answering the Mixed-Up Files questions in your journal (due Tomorrow). Open Book Test on Wednesday.
          3.  Math
          • Textbook pgs. 36-39
          • Workbook pgs. none
          • Topic 2 Test on Tuesday, 9/25
          4.  History pgs. none
          5.  Science pgs. none

          Thursday, September 6, 2018

          HW - Thursday, 9/6

          Parents:
          • Friday: P.E. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Also, bring a water bottle. Today will also be the Meet and Greet with our Little Buddies. 
          • Scholastic Book Orders due tomorrow, Friday, 9/7.
          • Ruskin Book Fair is HERE! Last day is 
          • PLEASE COMPLETE ASAP! Walden West Registration Forms LINK:  http://www.waldenwest.org/docs/Student-Registration.pdf
          • THANK YOU parents for returning the Highlights forms.
            1.  Read for 30 min.
            2.  Math
            • Textbook pgs. none
            • Workbook pgs. none
            • Topic 1 Test re-take for students (mandatory if C+ or lower; optional if B- or higher) tomorrow. Use Topic 1 workbook pages to review.
            3.  History pgs. none
            4.  Science pgs. none
            • Walden West packet due TOMORROW (all students must complete it regardless if they are going or not).
            • Please use the back of your science book (glossary), a dictionary, or these two websites: Dictionary.com or Merriam-Webster.com

            Wednesday, September 5, 2018

            HW - Wednesday, 9/5

            Parents:
            • Please return all signed forms from Back to School Night and the Beginning of the Year packet.
            • Thursday: Music (Bring your music form if Ms. Wang or Mrs. Clements gave one to you)
            • Friday: P.E. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Also, bring a water bottle. Today will also be the Meet and Greet with our Little Buddies. 
            • Scholastic Book Orders due this Friday, 9/7.
            • Ruskin Book Fair is coming! First day of the Book Fair is TOMORROW, Thursday, September 6!
            • PLEASE COMPLETE ASAP! Walden West Registration Forms LINK:  http://www.waldenwest.org/docs/Student-Registration.pdf
            • THANK YOU parents for returning the Highlights forms. I was able to collect 11 of them and was able to order bookmarks and a grade calculator. There will be another one going home tomorrow. No need to subscribe: just initial and return to school.
              1.  Read for 30 min.
              2.  Math
              • Textbook pgs. 34-35
              • Workbook pgs. none
              • Topic 1 Tests went home today. Class average was an 81%, B-. With their parents, students should review the tests to understand where they made their mistakes. Students with any grades C+ or lower must take a re-take this Friday; those with a B- and higher may re-take it but it is optional. Student will keep the higher of the two test scores.
              3.  History pgs. none
              4.  Science pgs. none
              • Walden West packet due this Friday (all students must complete it regardless if they are going or not)
              • Please use the back of your science book (glossary), a dictionary, or these two websites: Dictionary.com or Merriam-Webster.com

              Tuesday, September 4, 2018

              HW - Tuesday, 9/4

              Parents:
              • Please return all signed forms from Back to School Night and the Beginning of the Year packet.
              • Wednesday and Friday: P.E. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Also, bring a water bottle.
              • Thursday: Music (Bring your music form if Ms. Wang or Mrs. Clements gave one to you)
              • Friday: Meet and greet with our Little Buddies.
              • Scholastic Book Orders due this Friday, 9/7.
              • Ruskin Book Fair is coming! First day of the Book Fair is Thursday, September 6!
              • PLEASE COMPLETE ASAP! Walden West Registration Forms LINK:  http://www.waldenwest.org/docs/Student-Registration.pdf
              • THANK YOU parents for returning the Highlights forms. I was able to collect 11 of them and was able to order bookmarks and a grade calculator. There will be another one going home tomorrow. No need to subscribe: just initial and return to school.
                1.  Read for 30 min.
                2.  Math
                • Textbook pgs. 30-33
                • Workbook pgs. none
                3.  History pgs. none
                4.  Science pgs. 14-15

