I am often asked about educational apps and programs for students. I wish I knew them all well. There are so many great programs out there! One site I personally turn to when evaluating technology for my 9 year old son is Common Sense Media. They have a great guide on avoiding the Summer Slump, do have a look!
Next week is our last week of school and I wanted to let you know about a few things.
Monday, May 26th is Memorial Day and there will be no school.
Tuesday, May 27th at 9:30 am is our trimester awards assembly. If your child is receiving an award, you will receive a letter from me by Friday, May 23rd.
Wednesday, May 28th we will be having a Water Play Field Day from 8 am to 9:10 am. Please dress your child in shorts, t-shirts and sensible shoes (no slippers), and send them with a towel and change of clothing. If your child has any water toys they might want to play with they can bring them, however we ask that no water guns be brought to school (water shooters are fine, but anything that looks remotely like a gun is not).
Wednesday, May 28th will also be our class party. Thanks to Sophia H.’s family, the pizza will be provided for the class. If there is any other item you might like to bring for the party/potluck, please email me (email@example.com). If you would like to bring drinks, individually packed drinks are best as it eliminates the need for pouring and the use of cups. Please keep the district’s healthy foods policy in mind when selecting a treat to share with the class.
Thursday, May 29th is a minimum day and the last day of school. It will also be our Tech Day. The kids are allowed to bring an electronic device to school to play with (tablet, hand held gaming device, iPod, etc). They will not be allowed to take them outside and they can only bring them with your permission. (Keep in mind there is no open wifi here so internet connections will not be available.)
Feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you for all your support. We have had a great year and this is a great class. I am very happy I was allowed to be their teacher.
As we come up on the last several days of school I have decided there will no longer be any “official” homework. Instead I am sending home easy to do science projects and math art for students and families who still want something to work on. Any work completed will be worth ClassDojo points. We will have Math and Science Show and Tell Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to give an opportunity to those students who choose to do the optional homework a chance to share their work with the class. I have encouraged them to use technology when doing so. For example, they could make a Power Point presentation, or make a movie or video of themselves working on the task to show to the class. I have encouraged them to be creative! Students can bring any tech work they do in on a flash/thumb/jump/USB drive, it can be burned onto a CD ROM, or if the file is small enough it can be emailed to me. If they bring their device (with your permission) I have the necessary projection adapters for only Apple devices (sorry Android users). If they publish work on a site, they can provide me the URL and we will have a look at it in class. If you have any questions about this, please email me.
Here is the first bit of optional science work I have given the class. The copier jammed so I didn’t have enough for everyone and I wanted to be sure to post it here so those who may not have gotten it and want to try it can read what is required. The images are sideways, and I couldn’t figure out how to correct that in the time I had to make this post (believe me I tried), but if you save them, you can correct them on your machine before printing.
Any of the optional science and math work can be done at the student’s pace and be turned in at any time.
The ClassDojo reports appeared to print out incorrectly today, but I did not have time to investigate. So please do log into ClassDojo and have a look at your child’s points.
We had a great Career Day today and we will be writing thank you letters next week not only to those who came to see us, but to those at DGE who set up such a wonderful day. The visitors inspired discussions about what the kids want to be when they grow up and we did a bit of writing about it and made a very cute little movie that I think would make a great keepsake of their third grade year. I cannot publish it here due to privacy issues, but I will be attempting to email a copy of it to the parents for you to see and enjoy very soon.
Beginning next week we will be having PE each morning. Please make sure to send your child to school dressed appropriately. Sandals are not allowed at school and unsafe for PE.
I believe that addresses everything I discussed with the class today. As always, if you have any questions please send me an email and I will reply as soon as possible.
I am curious as to your thoughts on homework for the last 13 days of school. Please reply to this survey. If you would like to make a comment on the subject, please do so in the comments area of this post. Thank you! ~Mrs. Ruiz
Every Friday is “Physical Fitness Friday” and we will be running/walking the mile in preparation for the 5th grade Physical Fitness exam and playing NationBall (a variation of dodge ball). Please make sure your child is wearing sneakers. Anyone in open toed or ill fitting footwear will not be allowed to participate. Also, if your child has health issues that would prevent them from participating, please email me.
The DGE Online Tech club is in full swing. We have about 20 students in it at present and there is room for more. Our access code has changed, but you can still complete the request form by clicking here. Directions and a new access code will be emailed to you. The DGE OTC will be active through the summer and you can join at any time so long as you complete the form linked above.
On behalf of the PTA I wanted to remind you that there will be a Family Movie Night on Friday, May 2nd. Click here for the flyer with more details.
I was just informed that my students had the highest level of participation in our spring fundraiser and because of that I have won a brand new iPad! So in honor of this wonderful gift and the hard work of my students in raising funds for our school, I have asked them what they might like as a thank you. They of course said NO HOMEWORK! I have agreed to thank them in this way and we now will not have any homework tonight, Wednesday, April 9th and Thursday, April 10th. THANK YOU 3rd GRADERS!
I will receiving the iPad on the 11th along with the fundraiser items and I will be posting more about it very soon.
A few things have delayed my starting of DGE’s Online Tech Club but I have many ideas for projects! I have some students signed up already as young as TK and up through 3rd. I would really enjoy having all grade levels represented, so please encourage any 4th and 5th grade students you know to sign up! Here is the link to the Google Form I need parents to complete to get their child involved: DGE Online Tech Club. I will be sending an email this weekend to all those signed up and will begin our first project next week!