Tubac Schoolhouse Field Trip

We had a great time on yesterday’s field trip to Tubac, where we experienced life in an 1885 schoolhouse. The kids loved dressing up in period clothes, experiencing different types of learning, writing on slates with chalk, even going to the dunce corner! Here’s a slideshow of a few pictures from our day. Enjoy!

Highlights of the week 1/24/20

We did a lot this week! Just a few of our highlights are:

  • field trip to the one-room schoolhouse in Tubac
    • we got dressed up in clothes like we were in the 1880s
    • we saw an old-fashioned printing press and learned how newspapers were printed
    • Tate and Ife were spelling bee champions and won a whole penny each for their prize!
    • we did a scavenger hunt to learn about the Tubac Presidio’s history
    • we packed old-fashioned lunches: beef jerky, sarsaparilla, old-fashioned hard candy, bacon sandwiches, and more!
    • we had Spanish names from the list of students that attended the school
    • girls and boys had to sit separately
    • Mr. Gould and Ms. Stalkfleet were strict teachers, putting some people into the dunce corner
  • we finished chapter 3 in math and took our tests
  • class tickets and Friday raffle
  • we’re excited to see Into the Woods this weekend
  • started a technology project designing a house
  • Freddy visited music class on Thursday
  • we started sharing mystery box book projects

The week ahead: January 20-24

I hope that everyone had a restful three-day weekend and that you are ready to begin the week ahead! Here’s what’s coming up.

In language arts, we will be learning about helping verbs, identifying and writing opinions with evidence, and working to determine importance in a text passage. We will be continuing to look at these topics next week, and there will not be Friday assessments due to our Tubac field trip. In spelling, we will not have a list this week. Instead, students will choose words to practice from previous lists and will prepare for an old-fashioned spelling bee during our Tubac field trip.

In math, we are concluding unit 3, investigating addition and subtraction strategies. This week, we will have some review and assessment to shore up any difficult areas. The unit 3 assessment will be on Thursday.

In social studies, we will prepare for our visit to the Tubac One-Room Schoolhouse by learning a bit about the history of schools in Tucson. In addition, we will read about the rules for students and teachers of the time. On Friday, we will drive to Tubac to experience part of a day in the life of a student from the late 1800s. Students have been planning clothes to wear and food to bring to help make the morning as authentic as possible. Please see the handouts that were sent home in last week’s Eagle Express (or send me a note to get a new copy!).

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, January 24: Tubac School Room
  • Friday, January 24 – Sunday, January 26th: St. Michael’s Theater Into the Woods
  • Friday, February 7: Field trip to Fox Theater (no drivers needed)
  • Friday February 7th: STEM Night
  • Friday, February 14th: End of second trimester
  • February 17-21: Rodeo Break
  • Friday, February 28th: Eggs for Casa Maria
  • Friday, April 17th: field trip to Sweetwater Wetlands

Word Work 1/13-1/17

Spelling: Words with Long e: ee, ea; Long o: oa, ow

  1. appeal
  2. asleep
  3. beast
  4. borrow
  5. cheap
  6. follower
  7. healing
  8. lowered
  9. meek
  10. overthrow
  11. repeat
  12. roam
  13. teenager
  14. tomorrow
  15. unload

Watch-Out Words

  • raise
  • rays
  • son
  • sun

Grammar: Subject-Verb Agreement

  • For the subject he, she, or it:
    • Change y to i and add -es for action verbs that end in a consonant and -y (hurry -> hurries)
    • Just add -s for verbs that end in a vowel and -y (buy -> buys)
  • For the subject I, you, we, or they, do not add -s or -es to present-tense action verbs.


Vocabulary: Prefixes

A prefix is a word part that comes at the beginning of a word and changes the meaning of the word.

prefix meaning example
pre- before, in front of prepurchased (purchase before)

preread (read before)

re- back, again repay (pay back)

reread (read again)

super- larger than, superior to supermarket (large market)
mis- incorrectly misread (read incorrectly)
un- not, opposite of unable (not able)
dis- not, opposite of disassemble (opposite of assemble)

disagree (not agreeing)

Highlights of the Week

We had a busy first week back from Winter Break! Here are our highlights:

  • We had over 100 class tickets for an extra recess.
  • Field trip to Fort Lowell park and museum: a day of history!
  • First week back from break.
  • Tate won the Friday raffle.
  • Learned a new math game, How Far From 100?
  • Read the story Mama Panya’s Pancakes.
  • Wrote opinion paragraphs.
  • Played frisbee in PE.
  • Language Arts tests on Friday.
  • Read Scholastic News about Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • New heater/AC in the classroom!
  • Some people got 100s on their Wednesday spelling.
  • Wrote compliment cards.
  • Social Studies: learned about Civil War and Fort Lowell and colored our books.

