Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Room 7's Scoop 5.23.18


Dear First Grade Families,

EARLY DISMISSAL ON 5/29/19: School is being dismissed at 12:40pm. Please make sure to update your calendar. Just an FYI, dismissal on next Wednesday will likely have very traffic heavy. All the district teachers and staff will be coming to Edna for a luncheon at 1:00, while all of the families will be picking up their children at 12:40. Please plan accordingly. 


OPEN HOUSE: Please mark your calendars, Open House is Thursday, June 6 from 6-7pm. Though it is hard to believe the wrap up for school is upon us, we only have 15 days of school left. I have so thoroughly enjoyed working with and supporting your children on their first grade journey. And I am so grateful to each of you for your support both in and outside the classroom. Your kids have accomplished so many things this year and have all grown academically, physically, emotionally, and socially. We have become such a tight knit group of learners that we want to make sure to celebrate and honor this special year. The kids are working hard on many special projects, which they are so excited to share with you. Please plan to come in and check out all the incredible work your First Grader has done this year! Siblings and extended family are welcome. Your first grader will be your tour guide!

Order Next Year’s School Supplies NOW! Edna’s partnership with 1st Day School Supplies allows you to order the exact supplies requested by your child’s teachers for next year and have them shipped directly to Edna with your child’s name on it before the first day of school. Teachers love it, parents love it, prices are competitive and a portion of proceeds goes directly back to Edna PTA.  All you need to do is go to: www.1stDaySchoolSupplies.com and choose your child’s grade for next year, checkout, and get it checked off of your to-do list now! I just ordered for my own children, Petra and Santiago, for next year and it feels so good to check it off your list! It’s that easy!

CARLINE DUTY: Room 7 is in charge of Carline Duty beginning on Monday May 20th-June 7th. You get props for this special job including a snazzy yellow vest and handheld stop sign. We need at least 2 parents per shift.  It's short and sweet - afternoons only!  From 2:55-3:15 every day except Wednesday, which is 1:50-2:10.We so appreciate your assistance in volunteering for this responsibility! Here is the link: Car Line Duty

END OF THE YEAR PARTY: This has been such a wonderful year and we would love to end it with a special celebration. We will be having an “All First Grade Bowling Party” at Country Club Bowl in San Rafael on Wednesday, June 12th. We will be leaving school at 10:30am and will be returning by 12:30pm. The children will get the chance to bowl and celebrate what a great year it has been! Please see the permission slip in your child’s Wednesday take home folder.

CALLING ALL LIBRARY AND CLASSROOM BOOKS: All library and classroom books need to be back to school no later than Monday, June 3rd. We will have our last library class on Monday, June 3. Please look through your bookshelves, cars, cabinets, under beds... and send in any books that you find!  Thank you in advance!

PARENT SQUARE:
Important: Edna is switching communication platforms
Have you registered for ParentSquare yet?  This will be Edna's only form of communication starting next year.  Register and select how you want to receive your Edna emails: by email or text, instantly or in a daily digest - or through the ParentSquare app? You choose! Click here to learn more.

:) Tara Ordoñez

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Room 7's Scoop 5.15.19


Dear First Grade Families,

I hope that you all had a wonderful Mother’s day weekend celebrating, being celebrated or both.  Thank you for caring so well for your little-one and for being such a wonderful teacher in his/her life! Your children enjoyed making and putting lots of thought and time into your Mother’s Day gifts. I hope you enjoyed them and that you enjoyed your special day!

This week we are finishing up our math unit on Fractions where we have been focusing on quarters, thirds and halves. We have started to talk about time and will be learning time to the hour and half hour.

OPEN HOUSE: Please mark your calendars, Open House is Thursday, June 6 from 6-7pm. Though it is hard to believe the wrap up for school is upon us, we only have 20 days of school left. I have so thoroughly enjoyed working with and supporting your children on their first grade journey. And I am so grateful to each of you for your support both in and outside the classroom. Your kids have accomplished so many things this year and have all grown academically, physically, emotionally, and socially. We have become such a tight knit group of learners that we want to make sure to celebrate and honor this special year. The kids are working hard on many special projects, which they are so excited to share with you. Please plan to come in and check out all the incredible work your First Grader has done this year! Siblings and extended family are welcome. Your first grader will be your tour guide!

Carline Duty: Room 7 is on carline duty once again the week of Tuesday, May 29-Friday, June 1.  We need up to 4 and at least 2 parents per shift.  It's short and sweet - afternoons only!  From 2:55-3:15 every day except Wednesday, which is 1:50-2:10.
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We so appreciate your assistance in volunteering for this responsibility!

