Ms. Ruiz's Class Newsletter
I cannot believe that this is my last week as classroom teacher! It has been such a joy getting to know each and everyone of your children. I look forward to continue working with your children as the instructional assistant in the classroom. I am also very excited that Mrs. Green has returned! On Wednesday, the students got to each lunch with her and her beautiful baby girl, Avery. They loved getting to spend some extra time with Mrs. Green before she came back on Thursday.
On the other hand, we are sad to say goodbye to Ms. Mustafa. She has been a great instructional assistant and the students enjoyed her help in the classroom. She will definitely be missed!
A friendly reminder that Friday Folders come home each Friday. Inside you will find your child's work from the current week. Please take a look and sign the white reflection sheet.
Scholastic Book Orders will be coming home in the Friday Folder. Those orders will be due Friday, October 16th.
Student Council is sponsoring a Halloween Costume Drive to donate used costumes to "Donations for Dress Up" in Illinois. If you have any old costumes sitting in your attic or garage, please consider donating them to children of need. There are boxes set up in the atrium for drop off. They will be collecting costumes from October 13-16.
Read below to find out what we did in room 203 this week.
Enjoy Your Weekend,
Ms. Ruiz and Ms. Mustafa
Then, we began learning how to divide numbers by 10, 100, or 1,000 by using patterns. The students then realized that the pattern for dividing a number by 10, 100, or 1,000 is the exact opposite when multiplying! Instead of numbers getting larger and moving to the left, when you divide the numbers get smaller and move to the right. Students then used rounding to estimate quotients by rounding to compatible numbers.
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Also, we continued learning about how to construct reading responses. We read a short story from the book, Chicken Noodle Soup for the Kids Soul. Then, the students and I discussed possible themes that appeared in the story. Some themes we identified were: being kind, friendship, and being selfless.
*The students have a goal of reading forty books by the end of the year. After your child is finished reading a book, they are expected to write a reading response on their book in order to add a sticker to their goal chart. The reading responses are to be completed outside of class time.
This week in Social Studies, we wrapped up our unit on the causes of the Revolutionary War. Each student was paired with a partner and assigned a specific event. They had to describe their event, give the date, and the cause/effect it had on the colonists. Then, we created a giant classroom timeline for the causes of the war!
The students also finished watching part of the the HBO series, John Adams, to see the events of this Boston Massacre and the fair trial that took place. Ask your child, "Are you on the colonists side or Captain Prescott's?"
The students also began writing their memoir. They are encouraged to incorporate some of the techniques that they have been reading in other stories into their own!
SECOND STEP LEARNING (SEL)
This week the students worked on predicting feelings. We want to predict how people might feel in different situations, so that we can be respectful and have empathy towards them. The students worked with a partner and practiced predicting each others feelings by participating in several different activities.
ASK YOUR CHILD ABOUT:
- Having lunch with Mrs. Green and her baby, Avery!
- Our read aloud, The False Prince
- Voice Levels
- Their event for the Revolutionary War timeline
- Tough Questions
- Pumpkin Project
THINGS TO COME:
- No School (Columbus Day)
Wednesday, October 21st
- Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:30-7:30)
Thursday, October 22nd
- Parent/Teacher Conferences (1:00-8:00)
- Half Day of School
Friday, October 23rd
- No School