Lead Teacher :: Samia Asif :: sasif@mdpsc.org

Classroom Assistant :: Mary Pedraza

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, February 22nd     Early Release   at  11:30

Tuesday February 28th            Child As teacher Night

 

This week our class will be sharing valentines on Tuesday, February 14th. If you child would like to participate, they can bring in a valentine to share with the class. There are 28 students in our class. Please have the child only write their name on the valentine.

 

Virtue of the Week: This past week our students have been learning about the virtue: Reliability.  Students learned that when you are practicing reliability, others can count on you to do your best to keep your commitments.

 

Music: We have been listening to composer Holst and his composition, ‘The Planets: Mercury’.

 
Homework:
Grade 1:

Math: Lesson 18  pages 166-169

Spelling

Daily Reading

 

Grade 2:
Math: Lesson 20  pages 182-185

Vocab: Lesson 11 pages 122-125

Daily Reading

TenMarks

Grade 3:
TenMarks
Daily Reading
 
 

 

September 30th, 2016

Calendar: Oct. 7th, District in Service Day- School Closed       No Extended Care

                 Oct. 12th Early Release 11:30
                 Oct. 20th and 21st Parent/ Teacher Conferences
                 Oct. 25th Child as Teacher 3:30- 6:00
3rd Grade
Vocabulary- Unit 4
Math- Lesson 5
Reading Comprehension-pages 36 and 37

TenMarks Assignments online
Reading 20 min. daily
 

2nd Grade-
Vocabulary-Unit 3 Pages 32 -33
Comprehension:  page  27
Math- Lesson 5

TenMarks Assignments online
Reading 20 min. daily

1st Grade

Spelling lesson
Reading Comprehension- No homework
Reading 20 min. daily

Math lesson-4

Updates: September 23rd, 2016

Virtue:  The past two weeks the children have learned the virtues of accountability and tact.  The children have been taught the importance of being responsible for their actions. In addition, they have been given instruction on how important it is to be conscious of how we talk to each other.

Math:  The children have been given instruction using Montessori materials on polygons (many sided figure), closed curve (circles and oval shapes), how to label triangles and squares, and solid shapes like prisms and squares.  The children have been given individual lessons on math concepts using Montessori materials (i.e. stamp game, large bead frame, checker board etc.).  Each child is encouraged to use these materials until understanding of mathematical concept is achieved.  Every day the children are given equations respective to their level of understanding to work on using Montessori materials,

Language:  The children have been introduced to masculine/feminine nouns, identification of nouns, verbs, and articles using Montessori materials, alphabetical order, and are given a daily journal topic to write about.  The children have also been instructed on phonetic pairs like (“ci” and “sh”).

Science:  We have been reading the book:  From Lava to Life: The Universe Tell our Earth’s Story.

Music:  We have been listening to the music from the composer: Antonio Vivaldi

Book:  Every afternoon the children are being read the book:  The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

3rd Grade
Vocabulary- Unit 3
Math- Lesson 4
Reading Comprehension-pages 22,23,26 and 27

TenMarks Assignments online
Reading 20 min. daily
 

2nd Grade-
Vocabulary- Pages 22 -27
Comprehension:  page 23
Math- Lesson 4

TenMarks Assignments online
Reading 20 min. daily
1st Grade
Spelling lesson
Reading Comprehension- Page 13
Reading 20 min. daily

Math lesson-3

Weekly Updates: 9/9/2016
Calendar:
Sep.15th/16th, Thur./Fri -Picture day students must were uniform

Virtue
: This week the children have been learning about the importance of self-discipline.  The children are encouraged to use this virtue in the classroom by being responsible for their work.Language: The children are learning, using class materials, how to identify nouns and articles.  The Montessori materials used are forms of the triangle.  An article (i.e. “the” and “a”) is symbolized by a small light blue triangle and a noun (i.e. person, place, thing) is symbolized by using a large black triangle. The children have also been taught root words and prefixes.  They have also been taught the difference between singular and plural nouns, and how to change the ending of the plural noun (i.e. elf would become elves).Math:  The children have been given individual lessons on Montessori materials. The children also do TenMarks on the computer.Word of the Day:  Each day the children are given a word and the definition of that word.  Then, the word is put into a sentence for greater understanding.

Culture
:  The children have been taught the definition of biome and the different types of biomes that make up our world.Music:  We have started our music program this week. This week’s feature composer was Franz Joseph Hayden (1732-1809).Homework:
3rd Grade

Vocabulary- Finish unit 1
Math- Lesson 2

TenMarks Assignments online
Reading 20 min. daily
 

2nd Grade
Vocabulary- Finish lesson 1
Comprehension:  Finish page 13
Math- Lesson 2

TenMarks Assignments online
Reading 20 min. daily
1st Grade
Spelling lesson 3
Reading 20 min. daily

Math lesson 1

 

Weekly Updates:
9/2/2016

This week we covered the following:

Virtue: We read from our book of virtues the importance of responsibility. The children were taught how important it is to follow through with commitments that have been made. The children were encouraged to be responsible in their school and home life.

Apart from individual lessons in Language the children were introduced to the definitions of the following words: symphony, gloomy, habitat, and amuse. We went over diagraphs and phonograms like, “ck”, “ow”, “wh”, and “oa”. We went over nouns and verbs and the children had to identify examples of each.

Math: This week the children learned about the geometric definition of lines (endpoints, ray, origin, line segment). Using the Montessori class materials the children were introduced to the geometric shapes of triangles, circles, and squares. According to the child’s understanding, they were taught how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide using the Montessori materials.

Book: We are reading E.B. Whites’ classic: Charlotte’s Web and a children’s edition biography of Maria Montessori’s life; since her birthday was celebrated this past week.

Culture: The children were introduced to their outside surroundings.  We discussed the biome of our local region. The children were taken outside to discover what makes up our local biome. Then they drew a picture of what they discovered.

3rd Grade
Vocabulary- Unit 1 pages 8, 9, 10,and 11

Spelling 10 words of vocab unit 1

Math- Lesson 1

TenMarks Assignments online
Reading 20 min. daily
 

2nd Grade
Vocabulary- 1 Pages 10 and 11
Spelling 10 words from unit 1 of Vocab
Math- Lesson 1

TenMarks Assignments online
Reading 20 min. daily
1st Grade
Spelling lesson
Reading 20 min. daily

Week of Aug. 15th 2016

Calendar

August 24th, Early Release @11:30 am

September 5th, Labor Day, School closed

Virtue of the Week

Virtue of the week was Respect. Children learned that respect is an attitude of honoring people and caring about their rights. Being respectful is reflected in the courtesy with which we treat one another, the way we speak, and the way we treat each other belongings.

Supplies
If you have not already dropped off your child’s school supplies, please do so by next week. Thank you to those who have already handed them in.
Book Money
If you have not already paid the book fee please do so by next week. Thank you to those who have already paid.

We had a great first week of school! We started off the week getting to know each other, our new students, and our classroom. We learned the rules and routines for our classroom and for the playground. We had several lessons focusing on grace and courtesy. Each student was assigned a classroom job and will be responsible for this task; each job will rotate every 2 weeks.  These jobs help the students integrate into the classroom community and understand the importance of each person’s contribution for the good of all.

Homework: Your student was given a take home folder this Friday; these folders will contain information for the parents as well as work your child has completed throughout the week and/or will need to complete. Please remove these contents and return folders to school every Monday.
We will not have any homework for the first 3 weeks of school.
1st graders will be responsible for completing their spelling ,math, and reading homework each week.
2nd and 3rd graders will be responsible for vocabulary, language arts, and math homework..
Book Orders
Your student has brought home a Scholastic book order form. Book orders will be due on September 16th.

We are looking forward to a great year!

5/16/2016

Upcoming  Events:

  • Monday, May 23rd – Friday, May 27th – Last week of school activities
  • ·         Monday 5/23 – Crazy Hair Day
  • ·         Tuesday 5/24 – Pajama Day
  • ·         Wednesday 5/25 – Water Day (JE levels only)
  • ·         Thursday 5/26 – Game Day
  • ·         Friday 5/27 – End of the Year Celebration,  Early Release 11:30

Virtue of this week was Modesty, this virtue concentrates on how important it is to remain humble and modest.  The children are being taught to have modest dress, not to be conceited, and to not allow people to touch us in inappropriate ways.

Book: 100 People Who Changed America
We have been reading about the people who have made this country great.  We have been reading about the following people: Juliette Low (founder of the Girl Scouts), Thurgood Marshall (first African American Supreme Court justice who worked for racial equality), Sandra Day O’Connor (first woman who served on the Supreme Court), John D. Rockefeller (founder of Rockefeller Foundation).
Apart from Individual lessons:
In Math we continued with a review of right angles, obtuse angles, acute angles, squares, trapezoid, and parallelograms.
Language: Introduced the definite and indefinite adjectives. The children used them in sentences. In addition, the children learned to write a formal letter.

Culture: We have continued our discussion on Australia. We learned about the tropical forest of Australia and life on the sheep stations in Australia. The children have also started their presentations on their respective Australian topic.

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5/11/2016
This past week we continued the virtue of “enthusiasm.”  We went over the importance of being enthusiastic in all that we do…especially, in learning.  When we are enthusiastic life becomes more meaningful and less mundane.  In addition, we started to talk about the virtue of “joyfulness.”  Joyfulness and enthusiasm go hand in hand; when we are enthusiastic we are also give off joy.
Book
  We started a book titled, “100 People who have Changed America.”  This book highlights the men and women who have had a positive and powerful impact on our country.  This week we read about Bill Gates and his simple beginnings.
Math
 We discussed the geometric components of a circle:  center, arch, chord, diameter, radius, radii. circumference, area, segment and sector.  We continued our lesson of doing number patterns.  We also went over double digit multiplication.
Language
 Continued from the previous week we have been identifying parts of speech in a paragraph.  We have been naming pronouns, identifying antonyms, synonyms, homonyms and reviewing subject and object in reference to pronouns (for example, when to use “I” or “me”).
Culture
  We have been discussing the different eras in which our earth has developed.  We have gone over the following eras: Azoic, Proterozoic, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenozoic and Neozoic.  Currently, we are living in the Neozoic era.
 Each child has been given a turn to present their ‘Care of Environment’ project to the class. Thanks for supporting your child in creating these projects. We all learn a lot in this process.
Homework
There is no homework assigned for this week. Students will bring home information regarding their Australia research project on Monday, May 9th. These projects will be due on Wed. 18th.

5/1/16

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, May 4th – Early Release    11:30

Friday, May 6th – Spring Fling 4-7pm
The projects for Spring Fling should be turned in by Wednesday, May 4th. If you have not sent in the old t-shirt for the class project for making grocery bags, please make sure that students bring in their t-shirts to school by Monday, May 2nd.
Virtue of the week was ‘Enthusiasm’. The students have been learning about the importance of enthusiasm in life. It is so important to also be enthusiastic in coming to school and learning.

Book: We continue reading the book, “Who is Albert Einstein?” It is a biography of his extraordinary intelligence and his overcoming life’s hardships.

Language: This week in language we have focused our learning on sentence structure and order. Parts of speech in a simple paragraph: such as identifying adjectives, nouns, verbs, prepositions, and conjunctions, etc. We have been learning how to divide words into syllables. In addition, we have been naming different pronouns.

Math: We have been going over number patterns starting from a certain digit and adding a constant such as starting at 7 and continually adding by 3.  We have reviewed angles and degrees of angles. The children have been using Montessori materials in this regard.

Culture: This week we have continued our study on Australia.  We have been studying the different types of animals of the region. We have been discussing the life in the grasslands of Australia in terms of food, clothing, housing, and transportation.  Lastly, we have been going over the importance of taking good care of our planet and relating this idea to the projects that are due next Wednesday.

Homework:

1st Grade:
Math: Lesson 24

2nd Grade:
Math: Lesson 30
English Language Arts: Pages 258-259
3rd Grade
Vocabulary lesson 18
ELA Pages 241-249

This week JE 3 has covered the following topics:

Virtue: Courage

Students have been given instruction on the importance of courage and how it should be lived out in daily life.

Book:  We have been reading about the interesting life of Albert Einstein.  The children are amazed at his life’s story and his early struggles at school.

Math:  We have discussed commutative, associative, and distributive properties of multiplication.  We have studied the solid form of geometric objects (i.e. rectangular prism, cube, sphere).  We have gone over place value of numbers and have discussed the value of 1 million to 1 decillion.  The students have been taught how to multiply 1 decillion by a single digit.  In addition, the children practiced counting by 2-12.

