Sanchez Class Newsletter

"Oh! The Places We'll Go!"

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WHAT'S NEW? (January 29th, 2016)

Hi Families,

Thank you for signing up for Parent/Teacher Conferences. I look forward to meeting with each of you and chatting about your child's progress. It would be very helpful If you could take a few minutes to fill out the Conference Survey below. If you have anything specific you'd like to discuss at conferences, this would be a great place to let me know.

We finished up our Westward Expansion unit and have started our Science unit on Space. The students were so excited to get back to Science Lab! They were able to "play" with various toys to help them understand gravitational force, which will be the first concept in our Space unit.

We had a chance to Facetime with Mrs. M all the way from Pakistan. She has been sending videos and pictures of where she is staying. She says the weather is "cold"- between 40-50º there, which is quite a change form the 80-100º that they are used to. She misses the students and will be back to GB next Friday.

If your child is participating in the Read to Succeed program, the forms are DUE by Friday, February 5th. Feel free to send in sooner if s/he is finished.

There will be new Spelling and Vocabulary words next week.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend,
Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Mirza

Read below to see what has been going on in Room 201.

Parent/Teacher Conference Survey 2015-16

Math

This week in Math, the students took a quiz on reading and writing decimals to the thousandths place. We went over the problems carefully and the students had an opportunity to learn from their mistakes. Please sign and return the quiz on Monday.

The students will continue learning about decimals as they work on adding and subtracting them and applying this to real world problems (think money). They watched a video teaching them to "Line 'em up".
Line 'em up (decimal song) | Mister C

Writer's Workshop

This week in Writer's Workshop, the students finished their Op/Ed pieces. They used a checklist to be sure all elements were included. Knowing their audience, expressing an opinion about their topic, and suggesting what the reader can do about it, were ideas they needed to remember as they wrote. Some students shared their articles with the class. They had very strong opinions about their topics, which were backed by facts. It was definitely a challenge to complete a piece with a specific word limit.

Reader's Workshop

This week in Reader's Workshop, the students learned more about text structures. Being able to identify the five text structures is an important part in helping readers monitor their comprehension. The students read a variety of passages about Soccer, a topic that they are quite familiar with, to identify the different structures.

Social Studies

We spent a few days this week to complete a simulation finishing up our unit on Westward Expansion. Each "pioneer" chose an old-fashioned name, joined a wagon train, and took off on the Oregon Trail heading west. Together as a group, they chose important supplies to bring with them. Then they read "fate cards" and worked with what they had to help them survive the treacherous journey. Ask your child if their wagon train made it to Oregon.

Their Westward Expansion test will be sent home in their Friday Folder next week. Our next Social Studies unit will begin in March when we learn about The Civil War.

Science Lab

This week in Science Lab, the students experimented with objects that demonstrated natural laws that affect how the earth remains in motion around the sun. They learned that gravity is a property of matter. Anything with mass has gravity.

On Friday, the students explored the idea of weight. Weight is a measure of how strongly gravity is pulling down on an object. Since more massive objects produce more gravity, the weight of an object changes depending on the size of the planet it is on. Students weighed different tubs of sand to explore what each tub would weigh on a different planet.

Pizza Day

The PTO will be starting a monthly Pizza Day at Greenbriar. The first one will be next Thursday, February 4th. NY Slices from Highland Park will be providing our slices from their nut free facility. They also have a gluten free pizza that we will offer as well. If students wish to participate they should bring in their cash, exact change only.

Upcoming Events/Reminders

  • Thursday, February 4th
  • Pizza Day


  • Friday, February 5th
  • GB Spirit Day


  • Tuesday, February 9th
  • Valentine's Day Party (2:45)


  • Wednesday, February 10th
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:30-7:30)


  • Thursday, February 11th
  • 12:00 Dismissal
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences (1:00-8:00)


  • Friday, February 12th
  • NO SCHOOL

  • Sunday, February 14th
  • Valentine's Day


  • Monday, February 15th
  • NO SCHOOL - President's Day

Ask Your Child About.....

* Our new read aloud, The One and Only Ivan
* Playing in Science Lab
* Our "Pencil Challenge"
* Voice Levels in the hallways
* P.E.

WEEKLY VOCABULARY

Lesson 11