Some families have been asking me about next year, and I wanted to give you all an update. I will not be returning to QAE next year. I have accepted a Fifth Grade position at K-8 STEM at Boren. I decided on the change due to personal reasons. This was not an easy or fun decision, but I am grateful for the time that I had here. I want to thank everyone who has been super supportive this year. I could not have done my job without you. QAE is truly a unique place and I hope I can take the things I've learned here and use them well into the future. Please let me know if you need anything from me or if you ever need an extra babysitter. ;) I love all of your kids so much and have been so blessed to have them in my class this year.
Tons of things are happening next week. We are going to begin publishing our whale reports next week, so be on the look out. I will be sending home a whale report checklist come next week, so in case your kiddo needs some extra work time you are aware of what is expected.
Wednesday we will be taking our graphing assessment. I sent home a packet of work to complete/ edit over the weekend/ week. This packet is due Wednesday, day of the test. The kids have worked through most of it independently during class time. However, some students weren't able to finish, or they have a few mistakes they can correct. We will be reviewing this material in class, however the packet is definitely helpful review for next week's test.
Thursday is our super cool field trip to the IMAX. Emails will be going out to chaperones next week.
Friday we will be taking the Second Grade Summative Assessment. This assessment is required by the district and does not count for or against the kids. It's just so the district has a gauge of how second graders are doing in all of Seattle.
Don't forget to sign-up for Water 1st!
Thanks again for all you do.
- Lauren Martin
This Friday students will be taking our Customary Measurement assessment. This assessment will be covering measuring using inches, feet, and yards. Students will also have to complete one and two-step word problems that relate to measuring. Remind your kiddo to be careful and to answer the whole question. Students will be expected to use bar models to show their work on word problems. Here is a reminder of what bar models are and what they look like. The kids have been practicing them as morning work for about a month now, so many of them can almost do it in their sleep. However, if they need extra help we have been using an iPad app called: Thinking Blocks. There's lots of variations of this app, but this app is specifically focused on bar models at different levels. The videos below are super handy at explaining a few of the concepts. Be sure to ask your kiddo about comparing bar models, as well.
If you look on our STEM challenge page we have updated STEM photos which are pretty neat. I also have a couple photos below that I've been hanging on to for awhile and thought I'd share. Thanks for all you do!
This week Water First came and spoke with us about issues with water, where in the world people don't have safe water, and why their water is unsafe. We are starting a Queen Anne Elementary Walk for Water team.
We are encouraging students (not requiring) to sign-up and raise money for the Carry5 Walk for Water. If you are interested in signing-up, the base cost is $10 which covers a cool t-shirt and insurance. The rest of the money goes to Water First who helps people all over the world get clean, safe water.
Sign-up for the Walk: HERE
Be sure to mark your team as Queen Anne Elementary. :)
Thank you again those of you who participated in the bake sale. The kids are so proud of themselves and it was awesome to see it all unfold! Here are some pictures from this big event. Also there are updated STEM challenge pictures on the PBL section of our site. Other things to know for this week: we will be having our math test on Time this Wed. Thanks for everything you do!
Here are some resources for our time test next week. Make sure your child understand time written digitally, on an analog clock, as well as, written out (ex. 10 minutes to eleven, 5 minutes past twelve, a quarter to three, etc.).
This upcoming week we will be having our first assessment on money. This assessment will be tricky for some. Be sure to practice recognizing both the front and back of each coin, how much they are worth, and what "making change" means. Many students are doing well on counting the coins, but are stuck on subtracting with regrouping. You can find more practice work in my printable homework section.
We have been busy! A huge thank you everyone who was able to make something for the potluck. The kids had a blast putting on the parade for you. If anyone has any pictures they would like to share with me that would be amazing. I know the kids posted about their floats on their Weebly blogs so be sure to check-in there if you would like their take on everything.
Also another big thank you to the Nunes family and Carrillo family. They were able to come into the classroom and share about their cultural heritage with the kiddos. It was amazing and kids loved it.
Thank you again. The community here is overwhelming blessed to have such families as you.