Order Next Year’s School Supplies NOW! Edna’s partnership with 1st Day School Supplies allows you to order the exact supplies requested by your child’s teachers for next year and have them shipped directly to Edna with your child’s name on it before the first day of school. Teachers love it, parents love it, prices are competitive and a portion of proceeds goes directly back to Edna PTA.  All you need to do is go to: www.1stDaySchoolSupplies.com and choose your child’s grade for next year, checkout, and get it checked off of your to-do list now! I just ordered for my own children, Petra and Santiago, for next year and it feels so good to check it off your list! It’s that easy!

CARLINE DUTY: Room 7 is in charge of Carline Duty beginning on Monday May 20th-June 7th. You get props for this special job including a snazzy yellow vest and handheld stop sign. We need at least 2 parents per shift.  It's short and sweet - afternoons only!  From 2:55-3:15 every day except Wednesday, which is 1:50-2:10.We so appreciate your assistance in volunteering for this responsibility! Here is the link: Car Line Duty

:)Tara Ordonez

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Room 7's Scoop 5.8.19


Dear First Grade Families,


Thank you so much to all of the family members who came to celebrate our amazing poets at the Room 7 Poetry Slam! We will keep our Poetry Anthologies at school. If you weren't able to make it and happen to be at school, you are welcome to come in and take a peek. 
 
MOTHER’S DAY: This weekend you will all celebrate a very special and important holiday – Mother’s Day.  To all of the mothers and grandmothers reading this newsletter, I hope you enjoy and revel in your day.   We spent a lot of time talking about moms this week and I wish we could have recorded all of our conversations for you.  You are very much appreciated and adored.  I heard all week about how beautiful, funny, protective and loving you are.  I hear that you make great cupcakes, that you have pretty lips, that you tell good bedtime stories, that you have a funny laugh and that you are, in general, AMAZING. What a fun week we had listening to stories about you! Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher in your child’s life!

MAKER'S FAIR: Next Wednesday, May 15th is Edna Maguire's own Mustang Maker Night from 5:00PM-8:00PM. We will have a variety of stations with various fun STEM activities as well as food trucks on site. We need volunteers for some of the stations, sign up here. Have a great evening of sharing, collaborating and getting inspired by all the design challenges. See you there!!!

Community Helper Projects: I am looking so forward to seeing your child’s presentation about their community helper. The project is due on next Tuesday-Friday. Your child can read from their handwritten papers or you can write/type their ideas on notecards. Please make sure to have your child practice what they will do and how they will present in front of a family audience. You can remind them to speak slowly and clearly, to make eye contact and to explain his/her poster.
      Please see the original packet for your child’s specific due date (please let me know if you are not sure.)  It is important that all projects are turned in on time. Your child will need to have the written portion of the project, as well as a poster to turn in on the day of their presentation. Any clothing needed for their presentation can be brought in a bag labeled with their name on it. I will help them change as needed. In addition, it is expected that the poster will have neat handwriting and include pictures, or drawings and labels. I would like to see that all items on their poster and pictures in their project are fully colored and each child’s best work. I am expecting that this project shows 3 weeks worth of homework and demonstrates each child’s best efforts.

Order Next Year’s School Supplies NOW! Edna’s partnership with 1st Day School Supplies allows you to order the exact supplies requested by your child’s teachers for next year and have them shipped directly to Edna with your child’s name on it before the first day of school.  No running around the week before school, no long lines at big box stores! Teachers love it, parents love it, prices are competitive and a portion of proceeds goes directly back to Edna PTA.  All you need to do is go to: www.1stDaySchoolSupplies.com type in our zip code and choose your child’s grade for next year, checkout, and get it checked off of your to-do list now!  It’s that easy!

Writer’s Workshop: We are continuing our Opinion (Persuasive) Writing Unit in class.  In addition, this week, we began researching our ocean animals in the library. We will continue this research for a few weeks at which point we will turn our research notes into sentences and paragraphs. We will be creating Ocean Animal Research reports that will be displayed at Open House.  We are excited to show you this incredible work! As a reminder, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has a great website filled with all kinds of activities for kids: www.mbayaq.org.  Make sure to click on the “live cam” of sea otters, penguins, and kelp forest to see what is actually happening at the moment in the tank!!  It’s amazing!!!


