Monday, May 20, 2019

May 20


Updates and Announcements

·         It is difficult to believe that this is our final week of the school year. It has truly been a tremendous honor to spend so much time teaching and learning with your children. I do not anticipate forgetting this first class of mine, and look forward to running into or hearing from them years down the road when they graduate high school, establish their careers, and have children of their own. My hope is that this year has been one step among many in helping them to cultivate a deep love for moral and intellectual virtue. Whether they, or we recognize it, this is the highest calling for a person, and the way to a happy life. I look forward to celebrating their achievements and accomplishment of this step with them on Wednesday, and seeing them off for a lovely and well deserved summer break.

·         Homework Survey
Archway Arete has been experimenting with homework adjustments in the second semester at each grade-level which aimed to reduce the overall amount of homework by a small percentage.  Please complete this 3 minute survey to share your feedback on how these adjustments impacted your child's homework experience during the 4th quarter.

·         Fifth Grade Promotion is coming up quickly! The event is on Wednesday, May 22nd at 5:30 pm. Students should be in their seats by 5:20. Students should dress in nice clothes that one might wear to a wedding or church service. Uniform guidelines still apply for length of skirts, etc.

·         Half Days
Wednesday, May 22nd - Friday, May 24th
are half days. Students may not remain on campus without adult supervision. Students remaining on campus after 12:40 pm will incur a late pick up fee. Please note the following release times for half days: 3-5: 12:05 pm
K-5 w/ Prep siblings: 12:25 pm

This week in learning:

Language Arts

Students have learned all the idioms in our curriculum! We may use this time to catch up on some that we missed.

The final roots test of the year will be on Wednesday, May 22nd.

In Literature, we will present all the Across Five Aprils newspaper projects.

In Grammar, we will be working on reading segments from “A Wrinkle in Time”, followed by Touchstones-like discussions. This will not have any homework.

Science

On Monday, students will be assessed on their knowledge of the nervous system. This will be a partially open study guide science test. Tuesday, we will play science Bingo to review topics from previous units.

History

This week in History, students will finish learning about the conflicts that arose between Native Americans and European settlers in North America. Students will learn that though promises of peace and comradery were made, they were broken, and tensions rose to the point of battles, massacres and war. They will learn that part of the mentality of those from European descent was to assimilate the Natives to their ideologies and customs.

Math

In math, we will then move into a very short crash course in the basics of Algebra! There will be no math groups this week.

Monday, May 13, 2019

May 13

Updates and Announcements
·         This Wednesday is our field trip to the state Capitol. We will be departing first thing in the morning and returning before lunch.
·         Homework Survey
Archway Arete has been experimenting with homework adjustments in the second semester at each grade-level which aimed to reduce the overall amount of homework by a small percentage.  Please complete this 3 minute survey to share your feedback on how these adjustments impacted your child's homework experience during the 4th quarter.
·         After School Clubs End
Archway Arete after school clubs have officially ended for the 2018-2019 school year. There are no after school clubs for the remainder of the school year. 
·         Fifth Grade Promotion is coming up quickly! The event is on Wednesday, May 22nd at 5:30 pm. Students should be in their seats by 5:20. Students should dress in nice clothes that one might wear to a wedding or church service. Uniform guidelines still apply for length of skirts, etc.
This week in learning:
Language Arts
Students have learned all the idioms in our curriculum! We may use this time to catch up on some that we missed.
The roots study guide for #76-100 is due on Wednesday, May 15th. The test will be on Wednesday, May 22nd.
Students will recite the poem “A Bird Came Down the Walk” during the week of 5/13.
In Literature, we will give class time for students to work on their Across Five Aprils newspaper. Please refer to their packet with the calendar of due dates for more information.
In Grammar, we will be working on reading segments from “A Wrinkle in Time”, followed by Touchstones-like discussions. This will not have any homework.
Science
This week in Science, students will finish their brief study of the nervous system. We will continue our study of neurons, and then learn about the major parts of the brain as well as their function Students should expect to fill out a small portion of the study each night until Wednesday. On Thursday, we will review the study guide as a class in preparation for Friday’s test. Because this is such a quick unit, students will be allowed to use their study guide for the last 15 minutes of the test.
History
This week in History, students will begin their final unit for the year, on the Cultures and Conflicts of Native Americans from before settlers came to North America to the end of the 19th century. The first half of this unit will be studied and taught this week by the students, in the form of a group project and presentation. The class will be split into groups of 7, and given three days to prepare a presentation on one of four chapters. Presentations will occur on Friday. All work should be able to be completed during class time.
Math
In Math, we will review on Monday, then take the annual Singapore assessment on Tuesday and Thursday. We will then move into a very short crash course in the basics of Algebra! There will be no math groups this week.

