Wednesday, November 15, 2017

For Thursday:

-Math: Complete p. 283-284 in My Math.

-Spelling and Vocabulary: Written work is due. You are encouraged to share this work with me via Google Docs like you did last week. You may also complete it the old-fashioned way in your spelling journal. Study for the practice quiz.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Swim Lessons Tuesday:

-Swim lessons continue on Tuesday afternoon. Remember to bring in your suit, a towel, and goggles. We will dismiss to parents and busses at 2:50 at the TYFC.

Spelling and Vocabulary List 11/13/17

1. sanctuary
2. attentive
3. ally
4. French and Indian War
5. quarrel
6. capture
7. victory
8. defeat
9. colony
10. immigrant
11. equation
12. grande (large)
13. pequeño (small)
14. Birds of a feather flock together.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Over the weekend:

-Science: Finish up the quiz on the circulatory system that you started today in class. You may use your notes and hand-outs in the science folder to help with your answers. This is due Monday.

-Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

For Thursday:

-Math: Complete the items you missed or skipped on the yellow multiplication fact quiz we took today. Then, finish the table on the back side for practice due Thursday. Time yourself to see how long it takes you. We're looking for improvement with practice. So, again if you're getting lower scores on these quizzes, go for accuracy. If you're getting high scores, go for speed!

-Spelling and Vocabulary: Written work is due Thursday via Google Docs. Study for the practice quiz. The list is now uploaded at Spelling City.

-Happy's recipe for delicious, heart-healthy hummus: One 8 ounce can of drained garbanzo beans, the juice from 1/2 a lemon, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup tahini, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 cup olive oil. Puree in a blender for a minute, stir, then puree another 30 seconds if needed. Serve with fresh veggies, carrots, pita bread, or tortilla chips.

Monday, November 6, 2017

For Tuesday:

-Math: Complete p. 245-246 in My Math.

-Swim lessons continue on Tuesday afternoon. Remember to bring in your suit, a towel, and goggles. We will dismiss to parents and busses at 2:50 at the TYFC.

Spelling and Vocabulary 11/6/17

1. crisis
2. crucial
3. colonist
4. slavery
5. ascend
6. descend
7. devastate
8. veteran
9. remedy
10. Great Britain
11. venado (deer)
12. nadir (to swim)
13. On the warpath

This week, students will be using Google Docs to do their written spelling work online! Share it with me at mbonner@taoscharterschool.org

Friday, November 3, 2017

Over the weekend:

-Math: Complete the items you missed or skipped on the multiplication fact quiz we took on Friday. Then, finish the tables on the back side of the quiz for practice due Monday. If you're getting low scores on these quizzes, go for accuracy. If you're getting high scores, go for speed!

-Ski Club!: Coach sent out the Ski and Snowboard Program info and paperwork packets today. These should be in students' Take-Home folders. Completed forms and payments are due Tuesday, November 28.

-Fall Back: Remember to move your clocks back 1 hour Saturday night or Sunday morning. Enjoy your extra hour this weekend!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Spelling and Vocabulary List 10/30/17

1. aorta
2. red blood cells
3. white blood cells
4. plasma
5. platelets
6. valve
7. alveoli
8. deoxygenated
9. exchange
10. plaque
11. viento (wind)
12. nieve (snow)
13. Have a heart.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Over the long weekend:

-Math: Complete p. 219-222 in My Math for Monday.

-PT Conferences: My schedule for Friday is now full. If you'd like to meet, but didn't set an appointment for Friday, please email me mbonner@taoscharterschool.org and we can plan a time to talk after school from 3-4 in the coming weeks.

-Halloween!: Costumes are welcome on Tuesday. No weapons, please. Parents are invited to come check out our K-5 costume parade at 2:00. Afterward, we'll have a little party in the classroom. Students may bring in a healthy snack to share. No candy or soda - I'm sure they'll be getting their fair share of sweets after school!

-The pool is closed on Tuesday for Halloween, so there are no swim lessons for our class this week.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

For Thursday:

-Field Trip: The bus will leave for Mesa Prieta at 8:20. Remember to dress for the weather (cool in the morning, warmer in the afternoon), wear sturdy sneakers, and bring a lunch and a water bottle.