English Language:  We have discussed the difference between the adjectives transparent, translucent, and opaque.  The students were also taught the difference between small, smaller, and smallest and other adjectives in this context.

Culture:  We continue to study the country of Australia and the mammals that inhabit the different regions.  We have also been studying the solar system and the difference between rocky and gaseous planets.  The students have been very excited to continue their own research on a planet of their choice.

Special topic:  Today is Earth Day and we have been discussing the importance of how it is our personal responsibility to take care of our planet.  We discussed how important it is to reduce our negative impact on the earth and how to implement better earth friendly choices.

Upcoming Events:
Wednesday, April 20th – Early Release 11:30

Wednesday, May 4th – Early Release    11:30

Friday, May 6th – Spring Fling 4-7pm

4-18-16

The virtue of the week was “Detachment.”  We learned that detachment is experiencing your feelings without allowing your feelings to control you.

The annual Midfirst Bank Coin Contest is in full swing. The deadline of May 6th is soon approaching so keep that change coming! If we all raise $1000 in coins the bank will match it with $1000, so that means $2000 can be raised for the school! In addition, the class that raises the most money wins a pizza party. This fundraiser funds PE and art, so every cent counts.

Apart from individual lessons:

In Math  we reviewed acute, obtuse, right, straight and whole angles. We talked about the number of degrees each respective angle is, e.g., a right angle is a 90 degree angle.  A lesson was given on the different types of triangles –  isosceles, equilateral, obtuse, scalene – and how two obtuse angled scalene triangles make a parallelogram. On Friday, a lesson was given on multiplying and dividing fractions using materials in the class. 

In Language: We discussed homophones and the children had to write the definition to each word (i.e. flu and flew).  We went over the of parts of speech (such as nouns, adjectives, articles, and verbs.)  In addition, we talked about where to put in commas when writing the address to a particular place.

In Culture: This week the class has been studying the country of New Zealand.  The students are using the class atlas and globe to research cities, lakes, and other landmarks. The children also learned about the Compass Rose; so they have an understanding of the directions of north, south, east, and west.  

Homework:

Grade 3
Vocabulary lesson 16

ELA  Pages 220-226

Grade 2

Math Lesson 28 Identify and Draw Shapes

English Language Arts the first story of Unit 11 “Toys and Games in Colonial Times” Pages 242-247

Grade 1

Math Lesson 22

 

4-8-14

This week in Language we reviewed antonyms, adjectives, verbs, possessives pronouns, and contractions. Students enjoyed the lessons and mastering the concepts at circle time. As a class we sorted words in alphabetical order. For shared  reading we are on the last chapter of the 2nd book of Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.  The children are thoroughly enjoying the story.

For math this week, students worked on factors of numbers 51 through 100 and thus figured out prime and composite numbers. In geometry we reviewed relationship between lines, common trapezoids and parts of an angle.

Culture

We conducted experiments to complete an electric circuit. We are further going to explore static and dynamic electricity in the upcoming week. In our in depth study of the continent of Australia we learned about states, population, flag, and distance between the cities of Australia.

 

Our Virtue for this week was Gentleness. Children learned that gentleness is acting and speaking in a way which is considerate and kind to others.

Homework is due on Thursday, April 14th.  Homework assigned for this week was as follows:

 

3rd Grade

English Language Arts Pages as marked in the book 204-211
Math – TenMarks Assignments online

Reading 20 min. daily

2nd Grade

English Language Arts 232 and 233
Math – Lesson 27

TenMarks Assignments online

Reading 20 min. daily

1st Grade

Math – Lesson 21

Spelling Lesson

Reading 20 min. daily

November
There are several things to put on our calendars for next week.
FIELD TRIP- Nov. 3rd Phoenix Herpetological Society. Thank you to the parents who had already volunteered to drive. We are very excited about this field trip and would like to thank our homeroom parent, Rachele, for putting together for the class! Please pay close attention to the email sent from her regarding this field trip.
EARLY RELEASE – Wednesday Nov. 4th.  Extended care available for those that are in the program FULL-TIME.
PICTURE RETAKE – Thursday Nov. 5th.  If your child was absent or if you did not like the first picture this is your opportunity.

BUTTER BRAID ORDERS -November 6th-Orders due for the Butter Braid fundraiser. Let’s see if one of our student in JE lll to win the contest for most orders. It is for a great cause so keep collecting those orders, and thank you for helping out.

 
Homework
Apart from reading 20 min. daily, please make sure that your student completes the following homework.
 
Homework
 
3rd Grade
Vocabulary- Unit 9
Spelling 10 words of vocab unit 9
Math- Lesson 9
TenMarks Assignments online
Reading 20 min. daily  
2nd Grade
Vocabulary- 9
Spelling 10 words from unit
Math- Lesson 7
TenMarks Assignments online
Reading 20 min. daily
1st Grade
Spelling lesson
Reading 20 min. daily

Week of Oct. 12 th, 2015

 October 22nd and 23rd  – Parent Teacher Conferences and Early Release 11:30. If you have not yet signed up for a conference, please do so on the online sign-up sheet.

October 23rd-Annual Character Parade- The children may dress up as a favorite character from a book, and all the classes will participate in a parade around the gym. Please be sure the character your child chooses is from a book; refrain from superhero figures, and please no weapons or potentially dangerous props of any sort. October 24th 10:00-1:00 is our Fall Festival. Our class is in need of parents to face paint for our booth.  A short class of basic face painting is offered for volunteers. Please e-mail our classroom parent, Rachele, at mdsje3classparent@gmail.com if you are willing to help.

Please bring the following for the Fall Festival POTLUCK:

JUNIOR ELEMENTARY  – Vegetables, Fruits, and Sides

Field Trip to Phoenix Herpetological Society 

Students  brought permission slips for the field trip home; please sign and return them to school. We need volunteer drivers for this field tripWe will be leaving at 10 am and plan on returning to school by 2:45. Drivers, please be sure to bring us a copy of your driver’s license and insurance information if we do not already have it on file.

BUTTER BRAIDS SCHOOL FUNDRAISER:  Participate and win one of four great prizes:

  1. PIZZA PARTY:  To the classroom who sells the most.
  2. FOUR TICKETS TO CASTLE AND COASTERS – UNLIMITED RIDES – The student who sells the most
  3. FOUR MOVIE TICKETS – The student who comes second
  4. BASKIN- ROBBINS GIFT CERTIFICATE ($25.00) – The student who comes third

Last year this was a very successful fundraiser and enabled us to hire a PE teacher for the second semester.  Our aim is to do the same this year.  Deadline to turn in order forms and money, is Friday, November 6th.  These make great hostess gifts for Thanksgiving and Christmas and are delicious.

Apart from reading 20 min. daily, please make sure that your student completes the following homework.

Homework

3rd Grade

Vocabulary- Unit 7
Spelling 10 words of vocab unit 7
Math- Lesson 7

TenMarks Assignments online

Reading 20 min. daily

2nd Grade
Vocabulary- 7
Spelling 10 words from unit
Math- Lesson 5

TenMarks Assignments online

Reading 20 min. daily

1st Grade

Spelling lesson

Reading 20 min. daily

Calendar
Child as Teacher – Scheduled for next week has been changed. The new date will be Tuesday, November 17th.  Please make a note of it.
Early Release -Oct. 14th

Parent/Teacher Conferences- Oct. 22nd and 23rd; Early Release at 11:30; Extended Care available for those enrolled in that program.

Apart from reading 20 min. daily, please make sure that your student completes the following homework.
Homework
3rd Grade

Vocabulary- Unit 5
Math- Lesson 5

TenMarks Assignments online
2nd Grade

Vocabulary- 5
Math- Lesson 5

TenMarks Assignments online

1st Grade
Spelling lesson

Week of September 21, 2015

Thank you to those who have already signed up. For those who yet to do so, above is the link. Please notice we need someone to sign up for the coming week of October 5th.

 Apart from reading 20 min. daily, please make sure that your student completes the following homework.
Homework
 

3rd Grade

Vocabulary- Unit 4

Math- Lesson 4

TenMarks Assignments online

2nd Grade

Vocabulary- 4

Math- Lesson 2

TenMarks Assignments online
1st Grade
Spelling lesson

Week of September 14, 2015

Assigned Homework:
Students of Grade 2 and Grade 3 have brought home information to log in to their TenMarks account, which will be used to practice math online. The due date for the first set of assignments is Sept. 24th.
Apart from the math homework online, 2nd graders have been assigned lesson 1 in the math workbook and Unit 3 in the vocabulary workbook.
In addition to the math homework online, 3rd graders have been assigned Unit 3 in the vocabulary and lesson 3 in the math workbook.
Our first graders have been asked to practice spelling lesson 3 for this week.
Students will continue to read at home for at least 20 minutes every night
Language:
In language, we learned about adverbs and how they modify verbs by telling where, how, when, and how much.

Montessori materials for grammar help students practice parts of speech, analyzing and symbolizing phrases and sentences. In the reading lesson, we focused on Key ideas and Details.

In class, children are thoroughly enjoying reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl as a class.
Mathematics:
In math, the students had a lesson on problem solving using multiplication and division. In geometry, we learned about parts of an angle and types of angles using materials in class.
Virtue of the Week: Courtesy

Students learned that courtesy means to be polite and to have good manners. It is to be considerate of others and to have gracious ways.

Composer of the Week:
This week’s feature composer was Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) and the composition was The Four Seasons, Autumn.

Important Dates:
Tuesday, September 22nd, 6:00-7:00 pm – Parent Partners Education Night
Wednesday, September 23rd @ 11:30 am – Early Release *Extended Care
Friday, October 2nd – NO SCHOOL (District In-service)
Wednesday, October 14th @ 11:30 am – Early Release *Extended Care

Week of Sept. 7th, 2015

We have had another wonderful week at Montessori Day School!

Language

Apart from individual language lessons, for our language lesson we learned about action verbs, identified these parts of speech in sentences, and brainstormed different verbs that we do everyday. We also studied phonograms and the different sounds these letters make when they are next to each other (sh, ee, th, ow, ou). We also studied conjunctions by labeling and identifying them in sentences.

Math

Apart from individual math lessons, we studied the properties of quadrilaterals. We also learned about the difference between a square and a rectangle. Continuing on our lesson on lines this week we learned about horizontal, vertical, and oblique lines We also learned about the zero property of multiplication (7 x 0 = 0), identity property of 1 (7 x 1 = 7), and the commutative property of multiplication (3 x 4 = 12, 4 x 3 = 12).

Culture

We studied in depth the three states of matter.We continue to do our pre-demonstration for our First Great Lesson. After completing our lesson on properties of solid, liquid, and gas, we listened to the song about it to reinforce the concepts. Children in class are going to do their own research and come up with their own conclusions.

Virtue of the Week

Our virtue of the week was ‘Self-discipline.’ We learned the value of self-discipline and when you practice self-discipline, you are controlling your own behavior so others don’t have to. Also, self-discipline brings you more freedom.

Composer of the week

This week’s feature composer was George Frederic Handel. The feature composition was Menuet from the Water Music. Handel composed this music over 270 years ago especially for the King of England, King George I. It was called the Water Music because it was first performed at a party King George gave on barges on the River Thames.

Homework
Homework is due every Thursday. Please make sure your child is being responsible and turning in their Vocabulary books and Reading Logs.

1st Graders were assigned their spelling homework lesson 2 for this  week. Directions are located inside their take home folders. They are responsible for completing the tasks using the list. Please have them turn in their spelling homework by Thursday, Sept 17th.

2nd Graders should complete unit 2 and review the spelling words in their Vocabulary workbooks as they will be tested on them every Friday.

3rd  Graders
Vocabulary- Unit 2
Math lesson -2

Important Dates

Monday, September 14th, 5:30 & 6:00pm – Parent Committee meetings
Thursday, September 17th – School Picture Day  (All students must be in  proper uniform)
Tuesday, September 22nd, 6:00-7:00 pm – Parent Partners Education Night
Wednesday, September 23rd @ 11:30 am – Early Release *Extended Care
Friday, October 2nd – NO SCHOOL (District In-service)
Wednesday, October 14th @ 11:30 am – Early Release *Extended Care

Week 3, 2015

We’ve now finished our 3rd week of school and nicely settled into our daily classroom routines. At this time we would like to welcome our parents to our classroom that have volunteered to help with reading. Please notify us of your schedule and what days and times work best for you. We are also currently seeking a volunteer to help with gardening; this is the perfect month to sow our seeds and begin to watch our garden grow!

