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August 15, 2016 Mrs. Vander Kooi

Dear Parents,

I’m thrilled to be teaching 5th grade again this year and am so thankful to God for this opportunity to get to know your child better. I’m looking forward to a fabulous year with Vander Kooi’s Joys!

CONVOCATION: 

Please join us on Monday, August 15 from 8:00-8:30 A.M. in Peoples Church sanctuary as we begin the year with an inspiring convocation led by Superintendent Jeremy Brown and our high school worship team. All students are expected to attend and parents, grandparents, etc. are more than welcome to join us.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT:

I look forward to meeting each of you at Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 23, when I will share further details about our year.

COMMUNICATION:

Newsletters are posted online every Monday. Please take the time to read them as they contain information about class activities, areas of curricular study and upcoming special events.

Power School offers a variety of information including attendance, grades, assignments, assignment descriptions, special notes to parents and quarterly report cards. Please check Power School often and stop by our elementary office for help if you have trouble logging on.

Black Homework Folders will be taken home daily and returned in the morning with the homework that is due.

Student Planners are not provided by the school. Families are strongly encouraged to purchase a planner so that students can record daily assignments. 

Contact: If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at  jvanderkooi@fresnochristian.com. You may also send a note with your child. I will check emails after school each day and occasionally during the day, as time allows. In the event of an emergency, please call the elementary secretary, Kerry Roberts, at 299-1695 extension 103.

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL:

Beginning on Tuesday morning, students should go directly to the blacktop area north of Building 5 and east of Building 6.  After the 7:55 A.M. bell and whistle, they will line up with their classmates and I will escort them to class.

School begins at 8:00 A.M. sharp. Students who arrive between 8:00 and 8:15 will report directly to the classroom and will be marked tardy by me. Students who arrive after 8:15 A.M. must report directly to the elementary office and will be marked tardy by Mrs. Dooley.

School ends at 2:45 P.M. Please arrange pick up promptly. Children not picked up by 3:00 P.M. will be taken to the elementary office to call parents and wait. The pick-up location is at the pirate ship on the west side of Building 5. All children must wait with the teacher until an adult walks over to pick them up. They may not go and meet you at your car.

DRESS CODE:

Please refer to the student handbook to familiarize yourself with dress code expectations.  Teachers have been asked to check daily for those who are not adhering to the dress code.

MILK AND JUICE:

Milk and juice will be offered for K-6 students and are 40 cents each. You may purchase a milk or juice card for $8.00 each. Each card is good for 20 drinks. These are available in the Elementary Office. You will be notified when it is time to purchase a new one. This is offered as a convenience to you and is not mandatory.

SUPPLIES PROVIDED IN CLASS:

Students will be given color-coded subject area folders, notebooks, lined paper, pens, pencils, a dry erase marker, a white board with its eraser. Colored pencils, felt pens, scissors and rulers are also available for use.

ELECTRONICS:

Electronic devices such as dictionaries, I-pads, notebooks, and computers may be utilized at school for learning only. This means electronic devices MAY NOT be out at school unless students are instructed to do so by me. No overnight storage is available  so students will need to take devices to and from school on a daily basis.

BIRTHDAY TREATS:

Birthdays are special to all of us and we want to celebrate your child’s birthday by singing to them and praying for them for the year and for their future. Parents may bring an easy-to-eat treat on the special day which will be served prior to morning recess. This week we will celebrate June, July and  August birthdays and I will provide the treat. Summer birthday wishes go to Michael Herrera, Pareesa Kashefi and Diego Vigil.

ALLERGIES:

Please be sure to alert me as well as the elementary office of any allergies or health concerns you have about your child.

RECESS, SNACKS  and P.E.: 

Recess is scheduled every day in the morning from 9:50 to 10:10 and after lunch from about 12:00-12:30. Snacks may be eaten during the morning recess. Because of various children’s food allergies, they are not allowed to share or trade food. We will have P.E. twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Be sure to have your child wear clothes and shoes that are appropriate for workouts. Water bottles are required and should be brought to school and kept at your child’s desk.

ELECTIVES:

Elective forms will be sent home on Monday and should be turned in by Wednesday, August 17 with a parent signature. Students will be given their first choice whenever possible, but should select 2nd and 3rd choices as well since some classes fill up.

SPIRIT WEAR: 

Students should wear their FCS shirts on Fridays to show their school spirit.  Please be sure to have them wear their FCS class shirt, once it is printed, on field trips, too.

