Sanchez Class Newsletter

"Oh! The Places We'll Go!"

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WHAT'S NEW? (January 8th, 2016)


And welcome back to the school routine. We hope you all enjoyed your time off and got to spend quality time with your family. The students came back happy, well-rested, and ready to learn. Yay!

On Tuesday, Mrs. Able showed a video in the auditorium to remind us of our hallway expectations. The students enjoyed watching many of our teachers act out "What NOT to do" and "What TO do". It was a fun video and a great reminder for the new year.

Before the break we had a wonderful holiday party. The students enjoyed writing letters to Sa'fyre Terry, playing holiday games, and eating cookies. A special thank you to Mrs. Stamper, Mrs. Nielsen, Mrs. Williams, and Mrs. Gallinson for planning the party and making it a fun way to begin our break.

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


This week in Math, the students reviewed the concepts taught in Chapter 4. They reviewed how to turn a mixed number to an improper fraction, multiply two fractions, multiply a fraction and a whole number, and divide fractions. They then applied these skills to real world problems.
Here is a rhyme we said quite a few times a day to help us remember the rule for dividing fractions: "Second fraction, don't be shy. Flip yourself and multiply."

The Chapter 4 TEST will be on Tuesday, January 12th. Your child has a green review sheet in his/her Homework folder. I encouraged them to study the vocabulary words and practice a few problems over the weekend so they are not cramming on Monday evening. A Quizlet was created to help them study. Thanks, SuJeanne!
It can be found at:

Writer's Workshop

This week in Writer's Workshop, the students took a break from writing their Op-Ed piece to work on a fun Winter project. They read the picture book, The Snow Globe Family by Jane O'Connor, then came up with their own adventure of living in a snow globe. They made a "real" snow globe to go along with their story.

Next week the students will be back to learning about Op-Ed writing. I will be asking them to bring in an article from a newspaper (online or print) to share with the class, so if you see one in the paper, please point it out to your child. Thanks!

Reader's Workshop

This week in Reader's Workshop the students worked more on Close Reading. We discussed the importance of reading a passage more than once in order to have a deeper understanding of the text. We read an article about Daniel Boone and answered questions by citing the evidence in the text. This is a skill we will continue to work on together.

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 techniques for calming down when emotions get out of control. This is a valuable skill that can help the students cope with unexpected situations and emotions. Together we identified situations in which they might need to calm down.

Some ways to calm down:
* Take a few deep breaths
* Walk away from the situation
* Distract yourself
* Positive self-talk
* Count to 10

Mrs. Mowrey's discussion this week was on respecting other's opinions/perspective. They role-played on how to respectfully respond when someone has a different opinion or perspective on a topic.

Social Studies

In Social Studies, the students started a new unit on Westward Expansion. The students learned about Thomas Jefferson and the contributions he made to the improvement of our country. We discussed the reasons WHY people wanted to move west and what got them to finally do so. John O'Sullivan, a journalist, put a name to the idea that helped pull many pioneers toward the western frontier. This was American's "Manifest Destiny" to stretch our land from coast to coast. We studied the picture by John Gast, called American Progress. This represents Manifest Destiny and conveys a range of ideas about the frontier in the 1800's. The students watched another Schoolhouse Rock video, "Elbow Room" (see below).

The students watched a BrainPop video and were introduced to the very old computer game, "The Oregon Trail" (remember that one??) to learn about the hardships the pioneers faced while making the trek west.

Next week: The Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark's expedition.

Your child's government test can be found in his/her Friday folder. Please look it over, sign, and return on Monday. Thanks!
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.....

* Finishing our read aloud, Grayson (ask how many similes were identified)
* Creating snow globes
* Sharing our Winter Breaks
* Music Class
* Hallway expectations video
* How many Rebecca Caudills s/he has read


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