Thursday, April 17, 2014

Updates for the week of April 21st- 25th

Room 13 families,
            Join me tomorrow at the Krikorian theatre in Redlands at 2:50 for a showing of Bears!
            The Run Around the Lakes is just around the corner. I love participating in this run for two reasons: 1) I love to run and 2) it’s even more fun to run with ILCS families (especially Zieberonians). Every year ILCS has a huge showing; it would be awesome to get all of our room 13 families there. Registration forms can be found in the office, and they will also be sent home by Mrs. Hafner. Registration forms and payment are due no later than April 23rd!
            As many of you know, Sarah Amento (an ILCS mama) recently found out that her cancer spread and is inoperable. On May 17th, there will be lemonade stands set up around the city of Yucaipa in order to raise money for the family. There will also be baked goods for sale, so if you would like to gain additional service hours, you can spend some time baking delicious treats prior to the event.  I will personally be hosting a stand at our school, and would love to have as many kiddos and families join me as possible. This is a great service opportunity, but also an opportunity to show our love and support for one of our very own families. The lemonade stand will be open from 11-2, and it would be so fabulous if you all could join me!
            Thank you to everyone who turned in your permission slip! If you haven’t yet, please do so. Below (in bold) are the list of chaperones I have so far. Next to your name, there is a B for bus, or a D for driving. Please let me know if I have this information correct, so that I can plan for bus space accordingly. Also, if you drive, you are welcome to drive your kiddo, but you must meet at the school beforehand. You can, however, go straight home after the field trip!
            We have extended day this Thursday. Please make sure kiddos pack big snacks and lunches as it is a long day! This extended day we are having a “Secret Agent/Detective” theme, so send your kiddos to school in their trench coats, glasses, and Deerstalker hats (apparently that’s what you call the name of the hat that Sherlock Holmes wears)!
            Finally, we have SBAC testing at the end of April/ beginning of May (dates are below). This is a pilot test for the new state adopted Common Core standards. There will be no spelling homework that week and a limited amount of math homework. Just like with previous state testing, please make sure your kiddo comes to school well rested and with a full tummy (and just please make sure your kiddo is at school on those days!).
            There are lots of dates below… check them all out for the important information, and so you can mark your calendars!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you, as always,
Mrs. Zieber
Important Dates:
April 24th: Extended Day/ Secret Agent Day
April 29th, 30th, May 2nd: SBAC Testing (Common Core Pilot Test)
May 3rd: Run Around the Lakes
May 16th: California Science Center Field Trip
Chaperones: Mrs. Walker (?), Mrs. Burton (d), Mr. Henderson (B), Mrs. Jones (D), Mr. Horan (?), Mrs. Tyree (?), Mrs. Farmer (D)
May 17th: Hope for Sarah Amento Lemonade Stand and Bake Sale at CSC from 11-2
May 29th: California History Project Due/ Extended Day/ California History Play
May 30th: Writing Matrix Due

June 2nd: Service Project Due

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bears

Room 13 families,

I would love to invite all of you to an afternoon viewing of the movie Bears, which will be playing at the Krikorian theatre in Redlands this Friday at 2:50. I plan on purchasing my ticket in advance through Fandango. Currently, there are not enough families going in order to receive a group ticket rate. Because it is a matinee, tickets are $9.25. I will be at the theatre early to reserve seats for anyone that will be joining us!

I hope lots of you are able to attend... it would be so fun to spend an afternoon with my kiddos and their awesome families! Please email me if you will definitely be attending!

Thanks!
Ashley Zieber

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Updates for the week of April 14th-18th

Room 13 families,
            I have to say (again) how much I love my class. These kiddos are so fun, have so much personality, and are so eager to learn. Spending my days with them is so enjoyable.
            Information about our field trip to the California Science Center was sent home. Please get permission slips turned in as soon as possible. Everything you need to know about the field trip was sent home with the permission slip. If you have any questions, please let me know!
            Because of the shortened week, I am only requiring students to Get to 20 this week!
            Thank you to everyone who has brought in rocks for us to observe and classify. It definitely helps us to have some rocks to use as a reference as we learn about them!
            I am so excited that many of you will be joining me for the Bears movie at the Krikorian theatre. We will be going to an early bird showing before noon when ticket prices are the cheapest, only $8! I will let you know as soon as movie times are released, and we can all plan to meet there. The best part is, during opening week, a portion of your ticket price is donated to the National Park fund, which ties in perfectly to our classroom service project!
            I changed the due date for the service project to June 2nd. I wanted to ensure that students had an ample amount of time to get in their service hours. Remember these hours should be documented in some way (like pictures), and then students need to present what they did to the class.
            I want to thank you all for your continued help in class and just for being so wonderful. Your kiddos are evidence of the excellent job you are doing as parents. I am proud of their hard work, kindness and commitment to school, and that starts at home.
            I hope you all have a fabulous week!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Thank you, as always,
Mrs. Zieber
Important Dates:
April 18th: No School/ Bears movie viewing
April 24th: Extended Day
May 16th: California Science Center Field Trip
May 29th: California History Project Due/ Extended Day/ California History Play
May 30th: Writing Matrix Due

June 2nd: Service Project Due

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Updates for the week of April 7th- 11th