MONTHLY INDEPENDENT READING: 

Students are required to read a book from an assigned genre each month and complete an activity for that book. This is to be done independently at home; specific class time will not be given to read the book or complete the activity. The required reading for August is a genre of the student’s choice. Students will create a book jacket for their selected book which is due on Wednesday, August 31. We will review how to make a book jacket in class and the grading rubric will be sent home.

BIBLE:

This week we will discuss ways to show respect to one another and ways to handle conflict. Students will collaborate on “respect agreements” which will help them better understand what respect is and how to demonstrate this quality at all times.

SCRIPTURE MEMORY VERSE:

Students will memorize scripture weekly and take a written test each Friday. The memory verse for this week is Zephaniah 3:17 and the test will be this Friday, August 19. Students will be graded on writing the verse accurately, including correct wording, spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization and the scripture reference.

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.     Zephaniah 3:17

SPELLING:

Students will be given a word list each Monday along with activities for defining, dividing the words into syllables, and practicing the words. Students may take the Challenge Words for extra credit.

Spelling words are tested each Friday.  Lesson 1 words will be tested this Friday, August 16.

 Lesson 1

 Words with Short Vowels and Vowel Digraphs

  1. absence
  2. against
  3. album
  4. circuit
  5. bronze
  6. chess
  7. biscuit
  8. depth
  9. cabinet
  10. drench
  11. glimpse
  12. nozzle
  13. feather
  14. plastic
  15. publish

CHALLENGE WORDS:

  1. adolescent
  2. convocation
  3. acknowledgement
  4. amended
  5. relegated

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • First Day of School: August 15
  • Back to School Night: August 23
  • Elementary Fall Pictures: September 2
  • NO SCHOOL (Labor Day): September 5
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: September 12-16
  • Grandparents Day: September 30
  • NO SCHOOL (Teacher Inservice): October 10
  • End of 1st Quarter: October 14
  • NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day): November 11
  • NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break): November 21-25
  • HALF DAY/End of 2nd Quarter: December 16

 

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Mrs. Vander Kooi May 18, 2015

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BMX SHOW:

The BMX show will be on Monday, May 18 at 10:30 A.M.

AWARDS ASSEMBLY:

Please plan on joining us for our awards assembly on Thursday, May 22 at 10:30 A.M. in the G.L Johnson Chapel. Character trait awards will be handed out in the classroom after the assembly. Parents are invited to attend both events.

END OF YEAR SWIM PARTY:

 Thank you to Rayleigh’s parents for hosting the year-end swim party on Friday, May 22, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The address is 717 Goshen Avenue, Clovis, 93611. Mapquest directions will be sent home with the students on Wednesday. Parents are asked to contribute side dishes. Please let Ruth Williams know if you are willing to help. 

Students do not need to come to school first on that day. If your child will need a ride from school to the swim party, please let me know, as we will not be organizing formal carpools. You will also need to pick up your child after the party is over, or make arrangements for them to get home. We will not be going back to People’s Campus.  Again, if you need help with this, just let me know.

 MATH:

We conclude Chapter 10: Geometry and Measurement. There will be no test.

SCIENCE:

We conclude our study of nutrition. There will be no test.

BIBLE: We conclude Unit 7: Luke Writes About the Early Church.

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SCRIPTURE MEMORY VERSE:

The memory verse for this week is Isaiah 40:31 and the test will be on Wednesday, May 20. Students will be graded on writing the verse accurately, including correct wording, spelling, punctuation, grammar and scripture reference.

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31

SPELLING: Spelling Lesson 36 words will be tested this Wednesday, May 20. There are no challenge words.

Lesson 36: Students’ Choice

  1. lovable
  2. falconet
  3. luminous
  4. important
  5. elaborate
  6. broccoli
  7. continue
  8. computer
  9. simulate
  10. trinitrotoluene
  11. California
  12. united
  13. celery
  14. opening
  15. adenosine triphosphate

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Grades 5 and 6 Awards Assembly: May 21 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  • Half Day/Noon Dismissal: May 21
  • Swim Party/Last Day of School/Noon Dismissal: May 22
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Mrs. Vander Kooi May 11, 2015

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MISSING ASSIGNMENTS:

Parents, please check PowerSchool for missing assignments, particularly in Math. All missing assignments are due this Friday, May 15th.

HAVE A GREAT DAY:

Last week, Kopi visited our campus and filmed the K-6 students. The videos will air on Tuesday, May 12 from 5-10 am.  They will be on the KMPH website kmph.com that afternoon for an entire month.  Go to kmph.com, click on Great Day, click on Ten Day Forecast and Great Day Faces and everyone can see them on line. Everyone can also share the videos.