LIBRARY AND OVERDUE BOOKS: We have library on Mondays.  Starting next week, if your child has any overdue books s/he will not be able to check out new books until they come back. Please check for books on shelves, in cars, under sofas, rugs, etc. If you know for sure that a book is lost, you can contact Lisa Monge, our librarian, at lmonge@mvschools.org and let her know that you would like to pay for it. Thank you for helping your child return his/her books on time.


             ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
·      16 ounce Strawberry Containers: Please send in any clear plastic 16 ounce strawberry/tomato clamshell containers that you have. Thank you to everyone who has sent in containers. Please keep them coming! We still need about 6 more.
·      Open House: Please mark your calendars for Open House on Thursday, June 6th from 6-7.  Please plan to come in and check out all the incredible work your First Grader has done this year! Siblings and extended family are welcome.


:)Tara Ordonez

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Room 7's Scoop 5.1.19


Dear First Grade Families,

       ROOM 7's POETRY SLAM 
       Friday, May 3 @ 8:45am.

We hope to see you there but understand not everyone has a schedule that will allow this. This is our last Author Celebration of the year and each child has selected one of the poems that they wrote and will read it to the class. We will then do a special museum walk and get to write notes to the Poets.

SCIENCE: Last week, we began an exciting science unit on animal and plant structures and defenses. In this unit, we are acting as scientists to be able to help an aquarium talk to kids about how Spruce the Sea Turtle will be able to survive once he is released from the rehabilitation center.  The kids are so enthusiastic about this unit of study, on Monday we observed each other eating carrots to see which structures we need to eat. Ask your child about what they are learning. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a great website filled with all kinds of activities for kids: www.mbayaq.org.  Make sure to click on the “live cam” of sea otters, penguins, and kelp forest to see what is actually happening at the moment in the tank!!  It’s amazing!!!

COMMUNITY HELPER PROJECT:  We are getting close to the due date of the community helper project. The project is due between the 14th and 17th of May.   It is important that all projects are turned in on time. As I mentioned last week, please have the children bring in their written project, as well as any extra items (clothes, pictures, posters, etc) to school with them on his/her due date (the due date is written on each child’s form). If your child plans to wear clothes that their community helper wears, they do not need to wear them all day. They can just bring them to school in a bag and put them on for the presentation. They will be presenting these projects out loud to the class. Please help them practice reading their report out loud at home. We have talked about using a “loud, slow ‘teaching’ voice” when speaking in front of the class, so any extra practice at home would be great! The children are really excited about their interviews and I can’t wait to see their final projects!

KIDDO DONATION DAY: This Thursday is Kiddo! Donation Day, I want you to know how truly grateful I am to teach in a district that honors and supports the Arts.  I have many teacher friends in other parts of the United States who are not as fortunate.  Thanks to KIDDO! your children are writing poetry, dancing during PE, using ipads to create and practice math skills. Your donations give students regular instruction in art, music, dance, drama, poetry, and P.E. and because of your donations, my students and I get help from classroom aides, library aides, and tech experts. This Thursday, May 2—Donation Day (at Edna)—is the launch of the 2019 Kiddo! Annual Campaign to raise funds for our next school year. Please support Kiddo! if you are able on that day, so our schools can provide the same great education next year. Thanks in advance for helping Kiddo! help our kids.

LIBRARY AND OVERDUE BOOKS: We have library on Mondays.  Starting next week, if your child has any overdue books s/he will not be able to check out new books until they come back. Please check for books on shelves, in cars, under sofas, rugs, etc. If you know for sure that a book is lost, you can contact Lisa Monge, our librarian, at lmonge@mvschools.org and let her know that you would like to pay for it. Thank you for helping your child return his/her books on time.


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS


·      POETRY SLAM: Room 7s very own Poetry Slam will take place next Friday, May 3rd at 8:45. If you can make it, come on in for this special celebration of our Room 7 authors. Each child will choose one personal poem to read to the entire class. Then we will have a special Museum Walk where you can view all the poems they have written.

·      16 OZ. STRAWBERRY CONTAINERS: We have a special project that we will work on in a few weeks for Open House. Please save any clear plastic 16 ounce strawberry/tomato clamshell containers that you have. Please peel off the label and wash out the container and send them in. Thank you in advance!

·       Open House: Please mark your calendars for Open House on Thursday, June 6 from 6-7pm. Please plan to come in and check out all the incredible work your First Grader has done this year! Siblings and extended family are welcome!


