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February 4, 2019

In class this week:

Math: Students are learning about money (counting it, making change etc.) time (telling it, elapsed). I hope that you will take a few minutes to look at the Math worksheets that are coming home on Friday afternoons in their Orange folders. This is work the students do every morning and we check together. It will give you some good ideas of things that they may have missed and/or need to practice/review.

Language Arts: Students will receive New Spelling words on Monday. They will write them in their Daily Agenda under “Words of the Week” (p 75, if using a STCS agenda) or on the back side of their daily schedule (if using a spiral notebook). All students are receiving the same list of 13 words. This week’s Phonic Focus is the /ow/ spelled ow, and ou_. In Writing, we will continue working on composing and editing an Opinion paper. Students will enjoy the next story in the Imagine It! Text and learn/use the Vocabulary Words (glossy, reeds, bank, delicate, temper, admire) We will continue our new class read aloud novel, The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White. Students are welcome to bring in their own copy of the book to follow along, or just enjoy listening to the story It is definitely one of MY personal all-time favorites

Social Studies: Students will continue to learn about the events that led to the American Revolution.

Science: Our focus for this quarter is States of Matter, Solid, Liquid, Gas.

January 28, 2019

In class this week:

Math: Students are learning about different types of charts and graphs (bar, picture, Venn diagram, tally marks) and creating their own. I hope that you will take a few minutes to look at the Math worksheets that are coming home on Friday afternoons in their Orange folders. This is work the students do every morning and we check together. It will give you some good ideas of things that they may have missed and/or need to practice/review.

Language Arts: Students will receive New Spelling words on Monday. They will write them in their Daily Agenda under “Words of the Week” (p 71, if using a STCS agenda) or on the back side of their daily schedule (if using a spiral notebook). All students are receiving the same list of 12 words. This week’s Phonic Focus is the /oo/ sound. In Writing, we will begin discussing the elements of an Opinion paper. We have also begun our new class read aloud novel, The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White. Students are welcome to bring in their own copy of the book to follow along, or just enjoy listening to the story It is definitely one of MY personal all-time favorites

Social Studies: Students will learn about the timeline of events that led to the American Revolution.

Science: Our focus for this quarter (and the upcoming STEM festival THIS SATURDAY) is States of Matter. Students will be creating “Ooblek”. 

November 27, 2018

Good Morning,

I trust that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break, I know that I did. However, it is always nice to return to school and be greeted by your wonderful students. We are gearing up to finish 2nd quarter & First Semester strong.

In class this week:

Math: Students will be rotating between “Review” baskets/work (2 & 3 digit addition with and without regrouping, 2 & 3 digit subtraction with and without regrouping, Rounding to the nearest ten/hundreds, Estimating sums and differences, counting coins), “Meeting with Teacher”, “Accuracy” work (addition and subtraction facts, adding/subtracting, adding 10 & 100, counting/adding up money amounts ) “S” (Noetic word problems) and “T” Technology/Tools.(Moby Max, clocks, coins) I hope that you will take a few minutes to look at the Math worksheets that are coming home on Friday afternoons in their Orange folders. This is work the students do every morning and we check together. It will give you some good ideas of things that they may have missed and/or need to practice/review.

Language Arts: Students will receive New Spelling words on Monday. They will write them in their Daily Agenda under “Words of the Week” (p 49, if using a STCS agenda) or on the back side of their daily schedule (if using a spiral notebook). All students are receiving the same list of 10 words with the opportunity, for some, to receive an additional 5 Challenge Words of the week. This week’s words are focused on the long o spelled –ow, oa-, o, and o-e. We will continue working on Informational writing rules/skills. Students will watch, read and learn about Major Biomes in the World over the next few weeks and prepare a description of their chosen Biome. (to be used in an upcoming Biome project) I also will introduce new vocabulary that will be found in our Imagine It! Story for the week. Students will also learn about Capitalization: Days, Months, Cities, and States.

Social Studies: Students will learn about Giving Tuesday and how that may look in their community.

Science: We will begin our study of the Major Biomes of the World. Information regarding a Biome Project will be given in the next week. Please be on the lookout for a separate email next week with details

• ON A SIDE NOTE: I have noticed that many students have been arriving to school late recently. Please be aware that we are in the classroom at 8:30 and begin work promptly after students are unpacked. It is imperative that students arrive to school/class on time so that they are not falling behind (or feeling behind) Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to assure that your student is on time for school every day. Thanks so much for your attention to this important matter.

Michele Esposito
2nd Grade Teacher
San Tan Charter School

October 29, 2018

Good Morning,

In class this week:

Math: Students will be rotating between “Review” baskets/work (2 & 3 digit addition with and without regrouping, 2 & 3 digit subtraction with and without regrouping, Rounding to the nearest ten/hundreds, Estimating sums), “Meeting with Teacher”, “Accuracy” work (addition and subtraction facts, adding/subtracting, adding 10 & 100) “S” (word problems) and “T” Technology/Tools.(Moby Max, clocks) I hope that you will take a few minutes to look at the Math worksheets that are coming home on Friday afternoons in their Orange folders. This is work the students do every morning and we check together. It will give you some good ideas of things that they may have missed and/or need to practice/review. On Wednesday, student will learn to make Pumpkin Play Clay. This will require following a recipe and measuring out the ingredients.

Language Arts: Students will receive New Spelling words on Monday. They will write them in their Daily Agenda under “Words of the Week” (p 39, if using a STCS agenda) or on the back side of their daily schedule (if using a spiral notebook). All students are receiving the same list of 10 words with the opportunity, for some, to receive an additional 5 Challenge Words of the week. This week’s words are focused on the /s/ sound spelled “ce” and “ci_” and the /j/ sound spelled “ge” and “gi_”. We will continue working on Informational writing rules/skills. Students will watch, read and learn about 4 American Symbols (the flag, the bald eagle, the Statue of Liberty, and the Liberty Bell) and write an informational paper about one (or all) of the symbols. We currently are learning about and taking notes about each symbol to be used in the informational writing. I also will introduce new vocabulary that will be found in our Imagine It! Story for the week (rent, desert, vacant, tenants, examine) Students will also learn about Adjectives. I finished our classroom read aloud novel, The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden on Friday. We will work on a “wrap up activity” this week.

Social Studies: Students are learning about American Symbols

Science: This quarters Topic is Biomes and I hope to begin our study of those in a few weeks

REMINDERS:

Wednesday, October 31st is a HALF-Day with 2nd grade dismissal at 11:15.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 is our First Field trip!! I will be sending out more details regarding this later in the week

Michele Esposito

October 22, 2018

In class this week:

Math: Students will be rotating between “Review” baskets/work (2-digit addition with and without regrouping, 2-digit subtraction with and without regrouping, Rounding to the nearest ten/hundreds), “Meeting with Teacher”, “Accuracy” work (addition and subtraction facts, adding/subtracting, adding 10 & 100) “S” (word problems) and “T” Technology/Tools.(Moby Max, clocks) I hope that you will take a few minutes to look at the Math worksheets that are coming home on Friday afternoons in their Orange folders. This is work the students do every morning and we check together. It will give you some good ideas of things that they may have missed and/or need to practice/review.

Language Arts: Students will receive New Spelling words on Monday. They will write them in their Daily Agenda under “Words of the Week” (p 37, if using a STCS agenda) or on the back side of their daily schedule (if using a spiral notebook). All students are receiving the same list of 10 words with the opportunity, for some, to receive an additional 5 Challenge Words of the week. This week’s words are focused on Long e spelled ee, ea, e, e_e, and Long a spelled ai_, _ay, a_e. We will begin working on Informational writing rules/skills. Students will watch, read and learn about 4 American Symbols (the flag, the bald eagle, the Statue of Liberty, and the Liberty Bell) and write an informational paper about one (or all) of the symbols. I also will introduce new vocabulary that will be found in our Imagine It! Story for the week (rent, desert, vacant, tenants, examine) Students will also learn about Capitalization: Proper Nouns, Titles and Initials. I will finish our classroom read aloud novel, The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden.

Social Studies: Students are learning about American Symbols

Science: This quarter’s Topic is Biomes & Habitats. I hope to begin our study of those in a few weeks

September 24, 2018

Hello Parents,

Happy Fall

In class this week:

Math: Students will be rotating between “Review” baskets/work (fact families, three ways to write a numbers, skip counting), “Meeting with Teacher”, “Accuracy” work (addition and subtraction facts, adding/subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers with and without regrouping, adding 10 & 100) “S” (word problems) and “T” Technology/Tools. I hope that you will take a few minutes to look at the Math worksheets that are coming home on Friday afternoons in their Orange folders. This is work the students do every morning and we check together. It will give you some good ideas of things that they may have missed and/or need to practice/review.

Language Arts: Students will receive New Spelling words on Monday. They will write them in their Daily Agenda under “Words of the Week” (p 27, if using a STCS agenda) or on the back side of their daily schedule (if using a spiral notebook). All students are receiving the same list of 10 words as they continue to learn how to use their Black spelling notebooks. This week’s words are focused on Long e spelled ee, ea, e, e_e. We will also continue working on Narrative writing rules/skills. We will continue to practice using Transition Words (First, Next, Then, Finally) and adding details to their writing. I also will introduce new vocabulary that will be found in our Imagine It! Story for the week. Students will also learn about and asked to identify Complete and Incomplete Sentences. I will continue our classroom read aloud novel, The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. Students are welcome to bring in their own copy, if they wish to follow along while I am reading, but it is not mandatory for them to have it to enjoy the story

Social Studies: Students are learning about the community they live in and how it operates.

Science: This week we will continue our exploration of Space. They will learn why there is a Day and Night and about the Four Seasons, with Fall as a focus this week

REMINDER: THIS Wednesday, September 26th is a HALF-DAY. Dismissal for 2nd Grade is 11:15. Please plan accordingly

Michele Esposito

September 18, 2018

Hello Parents,

I was not at school on Monday because I was enjoying some time with out of town family. I am happy to tell you that I received a Glowing Report from my Guest Teacher, Mrs. V. This certainly made my heart happy, and felt the need to let you all know as well

In class this week:

Math: This week we will finish up the Moby Max pre-assessments. I am hoping to be able to send home your student’s Username & Password by the end of the week, so that they can access the website at home Students will be rotating between “Review” baskets/work (fact families, three ways to write a numbers, skip counting), “Meeting with Teacher”, “Accuracy” work (addition and subtraction facts, adding 10 & 100) “S” (word problems) and “T” Technology/Tools. I hope that you will take a few minutes to look at the Math worksheets that are coming home on Friday afternoons in their Orange folders. This is work the students do every morning and we check together. It will give you some good ideas of things that they may have missed and/or need to practice/review.