CHOIR UNIFORMS:

Parents, could you please send the choir uniform (skirt, vest, bow tie) to school in a ziplock bag with your child’s name on it? I am collecting them and only have about 10 returned. There is a $30 charge to replace the uniform. Thank you so much.
Mrs. Ainley

END OF YEAR SWIM PARTY:

 Thank you to Rayleigh’s parents for hosting the year-end swim party on Friday, May 22, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Our room moms will organize the side dishes. Please let Ruth Williams know if you are willing to help. 

Students do not need to come to school first on that day. If your child will need a ride from school to the swim party, please let me know, as we will not be organizing formal carpools. You will also need to pick up your child after the party is over, or make arrangements for them to get home. We will not be going back to People’s Campus.  Again, if you need help with this, just let me know.

 LIBRARY BOOKS:
As we come to the end of our school year, would you please encourage your students to return all items checked out from the Library. The final due date for all items is Friday, May 1. Reminders of items checked out will be sent to the students the week of May 4. There is a $25.00 fine for each item not returned. Many wonderful titles are lost each year because they are not returned. We greatly appreciate your assistance in getting books back in and onto the shelves so the collection is ready to go again in August. Thank you for your help!
Lin Brown, Librarian
FALL SOCCER 2015 SIGN-UPS:
The time to start signing up for FC’s elementary Fall 2015 soccer is almost here!  Sign-ups will take place by the pick up area on May 13th, and 15th.
READING:

The required reading for the month of May is student’s choice. Since this is a very short and busy month, there will be no written response.

MATH:

W continue Chapter 10: Geometry and Measurement.

SCIENCE:

We continue our study of the digestive system and nutrition. There will be a test on the Digestive System this Thursday, May 10.

BIBLE: We continue Unit 7: Luke Writes About the Early Church.

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SCRIPTURE MEMORY VERSE:

The memory verse for this week is James 1:19 and the test will be this Friday, May 15. Students will be graded on writing the verse accurately, including correct wording, spelling, punctuation, grammar and scripture reference.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

James 1:19

SPELLING: Spelling Lesson 35 words will be tested this Friday, May 15.

Lesson 35

  1. customary
  2. folklore
  3. wheelbarrow
  4. decadent
  5. distinguishable
  6. subscription
  7. technique
  8. divisible
  9. composite
  10. circumstantial
  11. cohesion
  12. spatial
  13. essential
  14. residential
  15. influential

Challenge Words

  1. capillaries
  2. tricuspid valve
  3. superior vena cava
  4. ventricle
  5. respiratory

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Happy Birthday Dev Gopal: May 13
  • Elementary Drama “The Girl with the Golden Locks:” May 15
  • Grades 5 and 6 Awards Assembly: May 21 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  • Half Day/Noon Dismissal: May 21
  • Swim Party/Last Day of School/Noon Dismissal: May 22
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Mrs. Vander Kooi May 4, 2015

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FINE ARTS FESTIVAL AND CLASSROOM OPEN HOUSE:

Join us for a fabulous evening of Fine Arts, Music, and Open House on Tuesday, May 5.

5:30-6:30 pm
  • BBQ in courtyard between Building 5 & PC Gym ($2 suggested donation).
  • FC Art display in courtyard.
  • HS Cheerleaders will be selling dessert.
6:30-7:10 pm
  • Classrooms Open
6:30-7:00 pm 
  • Mr. Brown will be hosting a meet & greet for families considering enrollment at Fresno Christian- invite people to attend!!
7:15 pm
  • Square Dancing in Courtyard
7:30 pm
  • Recorders, Choir, & Band performances

END OF YEAR CONVOCATION:

This Thursday, May 7, is the National Day of Prayer.  We will once again be joining believers around the country to pray for the Lord to do a work among us.  The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance inviting people to pray for our nation.
We will spend time together (K-12) worshipping, seeking the Lord, and agreeing together for our leaders both locally and nationally.  All parents and families are invited to join K-12 classes to corporately give praise to the Lord. At the end of the event, students will be dismissed to class to resume their regular schedules for the day.
END OF YEAR SWIM PARTY:
Thank you to Rayleigh’s parents for hosting the year-end swim party on Friday, May 22, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Our room moms will organize the food and drinks. Please let Ruth Williams know if you are willing to help. 

Students do not need to come to school first on that day. If your child will need a ride from school to the swim party, please let me know, as we will not be organizing formal carpools. You will also need to pick up your child after the party is over, or make arrangements for them to get home. We will not be going back to People’s Campus.  Again, if you need help with this, just let me know.

