Archive for March 18th, 2012

Mrs. Fraser, March 19, 2012

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

CHARACTER TRAIT

Easter:  Christ’s Death and Resurrection

Reference:   I Corinthians 15:3-4

Bible Verse:   For what I received I passed on to you as first importance:  that Christ died for our sins      according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.

SPELLING:  Lesson 27

Pattern Words-Prefixes

1.  aloft

2.  aglow

3.  inactive

4.  invisible

5.  incorrect

6.  incomplete

7.  prepay

8.  preview

9.  prewrite

10.  preschool

11.  return

12.  rebuilt

13.  rewrote

14.  removed

15.  unfair

16.  unable

17.  unspoken

18.  unthinkable

High-Frequency Words

19.  tied

20.  earth

Challenge Words

*  immigrant

*  transcontinental

PARENT CORNER

MONDAY MORNING WORSHIP

Grades 3-6 will begin each Monday morning worshiping together in the North Lobby Chapel from 8:00-8:30 AM.  Parents, you are welcome to come and join us as well!

FCS AUCTION DINNER NIGHT

What a tremendous evening we enjoyed Saturday evening at the FCS Auction Dinner!  Thank you for your donations and for the many hands working together with a great servant’s heart to make this event so wonderful.   Your generosity will make it possible for  FCS to continue to offer excellent Christian education for our children in our community.  The body of Christ is strong and alive!!

Also, congratulations to Carston Saelzler for winning the silent bid on the “Get-a-Way Lunch with Mrs. Fraser and a Friend!

PI DAY

Our class had such a blast on March 14 declared as “Pi Day!”   We enjoyed earning about geometry, the circumference of a circle, diamters, and 3.14 measuring pies with yarn and comparing circumferences and diameters.  Math never tasted so DELICIOUS!!!!  Thank you so very much for sending the delicious pies!

THIRD QUARTER GRADES
The third quarter ended on Friday, March 16th and all assignments were due last Friday.  Grades will be finalized on Tuesday, March 20.  You may print a copy of your child’s report card online at Power School after Tuesday, March 20.

ELEMENTARY VIDEO NEWS

Click Here for Student Council’s Elementary News.  Check out what our student council has put together for our students.  The Elementary Video News will be updated weekly each Monday afternoon.

MINIMUM DAY

Just a reminder that Wednesday is a minimum day with early release at 12:00 noon due to staff in-service.

MATH

We completed our 3rd quarter benchmark assessment last Friday and will begin Chapter 8 on Division Concepts this week.  We will be learning about the division of whole numbers.  You can expect to see work that provides practice with dividing 2-digit numbers by 2, 5, 3, and 4.  and with finding the unit cost.  Please see the family letter coming home with the concepts covered in this chapter.   Please check for understanding as we move forward.

SOCIAL STUDIES

This week our class will finish our Meux packet.  We will continue our study in Unit 3 on Community History of Chapter 5 How Communities Began and Chapter 6 Building Communities.  With all the Benchmark Assessments last week, we were quite BUSY!!  On Monday partners will be assigned for the Fresno History Project Boards and Borders Buddies. Please check with your child as I will assign them to either bring in a freestanding Tri-fold board (size 36” x 48”) or a nice border for the project. These can be purchased at any school or office supply store.  These will be due on Tuesday, April 10th, when we return from Easter Vacation.

YOUNG AUTHOR STORIES

Last week Wednesday we completed our Writing Benchmark Assessments on fictional narratives.  This week we begin our fictional narratives for the annual Young Author Story Contest.  Following  the writing skills they have acquired, students will have an opportunity to write their own creative story.  Their stories will be on display for Open House in May.  Judges will select a first, second, and third place winning story from each class to be published.  The first place winners will have their story published as a book and it will go on sale at Open House.  Winning authors will be available to autograph their Young Author Story.  Students will work on their stories in class as they move through the writing process of planning, organizing, rough drafts, coloring codins, revising, editing, and their final draft with illustrations.

