Reader’s Theater

A reminder that there is no school Friday and Monday. Next Friday, February 22, please join us at 8:40 am in room 408 for two Reader’s Theater productions and to see students app displays.

Students should be finishing the app project this weekend making sure to cut out all their pieces and leaving them in the sheet protectors I gave them. On Tuesday before going to VAPA they will have the opportunity to glue it to their display boards. They will begin presenting their apps in a “Shark Tank” style to the class on Wednesday through the rest of the week. You will be able to see their finished products on Friday after the two Reader’s Theater productions.

Thursday after school are the talent show auditions for students who already turned in permission slips.

We are finishing up Unit 5 in Benchmark and will be taking the Unit assessment Wednesday and Thursday.


Please remember that if you are bringing items to hand out for Valentines there are 23 in our classroom now. Just write who it is from as they will go into unmarked bags. Parents it is your responsibility to open bags at home to see what they got. Thank you!

2nd Week of February

We were invited to a 6th grade classroom for a life science lesson this morning.  The pictures I took are posted under photos. On Monday our class will have a new member, so if you were planning on handing things out on Thursday for Valentines please bring 23 items.

There is a lot going on this week.  Some students will be doing the ELPAC testing Monday -Thursday all week in the mornings.  Be be sure to arrive at school on time.  Tuesday is Spring Pictures and we go to the Camarena library so be sure to return your books.  Thursday students will be listening to the speech contest so they can begin to think about what they will do when in the 4th grade.  We are halfway through our fraction unit. Most students are working on their final copies of their app designs.  We have two reader’s theater groups that are preparing right now.  I am looking at the date of Friday,Feb 22 which is after the 4 day weekend.  If you know your child will not be here that day, please let me know so I can make accommodations accordingly.


Students should have come home with the Scholastic book order. I will be placing the order next week on Friday, February 8. You are encouraged to order online using our class code MDLC8 or return your order to school by Friday. Tuesday is VAPA.

Classes are only allowed to have two parties a year. Our class has decided to wait until the end of the year for our second one. On Thursday, February 14, Valentine’s Day, students will be allowed to pass out cards, gifts, or treats at lunchtime if they bring 22 items so that all students get the same thing. They will be placing them into unmarked bags therefore there is no need to write each student names on their cards. Your child simply has to write it is from them. All the items will go into a bag which will be stapled closed. They can then open them at home so that parents may assess whether or not they would like their children to eat any of the products in there.

Students will continue to work on their app creation. They should be completed by Friday the eighth. Ask them this weekend which one they are working on.

I have assigned new sections in Ten Marks to assist with fractions. Since we have not learned all of the lessons yet some of the assignments may still be too difficult for students to answer.

Today they also checked their updated Lexile levels in Achieve 3000. Ask them how many points they went up.

February already!!



If students are interested in auditioning for Camarena’s Got Talent variety show, I can give them a packet.  Please look at all the dates to ensure that they would actually be able to attend those dates.

On Tuesday we go to the library. Be sure to have them return their books.  . We will also take the Chapter 7 test.  Please make sure they have completed all their work prior.  The next Chapter is on fractions.

In Language Arts, we continue learning about the value of innovations.  Students will begin creating their own apps in hopes to earn a patent.

Please continue to turn in the permission slips and $11 for our two field trips this quarter to Mission Trails and USS Midway.

Good luck to Jasir, Logan, and Ziya who move on to compete this Saturday in the Spelling Bee.





Last week students created some inventions in which they applied to get a patent. The above photos shows some of their innovations.

Tuesday students took the week one test in unit five Benchmark. You are able to see their scores and they have already analyzed their work. We will be taking the chapter 7 math test next Tuesday. On Wednesday students will get their class photos for those who ordered them. I will also be sending home to permission slips for Field trips we will be taking this quarter. One is to Mission trails after we have finished learning about Kumeyaay which we begin this week. The second field trip will be on the USS Midway. Please read the cover page carefully. Our trip to Mission trails is on February 26. Our trip on the midway is on March 4. If you are interested in chaperoning, you need to check the box on the permission slip. The combined cost of both field trips is $11. You may make checks out to Camarena Elementary.


Welcome back! We have begun a new unit in Benchmark on technology and innovation. We are halfway is through chapter 7 division in math. Due to rainy day schedule on Tuesday our library time has been changed to later this week. If your child has not returned their Camarena library books, they still have time. On Wednesday, we will go to the kick off assembly for what was previously known as Jump for Heart which has been renamed to Kids Heart Challenge. Students went home with the paperwork yesterday.