Monday, May 6, 2019

May 6

Updates and Announcements:
·         The end of the year is fast approaching! I look forward to finishing strong in these last few weeks.
·         Please note that this Friday, May 10th, is the last day for after school clubs.
·         Mark your calendars: Our 5th grade promotion is Wednesday, May 22nd at 5:30pm
This week in learning:
Language Arts
Students have learned all the idioms in our curriculum! We may use this time to catch up on some that we missed.
Students will learn about the roots orthos and dokein. There will be a routine roots quiz over these next week. The study guide for roots 76-100 will be passed out on Wednesday and is due on 5/15.
Students will recite the poem “A Bird Came Down the Walk” during the week of 5/13.
In Literature, we will finish reading “Across Five Aprils”. Students should be mindful to keep up to date on their journal entries. Students will also be starting a newspaper project for the book. There will be ample class time to work on this, however students should also plan to work on it at home as well. More information will be coming home this week.
In Grammar, we will be working through the rest of the Tall Tales unit. Students will peer and self-edit, create a dedication page, and write their final drafts with accompanying illustrations. We will have an Author’s Tea on Friday after the Prep Tour on Friday where students will read their Tall Tales to their peers while enjoying cookies and lemonade. Please note that only students who have completed the assignment will participate in this fun event.
Science
We are nearing our end of our anatomy studies! Students will take their endocrine system test Monday, and begin their study of the nervous system on Tuesday. This will be a quick unit; study guides for the nervous system will be passed out Thursday, and will be due the 16th. The nervous system test will be the 17th.
History
This week in History, students will be tested on their knowledge of Unit 11: Westward Expansion After the Civil War. Study guides are due on Tuesday, when we will have a review day, and the test will be Wednesday. Students will work on advertisement projects on Monday, and present their projects on Thursday. This project will be given two days in class (last Friday included), and does not need to be taken though, though some students may opt to do this.
Math
In Math, we will continue a unit on angles. This week, students will be finding the unknown angles in parallelograms and trapezoids and taking their final test on Friday. ALL workbook homework assignments will be half of every type of problem. Students should complete all the packets that are homework. Our LAST math groups will be at the normal time this week, Wednesday, 8:00-9:15.

Monday, April 29, 2019

April 29

Updates and Announcements:
·         Please follow this link to take a survey from our PSO: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfs3gqBF0kc0rdyzpLP6sqTsnoi4iSRHAM_OEQUsdlPM0N5DA/viewform
This week in learning:
Language Arts
Students have learned all the idioms in our curriculum! We may use this time to catch up on some that we missed.
Students will learn about the roots orthos and dokein. There will be a routine roots quiz over these next week.
Students will recite the poem “O Captain! My Captain!” on 5/1 and learn about the poem “A Bird Came Down the Walk”, to be recited during the week of 5/13.
In Literature, we will finish reading “Across Five Aprils”. Students should be mindful to keep up to date on their journal entries. Students will also be starting a newspaper project for the book. There will be ample class time to work on this, however students should also plan to work on it at home as well. More information will be coming home this week.
In Grammar, we postponed the End of Year Grammar Test to Wednesday, 5/1. We will review a little bit each day. Students will also be starting a creative writing unit. They will be writing their own Tall Tales. This week, we will work on analyzing Tall Tales, creating an introduction and main character, and the problem/solution and conclusion parts of their story. Next week, they will work on their illustrations and final drafts.
Science
We will finish our study of the endocrine system this week. Students will receive their study guides Monday, and they will be due Friday. We will spend the week reviewing notes and playing games, with some time built in to work on the study guide to make sure students are not burdened with homework the night of the spring concert. The endocrine system test will be on Monday, May 6th.
History
This week in History we will continue our unit on Westward Expansion After the Civil War. Discussions will include the cattle frontier, farmers moving west, life on the plains, and acquisition of Alaska. This is a short unit, and students will receive their study guides on Tuesday. These will be due the following Tuesday, May 7th. A short test will be administered on Wednesday, May 8th.
Math
In Math, we will continue a unit on angles. This week, students will be measuring exterior and interior angles, finding the unknown angles in triangles, and finding the sum of angles in a quadrilateral. ALL workbook homework assignments will be half of every type of problem. Students should complete all the packets that are homework. Math groups will be on Wednesday, 8:45-9:50 due to our Spring Concert rehearsal in the morning.

Monday, April 15, 2019

April 15


Updates and Announcements:

·         Thank you to all who attended our Usborne Book Fair last week! It was a joy to see you and we are so thankful for your support. If you are interested in purchasing more Usborne books, please visit the link below.  This link will bring you to a unique page connected to our school and will be valid until April 19th. After your purchase, you will receive contact from our Usborne Representative, Mrs. Cleary, and she will refund you the shipping cost.
Please email Ms. Modisett (bmodisett@archwayarete.org) with any questions!
https://j4938.myubam.com/1272858

·         The AzMERIT ELA and Math tests will be on Tuesday, 4/16 and Thursday, 4/18. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.

This week in learning:

Language Arts

Students have learned all the idioms in our curriculum! We may use this time to catch up on some that we missed.

Students will learn about the roots fides, solus, and monos. There will be a routine roots quiz over these next week.

Students will learn about the poem “O Captain! My Captain!” and recite it on 5/1.

In Literature, we will read through chapter 10 in “Across Five Aprils”. Students should be mindful to keep up to date on their journal entries.

