Mrs. Ybarra's Weekly Newsletter: January 18, 2019

Dear Families,

Here are some highlights of the week that was, and a preview of the week ahead!

Mrs. Ybarra


  • No school Monday, 1/21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) or 1/22 (In-Service Day). On Tuesday 1/22, Extended Day is available from 8am to 6 pm; sign up here.
  • No Home Learning Module will be assigned next week.
  • January 24th: Dress Uniform Day

  • Monday, January 28 – Next spelling quiz, Sort 21
  • Thursday, January 31– Next Wordly Wise Vocabulary Quiz – Lesson 5
  • The fifth graders are leading a coin drive for a good cause. Send in your spare change, and read more here.

This week, students...

  • Learned about biographies and the reading skills associated with the genre, including summarizing, chronology, and distinguishing between fact and opinion.
  • Continued learning about the Haudenosaunee culture and history, and practiced reading and note-taking skills in small groups and independently.
  • Read about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and discussed the significance of this influential American.
  • Studied, drew, and labeled maps of the northeast United States, including physical geography and political boundaries and names.

Next week, students will… 

  • Continue mastery of 6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s multiplication facts.
  • Use their reading workshop biographies to create projects, Venn diagrams, and pretend talk shows.
  • Learn and practice the reading skills associated with inference and with explicit information.

Home-School Connection

Again, the influence of the Haudenosaunee on the culture of the northeast United States cannot be understated. Lacrosse and agriculture are just two tangible influences, and it is historically documented that the representative and inclusive governmental structure of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy was a powerful influence on statesmen like Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington in the early stages of the drafting of the United States Constitution in the late 1700s. In order to help your children see the parallels between the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace and the United States Constitution, it would be helpful if they had a basic understanding of the three branches of government, the balance of power, and the importance of a society based on rules that apply to everyone. We continue to review this material in class, but it is so helpful if the students can have multiple interpretations of the strengths and pitfalls of representational democracy.