Monday, May 28, 2018

Week of May 21-24

Highlights of the Week: 

  • Writing has focused on choosing a topic of interest and writing about it from a real world writing perspective.  Students will be wrapping up their final draft this week, as well as writing on a variety of individual and group writing prompts. 
  • Students are working on reading an array of their own choice of books to reach the goal of 20 books since I issued the challenge at the beginning of the year.  Students are also reading and practicing plays around the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution which they will present this week. 
  • Our economics unit has continued to be a great learning experience.  There have been many comments about real life experiences and problems that could happen.  I have loved hearing the discussions. This Thursday, Angela Guthrie, and other team members from Financial Horizons Credit Union will be presenting, "A Bite of Reality" to 5th graders. This simulation gives students a taste of real world financial realities.  We could use 1 more parent volunteer to help assist at the stations.  Please let me know if you can help. Thank you to Mrs. Arends for helping us out! 
  • We will be presenting plays this week that I mentioned earlier.  This week we will be learning about the Preamble, Bill of Rights, Constitution, and 3 Branches of Government.  Students will be asked to memorize the Preamble and be ready to recite it on Monday, June 4th.  They will receive a copy on Tuesday. 
The trip to Carson River with the Carson River Wranglers and 9th grade science students was memorable.  Students did a great job walking over 2 miles to Venturacci Ranch where 9th graders took the role of teachers and oversaw 5 different stations the students rotated through.  They learned about non point pollution, beaver adaptation, watershed, the water cycle, and irrigation.  Following our return, students wrote thank you notes to both the Wranglers and the high school students. 


  • Volunteers are needed for Thursday afternoon, May 31st, to assist with the Economics Stations.  You would need to arrive around 1:15 and go through a brief training.  Students will participate between 1:30-3:00.   This is a great opportunity if you are in need of volunteer hours.  Please e-mail me at your earliest convenience if you are available.  Thank you
  • Please send a bag to school with your child by Thursday to bring home items from the school year.
  • Please note the following special activities planned for our schedule as we wind down the year:
  • Thursday, 5/31@ 12:00- lunch at Taco Bell to celebrate all students making at least 100 Class Dojo points. 
  • Thursday, 5/31 @ 1:30 - Bite of Reality Simulation with Financial Horizons Credit Union in the Lunchroom
  • Thursday, 5/31 @ 3:30 - Summer Birthday Celebration
  • Monday 6/4 @ 9:15 - All School Awards Ceremony at Venturacci Gym
  • Monday 6/4 @ 2:00 - Patriotic Presentation with Mr. Mike Terry, Retired Navy
  • Tuesday 6/5
    • Puppet Morning (learning ventrioloquism, making puppets, creating skits)
    • 1:15 - Reward trip to Mavericks (please send money for students to purchase snacks)
    • Then - 5th Grade walking to Venturacci Park for Kickball and Games
  • Wednesday 6/6
    • 10:15 - Walk to Venturacci Gym for 8th Grade Graduation
    • 1:15 - Read In/ Game Afternoon (Students may bring sleeping bags, favorite books, and board games)
  • Thursday 6/7
    • Field Day All Day (Dismissal at 2:00 pm)
  • Summer Reading will be a bit different this year.  Students will be able to choose the book they want to read and will write a summary of it.  Note that there is a Book Fair currently happening at school - great time for your child to pick out a book for summer reading!

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