Language Arts: Students will receive New Spelling words on TUESDAY. They will write them in their Daily Agenda under “Words of the Week” (p 25, if using a STCS agenda) or on the back side of their daily schedule (if using a spiral notebook). All students are receiving the same list of 10 words as they continue to learn how to use their Black spelling notebooks. This week’s words are focused on /n/ spelled kn_; /r/ spelled wr_; /f/ spelled ph_. We will also continue working on Narrative writing rules/skills. This week we will practice using Transition Words (First, Next, Then, Finally) and adding details to their writing. I also will introduce new vocabulary that will be found in our Imagine It! Story for the week. Students will also be introduced to using a dictionary and glossary along with “capitalization”. I will continue our classroom read aloud novel, The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. Students are welcome to bring in their own copy, if they wish to follow along while I am reading, but it is not mandatory for them to have it to enjoy the story

Social Studies: Students are learning about the community they live in and how it operates.

Science: This week we will continue our exploration of Space. They will learn why there is a Day and Night and about the Four Seasons.

Be on the lookout for a Sign-Up Genius for our upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences on October 4 & 5th. I am hoping to have it out to you by mid-week

Have a great day!!

Michele Esposito
2nd Grade Teacher
San Tan Charter School

Hello,

I hope that everyone enjoyed their weekend.

I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight some of the things that we will be working on in class this week.

Math: This week I will introduce the “Solving Problems” or “S” math basket. Students will then be rotating between “Review” baskets/work (fact families, three ways to write a numbers, skip counting), “Meeting with Teacher”, “Accuracy” work (addition and subtraction facts, adding 10 & 100) and “S” (word problems). I hope that you will take a few minutes to look at the Math worksheets that are coming home on Friday afternoons in their Orange folders. This is work the students do every morning and we check together. It will give you some good ideas of things that they may have missed and/or need to practice/review.

Language Arts: Students will receive New Spelling words on Monday. They will write them in their Daily Agenda under “Words of the Week” (p 23, if using a STCS agenda) or on the back side of their daily schedule (if using a spiral notebook). All students are receiving the same list of 10 words as they continue to learn how to use their Black spelling notebooks. This week’s words are focused on Long e spelled e and e_e. We will also continue working on Narrative writing rules/skills. This week we will practice using Transition Words (First, Next, Then, Finally) in their writing. I also will introduce new vocabulary words (escalator, fasten, yank, palace, dashing) that will be found in our Imagine It! Story for the week. Students will also be introduced to “subject and predicate” and asked to identify them in sentences. I will continue our classroom read aloud novel, The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. Students are welcome to bring in their own copy, if they wish to follow along while I am reading, but it is not mandatory for them to have it to enjoy the story

Social Studies: Students are learning about the community they live in and how it operates. This week they will create a “3 Types of Communities” (rural, urban, suburban) foldable in class.

Science: This week we will continue our exploration of Space

See attached file for a fun COMMUNITY EVENT this FRIDAY!!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns!!

Week of September 3, 2018

Hello,

I hope that everyone enjoyed their three day weekend.

I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight some of the things that we will be working on in class this week.

Math: This week we will be rotating between “Review” baskets/work (fact families, three ways to write a number), “Meeting with Teacher” and “Accuracy” work (addition and subtraction facts) I hope that you will take a few minutes to look at the Math worksheets that are coming home on Friday afternoons in their Orange folders. This is work the students do every morning and we check together. It will give you some good ideas of things that they may have missed and/or need to practice/review.

Language Arts: Students will receive New Spelling words on Tuesday. They will write them in their Daily Agenda under “Words of the Week” (p 21, if using a STCS agenda) or on the back side of their daily schedule (if using a spiral notebook). All students are receiving the same list of 10 words as I train and teach them how to use their Black spelling notebooks. We will also begin working on Narrative writing rules/skills. This week I will introduce “transition words”. I also will introduce new vocabulary words (leather, shoemaker, elves, finest, flash) that will be found in our Imagine It! Story for the week. Students will also be introduced to the concept of Sequence and identify Time words (tomorrow, tonight, in the morning, once upon a time etc) I will continue our classroom read aloud novel, The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. Students are welcome to bring in their own copy, if they wish to follow along while I am reading, but it is not mandatory for them to have it to enjoy the story

Social Studies: Students are learning about the community they live in and how it operates.

Science: This week we will begin our exploration of Space

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns!!

Michele Esposito
2nd Grade Teacher
San Tan Charter School

Week of August 27, 2018

Hello,

I hope that everyone enjoyed their weekend.

I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight some of the things that we will be working on in class this week.

Math: I will continue to introduce our small group rotations. This week we will be adding the “Review” baskets/work and “Meeting with Teacher” to our “Accuracy” work. I hope that you will take a few minutes to look at the Math worksheets that are coming home on Friday afternoons in their Orange folders. This is work the students do every morning and we check together. It will give you some good ideas of things that they may have missed and/or need to practice/review. This week, I will introduce the RED checking pen, so any mistakes or missed problems should be easy to spot

Language Arts: Students will receive New Spelling words on Monday. They will write them in their Daily Agenda under “Words of the Week” (p17, if using a STCS agenda) or on the back side of their daily schedule (if using a spiral notebook). All students are receiving the same list of 10 words as I train and teach them how to use their Black spelling notebooks. We will also begin working on Narrative writing rules/skills. I also will introduce new vocabulary words (litter, witness, dawn, engine, glows) that will be found in our Imagine It! Story for the week. Students will also be introduced to action verbs. This week, I will begin our classroom read aloud novel, The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. Students are welcome to bring in their own copy, if they wish to follow along while I am reading, but it is not mandatory for them to have it to enjoy the story

Social Studies: Students are learning about the community they live in. I will also be introducing the 3 types of communities: Rural, Suburban, Urban.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns!!

Michele Esposito
2nd Grade Teacher
San Tan Charter School
 

September 11, 2017

Hello,

 

I am back from KC, after having a fabulous time celebrating the wedding of my niece,  and ready to rock this week.

 

It is HOMECOMING week, so please be aware of the following Spirit Days happening all THIS week:

 

Monday- Patriotic Day

Tuesday- Tropical Day

Wednesday- Crazy Sock Day

Thursday- Jersey Day

Friday- Super School Spirit

 

We also will be getting back to our class novel, receive NEW Spelling Words and continue Writing Narratives.

 

Please also remember: CAREER DAY, we need Parent Volunteers (YOU!!)  and FIELD TRIP forms that were sent out last week need to be returned by 10-3-17.

 

Here’s to a FUN weekJ

 

August 28, 2017

Hello,

 

This week in Math, students will be learning to write numbers through the thousands in THREE different ways: STANDARD (256) EXPANDED (200+50+6) and WORD form (two hundred fifty six).  I have provided each student with a Number Word sheet to keep  in their Math notebooks to assist with the spelling necessary for the word form.  I also, have chosen Number words for their Spelling Words this week. YOU will find these in their Agenda under Words of the Week. Remember, Spelling Test are on Fridays!!  In Language Arts, we are learning Homophones.  We encountered the Homophones “Sunday” and “sundae” in The Cricket in Times Square….and, we decided to explore these words further!! THIS week, we found homophones in our Spelling List, (how fun!!)  two, too & to, four & for, AND…eight & ate!!!  I encourage you to continue the “Homophone Hunt” at home with the nightly reading!!  I am hoping to incorporate Homophones in our Narrative writing.

 

In The Cricket in Times Square, we are discovering interesting characters, places and vocabulary words…and will be traveling (virtually) to Chinatown today!  In Social Studies, we are studying communities, and will begin discussing the difference between a good and a service.

 

I am looking forward to a fantastic week of learning, laughing and growing!!

 

May 30,  2017

Hello Parents,

Mark your calendars NOW for the Open House on Monday, July 31st.   More details to come in the following weeks.

Mrs. Esposito

 

 

May 30, 2017

Hello Parents,

What a productive and purposeful school year it has been.  I want to thank each of you for allowing me to teach, enjoy and learn from your students.  I wish you all a restful and refreshing summer break.

 

February 17, 2017

Hello Parents,

 

Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 20 in honor of Presidents’ Day and on Tuesday, February 21, ALL permission slips for our upcoming Arizona Science Center field trip are due to me with payment.  Also, I am in the process of finalizing my count on the number of chaperones we have for the trip.  If I have more volunteers then is needed,  I will utilize a lottery system for choosing chaperones.  I should have these numbers by Wednesday and be able to let those volunteers know so you can make arrangements for YOUR payment.  Again, THANKS in advance for your willingness to help AND for getting all the paperwork turned in to me in a timely manner!!

 

In Class next week:

 

Math: Students will continue to work with/or multiplication facts and money concepts

Language Arts: Students will continue working on Opinion style writing, Word Work (Presidents’ Day words) and reading comprehension.

Social Studies: Students will delve deeper into the important people and events that led to the American Revolution

Science: Students will study the Water Cycle

 

 

Also, I have noticed more and more stuffed animals and toys are being brought to school. These items are causing distractions in our classroom.  I am asking the students to please leave these personal items at home.

 

 

As always, thanks for your support.  Enjoy the  long weekend with your family & friendsJ

 

 

February 3, 2017

Hello Parents,

 

What a FUN field trip it was yesterday to the Higley Center for the Performing Arts.  THANKS so much for our parent volunteers, Mrs. Taylor & Ms. Weidman, for coming along. 

Another fun field trip is in our future, so be on the lookout for Permission Slips going home today regarding our visit to the Arizona Science Center on Friday, March 3.  I will be in need of several chaperones, so start looking at your calendars now and let me know if you can come along!!!

 

A sneak peek at next week in class:

MATH:  Students will be working on Multiplication Fact Strategies this week

SOCIAL STUDIES:   We have been discussing the events that led to the American Revolution and students will create a timeline

SCIENCE:  This week we turn our attention to the 2nd half of the semester look at the atmosphere by exploring the layers of the atmosphere and their function.

