Archive for February 26th, 2012

Mrs. Ferguson, February 27, 2012

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

FCS AUCTION

Thank you all for your continual support in donating items for our school auction! The dinner/silent and live auction will take place Saturday, March 17, from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. in the FCS Gym.  If you would still like to contribute an item or dessert, you may get a form from Mrs. Roberts.   Check out our class “thermometer” in the hallway and you will see how many points we have earned from your donations!! Way to go!!

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Next week Coach Phillips begins Physical Fitness Testing at Peoples Campus.  Be sure to wear appropriate attire for running and participating.  Also, be sure to bring your daily water bottles.

 YEARBOOK PICTURES

I am starting to work on our class yearbook pages and will be turning them in this month. If you have any pictures of our students or class could you please e-mail them to me or send them on a disk by Friday.  Thank you!

FUN FRIDAY

Our class has worked hard to earn their next “Fun Friday!”  The class reached their goal last week and will be having their “Fun Friday” this Friday after lunch.

BOOK PROJECTS

Just a reminder that the Mystery book projects are due this Friday, March 2.  Please look over the rubric with your child to make sure they have completed all of the requirements.

 4TH GRADE FIELD TRIP TO COLUMBIA

Tomorrow we are visiting the State Historic Park at Columbia.  Please plan to drop your child off at FCS in front of the globe by the People’s Church Entrance no later than 6:15 A.M.  I have sent a copy of the field trip itinerary home with your newsletter.  We will return around 5:00-5:15  P.M.   It looks like we have reserved a large bus so these parents will be able to join us on the bus: Viola Howard, Jeng Macaranas, Margo Sue, Susie Henderson, Dawn Hinton and Karen Saville. Thank you!

While in Columbia the students will have time to look around the town, pan for gold, watch a blacksmith demonstration, eat lunch, visit the museum and fill out a passport.  At the end of the day we have planned in some time for shopping.  It is not our main reason for going so please send your child with no more than $7.00.  Besides a few mercantiles (gift shops), there is a candy shop and an ice cream parlor.

Students should dress in layers, as the weather in the Sierras can fluctuate from hour to hour.  Each student should plan on bringing a morning snack, a hefty lunch, and an afternoon snack, plus whatever drinks you want them to consume.   Be sure to send some water with your child.

Video games, and other electronic devices are better enjoyed at home, so please do not allow them to accompany your fourth grader.  Invariably things like this get lost, left behind, damaged, or stolen.  If your child desires to bring a camera, a disposable one is a great choice for a school field trip.  Phones aren’t really necessary since they’ll be with their teacher and/or chaperone all day, but are allowed as long as they are used according to their teachers’ instructions, and in good taste.  I will have my cell with me all day.  My number is (559)-577-6160.  Mr. Weimer will also have his (559) 240-3173.

MEUX HOME MUSEUM / WALKING TOUR OF FRESNO

As part of our Unit 3 Community History study in social studies, our third graders will take a private tour of the Meux Home Museum on Friday, March 9.  We will also  take a “Historic Walking Tour of Fresno” as we relive Fresno’s early pioneer beginnings by visiting such sites as St. John’s Cathedral, Sheriff Collin’s home and stables, Santa Fe Railroad Station, Fresno Water Tower, and Brix Mansion.  Student admission has been prepaid through tuition fees.

**Chaperones need to pre-pay $5.00  admission fee by Wednesday, March 7.  We will meet in our room at 8:00 AM on Friday, March 9 and return around 12:15 PM for lunch on campus.  A very special thanks to the following parents who have volunteered as carpooling chaperones:

Kerry Nichols

Jeff Clem

Ann Chandler

Susie Alday

Pamela Rieker

Beverly Foshee

Chris Schultz

Christina Stephen

WRITING

We are continuing our practice on writing a fictional narrative story.  We have done sample stories together and students have been asked to write their own stories based on a specific prompt.  This will help prepare them for their writing benchmark. We will begin Young Author’s stories in March.

 SCIENCE

We are continuing our study of Physical Science.  Last week in science we did an experiment titled, “A Day at the Beach,” using sand.  Students used processing skills such as comparing, observing, predicting and communicating during this experiment.  They were able to see how a physical change may alter the size or shape of the matter, but the type of matter stays the same.  They really enjoyed experimenting with sand!! A big thank you to Bryce and Mrs. Foshee for bringing in the bags of sand!!

