Developing Minds Nurturing Hearts
A Note From Dr. Wendland
I know we have all endured quite a bit in the last week. News and information are changing moment by moment and it can feel overwhelming. Please be assured that our school community remains close and cared for. I am sure many of you have had many changes to work and family life. I will be sending weekly updates with information and resources to use with your children as we navigate these unchartered waters together. I don't know anyone that would choose to impact people and students in the midst of their learning journey in this way without tremendous care for students' well-being and that of their family. Please be assured that our district continues to work to balance resources, supports, learning experiences and providing time and space for families to have time to process world and community events. As a parent, like you, I am working to figure out how to support my children and their learning while managing nervous energy in light of daily information. I am confident that we will get through this and be together with our healthy, joyful learning community.
Be safe and Be well,
Learning Connections: Schedules and Reading
This is also a great time to break up evenings with different family activities. For example, in our home we do game nights Mondays and Wednesdays, movie night is Friday and Sunday, Nintendo championships are Tuesdays and Thursdays (Please no judgment here- I have become a master of Mario Cart out of desperation) and on Saturday night we have been enjoying the backyard. I have included two sample schedules for you to consider when planning your own family schedule. No matter what you do to manage the day with the changes and intensity of community news, taking care of yourself and spending time together is most important.
Listening Comprehension have your child close their eyes and listen while pausing to check for understanding. Ask them if they can imagine the story unfolding in their mind.
Benchmark Advance is our district adopted Language Arts program for elementary students. Follow these steps below to get the online program complete with reading material and consumable pages to print and use at home.
1. go to myportal.wvusd.org (clicking will give you log-in directions)
2. Click on the tab for APPLICATIONS
3. Click on App for BENCHMARK ADVANCE
4. Use your child's log-in information
**IF YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO RESET PASSWORD CALL (909)595-1261 X31200
5. Go to MY LIBRARY which will list all the unit books where students can read articles or listen to articles being read
6. Students should select their grade level library
**YOUR CHILD WILL BENEFIT MOST FROM UNITS 1-6 as review. This is also where essential, critical skills are taught and practiced**
Grade level material your child uses at school will show under MY LIBRARY
What Should My Child Be Reviewing and Working On
- Enrichment Lists
- TK: Ocean Life, blending letters to make words in reading and writing, writing uppercase and lowercase letters
- Kindergarten: Sight Word list, reading and writing words with three letters and vowels in the middle (Bat, Bed, Rid, Not, Bug), writing complete sentences with a capital at the beginning and a period at the end, solid shapes (cubes, cones, pyramids etc..), animals and life-cycles
- 1st Grade: write opinion papers (Ex: the name of a book they read and state whether or not it is recommended to a friend), include 2-3 reasons to support their opinion and a conclusion, time (telling time, days of the week, seasons, calendar-related topics and measurement, animal habitats, creating Google slides
- 2nd Grade: adjectives (describing words) proper nouns, writing opinions and supporting them with facts, three-step addition equations, word problems, changes in the Earth over time
- 3rd Grade: verbs, pronouns, weather, 3-4 paragraphs on opinion genre, fractions, measurement and memorizing multiplication facts from 0-10,
- 4th Grade: electricity (series vs. parallel circuits), Informational Writing (great way to have students share information on social studies content), Spanish Explorers in early California, conjunctions, using quotation marks, fractions, making mixed numbers, multiplying fractions by a whole number, adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators,
- 5th Grade: American Revolution, Fractions, and be sure to have your child join the 5th Grade Google classroom for math support. Teachers sent out class codes to parent emails and put the class code on google classrooms per teacher. This will be a group page to keep all fifth graders moving int he right direction.