BOOK REPORT PROJECT

Our final book report project for the year will be a Science Animal Cube.  Students should choose a nonfiction book to read about a particular animal.  Then complete the project according to the directions and rubric attached to Monday’s newsletter.  These science animal cubes will be on display for Open House.  Book report projects are due April 27.

KEARNEY MANSION FIELD TRIP

Our class has one more field trip this school year coming up on April 27.  Watch for details in the future.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

MARCH

March 19-23  — Physical Fitness Testing

Tuesday, March 20 –  Easter  Chapel

Tuesday, March 20 — Third Quarter Grades Finalized

Wednesday, March 21 — Teacher In-service/Early Release at 12:00

Friday, March 30 — Class Easter Celebration 1:30-3:00 PM

APRIL

April 2-9- Easter Vacation

April 16-18 –  Accreditation Visit

April 20- PTF Talent Show 7-9 PM

April 23-27- SAT Testing

April 27- Book Projects Due

April 27- 3rd Grade Field Trip to Kearney Mansion

MAY

Thursday, May 10 –  Peoples Campus Fine Arts/Open House Night

Tuesday, May 22 –  BMX Show

 

 


 

 

 

Mrs. Ferguson, March 19, 2012

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Dear Parents,

Unfortunately we were unable to attend the auction this year, but I heard it was a HUGE success!! Thank you all for your generous donations!!

Your child has been praying in class for my new niece, Joy, who was adopted from China last week by my brother Chris, and his wife, Karen.  They all arrived home this past week and I was able to meet our new 20 month old bundle of “Joy!”  I am hoping to bring her in for the class to meet her, so they will see this sweet little girl that they prayed for!

Well the 3rd quarter has officially ended and grades will be finalized on Tuesday.  Students have made wonderful progress! I am so proud of all they have accomplished!! We have a busy 4th quarter ahead of us though, and there is still a lot to be learned!  Please pray that the students continue to thrive and do their best as spring fever hits! :-)

MATH

Both grades completed our 3rd quarter benchmark assessment last week and will begin new units this week.  3rd grade is beginning Chapter 9 on Division Facts and 4th grade is beginning Chapter 9 on Statistics and Probability.

SCIENCE

Last week the students did another experiment in Science titled, “A Weighty Matter.”  They used processing skills such as predicting, measuring, comparing and communicating.  They were paired up with a partner and had to predict and then weigh objects using a scale and record which  objects were the lightest/heaviest based on their observations.  They also had to graph their results.

4TH QUARTER BOOK REPORT PROJECT

3RD GRADE- SCIENCE ANIMAL CUBE

Our last book project will be to choose a book on an animal.   Each student will select a different animal and then complete a Science Cube.  Please see the guidelines and rubric coming home today.

4TH GRADE- AUTOBIOGRAPHY NEWSPAPER REPORT

All 4th grade students will be choosing an autobiography and will make a newspaper to display the required content.  Please see guidelines and rubric coming home today.

****ALL PROJECTS ARE DUE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 27th and will be on display for Open House.

WRITING

Last Wednesday both grades completed their Writing benchmark on a fictional narrative.  They did a great job!  We are now in the process of completing our Young Author stories.  I look forward to seeing the creative side of the students as their characters come alive in their writing!

FIELD TRIPS

3rd Grade has one more field trip coming up on April 27th to Kearney Mansion.  Mr. Weimer is also working on planning another 4th grade field trip sometime in April.   I will give you more details on these trips as the dates get closer.

