The Badger Yosemite National Park Valley School October 27, 2009 A California Distinguished School P O Box 485, Yosemite National Park CA 95389 Mariposa County Unified School District Catherine Soria, Principal 209.372.4791 Csoria@mariposa.k12.ca.us www.yosemitevalleyschool.org 4.) If you would like to come help put your student in their costume, you should come to school around MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 12:30pm. 10/26-30 Scarecrow Contest 5.) Parents and siblings are more than welcome to join 10/28 Collaboration Day – Early Dismissal/Art us! 10/30 Halloween Parade—1 pm Thank you for your support in this exciting community 11/3 PTG Potluck,TUES. 5:30 pm event. 11/5 Yosemite Explorers 9-10 am SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM 11/7 Fall Frolic Keep in mind you are ordering for Tuesday through the 11/11 Veteran’s Day HOLIDAY NO SCHOOL following Monday. 11/12 Project Pluton Breakfast: Milk, fruit, yoghurt, cereal 11/14 School Rummage Sale Lunch: All lunches include fruit and vegetables, milk 11/17 Tues Collaboration Day-Early Dismissal/Art Monday: Deli sandwich, Chips 11/24 End of First Trimester Tuesday: Oriental Salad, Fortune Cookie 11/25-11/27 Thanksgiving Break Wednesday: Deli Sandwich, Chips 12/2 Collaboration Day – Early Dismissal/Art 12/3 Yosemite Explorers Thursday: Yoghurt, Bagel with Cream Cheese 12/4 Report Cards Go Home Friday: Wrap Sandwich, Chips 12/9 Collaboration Day – Early Dismissal/Art Breakfast costs $1.35 12/16 Collaboration Day – Early Dismissal/Art Lunch costs $2.25 12/17 Winter Program If you would like to order meals for your child(ren) 12/21-1/1 Winter Break please send a note detailing which meals for which 1/4 School Resumes after Winter Break days to Ceci by 9 am Friday of the week before, thank you. THANK YOU COLUMN FALL FROLIC SIGN-UP SHEET Our Cathy DeCecco for organizing the Halloween biggest fundraiser of the year is just around the corner! Parade. We have attached the sign-up sheet, please either return Ceci Archer for being her and being here. the sheet or give us a call in the office with a time slot you Tracey Gabriel for being such a help in the would like to fill, we really need everyone to help with this classroom and everywhere else. one! Thank you Catherine Soria for arranging the Step Up to BOX TOPS 4 EDUCATION We are still Writing training next week. hoping someone will step forward as the boxtops Ranger Shauna for organizing the first K-1 coordinator. Please contact the office if you are Yosemite Explorers Program. interested. SCARECROW CONTEST YVS families, READING GOAL UPDATE We completed you still have two days to get your scarecrows erected! A our first 6-week period of reading goals just before the fall scary one already appeared on the school grounds. break. We are very excited to announce that Zoe Evans, Will Fontana, Gregory Royse and Serra Webber met their HALLOWEEN PARADE On Friday, October goals for this period, congratulations! As this is based 30, 2009, we will be having our annual Halloween upon our students’ nightly reading homework we would parade. We will leave school promptly at 1:00pm. have liked to have seen all students reach this goal. The Students are allowed to bring in their costume and we will good news is, we start afresh this week and hope that make our rounds around the DNC offices. This has during this session which will end on December 11 become a fun and treasured tradition. A few things to everyone will reach their reading goals. This week Mrs. remember: Archer will be meeting with students and reassessing 1.) Please send your child’s costume into school that goals. We have attached the tracking sheet for your child day clearly labeled with your child’s name. We want so you can see how close they came this time around. If to make sure you have all costume parts for the big you do not find an attachment than that means that your day on Saturday. child did not take a quiz. If you have any questions please 2.) Please ensure that the costume is not too scary! (No contact Mrs. Archer, keep in mind that I will be out of the blood please). office next week. Thank you 3.) Don’t forget a bag (name labeled, please) to collect all the generous offerings we receive from the offices that we visit. Thursday of the month. Stay tuned for more details SCHOOL RUMMAGE SALE Save the about the program topic. st date, there are plans in the works to hold the 1 Annual On Wednesday we will enjoy our October cooking School Rummage Sale! Very Exciting! project. This time we will be making pumpkin pie from IMPACT AIDE SURVEYS Thank you to the a real pumpkin. Ask your favorite student about this fun activity. handful of families who returned their surveys, you will First and Second Grade Report not find another attached to this Badger. However if we o In Social Studies, I am going to send home a short did not receive a survey from you there will be another homework packet for you to complete with your attached. Please thoroughly complete with both physical student. Typically, I will not send homework, but your (at the top of the survey) and mailing (at the bottom) input is crucial for this assignment. Your student will addresses as well as employment and student be interviewing you about your families’ ancestors. It information. Thank you will be due next week. Thank you so much for your LEAH CARLSON UPDATE As you all know assistance in this project. We completed a lesson on Monday about where our ancestors come from and Leah is battling Leukemia and doing a fine job of it. She this home extension will help students know more has good days and bad as you would imagine but all in all about their background. she is responding well to her treatments and pushing o In science, we will be working on twirlers and though each hurdle as it presents itself. We received beginning a new investigation on rollers. As we word prior to the fall break that she was in full remission complete these investigations, we will be learning although it is a little unclear as to what that means about gravity and air resistance. This unit continues besides it is good but she still has 2 years + of treatment to be full of fun and educational information. ahead of her. She and her mother have spent many a block of time at Children’s Hospital, but again, pushing MRS. DIETZ’S CLASS: Congratulations to though each setback as it comes. She has a skype Carmen, Serra, Kiersten, Layton, and Holly for being account and many students are in contact with her from chosen to enter the Mariposa Storytelling Writing home as well as her classmates who check in regularly. Contest. They all had excellent stories. Carmen was We wanted to inform everyone that the Yosemite chosen as the Yosemite Valley School Grand Author and Community Chapel have organized a fund for Leah, who Kiersten was chosen as the 2nd grade Grand Author for will receive a monthly check to help relieve some of the Mariposa County! Kiersten will tell her story about the financial burden that comes with this sort of thing. In a day that she turned into a dog at the Tellabration on situation like this, money is time, time that her mom can Saturday, November 21, where she will perform with the spend with Leah rather than working to make ends meet. other Grand Authors. If you are interested in helping out you may contact the All of our entrants received a beautiful button and a Yosemite Community Chapel for more information or if ticket to the Mariposa Storytelling Festival at the you wanted to send donations into the school we will be Mariposa County High School Auditorium on Saturday, turning over moneys collected at the end of each month March 13, 2010. to the YCC for disbursement. Checks should be made out Our stories are posted outside the Room 2 to the YCC and please note Leah Calrson donation in the door. Please come by and check them out. They are note space. Thank you really imaginative. Many thanks to Carmen who helped me host my former FROM THE CLASSROOMS: students during their visit to Yosemite. They liked her so much that they tried to take her back to Lake Don Pedro MRS. DECECCO’S CLASS I hope that everyone with them. They all thought that the Yosemite enjoyed a wonderful fall break and that you were able to Community was lucky to have such a nice school. enjoy that extra time with your children. Our science students are identifying minerals using many At the end of the last week of school, we began different testing methods. Our social science students working on our farm books. We will keep working on are learning about the Spanish occupation of California the writing part of the book this week during Language and its many influences. In math we are learning about Arts centers. inequalities with vocabulary like ‘greater than’ and ‘less Also in Language Arts, we will be reading our than’ and sorting numbers from least to greatest. We decodable readers in kindergarten and anthologies in have returned to finishing up our ‘Loose Tooth’ stories first grade. I will send home the decodable readers and will be starting our bear encounter stories soon. for kindergarteners in today’s folder. Kinders will continue to work on their practice book pages and first MS. FULHORST/STEWART’S CLASS: We’re graders will complete new grammar pages. Both back, we’re rested, and we are ready. Yesterday groups will be visiting our listening centers and writing students returned happy to see each other and full of about cooking and Halloween. tales from fall break. Whether it was a “staycation” or a In math, the kinders are learning more about patterns trip across the country, everyone seemed to have a good in chapter six. First graders are finishing their chapter time. Prior to break we had finished our first major writing on addition strategies and will begin unit three on assignment, profiled two ancient cultures (Iran and subtraction tomorrow. Both groups will also complete Israel), and mastered math and algebra content. Here another journal project and challenge investigation are some highlights of the week to come (in no particular this week. order) Our song this week is Evenings, which is a fun Students reviewed and reflected on their Smart th number sung to the tune of The Itsy Bitsy Spider. Goals from the week of October 12-16 , and We had our first National Park Service program with they wrote new ones in their weekly planner for Ranger Shauna, a great time was had by all. the current week. Ask your son or daughter to Students wrote about this fun experience when they share their goal with you. th returned to school. Our next program will be next 5/6 graders continue to demonstrate how great week as our regularly scheduled time is the first they are in math, understanding that great test scores are cool, but as Helen says, “the most important this is getting the concept”. These students definitely are showing that they “get it”. Algebra students are on to multi-step equations. Both Chris and Greg are doing a fine job building the foundation of understanding that will surely hold them up as algebra gets more challenging. In Language arts this week, we are working on the art of writing good summaries. Later in the week look for some scary “quick write” Halloween stories. We continue to become more literate in world geography, this we chose Ethiopia as the focus of our jigsaw research report. Jigsaw simply means to divide up the research among students, then we piece it back together for the final report. You can see our Iran and Israel reports in the Hallway. Students are noticing science in everything. This week we look at the question, how old is old? Deep stuff, for big minds. We look at geologic time in science and geographic patterns in social studies. We’ve started our social studies projects which will articulate how the Nile and other geologic formations did and continue to influence growth and settlement in Egypt and Ancient Kush. Students will be busy in the books this week. Of course they will also be gearing up for a big Halloween weekend. The kick off for most of us will be our annual Halloween parade. We are so lucky to live in this safe and friendly community in which we can still go trick or treating in comfort. Here’s to continuing this fun tradition, and here’s to our Yosemite families. .