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Our week at a glance: The children who are a part of the ELD (English Learning Development) will be testing, starting this week through the rest of February. Reading:  Text Features:  What is their purpose in the Nonfiction articles we are reading.  Vocabulary: using Greek/Latin root words to understand words that have them. Math:  District Math test this Tuesday.  Please have your child study their fractions skills online using the fraction tips below.  Look at the Weekly Homework blog for the Tips. Science/Social Studies/Writing:  Project Based Project on Copper Mining:  The children are finalizing their Notes and putting their thoughts together concerning their opinion of copper mining, and will then compose a letter to Arizona's Senate, House of Representatives, and the Governor concerning this.
Posted by clee  On Feb 02, 2019 at 11:33 AM
Benchmark Testing: Mon., Jan. 28th ELA (Language Arts) Wed.  Jan. 30th Math (Due to the Golf Field trip for the 5th graders who were selected, our Math     Benchmark test was moved to Wednesday instead of Tuesday.) Tiger Prep Day: Thurs. Jan. 31st Assembly/Honor Assembly: Fri. Feb. 1st  Starting at 9:00 Reading: We're beginning to work on Text Features of Nonfiction passages etc. Math: They are fine tuning their Fraction skills.  Please have your child practice online. Science/Social Studies:  We're finalizing our facts to present to our Senate, House of Representatives and Governor concerning the Effects of Mining on humans and the environment.
Posted by clee  On Jan 28, 2019 at 7:17 AM
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 19.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Helvetica; color: #706f6f; -webkit-text-stroke: #706f6f; min-height: 19.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {font-kerning: none; color: #706f6f; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #706f6f} Here is what is coming up for the next couple of weeks.   Jan. 14 & 15: Our next FLIP lesson is going home on Monday and Tuesday.  Please be sure that your child does the FLIP lessons.  Please keep in mind that these lessons and assignments are a part of our grades.   Please check over your child's homework and have them correct there work.  This helps your child to take responsibility for correcting his/her work and not turn in work that is incorrect.  Thank you for your help with this. Jan. 18th APEX Run:   The 5th grade and my 4th grader's run will take place on Friday starting at 9:00.  You are welcome to come and help  mark the laps if you have the time.   Math:   We are currently working on Adding and Subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.  The subtracting involves regrouping which can be confusing.  The answers need to be simplified.  Please go to Khan Academy and have your child practice these skills online. 4th Grade is working with common denominators, but will learn how to do uncommon denominators as well.  They will be moving on to multiplying whole numbers with fractions soon.   5th Grade is working on uncommon denominators, and will move on to multiplying and dividing whole numbers with fractions, and fractions with fractions.  Science:  Your child is currently researching the effects of mining on the environment and on the miners.  They will then write a letter to our Senate to express their viewpoints about mining.  This is a project that we are working on in the classroom.  The children are learning quite a bit about cause and effect with this. Writing: Our next writing project is what your child hopes to gain from life by the time they are 100 years old.  Please have your child think of what they want for their future, and how they will go about gaining it. Greek/Latin Roots:  To further our vocabulary knowledge, our class is working on learning different Greek and Latin root words, and knowing the meaning of different words that have that particular root in it.  We just finished working on aqua a Latin root meaning water.  We are moving on to the Greek root hydro- also meaning water.  Please help your child come up with at least five (5) words using the root hydro- in it, and know the meaning of them, and use them in a sentence.  They will teach the class the words they learned.  This is for grades. Reading: We will be moving on to Point of View, and Text Features next.  With Point of View, we will learn 1st Person, and 3rd Person point of view.  We will read stories and determine which point of view is used.  Then we take a look at the same story through the eyes of another character to see how it changes the meaning of what is going on.
Posted by clee  On Jan 12, 2019 at 5:36 PM
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px 'American Typewriter'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px 'American Typewriter'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 17.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {font: 14.0px Calibri; font-kerning: none} As we begin 2019, I ask for your help! The time I have with your child is precious and limited! When your child is late for school or taken out early, they not only miss out on valuable learning time, it interrupts the teaching and learning taking place for all students. Please do everything possible to ensure your child is on time every day and does not leave early!  I also need you your help with minimizing interruptions to my teaching and your child’s learning. Beginning on Monday, when your child forgets their homework, project, iPad, lunch, etc., our office staff will no longer be calling my classroom to have your child pick up the item. Instead, they will be sending me an email and I will let your child know to pick up the item at lunch or the end of the day. I appreciate your help with teaching our students responsibility by being prepared for school with everything they need to have a successful day and minimizing disruptions to my teaching.  Thank you for your help with this.
