Tumbleweed Times Week 12

News from Ranch 25 - November 13, 2015

First Grade Happenings

In social studies we are beginning our study of Winter Holidays. This week we learned about the Indian holiday of Diwali. Diwali, India's Festival of Lights was celebrated on November 11th this year. It commemorates the homecoming of the epic hero Rama. During Diwali thousands of lamps are placed on rooftops, along roads, and inside and outside of houses. Indian women also create alpanas - good luck designs made from rice flour and colored powder - on the ground in front of their doorways, on the steps, and on porches.

Tinker Lab

The students had a great time designing, building and testing the sturdiness of their satellites. Check out the pictures below. We discussed the strength and the challenges of working in a group. It was an interesting discussion!

Minimum Days & Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences are a time for teachers to share student work and assessments, and to discuss progress toward meeting end of the year standards. This is a time for just teachers and parents. Unfortunately, there is no child care available, unless you sign up a head of time for CDC. Please try to be on time to your conference. We only have 20 minutes and I have lots to share with you . . . and most of my conferences are scheduled one right after the other.

This is the second year we are using a standards based progress report. It can be a little bit confusing to families who are used to traditional grading. If you would like to learn more about the "new" standards based progress report, please check out the video on the Solana Beach School District website. It is best if you watch it before you come to your conference. Thank you!

If you have forgotten your conference time, the schedule is posted on our classroom wiki. You can access this page using your child's first and last name (no space) and the 4-digit number s/he uses to log in to most applications at school. I'm looking forward to meeting with you.

On minimum days, students are dismissed at 12:00 noon. Please make sure your child knows his/her dismissal routine for the week, as it might be different than on regular school days. By law, schools must serve hot lunch every day, but the lunch will be served during the 20 minute snack & recess time at 10:30 AM. If you want your child to have hot lunch, then email me (or send me a note) letting me know. Otherwise, your child will only need a snack next week. Students going to CDC should pack a lunch to eat.

Lastly, there will be no parent volunteers during conference week. Enjoy the time off!

Disco Day!

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Next Week's Curriculum Focus

Reading Theme: Review and Assessment Week

Spelling Words and Dictation Sentences:

beg, trip, lot, get, sing, spin, of, they, some, many, who, our

They can sing at the camp.

Many of our frogs can hop.

Writing Genre: Informative

Math: Introduction to Place Value through Addition and Subtraction to 12

Social Studies: Where People Live

Science: Plant and Animal Parts and Survival

Important Dates

  • Book Fair - November 13-19, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences - November 16th-20th
  • Minimum Days - Noon Dismissal - November 16th-20th (no volunteers)
  • Dads & Donuts at the Book Fair - Tuesday, November 17th, 8:00-8:30 AM (all family members welcome)
  • Thanksgiving Break - No School - November 23rd-27th
  • Care and Share - November 30th to December 11th
  • Winter Party - Friday, December 18th
  • Winter Break - No School - December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016
  • School Resumes - Monday, January 4, 2016

Email Errors

If you received this message by error, or this is not the correct address to use for school communication, or if you would like to add an additional address, please email me and let me know.

Mrs. Baldwin - tbaldwin@sbsd.net