• October 16, 2017






    Dear Parents,


    It was great seeing so many of you on Saturday at the BOO carnival supporting the great work of our Cardiff SEA.  I hope you had a great time!


    In math this week we will continue with division/equal shares with and without remainders.  We will also work on addition and subtraction strategies that are more efficient.  Last week we worked on a Hailstone sequence which invited the students to make their own conjecture about the numbers they were exploring. Hailstone Sequences follow these rules:  If a number is even, divide it by 2.  If a number is odd, multiply it by 3 and add 1.  Ask your child about it, it’s fun!  It’s also great math practice.  During writer’s workshop we will be working on two pieces.  The first is a descriptive poetic writing about autumn to go with the art that we will finish this week.  The second piece of writing will be a group collaboration of a persuasive piece.  This will focus on the city improvement that each group plans to present at the mock city hall meeting when we visit Encinitas City Hall for our field trip.  For our force and motion studies we will look at bridges.  Students can use the Playground App to try their hand at bridge building.  We will also build paper bridges, test their strength, refine the design and retest, and document the work.  It’ll be a busy week!


    Our field trip to Encinitas City Hall is on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 8:45-11:30.  I will need parent drivers/chaperones for this trip.  If you are able to drive, please be sure to fill out the necessary insurance form and return it to me ASAP.  Sign the attached field trip permission slip and return it by Friday, Oct. 20.


    If you are planning to send in a pumpkin (about 12 inches tall and about 10-15 pounds) for our pumpkin math activity next Monday, please let me know by this Thursday so I know how many to buy.  Thank you to the 3 parents who volunteered to help us on Wed., Oct. 25 with our pumpkin activity from 8:30-10:00.  I still have room for 3 more parents if you’d like to join us.  If so, please let me know ASAP.  Thanks.


    Dates to keep in mind:

    • Fri., 10/20, field trip permission slips due
    • Fri., 10/27, Awards Assembly, Spirit Day--Favorite Character Day
    • Tues., 10/31, Field trip to Encinitas City Hall, 8:45-11:30


    Have a great week!






    Jan Hamilton