MATH

3rd Grade will be starting Chapter 8 on Division concepts this week.  Please continue to help your children master their multiplication facts if they haven’t already done so, as this will help greatly with division.  Those students who understand these division concepts and have mastered their multiplication facts will move on to practice 4th grade division with remainders.

4th Grade is starting Chapter 8 on Decimals.   Many new concepts are being introduced in this chapter.  This includes adding and subtracting with decimals, converting mixed numbers to decimals and fractions with decimals.  You might spend a little extra time reviewing these with your child as well as looking over their daily work. A little extra help at home goes a long way!

SPELLING

This week is a review week.  Please review all words from Lessons 19-23.  There will be a multiple choice test this Friday.

BIBLE VERSE

Character Trait:  Courtesy-Politeness

Reference:  Colossians 4:6

Bible Verse:  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

 

CALENDAR

February 28- 4th Grade Field Trip to Columbia

March 2- Book Projects Due

March 5-9- Physical Fitness Testing

March 9- 3rd Grade Field Trip to Meux Home

March 17- FCS Auction 5-9 PM

March 16- End of 3rd Quarter

March 21- Teacher In-service- Early Release at 12:00

April 2-9- Easter Vacation

April 20- PTF Talent Show 7-9 PM

April 23-27- SAT Testing

April 27- 3rd Grade Field Trip to Kearney Mansion

**Don’t forget to have your child wear spirit wear on Fridays!

Mrs. Fraser, February 27, 2012

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

CHARACTER TRAIT:  Courtesy-Politeness

Reference:  Colossians 4:6

Bible Verse:  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Definition:  Being alert and sensitive to the needs and comforts of others.

SPELLING:  Lesson 24

This week is a review week.  Please review all words from Lessons 19-23.  There will be a multiple choice test this Friday.  Please see the attached list of all the words in your newsletter this week.

Lesson 19 R-Controlled Vowels:  ar, are, or, ore, our

1.  yours

2.  share

3. warm

4.  worry

5.  fourth

6.  course

7.  report

8.  corner

9.  before

10.  depart

11.  storms

12.  careful

13.  worker

14.  market

15.  warning

16.  shortest

17.  seashore

18.  forgotten

Lesson 20 R-Controlled Vowels:  air, ear, er, ir

1.  stir

2.  first

3.  silver

4.  chair

5.  learn

6.  early

7.  stairs

8.  skirts

9.  heard

10.  nearly

11.  fearful

12.  airport

13.  answer

14.  upstairs

15.  thirteen

16.  covered

17.  together

18.  shepherd

Lesson 21 R-Controlled Vowels:  eer, err, ur, ure

1.  deer

2.  steer

3.  turns

4.  error

5.  purse

6.  hurry

7.  nurse

8.  curve

9.  merry

10.  nature

11.  picture

12.  errand

13.  pasture

14.  purpose

15.  cheerful

16.  fracture

17. surprised

18.  adventure

Lesson 22 Contractions

1.  it’s

2.  I’m

3.  let’s

4.  we’ll

5.  you’d

6.  that’s

7.  they’ll

8.  we’re

9.  you’re

10.  aren’t

11.  they’d

12.  they’ve

13.  there’s

14.  couldn’t

15.  weren’t

16.  might’ve

17.  wouldn’t

18.  shouldn’t

Lesson 23 Compound Words

1.  cannot

2.  himself

3.  herself

4.  without

5.  suitcase

6.  anybody

7.  everyone

8.  landmark

9.  afternoon

10.  roadblock

11.  something

12.  anywhere

13.  northwest

14.  proofread

15.  downstairs

16.  throughout

17.  watercolors

18.  underground

High-Frequency Words

1.  noisy

2.  mountain

3.  engine

4.  symbol

5.  bottom

6.  straight

7.  direct

8.  captain

9.  electric

10.  business

PARENT CORNER

ELEMENTARY VIDEO NEWS

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FCS AUCTION

Thank you all for your continual support in donating items for our school auction!  If you would still like to contribute an item or dessert, you may get a form from Mrs. Roberts.   Check out our class “thermometers” in the hallway and you will see how many points all the class have earned from your donations.  Way to go!!