:) Tara Ordonez

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Room 7's Scoop 4.24.19


Dear First Grade Families,

WEB OF INCLUSION LUNCH: On Friday, April 26, and Thursday, May 16, parents are invited to join students and staff at an Edna “Web of Inclusion Lunch.” It is a simple but powerful event: everyone brown-bags a lunch and forms small circles of 8-10 people, including one or more adults. One adult facilitates a talking circle. Circles allow opportunities for everyone to participate meaningfully and help foster relationship building.
The lunches will include first through fifth graders, any and all Edna parents and guardians, and school staff.

Eating and talking together will go from 12:00-12:20, and will be followed by recess play. Adults are definitely invited to play games with students until the 12:40 bell!

We are scheduling two lunches for two reasons: If you cannot make one of the dates, perhaps you might be able to make the other. And, everyone has the opportunity to make a connection with two different groups of Edna people.

We will host a training in how to conduct a Community Circle at 11:30 on April 28 and May 16, right before the lunches begin. You don’t need to attend the training to participate, but we encourage you to come to the training if you are able. Please RSVP for one or both lunches by clicking here:
Edna "Web of Inclusion Lunch" Volunteer Sign-Up

In Community Circles, everyone gets a chance to share their thoughts about a given question. To prepare your child for April 28th’s lunch, please talk with your children about their names – how did they get them? What do they mean? This will be one of the Community Circle prompts.


GARDEN FAIRE:
This Sunday from 11-3 is our very own Garden Faire. This is an amazing event for the whole family. Please plan to attend and if you can volunteer to help out! I hope to see you there!  
   

KIDDO DONATION DAY: Next Thursday, May 2nd, is Kiddo! Donation Day. I want you to know how truly grateful I am to teach in a district that honors and supports the Arts. Thanks to the financial support from Kiddo! all [ specific grade] children have PE, Art, Music, Dance, a Library aide, a classroom aide, and [add grade specific programs]. Kiddo! also funds teacher grants and our district-wide instructional technology coach as well as District-wide Global Studies instructor.

On May 2nd, we will be wearing our red, black, and/or yellow to represent Kiddo! As teachers, we are grateful beyond words for your support of Kiddo! Please donate to Kiddo! to the extent possible for your family on Donation Day so we can offer your kids the same great education for the 2019-2020 school year. Thanks in advance for your participation!
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MATH: The students have worked with various math manipulatives (including pattern blocks and geoblocks) to explore the various attributes of shape.  They looked at shapes as a whole, and then found different shapes that make up that bigger shape, just as they look at numbers and find different numbers that make up the bigger number.  They learned to classify shapes based on their attributes and the formal geometric vocabulary.  While half the class was at art we made our own three-dimensional figures by making a “map” of a 3D block and cutting it apart and rebuilding it.
      We are moving are continuing our explorations with solids and will also begin exploring at fractions. With fractions, we are learning that a fraction is an equal part of a whole. We are learning to identify and divide shapes into halves, thirds, and quarters.  

COMMUNITY HELPER PROJECT: Please remember the first part of this project is due this Friday. Your child needs to choose and set up an interview with  a Community Helper. Then over the course of the next 3 weeks, they will transcribe what they have learned about their Community Helper and create a poster and ultimately present their project to the class. Each child has a due date written at the bottom of their packet; please know that this is your child’s due date for all the materials and that they will present on this day. Please read through all the directions, with your child, carefully and let me know if you have any questions! Have fun!



POETRY SLAM, Friday, May 3rd @ 8:45am: To celebrate all of the wonderful writing that the children have been doing, we are adding our poems to a personal anthology and will celebrate with our very own Room 7 “Poetry Slam”. The Poetry Slam will take place on Friday, May 3rd from 8:45-9:15ish.  Each child will read a poem from their personal Poetry Anthology. Then we will do a museum walk around the class and write notes to the Poets. I hope you can make it for this special event!


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
16 OZ. STRAWBERRY CONTAINERS: We have a special project that we will work on in a few weeks for Open House. Please save any clear plastic 16 ounce strawberry/tomato clamshell containers that you have. Please peel off the label and wash out the container and send them in. Thank you in advance! 
* Toilet Paper/Paper Towel Rolls: Please turn in any cardboard tubes you have for some other special projects!
Open House: Please mark your calendars for Open House on Thursday, June 6 from 6-7pm. Please plan to come in and check out all the incredible work your First Grader has done this year! Siblings and extended family are welcome!

:)Tara Ordonez