Weekly Newsletter for 3/16/18

Dear Room 4 Families,
Welcome to the first week of trimester 3! Can you believe that your child is going to be a third grader soon? Report cards will be sent home next week. Please look over and review with your child. Then please sign and return the EMPTY envelope to school by Thursday, 3/29. The report card is for you to keep at home.

If your child chooses to participate in this year’s science fair, and you’re willing to support them throughout the entire process, please let me know by 3:00 pm, Monday, 3/19/2018. I’ll send home the information sheet on Tuesday, 3/20/2018.

If you are interested in chaperoning our field trip to CuriOdyssey on Thursday, May 17th, please sign up on the google document linked below. The last day to sign up is by Friday, March 23rd by 3pm. The list of chaperons will be submitted and no new additions can be made after this time. Please make sure that you have submitted your volunteer paperwork with your TB test and livescan to the office and are a cleared volunteer before you sign up.

This week in English Language Arts…
Your child applied the monitoring and clarifying strategies to their books during their reading workshop time. Your child identified a time where they had to slow down because they didn’t understand what they were reading and used various strategies to help clarify their understanding. We have also been working on close reads to learn how to go back to the text to find and prove our information.

This week in Writing…
We have been working on our “small moment” personal narrative writing. We have been learning about story structure and what makes for an interesting plot. We have also been examining the plot of small moment stories by Kevin Henkes to learn how to stretch a moment into a story with detail. Your child brainstormed several small moment stories that they will be writing about in the weeks to come.

This week in Math…
Your child has been learning how to ungroup a ten to subtract two and three digit numbers. We have been learning about specific scenarios for subtraction such as subtracting from two zeroes, subtracting with only one number needing to be ungrouped, subtracting three-digit numbers with a two-digit number answer, and also learning that not every subtraction problem needs to be ungrouped. Please help your child practice at home by checking their homework and giving them extra practice with the types of problems they are struggling with.

This week in Chinese…
Both classes worked really hard this week for their song writing for the showcase. They all did a wonderful job writing, memorizing the lyrics, and coming with meaningful hand motions. I’ll post to your child’s ClassDojo profile next week. Next week each class will choose one song to present in the showcase. Both classes will learn both songs to sing in the showcase. In Chinese language arts, we started the posture lesson. Students have been learning to describe actions and things in a park. In science we started the landform desert. In Writing we are wrapping up our Opinion writing and will start to present their masterpieces next week. The YCT test will be on Wednesday, 3/21. Please make sure your child is at school on time and is well-rested, eaten breakfast, and had a chance to go to the bathroom before school.

Week 23 homework has been passed out in your child’s Friday folder. You can view the homework link here: https://sites.google.com/site/17to18chen/homework/week23mandarinhomework

Important dates:
3/30 – Cesar Chavez Day (No School)
4/2-4/6 – Spring Break (No School)
4/13 – Multicultural Night
4/27 – Mandarin Showcase

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. You


Weekly Newsletter for 3/9/18

Dear Room 4 Families,

Your child participated in a practice test for the Youth Chinese Test, which will be administered on March 21st. This mock test was to help your child understand which test room they will be reporting to, how to fill out the answer bubble sheet, as well as becoming familiar with the format of the test.

