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Margrethe Ramirez

Weekly News!

This week in room 15…

  • In Readers's Workshop we continue to read  My Father's Dragon  with our book groups.  Students a working on taking their character trait study to the next level by explaining how or why the example they choose shows the trait.  
  • This week writers took their story out of their notebook.  We looked at a rubric check off sheet to see what parts were missing from our personal narrative.  Students are finding that they are revising their pieces again as they write them in an organized way (paragraphs) on lined paper.  We also looked at the editing checklist to study our writing closely for spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • We worked with frequent spelling patterns for long "o" this week and on some basic grammar of ending sentences with periods!  I am not always seeing students apply these rules in their work.
  • Students looked at a physical map of the North America as we traveled a bit south and east from where the Kwakiutl lived to learn something about one of the many Native American tribes of the plains. The Cheyenne sure depended on the buffalo for all their needs to survive.
  • Keep practicing multiplication facts at home: 2, 5, 10, 1, 0, & 9 have all been introduced.
  • In our study of division this week we worked on figuring out what operation was needed to solve word problems, tried a challenging number chart puzzle, made area models, and learned about square numbers.  
  • Science lab with Mrs. Gannett brought 4 fun activities about how light is reflected and refracted.  THANK YOU FOR DONATING TO MEF!
  • Mindful Choices and the Fun Run are happening next week!  Be sure to check the school news for details on the events of the week.
  • Life Skill Focus:  Respect- to listen, share, use manners and Patience- willing to wait calmly.   I am proud to recognize Kaila and Isaac for modeling the life skills of respect and patience this week! Isabella, Lisa, and Persephone were recognized on the playground for showing caring when the took the initiative to clean up trash around the play structure!








Volunteer Sign Ups


Our school and classroom wouldn't be the same without the help of parents like you.  There will be opportunities to help out throughout the year.  


Other parent help is needed November 29th for our San Francisco Symphony trip, December 14 for "Immigration Day", January 26 for our Chabot Space & Science Center trip, February Valentine's Day party, March 14 our trip to the Mt. View Sanitary District, late April/early May for our Moraga History Trip and finally in June for our end of year party.  Our trips in March and April will require parent drivers.  Parents helping on trips or in class projects need to be cleared by the district.  


Volunteers are required to fill out paperwork, take a quiz, and bring a copy of your driver's license to the office or district office.  Click here to access the requirements.  Many people are already "cleared" with the district.  Please contact the office or myself if you are unsure of your status.  Driver form is located in my "locker".  Please fill this out if you can be a driver.


Thank you for all the support you provide in and out of the classroom.













Weekly Reminders


Fall carnival: Re-scheduled due to smoke from the Tubbs Fire.  Date will be determined later.


Reader's Workshop Presentation by Leslie Nash from West Coast Literacy:  Thursday, October 19th 6:30-8:00 at JM


Friday, October 20th is the LP FUND RUN!  Be sure to show up with your Fun Run Shirt on that day and be ready to have some fun!  Details regarding this event have been sent to parents.  Shirts will get delivered to students before the run.

















Raz-Kids Reading

Raz-Kids log in: http://www.raz-kids.com/main/Login The code for our class is mmramirez.  Students select their name and they each have a pass-code icon.  


We will practice logging on at school so that students should be able to access the program easily at home.  Students will be assigned Raz-Kids reading from their assigned level one night each week.  








Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic Book Orders are placed every 3-5 weeks.  I usually send home Scholastic book fliers every month.  The due date for orders will be listed here as well as on the Scholastic website.  



Books can be ordered by visiting Scholastic and using our class code: LW9P2.