Weekly Newsletter - Mr. Ruiz's 5th

Ponder Elementary - October 19th, 2020

What's going on this week?

The 2nd week Parent/Teacher Conferences start Tuesday! For those parents who weren't able to meet last week, please sign up to meet in person or over the phone. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e48afa82ea5f85-parent1


The beginning of the 2nd 9 weeks starts today!


Red Ribbon Week is October 27-30th.


TMSCA academic competition and practice info handed out last week. If your child is interested in practicing, participating and competing please sign up with the info provided on the hand out.


A few weeks ago, a parent compact form was sent home. Once you have gone over it with your child, please have your child and you sign and date it, and return it to me. Thanks!

In the Classroom!

Math - We have started Unit 2 in Math. Our focus will be Prime and Composite #s, Order of Operations and Algebraic Reasoning.


Science - We have started our Traits unit within STEMscopes. We will compare inherited vs. learned traits this week.


ELAR - We have been working on Story Elements, Figurative Language, Author's Point of View, Inferencing and Plot Elements recently. Students have been listening to me read the chapter book "Restart" among many other daily read alouds depending on what our focus is each day.

I teach within the ELAR block, a workshop model, that allows students to get at least 20 minutes of independent reading a day with "must do" and "can do" options for the students to explore the daily focus. I also have been working on tracking each students IRL (independent reading level) to help them grow as readers!


S.S. - In Social Studies we are working on European Colonization of the New World and starting with the 13 colonies and important features of each state.

Room Parent(s)?

At the beginning of the year I spoke with a couple parents who were interested in being "room parents" who would be able to periodically help out with tasks needed for the classroom this year. If you are interested, please send me an email or msg on SeeSaw this week. Our principal, Mrs. Manning is getting these contacts so that we can organize, days and times for help! Thank you very much!