Northwest News

October 2021

Kindergarten News

Kindergarten is hard at work! We are continuing to work on our letters. We practice forming the letter correctly, the sound, and words with the letter. We are learning how to tap out or sound out words and learning new words each day. We are reading stories and learning about the illustrations and key details. In math, we are working on the numbers 0-10. We are building number sense and an understanding of the number. We will begin working on shapes soon. We are so busy! Have your student show you what they did today!

First Grade News

Hello,

In September, our students finished up Unit 1 in ELA. We participated in academic discourse to learn about how animals sleep and how animals use their senses. In science, we continued to learn about animals when we explored why birds have beaks and why baby ducks follow their mothers. In Math we worked on addition and subtraction. Keep reading and practicing those math facts at home!

Second Grade News

What we are learning

Math: Module 3 Place value, counting, and comparison of numbers to 1,000

Reading: Unit 1 understanding that characters in stories have unique point of view, understanding that informational texts have main topics that are supported by key details.

Writing: understand that signal words tell the sequence of events in a story and understand the importance of clearly introducing a topic and developing it with facts

Science: Animal adventures (Animal Biodiversity) exploring animal classification and the traits that define each group

Practice At Home

Have your child read aloud.

Have discussions with your child about what they are reading.

Practice counting by 5, 10, and 100 up to 1,000

Count up and down by ones and tens. For example, 45,46,47,48,49,50,60,70,80,90,100

Second Grade Teachers,

Mrs. Chance, Ms. Monterroza, Mrs. Stefan

Third Grade News

In third grade, we have been learning so many things. First off, we finally have our own laptops! We will continue working on penmanship. In the morning, we have been learning social emotional lessons with scenarios and pictures about showing empathy. In reading, we are learning about Text Features in an informational text. Text Features help us better understand an informational text by using illustrations, captions, headers, bold vocabulary words, and diagrams just to name a few. Every day we read as a whole class, answer comprehension questions, and learn knew vocabulary words. The students go back to their book to find text evidence to answer questions. In writing, the students are writing about an informational topic that interest each student so they can present to the class. We asked the students to pick an animal they would like to research on so they can tell us about that animal. In foundational skills, we have been practicing vowel syllable patterns and high frequency words. In Math, we started learning about telling time to the minute on an analog clock and using a number line with time by numbering it by 5’s. We will soon learn about kilograms and grams and investigate by using a scale to weigh items. Also learning how to measure liquids with milligrams and liters. In Social Studies, we have been learning about economics and many words like goods and services, producers and consumers, and so many more. We will soon be working on being producers by making items to sell and then consumers by buying items from others on October 14. We will be sending out a note about it soon. It is Hispanic Heritage Month and we have been reading to our student’s books from different cultures and talking to the students of traditions. We made a piñata, which is a common tradition in Hispanic birthday parties. The students were excited to make their own.

Third Grade Teachers

Mrs. Carmona Mr. Ferrerio Mrs. Stefan

Fourth Grade News

Happy October! We have a lot of exciting content we will be covering this month!

Math: In the beginning of October, we will be wrapping up our short Module 2 unit that covers unit conversions and problem solving with metric measurements. We will be covering milliliters, liters, centimeters, meters, kilometers, grams and kilograms.

-We will then start Module 3- Multi-Digit multiplication and Division. This module will last through November.

*Practicing multiplication and division math facts at home will be great help!*

Reading: We will be continuing Unit 1 Module B. The emphasis of this module is that readers will be able to use information presented in different ways and from different sources to understand a topic. Writers will use organizational structure, specific word choice, and evidence when explaining a topic. For our performance based assessment, students will conduct a short investigative project on an animal of their choice and create an infographic that indicates the key features of an animal.

Social Studies: Students will be choosing an influential person they’d like to do a presentation on for Hispanic Heritage Month. We are really excited about this project!

Science: We will continue our Mystery Science unit on the human body, vision, and the brain. In this unit, students investigate structures and functions of the human body. Students explore how our bones and muscles are interconnected, how our eyes interact with light and impact our vision, and how our brain responds to stimuli in our environment.

We are off to a great start in 4th grade! Thank you for your continued support at home!

