This Week’s News

Thanks to all of the students and parents who participated in our Mixed Bags fundraiser, and another giant thank you to Angela Hinds for organizing the event and for calculating all of the orders. We hope that the Mixed Bags orders will be to school before Winter Break.  Additionally, any orders placed online between now and December 31 will still benefit the sixth grade class.

In past years, we have sold cookie dough as a fundraiser.  We have the option of adding that fundraiser for this year if we have a few parents willing to coordinate the cookie dough option.  Please let me or Ms. Henderson know if you are a parent willing to organize this fundraising opportunity.

Below is a summary of the fundraising proceeds to date that are being used to offset the camp cost. The total camp cost is $18,900 ($315.00 x 60 students).  To date, we have raised $12,602.00. To bring the per student camp cost to $0, we still need to raise $6,298.00.  Thank you to all of you for your efforts.

6th Grade Fundraisers Event Net Income
May, 2014 (5th grade year) Pasta Feed (Open House) $2,721
August, 2014 PTO Contribution $3,100
October, 2014 Haunted House $4,744
November, 2014 Mixed Bags Fundraiser $2,037
December, 2014 Holiday Store
March, 2015 Talent Show Snack Shack
Total to Date $12,602

This Week’s News

This year four classes will participate in our annual Astronomy Night: Ms. Stoep. Ms. Tandy, Ms. Henderson, and Ms. McClure.

The event will be held on the primary playground on the evening of Monday, November 17 at 7:00. The program generally lasts about an hour and a half. Members of a local astronomy club, Sonoma County Astronomers, will bring their telescopes and help us to view a variety of objects in the night sky. If the evening is rainy or excessively overcast, the event will be canceled. Monday in class, students will be notified of whether or not Astronomy Night will happen.

If the evening is a go, students will be outside gazing at the sky through telescopes. They will also have an opportunity to go inside the classroom to work on art, science, or writing projects related to our moon study. Students may go back and forth between outside and inside activities.

We will also have moon cakes the evening of the event.  If you can donate any of the following, please send the items to school at your earliest convenience:  rice cakes, dried cranberries, cream cheese, and plastic knives.

This Week’s News

On Wednesday, students presented their science fiction/fantasy game board book projects.  All of the students from our class and from Ms. Henderson’s class tested out the games by playing them.  A great time was had by all!  The students created some absolutely amazing games, and you can see some of them here.  Special thanks to our photographers, Matthew and Mo.  We may have missed getting pictures of some of the outstanding games, so students, if you notice that you aren’t pictured, please either bring your game back so we can photograph you or send me a picture of you with your game.

Reading our poems or text of the day and commenting about them has become popular with some of the students. The new Daily Dialogue is posted by 7:00 p.m. each evening, and there are Daily Dialogues posted for days students are not in school, too.  It is wonderful to read students’ thinking about the pieces they are reading and to see them use evidence to support their ideas.  Coincidentally, students’ next book project is all about poetry. Directions for this project were reviewed and distributed in class, but they are also available on this website.

This is just a reminder that there will be no school on Monday, November 10th, because it is a staff development day, and Tuesday, November 11th, is a holiday in honor of Veteran’s Day.  Students, in case you want to know more than that you get a day off of school, this holiday dates back to the end of World War I and commemorates our nation’s thousands of combat veterans who fought in the service of our country. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War.  Beginning the following year, November 11th was celebrated as Armistice Day, and November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938.  After World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

Conferences begin on Wednesday, November 12th, and will continue through Friday, November 21st.  Students will be running a portion of the conference so must attend with their parents. Each family has a scheduled conference time, and a conference schedule was also sent home with students this week as a reminder.  If for some reason your scheduled conference time no longer works, please contact me at your earliest convenience, so that we may reschedule your appointment.

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