Week 36 (May 20-23, 2013)

iPads and chargers (with cords) will be returned Tuesday, May 21. You will be billed for the cost of any missing equipment and your child’s report card will be held as ransom until it is paid.

MobyMax math baseline testing results for the 2013 (only) academic year will be emailed to you this week.

Paint Mines field trip, Wednesday, May 22. Click here for the basic lowdown on the field trip paying particular attention to the equipment list.

The Wednesday, May 22th weather forecast for beautiful Calhan calls for a high temperature of 71 degrees and a 5-10 mph wind out of the southeast in the afternoon.  No rain is predicted. It looks to be a perfect day for hiking. That said:

  • the UV (sunburn) index will be “very high,” so bring your sunscreen,
  • dress appropriately (i.e., in layers). We arrive around 9:30am and it may still be cool.
  • bring enough water (about 32 ounces, i.e., 8 ounces per hour) and
  • trail food in addition to your disposable lunch and drink (examples: granola bars, toaster pastries, cookies, trail mix, dried fruit, Fig Newtons, M&M’s, sunflower seeds, hard candy, crackers, candy bars, or cheese)

Field Day and early dismissal (at noon) takes place this Thursday, May 23 at Casey Jones Park.

  • Help is needed (all volunteer hours are doubled) to run stations, lead a group of students, supervise, pictures, and a variety of other jobs.
  • Please contact Mrs. Chamberlain (1st – 4th grade) at maggie.chamberlain@legacyk8.org.
  • There will be a meeting for all field Day Volunteers on Monday, May 20th, at 3:15pm in the cafeteria.

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There will be no new homework assignments this week in any subject. Any missing work and makeup testing must be completed by Tuesday morning.

 

Vintage Social Networking

What to do this summer. Your kiddos will be able to use two powerful websites, both accessible from any computer or smart device (not just Apple products), throughout the summer. So, before they unload their backpack for the summer, write down their usernames and passwords for:

If young minds do indeed soak up information like sponges, then it is reasonable to suppose that their little brains, like sponges, will dry out and shrink if not put to use. In that spirit, Instructor magazine from Scholastic offers:

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Paint Mines field trip, Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Paint Mines formations

Our science field trip to the Paint Mines Interpretive Park in El Paso County is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22. It’s my favorite activity of the year and is both challenging and unusual.

The link to where you can complete the online permission slip was sent two weeks ago to all fourth grade parents via email (the deadline to complete it is Monday, May 20th). Once the form is completed online, all that is required of you is to send $9 for your student’s bus fare (parent volunteers ride for free).

Your student will need a disposable sack lunch and drink and lots of other stuff – more on that later.

I have 14 parent volunteers to ride on the school bus and act as field guides. Volunteers will receive their list of the kids in their group by Wednesday morning. If you’re one of the gluttons for punishment and have questions about your chaperone duties, please contact Mrs. Koenen or me.

Paint Mines formations

Super important information. I’ve warned the kiddos that this “ain’t no hippie field trip:”

  • Have your student eat a good breakfast and take in lots of fluids.
  • There is no shelter on this trip other than the outhouses at the beginning and end of the hike. Also, there is no potable water available.
  • Students will be outdoors the entire time (about 4 hours) on high, wind swept plains and will hike a minimum of 4.3 miles on designated trails.
  • There are no outhouses along the trail.
  • Students must bring a backpack large enough to carry their own discarded layers of clothing, field guide and pencil, trail snacks and two or three containers of water.
  • Other suggested gear: sunscreen, handkerchief, hat, sunglasses, windbreaker, hand sanitizer or wipes, binoculars, gloves and camera.
  • Kiddos can wear street clothes that conform with Legacy Academy’s dress code for our trip.  Regardless, it’s über important to dress your student in layers in anticipation of temperature fluctuations (i.e., don’t put them in a t-shirt and ski jacket).