BIBLE

This week we continue in Unit 4 “The Exodus” the story of the Passover and the Exodus.  We will also be making a Journey Book From Egypt to Canaan.

MATH

This week as we explore geometry and measurement we will study kinds of triangles, visual thinking problem solving skills, congruent figures, lines of symmetry,  and perimeters.

LANGUAGE ARTS

This week we continue our study of writing fictional narratives and are busy on our rough drafts, revising and crafting words with descriptive details.  We also begin a new literature studies with Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary, focusing on critical thinking and analyzing skills.

BOOK REPORT PROJECTS

Just a reminder that MYSTERY FANCY FOLDER  Book Report Projects  are this due Friday,  March 2.  Please look over the rubric with your child to make sure they have completed all the requirements.  You will find an additional copy of the book report project attached to the newsletter with graded work on Monday.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Next week Coach Phillips begins Physical Fitness Testing at Peoples Campus.  Be sure to wear appropriate attire for running and participating.  Also, be sure to bring your daily water bottles.

MEUX HOME MUSEUM / WALKING TOUR OF FRESNO
As part of our Unit 3 Community History study in social studies, our third graders will take a private tour of the Meux Home Museum on Friday, March 9.  We will also  take a “Historic Walking Tour of Fresno” as we relive Fresno’s early pioneer beginnings by visiting such sites as St. John’s Cathedral, Sheriff Collin’s home and stables, Santa Fe Railroad Station, Fresno Water Tower, and Brix Mansion.  Student admission has been prepaid through tuition fees.

**Chaperones need to pre-pay $5.00  admission fee by Wednesday, March 7.  We will meet in our room at 8:00 AM on Friday, March 9 and return around 12:15 PM for lunch on campus.  A very special thanks to the following parents who have volunteered as carpooling chaperones:

Alfred Arballo

Nicole Hassett-Arballo

Tim Brown

Jason Castillo

Martha Fierro

Angie Fries

Michelle Mar

Angela Monroy

Steve Parker

Andrea Ramirez

Breeann Tozlian

Hope Villines

SCIENCE

In science, we will review the forms of energy used such as heat, electrical, mechanical. sound, light, and chemical energy.  We will also study how energy can change form from light to chemical energy, from chemical to heat energy, from chemical to mechanical energy, from electric to heat energy, from light to heat energy, and from electrical to light energy.  Start thinking about the many ways that energy can change form at home or at school.  Be ready to make a list of these changes this week!

 

COMING ATTRACTIONS

MARCH

Friday, March 2 — Book Projects Due

March 5-9 –  Peoples Campus Physical Fitness Testing

Tuesday, March 6 — Gr. 3-6 Chapel

Tuesday, March 6 — Elementary Spring Pictures

Friday, March 9 –  Meux Home Museum & Historic Walking Tour of Fresno

Friday, March 16 — End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, March 16 — Sierra Chamber Opera 2:05-3:00 PM

Friday, March 17 –  FCS Auction 5-9 PM

Tuesday, March 20 — Gr. 3-6 Chapel

Wednesday, March 21 — Teacher In-service/Noon Dismissal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Broersma, February 27, 2012

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

ELEMENTARY VIDEO NEWS

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CLASSROOM NEWS

CARPOOL DRIVERS NEEDED FOR FIELD TRIP:

On Friday, March 2 all the 5th and 6th graders in three classes will attend a musical theater production entitled Yo, Vikings presented by the Children’s Musical Theatre.  We need drivers to take us to the Fresno Veterans’ Memorial leaving school at about 8:45 A.M. and drive us home at about 10:45 when the musical is over.  If you can help us, please e-mail me at mlazo@fresnochristian.com or write me a note.  We also have a limited number of tickets at $6 each for parents who would like to experience the musical with us.

FCS AUCTION:

Be praying and thinking about donations you can make for the annual Fresno Christian School Auction which will be held on March 17, 2012 at 5:30 P.M. You may purchase a table for your friends and family through the FCS office. Or, plan on making your favorite dessert and donating it for auction!

