Dear Parents

We had a very interesting week. January is already over (so fast!) and this new year started with great positive attitude from the kids, who come to school happy and excited to learn.

In math, our 4th graders finished unit 5, in which they learned about place value up to billions, they learned new methods for multiplying (lattice and partial quotients). They worked really hard on their tests and got great results. 5th graders, on the other hand, also finished unit 5 and learned and reviewed the connection between decimals, fractions and percentages, as well as they reviewed how to turn improper fractions into mixed numbers. They also started to explore reading and creating circle graphs with percentages.

We wrapped up our 3rd unit of inquiry ‘Where we are in time and place’ and it was a success. The students were really engaged in finding information about their chosen countries. They showed to be very open minded and to be quite the inquirers! We did our presentations of our countries and shared things that we learned with our classmates. Some very good and interesting questions came up during this work.

We also started a new reading project for the book ‘Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes’, and we are working very hard on our writing skills. February is going to be a very exciting month.

Our new unit of inquiry, ‘Sharing the Planet’ will have our 5th graders work on their Exhibition full time, finishing up their inquiries, creating their action plans and working on their plays. 4th graders will work on a similar, but smaller project of inquiry about conflicts between humans and wildlife.

In English, 5th graders began brainstorming ideas for their Exhibition plays.  These plays will impart a message, coming from students’ interpretation of their research.  They will also be a way for the students to have fun sharing what they learned in a creative way.  4th graders picked topics for their own inquiry projects for this unit and began reading a new Junior Great Book story, Fresh.  Both groups also had time to work on and conference with me about an independent writing project of their choosing.

For Valentine’s Day this year, students will exchange cards in the classroom on February 14th. We will have each student draw another student’s name out of a hat to make a card for that person in the classroom, but if your child would like to bring Valentines for every child in the classroom, he/she can do so. Please use the class list below to do your Valentine’s Day cards:

 Sherry’s Class

Jack

Alex

Faris

Piper

Alexis

Ana

Emma

Elly

Nina

Grace

Miko

Avery

Nathan

Benjamin

Collin

Finn

Michelle’s Class

Allie

Juliet

Ruby

Liam

Karma

Bennett

Ray

Henry

Julian

Oliver

Sage

Marcus

Colton

Gillian

Georgia

You can send your Valentines cards with your child on February 14th so he/she can distribute them to the class.

Have a nice week-end!