Thursday, May 31, 2018

Highlights of Week of May 29-May 31

  • Special thanks to Angela Guthrie and her team from Financial Horizons Credit Union for an engaging interactive presentation on how to manage personal finances and save for the future.  Students had an opportunity to be assigned a job, location, and annual salary.  They figured out their monthly income and budgeted for things such as housing, car, and utilities, as well as savings.   In addition to being able to keep their portfolio, they were also given their own calculators.   Thanks to Michelle Joy and Angie Oceguera for assisting, as well.







  • We've been busy wrapping up writing and reading projects, as well as learning about the Bill of Rights and Constitution through the avenue of a Constitution Escape Room experience!
  • Lego Robotics has been a treat this last quarter - students have succeeded in creating and programming Legos that move!
  • Happy Summer birthdays to Broden, Braden, Payton, Shane, Marc, and Keira.  The ice cream sundaes were delicious!
Important Information for the Last Week!

  • Monday:
    • Please send a bag to school with your child  to bring home items from the school year.
    • Permission slips for Thursday's Field Day are due on Monday and are required for students to be able to participate.  
    • Students will be walking to Venturacci Gym for the All School Awards Ceremony
    • Special Guest Darcy Phillips from Carson River Wranglers will meet with students as a follow up to their field trip last week.
    • Patriotic Presentation with Mr. Mike Terry, Retired Navy Veteran, in the afternoon.
  • Tuesday:
    • Puppet Morning (learning ventrioloquism, making puppets, creating skits)
      • Students may bring their own puppets to share
    • 1:15 - Reward trip to Mavericks 
      • Please send money for students to purchase snacks
    • 2:00 - 5th Grade walking to Venturacci Park for Kickball and Games
      • Students may bring outdoor equipment (i.e. frisbees, balls, etc.)
  • Wednesday 
    • 10:15 - Walk to Venturacci Gym for 8th Grade Graduation
    • 1:15 - Read In/ Game Afternoon 
      • Students may bring sleeping bags, favorite books, and board games
  • Thursday 6/7
    • Field Day All Day 
      • Dismissal at 2:00 pm
      • Recommended:  sunscreen, hats, water bottles

Thursday, May 24, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK for May 21-24


  • Students completed reading their biography books and meeting in book clubs this week.  Next week they will take the information they learned and create a booklet highlighting the significant events in the life of the person they read about.  Biographies included people such as Anne Frank, Derek Jeter, Thomas Jefferson, King Tut, Jane Goodall, and Roald Dahl.  
  • Writing has focused on choosing a topic of interest and writing about it from a real world writing perspective.  Students will be wrapping up their final draft this week, as well as writing on a variety of summer journal prompts.
  • Our economics unit has continued to be a great learning experience.  Students have shared such comments as:  "Something I have learned from the Game of Life Simulation is that life isn't always easy to be a grown up.  For example, your tires might go flat and you will have to pay $800 for it.  I would like to start putting money into saving for the future just in case something pops up, like an emergency or something I want really bad.  Saving money now could make my future better."   This coming Thursday, Angela Guthrie and other team members from Financial Horizons Credit Union will be presenting "A Bite of Reality" to 5th graders.  This simulation gives students a taste of real world financial realities.  We could use 2 or more parent volunteers to help assist at the stations.  See below for more information.
  • Students read, practiced, and presented plays around the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution.  This next week we will be learning about the Preamble, Bill of Rights, Constitution, and 3 Branches of Government.  Students will be asked to memorize the Preamble and be ready to recite it on Monday, June 4th.  They will receive a copy on Tuesday.






























  • Our morning with the Carson River Wranglers and 9th grade science students was memorable.  Students did a great job walking the 2+ miles to Venturacci Ranch where 9th graders took the role of teachers and oversaw 5 different stations the students rotated through.  They learned about non point pollution, beaver adaptation, watershed, the water cycle, and irrigation.  Following our return, students wrote thank you notes to both the Wranglers and the high school students.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  • Volunteers are needed for Thursday afternoon, May 31st, to assist with the Economics Stations.  You would need to arrive around 1:15 and go through a brief training.  Students will participate between 1:30-3:00.   This is a great opportunity if you are in need of volunteer hours.  Please e-mail me at your earliest convenience if you are available.  Thank you!
  • Special thanks to Blair Johnson and Lara Bell, who helped with our field trip today.  We also appreciate Robert Crane helping to put together Monday folders every Monday all year long!  Room 4 parents are awesome!
  • Please send a bag to school with your child by Thursday to bring home items from the school year.
  • Please note the following special activities planned for our schedule as we wind down the year:
    • Thursday, 5/31 @ 1:30 - Bite of Reality Simulation with Financial Horizons Credit Union in the Lunchroom
    • Thursday, 5/31 @ 3:30 - Summer Birthday Celebration
    • Monday 6/4 @ 9:15 - All School Awards Ceremony at Venturacci Gym
    • Monday 6/4 @ 2:00 - Patriotic Presentation with Mr. Mike Terry, Retired Navy
    • Tuesday 6/5
      • Puppet Morning (learning ventrioloquism, making puppets, creating skits)
      • 1:15 - Reward trip to Mavericks (please send money for students to purchase snacks)
      • 2:30 - 5th Grade walking to Venturacci Park for Kickball and Games
    • Wednesday 6/6
      • 10:15 - Walk to Venturacci Gym for 8th Grade Graduation
      • 1:15 - Read In/ Game Afternoon (Students may bring sleeping bags, favorite books, and board games)
    • Thursday 6/7
      • Field Day All Day (Dismissal at 2:00 pm)
  • Summer Reading will be a bit different this year.  Students will be able to choose the book they want to read and will write a summary of it.  Note that there is a Book Fair currently happening at school - great time for your child to pick out a book for summer reading!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS IN ROOM 4

  • Students have been busy with state testing and tomorrow we will  celebrate completing the last one!  I have appreciated their ability to be on task, focused, and quiet - proof that they really can do it!  All of your donations of snacks have been greatly appreciated!
  • In writing, students have chosen a topic they are interested in and brainstormed 6 different ways to approach the topic:  Express and Reflect, Inform and Explain, Evaluate and Judge, Inquire and Explore, Analyze and Interpret, and Take A Stand/ Propose a Solution.   They have chosen which "Real World Writing Purpose" they are going to focus on.


    • Last week students selected a biography to read.  They will meet a couple of times in book club groups to discuss their books before completing a final project about the person they are learning about.
    • We have started our Economics unit, beginning with the introduction of a Game of Life simulation.  Groups have been given a profession and salary and are working together to create a budget.  They will be paying their bills and keeping track of their income and withdrawals.  Everyday a "fate" card will be drawn, such as "your dog has to go to the vet at a cost of $200". This experience is facilitating some rich discussion.  
    • Groups finished up their Revolutionary War board games today.  After presenting the goal and directions for their games, they have taken turns playing each other's creations and testing their knowledge!










    FOR YOUR INFORMATION
    • We are still looking for a couple more copies of the board game "The Game of Life" - if you have one and we may borrow it for a few weeks, it would be greatly appreciated!
    • Permission Slips for next week's field trip to Venturacci Ranch for Carson River Clean-Up are due by Monday.  They went home in yesterday's Monday folder.   Please complete and return all 3 forms.    I just received notice tonight that students should wear long pants and bug spray as there are a lot of overgrown weeds.  Additionally, we would appreciate having one or two parents to walk with us - you may either stay with us the whole time or assist with walking there or back with us.  I will be driving my car due to physical limitations and to be able to transport any students who may need to return to school for any reason.  Please let me know if you are available.
    • Summer Birthdays will be celebrated on Thursday, May 31st.  If your child has a summer birthday and you would like to send in a treat that day, let me know.   Perhaps we can coordinate different ingredients for ice cream sundaes.
    • Plans are underway for some special events for the last week of school.  Be watching for details to come.  Meanwhile, we could use donations of new or gently used socks (any color) as we will be making sock puppets one of the days.  Your help is appreciated!