Week 35 (May 13-17, 2013)

iPads and chargers (with cords) will be returned this week. Students will turn in their iPads and charger blocks on Thursday, April 16 Tuesday, May 21. You will be billed for the cost of any missing equipment and your child’s report card will be held as ransom until it is paid (Hey, I’m just the messenger).

MAP testing results for the academic year 2012-13 will be emailed to you this week. While results were already distributed with the 3rd quarter report cards and discussed with virtually all parents, if you have any lingering questions about how to decipher the information, please contact me before May 22.

An email with the link to complete the online permission slip to attend the May 22nd field trip to the Paint Mines was sent last week to all fourth grade parents (the deadline to complete it is Monday, May 20th). Only one email bounced back to me because of a funky email address. If you were that person (you’ll know because you didn’t receive the email), please contact Mrs. Koenen or me. Once the form is completed online, all that is required of you is to send $9 for your student’s bus fare (parent volunteers ride for free).

1 minute party

For your calendar:

  • Monday. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 7.5 “school” days.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due.
  • Thursday. iPads and chargers are returned by students.
  • Friday. All school Dress of Choice
  • May 13-17 (all week) Spring MAP testing (language, science; make-ups), for an hour each morning..
  • May 22 (Wednesday), Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

Left Brain Right Brain

iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Spelling. No spelling this week. Instead, they will create a story using 20 carefully selected spelling words and phrases.
  • Vocabulary. The class will study for their vocabulary test using their black and white notebooks.
  • Reading. Please have your student listen to the story at least one time at home during the week before iPads are turned in.
  • Math.  Ask your student to show you her/his progress in Moby Max. They took another baseline test to see their growth since January. I think you will be pleased. Also, write down and save their Moby Max username and password so they can continue to use it on their home computer or other device.
  • Science. All work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.
Liquid nitrogen plus 1,500 ping pong balls. What could go wrong?

Liquid nitrogen plus 1,500 ping pong balls:  what could go wrong?

Week 29 (April 1-5, 2013)

Science field trip:

  • I have permission slips from all but two kiddos (you know who you are).
  • Many students have not turned in their field trip money ($9) and it’s needed post haste. If no dough by Tuesday morning, they cannot participate.
  • Chaperones (I have all I need, by the way. Thank you): if you volunteered online, but have not received an email regarding your responsibilities and work schedule, contact me at dave.tallent@legacyk8.org.
  • If you still need to complete the permission slip, you can fill it out online at:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dDBESTlGVDNZeHI2Y3Q1M2g3U01VMVE6MQ

Race to Read (Week 2):

  • While optional, students are highly encouraged to participate in this 6 week incentive program to encourage reading at home. Race to Read started March 25, the Monday during our Spring Break.
  • The 1st and 2nd reading log sheets were sent home in Monday Folders the week of parent/teacher conferences. A “Parent Information Letter” describing the program is printed on the back of the 1st sheet.
  • We are emphasizing honesty when filling out the log sheets. A parent’s signature is required with each completed sheet.
  • Just read, man!

Some wise guy's conceptualization of the "real" Mr. T

For your calendar:

  • Monday. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 36.5 “school” days.
  • TuesdaySheep lung dissections in Legacy Academy middle school science lab with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week
  • April 19. All school Dress of Choice Day.
  • April 26. Teacher in-service (no school for students).
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (my band, Martyrs, will be playing. Hope you can make it).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.
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Snakes on a Plane

iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Reading. Some students are working outside the classroom one-on-one with an instructor, in small reading groups, and/or using a computerized reading program.  Other students are reading selections at home and commenting on what they’ve read. Most students do these tasks in addition to their weekly Open Court reading.
    • Testing.  Students take weekly quizzes on spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and daily language. Immediately after testing, daily language and spelling results can be emailed to you by your student. Reading comprehension and vocabulary test results can be found by Monday on Infinite Campus.
  • Vocabulary. The class will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words.
  • Daily Language Review (DLR).  Students use an annotation app to make editing marks on their daily practice sheets (ask them about the DocAs app). Students discuss and make corrections, save them in a “DLR” folder, and can email their completed sheets to you.
  • Math.  The routine is to pretest to see if what is being covered in the lesson has already been mastered by the student.  Next, unmastered or new concepts are (re)taught.  Finally, they test to determine if they have indeed mastered the concepts.  Testing informs me where learning gaps exist, e.g., lack of mastery with multiplication facts and how to divide. There is daily introduction and review of math concepts.  We use the iPad for quizzes and reinforcement, i.e., Moby Math.
  • Science.  With the exception of an occasional reading and video viewing on a science topic, all work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.

