A Note From Your Fifth Grade Teachers
Fifth Grade Connections
February 9th, 2017
What We Have Been Learning
Ask Your Child About

Talking with your child is the best way to support classroom learning. The following questions can help you get started.

  • If everyone at the dinner table gets 1/4 of a brownie for dessert, how many brownies will we need? Change the fraction to 3/4 or 5/8. Figure it out as a family.
  • What if each adult gets 1/2 and each child gets 3/4? How many brownies will you need?

Ask your child about the characters in their book:

  • Who is the main character? What are they like?
  • What are some traits of the main character? Where did you find evidence of this in the story?
  • How has your character changed?
  • What is the problem the character is facing? 
  • How does your character add to the story?
  • Have you made a connection with any of the characters?

Your child should be reading for 30 minutes each day!

Upcoming Events
K-8 Assembly & Learning Buddies
Friday, February 10th, 8:20 a.m., Kohrs Family Center.

Friday, February 10th, 9:00 - 11:45 a.m. 
Come celebrate with the Fourth and Fifth graders the publishing of their essays! Students will showcase their essays in a variety of ways, including soapbox presentations, a listening station with pre-recorded podcasts, and a gallery display of vision boards.

Sweetheart Dance 
Saturday, February 11th,  6:30 - 9:30 p.m. , Kohrs Family Center. 
A special evening for all Sea Crest daughters and a parent, or other important role model! Tickets are $40 per pair with $20 for each additional person. A sign-up sheet and payment box is located near the front desk until Wednesday, February 8th. Please email  Tanya Gulesserian with any questions.

ERB Testing | Week of Love and Kindness
Monday, February 13th - Friday, February 17th.
Valentine's Day Card Exchange
Tuesday, February 14th. 
If your child plans to participate in the exchange, please ensure he/she has cards for everyone and a box to receive cards.
--HOORAH! Cards are homemade from materials you already have.
--NICE! Cards are homemade.
--ALRIGHT! Cards are store-bought

Presidents' Break -No School
Monday, February 20th - Friday, February 24th.
ERB Testing
Fourth and Fifth Grade teachers will be administering the CTP-4 tests published by ERB next week from  Tuesday, February 14th through  Friday, February 17th

To help balance testing across the four days and prevent student fatigue, teachers will administer two subtests each day. The fifth-grade testing window will be in the morning and  the fourth-grade testing window will be in the afternoon.

Testing windows are carefully designed to provide a physical activity break and time to eat between sub-tests. Due to the class time needed to administer tests, no make-up test sessions will be offered. Any missed sub-tests will simply be omitted from the final test report.      
Sea Crest utilizes the CTP-4 tests as a diagnostic tool to analyze programmatic strengths and needs, guide instruction, measure long-term student growth, and provide your child with practice and experience in taking similar reasoning/achievement style tests (such as the ISEE and the SAT).

It is important to remember that this test represents only one way to measure student knowledge and ability. It should be viewed as only a small part of your child's broader academic profile.
How you can help your child prepare for testing:
  • Ensure your child gets plenty of sleep each night.
  • Ensure he or she eats a healthy, protein-rich breakfast, and pack a robust snack, and lunch to promote focus and stamina. 
  • Encourage your child to bring a bottle of water to testing.
  • Avoid emotional conflicts before school by keeping the morning routine calm.
  • Be encouraging, but avoid placing any unnecessary stress or pressure on your child. Teachers will be asking students to simply try and do their best, and we encourage families to do the same.
  • Offer plenty of opportunities for your child to run, play, and decompress each evening.
Here are two helpful links:  Testing FAQs &  ERB Website

All-School Musical
Thursday, March 9th – Friday, March 10th
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Kohrs Family Center
Sea Crest School
Reserve Your Tickets
Tickets will be on sale in the Kohrs Family Center lobby for $25 each on  Friday, February 10th and Monday, February 13th, from  7:30 to 8:30 a.m.  Click here for more information
Costume Requirements
The fifth grade students are cast as the whimsical  Whos from Whoville . Your child is asked to wear a  brightly colored stripe shirt and solid color pants  or  brightly striped dress and solid color leggings  with  a contrasting brightly colored pair of sneakers  (Converse, Vans, etc.) on the evening of the performance.

Children may choose which color to wear but  please avoid neutral colors, such as black, brown, gray, white or tan. Other costume items will be provided by the school. 

From start to finish,  Seussical promises to be a fun journey for the whole family through the imaginative world of Dr. Seuss!
Additional Photos & Videos

Do you have photos or videos you'd be willing to share with the school? 

Please click here to upload them to SmugMug, or email us at communications@seacrestschool.org.
How to Reach Us

If questions ever arise, please do not hesitate to reach out! We are available by email at: apickens@seacrestschool.org and/or hdeweerd@seacrestschool.org. Email is our preferred method of communication. We will check our email after school daily. If there is an emergency, please call Cathy at the front desk, at 650.712.9892.

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