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.

 

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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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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)

Week 33 (April 16-20, 2012)

After today, your student becomes a fifth grader in 21.5 days.

Star (for most) of the Week.  We interview a new star on Wednesday and Friday.  Check the schedule.

Events this week:

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 33” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  New lessons this week.  Students will have plenty of time to complete their assignments in class.  All students need practice on multiplication facts and how to divide.

      Keyboards and Tapes should practice their multiplication facts (http://quizlet.com/421821) and division facts (http://quizlet.com/832764/division-facts-flash-cards) daily.

Daily Oral Language (DOL). No DOL practice sentences this week.  Students will edit two sentences weekly for a quiz grade.

SpellingStudents are now copying their spelling words into their Google Calendars on Mondays:

  • everybody has the same spelling list this week
  • they will be writing sentences that incorporate their spelling words, and
  • there will be a SPELLING TEST this week

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

All testing in my classes will occur this Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 33″ in the sidebar on the right):

  • Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
    • –Practice sentences, and
    • –Answer key (available Monday night)
  • Spelling.
    • –Spelling list (available Monday night)
  • Vocabulary.
    • –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
  • Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test.
      • “Louis Braille:  The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind (the story is available online)

Week 32 newsletter (April 9-13, 2012)

Your student becomes a fifth grader in 26.5 days.

Star (for most) of the Week.  Starting this week, we will interview a new star on Wednesday and Friday (there will be exceptions…like this week).  Check the schedule.

Events this week:

  • Tuesday. Our first Star (for most) of the Week.
  • Wednesday.  In-school field trip, sheep lung dissections with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, LA Middle School science lab.  Volunteers are needed.
  • Friday. Our second Star (for most) of the Week.

"Happiness" - John Lennon

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 32” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  New lessons this week.  Students will have plenty of time to complete their assignments in class. All students need practice on multiplication facts and how to divide.

      Keyboards and Tapes should practice their multiplication facts daily at http://quizlet.com/421821 .

Daily Oral Language (DOL). No DOL practice sentences this week.  Students will edit two sentences weekly for a quiz grade.

SpellingStudents are now copying their spelling words into their Google Calendars on Mondays:

  • everybody has the same spelling list this week
  • they will be planning and creating a short story that incorporates their spelling words, and
  • there will be a SPELLING TEST this week

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

All testing in my classes will occur this Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 32″ in the sidebar on the right):

  • Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
    • –Practice sentences, and
    • –Answer key (available Monday night)
  • Spelling.
    • –Spelling list (available Monday night)
  • Vocabulary.
    • –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
  • Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test.
    • “Koko’s Kitten (the story is available online)

Week 29 (March 12-16, 2012)

Monday. TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing reminders:

  • make sure your student is rested and has eaten breakfast
  • testing time:  8:15-11:00, Monday
  • they will need a snack
  • it’s a regular classroom workweek, however, time will be given to students to complete any missing third quarter, reading, writing, math, and science assignments
Wednesday,  Star of the Week.
Next week. Parent-teacher conferences are Wednesday, 4-8pm and Thursday, 8am-noon.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 29” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  New lessons this week.  Students will have plenty of time to complete assignments in class. All students need practice on multiplication facts and how to divide.

      Keyboards and Tapes should practice their multiplication facts daily at http://quizlet.com/421821 .

Daily Oral Language (DOL). No DOL practice sentences this week.  Students will edit two sentences weekly for a quiz grade.

SpellingStudents are now copying their spelling words into their planners on Mondays:

  • everybody has the same spelling list this week
  • they will be doing sentences that incorporate their spelling words, and
  • there will be a SPELLING TEST this week

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

All testing in my classes will occur this Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 29″ in the sidebar on the right):

  • Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
    • –Practice sentences, and
    • –Answer key (available Monday night)
  • Spelling.
    • –Spelling list (available Monday night)
  • Vocabulary.
    • –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
  • Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test.
    • “McBroom and the Big Wind (the story is NOT available online)

Week 28 (March 5-9, 2012)

Wednesday,  Star of the Week.

TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing reminders:

  • make sure your student is rested and has eaten breakfast
  • testing times:  mornings, 8:15-11:00, Monday thru Thursday
  • they will need a snack (see next item)
  • their lunch moves from 10:45am to 12:15pm for the entire week (yes, including Friday)
  • no other testing (including studying for any tests) or homework for the entire week
  • they will work in class throughout the week to complete any missing third quarter, reading and writing assignments
  • iPads won’t be going home until Thursday or Friday night

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

Science.  We are simultaneously wrapping up our geology unit and introducing via video the circulatory and respiratory systems.


Week 27 (February 27-March 2, 2012)

Tuesday, 8:30 – 9:30, Legacy Academy gym, 4th graders at Jump Rope for Heart.

Wednesday,  Star of the Week.

Thursday, March 1, class pictures.

Friday, Pajama Day, $2.

iPads:

  • I’m still missing a couple of signed consent forms for your student’s email account.
  • Student iPads will not be going home until additional security filters are placed on the devices.
  • Students are using their iPads to write daily in their newly created “blogs.”
  • Check your student’s email account and blog often.

This week, in preparation for the fourth grade’s TCAP (formerly CSAP) testing, students will be taking mock CSAP exams in reading, writing, and math to acclimate themselves to the process.

As previously stated, we have made changes in 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 will alternate between weekly written tests and completing a study guide related to the story in order to enhance their note taking and research skills.  Study guides are emailed to me, commented upon, and returned to your student via email.
  • Spelling. We are not doing traditional spelling tests this month.  Instead, students will either handwrite or “blog” 20 sentences employing the week’s spelling list, or use the spelling words to create a story. This provides me with a weekly writing sample of at least 200 words.
  • Vocabulary.  Most will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words.  Others are tested upon vocabulary used in their reading outside the classroom.
  • Daily Oral Language (DOL).  Students use an annotation app to make editing marks on their weekly practice sheet (ask them about the Neu.Annotate and Sketchbook apps).  They email me their completed sheets.  I correct them online, then email them back to the student.
  • 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., Khan Academy. CSAP tests released from prior years will be used in class to familiarize your student with the type of questions they can anticipate on this year’s TCAP test.
  • Science.  With the exception of a science biography they will write in April, and occasional reading and video viewing on a science topic, all work will be done in the classroom.

A punctuation reminder

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 27” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  All Tapes, and some Keyboards, will pretest this week. I’ll be reteaching concepts to select groups again this week.  All students need practice on multiplication facts and how to divide.

      Keyboards and Tapes should practice their multiplication facts daily at http://quizlet.com/421821 .

Daily Oral Language (DOL). Students edit two sentences daily in class using neu.annotate, an iPad app. Additionally, students will edit two similar sentences weekly for a quiz grade (to see if they can apply their newfound editing knowledge).

SpellingStudents are now copying their spelling words into their planners on Mondays:

  • NOTE: everybody has the same spelling list this week
  • NOTE:  they will be doing sentences that incorporate their spelling words, therefore, NO SPELLING TEST this week

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

All testing in my classes will occur this Thursday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 27″ in the sidebar on the right):

  • Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
    • –Practice sentences, and
    • –Answer key (available Monday night)
  • Spelling.
    • –Spelling list (available Monday night)
  • Vocabulary.
    • –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
  • Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test.
    • “The Big Wave (the story is NOT available online)

Week 26 (February 20-24, 2012)

Wednesday,  Star of the Week.

Friday, K-8 Dress of Choice.

iPads:

  • I’m still missing a couple of signed consent forms for your student’s email account.
  • Student iPads will not be going home until additional security filters are placed on the devices.
  • Students are using their iPads to write daily in their newly created “blogs.”
  • Check your student’s email account and blog often.

