Archive for March 3rd, 2012

Mrs. Lazo, March 5, 2012

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Dear Parents,

Next Monday morning we will begin each week with a time of praise and worship for all 3rd-6th graders.  Mr. Weimer has arranged to have the parent of one of his students lead this special time from 8:00-8:20.  The students will still line up and come up to the room to put down their bookbags before we go to the Chapel and start the week with this time of honoring the Lord!

Thank you to all the parents (and one grandparent) who drove and helped chaperone our 5th/6th grade trip to see the musical premiere of Yo, Vikings!  Students and parents alike enjoyed the upbeat and professional CMT production with our very own Giana and Christian Castro serving on the crew.  Their talented mother, Francina Castro, served as one of the costume makers.  The play included some important themes that will be discussed and written about (in journals) in class.



Mr. Broersma has worked with a different student council member each week for 4 weeks now to produce a short video of the Elementary News.  Each teacher shows this clip to his/her class and passes it on to the next teacher.  We have found this technical resource to be a bright and exciting addition to our Monday mornings.  Check it out for yourself with the following link, and give a big thank you to student council and Mr. Broersma! 

Click Here for Student Council’s Elementary News.  These will be available to view each week by Monday afternoon.

FCS AUCTION: The Fresno Christian Auction is in less than 2 weeks!!  Thank you to those who have sent in your donations.  Popular auction items include: professional services, electronics, garden supplies, gift cards or certificates, boutique items or theme baskets, collectibles, vacation packages, jewelry, art, tools, dinner packages,  etc.  Also, don’t forget you can sign up to bring a dessert!  Pick up forms from Mrs. Roberts in the office so our class will get credit. Your child will also receive tickets to put into a drawing.  Please plan on coming to the auction as well.  It’s always a great time and there are so many fabulous things to bid on!

A great way for everyone to help FCS at the auction is to donate a dessert.  They are not served with dinner so we count on desserts, (and pay a pretty penny for them)!  Simple desserts have sold for hundreds, even thousands, of dollars!  Serving dishes make desserts even more valuable.  Bring your desserts to the FCS gym on *Sat, 3/17, between 10AM-2PM, (we will even wrap them for you).  Cookies, cakes, pies, brownies, candies, dipped items, tarts, cupcakes…every dessert will be sold!  Students will receive points for each dessert item donated, (be sure to fill out a form for your student’s class to get credit).

Thank you for your support

Questions? Call Darbee Whipple at 352-5168


*Desserts brought when the auction begins should be pre-wrapped and refrigerated items cannot be stored.

5th grade will complete Ch. 7 on Number Theory and Addition and Subtraction of Fractions and do a review for a test at the beginning of next week.  6th grade will complete their Ch. 7 on Ratio, Proportion, and Percent and do a review for a test early next week.  Both grades will also have a packet of challenge sheets.

Our science students should be commended for writing some informative and excellent short reports on the digestive system.  Many of them shared interesting facts they learned before presenting their report to the class.  The others will present this week.  We will then begin studying the circulatory system, the last body system we have in our standards for this year. 

The foldables each student made as a response to our realistic fiction books are beautiful and demonstrate some excellent effort and learning.  They will soon be displayed in the hallway. We will continue work on our Young Author stories and complete our projects in response to the 5th grade book The Sign of the Beaver or 6th grade book The Golden Goblet.  The project due date has been extended two days to Friday, March 9.  The projects will then be presented to the class and displayed.  Some time will be given in class and the rest should be done at home.  No 5-a-day or Paragraph Edit will be given this week as we finish these projects.

One of our important 5th grade standards is learning all of the states, their locations on a map, and their capitals. Soon they will begin quizzes on sections of the U.S. with the big test given in April. Please have your child play games, do puzzles, make flash cards, and use web sites to learn these beginning now. One free site I recommend is Click on U.S. geography and choose the states and capitals tutorial. Thank you for your support on this standard that will be covered in Mrs.Hancox’s social studies class.

5th Grade:  
Spelling Lesson 27-More Suffixes
1. difference
2. importance
3. absence
4. tremendous
5. advantage
6. horrible
7. entrance
8. delicious
9. sensible
10. convenient
11. courteous
12. intelligence
13. industrious
14. numerous
15. obedient
16 generous
17. courageous
18. nutritious
19. deliverance
20. reasonable

1. Wisconsin
2. Minnesota
3. expel
4. triangular

6th grade:  Spelling Lesson 27 Prefixes again
1. multiple
2. multitude
3. universal
4. transfer
5. interfere
6. interstate
7. quartet
8. circumstance
9. circumference
10. semiannual
11. pentagon
12. binoculars
13. triplets
14. transparent
15. monorail
16. intramural
17. counterclockwise
18. transposing
19. intrastate
20. trinity
1. hurricane
2. cyclone

3. typhoon 

4. anemometer

BIBLE VERSE: John 3:20-21

“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”


  • Chapel led by FCS senior student, Brady Lee: March 6 at 8:00 A.M.
  • Picture Day: March 6
  • Praise and worship: each Monday beginning March 12 from 8-8:20 A.M. in the Chapel
  • Inservice half Days -12:00 dismissal: Mar. 21 and May 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

Mrs. Tally – March 5, 2012

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012



Dear Families,

Spring is sneaking up!!!!!  Tally’s Treasures can’t wait!!!

