Category Archive for 'Class annoucements'

Class activities for Friday September 8

Friday, September 8th, 2017

We finalized our class rules today. We learned that we wanted to have rules so that our class would be safe and allow us to accomplish our mission. The students made a list of rules, but soon we had over 100 ideas. That was too many to remember, so we decided on one class rule: “Follow the High Fives.” We figured that if people follow the High Fives (respect, responsibility, integrity, empathy and perseverance), we would have a successful class.

Students received several new materials today:

  • A whiteboard to use in class
  • A colored file folder to use as a writing portfolio. I asked students to decorate this folder with pictures, stickers, or drawings. I’ll laminate the folders and we’ll use them to store finished writing this year.
  • A yellow folder to use as our “fridge folder” where we can keep leftover work.
  • A planner.

We also played a game called, “Win as Much as You Can.” This was a game where teams can work together so that everyone wins, or compete against each so that only a few win. Our class wasn’t very successful. We chose to complete, so only one team scored points. We might try to learn from our mistakes and play this game again in the future.

Finally, it was Team Day! Students worked in teams to try to solve challenges involved with moving as a team, lowering a hula hoop together, and untying human and rope knots. We didn’t always succeed after the first try, but we learned that we can solve problems by working together, listening to others, and persevering. Thanks to all the family members that helped out today!

Team Day 2017

89 new photos · Album by Christian Howd



Welcome to fourth grade in Room 130!

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

welcome.resizedWelcome to 4th grade! Click the links below or to the right to find out more information about our class.

Mexican Fiesta 2016 and Holiday Traditions

Monday, November 28th, 2016

¡Hola Mexico!

We won’t be having your normal party. There won’t be any cupcakes. No balloons or pointed little hats. This December, Room 130 is going south of the border to learn more about our neighbor —Mexico.

Over 17% of our country is Hispanic, which is the largest minority group in America, and according to the New York Times, America has more Spanish speakers than Spain. More than half of the foreign-born population in the US is from Latin America, with more immigrants coming from Mexico than any other country.

Yet, many of us have little exposure to the rich culture of a significant and growing population in our own country and an important neighbor to the south.

In December and January, Room 130 will experience Mexico and its traditions through a look at the holidays Mexicans celebrate during this time of the year. This study will be in conjunction with our reading of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Esperanza Rising is about a young girl from Mexico who must move to California to start a new life after family tragedies in Mexico.

Nuestro Fiesta de Navidad

Our class will learn about Mexico through study of the following traditions celebrated during this time of the year:

  • Arbol de Navidad—typically a decorated artificial tree or shrub. Ours is will be displayed with Flores de Noche Buena (poinsettias).
  • El Nacimiento—the primary holiday display in most Mexican homes, a nativity scene, complete with moss, lights, animals, cactus, mountains, and many people.
  • Las Posadas—celebrated from December 16th to December 24th (Noche Buena). This is a reenactment of the story of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem. Entire towns in Mexico form processions to “seek shelter” in the inn (posada) and have a huge fiesta when they finally find room in the stable. Children are usually treated to a piñata.
  • Noche Buena—December 24th, the last night of Las Posadas processions. This evening usually involves a meal with traditional tamales (corn husks lined with corn dough and filling and steamed), and champurrado (a corn-thickened hot chocolate). Buñuelos de Navidad (fried flour tortillas with sugar and cinnamon) are also enjoyed.
  • Dia de los Reyes—Three Kings Day, January 6th. This is the traditional day in Mexico that children receive gifts. Their shoes are left out and they awake to find little gifts in their shoes left by the visiting Wise Men.

In addition to studying about these Mexican traditions, our fiesta will include making traditional Mexican tacos (not like Taco Bell!), buñuelos, and Mexican hot chocolate (move over Swiss Miss!), having a piñata, singing a few traditional canciónes (songs), and playing games. Later in the day, we’ll play the Jewish dreidel game and compare that game and tradition to a similar game Mexican children play.

The ultimate goal will be to experience the culture of such a large and growing portion of our own country and one of our nearest neighbors. This will allow us to celebrate the differences among cultures, appreciate the wealth of diversity our country enjoys, and recognize the value of our own traditions and cultures. The hope is that the world will become a little smaller place to Room 130. And so, to that end,

¡Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo!

Does your family have a holiday tradition that you would like to share with our class? Feel free to comment, email or send in a note and we’ll compare and contrast with Mexican traditions.



Honor Roll and Honorable Mention for Marking Period 1, 2016

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The following students deserve special recognition for their hard work and good results!

Honor Roll

  • Skylar

  • Grace

  • Andy

  • Ariana

Honorable Mention

  • Shane
  • Faith
  • Jacob
  • Brycen
  • Domnick
  • Matilda
  • Alexis
  • Conner

5th Grade Camp Behavior Policy 2016-2017

Friday, November 11th, 2016

As you may already know our 5th grade students will be earning the opportunity to participate in an outdoor camping experience this school year. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with their fellow classmates and teachers while breathing in the fresh air and participating in outdoor learning activities. We look forward to camp each and every year!

Students earn the privilege to attend camp by following the high fives; respect, responsibility, empathy, integrity, and perseverance. Unfortunately, students who choose to continually not follow the high fives and receive three major office referrals will lose their privilege to stay overnight. These students will need to be picked up after dinner and may come back the next morning to participate in activities.

Any student receiving four major office referrals will have a 2 day out of school suspension to be served on the days of camp, Thursday and Friday.

Our hope is that every student will earn the right to go and not miss out on this wonderful experience. Teachers reserve the right, even if there haven’t been any office referrals, not to take a student if there is a valid concern for safety in an outdoor setting. We ask for your support in talking to your child about the importance of following the high fives.

Thank you for your support,

Rebecca Drake
Chris Howd
Melanie Brock
David Weiss