Friday, January 12, 2018

Over the long weekend:

-Second quarter progress reports went home today with students.

- Re-Enrollment form for the 2018-19 school-year went home with students today. Parents, please complete those and return them to school sometime next week.

-Ski and Snowboard program continues Tuesday. See you at school at 7:40!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

For Thursday:

-Math: Complete the EVEN items p. 399-400.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Winter Break!

-Ski Program: Our first trip will be on Tuesday January 9, 2018, our first day back to school. If we have a two hour delay or a snow day then ski club will be canceled and made up at the end of the five weeks. All skiers and snowboarders will meet at Taos Charter School at 7:30 a.m. and return at 5:00 p.m. Please be on time when picking up your children at the end of the day. Those riders who live on the north end of town can catch the bus at the Arroyo Seco community center at 8:10 and pick up your children at 4:20. Don’t be late because there will be no supervision after the bus leaves. Please make sure that you come with appropriate clothing: hat, gloves, snow pants, goggles, a warm jacket, and sunscreen. All riders must bring a lunch or bring money to buy a lunch.

-Thank you for all the nice gifts. I really appreciate it. I wish you and all of your families a fun, safe winter break. Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Friday!:

-History: Revolutionary Biography Reports are due.

-Math: Practice long division for the Chapter 6 test.

-Pizza!: 4th grade won an award of some pizzas from Mondo Italiano for their spooktacular Halloween art. So the class will be having pizza for lunch tomorrow. Parents, if possible, could you please send in some juice, maybe some cut fruit or veggies to go with it?

-Secret Santa: Bring in your wrapped gift if you haven't already. We're planning to have our gift exchange in class after lunch.

-Friday Bus Update: Parents, we just found out that on Friday, buses 7 & 14 will run at 11:30 due to 12:00 dismissal at the district elementary schools. This falls right into our pizza party/ Secret Santa time. If possible, could our 4th grade bus riders make other plans to get home so they don't miss out? Thanks!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

For Thursday:

-History: Complete steps 4, 5, 7, and 8 on the green checklist - final draft, images, and the bibliography. Be ready to present and hand in your report. You can print, organize, and staple here in class on Thursday morning if you need to. Practice reading your final draft out loud at home a couple of times so you'll be ready to go.

-If you aren't ready to hand in your history report on Thursday, you can take an extra day to finish everything up, and then hand it in on Friday. That's OK with me, but be sure to make the most of the 2 days you have left to write the BEST report you can.

-Secret Santa: Please bring in your wrapped gifts on Thursday or Friday if you haven't already.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

For Wednesday:

-History: Complete Step 3 (revise and edit your RD), and start Step 4 (writing the final draft in your best handwriting or on Google Drive).

Monday, December 18, 2017

For Tuesday:

-History: Complete Step 2 on the green checklist. Finish up your 5 paragraph rough draft. If your RD is complete, you can move on to Step 3: revise and edit.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Over the weekend:

-History: Begin Step 2 on the Green Checklist. Use your outline to write the first few paragraphs of your rough draft. Use the "Hamburger" model that you studied today in class to build your paragraphs.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

For Wednesday and Thursday:

-History: 1. Keep on reading and taking notes for your biography report. Find more information in the website links.
2. Spend some time working on your outline. Use the "Outline Format" page to help. Outlines are due Thursday or Friday.

-Our School-Level National Geographic Bee is on Thursday, December 14 at 1:00 in the cafeteria. Families are invited!

-Secret Santa: Students drew names today for our gift exchange that will happen next Friday, December 22. Limit for gifts is around $10. You can start bringing presents in any day next week.

Monday, December 11, 2017

For Tuesday:

-History: Continue to find information, read, and take notes on the person you chose to study for the Revolutionary Biography Report.

-Spelling Bee: Congratulations to Jonathan, Joaquin, and Mateo for winning our 4th grade level Bee today. They'll represent our class in the school-level Spelling Bee on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 1:00. Families are invited!

Spelling and Vocabulary 12/11/17

1. outline
2. rough draft
3. paragraph
4. topic sentence
5. supporting details
6. conclusion
7. images
8. revise
9. edit
10. bibliography
11. biblioteca (library)
12. tarea (homework)
13. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

There is no assigned written spelling homework this week, so you'll have more time to work on your Revolutionary Biography Report.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Over the weekend:

-History: Find information, read, and take notes on the person you chose to study for the Revolutionary Biography Report.

-GeoBee: Congrats to Theo, Mateo, Liana, Izzy, and Joaquin for winning our class-level Geography Bee on Friday. It was a tough one! Those 5 will move on to compete against the class winners from grades 5-8 at our School-Level Bee which will take place Thursday, December 14 at 1:00 in the school cafeteria. Families are invited!

-Spelling Bee: The 13 pre-qualifiers should study their word lists this weekend. We'll finish the class bee on Monday, and announce our 3 top spellers. The School level spelling bee is Tuesday, December 12 at 1:00 in the cafeteria. Families are invited!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

For Thursday:

-Math: Finish up the 2-sided long division practice page that you started today in class. Mistakes are OK, just do the best you can. We just started learning this algorithm today, and it takes some time.

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

-History: Review the Revolutionary Biography page you got today. Start thinking about 2 or 3 of the people from that list who you are interested in learning more about. Use the links to find more information. You may also choose interesting/ influential people of that era who are not in the list, as long as you can find enough information about them (2 books and 2 websites minimum). Write the names of your top 3 choices on the sheet, and bring it into class with you on Thursday.

Monday, December 4, 2017

For Tuesday:

-Math: Finish p. 345-346 of My Math.

-Tuesday is our final swim lesson from 1:30-2:30. Remember to bring in your suit, a towel, and goggles. Coach Alfredo will have a short awards ceremony to congratulate the class on completing the swim program. Parents are invited to attend. We will dismiss to parents and busses at 2:50 at the TYFC.

Spell and Vocabulary 12/4/17

1. empire
2. liberty
3. monarchy
4. democracy
5. repeal
6. assembly
7. propaganda
8. research
9. biography
10. library
11. libertad (freedom, liberty)
12. listo/ lista (ready or smart)
13. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

For Thursday:

-Spelling and Vocabulary: Written work is due, either via Google Drive or in your Spelling Journal. Study for the practice quiz.

Monday, November 27, 2017

For 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.

-Tuesday is the deadline for Ski/ Snowboard Program paperwork and payments.

-Math: Complete p. 315-316 in My Math.

Spelling and Vocabulary 11/27/17

1. tyrant
2. taxation
3. representation
4. boycott
5. independent
6. revolution
7. petition
8. intolerable
9. rights
10. desayuno (breakfast)
11. almuerzo (lunch)
12. cena (dinner)
13. No taxation without representation!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

-I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving break with family and friends. Safe travels. See you Monday.

-Reminder: Ski and Snowboard Program paperwork and payment are due on Tuesday, November 28.

Monday, November 20, 2017

For Tuesday:

-Math: Finish the back side (rows 5-8) of the purple 2x2 digit multiplication practice page.

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

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.