Catching up with Castro's Class

April 29th, 2014

Hello Parents!

I can't believe we are so close to the end of the year. In this newsletter you can find out what our last few units will be, pictures of us working, and things coming up around Lake Murray. Have a great week!


Miss Castro

Reading and Writing

Research-The students have been working very hard on completing self-selected research projects. They started with a choice topic and wrote questions they had about it. They then let these questions fuel their research as they gathered information from different sources. They are now in the process of drafting out their different pages for their informational book. Ask them about their topics, they have become quite the experts!

Reading Goals- Since the end of the year is approaching we will not be doing another reading goal. Instead, your child should respond to their reading each night in anyway they choose (write questions, summarize, do a character map, etc). They will turn in their 4 responses on Friday as a homework grade.

Shakespeare- Our next and final unit will be a Shakespeare study. We will conclude this study with a production of Romeo and Juliet (a kids version, it's very funny!). All parents will be invited to watch our reader's theater.


Area and Perimeter- We are working on some area and perimeter enrichment lessons where they kids do hands-on activities to study these concepts. Check out some pictures below!

Awesome Algebra- Our final math unit will be our AGP Algebra unit. You might remember when we did the numbers and operations unit at the beginning of the year where the kids completed many hands-on, self discovery lessons and then had to write out how they solved problems and their mathematical thinking. This unit will also have those components. At the end of the unit they get to create their own Algebra board games that we will play in class!

Social Studies

We are finishing up our Reconstruction unit this week. The students gave a "State of the Union" as Andrew Johnson yesterday telling about Reconstruction. You can see their presentations by clicking the Smilebox below.

We will have our Reconstruction test on Friday. Students can study the notes in the expandables or use their Social Studies book to study.

PASS Testing

All 3rd, 4th, and 5thgrade students will take our state assessment, the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS),on May 6-9, 2014.

The schedule for these days is:

May 6:


May 7:


May 8:

Science OR Social Studies for grades 3 and 5; Science for grade 4

May 9:

Social Studies—

grade 4 only

Please note the following:

Students should be in class no later than 7:45. Testing will begin at 8:15 a.m. Students will not be allowed into the testing ses-sion once it has begun.

PASS is an untimed test. Please do not plan to sign your child out of school for any reason until after 12 noon on testingdates. Doctors’ appointments and other out-of-school functions should not be scheduled during testing hours.

Students may not bring into the testing location any electronic device that can be used for communicating, timing, or imaging.These include but are not limited to cell phones, gaming devices, e-readers, and cameras. If a student has one of these devicesin the testing location, it will be collected and taken to the school test coordinator and returned after testing is completed inhis/her class for the day

SKYPE Session

After reading the nominee novel With A Name Like Love we were lucky enough to Skype with the author!

The kids got to ask Tess Hilmo questions about the book and about being a real life author. It was such a special and exciting experience for them AND for me! Check out the pictures below.

General Info

Upcoming Events

May 6-9- PASS Testing

May 19th- South Carolina Project Due (letter coming home in red folder on Thursday)

May 21st- South Carolina Project Fair (letter coming home in red folder on Thursday)

May 23rd- Last day for LMES Library checkout

May 28th- Field Day

May 30th- Talent Show

June 6th- Last day of school :)