Week 28 with sheep heart dissection field trip permission slip (March 18-22, 2013)

Science field trip:

  • Field trip permission slips and money ($9) for the April 2nd sheep heart dissection labs are due Wednesday, March 20.
  • In my email sent last Friday to all parents, I mentioned that the permission slip is to be completed online
  • You can also volunteer to chaperone (at no charge) at one of the three labs using the same permission slip.
  • After completing the form online, all that’s necessary is to send money to me with your kiddo.
  • If you missed the email or had trouble viewing or submitting the form, you can fill it out online:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dDBESTlGVDNZeHI2Y3Q1M2g3U01VMVE6MQ

Teacher cartoon

For your calendar:

  • Monday. Fourth quarter begins. After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 39.5 “school” days.
  • WednesdayLibrary books and field trip permission slips are due; parent/teacher conferences 4-8pm.
  • Thursday. Parent/teacher conferences 8am-noon (no school for students)
  • FridaySpring Break begins (no school for students).
  • March 4-20. TCAP (make-up testing only).
  • March 21-31. Spring Break (no school for students).
  • April 2Sheep lung dissections in Legacy Academy middle school science lab with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (my band, Martyrs, will be playing. Hope you can make it).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

Michelangelo's Parent Teacher Conference

iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • All subjects. No testing this week. Students will be selecting work to display during conferences.  They will be reading excerpts from “Music and Slavery,” rotating through Reading Plus, and blogging.  Math and science as usual.
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(Image credit: unknown)

Week 27 (March 11-15, 2013)

TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing concludes Monday. Yeah. Some reminders for PARENTS:

  • all electronic devicewill be collected daily before testing. All devices will be returned to students before lunch.
  • make sure your student is rested, has eaten breakfast, and has a water bottle and a good book to read.
  • testing session / time: one test / 8:20-10:00, Monday (make-up testing throughout the week as needed)
  • they will need a snack
  • following Monday’s TCAP session, they will complete normal classwork and any missing third quarter reading, writing, math, and science assignments

I'm just saying...

For your calendar:

  • MondayTCAP testing (see above).
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week and Legacy’s Got Talent Show tryouts, Ms. Klick’s room, 4pm
  • Friday. All School Dress of Choice and individual Spring portrait photos
  • March 4-20. TCAP (testing) for 4th grade.
  • March 20 (regular school day for students) and 21 (no school for students). Parent/teacher conferences.
  • March 21-31. Spring Break (no school for students).
  • April 2Sheep lung dissections in Legacy Academy middle school science lab with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (my band, Martyrs, will be playing. Hope you can make it).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

Poor Fluffy...

iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.  They will be using them after lunch on most days this week, especially those students with missing assignments.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • All subjects. After Monday’s TCAP testing, it’s business as usual.  As mentioned, they will also work in class to complete any missing third quarter assignments.

