Report cards are coming home with your child this week!! Please sign and return them, so I know you’re aware of his/her 3rd quarter accomplishments. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have about your child’s progress.
For curriculum this week, we’ll be continuing our discussions of the Gold Rush period, and will soon be talking about the Transcontinental Railroad! During Reader’s Workshop, we’ll also continue our social studies based Literature Study of By the Great Horn Spoon, and for Writer’s Workshop we’ve been exploring and creating some “primary source documents” and journal entries related to California’s past. Math will take us through some more decimals, before venturing into a little geometric fun, and I believe electricity and magnetism are on the horizon for science!!
Please remind your student to unearth the first 2 sets of WordMasters cards this week (we’ve finally completed the 3rd set) – we really need to interact with them all to investigate relationships among the collection. The 3rd and final challenge will take place towards the middle of April (which really isn’t that far away)!!
Another BIG DEAL that’s on the horizon is your student’s final “Think Like a Disciplinarian” Project!! You’ll be able to find a description of the project in your child’s homework folder just before Spring Break, along with a page for you to sign and return (indicating your awareness of the expectations). As always, it is my goal to have the students do as much of the project themselves as possible – both in class and at home – however, students who have yet to master time-management skills might very well fall behind quickly without reminders!! Check with your child on a regular basis to ensure that he/she does not end up buried come the end of April!!
***California Adventure Families!**** It’s come to my attention that the weekend we’re scheduled for the California Adventure trip is also the special opening weekend for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (new “land” at Disneyland) which could impact our trip in a few ways: 1. Our tour is of Ca Adv (not Disneyland) but I’m guessing attendance will be up, thus the need to make early hotel reservations.
2. Families hoping to purchase park-hopper passes through me need to know that Star Wars land WILL NOT be open to the general public until later in June – this opening is for those who are staying at one of the resorts, as well as (I believe) others with “special engagement” passes. I’d hate for that to be a surprise, as well as a disappointment, for any of you thinking this trip will be your chance to visit the new addition.
3. We’re still a few students short of the minimum number of participants, and with this new information, I’d certainly understand if your family decides to postpone your trip until you can experience the new land later in the summer. Please let me know if you’re rethinking your decision so I can attempt to recruit students from other classes, or so those who have already made travel plans can re-adjust.
DON’T FORGET THAT SPRING PICTURES TAKE PLACE THIS WEEK (Wednesday, I believe)!!
**SAVE THE DATES! 4/12 - Study Trip to Mariposa 4/25 - Study Trip to Sacramento 6/1 - Optional Trip to California Adventure