Author Archives: Mrs. Elsmore

Week of January 10th to January 13th

Happy New Year and welcome to Quarter 3!

Welcome back.  We hope you all had a restful break and were able to spend quality time with family and friends.

Here are a few reminders and highlights for this week:

  • Tomorrow is a minimum day.
  • We will begin Chapter 7 in math this week with our Pretest and instructional focus of multiplying fractions.
  • Our American Revolution unit will begin this week and we look specifically at the causes and effects that led to the revolution and the development of the United States.
  • Our read aloud for this quarter will be Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. This powerful novel takes readers into New York during the revolution and is the story of a slave girl and her fight for freedom.  Her is a brief blurb of this compelling story:
    • If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?

      As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight…for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

      From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.

  • In Science we will focus on Earth Systems and how all four systems interact with each other

We are excited for Quarter 3 and can’t wait to get started!  Keep checking the blog for updates and information throughout Quarter 3!

Week of November 28th to December 2nd

Hello Parents! Can you believe it’s almost December? This year is certainly flying by! Here are a few reminders for this week:

  • Please make sure all basket items for your class basket are in by Wednesday.  Each class has their own unique theme and your child’s teacher should have contacted you regarding this.  We need all items no later than Wednesday so the baskets are ready by Friday.
  • BizTown is Wednesday! We are so excited for this trip. Make sure your child is ready to go and has a lunch packed for the day.  Also, our parent volunteers will need to be there early to prepare for the busy day.  Those parents have been notified and should know what time they need to be there.
  • Winter Wonderland is December 2nd.  This is a wonderful family event with many exciting things to see! Please look at the Camarena blog for more specific information about this fun event.

We will have a very busy three weeks ahead as we prepare for the end of Quarter 2. Students will be busy working and taking assessments for this reporting period.  It is important that they are here everyday ready to learn. We look forward to ending 2016 strong!

Week of November 7th to November 11th

Boy have the last two weeks been busy!  We had an amazing Red Ribbon Week.  One highlight was listening to the son of Enrique S. Camarena remember his father.  It was an emotional assembly and we felt all students left with a greater appreciation for our namesake. Last week was also a little crazy with Halloween on Monday.  We had a blast in our costumes and hope the students did as well.  Our Dual Immersion students were also busy with their Dia De Los Muertos festivities last week.

We are gearing up for another busy week. Here are a few highlights:

  • VAPA classes on Monday
  • BizTown lessons continue to prepare for our field trip
  • Colonial Trade Expert groups are being formed so students can become an expert on a colonial trade
  • No school on Friday to honor Veteran’s Day

Thanks again for all your support at home! We hope students go home daily to share all the exciting things that are happening in 5th grade!

Week of October 24th to October 28th

Red Ribbon Week is here!  Scroll down to see all the wonderful Spirit Week activities planned for this week.  In addition to these fun activities, we will also hear from Enrique Camarena’s son in a special assembly, take our annual red ribbon picture, and have our exciting assembly with all the local law enforcement agencies.  It will be a full week of many activities to honor and remember Enrique S. Camarena and to make our pledge to be drug free!

In Math, we will wrap up Chapter 4 and take our final assessment on Tuesday.  On Wednesday we will begin Chapter 5 and will focus on division of decimals.  Students are continuing to build their conceptual understanding of new concepts and are expanding their math knowledge with each new chapter.

In Social Studies, we are learning all about Colonial life.  We have focused on religion, work life, clothing, and what colonists did for fun.  Our focus has been finding main ideas of text about colonial life and making inferences based on what we read and what we know.  Soon, we will start to look specifically at colonial trades and students will do research about a specific colonial trade.

Continue to ask your child about the new things they are learning.  We are proud of all their hard work!

Week of October 17th to October 21st

Just a few quick reminders this week:

First, our PTA Membership drive is in full force right now.  We need as many members as possible. There are some great incentives to the first class that reaches 100% membership and also something special for the 2nd place class as well.  PTA does so many wonderful things for our students and school so let’s show our appreciation by blowing them away with our membership numbers! It’s easy to join and you do not have to attend any meetings.  All you have to do is sign up.  Yes, that’s it! So Go ROBO and become the newest member today!

We will be letting our BizTown volunteers know shortly if they have been selected.  We have had many of you sign up and will finalize our list soon. Your child’s teacher will personally contact you to let you know if you made the final list.