YOUNG AUTHORS RESULTS:

Congratulations to our Young Authors finalists: Max Hinton (first place), Micah Sue (second place) and Sophia Reynoso (third place). Be sure to buy a copy of Max’s book ($1) at the Open House on Tuesday! All proceeds from the book sales go towards supporting our library.

LIBRARY BOOKS:
As we come to the end of our school year, would you please encourage your students to return all items checked out from the Library. The final due date for all items is Friday, May 1. Reminders of items checked out will be sent to the students the week of May 4. There is a $25.00 fine for each item not returned. Many wonderful titles are lost each year because they are not returned. We greatly appreciate your assistance in getting books back in and onto the shelves so the collection is ready to go again in August. Thank you for your help!
Lin Brown, Librarian
FALL SOCCER 2015 SIGN-UPS:
The time to start signing up for FC’s elementary Fall 2015 soccer is almost here!  Sign-ups will take place by the pick up area on May 8th, 13th, and 15th.  Flyers will be sent home with all the information on Monday, May 4th.
READING:

The required reading for the month of May is student’s choice. Since this is a very short and busy month, there will be no written response.

Class time will be given every day for silent reading and students are expected to read a minimum  of 10 pages a day. If they are unable to complete this in class, then reading becomes homework.

MATH:

There will be a test on Chapter 9: Multiplication and Division of Decimals this Tuesday, May 5. Then we begin Chapter 10: Geometry and Measurement.

SCIENCE:

There will be a test on the circulatory system this Thursday, May 7. Students should use their packet and answered questions as a study guide.

BIBLE: We continue Unit 7: Luke Writes About the Early Church.

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SCRIPTURE MEMORY VERSE:

The memory verse for this week is Philippians 4:19 and the test will be this Friday, May 8. Students will be graded on writing the verse accurately, including correct wording, spelling, punctuation, grammar and scripture reference.

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

SPELLING: Spelling Lesson 34 words will be tested this Friday, May 8.

Lesson 34

  1. possibility
  2. sheepish
  3. defendant
  4. alternative
  5. irritant
  6. assistant
  7. brilliant
  8. compliant
  9. extravagant
  10. ignorant
  11. migration
  12. agriculture
  13. breakable
  14. tolerable
  15. notable

Challenge Words

  1. circulatory
  2. aorta
  3. cardiovascular
  4. chamber
  5. pulmonary

 DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Spring Open House: May 5
  • Year-end Convocation/Day of Prayer: May 7
  • Happy Birthday Dev Gopal: May 13
  • Elementary Drama “The Girl with the Golden Locks:” May 15
  • Grades 5 and 6 Awards Assembly: May 21 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  • Half Day/Noon Dismissal: May 21
  • Swim Party/Last Day of School/Noon Dismissal: May 22
Mrs. Vander Kooi May 4, 20152016-11-16T22:16:13-08:00

April 27, 2015 Mrs. Vander Kooi

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FINE ARTS FESTIVAL AND CLASSROOM OPEN HOUSE:

Come and join us for a fabulous evening of Fine Arts, Music, and Open House on Tuesday, May 5.

5:30-6:30 pm
  • BBQ in courtyard between Building 5 & PC Gym ($2 suggested donation).
  • FC Art display in courtyard.
  • HS Cheerleaders will be selling dessert.
6:30-7:10 pm
  • Classrooms Open
6:30-7:00 pm 
  • Mr. Brown will be hosting a meet & greet for families considering enrollment at Fresno Christian- invite people to attend!!
7:15 pm
  • Square Dancing in Courtyard
7:30 pm
  • Recorders, Choir, & Band performances in PC Gym.
END OF YEAR SWIM PARTY:
Thank you to Rayleigh’s mother, Elvira Madrigal, for hosting the year-end swim party on Friday, May 22, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Our room moms will organize the food and drinks. Please let Ruth Williams know if you are willing to help. 

Students do not need to come to school first on that day. If your child will need a ride from school to the swim party, please let me know, as we will not be organizing formal carpools. You will also need to pick up your child after the party is over, or make arrangements for them to get home. We will not be going back to People’s Campus.  Again, if you need help with this, just let me know.

LIBRARY BOOKS:
As we come to the end of our school year, would you please encourage your students to return all items checked out from the Library. The final due date for all items is Friday, May 1. Reminders of items checked out will be sent to the students beginning the week of May 4. There is a $25.00 fine for each item not returned. Many wonderful titles are lost each year because they are not returned. We greatly appreciate your assistance in getting books back in and onto the shelves so the collection is ready to go again in August. Thank you for your help!
Lin Brown, Librarian
ELEMENTARY PICK UP AND DROP OFF:
Parents, please remember not to use the parking lots at the east end of building 5. They are reserved, per our agreement with People’s church, for Kids Inc. drop off and pick up. Many families are not following this policy and it jeopardizes our relationship with the organizations we share the campus with.