Welcome Back and Hppy New Year!

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful break. I enjoyed time relaxing, had some out of town guests, and went to Los Angeles for New Year’s Eve with friends. I’m excited to hear about the kids’ vacations as well!

This week, we will take time to get back into our routines and re-establish class expectations. We will set some goals for the remainder of the second trimester and looking towards the rest of the school year.

In language arts, we will begin unit 4: Let’s Work Together. In this unit, students will explore ways in which working cooperatively helps to get things done. We will be reading the short story, Mama Panya’s Pancakes, about how a boy organizes a feast by getting everyone to contribute a piece. We will explore the concept of theme, or author’s message,  in a story and will look for important details and examples that support the theme. In writing, we will discuss different purposes for which authors write and will plan and write an opinion paragraph.

In math, we will resume our work on addition and subtraction strategies. Students will represent problems with missing information and problems that compare objects by using diagrams and number lines to help visualize the information.

In social studies, we will learn more about Tucson history. We will read about how the American Civil War affected life in Tucson and about the development of Fort Lowell. On Friday, we will have a field trip to the Fort Lowell Museum to learn more!

Also on the topic of field trips, we are getting ready for our January 24 visit to the Tubac Schoolhouse. This a favorite field trip of the students, as they get to dress up in period clothing from 1889! Here is some information for the field trip (thank you to Ms. Stalkfleet for the write-up!):

First, thank you to parent volunteers who have signed up to drive.  Your admission fee to the park is paid by St. Michael’s.  Additional parents who attend the field trip are asked to pay the admission fee of $7.00.  Drivers have the option of spending the day at the school house observing the children’s activities or taking the opportunity to visit Tubac on your own once the children have entered the school house.

Second, the students encouraged to dress in period clothing.   The girls may wear long skirts with blouses, or long dresses.  The boys may wear long pants or denim jeans and a buttoned-down shirt.  Several clothing items are available to borrow from Ms. Stalkfleet. Tee-shirts are not permitted, as they would have been considered underwear during the period being recreated.  Acceptable accessories for the girls are straw hats, bonnets, hair ribbons, and shawls. Acceptable accessories for the boys are straw hats, suspenders, and neckerchiefs. If possible, students should not wear athletic shoes.   Leather shoes or boots would be more appropriate. Additionally, all parents who signed-up to chaperone on this field trip are welcome to dress in period clothing as well.

Last, students and parents provide their own lunches.  To create the most authentic experience, all foods should be wrapped in wax paper, cloth wrapping, or plain brown paper.  Plastic wrap, baggies, and aluminum foil did not exist in 1889 and therefore should not be used. The lunch should be packed into a container such as a small metal bucket, plain brown paper bag, or a cloth bag/bandana.  Please, no modern lunch boxes or plastic containers.

Here’s a photo of last year’s class visit to help you see what we’re looking for:


Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday 1/10: Fort Lowell Museum Field Trip
  • Tuesday 1/14: 3B serves as Mass Apostles
  • Wednesday, 1/15: Half Day, Conferences
  • January 13 – January 27: Parent Teacher Conferences (if you haven’t received a notification from Sign-up Genius, please contact me)
  • Friday 1/24: Tubac Schoolhouse Field Trip

Word Work for 1/6-1/10

Spelling: Words with Long a: ai, ay

  1. daydream
  2. exclaim
  3. failure
  4. gains
  5. mainly
  6. painful
  7. payment
  8. playful
  9. raising
  10. saint
  11. straight
  12. stray
  13. unpaid
  14. vain
  15. x-ray

Watch-Out Words

  • lay
  • lie
  • plane
  • plain


Grammar: Verbs

  • If the subject tells about one other person or thing, add -s to an action verb. For other subjects, do not add -s.
  • Most verbs are action verbs. And action verb tells what the subject does.
  • To show the present tense for the subject he, she, or it, add -s to the end of most action verbs.
  • If a verb ends in x, ch, sh, ss, or z, add -es.


