In just a few short weeks (4 to be exact!) we’ll be starting summer vacation. Be sure to keep your 2nd graders’ brains working all summer so they’re ready to go to 3rd grade in August. Those of you with Internet access can have your child reading on Starfall.com or doing math on First in Math. Weekly trips to the library are also fun and will improve your child’s fluency and comprehension. Usually, the library has summer programs available. Check it out! We’re also lucky enough to live within walking distance of the Riverside Museum and the Riverside Art Museum. They often have summer programs available, too. Another fun activity is playing board games or card games. Parcheesi is a favorite of Mrs. Hopkins’s grandkids. And don’t forget about coloring, drawing, and cooking. There are lots of great ways to get your kids’ off the couch and keep their little brains working and thinking.
We are so proud of our students for trying their best during testing. Animal reports are due Tuesday, May 21st. We have been working on them in class and the students need to finish them at home. We will be taking district assessments over the next few weeks that include writing, fluency, and math. Thank you for your continued support! Mrs. Johnson and Ms. Yingling
Letters went home a couple of weeks ago regarding tickets and costumes. Please make sure you reply to your child’s teacher by the due date. Ticket requests are due Friday, May 10th. Performances are Wednesday, June 5th at 1:30 P.M. or 6:30 P.M. You may request a maximum of three (3) tickets for each performance. EVERY person attending must have a ticket or they will NOT be allowed entry. Tickets will be numbered and assigned to the students for the requested time. Each student will need to send $3.00 for a t-shirt to wear during the play. Please complete the form noting the student’s name, teacher’s name, and t-shirt size then return the form with $3.00 to your child’s teacher by Friday, May 17th. If the purchase of the t-shirt will create a financial hardship on your family, please send a note to the child’s teacher. Rehearsals are going well. You won’t want to miss this event!!!
Fremont’s 2nd graders are learning about forces and motion in science. They are studying pushes and pulls, gravity and weight, and simple machines like ramps and levers. In a few weeks 2nd graders will be learning about the scientific process. They will learn how to write a hypothesis, do an experiment, and write their conclusion. 2nd grade typically does a “science day” where the students will use the scientific process on three different experiments. Each of the 2nd grade teachers will have a different experiment and the students will rotate around the classrooms to write their hypothesis, observe the experiment, and write a conclusion about whether or not their hypothesis was correct. It should be a fun day!
Attendance is crucial during these next two weeks as we are reviewing all concepts taught this year in preparation for the CST. Our testing begins on May 1st. We are accepting snack donations for the kids to eat on testing days. Granola bars, fruit snacks, graham crackers, pretzels, cheez-its, are great suggestions. Please bring enough for 32 students.
Thanks to the generous donation by Next Era Energy Resources, we have Kindle Fire devices in our kindergarten classrooms. Each kindergarten teacher has 5 Kindle Fires that students can use in learning centers. Educational apps have been downloaded onto each device, and students are able to practice language arts and math skills, and read books.
First grade is diligently working on adding and subtracting with tens and ones. Recently, we've learned how to subtract tens from two-digit numbers using a hundreds chart and connecting cubes. One of our focuses, is to step-by-step facilitate how to identify extra information in a story problem so students know how to approach and solve the problem. Additionally, we are spiraling coin recognition, their values, and finding the sum of various coin combinations. First grade continues to exercise "brain power!" Parents, thank you for your continued support to insure that your child is completeing their math homework!
In Language Arts, we are reading a story about the Chinese New Year and some of the traditions that are associated with this special time. We will also learn about New Years celebrations from other cultures, and in doing so, we will compare and contrast the different customs and celebrations that are a part of distinct cultures. In Math, we will begin learning about coordinate planes that are part of the Geometry standards for 4th grade.
5th graders will have an additional science component added to their California Standards Test. Therefore we have put together a list of science videos they can review on BrainPop or Discovery Learning. Please encourage your child to review these videos at home. They have been given a list containing the title of websites, and videos as well as the usernames and passwords needed to log in. Happy Exploration!