Weekly Newsletter for 9/15/17

Dear Room 4 Families,

Our class has started to settle in and are transitioning better as they learn the expectations and routines at school. You may start noticing that more negative points are popping on ClassDojo. This is because we have been in school for 3 week and your child is expected to know the routines that we have been practicing and that they are responsible for themselves and their learning. The negative points are to help reinforce the expectations and positive points are also given out to students who are transitioning quickly. Please help your child review classroom expectations when you see negative points for the day.

This week in English Language Arts…

We have been reviewing our long and short vowel sounds. As part of building our classroom community, we worked on decorating our classroom with paper hearts uniquely designed by each student. Your child was asked to switch with a partner and we crumpled up each other’s heart. They were asked to fix it and return it back to the condition it was in before. This was an analogy to your child that their actions and words have a long-lasting effect on each other and saying “I’m sorry” or “I’m kidding” does not always fix things, and to be mindful of how we can be respectful and cooperative with each other. In writing, we finished up our “Selfie” project by drawing a self-portrait and decorating our phone covers to complete our writing. We are also finishing up our Back to School flap books. We are getting ready to start Writer’s Workshop once the schedule is set.

This week in Math…

We learned about decomposing numbers and compensation by creating and using “Math Mountains” that represent fact families. Your child identified the total and the missing parts to various math mountains. We have also been working on/creating word problems and identifying specific words that tell us whether or not we should add or subtract.

This week in Chinese…

We have been practicing writing our own Chinese names with correct stroke order and placement. Your child learned how to use the 4 color stroke order (red, green, blue, black) to help them keep track of the order. We have also started our Chinese writing and sharing our stories about “My Family” with the class.


Friday Folders were handed out today and contain important papers from the school, your child’s work, graded papers, and next week’s homework packet. The Friday Folder should be returned to school by next Friday so papers can be filed and passed back to your child.

Some of the content in the homework packet may not have been covered yet because due to popular parent request, the homework is passed out early for busy families to work on over the weekend. It is important that your child completes their homework on time by Friday so that they are properly prepared for their Chinese dictation test. Please help your child build successful study habits by helping structure daily homework time. There is no spelling homework this year. The homework is organized to be about an hour of homework per school day.

This year we have mandatory online homework. More information will be covered at back-to-school night. Part of the accountability for your child’s Chinese homework is to practice and record themselves reading their Chinese passage and sending it to Mr. Chen. Any way that you can record and send to Mr. Chen is accepted for credit. You can use Voki, Vocaroo, take a video on your phone, etc. and e-mail it to him or send him the link on ClassDojo with your child’s name and week number indicated somewhere. Please have your child listen to the Chinese passage and practice daily. Quizlet will be used to help your child practice their dictation words for their dictation test. The activities on the cover page of the homework correspond with the activities found online. Please view the homework links here: https://sites.google.com/site/17to18chen/homework/week1mandarinhomework

Important announcements:

Back to School Night is Tuesday, September 19th from 6-7pm. All families will first meet in the MPR to listen to a short announcement from our principal Ms. Nolting and meet the teachers at the school. Please note that due to our Chinese/English switch, Room 4 and Room 7 will be combining our Back to School Night presentations so that parents from both rooms can meet both teachers and be informed about both classrooms. Due to space constraints, Room 4 Families will meet first for the first session and Room 7 will meet for the second session. If you are bringing your children, please make sure that they are quietly occupied so that they do not disturb the presentation. 

The parent volunteer sheet for both Room 4 and Room 7 is up. Your help is greatly appreciated and we would like to utilize your time efficiently! In order to keep things orderly, please sign up online so we know to expect you: https://sites.google.com/site/17to18chen/volunteers

Please make sure that your child has a healthy snack at school. Per our school handbook, junk food, candy, and soda are not appropriate snacks for your child to bring to school. They are unhealthy and do not help your child to focus.

Upcoming Dates…

  • 9/19 – Back to School Night 6-7pm
  • 10/4 – PTA Watchdogs Movie Night 6pm
  • 10/13 – School Pictures
  • 10/18 – PTA Walkathon
  • 10/27 – PTA Fall Fest
  • 10/31 – Minimum Day

Thank you,

-Ms. You


Weekly Newsletter for 9/8/17

Dear Room 4 Families,

Our second week of school has been very busy learning routines and establishing cooperative behaviors. Your child was very excited to present their Brown Bag Biographies and enjoyed listening to their classmates share about themselves. We are learning how to be a good audience and to be respectful to each other during these presentations. Due to the short week, we will continue our presentations next week.

It was nice to meet so many parents this week. I look forward to seeing everyone on Back-To-School Night on Tuesday, September 19th. Please keep a lookout on ClassDojo for more information as we will be combining our presentation with Mr. Chen and Room 7 for a seamless transition into the school year.