Social Studies and Academic Vocabulary:

advertisement, buyer, market, money, pay, seller, accomplish, cooperation, determine, paraphrase, planety, purpose, theme, plenty

The week ahead: December 16 – 20

Congratulations to all of the lower school kids who sang their hearts out at last Friday’s St. Nicholas Performance. What a great job they did! It was a great way to head into the weekend.

This week, we are wrapping up our Language Arts Unit 3 and will be completing our assessment work. There is no spelling list this week. Time permitting, we will do some activities reviewing words from the past lists. In writing, students will be working to synthesize information from two information sources by identifying and grouping main ideas and details. We will also be writing summaries of our realistic fiction books from November’s reading. Students should have a mystery book selected this week for their December genre work.

In math, we will continue to investigate strategies for adding and subtracting three-digit numbers. Students are exploring ideas about place value and developing strategies for estimating sums and differences.

In social studies, we will be continuing our study of Tucson history, learning about some of the early American pioneers who came here in the late 1800s. We have two exciting field trips coming up in January: on 1/10, we will be going to the Fort Lowell Museum and on 1/24 we head to the one-room schoolhouse in Tubac to reenact life in the 1800s. Please check the driver sign-ups outside the classroom if you are able to help.

For the Tubac field trip, students should begin to think about period clothing that they can wear. We’ll talk in class about ideas and will send home suggestions this week.

This Friday will be St. Michael’s Las Posadas chapel with a procession reenacting the nativity story of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter at the inn in Bethlehem. Following the service, we will have an early dismissal at noon. There will be no aftercare provided on Friday.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday 12/20: Las Posadas, Noon Dismissal
  • Monday 12/23 – Friday 1/3: Winter Break, Happy Holidays!
  • Friday 1/10: Fort Lowell Museum Field Trip
  • January 13 – January 27: Parent Teacher Conferences (sign-up genius schedule coming soon)
  • Friday 1/24: Tubac Schoolhouse Field Trip

St. Nicholas Day Performance 12/13

Please see the following note from Ms. Allen regarding the St. Nicholas Day presentation on Friday, December 13. The kids are excited to share their songs!

Dear K-4 Families,

Happy December!  Our St. Nicholas Day / Christmas performance will take place on December 13th at 2:00 PM.  The performance features your children singing beautiful Christmas songs.  The students have been working diligently on memorizing their songs and learning stage placement and timing.  It should be a fabulous show!

Please have your child wear “Fancy Christmas attire”.  I have explained to the boys and girls that I’d like them to dress up.  For example, church attire or what you would wear when dining at a nice restaurant for the holidays. I have shared with the students that the girls may wear nice dresses and/or pants and a fancy top.  I want the boys to wear pants and a button down.  Many of the boys asked if they could were ties and I would love that!

I have spoken with the K-4 teachers and the students can come to school dressed for the performance or you can send your child’s clothing with them to change into after lunch.  Please check with your child’s homeroom teacher to see what he or she would prefer.

Thanks for your help making our St. Nicholas / Christmas Show a success.


Karise Allen (Ms. Allen)

Word Work 12/9 – 12/13

Spelling: Plurals with -s and -es

  1. acres
  2. bananas
  3. branches
  4. bulbs
  5. bunches
  6. bushes
  7. carrots
  8. floods
  9. labels
  10. meadows
  11. melons
  12. messes
  13. patterns
  14. recesses
  15. speeches

Watch-Out Words

  • sew
  • sow
  • so

Vocabulary Strategy: Suffixes

A suffix is a word part that comes at the end of a word. It changes the word’s meaning.

Some common suffixes are:

-y (full of)

-less (without)

-ness (the state of)

-er (someone who)

-tion (state of)

-ful (full of, with a lot of)

-est (the most or best)


Grammar: Noncount Nouns

A noncount noun: cannot be counted, has one form that does not change,

Do not use  or an before a noncount noun.

Use a singular verb with a noncount noun.