                • Walden West packet due this Friday (all students must complete it regardless if they are going or not)
                • Please use the back of your science book (glossary), a dictionary, or these two websites: Dictionary.com or Merriam-Webster.com

                Friday, August 31, 2018

                Labor Day Weekend Notes

                Just a few things:

                Thursday, August 30, 2018

                HW - Thursday, 8/30

                Parents:
                • REMINDER: No school on Monday (Labor Day holiday)
                • Please return all signed forms from Back to School Night and the Beginning of the Year packet.
                • Friday: P.E. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Also, bring a water bottle.
                • Although there are NO music classes this week, please return your music registration forms ASAP so Mrs. Clements and Ms. Wang can make the classes.
                • Scholastic Book Orders due next Friday, 9/7.
                • Ruskin Book Fair is coming! First day of the Book Fair is Thursday, September 6!
                • PLEASE COMPLETE ASAP! Walden West Registration Forms LINK:  http://www.waldenwest.org/docs/Student-Registration.pdf
                  1.  Read for 30 min.
                  2.  Math
                  • Textbook pgs. 22-26
                  • Workbook pgs. none
                  • Test (Topic 1) tomorrow
                  3.  History pgs. none
                  4.  Science pgs. 8-13 (due Friday)

                  Wednesday, August 29, 2018

                  HW - Wednesday, 8/29

                  Parents:
                  • Wednesday Folder: Just the Science Lab schedule, unless your child brought home the Back to School Night folder. Please return all signed forms from Back to School Night and the Beginning of the Year packet.
                  • Friday: P.E. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Also, bring a water bottle.
                  • Although there are NO music classes this week, please return your music registration forms ASAP so Mrs. Clements and Ms. Wang can make the classes.
                  • Scholastic Book Orders due next Friday, 9/7.
                  • Please return the Wednesday Folder with only the signed papers. Keep the rest of the packet at home for reference.
                  • Ruskin Book Fair is coming! First day of the Book Fair is Thursday, September 6!
                  • Walden West Registration Forms LINK:  http://www.waldenwest.org/docs/Student-Registration.pdf
                    1.  Read for 30 min.
                    2.  Math
                    • Textbook pgs. 18-21
                    • Workbook pgs. none
                    • Test (Topic 1) on Friday
                    3.  History pgs. 11-14
                    4.  Science pgs. 8-13 (due Friday)

                    Tuesday, August 28, 2018

                    HW - Tuesday, 8/28

                    Parents:
                    • Back-to-School Night (for 5th graders only) is TONIGHT from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. in the classroom; 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the Multi for the Walden West Science Camp presentation.
                    • Wednesday and Friday: P.E. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Also, bring a water bottle.
                    • Although there are NO music classes this week, please return your music registration forms ASAP so Mrs. Clements and Ms. Wang can make the classes.
                    • Scholastic Book Orders due next Friday, 9/7.
                    • Please return the Wednesday Folder with only the signed papers. Keep the rest of the packet at home for reference.
                    • Ruskin Book Fair is coming! First day of the Book Fair is Wednesday, September 5!
                      1.  Read for 30 min.
                      2.  Math
                      • Textbook pgs. 16-17
                      • Workbook pgs. none
                      • Test (Topic 1) on Friday
                      3.  History pgs. 7-10

                      Monday, August 27, 2018

                      HW - Monday, 8/27

                      Parents:
                      • We added a new student to our class today. Welcome, Evan!
                      • Back-to-School Night (for 5th graders only) is TOMORROW from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. in the classroom; 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the Multi for the Walden West Science Camp presentation.
                      • Please return the Wednesday Folder with only the signed papers. Keep the rest of the packet at home for reference.
                      • Scholastic Book Orders due next Friday, 9/7.
                      • Wednesday and Friday: P.E. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Also, bring a water bottle.
                      • Although there are NO music classes this week, please return your music registration forms ASAP so Mrs. Clements and Ms. Wang can make the classes.
                        1.  Read for 30 min.
                        2.  Math
                        • Textbook pgs. 12-13 (from Friday); 14-15
                        • Workbook pgs. none
                        • Test (Topic 1) on Friday
                        3.  History pgs. 4-5

