Sunday, March 25, 2018

Week 30: March 25th - March 29th

Thank you so much for reading our weekly news. We had a busy week last week with our field trip to Mohamed Ali's Mosque and our Founders Day assembly - thank you to all the parent chaperones who volunteered their time to help with this day, we truly appreciate it.

From the Curriculum Corner:

READING WORKSHOP:  Dramatizing Characters

The Essential Questions are:
1) How do you bring characters to life?
2) What is the role of the director?

This week the students will continue with readers theatre. They will work in groups to read different scripts, focusing on the role of director and actor.

Writers Workshop - From Scenes to Series: Writing Fiction

Essential Question:

- How can I use what I have learnt from other authors to help me?
- When I want to tell my story to other people, what steps can I take to revise my first draft to make it better?

This week students will continue to add chapters to their series focusing on chapter one as their introduction, chapter two as their middle or where their 'trouble' occurs, and chapter three for their ending or 'solution'. Students will also focus on using patterns to give more details to events that happen in their stories. During this week students will reflect back on their series stories to check to see if their pages include enough 'sparkle' words, they will check to see if they have used separate chapters for their beginning, middle, and end, they will check to see they have used the word wall to help spell tricky words, and lastly they will check to see if their illustrations match what they have described in their pages. 


Identifying, Composing and Partitioning Shapes

The essential questions for our mathematicians in this unit are:
- How can shapes be described?
- What are the characteristics (attributes) of a shape?
- How can circles, squares and rectangles be divided (partitioned) into equal parts.
- How are numbers used to show fractions?
- How are portioned shapes used to show fractions?

This week in Math students will continue to partition shapes and recognize halves and quarters of circles and rectangles. They will explore how to construct a paper clock by segmenting a circle and telling time to the hour. They will recognize halves within a circular clock and tell time to the half hour.  

Please click on the link for parent tips for topic D


Matter Manipulations: Solids and Liquids

Essential Questions:
1) How and why do scientists change matter?

As we continue learning about matter we will focus on solids and how they can be changed? We will discuss how the properties may change but the actual state of matter remains unchanged. Students will continue to learn how to use the scientific method, questioning, making a hypothesis, observing and writing results and a conclusion.

Experiment 2 Question : How can a solid be changed?


1C This week we will continue to talk about friendships and what makes a good friend?

1M  This week we will continue to practice good listening skills, and talking skills. We will use sentence starters such as: I like talking when..... I feel that I'm listened when..... I can be a good listener by..... It's best to talk when.....

1S  This week students will continue to focus on strengths, students will learn more about what character strengths they possess and how to recognize these in others.  

Assembly Notice:

Parents please remind your child that if they are late on Tuesdays when we have our school assembly your child should sit at the back of the hall. We are trying to teach audience etiquette and this is one way that we can show courtesy to the class that is hosting the assembly.

Message From Our Guidance Counselor:

Dear CAC Parents,

In guidance we have finished our until on emotional management and ended with a fun activity where your child made a stress ball and brainstormed their favorite “calm down” strategies. It was a lot of fun to make and I hope the kids are finding the strategies useful.

We are now working on ways to be better problem solvers.  Being able to effectively problem solve helps people in every aspect of life. Students who can solve interpersonal conflicts with peers are less likely to engage in impulsive or aggressive behaviors.  We will use the Second Step curriculum and the problem solving steps, after calming down, to develop these skills. Here are the  STEP’s that we use to teach problem solving. Creating a neutral problem statement, generating safe and respectful solutions, and evaluating the consequences of these solutions will help steer students toward selecting the best solution.

As you know, our Core Value for March is Perseverance.  The ES CAC definition of perseverance is, “never give up and work toward a goal”. One way that you can expand your child's understanding of perseverance is to share with them a time that you persevered in order to succeed or to share a figure from history who persevered.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Best wishes,
Dana Purpura

Library News:

Mark your calendars! The annual ES Book Parade Assembly is on April 10, the day we get back from the April break. This year, the ES Library Council has declared the theme to be GRAPHIC NOVELS! Stay tuned for more details.

ES Talent Show Date revised to April 30
Due to a request to support our PTO gala our ES talent show date has been moved to 5:00 PM on April 30 and our rehearsal will be 3:15 -5: 15 PM.

Important Dates to Remember:

April 1-9: Spring Break
April 10: Character Book Parade
April 30th: ES Talent Show

If you have any other questions or concerns about this week, please don't hesitate to contact your classroom teacher.

Your Partners in Learning,

Taryn Carr (
Gaby Morales (
Charlie Saunders (

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