WRITERS WORKSHOP:  We have been looking at opinion writing and incorporating sharing our opinion verbally and in writing throughout all of our subjects.  This week we will hone in on using a student checklist, editing and revising our work

 

 

School Events:

 

Spirit Week

 

Spirit week is February 6-10

 

Monday- Wear all one color day (students can pick any color they want)

Tuesday- Sports Day

Wednesday- Black and White Day

Thursday- Favorite Character Day

Friday- Super School Spirit Day

 

 

Our 4th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance is Friday, February 17, 2017 from 6:00-7:30PM. Tickets are $10 per family no matter how many daughters are coming to dance. All tickets are pre-sale only and can be purchased through the front office. We will be selling concessions, having dance competitions, games, and lots of fun!

 

Please email Ms. Freeman at afreeman@santancs.com if you have any questions.

 

 

As always, don’t hesitate to email me with any questions or concerns.  Have a great weekendJ

 

 

December 12, 2016

Good Morning,

 

It was so great to see so many of you last night at the Elementary Winter Concert.  Thank you for your continued support of our wonderful music program.

 

As we finish out our final full week of 2nd quarter, we will be focused on the following areas:

 

Literacy

  • Reading Comprehension- defining new vocabulary words using context clues in Farmer Boy, as well, as our “Imagine It” short stories. Writing and Discussing answers to comprehension questions and summarizing chapters/stories.
  • Writing-  Opinion paper pre-test
  • Oral Fluency- practice reading aloud with teacher, friend and small group.  Students are also working on being “super listeners” while classmates are reading aloud or sharing information.
  • Spelling: Winter Words

 

Math

  • Number Fluency- Subtraction Number Sense
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking- Students are working on fluently adding and subtracting with renaming and regrouping up to 3 digit numbers

 

Science

  • Nutrition and Holiday Foods

 

Social Studies

  • Holiday Traditions/Legends

 

December 5, 2016

Good Morning Parents,

 

I hope that you had an enjoyable weekend.  I’m looking forward to seeing and working with your students this week.

 

Please be on the lookout for a Sign-Up Genius link coming out later in the week for our upcoming Parent/Teacher conference meetings.

 

 

Literacy

  • Reading Comprehension- defining new vocabulary words using context clues in Farmer Boy, as well, as our “Imagine It” short stories.
  • Writing-  “How To” papers
  • Oral Fluency- practice reading aloud with teacher, friend and small group.  Students are also working on being “super listeners” while classmates are reading aloud or sharing information.
  • Spelling: Winter Words

 

The NWEA ELA MAP testing will be completed on Monday, December 5

 

Math

  • Number Fluency- Estimating Sums, Telling Time
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking- Students are working on fluently adding and subtracting with renaming and regrouping up to 3 digit numbers

 

Science

  • Nutrition

 

Social Studies

  • National Symbols

 

 

 

Additional Information:

 

San Tan Cultural Fair, Friday, January 20th  (Flyer is attached)

At San Tan we believe that individual student success is rooted in respect for and a cultivation of a strong sense of identity and pride.  We are pleased and excited to invite students and families to join us as we celebrate the many cultures represented in our school community!

~WE NEED YOU!~

We would love for families to share artifacts, foods, and stories that reflect your family’s culture.

Sign Up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c44aca62d6-cultural

 

 

Annual Gifted Testing (Flyer is attached)

Our annual gifted testing session is coming this spring!

If you are interested in having your child tested for gifted, please complete the attached Parent Request Form and return it to the office with the Co-Pay.

Gifted Testing Requests are due no later than January 18th.

 

If you have any questions regarding the Gifted Testing, please contact Ms. Tischer

 

Michelle Tischer

5th Grade Gifted Teacher

mtischer@santancs.com

 

 

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Mrs. Esposito

 

November 21, 2016

Hello Wonderful Parents,

 

This week we will be spending much of our class time learning about and incorporating the history of Thanksgiving, traditions and foods throughout the curriculum.  In Math, students will use grocery ads to plan, add and budget a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  In Language Arts, students will watch, read and learn “how-to” prepare traditional dishes, following up by writing their own “how-to” recipe. In Science, we will discuss the nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes and other “traditional” Thanksgiving foods.  In Social Studies, students will be learning about the history of this great American holiday.

 

Please remember that Wednesday is a half-day, with our annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving in the afternoon.

 

 

November 14, 2016

Good Morning,

 

I hope that you had a restful long weekend and enjoyed the beautiful Fall weather.  I am looking forward to another great week.  Your fabulous students will be busy learning & exploring all kinds of things.

 

Literacy

  • Reading Comprehension- Retelling the main points of our read aloud story, Farmer Boy, as well, as our “Imagine It” short stories.
  • Writing- Finishing our “President’s Job” book and beginning a “How To” paper
  • Oral Fluency- practice reading aloud with teacher, friend and small group

Math

  • Number Fluency- Rounding Numbers through Thousands
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking- Students are working on fluently adding and subtracting with renaming and regrouping

Science

  • Nutrition

Social Studies

  • Post-Election: What does the current President and President-Elect do now?

 

 

Spirit Fridays- don’t forget to wear yellow and green on Fridays. The child needs to have a good amount of yellow, green, or both on to count for our spirit numbers.

 

Important Dates:

  • 11/15 – Gifted Parent Night @ 6:00
  • 11/19 – Casino Night @ 7:00 *details below
  • 11/22 – Music Together Parent Night @ 4:30

 

 

*Come join us for our 2nd Annual ADULT Casino Night! Saturday, November 19th from 7:00pm-10:00pm in the San Tan Gym (3959 East Elliot Road, Gilbert, Az 85234). Bring some friends, find that babysitter, and have some fun before the holidays begin. Please help support our growing championship sports program by attending this fun filled event. Below is just a snapshot of what you will enjoy, please sign up below.

 

Texas Hold’Em Tournament

Poker, Roulette, and more!

Adult beverages provided by Four Peaks Brewery

Grand Prize:  Win your own casino night at your home!

 

Sign up here:  http://tinyurl.com/jfxddyu

 

 

November 6, 2016

Good Evening,

 

I hope that you had a restful weekend and enjoyed the beautiful Fall weather.  I am looking forward to another great week,  with your fabulous students.  We will be busy learning & exploring all kinds of things.

 

Literacy

  • Reading Comprehension- Retelling the main points of our read aloud story, Farmer Boy, as well, as our “Imagine It” short stories.
  • Writing- starting our “Lab Report” for our informational writing unit
  • Oral Fluency- practice reading aloud with teacher, friend and small group

Math

  • Number Fluency- Place Value up through the thousands place
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking- we are working on fluently adding and subtracting with renaming and regrouping

Science

  • Nutrition

Social Studies

  • Electoral College, Voting & Election Day
  • Veterans- what a veteran is and why many people acknowledge them on Veteran’s Day

 

Red Ribbon Week

This week is Red Ribbon Week. We have different dress up themes for Monday-Thursday next week. Our class discussion about Red Ribbon Week will involve how we promise to keep our bodies healthy. If you would like your child to opt out of these activities, please let me know. The daily themes are school wide:

 

  • Monday- “Put a Cap on Drugs”- hat day
  • Tuesday- “Stomp on Drugs”- sock day
  • Wednesday- “Shade Away from Drugs”- sunglasses day
  • Thursday- “Red out for Red Ribbon Week”- full red dress out day

 

  • FRIDAY- VETERAN’S DAY= NO SCHOOL

 

Spirit Fridays- don’t forget to wear yellow and green on Fridays. The child needs to have a good amount of yellow, green, or both on to count for our spirit numbers.

 

Important Dates:

  • 11/8 – Picture Retakes
  • 11/10 – Trolls Movie Night @ 5:30
  • 11/11 – ALL SCHOOL NO SCHOOL  due to Veteran’s Day
  • 11/15 – Gifted Parent Night @ 6:00
  • 11/19 – Casino Night @ 7:00
  • 11/22 – Music Together Parent Night @ 4:30

 

October 30, 2016

Hello Parents,

 

I wanted to remind you that the Math calendar, with all work attached for the number of problems that your student chose to complete, is due to me on Monday, October 31st.  I also wanted to remind you that we do NOT celebrate Halloween at STCS and that costumes are NOT allowed on campus or in the classrooms on Monday.  Please also remember, our school wide nutrition policy, that includes NO CANDY on campus.

 

Thanks in advance for your understanding and support.

 

October 24, 2016

Good Morning,

 

We had a great week back from Fall Break.  We took some time last week reviewing topics and procedures,  finishing up projects and trying out a new seating arrangement.

 

This week we will turn our focus to Informational Writing, our new Class Novel, Farmer Boy , a Nutrition Unit and our Election Process.

 

Please see below for upcoming school events:

 

Thursday, 10/27 – Social Studies Learning Celebration after school (elementary grades)

10/27 – San Tan Haunted Nest (recommended for 5th grade and up)

10/27 – High School Tackle Football home vs. Heritage Gateway @ 5:00PM (Gate Fee)

 

Friday, 10/28 – Social Studies Learning Celebration after school (5thgrade and up)

10/28 – San Tan Haunted House (recommended for 5th grade and up)

 

11/1 – BRAX Cup Fundraiser Begins

 

11/3 – 3rd Grade Zoo Fieldtrip

11/3 – 4th Grade JA Biztown Fieldtrip

11/3 – High School Tackle Football (AWAY) vs. Western Science and Technology @ 4:30

11/3 – Introduction to Parenting the Love and Logic Way @ 6:30

 

11/4 – 5th Grade JA Biztown Fieldtrip

11/4 – Harkins Loyalty Order Forms Due

 

 

As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

October 17, 2016

Hello wonderful parents,

 

It was so great seeing all of the smiling, refreshed faces of your sweet children.  By the sounds of it, everyone seemed to have a fun Fall Break.

 

As we talked about at our Parent/Teacher conferences, the Daily Spiral Review sheet that they completed this morning along with the Math homework sheet has gone home with each student (and I have also attached a copy for your convenience). Both of these papers, along with a RED Harkins Loyalty Cup pre-order form, should be found in their Daily Agenda.  The Math homework sheet will need to be returned to me with information/work attached, according the homework level you chose, on Monday, October 31.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this.

 

Have a great rest of your dayJ

 

Mrs. Esposito

 

September 16, 2016

Hello Parents,

 

What a FUN Spirit filled week it has been!!  Thanks for encouraging and helping your student participate in the different themes each day of the week.