-New After School Program: Starting November 2nd, we'll be offering an after-school program for TCS students from 3:00-5:00 Mon-Thurs and 1:00-5:00 on Fridays with the Field Institute of Taos. The cost is $5 per hour. Students have a flyer with more information in their take-home folder.

-Parents, a new lunch-ordering process will begin in November. Please see the information that went home with students today.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

For Wednesday:

-Math: Complete both sides of the 5 Minute Frenzy multiplication practice page.

-Our giant elk heart dissection went really well today. Many thanks to Dr. Happy Carmona-Yong for leading the lesson, and to Iris and Jeff Quintana for donating the heart for science!

Monday, October 23, 2017

For Tuesday:

-Math: Complete p. 213-214 in My Math.

-Spelling: No list this week.

-Swim lessons continue on Tuesday afternoon. Remember to bring in your suit, a towel, and goggles. We will dismiss to parents and busses at 2:50 at the TYFC, like we did last Tuesday.

-Field Trip!: Our re-scheduled field trip to Mesa Prieta, an archaeological preserve near Velarde, will be this Thursday, October 26. We'll leave school at about 8:20 and return by 2:30 for a normal dismissal. Permission slips have already been collected, and thanks to generous support from the Taos Archaeological Society, there is no charge for this trip.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Progress Reports

-Parents, first marking period report cards went home with students today. Please sign the yellow slip to verify that you received the report.

-Conferences: There's no school on Friday, October 27th for Parent-Teacher Conferences. I’ll be scheduling meetings with many of you, and I meet with some parents fairly regularly, so conferences are not mandatory for all students at this time. If I haven’t contacted you and you’d like to meet, please email me at mbonner@taoscharterschool.org to make an appointment. I’m also available to meet after school from 3-4 pm in the coming weeks, if that works better for your schedule.

-Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

For Thursday:

-Math: Complete both sides of the multiplication fact practice page.
-Spelling/Vocabulary: Written work is due. Study for the practice quiz.

Monday, October 16, 2017

For Tuesday:

-Math: Complete p. 183-184 in My Math.

-Swim lessons continue on Tuesday afternoon. Remember to bring in your suit, a towel, and goggles. We will dismiss to parents and busses at 2:50 at the TYFC, like we did last Tuesday.

Spelling and Vocabulary 10/16/17

1. specific
2. vague
3. percent
4. circulatory system
5. arteries
6. veins
7. capillaries
8. oxygen
9. carbon dioxide
10. heart
11. lungs
12. corazon (heart)
13. sangre (blood)
14. Blood is thicker than water.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Have a great Fall Break!

-Reading: Read 20 minutes or more each day of break, and keep track of what you've covered on the Fall Break Reading Log.

-Math: Practice your fluency and speed in multiplication and division facts up to the 12's. Use flash cards, websites like Moby Max and Math Fact Genius, and printable sheets. See the Links>>>

-Have really fun break! See you October 23.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Friday's Field Trip is POSTPONED

-Unfortunately, our Friday field trip to Mesa Prieta has been postponed due to rain. The trails are just too muddy right now for a large group, and the Mesa Prieta staff called to say that we need to reschedule for another, drier day. Sorry guys! We'll get down there soon. On Friday we'll have a regular school day, dismissing at 1:00 as usual.

-Reading: Superfudge book reviews and comprehension questions are due Friday if you did not finish them today in class.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

For Thursday:

-Math: P. 177-178.

-Spelling/ Vocabulary: Written work is due. Study for the quiz.

-Reading: Finish any missing chapter summaries from the novel Superfudge. Fix up your mistakes in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Make sure your summaries are clear, neat, and legible. You may re-write the summaries on your own lined paper if necessary.

-Weather-permitting, we'll be having an evacuation drill on Thursday afternoon. All students K-8 will walk back and forth to the TYFC. Please wear socks and sneakers for the walk.

-Permission slips for our Friday Mesa Prieta field trip went home with students today. Parents, please fill those out and send them back to school on Thursday. Thanks to the generosity of the Taos Archaeological Society in paying for our bus transportation, this is a FREE trip.

Monday, October 2, 2017

For Tuesday:

-Math p. 165-166.