Language

This week in Language we learned about adjectives and the ways in which we can use them to differentiate between similar nouns. We also created phrases using the entire noun family (article, adjective, and noun). As a class we sorted words in alphabetical order. During circle, we began reading a biography on the life of Dr. Maria Montessori and her influence around the world to honor her on her birthday.

Math

For math this week, we further explored geometric shapes. This week we covered shapes with more than 8 sides, including the octagon, nonagon, and decagon. We practiced our dynamic addition and subtraction using various classroom materials to help. We also learned about the characteristics of a straight and curved line and parts of a e,g, line origin, Line segment, endpoints.

Culture

We conducted experiments to see that oxygen is needed for the fire to burn plus the hot air rises up.

During afternoon circle on Friday, we conducted an experiment using glitter and water to show how the stars came together to form galaxies. They learned that particles are attracted to each other by a force. The students came up with an individual hypothesis, observations, and conclusion based on what they saw in the experiment. Students were exposed to the concept of gravity by this experiment. Our first graders continued to learn about the seven continents by coloring both hemispheres and labeling and coloring each continent.

Homework

Homework is due every Thursday. Please make sure your child is being responsible and turning in their Vocabulary books, Reading Logs, and submitting their online math homework every week.

1st Graders were assigned their first spelling homework this week. Directions are located inside their blue take home folders. They are responsible for completing the tasks using the first (highlighted) list on the back side of the directions. Please have them turn in their spelling homework by Thursday, Sept 10th.

2nd and 3rd Graders should review the spelling words in their Vocabulary workbooks as they will be tested on them every Friday.

Vocabulary books will come home on Friday. Unit 1 homework will be due by Thursday, September 10th

2nd Graders and 3rd graders should review the spelling words in their Vocabulary workbooks as they will be tested on them every Friday.

If you have not yet paid for your workbooks please pay the office immediately. Thank you.

A new reading log was sent home last week, each log is for two weeks of reading (front and back) please have your child return log every two weeks.

Scholastic book orders will be due by Wednesday, September 10th.

Calendar

Monday Sept. 7th School Closed Labor Day

Week 2, 2015

Language

Aside from individual lessons given each day, we learned about compound words, naming words (nouns), and prefixes; as a class we created words by combining the two items i.e. re-cycle, tele-scope, tri-angle. We learned how a suffix does not change the spelling of the root word. We also learned about the three articles as a part of speech (a/an and the) and we looked at examples of what they mean and how they are used.

Math

Aside from the daily individual math lessons given, as a class we went over several different geometric shapes, including the ellipse, oval, curvilinear triangle, and quatrefoil. We also learned concepts of point, line, surface, and solid in geometry. We practiced spelling out our numbers, in order to visualize them not only in their numeric form but also in their letter form. We learned about and traced the pentagon, hexagon, and heptagon in order to see the sides and angles of each shape.

Culture

Five Great lesson are a series of five great stories that give a student an overall impression of the grand topics of the universe, the earth, and the life on earth. These stories form the heart of the Montessori integrated curriculum. Maria Montessori observed that elementary students, in the most critical period of their growth, begin to wonder about these grand topics: where did the world came from? How did humans get here? Why are humans here? Montessori believed that exploring such questions with elementary students would build a strong foundation for their intellectual, spiritual, and psychological development. These students are keen to find out more. To discover detailed answers to their questions, students embrace other subjects in the Montessori curriculum, including history, geography, math, sciences, and language arts. The students think back to the Five Great lessons while studying these other subjects. The students research, discuss, explore, and learn. And most importantly ask questions.

We began learning about the formation of the universe with demonstrations/experiments and read “Born with a Bang: The Universe Tells our Cosmic Story.”
Students reviewed lesson on the 7 continents – North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and Antarctica –  both on a globe and on a puzzle map. They each completed an exercise replicating a continent, helping them to better identify and visualize each continent and its location.

The Virtues of the week were ‘Friendliness’ and ‘ Orderliness‘.

Reminders:

Reading log will go home every 2 weeks on Friday; please make sure that your child is reading each night and keeping track on their log.  Please have your child return their log to class every two weeks.

Scholastic book orders are due Thursday, September 10th. Cash orders are preferred.

Remind your child to bring back their Homework folder every Monday.

Week of Aug. 17th 2015

 

We are excited to be back at Montessori Day School! We would  like to welcome JE III’s new teaching assistant– Mr. Ted Davis (tdavis@mdpsc.org). He is new to Montessori Day Schools and is looking forward to working with your children this school year.
Supplies
If you have not already dropped off your child’s school supplies, please do so by next week. Thank you to those who have already handed them in.
Book Money
If you have not already paid the $70 book fee (only for 2nd & 3rd graders) please do so by next week. Thank you to those who have already paid.

We had a great first week of school! We started off the week getting to know each other, our new students, and our classroom. We learned the rules and routines for our classroom and for the playground. We had several lessons focusing on grace and courtesy. Each student was assigned a classroom job and will be responsible for this task; each job will rotate every 2 weeks.  These jobs help the students integrate into the classroom community and understand the importance of each person’s contribution for the good of all.
Homework: Your student was given a take home folder this Friday; these folders will contain information for the parent(s) as well as work your child has completed throughout the week and/or will need to complete. Please remove these contents and return folders to school every Monday.
We will not have any homework for the first 3 weeks of school.
1st graders will be responsible for completing their spelling and reading homework each week.
2nd and 3rd graders will be responsible for vocabulary, language arts, and math homework..
Book Orders
Your student has brought home a Scholastic book order form. Book orders will be due on September 10th.

We are looking forward to a great year!

                                   Welcome to the New school Year 2015-2016

 Welcome to Junior Elementary 3 at Montessori Day Schools. I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself to our new parents. My name is Samia Asif and I am honored to be your child’s teacher. This  is my sixteenth year of teaching, and my eleventh year at Montessori Day Schools. I am looking forward to working with you and your child in reaching his or her full potential.
I believe that communication is very important for a successful school year. I encourage you to contact me at any time. I am excited about working with your child, and getting to know all of you. I also encourage all parents to volunteer through out the school year. We have many areas in which we always need volunteers.
I would appreciate it if your child’s school supplies could be brought to school when we have Parent Orientation so that we can get everything organized before school starts. At the beginning of the year the class will discuss and create our own classroom rules and post them in the classroom.
I am looking forward to meeting you.
Updates April 3rd, 2015
This week in math we reviewed  how to find the missing factor in equations, and how to round money to the nearest dollar. We continue to work on area and perimeter, and the study of triangles. We practiced identifying how many faces, vertices and edges there are on the geometric solids. Also, daily practice of addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. We are now working on double digit multiplication.
We did a classification lesson, and practiced how to classify by separating gas, solid, and liquid cards into the correct category.
We also studied carbon cycle and climatic zones.
The study of Asia continues, and this week we learned more about Japan such as religions, population, foods, sports, and living spaces. The children worked on maps of Asia, and labeled the water forms which included lakes, rivers, and seas.They also worked on a  map of Asia on which they had to identify the countries by looking for them on a map or in an atlas.
This week in writing second graders worked on writing details.
Upcoming Events
 
April 10th-Field trip to the Arizona Puppet Theater.
April 14th-15th-and 16th AZ Merit Testing for 3rd grade students.
Fundraiser
 
Once again it is that time of year to break open your piggy bank for a good cause. The classrooms will be participating in  the coin collection fund raiser from now until May 1st. Mid First Bank will be stepping up again this year to match us with a $1000 donation to the school if we raise that amount. The classroom to collect the most money in coins will win a pizza party. The children are learning about community, and helping out our school community by donating and asking others to donate as well.
Homework
 
1st grade-weekly spelling words. Test on Thursday.
2nd grade-Math p.171-180  TenMarks assignments
3rd grade Math Number of pages as marked in the book, TenMarks assignments

 

 

Updates March 13th, 2015

March 16th-20th-School Closed for Spring Break

This week in Math the children continued to work on area and perimeter. They also had a lesson on how to calculate volume, and enjoyed using the cubes from the thousand cube material in order to figure out the answers. The third graders have been practicing their math skills with lessons on Ten Marks.

In language the lessons included analogies and homonyms. The children also did daily practice of sentence correction which included working on capitalization and punctuation.

We are continuing the study of Asia, and this week we have covered the biomes which included the polar regions, temperate forests, grasslands, deserts, and mountain ranges. They enjoyed coloring a map with different colors to represent mountains, tropical forest, temperate forest, deserts, grasslands, polar regions, and swamps in Asia.

We finished our discussions of the virtue of humility. The lessons the children learned will hopefully stay with them as they continue to practice respecting one another, and respecting that everyone is different. Also, that no one person is better than another. They learned that it is not important to impress, but to just simply do your best.

We  introduced the new Britannica Student Encyclopedia to the class. We discussed with the children how to use the books with care, and how helpful they will be for their research projects. The encyclopedia was earned through the book fair fundraiser.

The classroom also received a new material for science. We now have very colorful picture and story cards to go with our universe books. The children need to read the cards and match them to the proper picture. The stories are about the universe and how it it was born. The children really think about how did they come about, and where did it all begin? Where did everything come from?

Homework

1st grade-Spelling homework, and study for test.

2nd grade-Math p.150-160 TenMarks Assignments

3rd-TenMarks Assignments

All students should be reading everyday and logging their reading information on their reading log. The reading logs need to be returned to class every two weeks once completely filled out.

Updates March 5th, 2015

The class has been very busy working each day. This week in language we have done lessons on sentence structure and identifying the subject and the predicate.

We have also worked on suffixes and prefixes, and similes. The children enjoyed filling in the blanks on the similes such as, ” as hot as the ___”. The answer being sun.
They also worked on what reference to use for looking up different topics or information that they may need to find. We learned of different references such as phone books, almanacs, thesaurus, and dictionaries.
The math lessons this week included area and perimeter, congruent shapes, and measurement in meters, centimeters, and decimeters.They also continue their daily lessons on mastering the skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They enjoy doing the lessons off of our brand new white board.
In geography we have started our new continent study. We will now be focusing on Asia. The children enjoyed lesson with the puzzle map to name the many different countries of Asia. They also learned some interesting facts about China, and enjoyed learning about some of the culture of China. They were amazed to learn how long The Great Wall of China really is, and that Buddha was an actual person. They learned about how he was a prince, and how he started the religion of Buddhism. They also learned about the Chinese pagodas, pandas, and the Chinese Palaces.
The virtue of the week was ‘Humility’. The children talked about when you are humble you don’t consider yourself more important then others, and how in practicing humility we keep the needs of others before our needs.  Also, when you make a mistake you are willing to learn from it.
Upcoming Dates
March 16th-20th-School Closed for Spring Break
Homework
`1st grade-Weekly spelling homework with test on Thursday.
2nd grade-Math p.142-149
3rd grade- TenMarks assignments.
March Scholastic order forms will go out this week. Please have any orders in by Monday March 23rd.

Updates November 21st, 2014
Upcoming Events
Weds. the  26th-JE lll classroom feast for students and parents. We will be eating around noon. Thank you to the parents who have already signed up to bring in items. If you have not signed up to bring something please do so on our online sign up sheet, or see us for items still needed. Also, if you would like to help with set up or clean up please let us know.  We appreciate your participation!

Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th-School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Lessons
The children have been continuing to learn about fractions. They have had lessons on putting them in order from greatest to least and representing fractions on number lines.

The study of Europe continues, and 2nd and 3rd grade students have received their Europe folders. They have been working on locating and labeling various land and water forms on their maps.

We had a lesson on the parts of soil, and what all it takes to make soil good for growing plants – the food life depends on to survive.  The children each drew a picture which depicted the different layers of soil.
The students continue their work on the garden with Ms. Nicole each each week, and enjoy planting and tending to it.

In Art class Ms. Mojgan showed the children how to make a dream catcher.  We wish you all good dreams, and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Homework

There will be no homework due for the week of Thanksgiving.
The following will be due Thursday Dec.4th
1st grade-2 lessons in spelling-homework due in spelling book and prepare for test on two lessons.
2nd grade
Math-p.10-30
Vocab.-Unit 10-spelling test on Unit 10 words.
Tenmarks homework will be assigned today.
3rd grade
Math- Pages marked in math book
Vocab- Unit 11
Tenmarks homework will be assigned today
Updates November 18th, 2014
Upcoming Events
 
November 18th-Orders due for the Butter Braid fundraiser. Let’s see if we can JE lll to win the contest for most orders.It is for a great cause so keep collecting those orders, and thank you for helping out.
 