This afternoon there will be a parade and Pep Rally in preparation for the BIG HOMECOMING football game tonight.  Here are the details, if you and your family would like to attend.

*High School Tackle Football Home vs. Western Science @ 7:00PM (Gate Fee Applies) We will be doing a “White Out” come dressed in all white to support the boys.

Please note that all high school games are subjected to a gate fee of:

$2.00 per child/student

$3.00 per adult

 

 

This week in class, we completed Topic 2, Addition Strategies,  in Math and are eager to get started on Topic 3, Subtraction Strategies,  on Monday.   Students are also enjoying the adventures of Chester, Harry, Tucker & Mario in our class novel, The Cricket in Times Square.  In writing, students have been working on using Transition Words in their writing and retelling stories.  Next week, we will focus on creating strong endings. I have also enjoyed seeing their creative sides emerge through writing and illustrating of “Squiggle” stories.  In Social Studies, we will continue to talk about people and places in our community, with an emphasis on Goods/Services and Wants/Needs.  In Science, we will begin discussing Soil and Plant life.

 

The salt dough bagels went home YESTERDAY, hopefully, they all made it home in one piece!! J   ALSO, Picture Packets will be going home TODAY!!!  School Pictures are scheduled for next Friday, September 23.

 

Have a fabulous weekend.

 

 

September 9, 2016

Hello Parents,

 

Next week is San Tan Homecoming week!!  It will be filled with a variety of FUN activities throughout the school days along with HOME games for sports in volleyball and football teams!!

 

 

Here are the Spirit Theme Days and Games:

Monday, September 12th Homecoming Activities

Monday Spirit Day Dress: Crazy Hair Day

Tuesday, September 13th Homecoming Activities

Tuesday Spirit Day Dress: Color Attack Day:

  • Preschool – Stripes
  • Kindergarten – Polka Dots
  • First – Pink
  • Second – Grey or Silver
  • Third – Purple
  • Fourth – Black
  • Fifth – Yellow
  • Sixth – Red
  • Seventh – Orange
  • Eighth – Green
  • High School – Blue

 

Tuesday Homecoming Games:

 

JH Volleyball Home vs. Legacy Chandler @ 5:00PM

JH Volleyball Home vs. Basis Mesa @ 6:00PM

Wednesday, September 14th Homecoming Activities

Wednesday Spirit Day Dress: Fancy Day

Wednesday Homecoming Games:

JH Flag Team 2 Home vs. South Valley @ 5:00PM

JH Flag Team 1 Home vs. Heritage Gateway @ 6:00PM

Thursday, September 15th Homecoming Activities

Thursday Spirit Day Dress: Favorite Character

Thursday Homecoming Games: There will be concessions so come hungry.

JH Flag Team 1 Home vs. South Valley @ 5:00PM

JH Flag Team 1 Home vs. Legacy Chandler @ 6:00PM

JH Volleyball Home vs. Legacy Gilbert @ 5:00PM

Junior Varsity High School Volleyball Home vs. Western Science @ 6:00PM (Gate Fee Applies)

Please note that all high school games are subjected to a gate fee of:

$2.00 per child/student

$3.00 per adult

Friday, September 16th Homecoming Activities

Friday Spirit Day Dress: Super School Spirit

 

 

September 6, 2016

Hello Parents,

 

I hope that you all enjoyed the 3 day weekend…I know, that I did J

 

I am looking forward to seeing your student’s bright and shiny face and returning to our regular schedule this week, as I know the students are as well.

 

This week in Math, we will continue working on Addition Strategies.  In Reading, we will continue our adventures with, The Cricket in Times Square.  In Language Arts, we will continue using context clues to help us decide parts of speech and meanings of new words, and work with spelling words in a variety of ways.   In Writing, students are working on expanding on “small moment” ideas, with an emphasis on adding details.  In Social Studies, we are discussing all the different aspects of a community.

 

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

9/6 – JH Flag Football Team 1 @ Legacy Chandler 4:30PM

9/7 – JH Flag Football Team 2 @ Heritage Mesa 4:30PM

9/8 – JH Volleyball @ Faith Christian 6:00PM

9/8 – High School Volleyball Home vs. ASU Poly @ 5:00PM

9/9 – JH Flag Football Team 1 Home vs. Imagine @ 5:00PM

9/10 – Costco Night 7:PM – 9:PM

Costco Shopping Night – Our annual Costco Shop Night is being held September 10th from 7-9 PM at the San Tan Village Costco. Costco uses this night as a way to give back to the schools. For every $100 spent we will earn 1 ream of copy paper. The school that raises the most reams of copy paper will also receive a free pallet of water to be used at events to help fundraising further. Families just need to come and do their regular shopping during the event. Costco will keep track at the registers of what school you are there shopping for. Costco has many great activities and food tasting set up for the night. All Departments will be open during the event. Visit the Tire Center, 1 Hr Photo, Optical, and food court. Our very own Rocky will be there during the event with the STCS Cheer squad. Costco has put together a scavenger hunt for kiddos to do. We are encouraging you to wear your STCS spirit gear or STCS colors! Our school will have a wish list of some additional office items available that you may purchase and donate to us. There will be a donation collection bin decorated for our school by the registers and food court area. Simply place the donations in the bin and Dr. Sippel will transport them to the school. As always your continued support is what helps make our school a great community. We look forward to seeing everyone there!!!!

Michele Esposito

2nd Grade Teacher

 

August 29, 2016,

Dear Parents,

 

I hope everyone has had a fantastic weekend.

 

Our class schedule has been altered a bit, due to the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) testing.  Last week we completed the Math portion and, on Monday, we will be doing the Reading test.

 

Below is a breakdown of concepts we will be covering this week in class:

 

Mathematics- Topic 1 Understanding Addition and Subtraction (along with working on SMART math rotations and small group instruction)

Word Study– Spelling: Short I and Long I with a silent e

Vocabulary: Students are using context clues to define words found in our class novel, The Cricket in Times Square

Reading- We are working on building reading stamina for read to self and listening to and summarizing our class novel, The Cricket in Times Square. Students will also start working on oral fluency skills (reading aloud).

Writing Workshop- Tiny Moment stories

Social Studies- Building a classroom community, comparing and contrasting the 3 types of Communities and exploring the community we live in.

 

 

 

Also,

 

Our Annual Paper Drive has begun, because of this great drive San Tan has never had to spend funds to buy paper thanks to all of our families! The front office will be keeping track of reams of paper brought in for each teacher, point values are assigned below;

White Ream of Paper =1

Colored Paper = 2

Colored Cardstock = 5

Please drop off reams of paper with your teacher’s name on it; the winning class will receive a pizza party and a $250.00 school supply gift card. Let the paper drive begin!

 

8/29 – Fall Clubs Begin

9/2 – Elementary Student Council Elections

9/2 – Charter School ½ Day

 

August 19, 2016

Hello Parents,

It was another wonderful week!!

Students are settling in nicely to our daily/weekly routine.  We have started our Math Rotations in class, and students have been working on their accuracy (math facts) and reviewing some math vocabulary.  In Reading, students explored the Imagine It textbook and enjoyed the first couple of stories that highlighted important people and places in our community. Students also worked on defining vocabulary words using “context clues”.   In writing, students have begun keeping an “ideas” tiny notebook in class.  The hope is that they will begin with a “small idea or moment” and expand it in to a story.  I introduced them to a wonderful Master Author, named Jane Yolen and shared her story, Own Moon, that had been inspired by a “small moment” from her childhood.  I am excited to see what stories they create throughout the quarter.  In Spelling, the students received their first list of spelling words for the year on Thursday.  The words can be found in their agenda.  Our class spelling tests will be on Wednesdays.  In Social Studies, we studied Ancient Greece and the First Olympics.

“Everything” books are coming home today!!! Look for the PURPLE spiral notebook in their backpacksJ  I am requesting that parents write a response over the weekend, then send the notebook, along with their school agenda, back on Monday.  Thanks so much for your help with thisJ

Below you will find some important upcoming events.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

8/22-9/2 – MAP Testing

8/22 – School Paper Drive Begins

8/24 – Nutrition Talk @ 6:00PM

8:26 – Sports Showcase Family Night @ 6:00

8/29 – Fall Clubs Begin

9/2 – Elementary Student Council Elections

9/2 – Charter School ½ Day

9/2 – San Tan University

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Michele Esposito

2nd Grade Teacher

San Tan Charter School

 

 

June 1, 2016

Hello Parents,

Mark your calendars NOW for the Open House on Thursday, August 4th.  More details to come in the following weeks.

Mrs. Esposito

 

May 27, 2016

Hello Parents,

What a great year it has been!!  Thanks for your continued support throughout the school year.  I wish you a restful and fun summer.

Mrs. Esposito

 

March 7, 2016

 

Good Morning,

 

We have had a flu bug going through our class. Most students who have had this have been tired and droopy with a fever. We have taken extra care to wipe down and disinfect everything.

 

This is our last week before a two week Spring Break. On Tuesday, March 8th is the Learning Celebration. Come and see what your child is working on. All students will be picked up from the classroom at dismissal time, dismissal time for 4th grade is 3:25.

 

The week we get back from Spring Break we begin AZ Merit testing. The first day of testing is the writing portion on Wednesday,  March 30th.  Thursday, March 31st is Part 1 for reading and math. Part 2 for reading and math will be on Tuesday, April 5th. The AIMS Science test for 4th graders will be on Wednesday, April 6th. All testing accommodations your child normally receives they will still receive for these tests. The only hard and fast restriction we have is when a student begins a test he/she must finish that test on that day. Please make sure your child is at school for the entire day on these testing days.

 

Yearbook sales begin on Friday March 11th.

Yearbook order forms and online order information will be going home with your child this week.  The yearbook is a hard cover this year and the price starts at $25.00 with increases as we get closer to the end of the year.  Please purchase early to get the best possible price.  The yearbook cover has been designed by the art department through a student competition and we have many high quality entries to choose from.  We also have more pages this year with more pictures from all of the great things your kiddos have done this year.

 

Price:                     $25.00

April 4th                $28.00

May 2nd                 $30.00

May 23rd               $35.00

 

While we are waiting for the order forms, you may immediately order in the front office or go online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/21041 to order directly.