READING:

The required reading for the month of April is student’s choice and the written response is a poster illustrating the protagonist and the antagonist, with a memorable quote from each, due Friday, May 1. Students will be given the poster paper in class. Please put the name of the book and the author’s name on the back of the poster.

The required reading for the month of May is student’s choice. Since this is a very short and busy month, there will be no written response.

Class time will be given every day for silent reading and students are expected to read a minimum  of 10 pages a day. If they are unable to complete this in class, then reading becomes homework.

HARRIET TUBMAN:

We continue reading “Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad” by Ann Petry. This ties in with our Social Studies curriculum.

MATH:

This week we continue Chapter 9: Multiplication and Division of Decimals.

SCIENCE:

This week we continue our study of the circulatory and digestive systems.

BIBLE: We continue Unit 7: Luke Writes About the Early Church.

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SCRIPTURE MEMORY VERSE:

The memory verse for this week is Galatians 6:10 and the test will be this Friday, May 1. Students will be graded on writing the verse accurately, including correct wording, spelling, punctuation, grammar and scripture reference.

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

SPELLING: Spelling Lesson 33 words will be tested this Friday, May 1.

Lesson 33

  1. orbit
  2. convert
  3. refrigerator
  4. inconvenience
  5. confidence
  6. conclude
  7. suite
  8. guarantee
  9. recommend
  10. rational
  11. continuous
  12. inscribe
  13. aggravate
  14. succeed
  15. resign

Challenge Words

  1. hospitable
  2. vanquish
  3. obnoxious
  4. exceptional
  5. manipulate

 DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Spring Open House: May 5
  • Year-end Convocation/Day of Prayer: May 7
  • Happy Birthday Dev Gopal: May 13
  • Elementary Drama “The Girl with the Golden Locks:” May 15
  • Grades 5 and 6 Awards Assembly: May 21 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  • Half Day/Noon Dismissal: May 21
  • Swim Party/Last Day of School/Noon Dismissal: May 22
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April 20, 2015 Mrs. Vander Kooi

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FIELD TRIP THANK YOU:
We had a wonderful time visiting the Railroad Museum in Sacramento last week. Thank you to our grandparent- and parent-chaperones for helping: Mr. Wright, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Reynoso, Mr. Igot, Mr. and Mrs. McCann, and Mr. and Mrs. Smoljan.
ELEMENTARY PICK UP AND DROP OFF:
Parents please remember that, per the school’s agreement with People’s Church, we are to use only the Alluvial Driveway and the parking lot behind Building 5. If you are currently using the east side driveways and parking lot, please adjust your routine to be in compliance with this policy.

READING:

The required reading for the month of April is student’s choice and the written response is a poster illustrating the protagonist and the antagonist, with a memorable quote from each, due Friday, May 1. Students will be given the poster paper in class. Please put the name of the book and the author’s name on the back of the poster.

Class time will be given every day for silent reading and students are expected to read a minimum  of 10 pages a day. If they are unable to complete this in class, then reading becomes homework.

HARRIET TUBMAN:

We continue reading “Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad” by Ann Petry. This ties in with our Social Studies curriculum.

MATH:

This week we begin Chapter 9: Multiplication and Division of Decimals.

SCIENCE:

This week we begin our study of the circulatory and digestive systems.

BIBLE: We begin Unit 7: Luke Writes About the Early Church.

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SCRIPTURE MEMORY VERSE:

The memory verse for this week is Galatians 6:10 and the test will be this Friday, April 24. Students will be graded on writing the verse accurately, including correct wording, spelling, punctuation, grammar and scripture reference.

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Galatians 6:10

SPELLING: Spelling Lesson 32 words will be tested this Friday, April 24.

