We have some exciting news at DGE today! Our 2014 Teacher of the Year and HAM Radio Club advisor Beverly Matheson has made it so that our HAM Radio Club students are making contact with the International Space Station today! The whole campus is abuzz with excitement and you can view the contact from home via Ustream: http://ustre.am/1gN94 . The broadcast will begin at 10:50 am Pacific time. If you are local to the school, please do not come to the campus to watch the broadcast live as we are unable to accommodate unexpected visitors. Enjoy!
I will be working with the class on entries for the essay and multimedia categories for sure, but you are more than welcome to work on an entry at home with your child and send them to me for submission to FTA. If you plan on working with your child independently on this, please let me know so I don’t leave your entry out!
Entries due to FTA by 4pm on Tuesday, September 16th. Entries due to me Monday, September 15th. Have fun!
~ Mrs. Ruiz
P.S. Click HERE to visit Fact Monster for more information on Hispanic Heritage Month. And HERE for a list of notable Hispanic Americans.
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