This week in English Language Arts…

We are reading stories about RJ, a very relatable student who has some problems in school. Using whole group discussion and partner talk, we have been learning about how to be successful students and modeling cooperative behaviors. In writing, we finished our Second Grade Flap Book and are reviewing school and classroom information in our Back-to-School Flap Books.

This week in math…

We have been working on number sense, addition and subtraction, communication mathematical thinking through dot talks, and math mountains (a visual representation of fact families).

This week in Chinese…

We have been learning each other’s Chinese name and your child has started using the 4 color pen stroke order (red, green, blue, black) to write their own name. We have also been reviewing routines, behavior expectation, and the 4 school rules all in Chinese.


In both Room 4 and Room 7, your child starts out their day by putting away their belongings and working on their morning work. This will be in both English and Chinese. It is a daily practice of the skills that we have learned and it is not graded. In each class we go over the answers together.

Some parents have expressed concern over their child’s academic performance. Research shows that for most students, a dual-language immersion environment has many benefits: higher intelligence, more cultural sensitivity, a broader worldview, etc. As your teacher, I want your child to have a successful future. Research shows that most students will catch up around 4th grade and their test scores will surpass their peers who are enrolled in English only classrooms (source). Your child’s success will also depend on your help with keeping them accountable for their homework, having clear expectations for their attitude towards learning, and behavior in the classroom.

To help your child be successful, please check your child’s behavior report on ClassDojo daily and reward good behavior and continue to set achievable goals (ie. “Your goal today is to get at least 5 participation points.”) and discuss negative behaviors that are detrimental to your child’s learning. All points and notes regarding behavior are usually entered into ClassDojo by 4:30pm.

Next week we return to our Week A switching schedule, so Room 4 will start the morning with me and will be dismissed from Mr. Chen’s classroom at the end of the day. PE is on Tuesday and Wednesday, so please remind your child to wear their PE shoes.


Homework is turned in first thing in the morning on Fridays (Thursday if there is no school on a Friday.) The homework is turned into whichever teacher they have in the morning. Your child was assigned homework today that consists of a reading log and a Chinese character writing sheet with their name on it. This week’s homework is for your child to practice writing their name in stroke order, using the 4 color pen stroke order (red, green, blue, black). Please follow the stroke order guide for each character and alternate the pen colors and repeat the order until the word is completed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to message me or Mr. Chen directly on ClassDojo.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend,

-Ms. You

Weekly Newsletter for 9/1/17

Dear Room 4 Families, Thanks for such a smooth transition into the school year. I’d like to say thanks for the families that have brought donations into the classroom, signed up for ClassDojo, and have returned all of their forms from your child’s first day packet. The weather been quite unpredictable with cold mornings and […]

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Welcome Back to School!

Dear Room 4 Families, Welcome back to school! I’m looking forward to a fun and educational year with your child this year. I hope that everyone had a great summer. The first few weeks of school will have a big focus on learning rules, classroom procedures, establishing a respectful learning community, and adjust to our […]

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Last Newsletter for 2016-2017

Dear Room 4 Families, Thank you for your generous gifts and donations towards our last day of school party. Your child had a fun time wrapping up our school year and getting ready for 3rd grade. Your child brought home all of their work and belongings today. Please take a look at the Lost & […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 6/9/17

Dear Room 4 Families, We had such a fun last full week of school. Your child enjoyed their field day and had a blast! This week we were wrapping up all of our units and starting to get ready for 3rd grade. Your child enjoyed learning multiplication and division concepts and are eager to learn […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 6/2/17

Dear Room 4 Families, This week we are wrapping up assessments for our final report card. We will finish up with our assessments next week. Report cards will be distributed on the last day of school. Your child was assigned a special homework packet to be completed this weekend and returned on Monday. It is […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/26/17

Dear Room 4 Families, Can you only believe there are less than 3 weeks left in the school year?! This week we enjoyed listening to each other’s presentations for our Famous American Project. As the year wraps up, we have been working on the skills we need for third grade. We are also wrapping up […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/20/17

Dear Room 4 Families, This week we finished our Zentangle pieces for the art show on Saturday, May 21st from 10am-2pm. As the year comes to an end, we will continue to be learning and applying our learning to various activities. We will also be wrapping up with assessments and end of the year activities […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 5/12/17

Dear Room 4 Families, A big thank you to all of the wonderful chaperons who helped our Room 4 students with our animal research at CuriOdyssey yesterday. Your child had so much fun! This week your child has been working on a Mother’s Day surprise guaranteed to make you “explode” with happiness! As the school […]

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