Sanchez Class Newsletter

"Oh! The Places We'll Go!"

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WHAT'S NEW? (January 15th, 2016)

Hi Families,

*With the weather being inconsistent, we had a variety of recess choices. Students had some indoor and some outdoor recesses. Just a reminder to send your students to school with proper winter clothing for those days when they will be outside.

* We are headed to The Grove on Tuesday morning. This field trip has a few outdoor activities, so please send your child to school with warm socks and layers. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves, and warm coats are highly recommended. Students will be making their own food for lunch, so they do not need to pack a snack or lunch that day. A letter from the school nurse was sent through email regarding the menu.

* When we return from the field trip on Tuesday, the students will be attending a presentation by Fred Outa, from Nairobi, Kenya. He will talk to the students about St. Ester's Girls High School, the school that District 28 helped to build.

* Parent/Teachers Conferences are approaching. There was information sent home that will allow you to sign up for conferences online. If a time does not work for you, please contact me and we can figure out another time or day. I look forward to meeting with each of you to discuss your child's progress.

* Did you hear about the first ever flower to grow in space? Want to see an amazing picture of an actual spacewalk? Did you know that Astronaut Scott Kelly has been in space for 295 days so far? Be sure to follow the @ISS, @stationcdrkelly, and @NASA on Instagram. This will be a nice introduction for your child before we begin our space unit.

* Mrs. Mirza is currently in Pakistan visiting relatives and will be gone for the next two to three weeks. She is going to skype with us as often as she can. Mrs. Sue Bentley will be filling in for Mrs. M. during this time.

* If your child is participating in the "Read to Succeed" program, the forms are due by February 5th. Feel free to turn them in earlier if your child has finished.

* Our Valentines Day party will be on Tuesday, February 9th at 2:45. Students are welcome to pass out valentines to the class. Please remember that it is school policy (and just "nice") to include all students when giving out valentines. A class list will be sent home next week.

* There will be NO Spelling or Vocabulary next week.

* Don't forget that we are off of school on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We hope you have a wonderful long weekend,

Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Mirza

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


This week in Math, the students finished practicing the real world problems and took their Chapter 4 test. We reviewed each problem as a class and discussed the different approaches that could be taken to solve them. This was an important learning opportunity for many students and they realized that their best teacher is their last mistake. :)
Students are encouraged to walk through their tests with you and to share their knowledge confidently. Please ask them to explain some of the problems that they struggled with the most. These tests should be signed and returned on Tuesday. Thanks!

We started Chapter 8 (Decimals) by reviewing prior knowledge and taking a pretest.

Writer's Workshop

This week in Writer's Workshop, the students each conferred with a teacher to discuss their snow globe story. We worked on taking their writing to the next level by incorporating the strategies that good writers use to enhance their work.

The students brought in their Op/Ed article to share with the class. We will continue this next week.

Reader's Workshop

This week in Reader's Workshop, the students continued practicing "close reading" as they read informational text on the Louisiana Purchase. They needed to go back into the text to find answers. They also read a picture book on Lewis and Clark.

An important key to understanding nonfiction text is to understand the text structure. Text structure is the way a text is organized. This week the students took a pretest to see if they could identify the author's structure of writing a specific text. They will learn more about the five types of text structure in the next few weeks.

It is getting close to the time to vote for a favorite Rebecca Caudill nominee. The voting will take place in school during the month of February. The students are encouraged to submit a vote after reading at least three of the nominees. (See list below) If you are looking for a new book to read, these all come highly recommended!

Second Step (SEL Program)

This week in our Social Emotional Learning program, the students learned about "Managing Anxiety". They leaned that managing their anxiety effectively makes it easier to focus and succeed in social and academic situations. They watched a video then read various scenarios describing uncomfortable situations. They then crafted positive self-talk statements that could help them to calm down.

Mrs. Mowrey's discussion this week was on consensus and compromising.

Social Studies

In Social Studies, the students learned about the best real estate deal in our nation's history, the Louisiana Purchase. They read about Lewis and Clark's amazing expedition and how they recorded their discoveries and created maps to pave the way for future pioneers.

Your child brought in coins that represented either the Lewis and Clark Expedition or the expansion of our country. They put in their "two cents" and wrote a few facts about the coins. Thanks for your help with finding the coins!

They also leaned about the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner. They watched several short videos about the war from PBS, BrainPop, and The History Channel. They learned about key people, Dolley Madison's significant role in saving George Washington's portrait, and how the Star-Spangled Banner originated. The flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem can be seen at the Smithsonian's National museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Next week: Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears.
Schoolhouse Rock - Elbow Room

Upcoming Events/Reminders

  • Monday, January 18th
  • No School MLK Day

  • Tuesday, January 19th
  • Field Trip to The Grove (Sanchez & Collins)

  • Friday, January 22
  • School Spirit Wear Day
  • GB Family Event (6:00)

Ask Your Child About.....

* The read aloud, Ranger in Time
* Art Class and Mr. Blair
* "The ENTIRE Louisiana Territory??!"
* What book s/he is reading
* Making covered wagons


No Vocabulary this coming week.