Math problems

Week 26 (March 4-8, 2013)

TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing reminders for PARENTS:

  • iPads and all other electronic devices (including but not limited to mobile phones, computers, iPods, mp3 players, and portable gaming systems) will be collected daily before testing. All devices will be returned to students before lunch.
  • make sure your student is rested, has eaten breakfast, and has a water bottle and a good book to read.
  • testing sessions / times: two tests per day / 8:20-11:00, Monday thru Thursday (Friday: make-up testing)
  • they will need a snack
  • no other testing (including studying for any tests) or homework for the entire week, however
  • they will work in class throughout the week to complete any missing third quarter reading, writing, math, and science assignments

TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing reminders for STUDENTS:

  • Read the questions first to guide your reading.
  • Practice your mnemonics, e.g., TAPP: Topic. Audience. Purpose. Plan. And,
  • Decent Kids Pass Tests Timely:” Read Directions. Look for Keywords. Plan your writing. Stay on Topic. Make Ten Edits.
  • On writing drafts, remember, they call them “sloppy copies” for a reason. Also, always cross-out instead of erase.
  • Relax. Breathe. Focus. Repeat.
Be excellent, fourth graders!

Be excellent, fourth graders!

(Artist/image credit: unknown)

For your calendar:

  • March 4-20. TCAP (testing) for 4th grade.
  • March 20 (regular school day for students) and 21 (no school for students). Parent/teacher conferences.
  • April 2Sheep lung dissections in Legacy Academy middle school science lab with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (last year, my band, Martyrs, played. I’m hoping for a repeat performance).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

iPads. Please make certain your student brings a fully-charged iPad each morning.  They will be using them after lunch on most days this week, especially those students with missing assignments.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Math and Science. In preparation for next week’s math portion of the TCAP, I will continue to briefly review and reinforce concepts.  As mentioned, they will also work in class to complete any missing third quarter assignments.

Moon, We Got Here

(Credit: NASA)

Sheep lung dissection (in-school) field trip date has been determined

Save the date:  all day, Tuesday, April 2, in Legacy Academy’s middle school science lab.

NO PERMISSION SLIPS HAVE BEEN CREATED YET, so cool your jets (they’ll go out the second week of March and be collected before Spring Break). Cost: $9 per student.

I will need 15 volunteers total, to be utilized as follows:

  • five volunteers at a time
  • in one of the three 90 minute labs spread throughout the day
  • Volunteers will supervise one of five stations related to the circulatory system as four students at a time rotate through.
  • Volunteers will be supervised by staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

It will be most excellent.

Some pictures from previous sheep heart dissection labs:

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State capital field trip, February 26: Rules of the Road

Sorry to those parents who were not selected to chaperone this field trip. Between the two classes, we were inundated with requests. Fret not, however: anyone not making the statehouse trek will have priority for our remaining field trips in April and May.

Our state capital golden dome, from Colfax Avenue (c. 2013)

Our state capital’s golden dome, from Colfax Avenue (c. 2013)

Basic rules of the road for students:

  • wear your school uniform and dress warmly–it might be snowing Tuesday afternoon
  • bring a disposable sack lunch and drink
  • no iPads. Bring a book.
  • stay in your seats while on the bus
  • use low, low, low, indoor voices or you will be yelled at by the nice bus driver and/or guards at the state capital. Oh, and I might speak firmly to you, also.
  • stay with your group
  • Chaperones should only have to give directions once. Chaperones are to be shown respect at all times. Treat them like you’d want your classmates to treat your mom.
  • You are representing Legacy Academy. Act appropriately, like you have been out in public before. Be excellent.

If you are a parent who is not riding the bus, but will meet us at the capital: you can obviously accompany your student, but your student must stay with their chaperone and group.

Chaperones. You may travel with other chaperones and their groups, but you are responsible for the kiddos in your group:

Mrs. Arciniaga:

  • Isabella
  • Brendon
  • Jack
  • Madison
  • Hunter

Mrs. Baum:

  • Dalton
  • Trace
  • Drew
  • Nathan

Mrs. Smith:

  • James
  • Rain
  • Owin
  • Sami
  • Amelia

Mrs. Brown:

  • Trey
  • Carson
  • Cole
  • Cullen
  • Cameron

Mrs. Martinez:

  • Bella
  • Griffin
  • Caleb
  • Mitchell
  • Grace

Mrs. Zimmerman:

  • Nick
  • Quentin
  • Lauren
  • Brianna
Good advice for any field trip (credit: unknown)

Good advice for any field trip (credit: unknown)