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Margrethe Ramirez

Weekly News!

This week in Room 15 . . .

  • In reader's workshop, students continued working in research book clubs.  This week we worked on synthesizing information from more than one text researching about a subtopic.  Students worked on not just listing facts but worked on how to think and talk about their subject.  We used statement such as “I used to think…but now I’m realizing…” or “This reminds me of…” We also watched some short video clips about the animals that we are researching and discussed how researchers often formulate why and why not questions and come up with theories that could answer them based on what we have read or watched.  
  • In math, we continued working on comparing fractions and tackled word problems involving fractions.  We've also had lots of discussions that help to develop our fraction number sense (understanding the value of a fraction). 
  • In writing, we worked on writing fairy tale adaptations.  We continue to read several fairy tales and adaptations as we work to create our own.  We also read a funny fairy tale adaption, "Prince Cinders." Students thought of how one change to character or setting can cause a domino effect of many other things.
  • We wrapped up our Moraga History unit and students are working hard to put the finishing touches on their books to share at open house.
  • Please see the email sent with the note regarding “Willow Springs Day”.  This event will take place the last Monday and Tuesday of school, June 5-6.  Please help you child by putting together an outfit for the two days. Students may wear the same thing on both days.  If you need ideas please let me know.  My intent is not for parents to buy an entire outfit, but use things you may have at home to help your child dress up.  For example, adding an apron to a dress, is a quick and easy way to get into character.
  • May Life Skill Focus:  Sense of Humor.  Brody, Jackson, and Ryan all modeled this skill this week.  

Volunteer Sign Ups


Our school and classroom wouldn't be the same without the help of parents like you.  


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.


Third Grade Students will be celebrating the end of a terrific third grade year on Thursday, June 8, 2017.  Look for information from our fabulous room parent:  Janelle Chng.  I am sure that your help will be needed!


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













Weekly Reminders

Music INFORMANCE:  Tuesday, May 30th from 9:55-10:25 in Room 12.  Join Mrs. Stafford and the class to get a glimpse at what your child has been learning in music this year.


Remember RECORDERS on Tuesdays!


Minimum Day on Thursday, May 25th.  


Open House on Thursday, May 25th.  Students are invited to attend with their families.  The ART SHOW, Libray and the Computer Lab will be open 30 minutes prior to classrooms.  Please check out artwork created with Mrs. Larsen and our computer projects with Mrs. Ludwig.  6:30-8:00 pm. 


Third Graders will be having a "Read In" on Friday, May 26th.  Students should have several books to read.  They are welcome to bring a "heathy" snack to share with classmates, a towel or blanket to lay on and a pillow or stuffy to prop their head on.














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 have practiced using the program at school.  


I will no longer be assigning RAZ-KIDS as homework.  Students are welcome to use the program through August but it will no longer be an assignment.




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. 


LAST CHANCE TO ORDER BOOKS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR.  BOOK orders will be placed on Friday, May 26th.



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