This Week’s News

Below are some reminders about upcoming events:

Friday, March 3, is Dr. Seuss Day, also called Read Across America.  On this day, students will spend the morning reading and learning more about Dr. Seuss.  Students may wear their pajamas to school and bring in their favorite Dr. Seuss books.  This is also the day the poetry anthology book projects may be shared in greater detail.

Monday, March 6, is our field trip to see The Mayhem Poets at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.

Conference week is the week of March 13.  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. Students with IEPs or 504 plans will not conference now; each of those students has a meeting scheduled at Kenilworth on March 10.  The report card will be sent home with each student on Thursday, March 9.

Wednesday, March 15, is the Sixth Grade Camp Parent Information Night.  This meeting begins at 7:00 pm in the multi-use room at Sonoma Mountain Elementary.

Saturday, April 29, 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 29 – Friday, May 5, is the week of Camp Navarro.

Friday, May 5, is when the students return from camp. The buses will arrive at the Petaluma Community Center at 2:00 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

The current long-term project is a poetry anthology project.  For this book project, students will be reading a poetry anthology, which is a book of poems.  The poetry anthology may be a collection of poems by a single author or a collection of poems by many authors.  For this project, students may not choose a Shel Silverstein poetry anthology. This project is a chance for students to become familiar with new poets. If a student is a fan of humorous verse, I can assist in choosing an anthology by a poet or poets similar to Silverstein. Additionally, if the poetry anthology a student chooses is extraordinarily long, we will determine together how much of it the student will have to read.  After reading the poetry, students will be writing a critique of the book, which includes listing the author, title, and number of pages, as well as writing a brief summary of the book and rating the book from one to five stars, with an explanation of the rating.  Additionally, students will be creating a booklet of figurative language and favorite poems.  Students should be taking notes, or bookmarking pages, as they read so that they have strong examples of figurative language and favorite poems. Lastly, students will select one poem of at least twelve lines from their anthologies and memorize it. Students will recite this poem the day the project is due Wednesday, March 1.  Directions were provided in class and are also available here.

CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 23

In the CPM program instruction is differentiated by the way students approach problems. Theorist Jerome Bruner states that the ideal progression of activities for learners is to go through the enactive stage (this would be using concrete materials– integer tiles, algebra tiles, models including computer-generated ones, etc.), then the iconic stage, in which students draw pictures or use mental imagery developed from their experience with the concrete materials, and then move to the use of symbols to represent the concrete. In a CPM classroom students are allowed to move on to the iconic and then the symbolic stage as they are ready, while the physical models remain available for those who need them.

For Students:

Use Appropriate Tools Strategically

Determining when to use a calculator, draw a sketch, or use technology is important in mathematics.  Think about your prior work to figure out which tool to use.  A tool should help you strengthen your understanding, not just give an answer.

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.


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