Room 25 News

April / May 2013

Mark Your Calendars!

  • Student Council Bake Sale & Fundraiser @ recess Thurs & Fri 4/25 & 4/26. Treats for $1 each.
  • Social Studies Test, Chapter 6: The Road to Statehood will be given Wednesday, May 1st.
  • STAR Testing Week: May 6 - 9, 2013 (more information below).
  • Our Chapter 5 Science Test will be postponed until after STAR Testing. More information to come.
  • Ocean Week Art Contest Due Date: Wednesday, May 8th. (Guidelines and materials went home on Friday, April 19 - this is MANDATORY home"fun").
  • MAP Testing: Reading portion held the week of May 13; Math portion held the week of May 28. Specific dates for Room 25's testing are forthcoming.
  • Ocean Week: Monday, May 20 - Friday, May 24. Stacey Phillips is helping us coordinate our study of the Kelp Forest; keep an eye out for opportunities to volunteer!
  • Open House/Art Show/Spring Fling: Thursday, May 23.
  • Memorial Day Holiday: No school on Monday, May 27.
  • Gold Medal Ceremony for Books & Beyond Reading Program: Thursday, May 30. Fourth grade time to be announced.
  • 4th Grade Field Day, Wednesday, June 12. 12:00 - 2:30pm on the field.
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (Wow!!) - THURSDAY, JUNE 13. 12:00pm dismissal. Report cards are sent home with your child that day.

SBSD Summer Enrichment Program

Looking for a fun and educational way to enrich your child's summer? Consider signing up for the Solana Beach School District's Summer Enrichment, taught by SBSD credentialed teachers! Click here to register now!

Exciting classes for incoming 5th graders include, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (make chocolate, read the novel, create a cookbook, and learn about nutrition and fitness), "Inventions" (learn how many inventions started out as mistakes, study inventors, and 'patent' your own invention!), "Lab Coat Kids" (grab your labcoat and goggles for a super science summer adventure!), "Fantastic Fifth Graders" (get a confidence boost as you prepare for 5th grade).

Final Scholastic Book Order of the Year

This Friday, your child will take home their final book order opportunity of the school year. I've added some book recommendations and wish list items. If you have received "free book coupons" from Scholastic, this is a great time to use them! To easily view catalogs and order online, click here to be sent directly to my Scholastic Books Page.

Book orders are due/will be submitted Friday, May 3rd. Shipments to school usually take about 10 days.

Room 25 Class Wish List

If you are interested or able to donate an item or two from our class wish list, we would greatly appreciate it! Please view our wish list is on the Wiki.

STAR Testing is Coming May 6th!

Since returning from Spring Break, we have started preparing and reviewing materials before STAR testing (California's Standardized Testing). Fourth grade students will be tested in math and reading/language arts beginning Monday, May 6th. Healthy snacks will be provided through our class funds to help children perform their very best during morning testing sessions.

Please ensure your child arrives to school on time all week. It will be very important that they get an adequate night's sleep, as well as a nutritious breakfast each day (think: balanced protein/carb/fat...NOT high sugar). Students will not have homework that week.

In math, we have been reviewing all the skills taught since the start of school by way of mini-lessons, group work (QR Codes with iPads - fun!), and independent work. Your child has been encouraged to watch portions of past Educreations lessons posted on Edmodo as a way to "dust the cobwebs off" of certain math concepts. Practice tests will be given over the next two weeks, as well. Please consider reviewing the packets your child has been working on (behind the math tab in their binder) to note any areas where your extra support is needed.

In reading/language arts, we are reviewing grammar, word analysis, vocabulary, spelling and comprehension skills. We are also reviewing literary devices found in text (simile, idiom, metaphor, onomatopoeia, alliteration, imagery, personification, hyperbole) by finding examples in children's picture books; students are then creating and will present a Keynote to their peers from their iPads.

STAR make-up testing will be held the following week: 5/13 - 5/17.