Enjoy Spring Break!

Enjoy your vacation week, and I’ll see all of you students back at school on Monday, March 27!   If you have any free time, you might consider working on your science-fiction/fantasy book project.  As a reminder, spring pictures will be taken the Monday we return from break.

This Week’s News

As you are aware, because of the hard work and generosity of the sixth grade parents, students, and PTO, we reduced the total per student cost of camp to $5. This camp payment is due by Wednesday, March 15.

Speaking of camp, information and a number of camp forms went home with students. All camp forms–the health form, the authorization for medication form if needed, the permission slip, and the water permission slip–are due at the beginning of next week. Students, if your forms have not been turned in, please have them for me on Monday. All forms are also available online at the Camp Masonite Navarro website linked above. Furthermore, to provide parents with additional camp information, a parent information night will be held on Wednesday, March 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Sonoma Mountain.

Conference week begins Monday. Dismissal time is 1:25, except on Wednesday, when dismissal time is 1:50. Students with a conference scheduled should attend the conference with their parents.

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12. Don’t forget to “spring forward.”

CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 27

Mathematically proficient students understand and use information to construct arguments. They make and investigate conjectures. They can recognize and use counterexamples. They justify their conclusions, communicate them to others, and respond to the arguments of others. Students at all grades can listen or read the arguments of others, decide whether they make sense, and ask useful questions to clarify or improve the arguments. How has working with a team helped your student meet this standard?

For Students:

Practice Patience

At this point in the year, you will be combining multiple math concepts. It may take a long time to come to a conclusion about one problem. Keep your patience, trust the process, and be proud of what you can accomplish.

This Week’s News

Last Friday marked the end of the second trimester, so now the students are truly entering the home stretch of their elementary careers.  The second trimester brought more growth in terms of reading skills, including comprehending informational text, more math skills and applications, and greater writing skills, as students have learned what makes for good paragraphs and essays.  Additionally, we are in the process of our teddy bear mummification project and have been helping with some clean up and seed planting for the garden.

Monday is our field trip to Luther Burbank to see the Mayhem Poets. Students, remember to dress well for this slam poetry performance.

CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 25

Mathematically proficient students find meaning in problems. They look for entry points, analyze, conjecture, and plan solution pathways. The students monitor and adjust their work and verify answers. They ask themselves the question “Does this make sense?”

Where have you seen examples of opportunities for your student to make sense of problems and persevere in finding a solution in their math work this year? Observe your child while s/he is doing homework. Does s/he work thoughtfully or is s/he just trying to get finished as quickly as possible? Does s/he look back to see if the answer makes sense in terms of the question, or s/he satisfied to have any answer? By encouraging students to develop the practice of looking for meaning in every problem, we can significantly improve their performance. That’s what mathematics is all about!

For Students:

Practice Number Sense

Can you do most of your calculations without a calculator? You may be surprised at the short-cuts you can take when calculating! For example, when multiplying 12 × 8, we know that 10 × 8 = 80 and 2 × 8 = 16, so adding the two sums (80 + 16) will give you the same answer as 12 × 8 = 96. This is called decomposing numbers, or you might recognize the Distributive Property.

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