Nolasco News Update

Third Edition * April 2016

Student Reporters for this Edition: Ariana Orozco & Hamsini Radhakrishnan

PARCC Testing Schedule for 5th Grade:

ELA April 26, 28, & 29

Math May 3-6

5 Ways PARCC Testing will be different this year: (Source:

  • One testing window for ELA & Math
  • Shorter testing time
  • Fewer test sections
  • Some 11th graders exempt
  • Faster results
  • Visit for more information

Math Class-Chapter 13 Properties of Triangles and Four-Sided Figures

BIG IDEA: Properties of geometric figures state relationships among angles or sides of the figures. Triangles and four-sided figures have their own special properties

Students will:

  • Learn about classifying triangles.
  • Learn about measuring of angles and of triangles.
  • Learn about triangle inequality.
  • Learn about parallelograms, rhombus, and trapezoid

Language Arts Class: The Contract was a Homerun!

We finished reading The Contract by Derek Jeter. The next book in the series is Hit & Miss. Check it out!

Do you have what it takes to become a JETER'S LEADER?

  • I am drug and alcohol free.
  • I volunteer in my community.
  • I am good to the environment.
  • I am a role model for kids.
  • I do not use the word "can't".
  • I am a role model for my pers and younger kids.
  • I stand up for what's right.
  • I am respectful to others.
  • I encourage others to participate.
  • I am open-minded
  • I set my goals high.
  • I do well in school.
  • I like to exercise and eat well to keep my body stong.
  • I am educated on current events.

Motion & Design Lesson 5: Designing Vehicles to Meet Requirements


You are part of a famous engineering design team. Your team has been hired by "Out-of-this-World-Vehicles," a company that specializes in designing space exploration vehicles. Your team must design and build a lunar vehicle that will move slowly on wheels across the lunar surface while being pulled by a rope. The design requirements are the following:
  • Start with the standard vehicle.
  • Add building pieces to make your design unique. Be creative!
  • Your vehicle must be able to carry large lunar rocks (represented by wood blocks).
  • Your vehicle must move across your work space in 4 to 6 seconds while being pulled by a rope.
  • All group members MUST have the opportunity to help design/build the vehicle.
  • Go!
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What's New in Room #212: Genius Hour

3 Rules for Genius Hour:

  1. You have to RESEARCH something
  2. You have to CREATE something
  3. You have to PRESENT something

"You are a GENIUS and the world needs your contribution!" ~Angela Maiers

When I Grow Up...

Even if you haven't given too much thought to careers, you've probably been asked what you want to be when you grow up. You might have even been asked this question many times. Your answer might have been the same or changed each time you were asked! We took a career interest survey with Mrs. Thunell during health, to kick start our thoughts about what direction we would like to head with our future career plans. Check out for more information!

Tech Talk: Go Noodle

GoNoodle gets over 10 million kids moving to be their strongest, bravest, silliest, smartest, bestest selves. We have maxed out three Champs so far while completing over 300 minutes of brain breaks and exercise!

Rock Star of the Week (Updated Schedule)

During your assigned week, please bring in your decorated guitar and pictures for the bulletin board (sample is shown).

Erica 4/18

Kaitlyn 5/2

Donald 5/9

Ryan 5/16

Nead 5/23

Camille 5/30

Tresor 6/6

Tayaan 6/13

Important Dates to Remember:

April 8- Healthy Snack Parties

April 11-15th- Spring Recess

April 20- Field Day

April 22- Earth Day

April 23- School Wide Clean-up/Carnival of Hope

April 26, 28, & 29 PARCC ELA

April 27- Professional Development for Staff 12:30 dismissal for students

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Nutley Color Run May 22

Registration: 8:30-9:30 AM

Event begins at: 9:30 AM

Lincoln School's Group I.D. 120294

Join our group for a fun, healthy event: The Nutley Color Run. This event will benefit ALL Nutley students. Be sure to register online at and use your group I.D. number found above.

Packet Turn-In Date April 20, 2016

Make checks payable to: Lincoln School PTO