Fifth Grade News

As we head into October, 5th grade has started the second units of reading and math. In module two of math, students are doing problems with multi-digit whole numbers and decimal fractions. In this unit they multiply multi-digit numbers using mental strategies that help them find patterns. They will also be using the area model for multiplication to support their understanding of place value.


In reading our second module has us reading an adventure fiction story called Washed Up! As well as a non-fiction selection about the rainforest. Both of which will help support us when writing our research papers about a habitat/ecosystem. Our reading discussions focus on supporting our answers by using text evidence, comparing and contrasting characters and settings, and understanding what text features are for. Writing has us doing research and supporting our writing with quotes from articles and books.


Science for this semester is all about the web of life. We have studied the food chain and are moving into some exciting and gross experiments with decomposers! This week we have started an experiment to study mold growing on food and what things can keep the mold from growing, like vinegar. We will also be working with worms soon!


And finally, in social studies, we have begun the year with the basics of our government and moved into studying the Native Americans. We will continue through history into the explorers and the birth of the United States government.


Counselor's Corner

Dear Parent(s)/Guardians/s:

Our next several lessons for the month of October in our character education series include the meaning of “RESPONSIBILITY”-at home, school and our world! In simple terms, we will recognize that this means doing our part to make our world a better place! Please be prepared to listen as you child shares the lessons. As the parent, you need to share some of your responsibilities around your home and your responsibilities to care for your family and friends. Help your child formulate thought patterns that show why responsibility is so important in the life of each person-both young and old!

Thanks again for your involvement and support from home. Being responsible is such an important growth tool for your child’s preparation for the future!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Flores

Music News

Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade learned how to follow a song on paper, play drums, tambourines, & drums, and do movements to the “Bluebird” song. Kindergarten has learned how to keep the beat, dynamics: loud or soft, fast or slow, singing, & lots of dancing & moving.

1st & 2nd grade has learned about strong & weak beats to understand and identify meters in a song, dynamics: loud or soft, and has been singing, dancing, & moving.

5th grade has been preparing & working very hard practicing for their music program on October 7th that is themed “America.”

Mrs. Scheve


3rd and 4th grade music have been working this first 9 weeks on classroom expectations, singing, learning vocal warm-ups, dancing, music listening and a big emphasis on rhythm. We are learning how to count rhythms using the music number system with clapping and counting out loud as well as learning how to draw notes and rests correctly. Each Thursday, I try my best to do a listening with my students. I work to find quality musicians performing vocally and on various instruments as well as different styles of music. Exposure to great music is important and it’s been a lot of fun seeing my students get excited to talk about what they see and hear. 4th grade has shifted directions now and is getting ready for their music program, The 4 Seasons, that will take place on November 4th at 6:30pm. More information will be coming soon in a note home to 4th grade parents.

Mrs. Richins

PE News

The first two full months of the 2021-2022 school year are almost over. Students now know our daily routine as well as class expectations. So far, the students have enjoyed several games and activities that we have participated in in gym; and the fun is just beginning! Kindergarten through Second grade have been practicing throwing and catching. They are working hard on stepping with the opposite foot when they throw! Third through Fifth grade students have been working hard on the Fittnessgram for the past few weeks. The Fitnessgram consists of 4 parts: Aerobic Capacity, Body Composition, Muscle Strength and Endurance, and Flexibility. Students will work hard in PE to improve their overall health and scores on the Fitnessgram.

Nurse's Notes

Hand Washing

Remember the number one defense for infection prevention is hand washing. The proper steps for handwashing include: Wetting your hands with clean, running water and applying soap. Lather hands by rubbing them together with the soap; make sure to get back of hands, between fingers and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, you can sing Happy Birthday to make sure you are washing long enough. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or a hand dryer.

Alcohol hand sanitizer is ok to use, as long as your hands are not visibly soiled. Make sure to use a dime to almond size amount in the palm of your hand, then rub your hands together until they are dry.

October 15th is Global Handwashing Day, a day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of handwashing with soap. Handwashing is an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. We should be practicing good hand washing every day.

Calendar of Events

October

7- Fifth Grade Program 6:30

12- PTO 5:15

15- No School

27- Late Start

26-29- Book Fair

29- Fall Parties and Character Parade


November

1- No School