Nov. 28, 2022
Weekly Messages to parents, families and students...
Nov. 28. Curiosity
Welcome back to class after that delightfully long weekend! I hope you had some wonderful times with your family and made some cherished memories!
Week Peek is updated on our Learning Together page! Update your planners and stay accountable to getting all work done and turned in on time this week!
This week we come back to class ready to: take on and finish Chapter 3 in Math, Review past math skills, do 30+ minutes a day in KHAN Map, read for 45+ minutes each day this week, revisit out writers workshop Information plan, make some Art, develop a colorful cover for our Information Writing, study our Europe maps and take a test Friday, add some DWJ's to our writing journals, participate in 2nd Harvest Food Bank, start reading Banner in the Sky, play some Kyle Style PE, sing some music, play in a band, be curious this week, and have fun while learning! So, just a little bit of stuff going on!
Please let me know if you can drive on a field trip this year! We need some drivers that will help chaperone and extend our learning outside the four walls of room 18! I will get you the information once I hear from you. Thanks!
Please return the signed envelope that came home last week with your student's report card. Please keep all the extra papers in there as well. I need to know that you have received all their grades.
Let's make it a great and curious week of learning together!
Nov. 22 Gratitude
Please check the envelope that was sent home with your student. There are papers in there that you may not have received at our conference. Let me know if you have questions about the report card. This next trimester is off to a good start and many students are already working hard to get all their work in on time.
I hope y'all have a blessed Thanksgiving surrounding yourselves with those you love while taking the day to focus on what really matters and how blessed we are!
Get some rest, stay safe and keep reading!!
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope this week finds everyone healthy, happy and with many things on your grateful list.
This is a very short week and we are going to be using it to read, catch up on all assignments, do some grateful activities in class and celebrate our new trimester with gratitude.
We missed our chance to do a December field trip to the Tech Museum. I did not get a response from The Tech in time to meet the 30 day deadline of turning in the forms for the district. I will need to know, that there are parents willing to drive who meet the district requirements, before I can start setting a date for any field trips. Let me know if you are interested or need the parent driver field trip forms.
More Room 18 news later this afternoon,
Nov. 14. Initiative
Above is the latest time schedule for Parent Teacher Conferences. Please note changes and make sure that works for you.
Thanks for coming on time and making it easy for me to keep things moving. If you missed a time slot, please allow me to know a makeup time that works.
As we have gone through some of the conferences, I have been surprised how some students can go home and say they have no homework or that they are finished! Please do not believe this, and have them show you their Homework Journal.
Please sign it and then have them let me see it and I will sign it as well. There are students that are already behind because they suffered through distant learning and have not caught up yet. Please be proactive and check in with your student to make sure that they are aware of their work and that it is turned in on time! We are only one week into the second trimester and already students have not turned in some of their work.
Tonight's assignment was to catch up with work from last week that is overdue. After checking in this am, a lot of students took another day off! Tomorrow is a new day!
Thanks for your help to make our students life long learners!
Nov. 7. Accountability
Please check the list above! Students that are reminding parents today that they need to sign in are Sydney and Tristan. I'll just give you guys the available times on Tuesday unless I hear from you really soon. Thanks.
Second trimester began today and so did some new standards for our classroom. Please help me by taking time to check to see what your student is doing for homework and that they have a time and place to work on it daily. I will be having some parents sign the HW planners daily to show that you have seen the assignments and due dates.
Please check back here for a picture of the Week Peek on Tuesdays as we have updated our assignments and have it locked in!
Our class is also going to be working on accountability this trimester. We'll be using strategies to keep each other aware that the class receives consequences when a few people act out or are disrespectful. I will be sharing more with you all during the parent teacher conferences.
Field trip wanted! Our class would love to do a day trip to The Tech Museum San Jose in early December! To make this happen, we will need around (5) drivers that can seat belt (5) sixth grade critters in their car. We'd be leaving around 8 am and returning to school around 1:45 pm. Please message me if interested and how many seats are in your car. Please note to be able to drive there is driver criteria in the school office. Thank you for your help.
Let's all work together to make this trimester a great time to learn and grow towards our potential.
Tomorrow is the last day of the trimester! There are some students who were given fair warning all trimester that this day would soon be upon us! Please check your grades and make sure that you are good with the grades posted. If you did not meet with me today, take time tomorrow to stop by my office.
Nov. 2 Responsibility
Happy Day of the Dead!
Big thanks to all the parents that gave their time, on Halloween, to make our day a fun filled celebration!
This is the last week of the first trimester! I will be closing the books on grades and making the final calculations for the report card this next week. Your student has been reminded weekly to be signing into iGrades Plus to see their scores. If there is anything Incomplete, they are able to do the make up work and receive partial credit. If there is something Missing, then there needs to be an agreement between the student and myself to work on extra credit.
Most grades where the student has been doing the work are going to be okay, however, some packets and homework assignments have been neglected and this will bring the grades down substantially. Reading has been ongoing this first trimester and the comprehension points from AR are the indicator for our student's progress.
Check the Week Peek as it has been updated to reflect what we are doing/ going to be doing this week.