SCHOOL PHOTOS:

If you have any Hume Lake, sports, or any other school photos, please bring them to Mr. Broersma for the yearbook and photo slide show. Thanks!

LOST AND FOUND: (FROM CENTRAL OFFICE)

Please have your student check the lost and found racks. Lots of jackets, sweaters,  lunch boxes, and water bottles have been left since the beginning of the school year.

SPIRIT WEAR:

Every Friday we encourage all of our classmates to wear a FCS shirt to demonstrate school spirit. Each of the classes will be rated on the percentage of students wearing spirit wear to build the enthusiasm.

WAYS TO CHECK ASSIGNMENTS AND ACTIVITIES:

Weekly Newsletter, Student Planner and PowerSchool

BIRTHDAYS:

Each child’s birthday is a special one! If you would like to share that special day with the class. An advance notice of one or more days is greatly appreciated. I encourage snacks that fall into the nutritional category such as juice bars, granola bars, etc.

ACADEMICS

SPELLING:

Lesson 23

operation

annual

prescription

emergency

thermometer

examination

appointment

accidental

insurance

stress

routine

epidemic

penicillin

stomachache

surgery

ambulance

coughing

injury

medication

diagnosis

MEMORY VERSE:

John 3:18-19

“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe  stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”

Young Authors:

Rough Draft #2 due Thursday

Book Report/Presentation Due Thursday March 8th.

1) After choosing and reading a book, each student will select a book report container. The container could be a manila envelope, a can, paper bag, hat or anything else that might be appropriate for and connect to the book. Students will decorate their containers to convey some of the major details, elements, or themes found in the books.

When the containers are complete, students will go to work on the contents of the containers. Please include the following inside your container:

  • Eight objects that have a connection to the story. It could be any object that has a connection to the story. For example, you could have a baseball in your container if you read a book about Jackie Robinson.

The next part of the project will be the student presentation. Each student will present a “Book in a…” project to the class. In the presentation, the student will explained the connection of the container to the story, conduct a show and tell about the eight things, and then shared information about three of the book’s literary elements — setting, characters, conflicts, climax, or resolution. The presentation should be more than 2 minutes long and no longer than 5 minutes.

2) Response to Literature

  1. Fill out the attached outline on Response to Literature.
  2. Type your response to literature and turn this in with your container. Use Times or Times New Roman and it needs to be a 12pt font. Please double space.

HOMEWORK AND ASSIGNMENTS

Monday:

  • Bible: Memory Verse and Handout
  • Spelling: Study, Packet and Comic Strip
  • Math: P. 337 Set E
  • LA: Rough Draft #2 due Thursday
  • Book Report due March 8
  • History: Old Testament Picture due Wednesday
  • Bring in Auction Items
  • Science: Research Paper due Friday

Tuesday:

  • Bible: Memory Verse
  • Spelling: Study and Spelling Packet
  • Math: Speed, Distance and Time Practice Handout
  • LA: Rough Draft #2 due Thursday
  • Book Report due March 8
  • History: Old Testament Picture due Wednesday ;  P. 379 #1-5  and P. 402 #1-5
  • Bring in Auction Items
  • Science: Research Paper due Friday

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

ADDITIONAL NEWS

WEEKLY NEWS:
Please be sure to check online for your weekly newsletter. I will post the weekly news on Friday so that you and your child have time to prepare for the upcoming week. Grades and assignments can be accessed daily at: www.fresnochristian.com. Click the Grades K-6 button on the right and scroll down to the Power School button.

POWER SCHOOL:
Power School offers a variety of information including attendance, grades, and special notes to parents.  This is a SECURE website and therefore you, as a parent, may access your child’s information confidentially. Future  assignments are posted and available for viewing at our school website.

CONTACT:
If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at: jbroersma@fresnochristian.com. I check e-mails throughout the day. In the event of an emergency, please call Kerry Roberts at 299-1695.

DATES TO REMEMBER

    • Inservice half Days -12:00 dismissal: Mar. 21 and May 2
    • Field Trip to see muscial at Fresno Veterans’ Memorial: Mar. 2
    • FCS Auction: March 17
    • Easter break: April 2-9
    • SAT-10 Testing: April 23-27
    • May 1: Challenger Learning Center field trip-5th and 6th grades