This Week’s News

It was great to see so many of you at Open House last night. Thanks for coming out during this busy season. I hope that you were able to see evidence of your child’s academic growth. I am so proud of these students. I also hope those of you who attended Open House were able to see how fabulous the heritage dolls look. A variety of heritages were represented, including Filipino, Swiss, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Scottish, Native American, Mexican, Salvadoran, German, and more. Some students even brought family heirlooms and artifacts to share with the class. Without exception, students did some remarkable work!

Next Friday, May 1st, is the day when all students’ luggage for camp must be dropped off after school at La Tercera between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. All of the camp information, including what to pack, is available on the district’s Camp Navarro website. Please remember that students should be dropped off at La Tercera on Sunday, May 3rd, by noon. Students should wear their camp t-shirts and their tree cookies on Sunday, the day they leave for camp. All students must be picked up from La Tercera on Saturday, May 9th, when students will return home around 1:00 p.m. Your children will be hungry, tired, and ready for a hot shower or bath (although not necessarily in that order) when you pick them up on Saturday.

This Week’s News

This week, students continued to refine their understanding of variables and patterns, students continued their work with algebraic equations and inequalities, as well as doing some additional four-quadrant graphing. Additionally, students continued their study of ancient Greece and Greek mythology and began brainstorming for the writing of promotion speeches.

Furthermore, this week all of the sixth graders spent some time brainstorming and choosing their promotion theme, which is Paris, with the slogan, “Bonjour, seventh grade!”  Students also chose some decorating colors, but the color vote was tied so the parent promotion committee will finalize the colors, which will either be hot pink and black or ocean blue and silver. Lastly, students discussed possible gifts to leave as their legacy to the school.  Students will be contributing a day of service in the garden.

Below are some reminders about upcoming events:

Sunday, April 19th, is this year’s Walk-a-thon, which will run from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 23rd, is Old Adobe’s Open House and pasta dinner. The pasta dinner will run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., and classrooms will be open from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 1st, sixth graders will experience another Ancient Artifacts presentation to enhance their knowledge of ancient Greece. The presentation will take place after lunch. This is also the day students must have all of their camp luggage dropped off at La Tercera Elementary between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 3rd, students should wear their Camp Navarro t-shirts and arrive to La Tercera by noon. The buses will be loaded and will leave by 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 9th, students return from camp. The buses will arrive to La Tercera between noon and 1:00 p.m. Students will be ready for these three things in no particular order: 1) a large meal, 2) a warm shower or bath, and 3) sleep.

Monday, May 11th – Wednesday, May 13th, has been designated as the sixth grade testing window for SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) testing. The testing will begin first thing in the morning and continue till lunchtime each of those three days.

Monday, May 18th, is another in-class presentation. This presentation is put on by the Petaluma Animal Shelter and is a science/social science lesson entitled “Dogs with Jobs.”

Tuesday, May 19th, is Eastside Relays from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The students will ride a bus to Casa Grande, but students must either be picked up at Casa or given written permission to walk home from there.

Friday, May 22nd, is a minimum day for volunteer appreciation. Students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m.

Tuesday, June 2nd, is the district-wide pool party from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Petaluma Swim Center. Lunch and bus transportation will be provided.

Wednesday, June 3rd, is promotion. The ceremony will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. with a short reception following the ceremony.

Friday, June 5th, is field day. It is also the last day of school for the year, and the student dismissal time is 11:50 a.m.

This Week’s News

This week, we began our study of Greece and Greek mythology.  During our study of ancient Greece, students explored one small portion of the Winged Sandals website, which is a fun, interactive way to learn about different aspects of ancient Greece.  Many students asked that the Winged Sandals site be made available here so that they could explore ancient Greece on their own.  Students will also explore a portion of the British Museum’s website, which is an interactive site that explores life in ancient Greece, and this is another educational and entertaining site, Adventures in Ancient Greece, that allows students to interact and take part in games while learning about the way of life in ancient Greece.

Additionally, as many of you may be aware, this year there has been a shift from the CA State Standards to the Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards, which have been adopted by most of the states in the country.  Below is information from the Common Core website, linked below, to provide you with an overview of the purpose of the new standards and the major shifts.

Mission Statement:
The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

The Shifts in English Language Arts/Literacy

  • Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction
  • Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational
  • Regular practice with complex text and its academic language

The Shifts in Math

  • Focus strongly where the Standards focus
  • Coherence: Think across grades, and link to major topics within grades
  • Rigor: In major topics pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity

To accompany the new standards, there is a new testing system, and like last year, all testing will be administered online.  This year, students will use Chrome Books to take the tests, and the testing window is from May 4 through May 15.  Look for more information here about when specifically these tests will be administered, but currently we are scheduled to test at least two days next week and two days the following week.  If you would like to learn more about these tests, check out the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium website.

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