The Week Ahead 11/11 – 11/15

What is so amazing about plants? That is the guiding question for language arts unit 3: Life in the Soil. In this unit, students will be reading realistic fiction, haikus, recipes, science articles, and blogs to learn about plants and their characteristics. This week, we will read a short story, Two Old Potatoes and Me, about a girl and her father who plant and tend potatoes. We will work on reading strategies of identifying the sequence of events and making inferences about information that is not stated directly.

In math, we are completing unit 2’s investigation of measurement and data and will be starting unit 3, Travel Stories and Collections. Students will be working on addition and subtraction strategies by developing an understanding of place value of 3-digit numbers and investigation of the number 1,000. This week, we will be learning a new game, Capture 5, in which students make jumps on a 100 board to reach a target. We also will investigate story problems involving addition and subtraction and will discuss our strategies for solving them.

In social studies, we will begin our study of Tucson history. In this unit, students will learn about major events in the history of our community from 1700, when Father Kino started the Mission San Xavier del Bac, until statehood in 1912. We will be applying map skills to look at the region, identify major events to construct a timeline, and consider the factors that influence the development of a community. We have some great field trips and experiences connected to this unit, so keep an eye out!

Our canned food drive is continuing until November 18. We are working to bring in cans to help support the St. Michael’s Food Pantry and money to help the Community Food Bank.

We had a great time celebrating the end of the first trimester with our field day last Friday. Thanks to Coach Greene for putting together and amazing event full of games and play, and a bit of competition. Everyone went home tired and ready for the long weekend!

We have reached the end of trimester 1, and report cards will be coming home this week.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday 11/11: Veterans Day, No School
  • Wednesday 11/20: Noon Dismissal, Faculty Meetings
  • Friday 11/22: Tucson Presidio Field Trip
  • Wednesday 11/17 – Friday 11/29: Thanksgiving, No School
  • Friday 12/13: St. Nicholas Day
  • Friday 12/20: Las Posadas, Noon Dismissal
  • Monday 12/23 – Friday 1/3: Winter Break, Happy Holidays!
  • Friday 1/24: Tubac School House Field Trip

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