Changes in 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 will alternate between weekly written tests and completing a study guide related to the story in order to enhance their note taking and research skills.  Study guides are emailed to me, commented upon, and returned to your student via email.
  • Spelling. We are not doing traditional spelling tests this month.  Instead, students will either handwrite or “blog” 20 sentences employing the week’s spelling list, or use the spelling words to create a story. This provides me with a weekly writing sample of at least 200 words.
  • Vocabulary.  Most will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words.  Others are tested upon vocabulary used in their reading outside the classroom.
  • Daily Oral Language (DOL).  Students use an annotation app to make editing marks on their weekly practice sheet (ask them about the Neu.Annotate and Sketchbook apps).  They email me their completed sheets.  I correct them online, then email them back to the student.
  • 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., Khan Academy. CSAP tests released from prior years will be used in class to familiarize your student with the type of questions they can anticipate on this year’s TCAP test.
  • Science.  With the exception of a science biography they will write in April, and occasional reading and video viewing on a science topic, all work will be done in the classroom.
Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 26” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  All Tapes, and some Keyboards, will pretest this week. I’ll be reteaching concepts to select groups again this week.  All students need practice on multiplication facts and how to divide.

      Keyboards and Tapes should practice their multiplication facts daily at http://quizlet.com/421821 .

Daily Oral Language (DOL). Students edit two sentences daily in class using neu.annotate, an iPad app. Additionally, students will edit two similar sentences weekly for a quiz grade (to see if they can apply their newfound editing knowledge).

SpellingStudents are now copying their spelling words into their planners on Mondays:

  • NOTE: everybody has the same spelling list this week
  • NOTE:  they will be doing sentences that incorporate their spelling words, therefore, NO SPELLING TEST this week

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Thursday.

All testing in my classes will occur this Thursday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 26″ in the sidebar on the right):

  • Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
    • –Practice sentences, and
    • –Answer key (available Monday night)
  • Spelling.
    • –Spelling list (available Monday night)
  • Vocabulary.
    • –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
  • Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test.
    • “Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson (study guide is available online)

Week 22 (January 23-27, 2012)

Click to see who’s our next Star of the Week.

Permission slips for the Medieval Feast (this Friday, January 27) were sent home last week in your kiddo’s planner.  Click here to go to Mrs. Waide’s blog, and find her “History” section for information about the festivities.

Science Fair is February 2.  Click here for the details.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 22” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

Fluffy, the cat, is a lifelong learner

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  They will pretest this week.  I will again be reteaching concepts to all groups this week.  For example, there are students that have not mastered basic arithmetic algorithms, while others need support with multi-digit multiplication and division.

      Keyboards and Tapes should practice their multiplication facts daily at http://quizlet.com/421821 .

Daily Oral Language (DOL). Students edit two sentences daily in class and will test on some of the same sentences each Friday. Additionally, students will edit two similar sentences weekly for a quiz grade (to see if they can apply their newfound editing knowledge).

SpellingStudents are now copying their spelling words into their planners on Mondays:

  • NOTE: everybody has the same spelling list this week
  • NOTE:  they will be doing sentences that incorporate their spelling words, therefore, NO SPELLING TEST this week

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

All testing in my classes will occur this Thursday and Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 22″ in the sidebar on the right):

  • Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
  • –Practice sentences, and
  • –Answer key (available Monday night)
  • Spelling.
  • –Spelling list (available Monday night)
  • Vocabulary.
  • –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
  • Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test.
  • “The Story of Susan La Flesche Picotte (study guide is available online)

Week 20 (January 9-13, 2012)

Report cards went home today.  Check your child’s Monday folder.

Click to see who’s our next Star of the Week.

Martin Luther King Day. No school next Monday, January 16.  Your student can listen to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by clicking here.

Science Fair is February 2.  Click here for the details.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 20” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

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Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  They will test this week:

  • (Math group) Keyboards classwork for this week are lessons 32-35.
  • (Math group) Tapes classwork classwork for this week are lessons 32-35.
  • Keyboards and Tapes should practice their multiplication facts daily at http://quizlet.com/421821 .

Daily Oral Language (DOL). Students edit two sentences daily in class and will test on some of the same sentences each Friday. Additionally, students will edit two similar sentences weekly for a quiz grade (to see if they can apply their newfound editing knowledge).

SpellingStudents are now copying their spelling words into their planners on Mondays. NOTE: everybody has the same spelling list this week.

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

All testing in my classes will occur this Thursday and Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 20″ in the sidebar on the right):

  • Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
  • –Practice sentences, and
  • –Answer key (available Monday night)
  • Spelling.
  • –Spelling list (available Monday night)
  • Vocabulary.
  • –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
  • Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test.
  • “Emily’s Hands-On Science Experiment (study guide is available online)