Lesson 32

  1. certificate
  2. attractive
  3. affectionate
  4. fertile
  5. genuine
  6. objective
  7. ineffective
  8. submarine
  9. trampoline
  10. adequate
  11. separate
  12. discourage
  13. accurate
  14. versatile
  15. determine

Challenge Words

  1. centimeter
  2. millimeter
  3. numeral
  4. numerator
  5. denominator

 DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Spring Open House: May 5
  • Year-end Convocation/Day of Prayer: May 7
  • Happy Birthday Dev Gopal: May 13
  • Elementary Drama “The Girl with the Golden Locks:” May 15
  • Grades 5 and 6 Awards Assembly: May 21 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  • Half Day/Noon Dismissal: May 21
  • Swim Party/Last Day of School/Noon Dismissal: May 22
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April 13, 2015 Mrs. Vander Kooi

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CALIFORNIA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM FIELD TRIP:

ON TUESDAY, APRIL 14th Mr. Miranda’s and Mrs. Vander Kooi’s fifth grade classes will visit the California State Railroad Museum in Old Town Sacramento. This is a change from the original date of Thursday, April 16th. We were unable to secure a bus reservation for Thursday and so had to change the date of the field trip.

Parent-Chaperones

Thank you to Charla Hall, Dawn Hinton’s father, Amal Johnson and Liana Reynoso who have volunteered to chaperone students. If you would also like to be a parent-chaperone, you will have to take your own vehicle as the bus is now full. Just a reminder that parent-chaperones must pay $9.00 upon entrance to the museum. Teachers will not collect this money ahead of time.

Departure from Fresno

Students will report directly to the fountain in front of Peoples Church at 6:45 A.M. The bus will leave promptly at 7:00 A.M.

Arrival in Sacramento

We will visit the Railroad Museum from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 noon. Students will be assigned a parent-chaperone during this time.

Lunch and Exploration

Students will eat sack lunches at the tables located outside the museum and then explore Old Town Sacramento with their parent-chaperone until 1:45 P.M.

Return to Fresno

We will board the bus at 2:00 P.M. and arrive back in Fresno at approximately 5:00 P.M.

What to Bring

Students should bring:

  • walking shoes
  • appropriate clothing depending on the weather forecast
  • brown bag lunch and drink
  • morning and late afternoon snacks for the bus
  • water bottles
  • spending money if desired

What Not to Bring:

  • any electronic devices including iPods, MP3 players, cell phones, or electronic games
  • chewing gum

Location of Railroad Museum:

The California State Railroad Museum is located at the corner of Second and “I” Streets in Old Sacramento.

Parking
A small number of limited-term, metered parking spaces are available on the streets of Old Sacramento. However, these spaces are not suitable for guests visiting longer than 90 minutes. All-day parking is available in the large public garage at the I Street entrance to Old Sacramento, for a nominal fee.

Fresno Christian High School Drama Presents:

Meredith Wilson’s “MUSIC MAN”

April 21, 22, and 23 at 7:00 pm

Peoples Church Auditorium, 7172 N. Cedar Ave.

Tickets at the door: $10 General, $5 Students/Seniors

READING:

The required reading for the month of April is student’s choice and the written response will be a poster illustrating the protagonist and the antagonist, with a memorable quote from each, due Friday, May 1. Class time will be given every day for silent reading and students are expected to read a minimum  of 10 pages a day. If they are unable to complete this in class, then reading becomes homework.

HARRIET TUBMAN:

We continue reading “Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad” by Ann Petry. This ties in with our Social Studies curriculum.

MATH:

This week we finish Chapter 8: Multiplication and Division of Fractions. There will be a test on multiplying and dividing fractions/mixed numbers this Thursday, April 16.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

This week we conclude our study of the American Revolution.

BIBLE: We continue Unit 6 which focuses on Gospel Writings: Jesus’ Death, Resurrection and Ascension.

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SCRIPTURE MEMORY VERSE:

The memory verse for this week is Ephesians 6:19 and the test will be this Friday, April 17. Students will be graded on writing the verse accurately, including correct wording, spelling, punctuation, grammar and scripture reference.

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.

Ephesians 6:19

SPELLING: Spelling Lesson 31 words will be tested this Friday, April 17.

Lesson 31

  1. absence
  2. mischief
  3. antisocial
  4. unpleasant
  5. antibiotic
  6. uncommon
  7. uncomfortable
  8. irregular
  9. irrelevant
  10. abnormal
  11. unfortunate
  12. mistreat
  13. nonpoisonous
  14. exercise
  15. misrepresent

Challenge Words

  1. commence
  2. committee
  3. community
  4. commute
  5. condemn

 DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Sacramento Field Trip: April 14
  • Open House: May 5
  • Year-end Convocation/Day of Prayer: May 7
  • Happy Birthday Dev Gopal: May 13
  • Elementary Drama “The Girl with the Golden Locks:” May 15
  • Grades 5 and 6 Awards Assembly: May 21 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  • Half Day/Noon Dismissal: May 21
  • Swim Party/Last Day of School/Noon Dismissal: May 22
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April 7, 2015 Mrs. Vander Kooi

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EASTER THANK YOU:

Thank you to our room moms and helpers who provided supplies and treats and organized our Easter Party: Ruth Williams, Margo Sue, Dawn Hinton, Charla Hall and Liana Reynoso. We appreciate you!

