May 20 – 24, 2019

This week we will conclude the second of two weeks for SBAC testing.  The tests will be challenging and some families and students find it to be a stressful time of the year.  Please help encourage your student to try their very best on the test, but not to stress over how they do.  Remind them that all we ask is that they put in good effort and persistence during the test. I’m encouraging the kids to think of the tests as their opportunity to show off all the wonderful things they have learned during the year!

During these weeks of testing, there will be no math homework or Reader’s Notebook packet.  Students will still need to read each night, but I will not be collected a Reading Log — I ask that you please maintain at least 20 minutes of reading each night in order to keep up with AR goals.  I encourage all families and students to check Aeries (Parent Portal) for any missing work and use these weeks to get all missing assignments complete and turned in. Please remind you student to be working towards earning the Fiesta Village trip! All trimester 3 work (including AR goals) is due May 31, 2019.

To help your student during the test, please…

  • Make sure he/she a good breakfast and pack them an extra-large snack.  (Most testing will take place between recess and lunch, so it is important they have enough fuel to keep them focused!)
  • Make sure he/she are here every day on time.  Any tests they miss they will have to make up!
  • Make sure he/she get plenty of sleep.
  • Make sure he/she get plenty of exercise and outside time after school.
  • Remind him/her to try their best and show persistence when it is challenging.  All I want is for each student to do their personal best!

If you are interested in donating a snack to the class for testing, please go to: the Sign Up page to sign up.  I have also sent the link via Remind and posted it to my website.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

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May 13 – 17, 2019

This week we will begin the first of two weeks for SBAC testing.  The tests will be challenging and some families and students find it to be a stressful time of the year.  Please help encourage your student to try their very best on the test, but not to stress over how they do.  Remind them that all we ask is that they put in good effort and persistence during the test. I’m encouraging the kids to think of the tests as their opportunity to show off all the wonderful things they have learned during the year!

During these weeks of testing, there will be no math homework or Reader’s Notebook packet.  Students will still need to read each night, but I will not be collected a Reading Log — I ask that you please maintain at least 20 minutes of reading each night in order to keep up with AR goals.  I encourage all families and students to check Aeries (Parent Portal) for any missing work and use these weeks to get all missing assignments complete and turned in. Please remind you student to be working towards earning the Fiesta Village trip! All trimester 3 work (including AR goals) is due May 31, 2019.

To help your student during the test, please…

  • Make sure he/she a good breakfast and pack them an extra-large snack.  (Most testing will take place between recess and lunch, so it is important they have enough fuel to keep them focused!)
  • Make sure he/she are here every day on time.  Any tests they miss they will have to make up!
  • Make sure he/she get plenty of sleep.
  • Make sure he/she get plenty of exercise and outside time after school.
  • Remind him/her to try their best and show persistence when it is challenging.  All I want is for each student to do their personal best!

If you are interested in donating a snack to the class for testing, please go to: the Sign Up page to sign up.  I have also sent the link via Remind and posted it to my website.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

May 6 – 10, 2019

This week,  students will begin presentations for the Mission Project! Please check your student’s Mission Project Instructions to see when your student is presenting.  At home, he/she should be preparing using the Presentation Outline page and by practicing.

This week, we will also begin practicing and preparing for the End of Year Testing, which will begin May 13, 2019 and finish May 24, 2019.  Please help your student feel prepared and ready for these tests by making sure he/she gets good sleep and has a good breakfast and snack on testing days.

  • We are looking for donations for snacks to help the kids stay focused and attentive during the test.  If you are interested in donating a snack, please go to this page to sign up or e-mail Mrs. Harmon!

This Friday is a minimum day.  Dismissal is at 11:50am.

April 29 – May 3, 2019

This week is the Smiley Spring Sing! We hope to see everyone on Thursday, May 2, 2019.  The front gate and the art show will open at 5:00pm.  Students need to be in the classroom, Room 5, at 6:15pm.  The show will begin at 6:30pm and will last approximately an hour.

