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.



Online Tech Club

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!

~ Mrs. Ruiz


Women’s History Month Contest

Due to a district training I was not in the classroom much during the window of time for the Fontana Teachers Association’s Women’s History Month contest.  That doesn’t mean I wasn’t able to select student work to submit, it means I was unable to work with all third graders at Grant to have the same kind of showing we did in the Civil Rights in America contest.  I am very pleased with the work my students did in a very short amount of time.  I would have liked to have had some multimedia projects as well, but again having enough time was the issue. I hope FTA will have another contest in April so I can help Grant have another strong showing in all categories.  Without further ado, here at the 3rd graders I have selected from my class to compete in the FTA Women’s History Month:

Essay Contest: Jordan, Sofia M, Joseph, Sophia H, and Jenna.

Art Contest: Priscilla, Jazmin, Chelsey, Jenna, and Jacob T.

Congratulations to all of my 3rd graders for their hard work and to those students whose work was selected.  Letters from FTA will be going home with the selected students tomorrow.  The awards ceremony will be on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 4:45-6pm at the FTA Office, 16850 Seville Avenue, Fontana, 92335.


California Baptist University

Today we had some special visitors from California Baptist University (CBU). Last year when Mrs. Cabrales asked teachers to select a class college/university to promote higher education with our students I chose CBU because that is where I went to earn my teaching credential and Masters (I earned my Bachelors in International Business from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA).  It was CBU who prepared me to be a teacher, and I enjoyed my classes there very much. I think CBU is a fine local institution and I thought they would be a nice fit for my students.  As it turned out they have a very active “ambassador” program and not only send promotional items, but actual student ambassadors to come out and talk to the kids about college and what it is like to be a CBU student.  This is the second year that CBU has come out to visit my class and today was the day.  The kids had so much fun and enjoyed the guests and the CBU goodies they brought them!


My son Xavier is modeling the shirts each student was given.  2027 is the year these 3rd graders would graduate college if they attended directly after high school. As an incentive to wear the shirts I have made Wednesdays “CBU Shirt Day” for a spirit point on Class Dojo.

~ Mrs. Ruiz

cbu front~

cbu back

CBU Website

CBU YouTube Channel


Women’s History Month Contest

The Fontana Teachers Association has officially announced its next contest!

The theme is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.”

View the FTA flyer here: Womens_History_2014_Flyer

View FTA Contest Guidelines and Rubric here: Womens_History_Month_Guidelines_Rubric_2014

Other information provided by FTA:

“Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment, honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. They have demonstrated their character, courage and commitments as mothers, educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers, women religious and CEOs. Their lives and their work inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourage boys and men to respect diversity and depth of women’s experience.” (http://www.nwhp.org)

For more information about this year’s theme visit the National Women’s History website at http://www.nwhp.org

More websites:

Info please – Women’s History Month: http://www.infoplease.com/womens-history-month/awards.html

Biography Online – Women Who Changed the World:


300 Women in History: http://www.britannica.com/women/

Women Who Left their “Stamps” on History: http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0768442.html

A Mighty Girl: http://www.amightygirl.com


I will be using this project to kick off DGE’s Online Tech Club.  Our first project will be to meet the criteria of the Multimedia category.  The Writing and Visual Arts categories will be managed by your child’s classroom teacher if they choose to participate.

The DGE Online Tech Club is an extra curricular activity, open to all grade levels and COMPLETELY online.  There will be no meeting after school, no permission slips, no need to drop off or pick up your child.  The DGE Online Tech Club will utilize the technology students have at home or technology they can use at school or elsewhere. All that is required to participate is completing the following Google Form.  More information will follow soon.  Please feel free to email me at ruizmy@fusd.net with any questions.

~ Mrs. Ruiz


Scholastic Reading Club Order *DUE FRIDAY MARCH 7*

Scholastic Online Bookstore: www.scholastic.com/readingclub

One-Time Class Activation Code: GMXHD

Dear Families,

I recently sent home a great book order form FULL of LEGO items.  This is sure to be very popular with the kids and a great way to continue to encourage their reading. You can shop and submit your order online or return the printed order form with payment directly to me. No matter how you order, every purchase you make earns FREE Books and educational supplies for our classroom.

The arrival of the book box is always a highlight-thanks for making it happen!

Happy reading,

Mrs. Ruiz

If This Is Your First Time Ordering Online:- VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub- ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this email)
- SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks- SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom- All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!


Field Testing the New State Test

Recently a letter went home to all DGE families about the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) which are the new computer assessments our students will be taking to gauge their academic progress.  I am reposting the links here as I cannot stress enough how important it is for families to know and understand the changes in not only our standards, but they way they are being assessed.

Sample Questions

California Department of Education Smarter Balanced Website

Any questions regarding these assessments can be directed to our principal at AnneMarie.Cabrales@fusd.net

~ Mrs. Ruiz