May 9th, 2017

Good Morning!

Below is an update from Ms. Thomas. Please note we are looking for 2-3 volunteers to help mold salt dough maps on Thursday afternoon at 12:20.  A link to the recipe is below.

Salt Dough Recipe

Testing is going very well and your children are being careful, thoughtful test takers.

Today we started the ELA performance task which will take us the remainder of the week to finish. On Monday, we will be taking the Math CAT practice test at 8:15am. Please let me know if your child will not be here  on Monday morning so we can find an alternate time for them to take the practice test.  Thank you:)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope all of you are enjoying this beautiful weather that we are having today. I wanted to let you know what is happening this week.

For Reading homework, I have asked the students to compare and contrast the books that they have read with their book club. There are 4 questions, and your child only needs to answer 3 of them. There are 2 questions about relating to the character and the character’s problems. There is another question about the end of the book. That one needs to be done on Thursday night because that is when everyone is finishing their books. The other question is about the similarities and differences, which we practiced before in class. Also, please be sure your child is reading for 25 minutes every night.

On Thursday May 11th, we will be making topographic maps of Oregon out of salt dough. I sent home the recipe  yesterday. Please make sure to bring it on Thursday morning. We will be molding the maps at 12:20pm and we would like 2-3 more parent volunteers.  If you could make an extra batch, this would ensure all students have enough dough to mold their maps. Please email me at if you would like to volunteer.

We are starting a new writing unit today. This one is about opinion speeches. Students will be writing their own opinion speeches. They will be deciding this week what problem and solution they want to write about, and then speak about. I will give you more details when we will be sharing our final speeches, which will not be for a few weeks.

It has been really fun teaching your children. I hope they have enjoyed my teaching as well. I have 2 more weeks of solo teaching, and then Pilar and I will team teaching for the remainder of the year.

I hope you have a wonderful week. Please don’t hesitate to contact Pilar or myself with any questions that you might have.


Elisa Thomas

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