 

 

Important Dates:

 

Tuesday March 8thLearning Celebration dismissal time 3:25

Friday March 11thLast day of 3rd quarter before Spring Break

 

Monday March 28thFirst day of 4th quarter for both students and teachers

 

Wednesday March 30th AZ Merit Writing Test

Thursday March 31st AZ Merit Reading and Math Part 1

Tuesday April 5th AZ Merit Reading and Math Part 2

Wednesday April 6th AIMS Science Test

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Esposito

 

February 21, 2016

 

Good Afternoon,

 

We leave for Science Camp tomorrow!

 

I will be in the front of the school at 7:30 am.  I will be collecting any and all medications, along with the medication consent forms, along with any remaining Challenge Course Permission forms.  We will begin loading at 7:45 and hope to be on the road by 8:00.  Please remember to send along a sack lunch for tomorrow.  All other meals will be provided.

 

The weather looks great in Prescott, no rain, the highs will be in the 60’s and lows in the 20’s to 30’s. Check the attached packing list for more details.  Any water or snack donations are greatly appreciated.

 

If you need to contact any one of the teachers during the trip I, sent you their cell numbers via an email.

 

We are scheduled to return on Wednesday at 2:00 pm. If this time changes while we are in route on Wednesday an email will be sent out notifying you as soon as possible.

 

Students will be tired and ready/able to go home when we get back.

 

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

 

Mrs. Esposito

 

January 11, 2016

Hello,

 

It was so great seeing everyone again and getting back into the swing of things. You should have received your child’s report card and MAP report on Thursday. If they did not make it home with your child, please let me know and I can send home another copy.

 

We are beginning our fundraiser for Mary’s Meals, this will continue until the end of January. We are collecting spare change to provide meals in schools for children in impoverished areas. For every $20 we collect, Mary’s Meals is able to feed and educate a child for one year. Last year we raised $2,012 this served 200 children by providing them with a meal in school every day for an entire year. This year our goal is $3,000 (or 300 students).

 

This Week in Class:

 

Language Arts: We will continue listening to the audio version of The Wizard of Oz, explore new vocabulary words and research and write informative essays.

 

Social Studies: We will be looking at the mounting tensions that were building up in the colonies and ultimately led to the Declaration of Independence.

 

Science: We will be learning about the Earth.

 

Homework: Everyone will have at least 20 minutes of reading and a QVICP response each night. This week’s focus is on the “V” part.

 

School Announcements:

Monday January 11th – Spring Club Catalog published online

Thursday January 14th – Free Introduction to Love and Logic Parenting by Larry Kerby in the cafeteria 6:30pm

Saturday January 16th – 8th grade class trip fundraiser – pancake breakfast at The Little Mesa Café 8:00am

Monday January 18th – No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday January 19th and Wednesday January 20th – Spring Club Registration

Monday February 1st – First Day of Spring Clubs

 

Mrs. Esposito

 

January 5, 2016

Good Morning,

 

I hope everyone enjoyed their break and are ready to get back into the routine. I am excited to see all of my students and hear about their adventures!

 

We are beginning our 3rd quarter and will meet for conferences in February before 3rd quarter is over.

 

This Week in Class:

 

Language Arts: Our focus this quarter in on fiction again. We will look at plays, poetry, mythology and folktales. This week we will begin by talking about the differences between all of these. We will also listen to one of my favorite stories on cd, The Wizard of Oz. I will send out an email by the end of the week with the title of the book we will be reading together as a class this quarter.

 

Social Studies: This quarter we will be discussing the Revolutionary War.

 

Science: This quarter we are studying earth and space. We will begin by looking at the earth and focusing on what we already know and then building on this knowledge.

 

Homework: All students will have at least 20 minutes of reading and writing a QVICP response each night. This week students should focus on  “Q”.  Remember, I am looking for higher level questions….How? Why? Etc.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Mrs. Esposito

 

December 13, 2015

Good Afternoon,

 

The week begins with our Winter Concert and Art Walk. Come and enjoy the music, the art, and there will also be food trucks. All the fun begins at 5:30, our 4th graders will meet me in the cafeteria at 6:30 and their concert will begin at 7:00. For the Art Walk students created pine trees using the Pointillist method, created by artist, Georges Seurat.

 

On Tuesday at dismissal time, come to the classroom for the Learning Celebration. All the students have put in so much work this quarter.

 

Friday is a half day, dismissal time is 11:25, and the permission slips and deposits are due for Science Camp. I have attached all of the information if you have any other additional questions please let me know. Finger print clearance cards are required for all chaperones. If you have not previously applied for a finger print clearance card please do so right away as it can take 6 to 8 weeks to receive it. We would love to have every student attend. If you are in need of a scholarship for this trip please either let myself know or you may contact Mrs. Armstrong directly.

 

 

All week long is the book fair! Come and see all of the wonderful variety of books available. If you can help Mrs. Errington with this endeavor please sign up on the following link. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ea9a92caa8-book2

 

 

This week is Spirit Week!

Monday – Stripes Day

Tuesday – Crazy Sock Day

Wednesday – Brown Day for 4th Grade

Thursday – Crazy Hair Day

Friday – Ugly Sweater Day

 

 

Looking forward to fun and festive final week before Winter Break!!

Mrs. Esposito

 

December 7, 2015

Good Morning,

We had a great first week of testing! There are still a few students who are finishing their testing this week.

Mrs. Athreya came in last week and taught Junior Achievement lessons. Students are learning about basic business principles for small businesses. This ties in nicely going forward to next quarter when they will have to decide what business they will create. What resources they will need, what expenses they will have, and what price they will charge. They will obtain a business license, rent space and have an option of advertising.

Please come to the gym Monday night December 7th at 6:00pm to hear all about Science Camp!!! For 4th grade science camp is Monday February 22nd to Wednesday February 24th in Prescott, Arizona. We need numbers to reserve spots by Friday December 18th. Last year we had almost 100% participation! This year I would love for all the 4th graders to attend, it is an educational and team building experience they will talk about for years to come. If you can’t make it on Monday night please let me know and I’ll send all of the information home with your child on Tuesday.

Monday December 14th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm is the Winter Concert and Art Walk.

 

Monster Book Fair!

December 14-December 18th, 2015

Please visit the following signupgenius link to help Mrs. Errington with our December book fair!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ea9a92caa8-book2

 

In Class This Week:

 

Language Arts: We are focusing on our Scholastic magazines and Studies Weekly to delve deeply into informational text. We have covered descriptive, order and sequence, and compare and contrast text. This week we are focusing on problem and solution. We are also continuing to read, explore and enjoy our class novel The Sign of the Beaver.

 

Social Studies: Students will be reading about the Middle and Southern Colonies.

 

Science: We have been talking about the heart and will continue to work our way through the human body and discuss, learn and diagram the different functions and importance of each system & organs.

 

Homework: All students have reading for at least 20 minutes a night and answering a QVICP response to their reading. The focus this week will be on the “I” portion of the QVICP.  Several students are missing their black notebooks and/or NOT turning in their homework on Friday.  Please help them locate or replace their notebooks and remind them that they need to turn in their completed work in their notebook by Friday.  Thanks!!  Also, students should be practicing their Recorders at home for the upcoming Music Concert on December 14.

 

Important Dates:

Monday December 7thParent Information Night for Science Camp 6:00pm in the gym

Saturday December 12thStar Wars Movie Marathon 2:00pm to 10:00pm in the gym

Monday December 14thWinter Concert and Art Walk K-4th 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Tuesday December 15thLearning Celebration 3:25pm dismissal from classrooms

Monday December 14th to Friday December 18thBook Fair

Friday December 18thHalf Day Dismissal 11:25am end of 1st Semester beginning of Winter Break

Monday January 4thProfessional Development for teachers No School for Students

Tuesday January 5thFirst Student Day of 2nd Semester

 

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

Mrs. Esposito

 

November 29, 2015

Hello,

 

It was fantastic to see so many of you at our Charlie Brown Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoyed a restful, thankful weekend with family and friends.

 

The next two weeks will consist of mid-year testing. First thing Tuesday morning, 9:00am, is the math MAP test. A good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast is the best thing. All students will create their own personal growth goals, I like them taking an active part in their learning and growth throughout the year. The reading MAP test will be 9:00am on Thursday.

 

Science Camp is in February, but the planning starts now. Please come on Monday, December 7th  at 6:00pm in the gym to a parent information night and find out what a fun and exciting field trip this will be!

 

Only 28 days left until Christmas!  Need a time to drop the kids off and go shopping?  How about a date night before all the crazy family arrives?  Maybe even a night to do whatever you want?  Well, our San Tan volleyball girls are here to help!  We are hosting a “Parent’s Night Out” event on Friday, December 4th from 5:00-8:00pm.  We will be providing pizza and watching Polar Express with the kids.  The cost is $15 for the first child and $5 for each additional child. Please sign up here:  Polar Express Movie Night Sign UP

 

The 8th Grade is earning money for their end of the year field trip with a Stars Wars Movie Marathon. Please see the attached flyer with all the information about the December 12th event, it should be a good time for the whole family.

 

The Math Kangaroo Contest is not until March 17th but the registration deadline is December 15th. This is a math contest that students throughout the world participate in on the same day. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, free gift and a certificate of participation. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

 

In Class This Week:

 

Language Arts: This week we will continue reading our novel The Sign of the Beaver, writing summaries, exploring new vocabulary words and studying informational text.

 

Social Studies: This week our focus is on the New England Colonies, and over the course of the next few weeks we will be comparing and contrasting the different colonies.

 

Science: We will continue to explore ecosystems, hoping to help the students set up their own.  For the second part of the quarter we will be studying the Human Body.

 

Math: This week from Monday through Thursday all students will remain in their own classrooms for math due to MAP testing. On Friday December 4th re will resume regular math classes. In math this week we are going to work on some projects.

 

Homework: All students will have at least 20 minutes of reading a night and writing a QVICP response, due on Friday. This week students will focus on the “V” requirement.

 

Important Dates:

Monday November 30th to Friday December 11thMid-Year Testing Window

 

Friday December 4thParents Night Out 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Monday December 7thScience Camp Parent Information Night 6:00pm

Saturday December 12thStar Wars Movie Marathon

Monday December 14thWinter Concert and Art Walk K-4th 5:30pm

Tuesday December 15thMath Kangaroo registration due

Friday December 18thHalf-Day dismissal 11:25

Monday January 4thProfessional Development for teachers No School for students

Tuesday January 5thFirst Student Day for 2nd Semester

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Esposito

 

November 22, 2015

Hello,

 

I hope that you had a restful weekend.

