Weekly Update (Week of 10/26 – 10/31)

CamSix415 Parents,

Can you believe we are finishing off the month of October and are ready to start November? Before you know it, we’ll be seeing 2015 and the school year will be over. However, until then we have a lot of learning to participate in and a great week ahead of us. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect here at Camarena this week as we honor Enrique S. Camarena, and self reflect the importance to say “NO” to drugs.

  • Monday, Oct 27 – Wear Red, White, and Blue.
  • Tuesday, Oct 28 – Wear Red for panoramic photo.
  • Wednesday, Oct 29 – Wear your clothes backwards or inside out.
  • Thursday, Oct 30 – Wear your PJs.
  • Friday, Oct 31 – Wear Costume.
    • Purpose: To develop camaraderie during the holiday season and celebrate the power of stories to enrich life.
    • Guidelines: Characters from history, books, movie, magazines, and comics.  There will be no masks, blood, gore, or weapons.  Any costume can be deemed inappropriate by staff or administration if the costume does not appear to be in good taste or represent the spirit of the activity.

Please contact me if you have any questions about anything happening this week. Also, please check out http://www.kidblog.org/CamSix415 to see some authentic writing pieces that your children have been posting. Lastly, please make sure your child is reading 40 minutes every evening. The weekly blog posts will be responses to life questions, and making connections to the reading that your child is doing. It’s very important that your child reads in order to publish their blog posts.

Have a great week, and thank you to all who participated in our Butter Braid Fundraiser. We will need volunteers for our Camarena Movie night happening in a couple of weeks during the month of November. If you’re interested in volunteering to help raise 6th grade funds (The cost for the bus to camp and end of the year activities) please let me know. We’ll need either time or donations for this to be successful.

Thanks,

Mr. Garcia

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How to write a blog for www.kidblog.org/CamSix415

Parents,

We’re doing our best to give you an authentic writing piece for you to read from your child’s learning every week. The class and I developed a step-by-step guide to help your child be a successful blogger, while thinking carefully about their writing. Please use this as a resource if you ever find your child confused or frustrated on what they should be doing for the blog post.

How to write a blog for www.kidblog.org/CamSix415

  1. The Friday before it’s due, you will receive an assignment on Google Classroom stating the blogging prompt that will be connected to your weekly Independent Reading Log.
  2. Think about how you will respond to the blogging prompt and how it is connected to your book (or how it’s not connected).
  3. When you are ready to start writing, open up the assignment on Google Classroom and Create a New Document.
  4. Make sure you name, date, and subject are on the right hand corner and start typing by responding to the blogging prompt.
  5. Wait for feedback (at the latest, the following Thursday evening) from Mr. Garcia
  6. Edit and Revise your Google Document.
  7. Turn in your document (by either clicking the “Turn In” button on the Google Doc or in Google Classroom)
  8. Copy & Paste your response from Google Drive to your KidBlog account.

Weekly Update (Week of 10/20 – 10/24)

CamSix415 Parents,

Hope your weekend was a restful one. This week we have a few things planned.

Today (Monday) we’ll be supporting the cause to wear pink across the entire school in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This idea was challenged to our school by one of our very own students in our class. (if you can’t wear it today, anytime during the month is welcomed).

Also this coming Friday we have a few deadlines. The first one is that all orders and money from Butter Braid must be turned in. We’ll be sending the money to the company as soon as school is out, hence we’ll need it that morning to count it during the day.

This Friday is also the day we’ll be participating in Ident-A-Kid, so those students who have turned in money (or continue to being in their oder form by Friday morning) will participate in the program and be on the list to receive their Identification Cards.

Continue to monitor the homework of your children this week. There was a better turn out of homework being turned in, and I know the fruit of the studying will transfer over to their academic success in the classroom.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Mr. Garcia

Weekly Update 10/13 – 10/17

CamSix415 Parents,

Here we are heading to the second week of school and I’m excited to what’s about to take place. So here’s the following breakdown of what to expect this week at Camarena and within our class:

  • Monday: There IS school. This is NOT a holiday.  See you at 8:15 AM. We also have Madd Science visiting us at during lunch.
  • Tuesday: Fall Make Up Pictures
  • Wednesday: Good day to Walk to School
  • Thursday: Good day to Ride your Bike or Scooter to School
  • Friday: 1:15 Release as always

Also, please continue to support your child as they should be reading 40 minutes everyday. This week we’ll begin our blogging at http://kidblog.org/MrGarciasClass-16/. Each student has a topic that has been developed via using this Google Form (9 Topics in 1). So far, I only have about 10 students who have completed it, and I need all students to complete it by tomorrow morning. If you could help make that happen we’ll all be good to go.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a great week!

Mr. Garcia

Welcome Back & Important Information

CamSix415 Parents,

I hope your break was a restful one and that your child(ren) rested well too. This
week, we’ll start school on Tuesday and have an early release the same day at
1:15pm. This Wednesday we’ll be expecting the mom’s to join us from 8:15am – 9:30am
and Thursday we’ll look forward to having the dad’s join us at the same time. I’m
excited to have you all join us for Physical Education and our Math block.

Also, I was able to attend a Google Education conference this break to better
prepare me for the @camarenaelemantary.com accounts I spoke to all of you about
during our Fall Parent/Teacher Conference. A lot of our written and reading work
will be taking place through Google Classroom (replacing Edmodo). Using Google
Classroom will allow us to use less paper, give your child immediate feedback, and
allow your child to grow in using technology in the most appropriate/educational
way possible.

For that reason, if your child has access to a laptop or a keyboard for their iPad
please have your child bring it to the classroom. If you have any concerns about
any laptop or iPad accessories and would like me to lock them up when they are not
in use, please let me know.

I’m looking forward to revolutionizing our classroom experiences, but I do need
your support and care in how your child is using the technology. Together we’ll
model what 21st century learning should look like in our world.

Thank you and let me know if you have any questions.