A Note From Your Fifth  Grade Teachers
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.

We are wrapping up and in the final publishing stages in Writer's WorkshopOur goal is to have our  pieces done by Friday! We also brainstormed different types of writing we can use in our notebooks.

Keyboarding Without Tears and Word Study are starting. Keyboarding Without Tears was introduced in 4th grade and the kids will be using it 3 times per week to sharpen their keyboarding skills. Next week will we start our word study program, Words Their Way. This program breaks the students in to smaller groups where I can target their spelling. This also will be taught 3 times per week. 

Ahoy, Social Studies! Captain DeWeerd has been getting the lads in shape! We are trying to use our salty vocabulary as much as we can. We've drawn a diagram of a tall ship and labeled it so that we are familiar with our way around the Balclutha. We are learning the shanties of the sailors and reading about life aboard an expedition ship

Shared  Reading can be beneficial when reading non-fiction. It helps with fluency and understanding unfamilliar words. We've explored how and when to use a highlighter. And I've also been demonstrating proper reading skills by reading Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli out loud. Ask your child about it!

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!
Winter Sports Season to Begin Next Week

** Please click below and register your child for the corresponding sports **
  • All 7th and 8th grade girls who sign up for soccer will be assigned to the I team.
  • All 5th and 6th grade girls who sign up for soccer will be assigned to the II team.
  • All 8th grade boys will be assigned to the 8th grade team.
  • Some 7th grade boys will be assigned to the 8th grade team and all others will be on the 7th grade team.
  • Some 6th grade boys will be assigned to the 7th grade team and all other 6th graders will be on one of the two 6th grade teams.
  • All 5th graders be on one of two 6th grade teams.
Girls Soccer

Now that the girls volleyball, and cross country runners rocked it this fall, it is time to begin girls soccer. This winter we will submitted two teams into the league for girls soccer. Click here to sign up.

First Practice:  Thursday, November 10th3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Regular Practice Days: 
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Fridays, 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
Season Game Schedule: 
  • Games will begin after Thanksgiving break and run through the second week of January, 2017.
Boys Basketball

With flag football and cross country wrapped up our boys are ready for some basketball.  Click here to sign up.

First practices Next Week: 
  • 8th Grade: Monday and Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Friday, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  
  • 7th Grade: Wednesday and Friday3:30 - 5:00 p m. next week only.   
  • 5th/6th Grade: Thursday 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. next week only.
Regular Practice Days:
  • 8th Grade: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. and Fridays, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.   
  • 7th Grade: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
  • 5th/6th Grade: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. 
Season Game Schedule: Individual schedules will be on TeamSnap when players are assigned to individual teams.
  • 8th Grade & 7th Grade: Mid-November to Mid-January.
  • 5th Grade & 6th Grade: Mid-November to Winter Break.

Upcoming Events
Admission Open House
Saturday, November 5th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

We are hosting our  K-8 Admission Open House this Saturday to provide prospective families with the opportunity to learn about our innovative programs. Please help us s pread the word!
Fifth Grade Parent Coffee & Middle School Tour
Tuesday, November 15th, 8:30 - 11:00 a.m., Think Tank.

We invite you to an informational coffee and tour of our Middle School on  Tuesday, November 15th. Prior to the event, please see this  NPR article  on the value of K-8 schools. We look forward to sharing information about Middle School and answering any questions you may have.  Click here to RSVP .
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.
Photo Galleries

Do you have photos you'd be willing to share with the school? 
Please upload them here, or email them at communications@seacrestschool.org.

Thank You
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