"Life is short, ya gotta live it well!"
Great rainy week for learning!
Happy Halloween! Be safe tonight and have fun!
"There's a snake in my boot!"
...It's getting kinda spooky!!
It's starting...the dreaded zombie like behavior that takes over most elementary age students as the scary day of Halloween quickly approaches.
Symptoms include: dazed looks, answering teachers questions with, "Huh?! and Wha?!", making weird and really strange noises, unconsciously wondering around the classroom, asking to go use the restroom repeatedly as soon as a lesson starts or immediately after a recess or especially after walking right by the restrooms when coming back from a pull out, not turning in assigned work, and digging through their desk while the teacher is explaining a lesson.
The reason: It took me many year of teaching and researching October student behavior ( aka...OSB) to finally crack this code...but I did it!!! It's candy!
5 Ways to ease the OSB symptoms:
1. Never allow your children to know where you have hidden the Halloween candy!
2. Never assume that they do not know that you have hidden candy in the house...they know!
3. Do not hide candy in the house! I'd give you ideas of where to hide the goods, but the students might actually read these weekly updates and that could turn everything upside down. Berrrr, sends spines down my shivers!!
4. Check their lunch bag each day of Oct. and early Nov. to insure that there is no evidence of contraband being smuggled!
5. Relax, carve a pumpkin, and do really nice things for your student's teacher to insure their sanity! Educators will need extra support as they wade through the fog of this harrowing Halloween season.
"..The midnight hour is close at hand..."
Happy Halloween everyone!
PS. We gotta lot going on this week!! "Let's do dis thang!"
PSS. I need 6 more parents to sign up for the parent teacher meeting times. See the chart above for the times that are still up for grabs! Please check your Messages from Cleaver for the site url.
This week started off with PE Mr. KyleStyle! We did a heated match of street hockey! I noted that there some students that put very little effort into physical competition and barely broke sweat during our 45 minute game! PE grades are coming out in two weeks and Mr. Kurek has been warning of some N letter grades being very likely! Let's put out a big effort for the next few weeks to make an impact!
Still need some parents to get signed into Clever Messages and signed up for Parent Teacher Conferences!
Please talk to your student on details about getting both going!
Reading/ELA-We are starting the reading of Freak the Mighty, we will be having class discussions and vocabulary/spelling along with comprehension activities.
Writing- We are printing our final drafts of our narratives. This Friday we will be doing a 6th grade level celebration reading each class's narratives and then discussing them together. In addition, starting next week, we are having an Author's Chair where each student reads their narrative to the class.
Math- Finishing up chapter 2 this week with lesson 2.6 Thursday. Chapter 2 Test Friday!
History/Geography- We are learning about the Ancient Civilizations this week with our Asia Map is Due Thursday.
Asia Bing starts next week!
Week Peek- is updated on the Learning Together page!
Harvest Festival- is this Friday, October 21st and Mr. Sweet, Mr. Kitch will be in the dunk tank when it starts!
Halloween- Monday, October 31st. The school parade will be on the upper playground track from 8:15am -8:45 am. Our class party will start at 11:15am and we have a Taco Truck coming for lunch at 12:15pm. There will be a dance party in my class, a movie in Mr. Sweet's classroom and games/crafts in Ms. Gire's classroom. The Room Parents will be e-mailing with more information soon.
Let's make these next weeks count! I see the first trimester finish line!
We are looking forward to celebrating Halloween with our amazing students on Monday,
October 31st. Here are some school guidelines to make this Halloween fun, safe, and
- Rio's Halloween Parade is back! Details on the time of the parade will be coming soon.
Parents are welcome to attend. We will have a special parade for our kindergarteners, as it can
be quite overwhelming for our little ones.
- If your child plans to dress up for Halloween, please have them wear their costume to
school. If your child needs to change out of their costume please have them wear clothes
underneath so it is a quick change that can be done in the classroom. It is very difficult to
monitor bathrooms for full outfit changes.
-Costumes should be age and school appropriate with no weapons, not even plastic weapons.
If a child has a mask as part of their costume, it can be worn only during our Halloween
parade. We like to see our students' eyes and know exactly who is on our campus. We also do
not want our youngest students to be scared so please be very mindful of costumes that are
appropriate for 5 year old eyes and imaginations.
Looking forward to the organized chaos!
Short week for the students as we have a teacher work day this coming Friday! We still have some deadlines coming up quickly with AR goals in Reading, Writers Workshop 5 paragraphs by this Thursday, Letter to Naturalist due Thursday, Asia maps due, and there's more! Please check the Week Peek for details.
Thursday night 5-8 PM is the Bon Fire for 6th grades students, parents and teachers! Hope y'all can make it!
End of trimester one coming up Nov. 4. Please get signed up for a Parent teacher conference. See your Clever Messages for details. (Ask your student about Clever Messages, if they have not done so already!!)
Worksheet pages are on the homework page "Learning Together."
Take a minute and drive for school! We need help with this fundraiser event! Thanks you! tinyurl.com/RDMDFS
Let's work 6th grade style this week with Mr. Kyle!
