le 1er au 5 novembre 2021

Clothing & footwear

The district has just installed large outdoor tents to cover our outdoor eating area. Yay! Recess and lunchtimes are spent outdoors, so please continue to remind students to dress in weather-appropriate layers and footwear. If your child has lost something, the lost and found is available outside and behind the cafeteria so that parents can help their child look for lost items outside of the school.

Friendly post-Halloween reminder:  Candy does not make a good snack. Please try to resist!

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, November 9 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8 p.m. (via Zoom)

Wednesday, November 10Parent/Teacher Conferences 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (via Zoom)

Thursday & Friday, November 11-12  – NO SCHOOL, Veterans Day

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Here are the links to the schedules. See you next week on Zoom!

Mme Jana/Blue class Fall conference sign-up blue class 

Mme Shelli/Red class: Fall conference sign-up red class

  • If you wish to conference with PE – Erinmarie Langsdorf, or Music – Kelli Doyle, please email them at langsdorf_e@4j.lane.edu (PE) or doyle_k@4j.lane.edu (Music) so they can add you to their schedule. After emailing Erinmarie or Kelli, they will reach out to you to confirm details, such as conference time, date, and the Zoom link. Thank you!

Le français:

Mme Jana, French & Science kincaid_j@4j.lane.edu

•We do our best to express ourselves in French.

•We will write a four-sentence paragraph in French using sentence starters.

•We continue to learn how to use a translating dictionary.

•We have a positive attitude and growth mindset.

Parents! If your child brings home a paper with a stamp or a star, it has been graded and recorded, and you may process it at home. If there is no stamp or no star, the paper should still be at school and your child has not yet received credit for it! I hope this helps with the question, “Is it safe to recycle this paper?”

This week, beginning on Monday, November 1, we will be moving to a French ONLY classroom. If a child speaks English three times during the day with me, I will issue a dommage. I will, of course, not expect students to be able to do things I know they cannot yet do, French-wise, so please bear with my discretion. I promise you that it works.

No French homework this week. In class, we’re working regularly on grammar and on conjugating verbs.

In cursive this past week, we finished up the lowercase letters with x, z & q. Since we have completed the lowercase letters (les minuscules), we’ll begin the uppercase letters (les majuscules) this week with the letters A, C, O & U. We will also begin working on first names in cursive. We began the French typing program, Tap’Touche, this week, and it was a bit chaotic at first, but we’ll get it down. I plan to have them typing for 20 minutes twice a week. I’m working on them using the “home” keys (asdfjkl:) so they can type efficiently. They will also be learning how to do French accents using the option key. 

Several students have completed their “Tubes” art, and we’re beginning to hang them on the wall in the classroom. Several students have now completed the “Moi” project, but it will take us a few more weeks to completely finish. 

Les sciences:

This past week, we began discussing physical weathering (l’usure physique), which we’ll continue to discuss during this unit. Our next experiment (une expérience) models chemical weathering (l’usure chimique). We are weathering four different kinds of rocks in vinegar to mimic the effects of acid rain. Fun stuff!

Math & English:

Mme Shelli, English & Math

This week:

  • We can become more fluent with basic multiplication facts x 1 through x 12.
  • We can model multiplication of larger numbers in arrays.
  • We can multiply multi-digit numbers using mental math and modeling strategies.

In class:  We continue to explore multiplication by reviewing basic multiplication facts through x 12. Students will have daily games in class to become more fluent with basic multiplication facts. Our explorations this week include modeling multiplication of larger 2 & 3 digit numbers using an area model to represent what happens when we multiply hundreds, tens and ones. Students will eventually learn the standard algorithm for multiplication, but at this point, students should build a strong understanding of how and why multiplication works. (See below for some pictures of last week’s hands-on investigations of factors, multiples and multiplicative comparison.)

Math Homework: In addition to our weekly spiral review homework this week, please  help your child practice multiplication facts daily at home (if they do not have them already committed to memory.) Flash cards, songs, quizzes in the car, or games are great ways to daily practice. Here are some practice games online.

English & Social Studies

•We can read maps.

•We can identify Oregon’s boarder states, major rivers and cities.

•We can describe geographical regions of our state.

We wrap up our three week study of traditional fiction this week by performing short readers’ theater plays for classmates based on Native American myths and legends. Then students will begin reading about Oregon’s geographical regions and will report their findings back to classmates. They will take notes and will write their first multi-paragraph report about the geography of each region. This week’s project kicks off our next unit about our state.

Photos from our math investigations last week: