Thursday, March 16, 2017

Week of March 13th, 2017

Upcoming Field Trips

You may have noticed an abundance of field trip permission slips coming home lately! It's true, things are getting busy here at school! All of our upcoming field trips are incredibly special in their own ways. Here's a little bit of information about them:

March 29th, 2017- Petaluma Adobe

We will visit the Petaluma Adobe, a state historic park.  General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo owned this rancho when Mexico controlled California's land.  We will get to take a look at what life was like at ranchos in the 1800s and learn more about the history of the rancho period.

April 17th, 2017- Lake Lagunitas

This trip is the Monday after Spring Break! We will drive to Lake Lagunitas in Fairfax to release the trout that we have been raising in our classroom.  Ask your child what they've learned so far about trout in science class! It's been so fun watching them hatch and grow as alevin.  On the 17th, we will release the trout, learn more about the watershed, take a hike around the lake and enjoy a picnic lunch together.

April 21st, 2017- Audubon Canyon Ranch

This is a whole day hiking adventure to study local habitats.  Audubon Canyon Ranch is located near Bolinas and is a beautiful place to see wildlife.  We will break off into docent-led groups and spend the day exploring in nature!

Please mark these field trips on your calendar now and sign up to drive if you can! I know that these trips are very close together and that it's hard to take time off of work, so we may have an increased need for drivers this time around.  Thanks for any effort you can make to come with us!

For each field trip, please remember to cancel any hot lunch orders and order a field trip lunch in advance if you would like.  Kids will need to have bagged snacks and lunches for each trip. Thank you!

Dance Performance

Our 4th graders have been studying different kinds of dance with Alan Scofield for the past several weeks.  We thank Kiddo! for funding this incredible program.  The kids really come alive when they hear the music to their favorite dance pieces.  It's fascinating to see how their personalities translate to their moves on the dance floor! Come and join the fun during our dance performance on April 7th, at 2:00pm. This is the day before Spring Break, so please make an effort to keep your child in school on this day.  They will not want to miss the performance! 

Upcoming State CAASPP testing and schedule

State testing is coming up quickly! We will be preparing here at school throughout the month of April and testing will begin on May 1st.  During our testing weeks, please support your child at home by helping them get a good night's sleep each night, providing them with a nutritious breakfast, and getting to school on time.  Arriving late can cause a lot of stress for students on testing days, as can a lack of sleep! When we get closer to testing, I will reach out again to ask for healthy snacks to be donated on testing days. For now, please mark the testing days on your calendar so that your family will ready when the dates arrive. If you know in advance that your child will be absent on a testing day, please let me know as soon as you can. Thank you!

Monday, May 1st, 8:45-10:05am
Tuesday, May 2nd, 10:20-11:45am
Wednesday, May 3rd, 11:00-11:45am
Thursday, May 4th, 8:45-10:05am
Friday, May 5th, 8:45-10:05am

Monday, May 8th, 8:45-10:05am
Tuesday, May 9th, 10:20-11:45am
Wednesday, May 10th, 11:00-11:45am
Thursday, May 11th, 8:45-10:05am
Friday, May 12th, 8:45-10:05am

Sutter's Fort!

We are continuing to work behind the scenes to prepare for our incredible trip to Sutter's Fort on Monday, June 12th!  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help at home and at the fort! This trip would not be possible without you! 

In the next couple of weeks, your child will learn which real life pioneer will be their Sutter's Fort persona!  Once they find this out, it's time to start looking for a costume to borrow, make or purchase.  We will not send you out on a hunt empty handed. I will send home an informational packet about clothing in the 1800s to help guide your search.  Also, the 4th grade teachers and our incredible costume guru, Cara Guyot, will make a presentation to all of the students about what they should look for in a costume.  If you have any questions about costume requirements, please don't hesitate to contact me.  There is also a Sutter's Fort costume lending closet which will be open during the week before Spring Break. You and your child can go to the closet and find a costume to check out for the trip. Here are those dates:

Wednesday, 4/5, after school
Thursday, 4/6, after school

Please plan to have your child's costume ready for the costume check day on May 18th. Thank you for all of your help with this!


All of the students in our class have an account on so that they can log in for optional extra math practice.  TenMarks is a fantastic website because it provides videos and hints to help students who are unsure of how to solve a problem.  Also, it provides practice for the students using an interface that is similar to the new state testing, which increases their comfort level.  I encourage students to use scratch paper to work out their thinking while working in TenMarks.

I am adding assignments for review as we continue to cover new math standards and as students complete the assignments that I've already posted.  If there are no new assignments available, students can always choose to do a "Jam Session" on a topic of their choice. I just put new assignments up today, so there should be plenty available for those who eagerly tackled the last bunch of assignments! 

To log in, students should go to and use the username and password they've been assigned.  All students should have this information in their homework binders, but if they have misplaced it, just send me an email or have your child ask me for another copy. Please let me know if you have any questions about TenMarks!

April Talking Calendar

On Monday, the students will be assigned their April talking calendar project.  Here are the due dates for the project so that you can help keep your child on track. Please reach out if you have any questions.

April Talking Calendar
Timeline for Success!

Assigned in class                     on Monday, March 20th

Complete all research (yellow pages)             by Friday, March 24th

Complete writing outline            in class on Monday, March 27th

Complete rough draft                     by Wednesday, March 29th
(Your teacher will return with comments on Friday, March 31st)

Complete cover                       by Monday, April 3rd

Type paragraph in Google Drive and turn in finished product
by Friday, April 7th
(Note: This is the day before Spring Break. If your child will be absent on that day, they should turn in their TC before they leave.)
Garden Update

Hello Gardeners!

With spring here, we have many opportunities to help out with garden-related projects.

You can work on a job in the garden.

You can come to the craft night on Tuesday, March 21st to help make fairy wands for the Garden Craft Faire next month.

If you can't make the craft night, but would like to help out on your own time, we have chickens that need to be stuffed! These cute little guys are one of the most popular items at our Craft Faire. Want to take home some sewn bodies to stuff and stitch closed? We can provide all the materials. Email Kristy Kale at

Our garden grows because of YOU!


Kristy Kale

PTA Survey

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