Friday, December 11, 2015

Science Camp Packets Sent Out

It is hard to believe this year is over!  So much remarkable growth has happened and we are so excited for our upcoming activities.

Your child will be bringing home the required paperwork that we need for our Science Camp that will take place January 20th-22nd and Tonto Creek Camp.  We welcome chaperones who can stay all or part of the time there.  The cost is just $86 dollars per student or chaperone and includes 6 meals and wonderful lodging at the ASU training facilities. We have reserved 2 vans for both classrooms and will also need a couple drivers as well.  Chaperones and drivers will need to have all required paperwork turned in next week, in order to ensure it is all processed properly. 

We will have a meeting for chaperones after carline on January 7th.  Let us know if you are attending and your children can attend aftercare free of charge. We will have an informational meeting for all parents, about both extended trips we are taking on January 13 at 5pm. In the mean time, please have a look at the packet of information we are sending via email that has more detailed information on this science camp or check out http://tontocreekcamp.com/

If your child has any dietary or medical restrictions, please let us know on the permission slip.  Any medication, including inhalers and epi-pens must be accompanied by a doctors note and remain in possession. 

The fees for the trip are due January 8th and can be made in the form of a tax credit donation, which enables you to receive the money back, dollar for dollar, on your taxes.  We are raising additional funds for upcoming science activities as well.  We would like to ask those few who have not paid their class fees, to please do so now to ensure we are able to continue all the programming planned for 2016.  The front office is happy to take partial payments for those who are unable to pay the full amount at once.

As the year draws to a close, we want to thank all those who have supported our work in the classroom and have enabled us to nurture this amazing class this year.  We are especially grateful for the opportunity to teach and learn from each individual.  If you have any questions, feel free to call or email us at any time!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Holiday Activities

This week, we are exploring Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) and working in groups to analyze various texts of each group's choosing.  Many of our groups are working on mastering long division and long multiplication, while others are extending their knowledge into ratios, proportions, and calculating unit rates. Our students are blazing through their math facts and I had to add yet another level to keep them moving up in algebra. We are also going to make candles this week, as requested by countless members in our classroom.

Our 6th and 7th grade students have been so busy planning some wonderful activities for next week and next.  Please see the papers that they have printed out, and also see here for more information:

Holiday Gift Shop
The students are going to run a fundraiser for our classroom for more science materials and also to help with expenses for our upcoming STEM science camp (January 20-22) Each group is going to meet to determine something to sell next week during the recesses of all grade levels.  It is the goal of our shop to allow students of all grade levels an opportunity to purchase inexpensive gifts for siblings, parents, and other special people in their lives.  Please ask your child about what they have decided to contribute to make our Gift shop a success.

Spirit Week
The 6th graders have a long list of activities planned.  Please be sure to ask to see what is planned each day.  The activities include Secret Santa, a white elephant gift exchange, and gingerbread houses.  Please see our link on volunteer spot to contribute fixings for the houses:  http://vols.pt/vTPuEs

Don't forget to sign the permission slip for your child to watch Elf, since it is a pg rated movie.

Upcoming Activities
Please expect a packet of information about our science camp, this Friday.  We are planning to have a parent meeting about this trip and our Grand Canyon end-of-year excursion when we return from the holidays.  We plan to have a meeting on January 7th, for those who are interested in driving or chaperoning for all or part of our trip as well as a general meeting about the trip after our transition meeting, penciled in on January 13.