Weds.November 26th-JEIII Thanksgiving Feast 11:30 a.m. Please see online sign up sheet for items needed, and for the sign up for volunteers to help set up and clean up.
Thurs. and Friday the 27th and 28th-School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
 
Scholastic Book Fair-November 18th-21st from 2:30-4:30 in the old Middle School room. Each class will be visiting the book fair and the children will be making a Wish List. These are great gift ideas with the holidays fast approaching us.
 
Lessons
 
This week in math we worked on skip counting, fact families, and input and output. The children especially enjoy the input output lesson.
In grammar we worked more on pronouns, naming parts, and had a lesson on how to use a dictionary.
In culture we started learning about the continent of Europe. We are working on learning the names of countries and capitals. We also talked about facts such as population and area. The children are excited to learn what country they will get to research.
 
Homework:
Please note that second and third graders have received their math workbooks. They will now be doing homework assignments out of these each week as well as some work on Tenmarks. These books should be back to school by Thursdays, as well, with homework completed.
 
1st grade-Spelling for the week. Please return spelling book to school by Thursday morning.
 
2nd grade
Vocab-Unit 9-Study words for spelling test.
Math-p.1-10
 
3rd grade
Vocab- Unit 9
Math- Number of pages assigned in math book
 
 
We had our PE class with Ms. Joan this week (Amadeus’ mom) with the assistance of his grandma as well. The children were happy to be back at PE again, and really enjoyed the time to exercise and learn new games.We want to thank them for stepping up and volunteering to help out.
Updates November 4th, 2014
 

Upcoming Events

 

Weds. November 4th Early Release-11:30

Tues. November 11th Veteran’s Day- School Closed.

Field Trip

This week the children enjoyed a field trip to the Deer Valley Rock Art Center to see the petroglyph’s. Everyone enjoyed the tour, and enjoyed finding the petroglyph’s that were created by the Hohokam tribe about 7000 years ago.We spotted stick figures, swirls, and zigzag designs which left us all wondering what the meaning was of these ancient art works. The children also had the opportunity to make their very own petroglyph on a clay disk. They created their own designs, and enjoyed “carving” the design into the disk.

Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped by driving and chaperoning to make this trip possible. A big thank you to our home room mom, Cassie, for making all of the arrangements.

Lessons
This week in math we learned more about place value, and had more practice on writing numbers in expanded form. In grammar there were lessons on linking verbs, using past and present tense, and pronouns.
The lesson on gardening was further exploration of photosynthesis. The children then drew a picture to depict the process.
The children enjoyed a lesson on the food chain. Ms. Samia read a story, and the children did the acting. Needless to say it was a fun way to learn the process of the food chain with the grasshopper eating the plant,the frog eating the grasshopper,the hopping frog then being consumed by the snake. We have some future actors and actresses in our class for sure. The fun then continued with them writing their own skits about the food chain and acting them out.
The virtue of the week was mercy, and we learned about how we can be merciful to one another.
Homework
Note:Children should have their homework books into school by Thursday morning. We check homework on Thursday so it should be complete. If your child forgets their books we will be having them call home. It is important that they have their books so they can check their homework along with their classmates, and review the following weeks lessons so they know what to do. Thank you.
 
1st grade-spelling assignments in spelling composition book should be completed and turned in to class by Thursdays. Spelling test on Thursday
2nd grade
Math-Tenmarks online assignment.
Vocab-Unit 7 in the book. We will now be doing the Unit reviews as quizzes so please remind your child not to do these sections at home. Be prepared for spelling test on Unit 7.
Writing-We will now be doing writing assignments in class so no writing homework due.
3rd grade
Math-Tenmarks online assignment.
Vocab-Unit 7

 

Updates October 24th, 2014

Upcoming Events.
October 28th-Field trip to Deer Valley Rock Art Center.

October 31st-Annual Character Parade- The children may dress up as a favorite character from a book, and all the classes will participate in a parade around the gym.Please be sure the character your child chooses is from a book, no superhero figures, please,and please no weapons or potentially dangerous props of any sort.  Please bring “regular” clothes in a bag for your child to wear after the parade.

Lessons

 

This week in math the children have been learning more about multiplication. They have also been working on word problems of division and multiplication.They also learned about arrays, and continued to work on fractions. They were excited to see the equivalent fractions using the fraction materials. For example in comparing 2/6 and 3/9 we could see it was the same as 1/3.
The botany fun continues with the replanting of plants into larger containers, and the excitement of seeing some of the seeds sprouting in the garden plot. Children then had
a lesson on the parts of the seed. They enjoyed using the parts of our sprouted seeds to glue on paper and label right down to the embryo.
We also had a very interesting lesson on the seasons of the year, and how the rotation of the earth around the sun and the earth’s tilt upon its axis effects the changes,
The lesson on the Climate Zone’s taught the children the location of the zones and what the climates are like in each zone.
This week in Art class the children made bats and spider webs with Ms. Mohzgan.
Homework
1st grade-spelling homework off of new list for the week.
1st graders had brought home a composition book to practice spelling homework. Please return it with them to school every Thursday.
2nd grade-
Vocab-Unit 6 and spelling words on that unit.
Writing-complete up to page 16.

Math-Tenmarks online

3rd grade
Vocab- Unit 7
Math-Tenmarks online

 

Updates October 10th, 2014

In grammar this week we have learned about articles, telling sentences, and questions. The children have learned the rules as to what makes it a telling sentence or a question.

This week in journal the topic was to write about what they are looking forward to learning in school this year, and why.

In math this week  the children have been working on rounding numbers to ten, and fractions. Children learned names of parts of a fraction. Using an apple in our lesson, we learned how one whole is always more than a fraction. They have been tracing and labeling fractions using the fraction materials. We have also started studying money, and it’s value. The concept in geometry this week was about the vertex and vertices of triangles.

Telling time has been another activity for the week that they have enjoyed.

In geography we have been learning about the United States. They are working on learning to identify the states. We have talked about which is the largest and the smallest state. We finished off with coloring a worksheet of the United States.

In botany we studied the parts of the leaf. They got to trace and label the different parts. The children enjoyed their first day of gardening with the help of Ms. Mojgan and Ms. Nicole.

In art class they learned about painting a still life. They had the opportunity to paint a picture of beautiful flowers and autumn pumpkins and squash.

Upcoming Events

Parent Teacher Conferences-October 16th and 17th

You should have received an online link to sign up for a conference. Both days will be 11:30 early release days.

Homework

1st grade
Spelling-please have your child do all the activities for the week from their list, and turn in by Thursday. They should be ready to take their test by Thursday as well.

2nd grade

Vocab- Unit 3 and 4 review, all pages.

Writing books have been sent home for the first time. Students should complete the first 3 pages for this week.

Math- TenMarks online assignment for the week.
3rd grade
Vocab-Unit 5
Math-TenMarks math online assignment.

 

Updates October 3rd, 2014

Wow, it’s hard to believe it is already October. The children our doing beautifully in class and enjoying learning new lessons each day.

Apart from individual math and language lessons this week, in language we learned about prepositions. We also covered antonyms, synonyms, and homophones.
In Math, we have been studying about measurement. We talked about both standard and metric forms of measurement. Students enjoyed learning about measuring volume, and figuring out which form they should use when doing such tasks as putting gas in a car, water in a fish tank, or something to drink. We also started learning about commutative and associative properties of multiplication.
In Geography, we learned about the eastern and western hemisphere. We also learned the names and locations of the oceans.
For Science, we started learning the parts of the flowering plant. Each child drew a picture of a flowering plant and labeled the different parts of it. The children also learned about the function of the roots and how the plants reproduce.
In History, we studied timelines and students learned about how the means of transportation developed over the course of human history.
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, October 7th – Child As Teacher Night 3:30-6:00. You will receive an email with a link to the sign up sheet. Please pick a time slot to come in with your child.Tuesday, October 14th – Field Trip to the Deer Valley Rock Art Center. We will need drivers for this field trip. Your child will be bringing home a permission slip. We will be going to the Deer Valley Rock TripArt Center-Hedgepeth Hills Petroglyphs.Thursday and Friday October 16th and 17th – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent Volunteers

 

Thank you so much to all of you who have been volunteering to help out in one way or another.

We have two very important openings for volunteering. Ms. Becky, Danny’s mom, will no longer be available to help out with art on Tuesdays from 1 til 2, and also on Wednesdays for P.E. from 1 to 2. We will miss her very much, but she has decided to go back to the work force. If anyone is interested in either of these slots please let us know. Our wonderful Ms. Mojgan, Allyson’s mom, will still be doing both, and would be happy to have some help.
Nicole, Adison’s mom, will be starting gardening with class from Monday. We could also use any donations like gardening gloves and potting soil for our gardening projects.

Uniforms

 

Please remember to make sure your child is dressed according to the uniform policy. If you do not have a copy of the dress code, you can find one on the school’s website. We have been talking with the children about it, and will now be enforcing it with warnings, and notes home for infractions of the policy. The main infractions are that of no belt. If your child  has belt loops on their shorts, pant, or skorts, a belt must be worn. We are also working with them on keeping their shirts tucked in. If you could help reinforce this with them, it would be greatly appreciated. Please keep in mind that shoes cannot be slip-ons. Shoes should be tennis shoes with minimal color and black or white shoelaces only. Please, no neon or brightly colored laces.

Updates September 19th, 2014

We have had another wonderful week at Montessori Day School!

Language

For our language lesson we learned about action verbs, identified these parts of speech in sentences, and brainstormed different verbs that we use everyday. We also studied phonograms and the different sounds these letters make when they are next to each other (sh, ee, th, ow, ou). We also studied Conjunctions (and, if, because, since) by labeling and identifying them in sentences.

Math

For our Math lesson this week we studied the Metric and Customary systems of measuring length and distance. The United States uses the Customary (also known as the U.S. Standard), while almost every other country uses the Metric system. We learned about all of the measuring units in these two systems, what they are equivalent to and when best to use them. For example, what measurement would be best suited for measuring a door or the size of a playground. We studied Angles this week including acute, obtuse, right, straight,and whole angles. We also learned about the Zero property of multiplication (7 x 0 = 0), Identity property of 1 (7 x 1 = 7), and the Commutative property of multiplication (3 x 4 = 12, 4 x 3 = 12). Students will continue to practice the above concepts using materials in class.

Culture

For our culture lesson we learned about the Periodic Table of Elements and the symbols that correspond with each element. We also conducted a science experiment using water, baking soda, white vinegar, and peanuts. Be sure to ask your child what happened to the peanuts! We learned about navigation and direction this week by identifying North, South, East and West in our classroom and labeling the corresponding walls. As a class we created a make-shift compass using a cork and needle in a bowel of water. When you place a magnetized needle on top of the cork it will always change direction to point North. This is a great experiment to try at home! The children also created their own compass rose using rulers and metal insets.

Virtue of the Week

Our virtue of the week was ‘Honesty.’ We learned the value of honesty and how important it is to be truthful with one another and honest with our work. We discussed times when telling the truth may have gotten us into trouble but it was better than lying and not to make false promises. We also discussed ways in which we can be honest while not hurting others’ feelings.

Reminders: 

1. No school next Friday September 26th. No hot lunch fundraiser this week.

2. Homework is due every Thursday. Please make sure your child is being responsible and turning in their Vocabulary books, Reading Logs, and submitting their online math homework every week.

3. 1st Graders were assigned their first spelling homework this week. Directions are located inside their orange take home folders. They are responsible for completing the tasks using the first (highlighted) list on the back side of the directions. Please have them turn in their spelling homework by Thursday, Sept 25th.

4. 2nd and 3rd Graders should review the spelling words in their Vocabulary workbooks as they will be tested on them every Thursday.

 

Updates September 12th, 2014
What a week it has been! We started the week out with a lot of rain and a school closure. While it was a shorter week the students accomplished a great deal of work.

Math

For our Math lesson, we dived deeper into geometry. We studied intersecting, parallel, divergent and convergent lines, using our classroom materials to depict what each line looks like. The students were shown physical examples of vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines using yarn and a pitcher filled with water (as the water shifts the surface of the water remains in a straight, horizontal line.  Our 2nd and 3rd graders worked at solving expressions using parenthesis. Students were also given lesson on number patterns and skip counting.