No Toys at School!
Due to the book fair, there has been an increase in playing with toys during class time. There have been many interruptions to our school day due to students who have lost their toys or arguments about their belongings. Please remind your child to put the items they purchase at the book fair in their backpack. And please encourage them not to bring any toys to school from home. Any toys played during class time will be confiscated and will be returned on the last day of school.
Field Trip to CuriOdyssey,  Thursday, 5/17
Our highly anticipated field trip to CuriOdyssey will be coming soon in 2 months. Only cleared chaperones with volunteer paperwork completed in the office can attend. We are unable to accommodate last minute additions due to the strict field trip policies regarding chaperones. We hope to get many chaperones to help us lead small groups for our animal writing research project that we will be working on for the field trip. Please make arrangements with your work if you can take time off. The sign-up sheet will be posted next week. We’ll email/message you the link to the Google Doc.
This Week in English Language Arts…
We have been learning how to monitor and clarify during reading. We have learned strategies for what to do when we do not understand a word and we are learning about how to clarify our comprehension when we do not understand a part of the story.  We will be practicing these strategies during our own reading time in the weeks to come. We have also continued on working with ‘oi and ‘oy’ spelling patterns.
This Week in Writing…
We wrapped up our opinion writing unit by going through the writing process on our own, from brainstorming, drafting, editing, revising, and publishing our final drafts. We have been reading narrative stories and studying the structure and genre in preparation of our revisited “Lifting the Level of Personal Narrative” unit that we will start next week.
This Week in Math…
We have been working with various strategies that help us understand the place value of tens and ones when we need to subtract and regroup. The new math curriculum distinguishes making a new ten in addition as “regrouping” and breaking apart/borrowing a ten in subtraction as “ungrouping” which may be different from how you learned the terminology when you were in school. We also learned the standard algorithm for subtracting (crossing out a ten to borrow) and where the borrowed ten goes.
This Week in Chinese…
The students worked really hard and finished all the Chinese assessments this week. We were in the second week of plant lessons and we worked hard to complete the word writing sheet. Students have become more efficient in going through all the center rotations. Also, most groups are done with their showcase song writing with many others almost done. We’ll have a sing-off next week to select the songs to present in the Mandarin Showcase.
Week 22 homework links are available for you to view here: https://sites.google.com/site/17to18chen/homework/week22mandarinhomework
Important Dates:
  • 3/9 – Trimester 2 Ends
  • 3/30 – Cesar Chavez Day (No School)
  • 4/2-4/6 – Spring Break (No School)
  • 4/13 – Multicultural Night
  • 4/27 – Mandarin Showcase

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. You

Weekly Newsletter for 3/2/18

Dear Room 4 Families, This week your child enjoyed celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America by reading “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” and writing about what we would like to be when we grow up. We also learned about the art style of Dr. Seuss and learned how to use watercolors to mimic […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 2/23/18

Dear Room 4 Families, We managed to pack in so much learning during this short week! This week I have been working on assessing your child’s reading level. We will be taking a math benchmark test next week that covers the learning we did during trimester 2. Please note that Monday, February 26th is an […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 2/16/18

Dear Room 4 Families, Happy Chinese New Year! Today is the official beginning of the year of the dog. May this be a year full of blessings and good health. A big thanks to our Room 4 and Room 7 room parents Annette and Brenda for picking up and supplying Krispy Kreme donuts and water […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 2/9/18

Dear Room 4 Families, I am out of the classroom and will return on Wednesday, February 14th. Please address your immediate concerns to Mr. Chen or the office. Please check the ClassDojo story post regarding Valentine’s Day to see the guidelines for our very busy and short day. There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, February […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 2/2/18

Dear Room 4 Families, We had a busy week learning as we pass the halfway point of 2nd grade. Many students have been out of the classroom sick. Please encourage your child to wash hands often to avoid passing germs. If your child is sick, please do not send them to school until they are […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 1/26/18

Dear Room 4 Families, I apologize if I have been slow to respond to your messages this week. I have been fighting off the flu. Please remind your child to wash their hands frequently to avoid getting sick. Not as many ClassDojo points were given out this week since I have been in and out […]

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Weekly Newsletter for 1/19/18

Dear Room 4 Families, Flat Stanley is due to come back to Room 4 on Monday and we will be sharing his adventures with the class throughout the next week. If your Stanley hasn’t returned from a trip or has gotten lost, please let me know if you need a little more time for him […]

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Weekly Newsletter For 1/12/18

Dear Room 4 Families, Happy 2018! I hope everyone had a wonderful Winter Break and enjoyed the holidays with their families. If your child chose to mail Flat Stanley out on an adventure, please check in with the recipient so that he is ready to come back to school on Monday, 1/22. The class will […]

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