Weekly News and Announcements

Important Dates
*May 8, 9-SBAC Testing-Math
It is important that students are on time for school as we will begin testing first thing in the morning. Once we start testing, late students will not be allowed into the classroom and will need to wait in the office until we are finished. They will then need to take make-ups at a later date. Please also remember to have students get plenty of rest and eat a healthy breakfast.
The following is a link to information about the testing: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/.
If you would like your students to get familiar with taking a test, the following is a link to practice tests (have them sign in as a guest not student): https://login7.cloud1.tds.airast.org/student/V173/Pages/LoginShell.aspx?c=California_PT.
Please note that there is no way to prepare and study for the test. Students should have been learning the concepts throughout the year.
*May 11-End of Module 4 Assessment; Bike to School Day
*May 16-Field Trip to Sycamore Grove Park in Livermore (pending confirmation of enough drivers)
*May 17-Letter to your child due
*May 18-Science Fair 5-6 p.m. and Open House 6-7 p.m.
*May 19-Minimum Day
*May 25-Field Trip to Oakland Museum (only if we have enough drivers). If you are able to driver students, please email me ASAP.
Curriculum
In Reader's Workshop we continued our Historical Fiction Book Club Unit using Number the Stars as our mentor text. Students learned that readers realize that a character's perspective is shaped by the times and his/her role. We finished reading aloud and discussing By the Great Horn Spoon as a class. Students began to develop Wanted Posters of themselves as if they were road agents back in the times of the Gold Rush. In Writer's Workshop students continued an informational mini-unit and finished writing their concluding paragraph. In Math, we finished our unit on decimals by learning to solve word problems using decimals. We also continued our Geometry Unit this week, in which students learned how to define and construct triangles from given criteria and how to classify quadrilaterals based upon parallel and perpendicular lines as well as specific angle sizes. In Social Studies, we continued our Pioneer Simulation as students created another diary entry and continued to suffer fates along the trail. Students also began to complete their Unit 3 Social Studies study guide in preparation for an upcoming test. In Science, students learned about earthquakes. We also took our SBAC tests in English Language Arts and had a presentation from a Booklegger from our public library