    Friday, April 27, 2018

    HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK - April 23-26, 2018
    • Students did an awesome job during the Nevada CRT Science Assessment on Wednesday.  They were on task, quiet, attentive to directions, and above all, perseverant!   They earned lots of bonus Class Dojo points!    Thank you to the parents who helped to supply treats for us that morning!
    • George Washington's Socks culmination projects were completed and will be presented to the class on Monday.  Most chose to build an "Adventure Club" time machine, while others worked on creating a mock CD of music that would accompany a movie made about the American Revolution, writing a children's picture book about George Washington, and writing and conducting an interview with the main characters of the book.
    • Science experiments and research about matter were presented on Wednesday and Thursday, with a celebratory conclusion of partaking of root beer floats (which represented solid, gas, and liquid)!
    • Students are learning about advertising and persuasive writing while designing and writing an advertisement for their own roller coaster.  These creative pieces will be completed this week.



    FOR YOUR INFORMATION
    • Students have earned a Class Dojo party as everyone has earned at least 100 points throughout the year, so far.   They voted to have a Taco Bell lunch day.   We will walk to Taco Bell this Tuesday, May 1st.  Please send money with your child to purchase lunch.    If you don't want your child to participate, please let me know so I can make arrangements for them on campus.  
    • We will have 2 days of testing this next week (Wednesday and Thursday).  Please provide your child with a good night's rest and healthy breakfast.  Testing will be in the mornings, so arrival on time is important!
    • Upcoming Test Days include:
      • May 2 - ACT English Language Arts
      • May 3 - ACT Math
      • May 9 & 10 - SBAC Math
      • May 15 & 16 - SBAC English Language Arts
    • Oasis Academy Family Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, May 4th
      • Location: Oasis Academy Playground
      • Bring chairs, coats, jackets and blankets to keep your kiddos warm
      • Admission: FREE
      • Gates open at 6:00pm
      • Carnival style Games for the kids 6:00-7:00 pm
      • NOW SHOWING: The Greatest Showman rated PG at 7 :30 pm
      • Snacks and drinks available for purchase (cash or checks) 6:00-8:45pm


    Friday, April 20, 2018


    HIGHLIGHTS OF WEEK - April 16-19

    • Writing has been an adventure this week as we started designing roller coasters to write about. Students will be learning about ways advertisers utilize propaganda and will be using persuasive writing techniques to write a persuasive advertisement about their roller coaster.
    • We finished George Washington's Socks this week and students will begin culmination projects next week - they will have a choice from 9 different possibilities.
    • Students completed 2 rounds of experimentation with the experiment they chose related to physical or chemical changes in matter.   They are working through the Scientific Method in the process. This next week they will be preparing a presentation for the class as to what they learned, as well as a demonstration of the steps they took with the experiment.  
    • Lego Robotics has started and students are loving it!
    • We also practiced for the upcoming SBAC Science Asssessment, which will take place on Wednesday morning.  Students learned how to navigate the website, using the available on-line tools, and practiced answering several questions.  We have also been doing some science review activities, as well as Science Jams to prepare.
    • The field trip on Friday to the Fleishmann Planetarium was great fun!   It was a beautiful day for our visit to UNR and the students got to experience and gain greater understanding of our solar system.  Special thanks to those who helped to transport children - especially Shannon Dunkin, who took 9 of our students!

















    FOR YOUR INFORMATION

    • The Nevada CRT Science Assessment will take place on Wednesday morning.  The test is not timed and students will have as long as they need to complete it.  Please make sure your child arrives to school on time.
    • Thank you to those who have signed up to help with snacks for our test days.  We also need to schedule snacks for our Math test days, as well, so additional days have been included on Sign Up Genius.  They need to be at school by 8:00 am on the day you signed up for.
    • Other Test Days include:
      • May 2 - ACT English Language Arts
      • May 3 - ACT Math
      • May 9 & 10 - SBAC Math
      • May 15 & 16 - SBAC English Language Arts
    • Oasis Academy Family Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, May 4th
      • Location: Oasis Academy Playground
      • Bring chairs, coats, jackets and blankets to keep your kiddos warm
      • Admission: FREE
      • Gates open at 6:00pm
      • Carnival style Games for the kids 6:00-7:00 pm
      • NOW SHOWING: The Greatest Showman rated PG at 7 :30 pm
      • Snacks and drinks available for purchase (cash or checks) 6:00-8:45pm







    Highlights of Week of May 29-May 31 Special thanks to Angela Guthrie and her team from Financial Horizons Credit Union for an engaging in...