                        Friday, August 24, 2018

                        HW - Friday and Weekend Notes

                        Parents:
                        • NO homework THIS weekend. Math will be due on Tuesday but if they wanted to work on it this weekend, they could have. Going forward, any unfinished work on Friday will be due on the following Monday.
                        • NO Music classes this week as Mrs. Clements and Ms. Wang make the classes and schedules. Music classes to begin after Labor Day. PLEASE turn in your music registration forms ASAP!!
                        • THANK YOU to the parents who have turned in their emergency forms. I am only missing three of them.
                        • I will be emailing the Walden West registration forms this weekend. Please keep an eye out for the email and links.
                        • If your child wants to participate as a Lunch Helper, a permission slip is needed. They should see the cafeteria lady (Anna) for a copy.
                        • Also, if your child would like to be a Safety Patrol crossing guard, they can see me as I have a few more permission slips available.
                        • This coming week:
                          • Monday: Walden West presentation at Ruskin (for students), 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. in the Multi.
                          • Tuesday: Back-to-School Night (for 5th graders only), 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. in the classrooms and 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the Multi for a Walden West presentation for the parents. I will have a packet for you with important information about upcoming and school year-long events.
                          • Wednesday: P.E. (dress accordingly). Please return the Wednesday Folder with only signed papers.
                          • Thursday: Minimum Day, 1:00 p.m. dismissal. Practice Science Camp songs. 
                          • Friday: P.E. (dress accordingly). Little Buddies meet and greet. Practice Science Camp songs.
                          • We are going to begin a slow and steady diet of homework this coming week.
                        • Scholastic Book Orders due Friday, 9/7.
                        1.  Read for 30 min.
                        2.  Math
                        • Textbook pgs. 12-13 (due Tuesday)
                        • Workbook pgs. none
                        • Topic 1 Test on Friday, August 31

                        Thursday, August 23, 2018

                        HW - Thursday, 8/23

                        Parents:
                        • A student will be sharing store bought ice cream tomorrow in celebration of her birthday. It will contain nuts (peanuts, I believe) so if your child is allergic to them or other ingredients, including but not limited to dairy, flour, etc. please advise them not to partake in the treat. Thank you!
                        • Back-to-School Night (for 5th graders only) is this coming Tuesday from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
                        • Please return the Wednesday Folder with only the signed papers. Keep the rest of the packet at home for reference.
                        • Scholastic Book Orders due next Friday, 9/7.
                        • Friday: P.E. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Also, bring a water bottle.
                          1.  Read for 30 min.
                          2.  Math
                          • Textbook pgs. 8-11
                          • Workbook pgs. none

                          Wednesday, August 22, 2018

                          Welcome Parents! (updated with dates and link)

                          You found the HW blog site!

                          Please bookmark this blog and check it every day!


                          Also, please email me using your preferred email and in the subject line include your child's name!

                          THANK YOU!

                          UPDATE:

                          A couple of KEY DATES to mark on your 2018-19 school calendars:

                          8/28 Back to School Night (5th grade only) 5:30-6:00;
                          Walden West presentation 6:00-6:30

                          9/10-14 Science Camp (Walden West)

                          9/13 Back to School Night (grades K-4)

                          10/16 Fall Picture Day

                          1//7-16 Parent-Teacher conferences

                          11/17-25 Thanksgiving Break

                          12/22-1/6 Winter Break

                          2/16-2/24 Presidents Break

                          4/19-28 Spring Break

                          6/4 4th/5th Field Day

                          6/5 5th Grade Picnic

                          6/7 Last Day of School / 5th Grade Promotion


                          These have been marked on our school calendar, but if there are any updates to these dates/times I'll let you know.

                          You can also see them on this Blog at https://ruskinamutan.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-dates.html

                          Sunday, July 1, 2018

                          (Due July 6) TFK Kid Reporter Contest for Students

                          TFK Kid Reporter Contest

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                          (Teachers/Administrators: Please forward this email to any student whom you think might be interested in applying. Thanks!)