Posted by clee  On Jan 11, 2019 at 3:26 PM
Dear Families,    Yesterday we learned all about step #3 in becoming a STRONG leader, which is to refuel.  Johnny Tsunami used the example of two tanks: the brain and the body. Each are refueled in opposite ways: the brain needing rest and the body needing fuel! We can only be STRONG leaders by taking care of our body through consistent exercise and healthy eating habits. We give our brains a break by getting a good amount of sleep, not worrying or stressing and not spending too much time on our devices. Today the Apex team taught us step #4 in becoming STRONG leaders - learning how to Overcome.  To overcome means to face challenges head on as we are confronted with them, keeping the mindset that we can endure and getting through it! No matter how difficult the obstacle, we must find a way to overcome.  Johnny Tsunami used the double A rule: Attitude and Action! We learned that attitude is the way you think and feel, and action is what you do.  With a positive attitude and immediate, appropriate action, STRONG leaders can overcome. Remember, leaders never quit! As of today our class is at  $21.83/ lap. The children have just earned crazy sock day and may wear them on Monday. Our goal is to get to $30/lap by Monday so we can earn free time as a team! Here is tonight’s challenge-  The class that makes the biggest jump in pledges over the weekend will win a mystery gift.  Please help us with earning our pledges.  The money goes to so many important things at our school, and without the funding, we may not have these things available next year.  Thanks, Coach Lee & Lee’s Fabulous Team
Posted by clee  On Jan 11, 2019 at 11:30 AM
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} We have a parent at our school who is in need of after school care.  If any of you are able to do this, would you please contact Joyce Sabbagh at jsabbagh@creightonschools.org.  Thank you for your help with this. 
Posted by clee  On Jan 09, 2019 at 10:50 AM
I'm looking forward to the start of our 3rd Quarter.    Jan. 7th: APEX Kickoff--Please read the details below. Jan. 10th:  School Spelling Bee for our 1st and 2nd winners 4th: 1st:  Benji  2nd:  Gillian 5th: 1st: Natalie 2nd: Jonathan Biltmore School PTO is sponsoring the Apex Fun Run event that will be at our school for the next two weeks!  The Apex program teaches leadership and fitness to our students who are raising pledges for the Fun Run on Friday, January 18th.    To help us get started please watch this parent video by the Apex Team - https://vimeo.com/277667175 (pw:apexteam)   This year's character theme is Apex STRONG! Students will join the Apex Team on an exciting journey as they learn what it truly means to strong as a team.     SELFLESS TRUSTWORTHY REFUEL OVERCOME NEXT LEVEL GRATEFUL   Students are raising pledges for the laps they will run on Fun Run day (between 26 and 36, 36-lap max).  Each lap is 1/16th of a mile.  For instance, $1 per lap means $30 dollars total pledged if the student runs 30 laps.  Our class has a goal of reaching $5 per lap for each student, or $150 simple donations.   Here's the important part!  The majority of the funds raised this year will go to our school to pay for  library and classroom funds! However, the school has promised that an additional 10% of whatever we raise in each class goes directly to that teacher to use in their own classroom. My goal is to raise $50+/lap, enough money to buy (Science experiment materials, and books for our class library).   Please help us reach our goal by talking to family and friends about pledging for your students. A great way to do this is to use the feature called the “Share Wizard” found on your students pledge page.  It’s super easy.  The Share Wizard is an awesome tool that allows you to send texts, emails and share posts on Facebook and Twitter to help your child get sponsors for the fun run. If you need your child’s access code to login at www.myapexevent.com, please just reply.  I hope to see you at the Fun Run next week! Thanks, Coach Cindy Lee (Lee’s Fabulous Team Members)
Posted by clee  On Jan 05, 2019 at 10:39 PM
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'American Typewriter'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Tardies:  Parents we are having an increase in tardies again. Every day the front office is processing between 50-75 tardy slips per day for the last two weeks. We need your help in reducing the amount of tardies happening at our school. We know how difficult the mornings can be when it is cold and dark outside but students do need to be in their seats by 7:30. We appreciate your help in this matter. Yearbook Cover:   Calling all artists! The yearbook cover contest is here. We are looking for creative covers to include in our 2018-2019 yearbook. If you’d like to submit your cover art you have until Thursday Jan. 10th.  Entries must on an 8 1/2x11 white piece of paper with a one inch border and needs to include our school name, year and your name. The artist of the selected yearbook cover contest will receive a free yearbook. Contact Ms. Turner or Ms. Sabbagh further details. Submit your entries to the front office. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'American Typewriter'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none}
Posted by clee  On Dec 14, 2018 at 11:52 AM
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} I just wanted to give you a couple of updates for this coming week.   Dec. 18th: The 5th grade will be showing a movie to those who have earned it.  The movie we are showing is El Derado.  It is a PG, so if you are concerned about this, please let me know, and your child will go to a different room during our activity.   Dec. 18th or 19th: Class Spelling Bee: We will have our class Spelling Bee on either Tuesday or Wednesday this week.  I will hold a 4th grade Spelling Bee, and a 5th grade Spelling Bee.  The 1st winner, and 2nd winner from each grade level will then participate in the school Spelling Bee the week we get back from our Winter Break.  Please have your child study the words passed out today, Thursday, very carefully.  Everyone is expected to participate.  Thank you for all you do.  Have a great evening.
Posted by clee  On Dec 13, 2018 at 10:00 PM
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Dec. 10th:  K-3 Winter concert on Monday @ Monte Vista p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Dec. 14th:  PTO Meeting @ 7:30am in the library on Friday Multiplication Facts:  Please help your child memorize his/her multiplication facts.  Math Module:  We have just begun our Fraction Modules:  Knowing the Multiplication Facts by heart will help immensely with this module, and our continued practice of the past module (multiplication and division). FLIP Lessons:  (Since this is a math lesson, it will take the place of 2 days of Math homework.) 4th Grade:  Adding and Subtracting fractions with common denominators 5th Grade:  Adding and Subtracting fractions with uncommon denominators Dec. 20th:  Prep Pride Day
Posted by clee  On Dec 08, 2018 at 8:21 PM
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