Take a minute and check out the CLEVER link and Messages! There are bits of information there that I cannot post here on the WWW! Your student can help you get this locked and loaded! I'd appreciate your attention to this so you can sign in to the Parent teacher conference times!
Have a great weekend!
Palapas Rio night! Help your school and eat great Mexican food! See the flyer!
Please check your grades! make sure that your parents give you the code so you can sign in and keep up with all your assignments!
On Oct. 13 there will be a bonfire for 6th graders and their families at Platforms Beach. See flyer!
Third week and we are digging in with Language packet # 1, Africa Map building, Math Minute practice, Big Ideas Math lessons with work books on the way! Please make sure that your student comes to school each day and does not get behind by missing lessons, classwork and assignments that need to be turned in on time each week. I will be sharing a link that will allow parent and students to log on and check progress. The program is called iGrade Plus and I have had a lot of success using it!
Some students still need some of the suggested supplies and so does our classroom. Here are some of the things we need:
- Hand held Pencil Sharpeners
- Small paper cups
- Personal canteens
- 409 spray
- Paper Towels
- Clorox Wipes
- Baby Wipes
- uni POSCA Pens
More information coming this next week.
Let's make this a great week of learning together!
Back at it on our second week of adventure and learning together in room 18!
I can already tell that we are going to be having great year together! Here are some things to help keep the momentum going:
* Get enough rest each night so that you are refreshed and ready to learn at 7:50 am each day during the school week!
* Don't miss school (ever) unless you are sick with a fever or have a family emergency!
* Stay organized!
* Keep your HW journal and work neat and turned in on time!
* Bring a canteen with you daily and stay hydrated!
* Bring a healthy lunch to school that is sugar free!
* Get exercise daily!
* Always be looking for ways to improve!
* Keep a growth mindset and be willing to try new things!
* Have a daily reading plan 30+ minutes!
* Have gratitude always!
Back to school night is coming up Sept. 8th and I am hoping that we can have someone step up to be our room parent!
If you are interested in helping our class with field trips, class parties and other events, please reach out to me!
Science camp is coming up and you have questions!!! Here is how you can find the answers and help your student have an amazing week of outdoor education!
Webinars to answer all those pesky questions!
Dates: August 29, September 19,
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Zoom Webinar ID: 813 3539 4441
Let's make this week fun and full of learning opportunities!
Happy first day back to school!
We had a good day of review campus and class rules and going over some of the logistics of being the big kids and 6th graders! I sent home the Emergency Packets! Please fill these out and return to me by this coming Friday 19th!
Check out the SUPPLY Page link above to make sure that your student is prepared with all the good things to ensure their success this first trimester!
The kids were hilarious guessing my age! I seem to range from 22 all the way to 75! Ouch, that kinda hurt! I sometimes feel that old but can only imagine!
DEAR STUDENTS AND PARENTS,
I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING EACH OF YOU AND STARTING AN EXCITING JOURNEY OF LEARNING TOGETHER THIS YEAR IN ROOM 18!
WE HAVE A LOT OF EXCITING CURRICULUM TO TRAVEL THROUGH AND MANY WAYS THAT WE WILL BE CHALLENGING OURSELVES TO BECOMING THE BEST LIFELONG LEARNERS POSSIBLE! I (MR. KYLE) WILL BE YOUR GUIDE AS WE DISCOVER ALL THE INCREDIBLY UNIQUE AND INTERESTING THINGS IN OUR GRADE LEVEL CURRICULUM!
I KNOW YOU WILL ENJOY BEING IN ROOM 18 AS I WILL BE GIVING YOU EACH OWNERSHIP OF THE CLASS TASKS THIS YEAR! WE WILL BE HAVING CLASS MEETINGS DAILY SO THAT YOU CAN VOICE OPINIONS, IDEAS AND CONCERNS ON A REGULAR BASIS.
IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT JOURNEY! ARE YOU READY? LACE UP, PRACTICE PATIENCE, AND OFF WE GO!
PLEASE BOOKMARK THIS PAGE AND ALSO THE GOOGLE CLASS PAGE FOR EASY ACCESS.
STUDENTS SHOULD CHECK THEIR DISTRICT EMAILS FOR EXTRA INFORMATION FROM MR. KYLE :)
FUN AND OWNERSHIP IN LEARNING,
A little bit about me:
This begins my 36th year of teaching! I have seen many cycles in education and a lot of them are just the same with different names. Some things that I do not change or leave out are:
1) Honoring all my students for who they are and giving each one equal attention and access to learning.
2) Giving each student the benefit of the doubt (trust).
3) Believing students will rise to meet all the expectations of being a positive student who is growing toward their potential.
4) Respecting our country by saluting the American flag each morning.
I hope you will agree with me that now more than ever, we need to stand together as Americans to honor our country and all those who give and gave so much to make this the great nation that it is!
I PLAN TO USE THIS WEBSITE ONGOING THIS YEAR. THIS IS WHERE I WILL BE WRITING MESSAGES TO PARENTS MOSTLY TO KEEP INFORMATION FLOWING. I APPRECIATE YOU SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU ARE ALREADY READING THIS! STAY TUNED. THANKS.