Room 96 Falcon Family Newsletter May 8-12

Hello Room 96 Families!

The second week of May might bring some sunshine and warmer temps according to most news stations (Yay!) as well as bringing us one week closer to our Invention Convention on June 2, and Smarter Balanced testing weeks. Did you know that during the month of May, all students can receive a free breakfast? It’s true, so if you’re running late one morning, please know that breakfast is available at no charge here, so you can take that off your list.

The other big event that is coming up is our MEPTSA Carnival on Thursday, June 1. Last week I sent out a link to sign up for a shift (30 mins) at our booth, the bouncy house! Many hands make light work, so thanks in advance to all of you who can lighten the load by signing up for this event, (and thanks to Catherine Baker for being the first to sign up!)

Finally, I'm heading to Costco this weekend to replenish our snack pile for this week. So many of you have generously gifted us with snacks... and yet our stockpile seems to be depleted sooner and sooner as spring progresses! If you're able to help, everyone would be so very appreciative!

Important Upcoming Events
  • May 1-31 Earth Month – Weekly challenges sponsored by the MEco Voice Group to focus on reducing trash on campus, reducing energy consumption, choosing energy conscious modes of transportation, and increasing our recycling, reusing and reducing garbage habits.
  • All of May! Free Breakfast for all ME Students. Breakfast starts at 8:40am.
  • May 12 Early Release
  • May 15, 16, 19 are ELA Testing Days
  • May 22, 23 are Math Testing Days
  • May 29 Memorial Day-No School
  • May 30 Science MSP Test
  • June 1- ME PTSA Carnival 5:15-8:15
Unit 8: Geometry and Measurement

We completed our Unit 8 Math Test on Friday, students will review any missed questions and correct for comprehension. Any retakes will be given this week.

We will pause this week to review many of the math skills we have learned so far this year in preparation for the SBA, and will also add in some problem-solving practice, as we do at the end of each unit. We will resume our final unit after testing is completed at the end of May.

Reading

In light of the upcoming testing season, we’ll continue to look at sample reading questions on both literary, research and informational texts over the next couple of weeks so students have a familiarity with the type of questions they’ll be seeing on the Smarter Balanced Assessment in two weeks.

Independent Reading – at least 30 minutes per day, and at least 150 minutes per week remains a daily assignment - sometimes accomplished in class, but a daily assignment nonetheless. Students record their progress related to their reading goal, noted on the front of each log, as they read the book, and in addition, they record their thinking as they make their way through each quadrant of the book on the back. FYI - Both the log and the TOPS report (an on-line comprehension test report) are turned in after the student takes the A/R test on their independent reading book. I make comments on the log/report, return them to the students, and then these reports are stored under the reading tab in the leadership pages section of their binder. The reading log is a part of the trimester reading grade as it documents student application of skills learned in lessons and gives me a chance to comment and connect with each student as they read, noting their successes and suggesting new goals.

Writing: Fantasy Fiction

Content: Students completed their Fantasy Fiction Short Stories on Friday and will work to complete their self-assessment rubrics and cover pages before our Publishing Party later this week.

This week we will also begin a poetry unit in free verse form, incorporating figurative language-personification, metaphor, onomatopoeia, and simile, and revising for rhythm and meaning, to communicate a message of the student's choice.

Science: Aquatic Environments and Invention Convention

FOSS Kits: Aquatic environment investigations begin this week as students explore goldfish structure, behavior and movement. Our leading investigation question will be: "How do living organisms affect the quality of aquatic environment?" Students will investigate how carbon dioxide produced by aquatic organisms changes the acidity of the water. They will continue to explore environmental factors that are living and non-living and will follow the scientific method.

Invention Convention: Since we've had such a busy week, we're going to push back our May 8 Deadline of the "Intent to Invent" page to be due Wednesday May 10. This page needs to be reviewed and signed by a parent or guardian prior to students building or constructing their inventions/investigations. Students have chosen to either work in a partnership or independently on this project. Their Invention Convention packet (in their binder) has more information on guidelines, timelines and more!

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