Red Ribbon Week is next week and Student Council and the PTA have some great things planned. Look out on the school blog, as well as here, for a post with all the exciting events coming up.  As a school we take great honor in this week as we are named after Enrique S. Camarena who Red Ribbon Week was created for. It is always a highlight of the school year.

 

PTA Membership Drive Starts NOW!

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Week of October 10th to October 14th

Another busy week is ahead! We will start with our first VAPA rotation of this Quarter.  Students will be receiving dance, music, and art instruction from our very talented VAPA teachers.  They are always excited about these fun and engaging classes.

In Science, our focus will be on Life Science this quarter.  We are diving into the Biosphere and will investigate ecosystems and how matter moves through them. Students will engage in some hands-on investigations and we will learn about producers, consumers, decomposers, as well as other aspects of ecosystems and how they all interact in the biosphere.

We have started our read aloud, Blood on the River, by Elisa Carbone.  It is a book that focuses on the establishment of the first permanent colony, Jamestown, in Virginia.  The main character, Samuel, takes us an adventure to the new world where he must learn to trust others and understand the value of cooperation.  So far, the students are already hooked and can’t wait to hear more about this story everyday.

Thanks to those who have signed up to volunteer for our field trip to BizTown.  We will let those parents know who will be selected in a few weeks. If you haven’t signed up, look on the blog for the sign-up post.

We look forward to another great week of learning.

Week of October 3rd to October 7th

Hello and welcome to Quarter 2!

We hope you all had a relaxing Fall Break.  The San Diego weather did not disappoint and the past two weeks we hope you had time to unwind, relax, and recharge for this next Quarter.

This quarter will be a busy one, with some exciting things coming up.  We will be going to BizTown this quarter on  November 30th  and we will begin teaching the BizTown curriculum about 3 weeks prior to our visit.  Students learn about business, financial literacy, and how their school work applies in the real-world. They also work together to successfully run a business while at BizTown.  We will need lots of parent volunteers and will send a sign-up in the next few days for parents to sign-up.  Look out for that on the blog and be one of the first to join us for this fun day of learning!

In Math, we will begin Chapter 4 this week.  Our focus will be on multiplying decimals during this chapter.  A strong focus will be on conceptual understanding of this concept so students can gain a deep understanding of this what it takes to successfully multiply decimals.

In Social Studies our focus will shift to how the original colonies were established and what daily life was like for the colonists.  Students will become experts on colonial trades and will learn about the importance of interdependence during colonial times.  This is a fun an engaging unit for all!

Next week we will fill you in on what’s to come in Science and other highlights of Quarter 2.  We are excited to be back and can’t wait to see the eager faces of all the students tomorrow morning!

Week of September 12th to September 16

5 days to go! Wow, this quarter has flown by.  We are in the middle of Conferences right now and we are so happy we have had this time to get to know you and your child even more.  Conferences are such an important part of the home-school connection piece and we appreciate your time as we come together to review your child’s successes and goals for 5th grade.

This week we will wrap up Explorers and students will finish their projects and present their findings to the class.  You would be amazed to see the projects these little tech experts have produced.  At the end of the week, make sure to ask your child to show you their end product.

Also, we will wrap up Chapter 3 in math.  We will be reviewing and assessing at the end of this week so that we can go into Quarter 2 fresh and ready to tackle Chapter 4.

We hope you all have a wonderful Fall Break and get to enjoy the San Diego weather and all is has to offer this time of year.  Students should continue to read over break and some teachers may send an email home with some suggestions for extra practice for your child.  Enjoy and we will see you back here for Quarter 2 of 5th grade!

Week of September 6th to September 9th

2 more weeks until Fall Break!  Hopefully all parents have signed up with their child’s teacher for parent conferences.  Minimum days begin this Thursday and teachers are preparing for these meetings as we speak.

In math, we are cruising into Chapter 3, Place Value and Addition of Decimals.  We will wrap up this chapter before Fall Break and students are continuing to build their knowledge of place value to the thousandths place.

The next two weeks we will be busy wrapping up our Explorers unit in Social Studies and our science unit about Matter.  The students have learned some valuable skills this quarter, such as how to research from various sources, and the difference between chemical and physical changes.  We look forward to starting new units during Quarter 2.

Thanks again for all your help at home.  Remember to check your with your child’s teacher’s schedule for when your conference will be, as all teachers personalize their specific schedule during this busy time.