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:
- 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