Room 9 Updates

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hi All,
It's a short week, so this will be short as well! First of all, there will be no homework this week. Secondly, if you haven't already done so, please send in permission slips for the upcoming field trip to the Aptos History Museum.  The trip happens the week we get back from the holiday!
Finally, have a great Thanksgiving!
Carroll Mayer

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hi All,
On Tuesday report cards will go home with the kids.  Please use this as a time to reflect on the past term, and set goals for the next trimester.  All the students have also been given a new AR goal, which you will find is much larger than the last trimester's.  Please continue to support the kids in achieving these more challenging goals; most of the class did really well with the Trimester 1 goal.

In math, we are moving into a unit on measurement and geometry. This week kids will not be bringing home a homework packet, as the one sent home last Tuesday is to last for this week as well.  There are 2 Reading Logs attached to the packet, which should be entirely filled out, despite the Veteran's Day holiday.

Have a good week,
Carroll Mayer

Monday, November 11, 2013

Hello All,

I hope you all have enjoyed this 3-day weekend, and been able to commemorate the veterans in your life in your own way.  Because of the long weekend, we are sending home one Homework Packet for the next two weeks.  It has 2 Reading Logs, but only one spelling list to study.  We will not have a spelling test this Friday, and the packet is not due until the following Friday, November 22nd.

Thanks to all the parents who drove on our field trip last week to the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.  The kids had an excellent jump start to our study of the Ohlone people and culture.  We had fun and will continue learning about our community's Native Americans in class, and on our next field trip to the Aptos History Museum.

This week we will wrap up our math unit on multiplication, and then move into a chapter on Geometry and Measurement.  However, you will continue to see multiplication drill sheets, as well as Rhymes 'n Times handouts throughout the year.  In RTI, we will finish the story of Anthony Reynoso: Born to Rope,  and our study of the Questioning strategy and the Categorize/Classifying skill.

Finally, this is the beginning of the second trimester.  Report cards will go home in a week, on Tuesday 11/19.  I will be working on new AR goals based on the kids' most recent AR STAR as well, and will distribute them to the kids later this week.

Take care, and have a great week,
Carroll Mayer

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hello All,
I'm sorry to be so tardy this week but the blog just slipped my mind!

First of all, thanks to all the parents that were able to help with last week's Halloween party.  The kids had a great time, but remained calm and pleasant.

Secondly, please send kids with lunches on Friday. We will be squeezing our lunch break around the museum's schedule, so sack lunches will work best.

Finally, just a reminder that the trimester officially ends next Tuesday.  Most kids have reached their AR goal, but if your child is finishing a book and testing in order to make their goal, please encourage them to let me know.  You are also welcome to send a reminder note.  Please also be aware that I realize AR is new to the kids, and that their goal is just that: a goal.  AR is designed to encourage kids to read and is not an end in itself.

Take care, and I'll try to be more timely next week!
Carroll Mayer