                          Do you dream of being a reporter or an editor? Are you a good writer who loves the news? If so, then you may have what it takes to be a winner of the TFK Kid Reporter Contest. We’re looking for 10 students from around the nation to be members of the TFK Kid Reporter team for the 2018-2019 school year. Next year’s team will continue the tradition of reporting local and regional news stories for TIME for Kids magazine and TIME for Kids online.

                          How to Enter
                          1. Write a report no longer than 450 words about an interesting event in your school or community. The story should include a headline and quotes from people you’ve interviewed.
                          2. On a separate paper, write a personal statement no longer than 50 words that explains why you would be a good TFK Kid Reporter.
                          3. Complete this official entry form. Entries must be postmarked by July 6, 2018, and you must be 13 years of age or younger on September 1, 2018 in order to enter. Be sure to read the official rules and share them with your parent or guardian, who must sign the entry form.
                          4. Mail your entry form, news story, personal statement, and a recent school photo of yourself (optional) to TIME for Kids, at:

                            TIME for Kids 
                            Kid Reporter Contest 
                            225 Liberty Street 
                            New York, NY 10281-1048 
                          If you have any questions or difficulties, please don’t hesitate to contact us atTfkinsiderspanel@meredith.com

                          Best, 
                          TIME for Kids Insiders

                          LEGO Contest (ends August 2): Architecture

                          Do you have a favorite building, structure, or landmark? Even if it’s no longer standing or you’ve moved away, architecture marvels can still be meaningful to us. In this last LEGO Rebrick contest, we invite you to build your most beloved place, city, or building using LEGO bricks!

                          One grand prize winner, will win:

                                 21019 The Eiffel Tower, 21028 New York City, 21029 Buckingham Palace, 21030 United States Capitol Building, 21032 Sydney, 21033 Chicago, 21034London, 21035 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum®, 21036 Arc de Triomphe, 21037 LEGO® House, 21039 Shanghai, 21041 Great Wall of China, 21042 Statue of Liberty, and an upcoming 2018 LEGO Architecture product not yet revealed.

                                 $200 shopping spree on Shop.LEGO.com

                                 Winner’s certificate

                          We will also have two runner ups, who will win 21032 Sydney, 21033 Chicago, 21034 London, 21035 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum®, 21036 Arc de Triomphe, 21039 Shanghai, 21041 Great Wall of China, 21042 Statue of Liberty, an upcoming 2018 LEGO Architecture product not yet revealed, and a Winner’s certificate.

                          The contest ends August 2nd, learn more and enter at:



                          Thursday, June 7, 2018

                          Thursday, 6/7

                          • 1 DAY of school left!
                          • NO MORE HW
                          • Tomorrow is the last day of school
                            • They still have P.E. first thing in the morning from 8:10 - 9:00 a.m. 
                            • 1:00 p.m. dismissal
                            • Class Party (start at 11:00 a.m.)
                              • Bring something to share with others.
                              • With the PTA funds, I will be getting pizza and drinks.
                              • Let's keep the party simple. Let's end the year on a nice, calm note. :)

                          Wednesday, June 6, 2018

                          Wednesday, 6/6

                          • 2 DAYS of school left!
                          • NO MORE HW
                          • For Cataldi tomorrow
                            • we'll be leaving at 8:30 a.m. from Ruskin; leaving Cataldi at 12:15 p.m.
                            • parents are welcome to hang out with us
                            • wear your class t-shirt and comfortable shoes
                            • bring a bag lunch 
                            • consider bringing a hat and a water bottle (with your name on it)
                            • consider wearing sunscreen 
                            • anything you bring with you to the park is your responsibility (i.e., sweatshirts, playground equipment, etc.)
                          • Friday is the last day of school
                            • They still have P.E. first thing in the morning from 8:10 - 9:00 a.m. 
                            • 1:00 p.m. dismissal
                            • Class Party
                              • Bring something to share with others.
                              • With the PTA funds, I will be getting pizza and drinks.

                          GO CAVALIERS!!!