CALIFORNIA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM FIELD TRIP:

fieldtrpMr. Miranda’s and Mrs. Vander Kooi’s fifth grade classes will visit the California State     Railroad Museum in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 14. We will leave school at 7:00 AM and tour the museum from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. After eating sack lunches, students will have the opportunity to explore Old Town Sacramento before boarding the bus for home at 2:00 PM. We should return to school about 5:00 PM.We will need parents to chaperone groups of students. Parent-chaperones must pay $9.00 upon entrance to the museum. Teachers will not collect this money ahead of time. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are willing to chaperone and if you want to ride the bus with the students as there is limited room.The California State Railroad Museum is one of Sacramento’s largest and most popular visitor destinations. With over 225,000 square feet of total exhibit space, the buildings within the California State Railroad Museum complex use stimulating exhibits, enthusiastic and knowledgeable docents, and beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives to illustrate how railroads have shaped people’s lives, the economy, and the unique culture of California and the West.
READING:

The required reading for the month of April is student’s choice and the written response will be a poster illustrating the protagonist and the antagonist, with a memorable quote from each, due Friday, May 1. Class time will be given every day for silent reading and students are expected to read a minimum  of 10 pages a day. If they are unable to complete this in class, then reading becomes homework.

HARRIET TUBMAN:

We will continue reading “Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad” by Ann Petry. This ties in with our Social Studies curriculum.

MATH:

This week we complete Chapter 8: Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Mixed Numbers. The test will be on Tuesday, April 14.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

This week we continue our study of the American Revolution.

BIBLE: We continue Unit 6 which focuses on Gospel Writings: Jesus’ Death, Resurrection and Ascension.

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SCRIPTURE MEMORY VERSE:

The memory verse for this week is 1 John 5:12 and the test will be this Friday, April 10. Students will be graded on writing the verse accurately, including correct wording, spelling, punctuation, grammar and scripture reference.

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John 5:12

SPELLING: Spelling Lesson 30 words will be tested this Friday, April 10.

Lesson 30

  1. operation
  2. annual
  3. prescription
  4. emergency
  5. thermometer
  6. examination
  7. appointment
  8. disease
  9. insurance
  10. inoperable
  11. routine
  12. epidemic
  13. penicillin
  14. surgery
  15. ambulance

Challenge Words

  1. physician
  2. surgeon
  3. trauma
  4. recuperation
  5. convalescence

 DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • NO SCHOOL – Easter Break: March 30 through April 6
  • SCHOOL RESUMES – Tuesday, April 7
  • Happy Birthday Robert Williams: April 6
  • Sacramento Field Trip: April 14
  • Spring Open House: May 5
  • Year-end Convocation/Day of Prayer: May 7
  • Happy Birthday Dev Gopal: May 13
  • Elementary Drama “The Girl with the Golden Locks:” May 15
  • Grades 5 and 6 Awards Assembly: May 21 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
  • Half Day/Noon Dismissal: May 21
  • Swim Party/Last Day of School/Noon Dismissal: May 22
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Mrs. Vander Kooi March 23, 2015

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SAT 10 TESTING:

Students will be tested in the areas of Language Arts and Math during the mornings this week. It is very important that students be on time each morning, get plenty of rest the night before and eat a healthy breakfast. 

fieldtrp  CALIFORNIA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM FIELD TRIP:

Mr. Miranda’s and Mrs. Vander Kooi’s fifth grade classes will visit the California State     Railroad Museum in Sacramento on Thursday, April 16. We will leave school at 7:00 AM and tour the museum from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. After eating sack lunches, students will have the opportunity to explore Old Town Sacramento before boarding the bus for home at 2:00 PM. We should return to school about 5:00 PM.

We will need parents to chaperone groups of students. Parent-chaperones must pay $9.00 upon entrance to the museum. Teachers will not collect this money ahead of time. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are willing to chaperone and if you want to ride the bus with the students as there is limited room.

The California State Railroad Museum is one of Sacramento’s largest and most popular visitor destinations. With over 225,000 square feet of total exhibit space, the buildings within the California State Railroad Museum complex use stimulating exhibits, enthusiastic and knowledgeable docents, and beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives to illustrate how railroads have shaped people’s lives, the economy, and the unique culture of California and the West.