 

Last Tuesday,  Haley Paul, a water conservation specialist with the City of Gilbert, came into our classroom and taught a lesson about the water cycle and conservation. Students participated in an experiment about dripping faucets and used math skills to calculate how much water would be wasted in a day, a month and even a year.

 

On Thursday,  we created Thankful Art for the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Celebration on Wednesday, November 25th. Come and have lunch after the half-day and enjoy all of the students beautiful art work. Bring a lunch and chairs or a blanket, desserts will be provided. Dismissal on Wednesday will be at 11:25am.

 

Our food drive here at San Tan is in need of food!!!!  Please send any canned or boxed food in with your child to help the San Tan food drive become a success.  Next Wednesday, while you are here on campus for the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, is a perfect opportunity to give thanks and donate to those in need!!!  The bins will be here at the school for drop off of any and all items.  We appreciate you and all you do to help our school be a success!

 

Only 35 days left until Christmas!  Need a time to drop the kids off and go shopping?  How about a date night before all the crazy family arrives?  Maybe even a night to do whatever you want?  Well, our San Tan volleyball girls are here to help!  We are hosting a “Parent’s Night Out” event on Friday, December 4th from 5:00-8:00pm.  We will be providing pizza and watching Polar Express with the kids.  The cost is $15 for the first child and $5 for each additional child. Please sign up here:  Polar Express Movie Night Sign UP 

 

The 8th Grade is earning money for their end of the year field trip with a Stars Wars Movie Marathon. Please see the attached flyer with all the information about the December 12th event.  It should be a good time for the whole family.

 

The Math Kangaroo Contest is not until March 17th but the registration deadline is December 15th. This is a math contest that students throughout the world participate in on the same day. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, free gift and a certificate of participation. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

 

In Class This Week:

 

Language Arts: Students are continuing to read and enjoy our novel The Sign of the Beaver.  They are working well together in their literature groups and are becoming expert “summary writers.”  We will continue to read informational text as we discuss the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and the traditional foods that go along with that.

 

Social Studies: This week we will focus on Thanksgiving and compare and contrast the First Thanksgiving with the current traditions of the holiday.

 

Science: We are finishing up our study of ecosystems and are planning to put together our own when we return from our break.  For the remainder of the quarter we will be moving onto the human body.

 

Homework: All students have two days of QVICP responses to their 20 minutes of reading due on Wednesday. Our focus this week will be the “Q” and “P”.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

 

Mrs. Esposito

 

November 16, 2015

Good Morning,

 

It was a busy week last week, even with having Wednesday off for Veteran’s Day.  I want to let you know that my Dad, a retired Air Force veteran, came to visit our class on Thursday to talk about his time in the Air Force.  He had nothing but positive things to say about the students, their questions and their attitudes.  Thanks to all of them for making him feel so welcome J

 

With Thanksgiving coming up,  San Tan is beginning our annual Food Drive. Please donate whatever you can to help those in need. We are accepting any non-perishable food items now until Wednesday, November 25th.

 

On Wednesday November 25th, after the half-day, please come and join us for the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. The entire school community comes together for a lunchtime celebration. Bring your own lunch or order from Paradise Bakery and an assortment of desserts will be provided from classroom donations. All orders for Paradise Bakery need to be turned into the office by Friday, November 20th.

 

Tuesday, November 17th, is our Noetic Math Competition. Noetic Learning will recognize the contest winners by publishing the top 10% of students (name, score, school and state ) and the top 50% of students (name, school and state)  on its web site: http://www.noetic-learning.com. It is a great honor for your child to be recognized in a national math contest. However, we understand if you don’t wish your child’s name to be displayed. In that case, I will assign a code name to your child, such as, ‘student 04’, and enter him/her as ‘student 04’ in the contest. The attached form must be returned to published your child’s name.

 

In Class This Week:

 

Language Arts: We are reviewing the author’s purpose in writing articles in our scholastic magazines. We will also be looking at text features and structure in informational texts. Comprehension will be a main focus this week, as students continue to read their novel, The Sign of the Beaver.  Students are working in small groups together and are having some great discussions about the chapters.  I then am asking them to write a summary in their Literature Response Notebook for clarity.  Students will be using prior knowledge or schema to aid in their comprehension. Everyone received new spelling words on Thursday and a NEW Spelling Menu was introduced.  Students no longer have Optional Activities on the Menu, only REQUIRED.  With fewer options, I expect better quality work.  I will be allowing more time in class and encouraging partner work for parts of it.

 

Social Studies: This week and next we will be discussing the people and events leading up to the First Thanksgiving. We will begin using this information for our informational writing.

 

Science: This week is all about ecosystems. We will be putting everything we have learned together to create our own ecosystems.  Students will need a 2 liter soda pop to create this in.

 

Homework: All students have at least 20 minutes of reading a night and then a QVICP response.  This week our focus will be on the Connection, “C’ part.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

 

Mrs. Esposito

 

 

November 9, 2015

 

Good Morning,

 

JA BizTown was amazing! I was so proud of everyone, they took their jobs seriously, looked professional and worked so very hard. We talked on Friday and they definitely have a new appreciation for the work adults do every day. The JA workers complimented several of our students on how respectful and focused they were, and they couldn’t believe they were only 4th graders. They are all planning what job they want to apply for next year. I want to send a huge thank you to all of our parent volunteers, we would not be able to do this field trip without them they worked just as hard if not harder than the students. So, Mrs. Jacinto and Mr. Robison,  thank you for taking the time to create this memorable experience for our students.

 

Students came home with the Noetic Math release of name permission slips last week. Everyone will be taking the Noetic Math test on Thursday, November 12th. The permission slip allows your child’s name to be published on the national website if they score well.

 

On Thursday, November 12th,  Larry Kirby is hosting a free introduction to Love and Logic Parenting. If you want to take the power struggle out of parenting and focus on the love for your child as they take responsibility for themselves and the consequences of their choices, then this is a must. It begins at 6:30pm in the gym and there will be child care available courtesy of the volleyball team, the cost is $15 for the first child and $5 for each additional child. Please take a second to sign up so they can get an accurate count. www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0D4FAAAD2CA1FB6-child Have any questions?  Please contact Lindsey Simonton at lsimonton@santancs.com

 

In Class This Week:

 

Language Arts: Novel studies groups will be formed and we will begin reading and discussing The Sign of the Beaver.  Students will read at their own pace, take turns leading their discussions and record their thoughts in a Literature Response Journal.  In writer’s workshop we took the narrative post test and will be beginning the informational unit. The Spelling Words Menu will be due on Thursday this week due to the holiday on Wednesday.

 

Social Studies: Since Veteran’s Day is Wednesday we will take a look at this National holiday.  I am making arrangements with a Veteran (my Dad) to come to our class, this week, to talk about his time spent in the United States Air Force.

 

Science: This week we will discuss The World’s Biomes

 

Homework: Everyone has at least 20 minutes of reading every night and answer a QVICP paragraph response. This week, students will focus on the “I” (imagery) requirement.

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

 

Monday November 9th – Friday November 13th Winter Spirit Week

 

  • Monday – Formal Dress Day
  • Tuesday – Sports Hero Day
  • Thursday – Tacky Tourist Day
  • Friday- Super School Spirit Day

 

Wednesday November 11th Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL

Thursday November 12th Love and Logic 6:30pm in the Gym

 

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

 

Mrs. Esposito

 

November 2, 2015

Hello,

 

There are many exciting things coming up these next few weeks!

 

In preparation for JA BizTown on Thursday, November 5th,  a photography consent form came home with your child on Friday.  This needs to be returned on Monday, November 2nd. If you have questions about this please let me know.

 

Saturday, November 7th,  from 10:00am to 2:00pm is our Fall Festival! Come early and enjoy a pancake breakfast from 8:00am to 10:00am. At the festival there will be games, bounce houses, food trucks, a dunk tank, and the always popular Reptile Guy. The 4th grade classes are running one of the game booths and could use some help. If you could spare a half hour it would be greatly appreciated. The game and prizes will be there ready to go, all we need are people to keep it running smoothly. Our game is tic tac toe with a shower curtain on the ground and frisbees used to toss into the tic tac toe spots. To sign up please click on the link below. Thank you in advance for your support.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0449adad2fa5fe3-fall

 

 

In Class This Week:

 

Language Arts:  We will be wrapping up our narrative writing unit this week with our narrative posttest and moving into informational writing.  I plan on starting our class novel, The Sign of the Beaver.  Please make sure that your student has a copy in class by Monday, Nov., 2, if possible.

 

Social Studies: All students have received their jobs for JA BizTown. This week we will be discussing what it takes to create and run a business. The students will meet with the members of their business and fill out a business plan to present to the bank at JA BizTown to get their loan to open their business. They will also be creating advertising for the radio and television stations.

 

Science: We will look at biomes, animals and their adaptations. We will be creating our mini biomes/ecosystems the week of November 16th.

 

Homework: All students have reading for at least 20 minutes and answer a QVICP response each night.

 

Important Dates:

Monday November 2nd – Motor 2 Cognition Parent Night 6:00pm

Wednesday November 4th – NJHS Induction Ceremony 7:00pm

Thursday November 5th – 4th Grade JA BizTown field trip

Saturday November 7th – Pancake Breakfast 8:00am to 10:00am

Saturday November 7th – Fall Festival 10:00am to 2:00pm

Monday November 9th – Friday November 13th – Winter Spirit Week

Wednesday November 11th – Veterans Day No School

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Esposito

 

October 25, 2015

Hello Parents,

 

I just got word from the Barnes & Noble at San Tan Village that the class novel we will be reading together is in their store and available for purchase.  They will hold copies of the book, The Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare, behind the front counter.  Feel free to go in anytime this week to buy it.    I would like all students to have their own copy of this book by Monday, November 2.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Thanks in advance for your support.

Mrs. Esposito

 

October 20, 2015

Good Morning,

 

I hope everyone enjoyed a fun and relaxing break! School will resume for all students TODAY, October 20th.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s smiling and rested facesJ

 

It was great seeing so many of you at conferences. If you didn’t get a chance to come in or have since thought of additional questions please let me know.