LANGUAGE ARTS – First Graders are doing a good job on their vocabulary.  They are able to master the words much quicker now.  Most certainly, they are getting ready for second grade!!!!  Second Graders are so enjoying Andi’s Pony Trouble. We will be doing some comprehension related to this book during the next couple weeks.

MATH – First Graders are on Addition and Subtraction to 20. Although we have completed our unit on money, that skill still is not mastered.  Please continue having your child practice counting money, using quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. This is a developmental skill and takes time and lots of practice to master. It will also be revisited in our future contracts. Second Graders are on  Numbers and Patterns to 1000. This is a real good exercise for Number Sense. Some have that well developed and others developmentally are not completely there. It comes with time for most.We will continue to revisit multiplication and division as not everyone has mastered this. This will be revisited and expounded upon in 3rd grade.  Both grades will be bringing home the chapter review this week.

FIVE – A DAY -  We have begun this activity this past week.  You can expect to see the first booklet in the Monday work envelope, March 12th. Please go over the kinds of mistakes your child is making, however, you do not need to send it back each week.

SOCIAL SCIENCE - First Graders are on Chapter 2, “Where People Live”, as well as a unit on Mapping.  We are also be learning what country we live in, the state, and the city, as well as the seven continents. Second Graders are on ,”People Make a Difference”. We will continue on these units through  the month of March.

BIBLE - We will  begin with the events leading up to Easter and continue this special unit throughout March.

PHYSICAL FITNESS TRAINING - Physical Fitness Testing  will take place during the week of March 12-16. Please wear tennis shoes for the next two weeks.

NEATNESS -  We are focusing on making our work neat. I am pointing out to the children samples of neat work.  We are doing lots of encouragement in this area. We will be redoing those papers which are sloppy.  I appreciate your support in this area as we together  emphasize how important neat work is.  Many thanks!

SECOND GRADERS - There will be no skill sheets or Book Projects for the month of March.  They will be working on their speech and heritage doll.  Speeches will be scheduled for March 23 and March 26-29. These are done at 1:00 PM, and we will do three a day.  We will continue with our Reading Log, but only 50 minutes for the week.

SPRING PICTURESAll children will be photographed on Tuesday, March 6th.  You do not need to send money now.  A proof will go home and if you so desire, you may order pictures at that time.  These pictures  will be taken with a pretty spring background.

FCS AUCTION- The FCS auction is underway!  The dinner/silent and live auction will take place on Saturday, March 17th  from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. in the FCS Gym. Our classroom is making a little table with our fingerprints on it. Mrs. Taggett, the Art teacher for Grades 3-6 is spearheading this project, so you know it will be beautiful. We are hoping the bidding goes high!!!  It will be a wonderful keepsake for a family in our room. You can check the ” Thermometer” in the office window to see how we are doing. We are doing great, but we sure could use some more contributions from our class. Many Thanks!

SHOW AND TELL - This week will be Team A.

STANDARDS ADDRESSED THIS WEEK: Reading 1.1  - 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 1.11 –  1.14 – 1.16 –  2.1 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.6 –  3.1 -Listening and Speaking 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3 - Writing - 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 2.2 Written and Oral Language - 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.2  Math-NS 1.1 –  1.4 –  1.5 – 2.1 – 2.2 –  2.4 –   2.5 - Social Science - 1.2 .1 – 1.2.2 – 1.2.3 – 1.2.4 – 1.3 1.5.3

3-6 - Spring Pictures

3-9 - Happy 8th Birthday Brynnor Poplin

3-10 - Happy 7th Birthday Maddie Douty

3-11 - Happy 8th Birthday Audrey Kirkland

3-12-16 - Physical Fitness Testing

3-16 - End of 3rd Quarter

3-17 - FCS Auction –  5PM – 9 PM – FCS Gym

3-21 - Teacher Inservice – School dismissed at 12:00 PM

3-25 Happy 8th Birthday Joseph Igot

3-30 - Easter Celebration – 1:00 PM – 2:40 PM.

3-31  - 4-9 - Easter Vacation – No School!!!

4-20 - PTF Talent Show – 7-9 PM

4-23 – 4-27 - SAT Testing


Spirit Day is every Friday.  Please wear one of your favorite FCS shirts!


Bible Verse – March 5-9

Jesus answered, ” I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:6   23 pts.





First Grade Spelling – March 5-9 – Lesson 29














Second Grade Spelling – March 5-9 – Lesson 28



















Mr. Broersma, March 5, 2012

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

FCS Logo


Click Here for Student Council’s Elementary News (Updated on Monday Afternoons)



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!


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.


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.


Weekly Newsletter, Student Planner and PowerSchool


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.



Lesson 24






















Ephesians 6:13-17  (Two weeks to study. Test next week.)

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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.



  • Bible: Memory Verse and Life of Jesus Quick Write
  • Spelling: Packet and Study
  • Math: P. 328 #1-25
  • LA: Book Report/Presentation due Thursday
  • Auction Items
  • Bring in Hume and School Pictures


  • Bible: Memory Verse and Handout
  • Spelling: Packet and Study
  • Math: P. 338 Set G #1-10 and Set H #1-10
  • LA: Book Report/Presentation due Thursday
  • Auction Items
  • Bring in Hume and School Pictures





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: Click the Grades K-6 button on the right and scroll down to the Power School button.

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.

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


  • Inservice half Days -12:00 dismissal: Mar. 21 and May 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