Room 13 families,
            Keep those recyclables coming in, Zieberonians! Here are some updated totals for our class… Overall, we have brought in a total of $185.81, and the Farmer brothers are still in the lead with a whopping $63.83 worth of recyclables brought in. I am so impressed that so many students continue to bring in recyclables on a weekly basis to continue to raise money for our national parks!
            We are beginning our unit on rocks and minerals. If anyone has samples of rocks or minerals at home that they would like to bring in, we would love to have them to observe in class!
            April 22nd is Earth Day. Every year Disney releases a movie in honor of Earth Day, and this year the movie is Bears. This movie is being released on Friday, April 18th (we don’t have school that day!). I thought it would be nice for any interested families to join me at the Krikorian theatre in Redlands for an afternoon viewing of the movie. If you are at all interested, please let me know so that I can contact the theatre for group pricing and show times!
            There are many due dates that will sneak up on you as the end of the year approaches, so make sure that your kiddo stays on top of his/her projects. In 4th grade, students are required to complete between 8-10 hours of service. These hours should be documented in some way, and then students need to present what they did to the class. Many students told me that over break they finished their writing matrix. I am so proud of those that have already gotten started. Remember, this trimester students are only required to complete 4 boxes. And, finally, the California history project can be on anything that is relevant to the state. This assignment requires both a written portion and project. Please let me know if you have any questions!
            I hope everyone has a fantastic week!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you, as always,
Mrs. Zieber
Important Dates:
April 18th: No School/ Bears movie viewing
April 24th: Extended Day
May 16th: California Science Center Field Trip
May 19th: Service Project Due

May 29th: California History Project Due/ Extended Day

Monday, March 31, 2014

Updates for the week of March 31st- April 4th

Room 13 families,
            I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun spring break! Now it’s time to get back to work, & finish the year off strong!
            Information for the class book that we are making was sent home. Even if you do not want to purchase one, please send the form back in indicating that you do not want the book. If everyone returns the form (whether or not you are purchasing the book), we get one free class book! If you misplaced the paperwork, please let me know, and I can send home another form!
            April 22nd is Earth Day. Every year Disney releases a movie in honor of Earth Day, and this year the movie is Bears. This movie is being released on Friday, April 18th (we don’t have school that day!). I thought it would be nice for any interested families to join me at the Krikorian theatre in Redlands for an afternoon viewing of the movie. If you are at all interested, please let me know so that I can contact the theatre for group pricing and show times!
            As a reminder, students set their own AR goals for third trimester based on previous goals and their growth as readers this year. I have never had so many students reach their goals as 2nd trimester. It is my goal to have EVERYONE reach their goal 3rd trimester! Books will be in soon for students that reached their goals!
            The writing matrix for 3rd trimester was sent home. This trimester students are only required to complete 4 assignments, as their California history project and service project are also due at the end of the year. All 3 of the requirements for these assignments can be found on our class website under the tab “Projects”. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
            I hope everyone has a phenomenal week!                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you, as always,
Mrs. Zieber
Important Dates:
April 18th: No School/ Bears movie viewing
April 22nd: Earth Day Celebration
April 24th: Extended Day
May 16th: California Science Center Field Trip
May 19th: Service Projects Due

May 29th: California History Project Due/ Extended Day

Friday, March 7, 2014

Room 13 families,
It has been so nice meeting with so many of you to discuss your kiddo's progress in 4th grade. I look forward to meeting with all of the families I haven't met with yet this week!
There will be no spelling this week so that students can put the finishing touches on their writing assignments, and edit and revise as needed!
Information for the class book that we are making was sent home. Even if you do not want to purchase one, please send the form back in indicating that you do not want the book. If everyone returns the form (whether or not you are purchasing the book), we get one free class book!
Students set their own AR goals for third trimester based on previous goals and their growth as readers this year. I have never had so many students reach their goals as 2nd trimester. I was so impressed that so many students met or exceeded their goals. It is my goal to have EVERYONE reach their goal 3rd trimester! Students who reached their goal will get to choose a Scholastic book on me!
Reading groups are cancelled this Friday (March 14th) due to Pi Day. BUT, you are welcome to volunteer your time that morning anyways! This will be a fun day filled with mathematical activities and pie eating. Does it get any better? If you would like to purchase a pie for our class, please let me know! Also, for Pi day, we will be decorating t-shirts, so if your kiddo has a plain white tee that you don’t mind us writing on (it will not come home looking the same!), have him/her bring one in. You could also purchase one at Target for less than $5. If you are unable to purchase one, please let me know! I would also like each kiddo to bring in a circular item from home, this item may be as small as a button, but no bigger than the width of a school desk. We will be using these items on March 14th! In addition, Pi day will also be hat day; the hats can be crazy or just a baseball cap, whatever your kiddo prefers!
And finally, on March 31st, I am in need of volunteers for Gold Rush Day, which is an all-day event. It is best to have at least 6 parents that can commit to the full day. If you can't commit to the full day, you are still more than welcome to come for part of the day!
I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe spring break! I will miss my kiddos!            
                                                                                                                                  Thank you, as always,
Mrs. Zieber
Important Dates:
March 14th: Pi Day/ Hat Day
March 3rd- 14th: Parent Conferences
March 17th- 28th: Spring Break

March 31st: Gold Rush Day

Sunday, March 2, 2014

PJ Day

Reminder that tomorrow 4th grade is having pajama day in order to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday!