Sanchez Class Newsletter

"Oh! The Places We'll Go!"

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What's New?

Hi Parents,
This week, Greenbriar officially introduced the Buddy Benches to the playgrounds. Last year's Students Council representatives raised money to purchase these benches and the PTO matches funds to buy one bench for each playground.

Student Council is back in action. Two representatives from our class met to talk about ideas to better our school and community.

Read below to see what else we did this week.

Enjoy your weekend!
Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Mirza

P.S. If you have not turned in your Star of the Week, please do so by Monday. Thanks!

Math

This week in Math, the students multiplied numbers using 10, 100, and 1,000 and found patterns to make this task a bit easier. We watched two tutorials on the Think Central website to reinforce this concept.

We will be moving into more multiplication and division and here is where knowledge of basic math facts will be important. If you child needs a refresher on their multiplication tables, please have them work on them at home. Here are a few websites with games so they can "play".

http://www.multiplication.com/games
http://www.mathplayground.com/multiplication01.html
http://interactivesites.weebly.com/multiplication.html

Here is an article for parents:
http://www.dadsworksheets.com/v1/Strategies/eight_rules_of_multiplication.html

Khan Academy

We talked about Khan Academy in class today. This is a wonderful website for your child to visit for math reinforcement. Check it out!

Writer's Workshop

As we continue The Writer's Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You, the students have shared their story ideas and gathering ideas for future writing. We talked about "seed ideas" and "writing small". Be sure to ask them about the grasshopper!

This week with our mentor sentence, the students learned about subject, predicate, prepositions, and conjunctions

Remember Schoolhouse Rock? (Insert musical notes here) "Conjunction, junction, what's your function?"

Reader's Workshop

This week in Reader's Workshop, the students learned about how to recognize the 6 "Sign Posts" while reading. What are Sign Posts? Sign posts are significant moments in text that alerts readers to slow down and read closely. They help the reader to understand the conflict, point of view, theme, character development, etc.

We will also continue to focus on the strategies of Inferring, Determining Importance, Questioning, Predicting, Sensory Imaging, and Connecting, Synthesizing, Rereading.

Social Studies

In Social Studies, the students learned about the French and Indian War and The Proclamation of 1763. Did you know that the French and Indian War was also called The Seven Years War?

The students will be be working on a project at school called, "Present an Event". They will learn about and be able to choose to use Keynote, PowerPoint, Google Presentation, or Pow Toons to present an event leading up to or during the Revolutionary War. They will also learn how to research and create a bibliography.

Type to Learn (TTL4)

We have been working on our typing skills and they are improving! However, the students still need to focus on proper technique while practicing.

We are encouraging the student to:
  • sit up straight (no yoga balls)
  • feet flat on the floor
  • fingers curved
  • fingers on (or close to) the home keys
  • eyes on the screen

While practicing at home, be sure to reinforce these skills. Please note that all assessments on Type to Learn will be completed at school.

Upcoming Events/Reminders

  • Tuesday, September 23rd
  • School Board Meeting (7:00)


  • Thursday, September 25th
  • NO SCHOOL (Rosh Hashanah)

Ask Your Child About.....

* Brain Breaks
* His/her topic for the Social Studies presentation
* Wonder
* P.E.
* Singing the Schoolhouse Rock songs
* Mentor Sentences
* Mrs. M's daughter
* Sign Posts
* What book s/he is reading

We LOVE to independent read!