News from the Social Studies Department (By Sonya): In social studies this week have been learning about the cultural iceberg. The cultural iceberg is the elements of a culture from most visible to least visible.
News from the Math Department (By Soren): In Math we are doing are last lesson Then our quiz on Monday. We did practiced adding, Subtraction, multiplying, and dividing decimals.
News from the English/Language Arts Department (By Erica): In Ela we are working on our country we got a while back. We are researching our country's culture, Heritage, language and more.
News from the Physical Education Department (By Gabriella): In gym we are doing the fitness gram. In the fitness gram we have to do pacer, sit-ups, and push-ups. :(
News from the Art Department (By Jorell): In art we made cardboard sculptures. These sculptures are based off of objects from books.
News from the Music Department (By Lucas): In music we are playing guitars. We are all learning about the strings and pitches.
Free Choice Area (By Sari): This week we’ve done pacer, decimals, cardboard sculptures, culture, and biography interviews. It's been a very busy week but it was pretty fun, I guess. JK I LOVE SCHOOL!!!
Teacher's Corner (By Mr. Singer): Happy National Pretzel Day, and National Arbor Day! And tomorrow is National You Thought Winter Was Over Day, I hope you enjoy the snow...
Before we get into the reminders I want to inform you that next week we will be starting MAP testing for the final time this year. We will be starting with math testing. We will be doing math on Tuesday/Wednesday this week. Reading will be done the following week on Tuesday/Wednesday as well.
----------- Let’s start out with a reminder about our final APTT night, next Tuesday:
On Tuesday, April 30th, from 5:00-6:00 p.m., we will hold our third Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) meeting for the year in 6th grade. This night is different from the other grade levels. The other grade levels will be May 2nd from 6:00-7:30. We will be meeting this night due to scheduling conflicts.
In years past, parents have come to the school for a traditional parent-teacher conference. While we recognize the value of meeting with individual parents, as a school, we are changing how we engage with families for an academic purpose.
Under the Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) model, parents come to school to meet with their child’s classroom teacher, review student data, and to receive practical skills and instruction on strategies to improve academically. We hope you have been using the game that was provided, and we look forward to hearing the successes from you!
At this meeting we will:
- Current data from assessment
- Opportunity to ask questions about the information provided
- Be able to take resources home to help improve learning
- Discuss future plans/set goals for the rest of the year and beyond
Once again, if you are a parent with more than one child at Trailside Elementary, you would go to one full session, and then go to another child’s teacher to receive the information and ask questions about the activity. It will be helpful if you bring your APTT folder with you.
We will not have childcare available for other children, but you are more than welcome to bring your children if they want to be part of the event. We will be doing both English and Math together at this night.
Thank you for being the first teacher for our wonderful children at Trailside Elementary! We look forward to learning together and reaching goals throughout the year.
----------- Next I want to remind you of the math awareness night coming up on May 16.
Back in December, we communicated that our district has spent over a year meeting, discussing, and investigating opportunities to improve our mathematics program. This past fall we narrowed our selection of math materials by studying teacher resources, assessment resources, student resources, and home to school resources. We narrowed our search to Eureka Math and Ready Math. We then conducted pilots of each program at all grade levels throughout all the buildings. Based upon our own data, we have narrowed the selection to Ready Mathematics and would like your feedback. Your feedback will help determine the implementation steps for the program. Please take a few moments to answer the survey.
We are extremely excited about the opportunity and we appreciate your involvement. This spring we will have an opportunity for an information night on Wednesday, Math 15th, 6:00 p.m. at Woodfield Library. We will also have an opportunity in the fall for a parent information night. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask me or your child’s teacher.
----------- Finally, I just want to review the field trip form as the money is due next week.
On Wednesday, May 22nd the sixth-grade students will be taking a field trip to Discovery World in Milwaukee. We are going to be getting the chance to participate in a lab called “Shirt Factory” in the Rockwell Automation lab area and enjoy the rest of the time visiting the exhibits of Discovery World. We will be leaving Trailside around 8:45 and returning around 3:15.
Shirt Factory - Explore the art and science of fabric printing in this hands-on workshop. Students choose from a selection of Discovery World designs to make their own professional-quality shirt that they get to take home.
All students will need to bring a bag lunch that day. We will be eating around 12:00 or 1:00 (depending on your group) in the lunchroom at Discovery World. Do not pack any energy drinks, and make sure to pack a lunch that is large enough that your child will be able to eat their meal and have little waste.
The cost will be $16.70 per student/chaperone. We ask you to return the permission slip and money be returned by May 1st.
Dates to remember:
April 30 APTT Night for 6th grade, 5 pm
May 2 APTT Night (K-5)
May 9 Elementary Concert Band
May 15 Math Information night - WF at 6pm
May 22 Field Trip - Discovery World
May 24 Fox River Visit Day - AM
May 24 TS Half Day of Play - PM
May 27 No School - Happy Memorial Day
May 30 Country Fair
June 4 Carnival Day!!!!
June 5 Biography Bash
June 6 Auction Day and last day of school, early release
For information on upcoming events, you can see our calendar page from our website too. Please take some time each week to go on Skyward and see how your child is doing in school. This will help us work better as a team to know where your child is at, and where we may need some help.
Check out what is going on in the classroom. We also post what is going on through the Twitter handle @MrSingerClass. If you do not have Twitter, don’t worry, you can see the thread on the homepage of the class website.
Do not forget to register on Class Dojo to keep up-to-date with notes from the teachers, the behavior of your child, and more. If you need me to print another flyer or send you an email invite, let me know.
BONUS: Each week we will put a challenge on here for any parent or student to try. All you have to do is give a response by Monday in the assignment notebook for us to see. If the answer is correct the student will receive $50 towards their checking account. Good Luck!
I will make it easy, starting Monday how many days are left in the school year. We are technically ⅚ of the way through the year. What does ⅙ of the year left add up to?