Language

For our language lesson we practiced spelling ‘aw’ and ‘ow’ words and studied prefixes and their meanings (anti, bi, post, pre, and re). We encouraged the children to find other words using these prefixes in the dictionary. We also finished reading “Mammolina: A story about Maria Montessori.” The children found this book fascinating and were able to relate many of the materials in our classroom to those in the first Montessori classrooms.

Culture

We conducted an awesome experiment using milk, four different types of food coloring, and dish soap in order to see how dish soap works and the reaction it creates. Be sure to ask your child what they saw happen to the food dyes in the milk. Our first graders brought home their maps of the world today and they all turned out wonderful!

Virtue:

Our virtue of the week was “orderliness.” We discussed what this virtue means and how we can incorporate it into our daily lives both at home and at school. It is important to keep our bedrooms clean and organized as well as our classroom. We discussed ways orderliness can help us with our school work.

Reminders:

Fall Pictures will be taken on Wednesday and Thursday of next week (Sept 17 & Sept 18). Students must wear uniform.

TenMarks (2nd and 3rd graders) homework has been assigned. Please make sure your child completes their assignment by Thursday, September 18th. An envelope went home this week with all of the necessary information to log in.

Vocabulary books went home on Friday. Unit 1 homework will be due by Thursday, September 18th. If you have not yet paid for your workbooks please pay the office immediately. Thank you.

A new reading log was sent home, each log is for two weeks of reading (front and back) please have your child return log every two weeks.

Scholastic book orders will be due by Wednesday, September 17th.

No school on Friday, September 26.

 

Updates September 5th, 2014

We’ve now finished our 4th week of school and nicely settled into our daily classroom routines. At this time we would like to welcome our parents to our classroom that have volunteered to help with reading. Please notify us of your schedule and what days and times work best for you. We are also currently seeking a volunteer to help with gardening; this is the perfect month to sow our seeds and begin to watch our garden grow!

Language

This week in Language we learned about adjectives and the ways in which we can use them to differentiate between similar nouns. We also created sentences using the entire noun family (article, adjective, and noun) and learned that sentences tell what someone or something did or does. As a class we sorted words in alphabetical order. During circle, we began reading a biography on the life of Dr. Maria Montessori and her influence around the world to honor her on her birthday.

Math

For math this week, we further explored geometric shapes. This week we covered shapes with more than 8 sides, including the octagon, nonagon, and decagon. We practiced our dynamic addition and subtraction using various classroom materials to help. We also learned about the characteristics of a straight and curved line.

Culture

This week we also studied the atom (from which all matter is formed), including the various parts of an atom -the nucleus, protons, neutrons, and negatively charged electrons. During afternoon circle on Friday, we conducted an experiment using glitter and water to show how the stars came together to form galaxies. We learned that particles are attracted to each other by a force. The students came up with an individual hypothesis, observations, and conclusion based on what they saw in the experiment. Students were exposed to the concept of gravity by this experiment. Our first graders continued to learn about the seven continents by tracing both hemispheres and labeling and coloring each continent. They are excited to bring these home to show you!

Our virtue this week was Courtesy. As a class we came up with ways in which we can be more courteous, including saying please and thank you, not interrupting while others are speaking, and practicing politeness to our elders and others.

Reminders:

On Monday, we will be sending home important information regarding TenMarks. Be sure to get the envelope from your child.

Next week, we will begin our vocabulary homework and distribute the workbooks.

Wednesday, September 10th, is an early dismissal day. School will be released at 11:30.

Jeans’ Day, which happens every first Friday of the month, has officially begun. Bring $1 if you would like to wear jeans to school! Money collected will be used for classroom material.

Pizza order forms are due by Wednesday.

 

Updates Aug. 29th, 2014

The Virtue of the week was ‘Caring.’  We discussed what it means to be caring and the many ways we can show that we care.  Our discussions included that helping our parents is one way we can show that we care.  We stressed the importance of caring for others and our environment, and reflected on what it means to have a caring society.

Language

Apart from individual lessons given each day, we learned about prefixes and suffixes; as a class we created words by combining the two items (i.e. recycle, quadrilateral, triangle…). We learned about the masculine and feminine versions of words. We also learned about the two articles that we have in the English language (a/an and the) and we looked at examples of what they mean and how they are used.

Math

Apart from the daily individual math lessons given, as a class we went over several different geometric shapes, including the ellipse, oval, curvilinear triangle, and quatrefoil. We practiced spelling out our numbers, in order to visualize them not only in their numeric form but also in their letter form.  We looked at different examples of squares and rectangles, and the differences between the two.  We learned about and traced the pentagon, hexagon, and heptagon in order to see the sides and angles of each shape.

Culture

We took a journey to the center of the Earth this week and explored each layer on our way to the core. We learned about the 4 layers beneath the Earth’s surface, including the crust, mantle, outer core, and inner core. Children were able to visualize this information by cutting an apple in half allowing them to see how thin the crust of the earth is in comparison to the mantle and outer core.  We began learning about the formation of the universe and read “Born with a Bang: The Universe Tells our Cosmic Story.”

Our 1st graders were introduced to the 7 continents; North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and Antarctica both on a globe and puzzle map. They each completed an exercise replicating a continent, helping them to better identify and visualize each continent and its location.

Reminders: 

1. There is no school on Monday, 9/1,  in observance of Labor Day.

2. Reading logs will go home every 2 weeks on Friday.  Please make sure that your child is reading each night and keeping track on their log.  Please have your child return their log to class every two weeks.

3. Scholastic book orders are due Wednesday, September 17. Cash orders are preferred. Our class code is NBMZM. Parents can order books using this code. This code is for our class and the more points we get, the more books we can get for our classroom!

4. Pizza Forms are in the take home folders; if you wish to order pizza for your child please have the form and money turned in by Wednesday.

 

Remind your child to bring back their Homework folder every Monday.

 

Updates  Aug. 22nd, 2014

We had an exciting 2nd week of school and quite a bit of rain! This week we continued to settle into our routines and adapt to the daily flow of our class. 

Apart from individual Math and Language lessons, we have learned about nouns (singular, plural, proper and common)-using examples from our classroom to better understand what a noun is and its purpose in a sentence. We discussed the differences between common and proper nouns. Students identified proper nouns using the various maps in our room; each student located cities, states, countries and landmarks as examples of proper nouns. For our math lesson, the fundamentals of geometry were introduced including point, line, plane, and solid. Students were able to see the characteristics of each concept and how they appear.

In culture we learned and observed the different States of Matter including solid, liquid, and gas. We conducted an experiment to discover what happens when an ice cube (colored with red dye) is placed in a glass of warm water. Children learned that heat from the warm water begins to melt the ice cube. This creates a movement in the water by the warm water drawing the cold water away from the ice.

Virtue of the week was ‘Respect’. Children learned: what is respect; why and how we practice it. It is important for us to respect ourselves, each other, and the property of ourselves and others. We have focused on practicing respect on the playground, in our classroom, and at home.
Reminders 
Remember to have your child bring back their homework folders every Monday.
Wednesday August 27th is an early release day, school will be out at 11:30am.
The Scholastic Book Orders that were sent home last Friday are due by Wednesday September 17th. Cash orders are preferred. If you have already submitted a check that is fine.
Updates August 15th, 2014
Welcome to all of our returning families and our new families! We hope you all had a wonderful summer and are excited to be back at Montessori Day School! We would also like to welcome JE III’s new teaching assistant– Ms. Maureen Roxborough, she is also new to Montessori Day Schools and is very excited and looking forward to working with your children this school year.

If you have not already dropped off your child’s school supplies, please do so by next week. Thank you to those who have already handed them in.


If you have not already paid $35 book fee (only for 2nd & 3rd graders) please do so by next week. Thank you for those who have already paid. 

We had a great first week of school! We started off the week getting to know each other, our new students, and our classroom. We learned the rules and routines for our classroom and for the playground. We had several lessons focusing on grace and courtesy. Each student was assigned a classroom job and will be responsible for this task, each job will rotate every 2 weeks.
Homework: Your student was given a take home folder this Friday; these folders will contain information for the parent(s) as well as work your child has completed throughout the week and/or will need to complete. Please remove these contents and return folders to school every Monday.
We will not have any homework for the first 3 weeks of school.
1st graders will be responsible for completing their spelling homework each week.
2nd and 3rd graders will be responsible for vocabulary, writing, and math (tenmarks) homework.

We are looking forward to a great year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updates 4/24/14
Field Trips
Phoenix Fire Station-April 29th; We will be needing drivers for this
field trip, but the station is close to school. Forms will be going home on
Monday.

Orpheum Theater-May 9th; still need drivers, and please have your
child’s permission slip in no later than Monday.

Next week the children will receive their assignments for their South
America research project. These projects will be due on May 9th, and
will be presented to the class the last two weeks of school.

We would like to thank all of the parents for all the help and
donations of food that were provided for the Stanford and AIMS
breakfasts.The children really enjoyed the food and the social time
they had together before school. We would especially like to thank
Cassie for organizing both.

Homework 2nd Grade
No new homework assigned for next week. Please take a minute to look
at your child’s homework books. If there are pages that are not done
from past dates please have them work on those.

Updates  4/7/2014

This week we have learned about the elements of literature, and how they form the building blocks of making a good story. The children learned how to identify and write about the theme, conflict, solution, plot, characters, and setting of a story. They learned that if one element is missing it does not make for a very strong  or interesting story.

We also had a lesson on poems starting with couplets. The children enjoyed taking turns reading poems to the rest of the class.

We have continued our study of the human body, and currently are learning about the skeletal system. The children are enjoying learning about and identifying the different bones in the body.We also read a book about x-rays.

The 2nd and 3rd year students are busy preparing for the Stanford and AIMS tests coming up. They are all excited to take the tests.

Important Dates:

Next week April 8th and 9th will be Stanford testing for 2nd grade students. If you have not already done so please be sure to check out the online sign-up sheet for items needed for the breakfast.

April 14th,15th, and 16th will be AIMS testing for 3rd grade students. Please watch for the online sign-up sheet for the breakfast that week as well.

The third graders will be having a practice AIMS test the week of the 7th.

Important test week tips for parents of 2nd and 3rd year students.

Breakfast will be available at school on the mornings of testing. You may want to have your child eat something at home as well. Please keep in mind healthy food is essential to keep the brain at it’s peek performance.

Also, enough sleep is very important. Please make sure your child is getting enough sleep so they are ready for testing.

April 18th-School Closed – Spring Holiday

We are excited that next Tuesday the Phoenix Zoo will be coming to school to do presentations for  the Junior Elementary students.We are anxious to see what they have in store for us.

Homework

2nd grade

Math-p.147-157

Writing-Voice p.113-116

Vocab-164-167-Final Review pages

3rd grade

Math-p. 34-39
Updates March 31st, 2014

We are continuing our study of the nervous system. The children are enjoying learning about the brain, CNS: central nervous system and PNS: peripheral nervous system. We were able to take a look at a MRI image of it.

We have also been continuing our study of South America. We have been learning about the countries and the capital cities.
In history we had a lesson on the timeline of the centuries. The children learned about the difference between BC and AD.
Everyone is continuing to work on their math and language skills as well. In language we have been learning about homophones.
Upcoming Events
April 9th and 10th -Stanford 10 testing for 2nd grade students
April 14th,15th and 16th-Aims testing for 3rd grade students
April 18th-School Closed
Homework
2nd grade
Math-p.147-151
Vocab-Unit Reviews 13 and 14-spelling test
Writing-p.108-111
3rd grade
Math-p.195-198-due on Monday morning
Vocab-Spelling test on Unit 1 words
Upcoming Dates:
The week of April 14th will be AIMS tests for third grade students.
We will have a sign up available for the AIMS breakfast that the parents put together on testing days. This assures that the students get an enjoyable and good healthy start to their morning. The sign up will include items needed, and times for volunteer help.
We have started the study of the human body, and will be learning about its five systems: nervous, skeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive system.

We have started with the nervous system. The children are enjoying learning about the brain, the different parts of the brain, and how it works.

Our virtue of the week was obedience. We talked about what it means to be obedient, and how to practice it.

This week’s composer was Johann Sebastian Bach, and the composition we listened to was Brandenburg Concerto #4.