Science

Due to AzMERIT, this week will again be light in Science. Students will learn about the thyroid and the pancreas, as well as common diseases that affect those organs.

History

This week in History, students will review for and take the Unit 10 test on the American Civil War. Study guides are due on Monday, which will be our review day. Although Tuesday is reserved for AzMERIT, students that finish early will rotate through stations with facts about Jim Crow Laws that were in place after the Civil War. Our test will be on Wednesday.

Math

In Math, we will review for the AzMERIT test, though with two tests this week, math work will be very light. ALL workbook homework assignments will be half of every type of problem. Students should complete all the problems in the packets sent home for homework. We will have Math Groups most weeks until the end of the quarter. Math groups will be on Wednesday, 8:00-9:15.

Friday, April 5, 2019

April 8


Updates and Announcements:

·         Thank you for helping prepare your children for our AzMERIT Writing test. It appears we had a successful day! Our final two days of AzMERIT testing will occur on Tuesday, April 16th and Thursday, April 18th.

·         Fine Arts and French Night is Wednesday, April 10th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Please bring your friends and family for a night of celebrating our student’s achievements in Art and French! Art will be displayed on the walls by classrooms, French videos and performances will take place in the MPR, and there will be mini art lessons in the art room. Light refreshments will be served on the playground courtyard by our lovely PSO.

·         Our book fair is April 10th-12th. Please see the attached flyer for more information. If you are able and willing to volunteer for this event, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4EA5A72DA7F58-book

This week in learning:

Language Arts

Students have learned all the idioms in our curriculum! We may use this time to catch up on some that we missed.

Students will learn about the roots vox, loquor, and felix. There will be a routine roots quiz over these next week.

In Literature, we will read through chapter 8 in “Across Five Aprils”. Students should be mindful to keep up to date on their journal entries.

In Writing and Grammar, students will review informational text and practice language AzMERIT questions. The AzMERIT ELA tests will be on Tuesday, 4/16 and Thursday, 4/18. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.

Science

Due to AzMERIT, this week will be very light in terms of science. Students will be introduced to the endocrine system this week, which will culminate in our lessons on human growth and development on April 25th and 26th. A letter with more information on these valuable lessons was sent home with your child on Friday, April 5th.

History

This week in History, we will finish our unit on the American Civil War. We will discuss the assassination of President Lincoln, and the Reconstruction efforts under Andrew Johnson, including his disagreements with Congress and Radical Republicans. Lessons will detail Johnson’s impeachment, as well as the end of Reconstruction in the South and the institution of racist groups, such as the Klu Klux Klan, and laws, such as the Jim Crow laws.

Math

In math, we will finish a very short, abridged unit on average and rate. There will be no test on this unit. We will also be working on some of the last AzMERIT math packets of the year! On Friday, we will work through a paper practice test together and discuss how the problems may appear on the computer-based test. ALL workbook homework assignments will be half of every type of problem. Students should complete all the packets that are homework. We will have Math Groups most weeks until the end of the quarter. Math groups will be on Wednesday, 8:00-9:15. 

Friday, March 29, 2019

April 1


Updates and Announcements:
·         Great Hearts thrives, in part, off the feedback we receive from families. If you have not already done so, please complete the follow 7-10 minute survey to help us provide the best education we can. The survey will only be available through March 31st. https://greatheartsamerica.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e2nPoNACPctctj7
·         We start our AZ Merit testing this Friday, April 5th. This will be a writing test. Please ensure that the night before the test, your children get plenty of sleep. Please also ensure that they have a healthy breakfast the morning of. These two factors will greatly increase their performance on this test. Your children’s math and reading tests will be on April 16th and 18th.
·         Our book fair is April 10th-12th. Please see the attached flyer (in email) for more information. If you are able and willing to volunteer for this event, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4EA5A72DA7F58-book
This week in learning:
Language Arts
Students have learned all the idioms in our curriculum! We may use this time to catch up on some that we missed. 
Students will learn about the roots rumpo, pax, and specto. There will be a routine roots quiz over these next week.
Students will recite “Jabberwocky” on 4/3. 
In Literature, we will read through chapter 5 in “Across Five Aprils”. Students should be mindful to keep up to date on their journal entries.
In Writing and Grammar, students will review informational text and practice language AZMerit questions. The AZMerit writing test will be on Friday, April 5. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.
Science
This week in Science, we will continue our study of the muscles. We will have a special guest with us on Thursday who is an expert on the human body and will be helping us understand the muscles and how they function. We will also be doing some hands-on labs to understand the difference between voluntary and involuntary muscles.
History
This week in History, we will learn about the important role women played off the battlefield for both the Union and Confederacy. We will examine the Union’s growing advantage, including non-military problems that wrought the Confederacy, until Lee’s surrender to Grant in Virginia – the end of the American Civil War.
Math
In Math, we will start a very short, abridged unit on average and rate. We will also be working on some of the last AZMerit math packets of the year! ALL workbook homework assignments will be half of every type of problem. We will have Math Groups most weeks until the end of the quarter. Math groups will be on Wednesday, 8:00-9:15.