Weekly Newsletter - Mr. Ruiz's 5th

Ponder Elementary - October 5th, 2020

What's going on this week?

Students this week will be working on Fall STAAR Interim Assessments in Reading and Math.


Our 6 weeks progress reports will be digitally sent out this time Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 2021.


Parent/Teacher Conferences will be happening soon! I will be sharing a sign up sheet this week! I can't wait to meet up with everyone! I can meet in person, phone or videoconference.


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


Last week 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 - In Math this week we will be taking our All Operations Unit 1 Test. We have worked hard on learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide at the 5th grade level. Our focus has also been on recognizing vocabulary phrases and words for each operation. When we come across these in our Math problems, we can determine which operation to do. This will help us with our plan when we are solving multi-step word problems.


Science - We have started our Adaptations unit within STEMscopes. Students were given their tests Friday and have until this Thursday to make corrections and turn back in if needed.


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 have learned about the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, the regions of the U.S., different types of maps and map elements to read a map effectively. We have also recently familiarized ourselves with the differences between rural, urban and suburban areas and ways of life.

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!