Homework:

2nd grade

Math-p.141-146

Vocab Unit 14

Writing Week 1 Day 1 Voice (p.103-107)

3rd grade

Math-p.184-193

Vocab-Spelling test on words from Unit 1.

Writing-Week 1 Day 1, Voice

Updates- February 17th, 2914
Upcoming Events

Parent Partners Night: Tuesday, Feb. 25th
Early Release: Wednesday, Feb. 26th
In addition to daily lessons in math, language, and culture:
The prompt of the journal this week was “The Career You Would Like Have” and its pro and cons. In our study of South America, we read a book about regions and people of the continent. Children enjoyed the book.
The virtue of the week was “Justice.” We talked about the importance of this quality and how and why to practice it.
In geometry, we reviewed ‘Geometric Solids.’ In math, children had a lesson on representation of fractions on the number line.
Our composer of the week was Schubert, and the composition was ‘The Trout’.
Just a reminder, please make sure that students come to school in proper uniform following the uniform guidelines. Glittery shoes or jackets are not allowed.
Homework
3rd Grade
Math pages 136-141
Writing Sentence Fluency Week 3
Vocabulary Unit-16
2nd Grade
Math pages 125-129
Vocabulary Unit 12
Writing Sentence Fluency Week 4

Updates February 10th,2014

Upcoming Events

Parent Partners Night: Tuesday, Feb. 25th
Early Release: Wednesday, Feb.26th
Our Open House was a success. We are thankful to Mr. Michael, Sam’s dad, and Cassie, our homeroom parent, for their help.
Apart from daily lessons in math, language, and culture:
This week we explored the Timeline of Development of Life on Earth. Children will continue to learn more by using the materials available in the class in the weeks to come. In our study of South America, students are busy tracing the map of the continent and studying its land and water forms.
Virtue of the week was ‘Courtesy’. We talked about the importance of being courteous.How and why to practice it.
In geometry we reviewed Types of Polygons and Types of Triangles. In math the focus was on Properties of Multiplication and Multiplication Patterns.
Our composer of the week was Joseph Haydn, and the composition was ‘The Storm’. The children enjoyed how the composer used music to depict the elements of nature.
Homework
3rd Grade
Math pages 222, 226, 228, 229, & 230
Writing Sentence Fluency Week 2
Vocabulary Unit-15
2nd Grade
Math pages 119-124
Vocabulary-Unit 11
Writing Sentence Fluency Week 3

Weekly Updates Jan. 27th, 2014

 
Tuesday, January 28th, Child As Teacher Night-3:30-6:00  If you have not signed up yet, please see online sign-up or sign-up sheet in the classroom. Also, a great time to bring in your child’s re-enrollment form for next year.
Friday, January 31st, School Closed-Teacher In-service 
 
 
This week we explored Clock of the Earth Time. The children are making booklets of the different Eras of the Clock. 
In grammar we learned about plural nouns and when to add ‘es’ and  ‘ies’.
Our composer of the week was ‘Paganini’, and the composition was Sonata I, which featured the instruments of violin and guitar.
The virtue of the week was courage. We talked about being courageous, and what it means, and why and how to practice it.
On Friday afternoon all of the classes were treated to a play of ‘Robin Hood’ which was performed by the Grail Theater from England. It was a production put on wholly by two actors who portrayed all of the characters. It was a fabulous show.
 
Next week in math we will begin our study of measurements. We will also begin a new continent study of South America. In grammar we will explore metaphors and similes.
 
Homework
2nd Grade
Math-p.98-105
Vocab-Unit 9 -be prepared for spelling test on Unit words
Writing-Week 5
 
3rd Grade 
Math- p.95-96 
Vocab- Review Unit 7-12 p.126-129 
Writing- Word Choice Week-3

 

Weekly Updates Jan. 20th, 2014

Upcoming Dates and Events

Monday January 20th- School Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday January 28th- Child As Teacher 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Friday, January 31st-School Closed for In-Service day
February 7th-Open House 4:00-:7:00 p.m.
Monday February 17th-School Closed President’s Day
Weds. February 26th Early Release 11:30
The children have been busy presenting and enjoying their North America research presentations. We have learned so much about so many countries and animals of North America. The children did a great job putting together their presentation boards,and presenting them.
We have also been working on letter writing.The children had a lesson on the different parts of a letter, and how to write a letter. They then wrote their rough drafts to a friend or relative, and were able to write the final draft on stationary paper.
History 
Children had a lesson on the “Long Black Line”, which represents the voice of time upon the Earth. The beginning of the line represents the very beginning of our planet; then how earth began to cool down and life appeared in different stages. Children gathered the sense that humans have not been on Earth for very long time, compared to the age of the Earth.  The aim was to strike the imagination, and inspire awe, and humility.  Our next lesson in history will be Clock of Eras – Earth Time. Children will learn about the history of life on Earth; they will also gather a sense of the inter-relatedness of organisms and the fragile balance that maintains life.
Our composer of the week was Vivaldi, and the composition we enjoyed listening to and learning about was “Winter” from The Four Seasons.
 
       Homework
2nd Grade
Math – p.90-97
Writing – p.68-72 Week 4 Day 4
Vocab – Unit 7 and 8 review Group 2 be prepared for spelling test on Units 7 and 8.
3rd grade
Math -p.118-121 and p. 160-162
Writing – Word Choice Week 3
Vocab.- Unit 12
Sincerely,
Ms. Samia and Ms. Dawn

Weekly Updates Nov. 12th, 2013

We have been learning all about circuits and how they work. The children have enjoyed testing different materials (such as penny’s, paper clips, etc.) to see if they are conductors or insulators.

The children also enjoyed learning about the year, and its division into semesters, quadrimesters, trimesters, and bimesters. They are also learning how this is related to fractions.
Upcoming Event
It will soon be time for our annual Thanksgiving lunch. This will be held on Weds. November 27th from 11:30 to 12:30. Families are welcome to attend. Please watch for the link to the sign-up sheet for a list of  items and food that we will need.
Just a couple of reminders:
School starts at 8:30. If your child is arriving late they are coming into class in the middle of lesson time. Not only are they missing the lesson, but it can be a disruption to the group to have classmates walking in late. Please have your child to school on time.
Homework is due in class by Thursday morning, fully completed. We will now be asking parents to please check your child’s homework, and sign  at the bottom of the last page due if it is completed.
If children forget their books they will be asked to call home, and to ask you to bring them.
Homework for this week:
2nd grade-next 5 pages
Vocab.-Unit 6
Writing-Week 4 of Organization
In writing please check to see that children are writing more then one or two sentences on their last page of each week. I am asking them to try to do at least half a page.
3rd Grade
grade-next 6 pages
Vocab.-Unit 6
Writing-Week 4 of Organization

Week of September 30th, 2013

Upcoming Events

This Tuesday October 7th will be our Child As Teacher event from 3:30 to 6:00 p,m,
An online sign-up sheet is now posted. There are 30 minute time slots available for you to come to the classroom with your child, and they will teach you the work that they do in class
If you did not receive the link via email please let us know.
Weds. October 8th-Early Release at 11:30,
Homework
Just a reminder all homework is due into class completed by Thursday mornings. If your child needs help they may bring their books to class each day and we will help them with any concepts they need help with in order to assure that they get their work done.
Home work for next week:
2nd grade
Math-pages 11-20
Writing-Week 4
Vocabulary-Units 1 and 2 review pages
3rd grade
Math-pages 11-20
Writing-Week 4
Vocabulary-Units 1 and 2 review pages

Week of September 23rd, 2013.

Geography

This week we started our continent study. We have been learning about North America, starting with countries and flags of North America. Children have been researching about the different countries, and they are enjoying drawing the flags to go with their research.

We have had a lesson on the solar system,and the children are enjoying their individual research on the planets.
Botany
We have begun to study about plants, and have had an on site nature walk to look at the trees here on the school campus. We have learned about conifers and deciduous trees. As we continue our study of trees we have been learning about how trees are in danger and why. This week we read the book,The Giving Tree.
Language
We have been learning about verbs, and have also been doing work with nouns,articles, and adjectives. The children enjoy writing out sentences,and then using the grammar symbols to symbolize the words as to what part of speech they are, verb, adjective,noun, etc.
Music
This weeks composer was Antonio Dvorak, and the composition was Slavonik Dance #7.
Science
We did an experiment to show oil can not be washed away by water alone. By mixing the oil in the water we saw that the oil floats, and cannot be separated until we added dish soap. This showed the children why we need detergent to get oil off of dishes and clothes, and that the detergent breaks up the oil.
Homework
1st grade-study spelling words
2nd and 3rd
Vocab-Unit 2 and study words for spelling test.
Math-pp.1-10
Writing-Week 3, all pages
Please be sure all homework is turned in by Thursday morning to the classroom, completed. We have started having students call parents if they forget to bring in their homework.
Uniforms
Please remember the uniform code. Just a few quick reminders regarding this issue.
Children should wear plain solid colored tennis shoes, please no sparkles, patterns,or light up shoes.
Hair accessories must be plain and small.
No jewelry other then small stud earrings for girls.Please no bracelets or rings. These things cause distractions in the classroom.
Uniform pants,shirts,shorts, and jumpers must be worn. Shirts should be tucked in, and a belt worn on all pants that have belt loops.

Thank you for your help and support.

 Week of September 9th, 2013

Upcoming Events

Picture day for our class is tomorrow: Tuesday, September 17th. Please make sure that order forms are turned in by tomorrow morning.
This week it is our class turn to host the pizza fundraiser. The more pizza orders we receive the more of a profit our class will make which will be used for classroom materials.
Pizza is $2 per slice, and orders should be in by Wednesday morning.
Language
We have been studying singular and plural nouns, and learning about when to add ‘s’ or ‘ves’.  Also, we have learned about masculine and feminine nouns.
We have also been doing daily lessons on capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
Culture

We have had a lesson on atoms and we reviewed properties of three states of matter.
Math

In math we have been learning about the concept of rounding numbers up to nearest ten, tally counting and patterns. In coming weeks we will be focusing on concept of time and money.The children are enjoying working with and counting real coins.
Music

Our composer of the week was Arron Copeland, and the composition was “Saturday Night Dance.”
Homework

1st graders have their new spelling  lists for the week. Please have them practice the words and do the weekly activities. Spelling tests will be given on Thursdays.
2nd and 3rd graders have received their writing workbooks. They should do the Week 1 lessons for this week. Homework books are  due back to school every Thursday morning with homework completed.

September 2nd, 2013

Language

This last week in the area of language apart from daily COPS we learned about nouns. We also put them in the categories of person, place, or thing.
Culture

The children took a great interest in the lessons on matter. We learned about solids, liquid, and gas. We did some experiments about gas using a balloon. Talk to your children about it to see what they can remember, and to reinforce the concept.
They also enjoyed making their paper balancing puppets. The puppets will balance on a string, a pencil, and to the excitement of the children on their own nose.
Homework

The new spelling words list for 1st grade students was sent home in Friday folders. Please cut the words out,and have your child do the same activities with them each week.
Volunteers

Thank you to all of our parent volunteers for coming in to help with reading this week. We enjoyed having Diana (Breck’s grandma),Jill (Dillon’s mom), and Cassie (Izzy’s mom) to help the children read. Thank you Cassie for also helping out with spellings.

Dated: August 26th, 2013

Apart from individual lessons, children had group lessons on the following areas.


Language

Are current lessons in language have included introductory lesson on prefixes and lesson on antonyms.
Math

The children enjoyed the lesson on fractions as we used our watermelon for snack to show how we can start with one whole, and break it down into smaller fractions, (one half, quarters, etc) until we have enough pieces for everyone. This required cutting it down to 32 pieces. Children are now working on concept of fractions with Montessori material in class.
We have also had a lesson on introduction to the decimal system.
Culture

We are studying about gravity and have done some experiments in class to demonstrate how it works. We will also be making balancing puppets to demonstrate the center of gravity. Please reinforce these concepts at home. Children can do their own research and can share it with class.
Homework

First grade students have received spelling words in their Friday take home folders. There is also a list of activities to do with your child using these words. These activities should be done each week with the weekly words. We had already cut out the words for them for this time, but in the future you will need to do this at home with your child.
September Reading Logs also were sent home on Friday. Please return the August log back to school. The children should be using the daily log to keep track of their reading at home.

Dated: 8/24/2013
The children have been busy and happy, working and settling into the class routines.  They are reviewing and practicing the classroom and playground rules.