READING:

The required reading for the month of March is autobiography or biography. Students will dress up as their person and give a first person oral report this Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26. Instructions for the oral report and a grading rubric were sent home several weeks ago.

Class time will be given every day for silent reading and students are expected to read a minimum  of 10 pages a day. If they are unable to complete this in class, then reading becomes homework.

HARRIET TUBMAN:

We have begun a read-aloud called “Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad” by Ann Petry. This ties in with our Social Studies curriculum.

MATH:

This week we continue Chapter 8: Multiplication and Division of Fractions.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

This week we begin our study of the American Revolution.

BIBLE: We continue Unit 6 which focuses on Gospel Writings: Jesus’ Death, Resurrection and Ascension.

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SCRIPTURE MEMORY VERSE:

The memory verse for this week is  Colossians 4:5-6 and the test will be this Friday, March 27. Students will be graded on writing the verse accurately, including correct wording, spelling, punctuation, grammar and scripture reference.

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:5-6

SPELLING: Spelling Lesson 29 words will be tested this Friday, March 27.

Lesson 29

  1. circumference
  2. octagon
  3. quartet
  4. interstate
  5. interfere
  6. transfer
  7. universal
  8. multitude
  9. multiple
  10. semiannual
  11. pentagon
  12. binoculars
  13. transparent
  14. monorail
  15. mural

Challenge Words

  1. miscellaneous
  2. jealousy
  3. occasionally
  4. exceptionally
  5. misconception

 DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • SAT 10 Testing: March 23 through March 27
  • Happy Birthday Joseph Igot: March 25
  • Cal Poly Choir Festival: March 27
  • NO SCHOOL – Easter Break: March 30 through April 6
  • SCHOOL RESUMES – Tuesday, April 7
  • Happy Birthday Robert Williams: April 6
  • Sacramento Field Trip: April 16
  • Spring Open House: May 5
  • Happy Birthday Dev Gopal: May 13
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Mrs. Vander Kooi March 16, 2015

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SAT 10 TESTING:

Students will be tested in the areas of Language Arts and Math during the mornings next week. It is very important that students be on time each morning, get plenty of rest the night before and eat a healthy breakfast. EachStudents will be tested in the areas of Language Arts and Math during the mornings next week. It is very important that students be on time each morning, get plenty of rest the night before and eat a healthy breakfast. Each student may bring some hard mints to help alleviate stress. No gum or candy! student may bring some hard mints to help alleviate stress. No gum or candy!

READING:

The required reading for the month of March is autobiography or biography. Students will dress up as their person and give a first person oral report on Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26. Instructions for the oral report and a grading rubric were sent home last week.

Class time will be given every day for silent reading and students are expected to read a minimum  of 10 pages a day. If they are unable to complete this in class, then reading becomes homework.

MATH:

This week we complete Chapter 7: Number Theory and Addition and Subtraction of Fractions. Students will be tested on the following fraction concepts this Wednesday, March 18: adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators, adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, adding and subtracting mixed numbers.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

This week we begin our study of the American Revolution. Students will be tested on the map of the Thirteen Colonies on Monday, March 16.

BIBLE: We begin Unit 6 which focuses on Gospel Writings: Jesus’ Death, Resurrection and Ascension.

SCRIPTURE MEMORY VERSE:

The memory verse for this week is 1 Peter 3:15 and the test will be this Friday, March 20. Students will be graded on writing the verse accurately, including correct wording, spelling, punctuation, grammar and scripture reference.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

1 Peter 3:15

SPELLING: Spelling Lesson 28 words will be tested this Friday, March 20.

Lesson 28

  1. performance
  2. chorus
  3. orchestra
  4. scenery
  5. microphone
  6. theater
  7. admission
  8. entertainment
  9. congratulation
  10. musical
  11. symphony
  12. auditorium
  13. director
  14. script
  15. bravo

Challenge Words

  1. reservation
  2. publicity
  3. delightful
  4. choreography
  5. intermission

 DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Happy Birthday Azlynn Lipe: March 16
  • Town Hall Meeting: March 23
  • Happy Birthday Joseph Igot: March 25
  • SAT 10 Testing: March 23 through March 27
  • Cal Poly Choir Festival: March 27
  • NO SCHOOL – Easter Break: March 30 through April 6
  • SCHOOL RESUMES – Tuesday, April 7
  • Happy Birthday Robert Williams: April 6
  • School Resumes: April 7
  • Spring Open House: May 5
  • Happy Birthday Dev Gopal: May 13
Mrs. Vander Kooi March 16, 20152016-11-16T22:16:42-08:00