Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary

October 13, 2016

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Mission Statement

We, the Wizards of the CAP House, will participate in advanced level learning, have a growth mindset, and work towards BIG dreams, by following our school rules, and having fun!


  • Be prepared
  • Be respectful
  • Be Kind
  • Persevere

What's Happening??

  • 10/21 PTO Fall Fundraiser

  • 10/25 PTO Meeting

  • 10/25 5th Grade Field Trip (NO CAP)

  • 10/28 Spirit Day


Hi everybody,

Thank you to all who attended our student-led conferences last week. The students loved sharing what they're doing in CAP and I know I enjoyed listening to them share. I was very impressed with how responsible they were and with their communication skills. Everybody did a great job sticking to their times too and it was definitely an improvement from last year as everybody had space to sit and could hear their child.

One thing you may be finding different in CAP is a lack of worksheets coming home. Our ELA is completed in book studies and units so the work is kept in student binders so it can be referred to as we work through the unit. Our math units consist of number talks, games, and other hands-on activities to build conceptual understanding and students record work in journals as well as some practice sheets. All practice sheets will come home as soon as they are completed and graded. I understand this can sometimes present a disconnect from home and school, which is why I try to send this weekly newsletter as well as share pictures and information on Facebook and Twitter. I want our families to know what is happening in the classroom. I will try to include more questions you can ask your child to prompt conversations about what they are learning in this newsletter and am considering having the students bring home their binders or perhaps some of the papers every other week so you can check them out at home. I just need to know that all the students are going to be responsible bringing all the work back as they will need it to continue their learning. I will keep you posted when binders or work that needs to be returned comes home. Meanwhile, if you have any questions about what your child is learning and they don't seem to be providing much information, please just ask!

Since our Open House was unfortunately canceled, I feel I missed out on sharing some information and answering questions. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. While this is year two of CAP, it is sort of year one, take two, as this is the first year with second year CAP students. I am proud of the improvements that have been made, but I know there is still much that could be made better. I love learning and growing and I welcome any feedback!

Happy Friday!!

Mrs. Melissa Tuttle

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I am using Signup (used to be Volunteer Spot) to organize classroom volunteers this year. A couple new volunteer opportunities have been added to help make some copies and laminate. Please check out our site and volunteer if you can. Thank you!

Mystery Skype

We did our first Mystery Skype with a class from Ohio! What we did is we played the game 20 questions with the other class. We took turns asking questions about Geography and where their state is! We have jobs of what we have to do to guess the state! We are hoping to do more and we can't wait to interact with kids around the country!


We are going to hang a map in our room and keep track of all the places that we connect with people around the United States and the World.



This week in reading we are continuing the book Pax and starting the book, "The Phantom Tollbooth."

In "The Phantom Tollbooth" we are doing the comprehension questions and vocabulary. For instance, one word on our vocabulary packet is "cartographer", which is a person who makes maps. We have the comprehension questions and a part on there is comparing and contrasting you and the main character, Milo.

In "Pax", the "protagonist" Peter, met an "antagonist," Vola. She did help with Peter's hurt leg because she made him crutches, but she won't let Peter go back to find Pax. Protagonists are the good guys {main character} and antagonists are the bad guys, sometimes {who create conflict in the story}. As for Pax, he is with an older fox named Gray and he shows Pax where to find water.

We are doing a whole lot with books this week.


This week in math we created a giant number line that goes across our whole classroom. The number line will be used to solve big equations. When I say this number line is big I mean BIG . When we started the number line we chose three numbers, to begin with. The numbers were 0, 5000, and 10,000. Then we added all of the thousands. After that, we split those numbers in half. We thought we were done for a moment but we weren't. Instead of being finished the students went on the ipads, looked up a state and how many miles it would take to get there by flying, and then added that number on the number line. Then we were finished. It took a while but we met our high flying goal! Next we are completing an Amazing Race using all our numbers.


All Pictures are provided by Media Muggles and Picture Professors

Thank you..

Kai, Krish, Nevie, Jake, Arpi, and Issac

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