Monday, April 17, 2017

Mercado, Tutoring, and Other Activities

We wanted to let parents know that our doors are open for students to finish work or recieve help with our writing projects on Tuesday or Thursday, from 3:20 to 4pm.  Any student choosing to work after school must check in with aftercare during carline and come in with us at 3:20 so that parents will not be charged for that time.  Our doors are open until the end of the year except during conferences (April 26-May4).  We hope that everyone signs up for conferences as soon as possible!

Our students are working hard on formatting their yearbook pages.  Please see these links below for the three photo galleries we already have.  We will be adding more photos as we recieve them.  If anyone would like to add any additional photos from our school activities, please  share or add an album to our google drive on our account.  Your child already knows the password.

Yearbook photo galleries links have been sent to all our parent's email accounts on file.  If you did not recieve the link, please let us know your current email address!

Also, Mercado is literally around the cornder next week, Friday, April 28.  Your child will be returning their Mercado forms soon.  We have stressed with them the importance of staying within their parents' budgets. Also, please stay tuned for information on the end-of-year activities planned by our 6th graders.  We will have meetings soon about our 6th grade overnight trip. Remember that our 6th grade graduation ceremony is May 19th and our end-of-year trip is May 26th.  

Thanks again for your support this year.  We look forward to a fun-filled six weeks!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Please Sign up for Student-Led Conferences

We are thrilled that testing is behind us and everyone had a wonderful time this week, whether they stayed with Ms. Kathy or ventured out with the rest of the class.  We will post a photo gallery soon and plan to add details of our trip into our class yearbook. We especially hope that all families are able to sign up for student-led conferences as soon as possible.  We are so pleased with every child's progress and look forward to that time where each student is able to present the results of their daily efforts.  

Please call or stop by the office to reserve your time.  If you would like a phone conference or an alternative time, please let us know by replying to this email or leaving us a message in the office. Conference times are after school from April 24th to May 4, and all day on May 5th, when classes are cancelled. Please remember to bring your child so that they can have the opportunity to present their portfolios. Childcare is available after school for siblings, please let us know when you sign up if childcare is needed.

Also, please check with your child on Monday, when we will send important information home about our end-of-year writing projects.  If you would like a sneak peek, please take a look at the previous posting on this blog, right here.

We hope everyone has a happy and restful Easter Weekend and look forward to seeing everyone sooon!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

End of Year Writing Projects

End of Year Writing Projects

As the school year winds down, we always stay busy with writing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences we have enjoyed.  There are two big writing projects that are an integral part of our year-end wrapup.  The first is our class yearbooks and the second is our bookbinding project.  Please read below for information on both writing activities. Students may stay after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays if they need extra help, except if there are conferences, April 25-May 4th.


Students will choose from their writing in their portfolios or side projects at home to create a novel or anthology of selected poems, short stories or expository texts.  The work will be revised and a final copy will be made on the computer to print into a book which will be bound in class by hand.  Students may type their final copies at home or school, but please email us the final copy so that we may format it into a bookfold which can be bound properly.  We will also assist with any illustrations that may be hand-drawn directly on the pages or scanned into the document before printing.  

We seek a few supplies if you have any of the following on hand:  thick, tagboard type cardboard that can be used for covers, fabric scraps, decorative paper, needles,  bookbinding and duct tape, and spray glue.  If you are interested in learning how to bind books and helping in the classroom, please let us know!

Suggested deadlines (will vary depending on the length of the book):  

Topic selection:   April 8
Rough Draft:     April 24
Final Copy:   May 10

Class Yearbook Project:
Every year, our students choose their favorite artwork, writing, photographs and other work to showcase in the two pages they get to design themselves as their contribution to our classroom yearbook.  This year, we will be sending out our 60+ page color yearbooks to the printer for a cost of only $14 each book.  We will also be able to offer copies of previous years editions for the same price.  The deadlines for the yearbook are a little more precise, due to the deadlines needed for payment and publishing.  If you would like to see a sample of previous yearbooks or if you are interested in assisting with any of the formatting of our book in progress, we would love to hear from you!

Hard Deadlines

Payment deadline for current and back issues:                                                        May 4
Page named and opened on google docs in class:                                                   March 31
Writing selected to be scanned and added to doc:                                                  April 8-18
Photos from google drive selected to be scanned and added to doc:                   April 10
Additional text added to google doc:                                                                          April 21
Special features created and added by sixth graders:                                              April 19
Writing/layout conferences:                                                                                         April 21-24
Table of contents and pages all merged into one document:                                 April 28
Final inspection editing conferences:                                                                           May 4
Yearbook sent to publisher                                                                                              May 5
Yearbooks will arrive                                                                                                         May 11/12

Please Cut and Return this portion to order your glossy color yearbook copy

Yearbook order form

Name____________________________   # of 2016/2017 yearbooks_____

Back issues ordered:     2013/2014   2014/2015  2015/2016   (please circle)

Quantity                            ______      ________ _______

Total quantity x $14 = amount due___________________

Cash or check enclosed_____________________________

--additional funds (if any) will go toward Room 102 Activities Budget