This Week’s News

Below are some reminders about upcoming events:

Friday, March 2, is Dr. Seuss Day, also called Read Across America.  On this day, students will spend some of the morning reading and learning more about Dr. Seuss.  Students may wear their pajamas to school and bring in their favorite Dr. Seuss books.

Conference week is the week of March 12.  On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, students will be dismissed at 1:25.  On Wednesday, students will be dismissed at their regular 1:50 dismissal time.  Not every student will have a conference this week, but if a conference is scheduled, students should attend the conference with their parents.  The report card will be sent home with each student on Monday, March 12.

Wednesday, March 14, is the Sixth Grade Camp Parent Information Night.  This meeting begins at 7:00 pm in the multi-use room at Sonoma Mountain Elementary.

Thursday, April 26, is when student luggage for camp is dropped off at La Tercera Elementary between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 28, is when students leave for sixth grade camp. Students meet at La Tercera  2:00 pm to load buses and head to camp.

Saturday, April 28 – Friday, May 4, is the week of Camp Navarro.

Friday, May 4, is when the students return from camp. The buses will arrive at the Petaluma Community Center at 1:00 pm, when parents will pick up students to take them home.

CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 24

As we transition into the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), there is something very important to understand; the CCSSM has common content standards are written so that what children are learning in 5th grade is the same in all the states that have adopted CCSSM. More information about CCSS is available here.

For Students:

Make Predictions

As a team, predict what will happen before attacking a problem. Then investigate and check that your answers make sense.  Think back to your prediction.  How close were you?

This Week’s News

February is National Heart Month, when good nutrition is truly at the “heart” of the matter. A healthy heart is the result of good genes, the right food choices, plenty of physical activity and knowing how to deal with stress.

While you can’t do much about your genes, regular exercise, eating right and dealing with stress are lifestyle behaviors you can control.

In general, eat more plant foods, fish, poultry and low-fat dairy foods. Cook with moderate amounts of olive or canola oil instead of butter, margarine or shortening.

Some examples of foods for heart health include:

  • Beans, peas and barley
  • Soybeans, other soy-based foods (not soybean oil)
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel
  • Red grapes and purple grape juice
  • Nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts
  • Green or black tea
  • Onions, scallions, shallots, garlic and leeks.

Courtesy of St. Joseph’s Health
Source: AND’s Public Relations Team


CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 22

This week would be a good time to check your child’s classwork and homework. It should be neat, complete and easy to understand. Ask her/him to explain one of the problems he/she have recently done in class that he/she enjoyed doing. If the work is incomplete or difficult for you to read, you might want to check the work more often or talk to your child’s teacher for additional ideas on how to help.

For Students:

Read Carefully

When reading math problems, mathematicians read slowly and look for details.  Take it one sentence/idea at a time and break it down as you go. Reread often to help clarify.


This Week’s News

Last Friday, students finished reading their first class novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis.  Most students enjoyed the novel and looked forward to reading it both because of the author’s humorous voice and because of the fascinating period of our country’s history.  Among other things, students learned about the Birmingham church bombing of 1963 and the deaths of the four little girls in that bombing.  Students also watched two documentaries–The Children’s March and Four Little Girls–to learn more about his period of American history.

For many students, one of the best parts of the book for some students was Byron’s Fantastic Adventures, which always led to trouble.  One of the book’s themes was that despite all of the bad things that happen in the world, magic remains alive through love, caring, and supportive family relationships.  The novel also emphasizes the theme of the heroism of everyday people.  The author writes this:

“Many heroic people died in the struggle for civil rights…they did it in the name of the movement, in the quest
for freedom. These are the true American heroes…who have seen that things are wrong and have not been afraid
to ask ‘Why can’t we change this?’ They are the people who believe that as long as one person is being treated
unfairly, we all are. These are our heroes, and they still walk among us today. One of them may be sitting
next to you…or making your dinner…One of them may be you.”

To assess reading progress and comprehension, students will write an essay about the types of conflict present in this historical fiction novel.

CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 21

In recent years, there has been significant research on how the brain is related to student learning.

Each brain is unique.
 Behaviorally and cognitively, emotions run the show.
 The brain is highly adaptable and can change.
The brain rarely gets it right the first time. Instead we make rough drafts of new learning.
 Humans are social/emotional learners.

As a result of this research, we need to look at how information is stored in the brain. Memories are stored in different parts of the brain and have different durations. Short term memory lasts approximately 30 seconds. Working memory lasts up to 20 minutes and long term memory can last much longer if we practice what we learned. Because we want memories to last long term, we need to know how to move content into long term memory. Content must be understood and have meaning. In order to retrieve information accurately and completely, we must look at how it is stored in the first place, not how we study it later. Sometimes we can improve our recall of information by doing a cross-lateral movement, such as tugging on the left ear with the right-hand. This research is significant because it connects to the teaching strategies used in a CPM classroom. Spiraled topics and mastery over time are both substantiated by what we have learned about how the brain stores and retrieves information. For more information about brain-based learning, go to Brain-based learning.

For Students:

Think First

Use a quick Think-Ink-Pair-Share in your team each day this week.  It will help you think about a problem individually first, before sharing as a whole team.  You’ll bring more ideas to the table.

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