A Note From Your Fifth  Grade Teachers
Fifth Grade Connections
November 17th, 2016
 Balclutha Appreciations

If you haven't stood silently on the bow of a ship for 8 hours, received discipline for leaning against a railing, conducted night watch, woken to "Wake up you dirty dogs," then you have missed a remarkable experience.

We deeply thank Ben, Lee, Niki, Regan, Chris, and Bryan for chaperoning. Also, John F. and John L., Michelle B., Colleen S., Lindsay, Charlie, Amy, Shauna, and Marie for lugging both children and gear.
  The Loss of Shelly Sikkema

We would like to acknowledge the loss of our friend, former colleague, mother of James and Colin, wife of Steve, and phenomenal woman. Shelly's presence was large and vibrant, and she will be missed.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

~Dylan Thomas
Treat Yourself to a New Pair of Shoes
Please send in your empty shoe boxes, so we can build floats for the kindergarten family parade . We'll start in the iLab after the break.
What We Have Been Up To
Math & Science

Get Ready for Puzzle Packet Homework

Kakooma, Numtanga, DigiCross...sounds like a fantasy world, but they are actually the names of a variety of games to practice computation. They will be assigned on a regular basis after the Thanksgiving Break as a way for your child to build instant recall of facts and to practice mathematical reasoning. For the screen-lovers, your child can go straight to Online Math Games to play with math.

We Are Learning How To:

  • Calculate how much provisions are needed to feed 36 people for 1 week on the Balclutha,
  • Read and write numbers to 10 million,
  • Conduct an experiment to determine the range of salt tolerance for shrimp to hatch,
  • Read science journals to get the gist of an article.

Ask Your Child:

  • What has 11 pairs of appendages and glides through the water?
  • How long can brine shrimp eggs survive in a desert?
  • Do brine shrimp prefer a high, medium, or low concentration of salt?
  • What number is 10,000 less than 842,618?
  • What number is 1 more than 99, 999?
  • How many hundreds are in 37,469?
  • What is 37,469 rounded to the nearest hundred?

In Writer's Workshop we have been reviewing what good sentences look like. Simple sentences, compound and complex sentences are being closely looked at. Ask your child about FANBOYS! We've also been having some fun with picture and dialouge prompts. The students were given a photo or a piece of dialouge  then had to do a quick write about it. It sparked motivation and creativity all while paying close attention to our sentence structures.

We are reflecting on our voyage aboard the Balclutha. We journaled our experience and transformed them in to comic strips titled The Balclutha Was No Joke. Look for them either in the halls or in the classroom! 

Is your kiddo Reading every day? Retelling can help with comprehension, story structure and vocabulary. More and more I will send small journal prompts which will help with their reading. Writing about Reading strengthens comprehension and gets them to think more deeply about what they are reading. Have your child give you a quick retell of what thy are reading. Ask them to use transition words such as;  First, Afterward, Meanwhile, Finally.

Helpful Things to Say or Ask When Your Child Reads

  • Write down any words that may be tricky or they don't understand.
  • What are some character traits of the main character? How do you know this?
  • How has your character changed?
  • What is the problem the character is facing? 
  • Do you have any predictions? 
  • Summarize what you've read so far. 

Your child should be reading for 30 minutes each day!

*** Severe Food Allergies ***
During this time of the year when there are many classroom or school-wide events and celebrations it is important to remember the critical medical challenges food-borne allergies can pose to students. It is especially crucial to be mindful of the potentially life-threatening impact of peanuts and tree nuts. As you send food items to school for group consumption, please review our guidelines from our Family Handbook below.

Some students at Sea Crest have severe food allergies including dairy, gluten, soy, shellfish, tree nuts and peanuts. These allergies can be life threatening and many times can be triggered by contact alone and not only by ingestion of the food. By far the largest category of severe life threatening allergies comes from nuts.

We ask that the entire Sea Crest community become informed and sensitive to this issue. When preparing food for potlucks, bake sales, celebrations, or community gatherings, please avoid peanuts and tree nuts and clearly mark any dishes that may include them. 

"We are each other's keepers"
Upcoming Events
Fall Athletics Recognition Assembly
Friday, November 18th, 8:20 a.m.

Please join us as we recognize our student athletes and their coaches at our fall sports athletic recognition assembly.  We are proud of all our players for their dedication and efforts this fall!
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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Thank You
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