 

Permission slips for JA BizTown are due Monday, October 26th. We need volunteers to come and help with this field trip. If you are interested please let me know, this is such a rewarding field trip to be a part of.

 

We are making individual ecosystems in a few weeks and need empty 2 liter plastic bottles. I would like to have one for each student, so as many as you can get from anyone, (friends, relatives or neighbors) would be greatly appreciated.

 

In Class This Week:

 

Language Arts: In grammar we will review common, proper, and plural nouns. Writer’s workshop will see the beginning of the editing process for our narratives.

 

Social Studies: All students will be applying for JA BizTown jobs in preparation for our field trip.

Science: We are beginning our Life Science Unit with an overview of what life science is and then we will move to an in depth look at biomes.

 

Homework: All students will have at least 20 minutes of reading each night.  I am changing the QVICP process a little bit this quarter and will review that today with the students in class.

 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Esposito

 

October 4, 2015

Hello,

 

Everyone finished the last full week of the first quarter strong! They are working so hard! I am so proud of all of them.

 

The permission slips and information about JA BizTown went home. (I have also attached a link to the slip as well)

We need many volunteers to make this field trip possible. Parents go early on the day of the field trip to receive training on their positions. Each business will have a parent volunteer to help the students if they need it. This field trip is amazing for the students but would not be possible without our parent volunteers. Thursday November 5th is the date of our field trip. If you would like more information, please let me know.

 

I am also looking for a Junior Achievement Volunteer for our classroom. This would be someone to come in after fall break to do mini lessons with the students about business and community. You would receive training, curriculum and materials. I would be in the classroom to help also. If you are interested or would like more information please email me.

 

Monday, October 5th is our first Learning Celebration of the year. This is a time where you can come into the classroom and your child can show you some of the things they have worked on this quarter. All students will be in their classrooms at dismissal so you can come in and see what they have been working on. Our dismissal time is 3:25. All students have different strengths and talents. I try to do a variety of things for learning celebration to allow each student to shine.

 

Conferences are also next week. I will be holding my conferences on Thursday and Friday. If you have not signed up for a conference yet, please do so on the following link.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E4EACAC2CA02-parentteacher

If you would rather meet at another time, just let me know.

 

Monday and Tuesday are full days, but Wednesday is a half-day. Dismissal for 4th grade on half-days is 11:25, and there is no lunch. Thursday and Friday there is no school due to conferences. The following week is Fall Break and school will resume for students on Tuesday October 20th.

 

In Class This Week:

 

Language Arts: We are finishing our book report project for Island of the Blue Dolphin.  Students will also continue work on their short story.

 

Social Studies: We are finishing up our study of Native American Tribes in Arizona and continue working through our JA Biztown workbook/information.

 

Science: Students will be finishing up their project about Sir Isaac Newton.

 

Homework: All students have at least 20 minutes of reading Monday and Tuesday with an entry into their QVICP notebook. Homework is due Wednesday morning. I don’t assign any work over breaks, but if they can continue reading a little every day, it is so beneficial. They do not have to complete a log or anything, just find something to read for fun a little every day.

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll see you at the Learning Celebration and Conferences!

 

Mrs. Esposito

 

September 27, 2015

Hello,

 

This week was great.   Please come to the Learning Celebration on Monday, October 5th to see all your students hard work this quarter.

 

Conferences are right around the corner. I’m starting my conferences on Thursday,  October 8th and running through Friday, October 9th.  I will put together a Sign-Up Genius, and have it available for you to begin signing up as soon as possible.  We will be discussing first quarter ILP progress, test scores, and second quarter ILP goals. If there is something in addition that you would like to discuss please let me know so I can adequately prepare. I do invite you to bring your student as he/she is an integral part of this plan and he/she will be helping to make these goals.

 

 

 

In Class This Week:

 

Language Arts: We are wrapping up the last chapters of Island of the Blue Dolphins. Students will then complete a project summarizing and highlighting the major characters, themes and ideas of the book.  There is a new Scholastic Reader this week, and we will continue our focus of making inferences. In grammar we are reviewing nouns, verbs and adjectives.  Students will also work with and choose antonyms for words.  Students will also practice asking and answering questions regarding our class novel thus far.

 

Social Studies: We will be studying the Plateau American Indians along with the Navajo

 

Science: We will be continuing our study of Sir Isaac Newton this week and completing some experiments

 

Homework: All students have reading for at least 20 minutes and responding to the QVICP. If you need to modify this in any way please just let me know.

 

 

 

Important Dates:

Monday September 28thFinal day to turn in all Brax Cup order forms

Monday October 5thLearning Celebration in the classroom at dismissal time.

Wednesday October 7thHalf-day dismissal time 11:25

Thursday October 8th and Friday October 9thNo School – Conferences

Monday October 12th to Friday October 16thNo School – Fall Break

Monday October 19thNo School – Professional Development

Tuesday October 20thFirst student day of second quarter

 

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

 

Mrs. Esposito

September 20, 2015

Good Morning,

 

It was an exciting spirit week! Thank you to everyone who donated items for our NFL door contest. We did not win, but the teamwork and creativity exhibited by all, was fantastic…and I even had a few students watch football and cheer for our team, the KC Chiefs, on Thursday night for the first time J

 

I can’t believe we only have three more weeks left in this first quarter! Our conferences will be Thursday, October 8th and Friday, October 9th. Next week, I will be sending out a sign up genius link with available conference times.

 

This Week in Class:

 

Language Arts: This week we are continuing to focus on context clues for figuring out new vocabulary and deciphering inferences within various texts. Island of the Blue Dolphins features a number of dramatic conflicts.  This week, students will choose one and complete a Conflict Dissection Chart with as much detail as possible. Students will also be asked to choose and interesting topic mentioned in the novel thus far, and do some research on a topic of their choice after filling out a graphic organizer.

 

Social Studies: This week we are continuing to work on and through our JA Biztown workbooks.  Students have been learning about Financial Institutions and the filling out different forms necessary to complete different types of transactions. We will read together our Weekly Reader and continue to learn about our state and how it functions.

 

Science: On Friday, we worked with our Science Buddies and helped them write mini biographies about some of the Scientists that we have studied this quarter. This week, we will learn and explore several concepts that Sir Isaac Newton discovered.

 

Homework: All students are reading for at least 20 minutes and completing their QVICP responses. They can use their novels they are reading in class to complete this. All homework is due on Friday. If something comes up or you need to modify, please let me know.

 

The Paper Drive continues until the end of the quarter. Thank you for all of your generous donations.

 

Important Dates:

 

Monday, September 21st – Brax Cups Fundraiser orders due

Monday, October 5th – Learning Celebration: come to the classroom at dismissal to see what your child has been working on this quarter.

 

Wednesday, October 7thHalf Day dismissal time 11:25

Thursday, October 8th and Friday, October 9thNo School/Conference

 

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

Mrs. Esposito

 

September 13, 2015

 

Hello,

 

Last week was a short week, but we accomplished a lot in four days. I’m looking forward to a full week coming up and we have many activities planned both in and out of the classroom.

 

Grandparents Lunch is on Monday, September 14th. Anyone can come to have lunch with their kiddo, not just grandparents. Our lunch time is 11:12 to 11:37.

 

If you would like to order a hot lunch for the month of October click on the link below.

October’s Lunch Menu is ready at http://secure.santancharterschool.com/

 

Spirit Week is a big deal here at San Tan. We have combined it with NFL week and this year our class team is the Kansas City Chiefs.  Students will be decorating our door during the week for a contest on Friday. If you have anything red, yellow or “Chiefs”,  we would love to borrow it for the week.

 

This week is the ultimate in spirit, each day we will keep a running percentage of students who dress in the theme for the day. The class with the highest percentage at the end of the week will win the spirit stick for their grade.

 

Spirit Day Themes

Monday, September 14th– Disney Character Day – Dress as your favorite character.

Tuesday, September 15th – Super School Spirit Day – Green, Gold and White! Roadrunners Let’s Fight! Show your school spirit by dressing in San Tan Green, Gold and White. If you pre-ordered spirit items they will be sent home Monday, September 14th.

Wednesday, September 16- Twin Day – Find a partner and dress in the same outfit.

Thursday, September 17- Favorite Decade Day – Go back in time and dress like you’re in your favorite 1910-1990s decade.

Friday, September 18- NFL Day – represent your classroom’s NFL team by dressing in your team’s colors, as a football player or cheerleader!

 

In Class This Week:

 

Language Arts:  We are working on using context clues to define unknown words from our class novel, The Island of the Blue Dolphins.  The class is also working on, not only, writing answers to questions (in all subject areas) in complete sentences, but also in verbally answering questions in complete sentences. We have been practicing using part of the question in our answer to make this process easier J  Students will also learn about the literary device, a cliffhanger. Students will also work on the skill of summarization. Students will briefly review the events of the last few chapters of IOTBD with a partner, then compose together a journal entry as Karana, our main character, might have written.  They will be asked to not only describe the events, but also the emotions which Karana is feeling at this time.

 

Social Studies: Students are continuing to learn about Arizona’s local and state government.

 

Science: Last Friday, the students, along with their Science Buddies, visited our “Leaning Tower of Pisa” (which we built in a day).  We conducted one of Galileo’s most famous experiments, dropping two spheres of different weights from the top of the tower to see if the heavier one hit the ground first. Our results were similar to Galileo.  On Monday, we will analyze our data and write conclusions of this experiment.  Later in the week, we will begin a study of another great scientist that was inspired by Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton.

 

Homework: All students have 20 minutes of reading and their QVIC & P reading response to complete.  Math homework will be assigned by your students Math teacher.