-Swim lessons start Tuesday. Don't forget your suit, towel, goggles, and permission slip. Parents, please pick students up at Taos Youth and Family Center at 2:50.

-Field Trip!: On Friday 10/6, we'll be taking a field trip to Mesa Prieta, an archaeological preserve near Velarde. I'll send home more information and a permission slip on Tuesday.

Spelling and Vocabulary List 10/2/17

1. factor
2. multiple
3. dividend
4. divisor
5. folklore
6. heritage
7. opponent
8. traits
9. motivation
10. indigenous
11. Ancestral Pueblo
12. petroglyph
13. Tengo hambre. (I’m hungry.)
14. Tengo sed. (I’m thirsty.)
15. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Over the weekend:

-Reading: Read chapters 10 and 11 in Superfudge, and write a chapter summary for each.

-Swim lesson packets and school photo proofs went home with students on Friday. They should be inside the Take-Home Folder.

Swim Lessons Start Tuesday!

Fourth graders will start swim lessons on Tuesday, October 3rd at the Taos Youth and Family Center. We will attend from 1:30pm-2:30pm, and continue on Tuesday afternoons for the next 8 weeks. We will not participate October 31st due to Halloween. The final class and mini-graduation will take place Tuesday, December 5th.

Please keep in mind, the purpose of these lessons is to give students life-saving water skills. It is part of Taos Charter School’s physical education curriculum, and students are expected to participate weekly for eight weeks. If students arrive in the morning without proper swim gear (suit, towel, goggles), they will be asked to contact parents/guardians to bring supplies. At the completion of the program, we will celebrate at the pool with a mini-graduation party for students and parents!

On Tuesdays during the Swim Program, 4th grade will dismiss from the TYFC. Parents, please pick up your child at 2:50 at the TYFC parking lot. Students who ride Bus #7 or Bus #14 will meet the bus there at the TYFC. I'll be there outside supervising pick-up.

Please sign and return the Town of Taos Waiver before Tuesday. We're grateful to the Town of Taos and Coach Alfredo for continuing to provide this FREE program to our students! Also, if you're available those afternoons, we'll need some parents to come down to the pool help out from 1:30-2:50. Please email me or see me at school.

Monday, September 25, 2017

For Tuesday:

-Math: Complete p. 139-140 in My Math.

-Picture day for 4th grade is on Tuesday.

Spelling and Vocabulary List 9/25/17

1. homophone
2. clothes/ close
3. break/ brake
4. buy/ by
5. hear/ here
6. choose/ chews
7. right/ write
8. sum/ some
9. whole/ hole
10. would/ wood
11. peek/ peak
12. mail/ male
13. (your own pair of
homophones)

_________ / ________

14. Money burning a hole in your pocket

Friday, September 22, 2017

Every Kid in a Park card

-Parents, during our field trip on Thursday, 4th graders received a special gift from the National Park Service. They each got their own access card which grants them and their family FREE admission to any National Park or National Monument in the entire USA! This privilege lasts for a full year. Please see the brochure that went home with students today, or check the Every Kid in a Park link for more information.

-Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

For Thursday and Friday:

-Thursday Field Trip!: Our bus to the Bio-Blitz at the Red River Fish Hatchery will leave campus at 8:20 a.m. on Thursday. Please be on-time. Remember to bring a small backpack with your lunch, water bottle, a snack, sunscreen, and a hat. Be sure to wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots and be ready for a full day of fun outside science activities. We'll have 10 sack lunches for kids who get school lunch everyday, or forget. We'll return to TCS for our normal dismissal time at 2:50 p.m.

-For Friday: Complete My Math p. 119-120 (odds). Spelling written work is due. Study for the quiz.

Monday, September 18, 2017

For Tuesday:

-Math: Complete p. 111-112 in My Math

-Parents, please sign the permission slips for the Bio-Blitz field trip and send those back to school.

Spelling and Vocabulary 9/18/17

1. Autumn Equinox
2. unanimous
3. capital
4. synonym
5. antonym
6. budget
7. catastrophe
8. elevation
9. there
10. their
11. they’re
12. jugar (to play)
13. deportes (sports)
14. spill the beans