Language
In the area of Language we have been learning about compound words, and have been working on phonograms to help build spelling, reading,and writing skills
Math
The 2nd and 3rd grade students have been practicing with the many different math materials. The 1st graders  have  been having individual lessons on addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
We have been enjoying some group lessons together and have done some impressionistic experiments which have taught us that there are things colder then ice. We learned this by adding salt to ice water. We also have done an experiment which gave the children the opportunity to imagine just how many stars there are in our universe. By taking sand and simply sprinkling it on black paper it represented that, like the grains of sand, the stars in the sky are too many to count.
We have also had a lesson on the layers of the earth. We colored the different layers and labeled them.
Homework
If you have not yet sent in the money for your 2nd or 3rd grader’s homework, please do so this week. The cost is $35,  We must order the books soon, so they can get started with homework that will solidify their classroom studies and support them to have a comfortable and successful testing experience by the time they take the state-mandated tests in the spring.
For 1st grade students they will take home their first spelling list this Friday.
Note
If you have signed up on our parent volunteer list please coordinate with Cassie Loya (our homeroom mom) so she can get you started.

Dated: August 16th, 2013

A warm welcome to all families, those who are returning and those of you who are new this year.
The children have spent the first week back to school creating and practicing our classroom rules, We have also been learning the daily routine,and learning one another’s names as well. It has been an exciting and busy week with the children quickly getting into their work routine.
Thank you to those who have already turned in your money for homework books.  This is for 2nd and 3rd grade students. If you haven’t yet turned it in, please do so by Monday so we can get the books ordered. The cost is $35.  We want to start the homework with them in the next 2 to 3 weeks.
The children will start bringing home their take-home folders next Friday. Please be sure to return these each Monday.
We will also be switching our show and tell day from Friday to Monday. Children may bring in something special to show the class. Please no toys. It can be something that they made, a book, coins, shells, something they collect,etc.
One more quick note. Because the weather is still so hot, please apply sunblock to your children before they come to school. We are waiting and hoping for cooler temperatures in the near future.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email us. We look forward to an exciting year with your children.
Ms. Samia and Ms. Dawn

Week of February 1st, 2013

Updates

Our week was off to a great start with our field trip to the Phoenix Recycling Plant. Thank you to all of the parents who were able to help with driving and chaperoning the children on the trip.
The children, as well as the adults, really enjoyed learning about recycling. They learned about what is and is not recyclable, and how the process of sorting all the recyclable garbage is done. We encourage you to ask your children about what they learned, and to support recycling at home.
We are currently planning our next field trip to the zoo next month. We will send out information closer to that time.

Lessons

Apart from individual lessons in math and language the children have had lessons in the following areas this week.

Language

They learned about the concept of fact or opinion. They learned that some things are actual verifiable facts, and others may be simply one person’s opinion on a matter.
They also had a lesson on poems beginning with couplets. They enjoyed making up their own, and were very creative with their ideas.

Math

A lesson was given on the commutative and distributive properties of addition and multiplication. 1st and 2nd grade students learned to write related addition or subtraction facts.

Geography

This week to continue our study of the continent of Australia we had a lesson on its flag. The children learned why there is a Union Jack and  what the seven pointed star represents, along with the southern constellation and its significance in navigation in the southern hemisphere.
They also have been working on learning about the biomes and animals of Australia, and have been researching these.

Our virtue of the week was ‘Compassion’.

Homework
2nd Grade  Writing -pages 88-92
Math- pages 52-54
Vocabulary-Unit 10 pages 106-113

3rd Grade    Writing Week 3 Sentence Fluency pages 90-92
Math-Week 18
Vocabulary Unit 14 pages 140-149

Weekly Updates

Parents, the children have settled back into the routine very well after the winter break. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and Happy New Year.
The following is what we have begun working on for the year.
Language

This week we had a lesson on quotation marks and when and how to use them in sentence which uses direct speech. The children were able to practice by writing down several sentences that used direct speech.
History
We have learned about fundamental human needs beginning with shelter. We learned how people built houses in prehistoric times Egyptian Age, Greek times, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Modern ages.
Geography

We have begun our study of Australia. We have taken a look at the map of Australia, and the children have started to make maps by tracing from the control map of Australia. They can then color and label it.
Geometry
We have done a study of lines, and the children have each made their own booklet of the different types of lines.
Botany

We are pleased to announce that our avocado seed has sprouted, and it is growing a root. The children were excited to make this discovery this week.
The classroom garden is doing well, and we should soon be able to enjoy some of the lettuce that we are growing.
Field Trip

We are excited to announce an upcoming field trip to the Phoenix Recycling Plant. We will be going on Monday January 28th. We are scheduled to be there for our tour at 10:00 a.m. In order to make this happen we need parent volunteers to drive and help us with the class while on site. If you are able to drive please let us know how many children you can take in your vehicle. We will be sending home the permission slips next week. If you have any questions please let us know.It is about a half hour drive from the school so we need parents to be at school by 9:15 that morning.
Uniform Reminder

Parents just a couple of reminders regarding the school uniform policy. We are trying to get the students back on track from being gone over winter break. This includes in the uniform department.
Please remember the following:
Children are required to wear belts if they have belt hoops on their pants,shorts,or skirts. It must be a buckle belt, please no tie belts.
Children may not wear coats or sweatshirts with cartoon characters on them. Please be sure it is a plain solid colored jacket. If your child wants to wear a sweater during class it must be a solid color of blue, white, black or red. The new school sweatshirts are also acceptable for wearing in the classroom during the day if your child gets cold. These are still available in the office along with t-shirts and tote bags.
Many of the girls like to wear leggings under their uniform skirts during this colder weather. Please be sure they are solid color, uniform color, and have no sparkles or decorations on them.
We thank you for your continued cooperation in this area.
Upcoming Dates

January 21st-School Closed in observance of Martin Luther King holiday.
January 22nd-Parent Partners Evening -time to be announced soon.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the lovely gifts, treats, and gift cards that you so generously gave us for the holiday. May you all have a happy and successful New Year.
We hope that you all enjoyed Friday nights program. Our class did a wonderful job. We also, hope that you all had a great Christmas.
Just a couple of updates for you over the winter break.Remember school will resume on Monday January 7th. The following homework should be done over the break.
1st Grade-new spelling lists were sent home, so please have children be prepared for spelling test on Thursday Jan.10th
2nd Grade Writing pages 68-72
                    Math pages 40-42
                     Vocabulary Units 1-6 Review pages 72-75 also finish Review of 5 and 6. We worked on in class, but not everyone was able to finish it.
3rd Grade  Writing-Word Choice week 4-pages 68-72
                     Math Practice Week 14
                      Vocabulary-Unit 10 pages 98-107
Please be sure your children turn in all homework books on Thursday mornings. We usually start checking homework on Thursdays. If books are not there parents will be called. Also please double check to make sure your child has done all pages of homework.
If you have any questions please let us know.
Also, we have no one signed up to bring snack in for the week of the 7th. If you have not yet signed up for a week and would like to take this week or if you would like to switch your week, please let me know. I can email a list of snack items we will need for that week.
See you on the 7th. Happy New Year.

Weekly Updates 

Week of Nov.29th, 2012
We are getting into a very busy time of the year. We have started practicing our songs for the Winter Program on Dec. 21st. If you know that your child will not be able to participate, please let us know ahead of time.
We will be starting our crafts for the Winter Bazaar. These creations by the children will be available for purchase before and after the Winter Program.
Please take a minute to look over the Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet which you received via email. We have many volunteer opportunities available, so please check it out. We encourage and appreciate parent help.
Homework

This coming week the following homework will be due.
1st grade-continue with weekly spelling activities at home. New list went home in Friday folder. Test will be on Friday.
2nd grade
Math Unit 11 p.31-33
Vocabulary Unit 4 p.36-43 Be prepared for spelling test on vocab words.
Writing p.53-57
3rd grade
Math Unit 11
Vocabulary Unit 7 Be prepared for spelling test.
Writing Word Choice p.53-57
Reading Logs
The new reading logs went home in folders. Please remember to have your child read every day and record their reading on this log. Please turn in November’s log on Monday.
This week we had the following lessons:
Botany
We began the study of roots. The children made a booklet with pictures they drew of the different roots and the definitions of each root.
Geography
We had a lesson on the land and water forms. Such as island, strait, peninsula,etc.
They have been working on their Africa folders in class. Each student has been assigned a country or animal of Africa to research. These assignments, with their poster board presentation, will be due on December 10th.
Language
We had a lesson on singular possessive nouns. We also have continued with practice of capitalization and punctuation.
We finished our shared reading book about Benjamin Franklin. The children will soon be assigned to write a biography about somebody at home. They will be given guidelines on interviewing the person that they choose, and instructions on how to put it all together.
Math
They are continuing with individual lessons and work in various areas of math.
Music
This weeks composer was Beethoven and the composition was Piano and Wind Quintet Op.16 3.Rondo.
Virtue
The virtue of the week was truthfulness. We talked about the importance of being truthful, and how to practice it.

Week Of Nov. 15th, 2012

Reminders
School will be closed Thursday and Friday the 22nd and 23rd for Thanksgiving holiday.
Classroom Feast will be on Weds. the 21st. Please sign up to bring something if you have not already done so. Thank you to those of you who already have, and we hope you can join us and the children for this event.

Geography
This week the children have been enjoying lessons on the different layers of the Earth’s atmosphere. They each got to do a project on paper which shows the different layers, and explains what happens at that particular place in the atmosphere.
Language
We have practiced capitalization and punctuation. The children have been correcting sentences, and adding the proper punctuation and capitalization as needed.
Botany
The children have enjoyed watching the process of their bean plant experiments. Many of them have really flourished, where as some have not even sprouted. We have been observing and analyzing, trying to figure out why they may not have grown.  Too much water? Too little light? etc.
Zoology
We have started our study of reptiles this week. We have taken a look at the parts of a snake. The children colored pictures and then labeled the different parts of the snake.
Math
The children continue to work on individual lessons in math.
A Sad Farewell
We said goodbye to Thea on Friday. Her family is moving to Alabama. Thea passsed out cards to the children with her new address and emails on it. The children worked very hard on making a lovely farewell card for Thea. We wish Thea and her family the best of luck with their move. We will miss her.
Volunteers
Please watch for an email with a list of areas where we need parent helpers in the classroom and with special projects. You will be able to sign up via an online link .
Happy Thanksgiving! 

Week of Friday, Nov. 9th, 2012

Upcoming Events
Scholastic Book Fair-November 13th-16th.  We will visit it as a class on Tuesday.
Thanksgiving Feast-Wednesday November 21st
An online sign-up sheet will soon be available with a list of food items we would like to have at the feast. We will also need volunteers for set up, serving, and clean up.
Language
This past week we have had lessons on adjectives of numbers,demonstrative adjectives, antonyms, and the prefixes mis-,anti-,ant- and re-.
Shared Reading
We are reading the Biography of Benjamin Franklin.
Botany
We have planted beans, and the children are really enjoying watching them grow and keeping track of the growth process.We have also planted an avocado seed in water, and the top of a pineapple.
History
We have presented an impressionistic lesson on the year 2012.
Geography
We have been studying the plants of Africa. The children have been researching different plants, and then present their research at circle time to the rest of the class.
Math
The first grade students have been focusing on telling time, and how to count money. Please practice these concepts at home with your child.
Geometry
We had a lesson on lines, and also on quadrilaterals and the parts of quadrilaterals.
Music
This week’s composer has been Haydn.  We listened to his Concerto for Trumpet.
Virtues
Our virtue of the week has been helpfulness. We have talked about it’s importance, and how we can practice it.

