Sheldrup's Grizzly Gazette

News in Room 202!

May 6, 2013

Dear Parents/Guardians,

May is a happening month here at Garfield! I will try to keep you posted as best I can about upcoming events. Your child will take home a permission slip on Monday indicating specific information on these events. I will need your help on the following: a documented plan on how your child will get home on 5/13/13 at 3:30 after the field trip and a home or school lunch decision for Track and Field Day.

In addition, students have been mulling the idea of a Waffle Day in our class. I am happy to accommodate them if there is an academic connection. We've decided on 'Words and Waffles.' Students will be selecting (or writing a poem as part of a city-wide challenge) to read in front of the class. We will enjoy waffles while listening to each "speaker" read their selected poem. Students will also comment on why they chose it and poetic devices (words) they feel are essential to the poem.

Here's where we need your help...WAFFLES!! And butter, paper plates, disposable silverware, cups, syrup, and juice. According to school policy, every food item has to be prepackaged, so we are limited to frozen waffles. I have the toasters covered. Please indicate on the above-mentioned permission slip, if you are willing to supply an item(s). If you check multiple items, I would only select one of your preferences if we have enough volunteers. Hopefully we will have enough volunteers where each would bring a single package of whatever they are assigned.

I don't want to speak too soon, but I believe SPRING might finally be here! Enjoy the weather!

Mrs. Sheldrup

May's Events and Notes


6 1st Floor Capitol Field Trip - not us :)
7 PTO meeting 5:30, Media Center
10 Words with Waffles (potentially)
13 Second Floor Capitol Trip - Our day!!!
14 2-hour late start, PLC Meeting
16Track and Field Day and Garfield Fundraiser Run/Walk **date change
17 Rain Day for Track and Field Day **date change
20 DIBELS Testing
27 Memorial Day, No School
30 Band Concert 1:30 (9:00 a.m. rehearsal all school)
31School Wide Celebration Assembly 1:45-2:25 for May (gym)

This Week's Reading Focus: Pulling it all Together!

Students will have an opportunity to apply the skills they have strengthened this year to unique assignments that require time management and problem solving skills. I will assign short and long term assignments throughout May to challenge students in new ways. Stay tuned!

This week, we are working on:
*Progressing through our May Novel Project
*Creating a Reading Capstone
*Selecting, practicing, and reading a poem aloud to the class
*Planning our Character Wax Museum

Upcoming Events

St. Paul Capitol and Fort Snelling Field Trip- On Monday, May 13th, we will be heading to St. Paul to take a guided tour of our capitol and Ft. Snelling. This trip is the culminating experience of our Minnesota History class and Minnesota Government Class (government will begin in May).
Trip Information:
*Information and forms are mailed to you. Send back your forms asap.
*Students should bring a lunch from home or order one from school. I specified to the students they had to have you sign their planner for a home lunch or I would order a school one. They may still bring extra snacks from home. Lunches are not refrigerated and are eaten on the bus.
*We will take a regular school bus. Students may bring electronics and cameras as long as they are responsible for them and abide by responsible use policies.
*Students may not bring money.
*We are outside for a good part of the Ft. Snelling tour and should dress for any potential inclement weather.....LAYERS!!!
*All students will stay with me the entire field trip.
*Please make a plan now how your child will get home from the trip. We arrive at school later than regular dismissal. Students will bring a form home soon to indicate their travel plans.
*Our school nurse assistant will be attending with us, but may not be riding our bus.
*Please let me know if you have any questions!

Track and Field Day
Students have been busy in Mrs. Hasse's Physical Education class perfecting their skills in each track and field event. Students will select their particular events with Mrs. Hasse and on May 16th, students will take part as a class. This is a positive day that emphasizes all aspects of PRIDE! The emphasis is on giving your all and rooting each other on.

In addition to the events, students will enjoy a "Walking Taco" lunch at Wheeler Park, Volleyball or Softball games, and our first ever Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser for the PTO. If you are able to help at all that day or on the rain date, please contact Mrs. Hasse.

Please encourage your child to wear comfortable layered clothing, tennis shoes, and sunscreen. We will be outside at the beginning of the day and want to be comfortable all day!

PRIDE and Screen Free Week

During the Screen Free Week challenge, some students noted their determination was really put to the test! I was really excited to see participation grow through the week and students collaborate together to generate ideas on how they can spend their time when they are not on screens.

My Contact Information:

Please contact me any time! I look forward to working with you and your child!