3rd Grade Spelling Lesson 27

Pattern Words-Prefixes

1.  aloft

2.  aglow

3.  inactive

4.  invisible

5.  incorrect

6.  incomplete

7.  prepay

8.  preview

9.  prewrite

10.  preschool

11.  return

12.  rebuilt

13.  rewrote

14.  removed

15.  unfair

16.  unable

17.  unspoken

18.  unthinkable

High-Frequency Words

19.  tied

20.  earth

Challenge Words

*  immigrant

*  transcontinental

4th Grade Spelling Lesson 27

 

Pattern Words-Prefixes

1.  adjoin

2.  adjust

3.  administer

4.  export

5.  express

6.  exchange

7.  preplan

8.  preshrunk

9.  predetermine

10.  subsoil

11.  subway

12. subscribe

13.  transform

14.  transplant

High-Frequency Words

15.  history

16.  original

Vocabulary Words

17.  prolong

18.  pronoun

19.  proclaim

20.  promotion

Bonus Words

1.  emigration

2.  immigration

3.  migration

4.  hue

5.  hew

BIBLE VERSE

Easter:  Christ’s Death and Resurrection

Reference:   I Corinthians 15:3-4

Bible Verse:   For what I received I passed on to you as first importance:  that Christ died for our sins  according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.

CALENDAR

8:00-8:30-Grades 3-6 worship every Monday morning (All our welcome to join us!)

March 19-23 Physical Fitness Testing

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

March 30- Easter Celebration 1:45-3:00

April 2-9- Easter Vacation

April 20- PTF Talent Show 7-9 PM

April 23-27- SAT Testing

April 27- Book Projects Due

April 27- 3rd Grade Field Trip to Kearney Mansion

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

 

Mr. Broersma, March 19, 2012

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

ELEMENTARY VIDEO NEWS

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

CLASSROOM NEWS

ENDING OF 3RD QUARTER: 

3rd quarter ended on Friday, March 16.   The school will make report cards available on-line by the latter part of next week

LOST AND FOUND:

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 26

multiple

multitude

universal

transfer

interfere

interstate

quartet

circumstance

circumference

semiannual

pentagon

binoculars

triplets

transparent

monorail

intramural

counterclockwise

transposing

intrastate

trinity

MEMORY VERSE:

For the next few weeks we will be learning 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. This week is verses 1-2.

1 Corinthians 13:1-2

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

SCIENCE (LAZO):

Due to changes in the schedule, we postponed last Friday’s quiz for one week. We will review the heart and circulatory system during our next science class on Tuesday. Since we then have a half day on Wednesday, our quiz will be on Friday, March 23.

20 WAYS TO LOOK AT A BOOK PROJECT:

After reading your book complete any of the “20 Ways to Look at a Book” assignments. Make sure the points add up to 100 points.

This project is due May 3rd.

Complete any of the assignments below that add up to 100 points:

  1. Summarize the book in poem form with rhyme. Minimum 20 lines. (10 points)
  2. Discuss in depth the relevance of the title. 1 page. (10 points)
  3. Write a letter to the author. 1 page. (10 points)
  4. Create a diorama with a brief description. It could be a scene from the book or a setting. (20 points)
  5. Write a two minute radio advertisement persuading the public why they should buy and read this book. Perform in class or on CD. (20 points)
  6. Research and write a report on the author. 2 pages. (20 points)
  7. Q & A – Pretend you’re interviewing a person from the book. Write your interview in question and answer format. 1 page. (10 points)
  8. Compare and contrast the book with another you have read. 1 page. (10 points)
  9. Discuss cause and effect relationships you found in the book. 1 page. (10 points)
  10. Write an editorial based on a controversial issue in the book. 1 page. (10 points)
  11. Design a time-line for events in the book. (10 points)
  12. Write a letter to one of the characters in the book. 1 page. (10 points)
  13. As a literary agent, write a letter to the publishing company designed to persuade them to publish this book. 1 page. (10 points)
  14. Create a glossary of unfamiliar words and phrases. 1 page. (10 points)
  15. Choose your favorite passage from the book. Reenact this passage on video and show to the class. 5 minutes. (30 points)
  16. Top 10 List – list ten things you learned from this book. (10 points)
  17. You’re the reporter. Write a front page news story or a report live from the scene.1 page. (10 points)
  18. Write your own test – a combination of matching, multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay. 50 questions. (20 points)
  19. Journal as you go – As you’re reading the book, keep a two-sided reading journal. The left side should have quotes from the book and page numbers. The right side should have your questions, thoughts, observations, revelations, etc. (20 points)
  20. Write a script for your favorite scene in the book. Perform the scene, like a play, with friends in front of the class. Please use props. 5 minutes (30 points)

