End of Year Details

This is just a reminder about a few end of year details. First, remember that school gets out at 1:25 both tomorrow and Thursday.

On Thursday, we will have a relax day in class for part of the day. Students will be allowed to bring games and electronic devices but only those that are academic related. Please also note that I nor the school take any responsibility for damage incurred to any electronic devices that are brought to school. If your child is unsure if a device or game would be appropriate for school, s/he can talk with me tomorrow or on Thursday morning.

Please send your student with a bag to bring home work and materials tomorrow. We will be spending time cleaning out our desks and getting the classroom ready for the summer. We will be working on a few other things as well, particularly our social studies simulation and a little science.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Volunteer Breakfast

For all who have volunteered over the past year, please join us for a light breakfast tomorrow morning before school. Thank you for all your help!

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Roaring Camp Tomorrow!

Here are a few things to remember regarding our field trip tomorrow:

  • Students will need to arrive at 7:00am. We will be leaving Palo Verde at 7:15.
  • Students should bring a snack and sack lunch.
  • Dress for the weather. It will likely be quite warm, so shorts and a t-shirt are recommended. I’d also suggest a hoodie that can be taken off and wrapped around the waist. Parents WILL NOT be expected to carry items for students.
  • It would be wise to leave cameras and electronic items at home. We take NO responsibility in broken, lost, or stolen items that a student may choose to bring.
  • Wear sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Be ready to learn and have a day full of F-U-N!!!
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Curriculum Update

Today we began Unit 11 in Everyday Math. This unit focuses on measurement, volume, and 3-D solid shapes. We will likely test on this unit in a couple of weeks, as there are only about 8 lessons to cover these topics. Unit 12 is also quite short. Tests from Units 8-10 will come home early next week. I apologize for not getting these back sooner, but we’ve had a few lengthy illnesses in our class over the past 6 weeks, in addition to STAR testing which threw a bit of a wrench in our normal flow of activity.

In reading workshop we continue to work in our nonfiction book clubs. Students are learning to read closely and carefully, as well as continue to support their thinking with evidence from the text. The way in which historical fiction differs from fiction book clubs is that students are taught to focus on how the historical aspect (time, place, historical events) influence the characters, plot lines, mood, etc. of the work. Students also begin to entertain thoughts related to the author’s view of the historical time period. We will wrap this unit up in a couple of weeks. The rest of the year in reading workshop will be committed to independent reading projects leading into summer goals.

In writing workshop we are working on the very high bar set by the genre of memoir. Students have been reading and discussing exemplar texts and learning that memoir focuses on an author’s learning, often as a child. It can take many forms, but oftentimes includes flashbacks and moments from childhood that shaped the author. Frequently these focus on relationships. Students are using published work by authors such as Lois Lowry (Crow Call) and Patricia Polacco (Chicken Sunday) and work written by students like them. We will continue this work throughout the end of the year.

Next Tuesday we will begin our science unit on Environments. We will be moving quickly through this unit as we are limited in the number of days left of school, but will be as thorough as possible. I will send home more information about this unit next Tuesday.

We will begin our focus on the gold rush period of California history tomorrow with our field trip to Roaring Camp (see details in post above). The beginning of this bend signals the end of our brief discussion of westward expansion. We will likely focus on the gold rush through the end of the year, but may get beyond it. Time will tell, as tends to be a theme in the study of history….

SPECTRA art has finished for the year. We had a wonderful time working with and learning from Erica Han and the students look forward to working with her again in 5th grade. You will get to see all of their artwork at Open House on Tuesday, May 22nd.

I think that about wraps it up. Let me know if you have questions.

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A Fond Farewell…

As many of you have already read in the Palo Verde Voice, I will be leaving Palo Verde at the end of the school year. My new position in PAUSD will be as a Literacy TOSA (teacher on special assignment). I will be working throughout the district to help promote best practices in literacy and to help the district achieve the goals outlined in the strategic plan. This work will focus on working directly with principals and classroom teachers, as well as with students. Much of my new work will be focused on 6 school sites throughout the district. Although it has not been decided yet, I am hopeful that Palo Verde will be one of the sites that I support.

This new adventure is bittersweet. I have been blessed to work with two incredibly supportive principals, many wonderful teachers, and 80+ students in my 4 years at Palo Verde. I am sad to leave my classroom, but am honored to have been a part of the lives of so many amazing individuals.

Thank you all for allowing me to teach and learn from your children.

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Walk and Roll School to Map

The 2nd meeting for the Walk and Roll School map will be on Tuesday, May 15th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Please attend this meeting if you are interested in giving input into safe school routes and traffic flow patterns around Palo Verde.

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Administrative Assistants’ Day

Dear Palo Verde Families,

Thursday is the day that we celebrate our Administrative Assistants. We have two amazing women who make the school run more smoothly. Chris and Jenny are very important to our community and we want our school community to show them just how much they are appreciated.

Last year’s flower delivery worked spectacularly and we would love to recreate it. On Thursday, could you have your child bring a single flower to school? One flower from your garden? Together, these flowers will create a diverse and striking bouquet, just like our Palo Verde community.

Thank you, sincerely,

Palo Verde Staff

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