Friday, April 18, 2014

Highlights of the Week
Students Write Their Opinions
Teachers are busy planning for their next Lucy Calkin’s writing unit on opinion (grades K-2) / argument (grades 3-5) writing.  This unit will require students to state their opinion and defend it with reasons and supporting examples.  Some students have already begun drafting pieces.  Third graders, for example, are writing on topics that they are passionate about.  Some of them are identifying a member of their family, such as a parent or sibling, or the community who they believe needs to be recognized.  Others are offering suggestions on how we can improve our school.  They are attempting to convince me on a wide variety of ideas from adding an additional recess, reinstating health class and getting a swimming pool!  While some of these ideas are more feasible than others, they are working hard to provide solid reasons and examples to support their opinion.  I look forward to sharing students’ work in coming weeks!  

Gold Rush Send Off
Gold Rush students and staff sent Mrs. Holtzer off to the Boston Marathon with a round of applause.  Mrs. Holtzer is headed back to Boston after being unable to complete the race last year.  We wish her the best of luck!

Colorado Measures of Academic Standards (CMAS)
Our fourth grade students completed the Colorado Measures of Academic Standards assessments in the area of social studies this week.  Fifth grade students will complete the science version of the assessment next week.  See your child’s classroom communication for specific testing sessions. 

Earth Day
Our PTO has organized several activities for Earth Day.  Your child can participate in a poster contest using recycled boxes.  Students will also receive stickers from firemen during lunch/recess and they will collect change for trees for the school grounds. 

Volunteer Opportunities
Field Day
Field Day is an opportunity for students to participate in a variety of activities and sports.  This year the theme is the Adventures of Lewis and Clark.  Please contact our physical education teacher, Mrs. O’Day, if you are willing and able to help on May 29th.

April 22- Earth Day Celebrations

April 25- No School