Week of Friday, 26th October

Language
This week in language we had a lesson on concrete and abstract nouns, homophones, feminine and masculine nouns, and past and present tense. We also practiced making plurals, and practiced the spelling rules of making plurals. Also included in our weekly lessons, we studied more of the elements of literature like plot and setting.
Geography
In geography we studied Biomes and Animals of Africa. Children enjoyed coloring the biomes map of Africa. The maps are displayed in the classroom.
Science
In science, we had an introduction to atoms. We also learned about the properties of gas. Then we compared all three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. In the coming weeks we will focus on the study of parts of the atom and on molecules.
Botany
The children enjoyed learning about the parts of a tree as well as the parts of a leaf. We also talked about the many different types of leaves. We will soon begin growing some beans and some grass seed in the classroom. We also look forward to starting our class garden soon.
Zoology
We will begin the study of invertebrates.
Class Needs
We want to thank Dario’s mom, Jill, for offering to provide us with some potting soil for our upcoming planting projects.
Please watch for the classroom volunteer sign up sheet, to be available online soon,  for you to choose some things you would like to volunteer to help us out with. We look forward to having volunteers to help the children with everything from reading to sewing. Thea’s mom, Camille, has graciously offered to come in and do a sewing project with the children over the next couple of weeks. We look forward to this. Thea and her family will soon be moving, and they will be greatly missed.
Upcoming Events
Just a reminder that Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled on Thursday and Friday . You should have received an online link via email from our homeroom parent Allison. Please go to the link to sign up, or see one of us to schedule a time.
Due to conferences, both days have early dismissal at 11:30.
Friday the 26th –Character Parade 9;00 a.m. in the gym. Children may wear a costume of a character from a book. Please have your child bring the book with them to school.
Saturday the 27th-School Fall Picnic-10:00-1:00 p.m. Junior Elementary classes are providing protein dishes. So please bring a protein dish to share. There will be fun activities as well.
Wednesday, November 7th-Early Release at 11:30 for teacher in-service.  Extended care for students in full time Extended Day or All Day programs.

Week of Oct. 12th, 2012

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, Oct. 25th & Friday, Oct. 26th – Parent Teacher Conferences/Early Release
Friday, Oct. 26th – Character Parade
Saturday, Oct. 27th – Fall Festival
Language
Children had a lesson on Pronouns and Prepositions. Children also learned how prepositions connect groups of words in a sentence and how its grammar symbol, a ‘green bridge,’ reinforce the concept.
Math & Geometry
Apart from daily individual and group lessons, we are continuing our lessons on Fractions. We started our study of Triangles.
Children learned about three basic types of triangles: equilateral, isosceles, and scalene.
Culture
Students are working on their maps of the countries of Africa. Some maps have already been completed and are displayed in the classroom.
Virtue of The Week
We continued to learn about self discipline; what it looks like, and successes and failures while practicing self control.

Week of Oct. 5th, 2012

Upcoming Events

This Tuesday will be Child As Teacher from 3:30 -6:00 . Please see online sign-up sheet if you have not signed up yet. If you are having trouble signing up, please contact us.
Language

This week in language, the children had a lesson on Linking Verbs and Parts of the Paragraph.
Math

We started lessons on fractions.
Science

The children enjoyed learning about liquids and the properties of liquid.
Geography

We learned about the layers of the Earth. Please help your child research the details of each layer, including the thickness.
Music

This week’s featured composer was Bela Bartok and we listened to the composition Sonatina.
Virtue

The Virtue of the week was self-discipline. We talked about what it is and how to practice it. Children were amazed to learn that if they practice self control, there is no need for others to control their actions. They can enjoy greater freedom.

Week of Sep. 28th, 2012

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 9th  Child as Teacher Night 3:30 to 6:00.



Language

This past week in language the children had lessons on sight words, suffixes, and three ways of looking at time. Time lessons included past, present, and future. They enjoyed figuring out when something took place, as in phrases such as “he drank”, or “he is drinking”. etc.
Geography
We continue our study of Africa and the children enjoyed tracing and labeling the Africa map. We also learned about the Tropical Rain-forest Biome of Africa . The favorite geography lesson this week was learning about the Compass Rose, and learning how to make one. The children enjoyed drawing it on paper, and then labeling with the different directions. These are currently proudly displayed on the classroom wall. They came up with some beautiful color patterns, when coloring them, as well.
Reading

This week the children had individual reading assessments to learn more accurately their reading capabilities. This included comprehension in reading.
Math

Lessons were presented on Polygons and Volume.
Science

The concept of  “what a solid is” was presented to them this week. They experienced it hands on with the rectangular cube and a rock.
We discussed the properties of solids.
Composer of the Week

Beethoven
We listened to one of his symphonies.
Other notes:

Just a reminder that a new month has begun . Please return September Reading Logs back to school with your child. A new reading log was sent home in Friday folders. Please have them read every day. They should be recording on the log and then the log is returned at the end of each month.

Week of Sep. 21st, 2012

Just a reminder that our first Parent Partners Meeting will be held this Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. It will be held in Ms. Duncan’s Senior Elementary classroom.
We hope to see you all there.
Curriculum Updates:

Language
This week the children had a lesson on verbs, and singular and plural nouns with ‘ies”. They also learned how to match nouns and verbs logically. We also covered alphabetizing.
We  started lessons on the elements of literature. We talked about what elements are necessary to make a story complete, and for it to make sense and to be interesting. We learned the different parts of the story such as plot, theme and summary.We will be focusing on each part individually over the coming weeks.
Geography
We are continuing our study of Africa and covered what its physical geography is like. In the coming week students will be learning about the Layers of the Earth and Layers of  the Atmosphere.
Zoology
The children had a lesson on amphibians and learned about their external parts. They practiced what they learned by coloring several pictures of frogs on which they could color and label the individual parts.
Math
All the students are continuing with individual lessons in Math.
Cosmic Education
Last week we read a book titled Born With a Bang and talked about the Big Bang Theory.  This week we read the book From Lava to Life by Jennifer Morgan.  A student in the class remarked that it makes more sense now, as he can make the connection between Big Bang and the beginnings of life on earth.
Virtues
This week’s virtue was peacefulness. We spent time thinking about how we can only find peace with others when we have found peace within ourselves. We talked about the proper use of the Peace Table in the classroom. If a child has a conflict with another they may invite them to the table to work things out.  We have virtue cards available at the table so the children can choose one to read, to one another, about whatever their conflict may be, such as respect, or kindness.
A beautiful silk flower is kept on the table so the child who is talking gets to hold the flower. When that child is done they hand the flower to the other child;  then that child has their turn to speak. It is a way to show respect and assure that they each have a turn to be heard in a respectful manner.

September 14th , 2012

1st Grade Spelling Homework

Each week your child will be bringing home a collection of spelling words that have been introduced in class. Each night of the week your child is expected to do a different activity to ensure that these words and the spelling principles they represent are mastered. These activities have been modeled and practiced in school, so your child can teach you how they are to be done.

Saturday 
Remind your child to sort the words into categories like the ones we did in school. Your child should read each word aloud during this activity. Ask you child to explain to you why the words are sorted in a particular way-what does the sort reveal about spelling in general? Ask your child to sort them a second time as fast as possible. You may time them, for fun!

Sunday
Do a blind sort with your child. Lay down a word from each category as a header and then read the rest of the words aloud. Your child must indicate where the word goes without seeing it. Lay it down and let your child move it if he or she made a mistake.  Repeat if your child makes more than one error.

Monday
Assist your child in doing a word hunt, by looking in a book they have already read for words that have the same sound, pattern, or both. Try to find two or three words for each category.

Tuesday and Wednesday
Do a writing sort to prepare for the Friday test. As you call out the words in a random order, your child should write them in categories. Call out any words your child misspells a second or even third time.

Thank you for your support. Together we can help your child make valuable progress.

2nd and 3rd Grade Homework
Second and third year students will be bringing home their Writing and Math practice books. They need to complete one unit from each book. They should complete week 1, titled “Idea”, in the writing book. In the Math book they should complete Week 1, Monday-Friday.
Vocabulary books for second and third years will come  later.
Homework will be sent home every Friday, and is to be returned to class no later than the following Thursday morning.Please continue to read with your child everyday. Also, please use the Monthly Reading Log to record their daily progress with reading.

September 7th, 2012

Here it is September already. The children have been busy working hard and learning new things each day.

Just a reminder about some upcoming events for this month. This coming Monday the 10th will be the Parent Committee organizational meeting from 6-7 p.m. Attending the Parent Committee meetings will help you to learn more about how you can be involved in the school and support its continuing success and that of your child.

Picture Days will be September 19th and 20th. We will let you know, by next week, which day our class will be having pictures taken. The order forms went home today in your child’s folder.

Following are some of the lessons given this past week:

Language:

This week we have covered Similes, Capitalization, and Verbs. The children enjoyed working on the similes, and figuring them out. Ex.” as light as a ____”. They also enjoyed learning about what to capitalize by answering questions such as,”What continent do we live on”?   The answers to the questions were all words that needed to be capitalized.

Geometry:

In geometry they learned about the different Types of Lines, and the Parts of a Line.

Measurement:

We began presentations covering Length and Distance.

Geography:

We talked about the different Biomes of Africa. We will be doing more  in depth study of this continent in the next couple of weeks.

Additional notes:

The children were enthusiastic about the introductory lessons on Money and Time.

Our virtue for the week was respect. We talked about what respect is and how can we practice it. In the coming weeks we will talk more about practicing it and signs of success with practicing it.  We encourage you to include discussion of respect during your family time, and how you show respect at home.

A reminder:   please help us and the children by not allowing them to bring any items to school unless they are specific items for show and tell, and then only on Fridays.  Your support with this will help ensure that the children have the most positive and least distracting environment for learning.  We talked to the children about the May basket, which will be brought out next week. If there are items brought to school that are not in keeping with policy, the items will be put in the May basket to be returned at the end of the school year.  This includes toys, trinkets, jewelry, other items that cause distraction in the classroom.  Also, please review the dress code. The only jewelry items permitted are small earrings (no dangling), and a plain watch. No necklaces, bracelets, or rings. Also, no distracting hair items, or hair items worn on the wrist, as these items are distracting if worn as bracelets.  If these items appear, even in cubbies, they will be put in the May basket.

Also, please keep in mind that any notebooks, pencils, folders etc. that your child may need are provided at school. They have no need to bring in anything further.

Thank you so much for your cooperation with these things.  It helps in creating a peaceful, harmonious, happily focused learning environment.

August 31st, 2012
We have now reached the end of August;  the past three weeks have gone by quickly with the children being so busy in the class. Please remember, there will be no school on Monday in observance of Labor Day.

Next week will include a new virtue of the week, which will be respect. We will be talking about how and why we should practice respect. You can also talk about it at home with your child. You can share ideas with them about how to practice it everyday.

Language:

This week the children learned about singular and plural nouns. Also, they learned to match multiple adjectives to nouns. They also learned to practice reading comprehension in class by using SRA’s and other reading comprehension programs we have in the class.

Geography:

The children made a replica map of the oldest map found on a wall in a cave in Turkey. They were also introduced to Africa for our continent research. Next week we will be studying about the biome’s of Africa.

Music:

This weeks featured composer was Antonio Vivaldi. We listened to his composition, “Summer”.

Reading Log:

Those children who have not returned their Reading Log for August need to have it back in by next week. A new log for the month of September will be going home in the Friday folders. Please help your child to read everyday and record it on their reading log. Then the log should be returned to school at the end of each month.

August 24th, 2012
This second week of school has gone by so quickly as the children are so busy learning new lessons and doing their work.

This past week we have focused on the following:

Virtue of the Week-Responsibility

We talked about the meaning of being responsible, and how we can practice being responsible. Also, we discussed that if we are not responsible it can lead to mistakes, but that’s ok. However, it is important to fess up to our mistakes, and be more responsible in the future. Please continue to talk about responsibility at home with your children, and talk about ways they can practice it. For example, by remembering to turn in Friday folders on Monday, to turn in homework on time etc.

Language

In language children had lessons on compound words and prefixes. We also reviewed nouns both common and proper. The children had a chance to write out some nouns that they came up with on their own. Next week we will do a review of articles and adjectives.

Math

In math the children have been having individual lessons on math materials. Some are reviewing stamp game while others our onto the division board.

Geometry

In geometry we have had a lesson on basic concepts.

Geography

This week in geography the children learned about map keys, and the meaning of the symbols on a map and how to unlock them. Next week we will begin some map making.

History

In history we have a read a book about the theories of the creation of the Earth. We will soon begin working with some timelines to show different events in history.

Reminders:

Please remember to send in $15 for your 2nd and 3rd year students for their workbooks. This money should be sent in as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

The first pizza forms went home in Friday folders. Please remember the money and filled out form need to be turned in by Weds. if you your child would like pizza for lunch on Friday. The money needs to go in the basket marked Pizza on top of the cubbies in the classroom. Do not send the money in your child’s folder as it may get over looked, and not make it’s way into the basket.This is a good way to help your child become responsible and have them be sure to place it in the basket.

Show and Tell:

Our class has show and tell each Friday in the afternoon. If your child would like to bring something in to show the class they may bring it on Friday morning.
Please make sure they follow the guidelines