HOMEWORK AND ASSIGNMENTS

Monday:

  • Bible: Memory Verse and Saul Handout
  • Spelling: Packet and Study for Test
  • Math: P. 376 Set A
  • Writing: Packet and Research due Wednesday
  • Reading: Book Project due May 3rd
  • History: Civilization Project due May 10th
  • Science: Quiz Friday

Tuesday:

  • Bible: Memory Verse
  • Spelling: Packet and Study for Test
  • Math: P. 376 Set B #1-10
  • Writing: Packet and Research due Wednesday
  • Reading: Book Project due May 3rd
  • History: Civilization Project due May 10th
  • Science: Quiz Friday

Wednesday:

  • Bible: Memory Verse and Paul Handout
  • Spelling: Packet and Study for Test
  • Math: P. 376 Set B #11-20
  • Writing: Charity Paper due Thursday
  • Reading: Book Project due May 3rd
  • History: Civilization Project due May 10th
  • Science: Quiz Friday

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
  • 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. Hancox March 19, 2012

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Dear Parents and Students,

My heart is overjoyed by the amount of giving you provided to the annual FCS auction during these challenging economic times. The FCS auction raises monies to assist families and students who would not be able to receive a Christian education. You’ve blessed the lives of so many through your giving.  I pray that in return that  you too will be blessed.

Sincerely, Mrs. Hancox

 

ACADEMICS:

END OF THE THIRD QUARTER WAS LAST FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH. THIS WEEK MARKS THE START OF THE FINAL, 4TH QUARTER (hard to believe!)

BIBLE:  Matthew 28:20 (continuation from vs. 18, 19)

…and surely I will be with you until the end of all age.

SPELLING:

Word Building  with the base words of plain, press, count, and tend

complaining, explanation, plainly, unexplained, compress, depressed, expressive, impression, pressure, pressurized, suppress, accountable, accountant, counters, discount, recount, attend, attendant, attentive, extend

MATH:

We will perform a review of concepts taught during the 3rd quarter over the next two weeks. Our goal is to reinforce and strengthen individual understanding based on the 3rd quarter benchmark assessments. After Easter break, we will begin a unit in Geometry.

WRITING:

Students completed their Young Author stories! The stories were filled with adventure, problems, and more! Some students incorporated a Biblical perspective in their fictional writing. High School students in journalism will read the stories and judge the top three to be acknowledged in our class.

STATE REPORTS:  We will begin State Reports. Each student will be assigned a state and given a rubric on the items they should look for to incorporate into their research. These reports are not due until the end of April. However, I encourage students to begin their project to promote neatness and accuracy.

READING:  Students are reading independent fictional stories and completing a foldable response. The foldables are due March 30.
SOCIAL STUDIES:
March 26th-April 20th Westward Ho! Students will begin collaborating on assigned topics to present on a project board to their class. The topics will be based on early American history. Outside research or creative projects might be part of your students task. Students will gather information and assemble it on a poster board in class. These projects will be due the second week of April and each group will give a project talk regarding the information they learned from their research.

April 23-May 18 Following our projects, students will hop on board the Westward Movement Trail during the last week of April. This is an interactive trail providing students with history, language arts, math, and cooperative learning of the US expanding into the western states. Grade is based on individual participation and points awarded for completion of work.

Students will be tested on the remaining 36 states and capitals on April 29th. As we practice in class, I encourage students to use time outside of class to locate both the state and it’s capital.

 

CALENDAR:
Praise and Worship-Monday Mornings! Come join 3rd-6th grade in the chapel from 8-8:30.
3rd-6th grade Chapel-Tuesday, March 20th 8-8:45
EASTER BREAK-March 31-April 9