Fifth Grade Connections November 3rd, 2016
All Things Balclutha

Departure and Return
11/11 Depart Sea Crest, 12:30 p.m.
11/12 Pick-up at Hyde St. Pier, 8:30 a.m. & Return to Sea Crest, 10:00 a.m.

Friendly Reminders of Due Dates:
11/3 Overnight drivers' information (see email)
11/7 Permission slip and Galley Gear
11/10 Medicine and letter

HELPFUL NOTE: The Age of Sail program has heavy duty rain gear, which they will provide in the event in inclement weather. Help your child pack to be warm more than dry.
 What We Have Been Up To
 Math & Science
 We learned a base-2 number system to better understand our base-10 system.
 Number Sense is An Essential Math Skill, So What Is It? What in the world is number sense? I found a beautiful explanation in Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics by Van de Walle, et al. 1) Number sense is flexibly thinking about numbers and their relationships. For example, 7 x 8 is the same as 2 x 8 + 5 x 8. Knowing how to break numbers apart helps simplify problems. 2) Numbers are related to each other in a variety of ways. The number 67, for example, is more than 50, 3 less than 70, and composed of 60 and 7 as well as 50 and 17. Each of these forms of 67 may be useful in a variety of situations, from estimation to comparison to computation. We Are Learning About Systems: By working in an unfamiliar number system (base-2 or binary), your child will have a better understanding of our number system. Our technology specialist, Ellyn Kohrs, taught us why the binary system was developed and we got to explore how to translate base-2 numbers into base-10 numbers and letters to spell our names. I learned more from your children about San Francisco Bay organisms than in any previous year. The presentations were fabulous, from dancing and singing, game shows, 3-D models, to animation. We were wowed by the creativity and impressed by the content. We've also learned about the relationship between ocean currents, marine debris, and the Law of Supply and Demand--all systems that make other systems. Ask Your Child: Why can't you put two digits in one place? Why was the invention of zero a really good idea? What do the Hansa Carrier, Nike, and 1990 have in common?
 Abraham's Binary Number Chart
 A visit from  mad  chemist, Marie Smith, thrilled the 5th graders on Halloween.
 Humanities
 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"
 Athletics News
 Fall Sports Wrap Over  100 Sea Crest student athletes competed in over fifty  athletic  events this fall , some playing more than one sport. We are proud of all our athletes and their families.  A special thanks to the families who were able to help this fall with carpooling to away events. This week,  Sea Crest had two volleyball teams and our A flag football team in playoffs! The A1 team finished as a first seed and played the A2 team who finished the season as a fourth seed and played each other on Tuesday, November 1st, 4:00 p.m. in Sea Crest's gym. A1 won this match and is playing Wornick for the S.S.I.L. girls championship on Tuesday, November 8th, 4:00 p.m. in Sea Crest's gym.  The A flag football team finished as a fourth seed and is playing Gideon Hausner in the semi-final round.  Our cross country runners will run in this year's championship on Monday, November 7th at Crystal Springs Cross Country Course!
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!
 Upcoming Events
Saturday, November 5th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.