We will also be finishing the Mission Written Report in class this week.  Please check with your student frequently — I am reminding them that any parts of the report unfinished in class will need to be finished at home, so please be checking the instruction sheet (you can find a copy on the Mission Project page) and Google Classroom, where the report is being typed.  All Written Reports are due this Friday, May 3, 2019.

  • At home, students should be working on the Project portion of the assignment.  All projects are due Monday, May 6, 2019** 

This week, we will also begin practicing and preparing for the End of Year Testing, which will begin May 13, 2019 and finish May 24, 2019.  Please help your student feel prepared and ready for these tests by making sure he/she gets good sleep and has a good breakfast and snack on testing days.

April 22 – 26, 2019

Welcome to another week at Smiley Elementary School!  On Tuesday, students will be have a substitute (Mr. C.).  I will be around campus if the students have need me or if there are any questions or concerns!

  • We are still rehearsing for the Smiley Spring Sing, which will be May 2, 2019.  We have been practice our songs and this week we will start practicing the dance.  I ask students take some time at home to practice both the song and the dance so we are all prepared!
  • This week, students will take home a Progress Report.  I ask that it is signed and return by Tuesday 4/23/19.  Students with missing work will need to log into Aeries (Parent Portal) to find what assignments are missing.  Students are welcome to ask for new copies of homework, but will need to find the originals for any missing classwork.  Additionally, I ask that students know what specific pages they need new copies.
  • This week, we will begin the writing portion of the Mission Project in class.  Students will need to be focused, on task, and self-directed in order to complete this portion of the project.  Please check in with your student’s work frequently — Research will be due May 3, 2019!
    • At home, students should be working on the Project portion of the assignment.  All projects are due May 6, 2019
  • This week, we will have two assemblies — one to promote the Wizards Basketball Team, and another to promote the Redlands Bowl.  Please look for information to come up regarding those assemblies on Monday and Thursday.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will continue to work on Chapter 13: Area and Perimeter this week.
    • Chapter 11 Test Corrections are due May 7, 2019
  • ELA: We will not read a story this week, but instead focus on our Read Aloud book, By the Great Horn Spoon.  There will be no Reader’s Notebook Packet this week.
    • Students need to complete 60% of their AR goal by Friday.
  • Science: We will begin our next unit in science, which will focus on the structure of animals and organic life.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will begin working on the Mission Report Project.

April 15 – 19, 2019

Welcome to another week at Smiley Elementary School!  On Monday, students will be have a substitute (Mr. C.), but I will be back on Tuesday.

  • Friday is a minimum day.  Dismissal will be at 11:50am.
  • We have began rehearsing for the Smiley Spring Sing, which will be May 2, 2019.  We have been practice our songs and this week we will start practicing the dance.  I ask students take some time at home to practice both the song and the dance so we are all prepared!
  • This week, we will finish the research portion of the Mission Project in class.  Students will need to be focused, on task, and self-directed in order to complete this portion of the project.  If they are not, students will be asked to finish research at home.  Please check in with your student’s work frequently — Research will be due April 19, 2019 — this Friday!
    • At home, students should begin the Project portion of the assignment.  I will be asking students before Friday to let me know what kind of Project he/she will be doing (building a mission, taking a tour, etc).

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will continue to work on Chapter 13: Area and Perimeter this week.
    • Chapter 11 Test Corrections are due May 7, 2019
  • ELA: We will not read a story this week, but instead focus on our Read Aloud book, By the Great Horn Spoon.  In grammar, we will work on punctuation and capitalization.
    • We will take a language and spelling quiz on Friday.
    • Students need to complete 50% of their AR goal by Friday.
  • Science: We will begin our next unit in science, which will focus on the structure of animals and organic life.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will begin working on the Mission Report Project.

April 8 – 12, 2019

Welcome to another week at Smiley Elementary School!  This week, 5th grade will be going to Science Camp, which means our 4th graders will be “top dogs” on campus.  I’m going to be emphasizing the need to be responsible role models this week and in preparation for being 5th graders soon.

