Ms. Ruiz's Class Newsletter

Room 203

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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


This week in Math, the students continued practicing the conventional algorithm while multiplying whole numbers by a 2, 3, or 4 digit by a two digit number. They also used rounding to estimate products.

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.



This week in Reader's Workshop, we continued learning close reading strategies called, Sign Posts. The Sign Post we focused on this week is "Tough Questions". A Tough Question is when you are reading and the character asks themselves a difficult question. We also distinguished the difference between everyday questions and Tough Questions. For examle, "What is for dinner?" would not be considered a Tough Question because it can easily be answered. To help us learn more about our Sign Post, we read excerpts from the book, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. When students come across a Tough Question in their reading, they are encouraged to stop and ask themselves, "What does this question make me wonder about?"

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.

Notice and Note - Tough Questions

Social Studies

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?"
John Adams, Boston Massacre


This week in Writing, we continued our unit on Memoir. We read different mentor texts that demonstrated authors writing techniques. One technique we noticed is how authors write from the heart. We read the book, Saturdays and Teacakes, and discussed the love the author had for his grandmother and her famous teacakes. The second technique we identified is stretching out a small moment. This technique was used by author, Donald Crews.

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!


Every Monday the students are taught new social-emotional skills to help them become successful in their personal and academic life. We have discussed empathy, listening with respect, and being assertive. These lessons are teacher-led and involve group activities, watching videos, and independent work. We reinforce these lessons throughout the week.

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.


  • 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


Monday, October 12th
  • 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