Update for the week of 12/17: 
    I can't believe time has flown by so fast, and this is the last week before our winter break! The 2018 holiday season approached even faster than in years past.
    This week is spirit week, and students are encouraged to dress for the occasion. We have talked about outfit options in class, and I sent home a reminder email. Participation is voluntary!
    Classroom Update:
    In math, we are beginning to tackle long division. After having completed our first two lessons, I have noticed that we need a little more time to get used to dividing, so we will push back our ambitious schedule for this week.
    Mathematicians in room 54 are learning the importance of knowing math facts in order to be able to estimate and round to make division easier. As multiplication is the inverse operation of division, we are using multiplication to help us solve some of our problems, and to check for accuracy.
    Our topic 9 math test will be next year...on Thursday, 1/10/19.
    In social studies, we are continuing with settlements in California, in order to be prepared for the California Walkthrough on January 30th. This is a special field trip that takes place in Bobcat Hall starting at 12:15. We would love one parent volunteer to help with this imaginary journey into California's past, as we need a score keeper.  
    Our field trip to Mission San Juan Bautista will be on Tuesday, February 26th. We would greatly appreciate a multitude of chaperones for that day, as this is an opportunity to examine a mission closely ahead of Mission Building Days on Thursday and Friday of that week, 2/28 and 3/1. We are going to build our 22nd missions from the ground up (cardboard and other basic building supplies will be much appreciated.)
    In Language Arts we are completing our informative report on reindeer. The next step is to write a report on an animal of choice. We are currently not reading a class novel, but will begin on a fabulous book about the gold rush after break. By The Great Horn Spoon is a delightful story with lots of embedded historical information.
    Wishing you all a happy week ahead!
    Your Partner in Learning,
    Michele Hoover