  • This week, we will begin the research portion of the Mission Project in class.  Students will need to be focused, on task, and self-directed in order to complete this portion of the project.  If they are not, students will be asked to finish research at home.  Please check in with your student’s work frequently — Research will be due April 19, 2019.
    • At home, students should begin the Project portion of the assignment.  I will be asking students before Friday to let me know what kind of Project he/she will be doing (building a mission, taking a tour, etc).

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will finish and test Chapter 11: Squares and Rectangles on Thursday.  We will continue with the next chapter, Chapter 13: Area and Perimeter, on Friday.
  • ELA: This week, we continue working on The Ever-Living TreesIn grammar, we will work on commas and prefixes.  This week, we will finish and print the Hero’s Journey Writing assignment.
    • We will take a comprehension, language, and spelling quiz on Friday.
    • Students need to complete 40% of their AR goal by Friday.
  • Science: We will begin our next unit in science, which will focus on the structure of animals and organic life.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will begin working on the Mission Report Project.

April 1 – 5, 2019

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Spring Break!  We will be very busy this week as we set ourselves up to finish the school year the right way.  Please make sure your student is here everyday on time with needed supplies (binder, pencils, colored pencils, etc.).

  • This week, I will go over instructions to the next big project — The Mission Report.  There will be an at-home and at-school portions of this project, so please make sure to read the instructions with your student carefully to best understand what is expected.  Please contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns!

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will continue to work on Chapter 10: Parallel and Perpendicular Lines but we will also begin Chapter 11: Squares and Rectangles.
  • ELA: This week, we will read The Ever-Living TreesIn grammar, we will work on punctuation and prefixes.  We will also continue to work on the Hero’s Journey Narrative Writing.
    • We will take a language, and spelling quiz on Friday, but will continue to work with The Ever-Living Trees next week and will not take the comprehension quiz until next week.
    • Students need to complete 30% of their AR goal by Friday.
  • Science: We will begin our next unit in science, which will focus on the structure of animals and organic life.
  • Social Studies: This week, we will go over instructions for the Mission Report Project.

March 11 – 15, 2019

Welcome back!  This is our last week before Spring Break.  Students will have a break from March 18 – 29, 2019.  We will see you again on April 1, 2019!

  • This week, we will take a trip to the March Airbase Museum.  If you have not already, please make sure the permission slip I sent home last week is signed and returned.  We will leave by bus at 9:00am and return to Smiley by 1:00pm.  Please have students dress for the weather and bring a lunch.  We will eat lunch at school, but after the lunch hour has already passed.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will take the Chapter 9: Angles test on Tuesday.
  • ELA: This week, we will read I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the VoteIn grammar, we will work on Negatives.  We will also continue to work on the Hero’s Journey Narrative Writing.
    • We will take a comprehension, language, and spelling quiz on Friday.
  • Science: We will begin our next unit in science!
  • Social Studies: This week, we will continue to work on California history and begin learning about the Mission and Settlement period of our history.

March 4 – 8, 2019

Welcome back!  We are officially starting our 3rd (and final!) trimester of 4th grade!

  • On Friday, students will get the second trimester Report Cards.  Please review the report, sign the envelope and return it to school on Monday.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the report card, please don’t hesitate to contact me to set up a conference.
  • Next week, we will take a trip to the March Airbase Museum.  If you have not already, please make sure the permission slip I sent home last week is signed and returned.

This week in Room 5…

  • Math: We will be working on finishing Chapter 9: Angles.  Next week, we take the test on this shorter chapter.
    • Chapter 7/8 test corrections are due 3/7/19
  • ELA: This week, we will read The World According to HumphreyIn grammar, we will work on comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs.  We will also continue to work on the Hero’s Journey Narrative Writing.
    • We will take a comprehension, language, and spelling quiz on Friday.
  • Science: We will begin our next unit in science!
  • Social Studies: This week, we will continue to work on California history and begin learning about the Mission and Settlement period of our history.