Our third week is over and all is well!
As questions and concerns arise, please communicate openly and directly with your child’s teachers. We request that you always include Ms. Venture and Mr. Vieira in the conversation, as we work very closely together to ensure your child’s success and well-being. For methods of communication, please see the end of this letter.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Jog-A-Thon
Our annual JOG-A-THON will take place on Thursday, Oct. 6th! This fundraiser put on by the PTA raises money for classroom stipends which pay for hands-on materials (such as our simulation table), guest speakers, bonus field trips, and much more. Green pledge sheets with more information came home last week. Please read and strategize with your child about obtaining donations, then join the fun by cheering on our class as students jog as many laps as they can in 30 minutes! This is our biggest classroom fundraiser of the year, and the most important! Fundraiser forms are due back Monday, October 3rd.
MAP Testing- We test Tuesday and Wednesday (September 27th and 28th)
Assessments for our students come in two forms: Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP) and Oregon's state benchmark tests, the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) for mathematics and English language arts and the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge Skills (OAKS) for science.
During the year, all children take MAP at least twice in Reading, Language Usage and Mathematics. Grades 2-8 also take the Science assessment. Administering these assessments twice a year yields two data points which allows for measuring growth through the course of the year.
For more information about MAP testing, please visit our school website here:
Please ensure your child has had plenty of rest and a good breakfast. They'll be doing some serious problem solving and fact recall most of the day, and need all the energy they can get. If you have additional questions, please contact us.
September 27th and 28th- M.A.P. Testing
September 29th- Geography map projects due
October 1st- RIGGS Class for parents @ 9:30-11:30
October 3rd- Jog-A-Thon Fundraiser forms DUE
October 5th- Student Picture Day (for Middle School)
October 6th- Harvest Festival
October 21st- Friday Field Trip Day
Ms. Venture’s Updates:
Science: This week sixth graders continued their investigation of Astronomy by classifying stars by size. We then began to look at binary star systems and how scientists use the changes in light brightness to measure star size. Seventh graders were in the lab working on conservation of mass experiments.
Literature: We are continuing to develop knowledge of classical literature through The Prince and the Pauper (6th) and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (7th). Please ask your student to share with you information about storyline, characters, and interesting new vocabulary they have learned!
Computer/Library: The school’s library is looking great and is being used by all classes thanks to the continued efforts of 6th and 7th grade students!
Mr. Vieira’s Updates:
Riggs (Spelling): This week we started our daily spelling words and tests. For a running list of spelling words, please visit the blog here:
6th Grade: http://chpcsvieira.weebly.com/6th-vocab.html
7th Grade: http://chpcsvieira.weebly.com/7th-vocab.html
History/Geography: We are continuing our study of world geography. So far students have been asked to learn the names of 10 seas. We have daily quizzes in geography. For more details about what students are required to learn, please visit the blog:
6th and 7th Grade: http://chpcsvieira.weebly.com/geography.html
Writing: This week we begin practicing the art of turning outlines into rough drafts. This is the main focus of Unit 2 in our writing program. For more information and source texts, please visit the following link:
6th and 7th Grade: http://chpcsvieira.weebly.com/writing.html
Looking to volunteer?
We have a couple of odd jobs that we could use help with:
Student Files Labeled (6th grade room)
Sort Math Copies (6th grade room)
Sharpen Pencils (can take home to do)
Please let us know if you would like to assist with any of these!
To sign up for field trips please visit the following links:
6th Grade: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca9af29abfe3-6thgrade
7th Grade: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca9af29abfe3-7thgrade
To sign up for conferences, please visit the following links:
6th and 7th Grade: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca9af29abfe3-conferences
To sign up for volunteer opportunities, please visit the following links:
Room Cleaning: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca9af29abfe3-67room
Guided Reading: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca9af29abfe3-67guided
If you have questions or concerns, please let us know!
Ms. Janice Venture and Mr. Luke Vieira
Blog: 7thchpcs.blogspot.com Blog: chpcsvieira.weebly.com
Text/Call: 503.975.2441 Text/Call: 503.689.657