 

 

 

Events at School this Week:

 

9/14 Grandparent’s Lunch – During your kiddos lunch time

1st Grade 10:42 AM – 11:07 AM

4th Grade 11:12 AM – 11:37 AM

3rd Grade 11:42 AM – 12:07 PM

Kinder & 2nd Grade 12:12 PM – 12:37 PM

Montessori Elementary 12:15 – 12:35 PM

5th Grade 12:42 PM – 1:07 PM

Secondary School (6th-9th) 1:07 PM – 1:27 PM

9/15 San Tan Homecoming

Flag Football vs. Canyon State 4:00

JV Volleyball vs. Heritage 5:15 and 6:30

Varsity Volleyball vs. Leading Edge 4:00

9/16 Flag Football (AWAY) vs. ASU Poly 4:30

9/17 Tackle Football (AWAY) Sequoia Pathway Academy 5:30

9/18 Secondary School Homecoming Dance 5:30-7:30

9/19 Cheer Car Wash 8:00AM

9/19 Costco Night (San Tan Costco) 7:00

 

Don’t forget our Paper Drive. Costco night on the 19th is an easy way to donate. For every $50 you spend at Costco, they will donate 1 ream of paper. Thank you for continuing to support our school.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

 

Mrs. Esposito

 

September 7, 2015

Hello,

Wow, a half day goes fast! I don’t think everyone had time to write in their everything books on Friday. We had a full math block, a shortened Daily 5 block and we were packing up. I hope you are enjoying your three day weekend. On Tuesday,  we will read about why we celebrate Labor Day and how it originated.

 

We had our Student Council elections last week. I want to congratulate everyone who ran, all of our candidates (especially our own Logan and Bella) did a fantastic job! As a class we voted and elected our new class representative,  Bella Quier.

 

Your child should have come home this week with a letter about our school web portal. The letter contains the username and password for the portal. For elementary students this portal allows parents to access attendance, immunization records and their emergency contact information.

 

In Class This Week:

 

Language Arts: We are continuing to read together, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and will discuss the literary elements of turning point, mood and personification.  Students received their new spelling word list on Thursday and will have their spelling test this Wednesday.  They were/are busily working through their Word Study Menu in hopes of reaching 100 points by the close of day on Wednesday. In Writers Workshop, students will choose a seed idea (a story idea) and then begin to develop characters by creating their external and internal traits.

 

Social Studies: This week students will take a look at some of the services provided by the government in their very own town.

 

Science: This week we will finish up our study of Galileo.  Students will choose a scientist of their own to research by the end of the week.

 

Homework: All students have at least 20 minutes of reading and then completing either a QVIC or P in their notebooks. Math homework will be assigned by their Math teacher.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

The paper drive will continue until the end of the quarter. Thank you for all of the paper coming in, we are still down in the classroom standings. If you can donate any paper, it would be greatly appreciated!

 

Saturday, October 3rd will be a Casino Night fundraiser for our athletic program. A bright yellow slip of paper came home on Friday with more details.

 

Our annual Brax Cup Fundraiser will begin Tuesday, September 8th. This fundraiser benefits our PE program and over the past years has allowed us to purchase many new items for the PE classes.

 

Spirit Week will be the week of September 14th. More information will be coming.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to a fantastic week.

Michele Esposito

 

August 30, 2015

 

Hello,

It was great seeing so many of you at our Curriculum Night. I really appreciate your understanding and flexibility in regards to my need for earlier time slots.  I was able to make it on time for my son’s first Freshman football game….and they WON 70-14.  So happy, that I could be there to experience this with him and the rest of my family.

 

The power point from Curriculum Night is attached, if you were unable to attend you can see the highlights of what we talked about. I sent the MAP data, ILP’s and Student Directories home on Friday.  If you have questions about any of this, please let me know.

 

Thank you for all of the paper coming in to support our paper drive! That is one reason I love working here so much, the parents are so supportive and involved. We still have a few more weeks left. Our class is on the board but we are not among the leaders.

 

We have our first half day on Friday September 4th just in time for Labor Day weekend.

On Friday dismissal time is 11:25am, there will be no lunch served. Monday September 7th is Labor Day and NO School.

 

In Class This Week:

 

Language Arts: This week will continue reading together Island of the Blue Dolphins and discussing interesting vocabulary, characters, character traits, homonyms and making personal connections between the story and our life. In Writer’s workshop students will be creating story arcs for their personal narratives. Spelling words for Words Their Way were given to students last Thursday. They were told to write them in their agendas.

 

Social Studies: In social studies, students have begun using and exploring their Arizona Studies Weekly.  This week they will be digging deeper into the different types of maps. Students will be creating a map (one of the 4 maps we will talk about) about an imaginary place.

 

Economics:  This week we will begin our curriculum portion for our trip to JA BizTown. 4th grade will attend JA BizTown on Thursday, November 5th. I’ll be sending out more detailed information soon.

 

Science: We will continue exploring the Scientific Method and using it when/as we complete different experiments in class.  Students will also finish up their study of Archimedes and begin learning about Galileo.

 

Homework: All students have reading for at least 20 minutes and then QVICP responses in their notebooks. You will receive a math update from your child’s math teacher containing classroom and homework information.

 

 

August 23, 2015

 

Good Morning,

It was another fantastic week. I am looking forward for another full week of learning and exploring with your studentsJ

 

Math groups have been formed and students began attending their new math classes on Thursday and Friday. They are transitioning between classes easily. What a great group of 4th graders! You should be receiving an email from your child’s math teacher this weekend or early in the week.

 

Curriculum Night is on Wednesday August 26th. Remember, I am only offering 2 sessions.

To sign up for a session click the following link www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E4EACAC2CA02-curriculum

During these sessions you can get a sense of our philosophy as a school, the curriculum and methods we implement and what you child’s day is like in my classroom. I will also have your child’s MAP data for you and their ILP.

 

We are currently looking for Play Math Volunteers for this school year.  Play Math is a neurocognitive motor math program designed to teach children ages 5-12 math facts. Meet other parents and volunteers while learning fun ways to help your student or other children be successful in learning their math facts.  School volunteers work with small groups of 4 or 5 students by counting, skip counting, and working on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts while playing games and through physical movement.  If you  are interested in joining this group of volunteers please email Marthana Hall at Mhall@santancs.com for additional information. There will be an information table at Curriculum Night.

 

In Class This Week:

Language Arts:  We will continue reading together Island of the Blue Dolphins.  Students are working on a variety of grammar, literary, vocabulary and research skills using this novel.  Students will work on adding interesting details to their personal writing in Writer’s Workshop. Students will receive their new spelling words, along with a Word Study Menu, on Thursday. The spelling test given on the following Wednesday.

Social Studies: Students will use maps to locate the three geographic regions of Arizona. They will learn about the ways people are able to live in the desert.

Science: This week we are continuing to apply the scientific method to one or two more experiments, and then we are moving into the history and nature of science. We will be looking at some of the great founding fathers of science. We will briefly cover Archimedes, and Galileo this week.

 

Homework: All students have QVICP due on Friday.  This week we will practice a particular letter of the QVICP format in class using the book The Phantom Tollbooth.  They then will need to practice at home that same night. There was some inconsistency in the way in which each student completed their notebook and I would like it to be completed in a more uniform manner. J  So, I will be asking to look at their QVICP notebook each morning this week., so it will be traveling back and forth between home and school this week!! I appreciate your help in monitoring and assisting with this.  Math homework will be assigned by their math teacher.

 

Lunch orders for September can now be taken until Monday August 24th, please click on the following link to order: https://secure.santancharterschool.com/

 

Upcoming Dates

8/17 – School Paper Drive Starts

8/24-8/28 – Elementary School Student Elections

8/25 – Varsity Volleyball (AWAY) @ Benjamin Franklin @ 4:00

8/26 – School Curriculum Night @5:30

8/26 – Family Engagement Committee Open House @5:30

8/27 – Flag Football (HOME) vs. EDU Prize @ 4:00

8/27 – JV Volleyball (AWAY) vs. Athlos @ 4:00

8/31 – Fall Clubs Start

Our paper drive has begun! Thank you to those of you who have already donated. We are so lucky to have school choice here in Arizona, I love that my children can get a great education at a school of my choosing that is free. As a charter school we receive funding from the state but it is considerable less than public schools. At San Tan we are fortunate to have awesome parents who partner with us in so many ways. Every year our paper drive is so successful it supplies our paper needs for the entire year. We are beginning again and it would be wonderful to be able to replicate it this year. Of course we have made this into a class contest and the winning classroom will receive a pizza party. Thank in advance for your help.

 

August 16, 2015

Good Morning,

 

Almost everyone in class is finished with MAP testing. We will finish the final few next week and then be ready to assign math classes. All classes will be using Ten Marks for math homework. Thank you for letting your child complete the math homework on their own it really lets me know what they truly understand.

 

Don’t forget our Curriculum Night is coming up on Wednesday August 26th. Please come and hear more about what happens in your child’s day. It will begin at 5:30 and more details are coming soon.

 

First Semester Club Registration is Monday August 17th and Tuesday August 18th from 8:20 to 9:00. For more information on clubs and the registration form please click on the following link:

https://mesposito.santancharterschool.com/for-families/clubs/

 

Lunch orders for September can now be taken until Monday August 24th, please click on the following link to order:

https://secure.santancharterschool.com/

 

This Week in Class

 

Math:  This week, with Ms. Pjura, students will be rounding whole numbers and decimals, estimating sums and differences, and adding decimals.

 

Science: We are continuing with understanding, identifying and using the scientific method with different experiments.

Language Arts: I will continue to read aloud The Phantom Tollbooth while the students practice QVICP and discuss the many different literary techniques used in the book.  As a class, we will begin our novel study of the  Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.  In Writer’s Workshop, we will begin to edit and finalize the “Small Moment” story/narratives that students began working on last week. I will introduce the Word Study Menu that the students will be using to complete their weekly spelling list.  For purposes of practice, all students will receive the same list of words.  Personalized word list will begin after the class has a solid understanding of how the Word Study Menu will work.  We will also begin handwriting this week.  For those with cursive experience this will be continuing to practice the letter connections, for others this will be the beginning of cursive.

Social Studies: We are still discussing geography and map reading skills.

Homework: All students will have reading and math. Twenty minutes of reading followed by the QVICP reading log. I will be handing out their black QVICP notebooks on Monday.  We have been practicing how to identify all parts of the Q (question) V (vocabulary) I (imagery) C (connections) and P (predictions) in class all last week.  Students my choose which letter (or letters)  they focus on which night. I will review format with them in class on Monday.  Math will be from the online program Ten Marks. Each student has their own assignment on Ten Marks.

 

Upcoming Dates

8/15 – School Cents Kickoff @ San Tan Village

8/10-8/21 – School Assessments

8/11 – Fall Club Catalog Published Online

8/17 – School Paper Drive Starts

8/17 – Fall Club Registration @ 8:20

8/18 – Fall Club Registration @ 8:20

8/24-8/28 – Elementary School Student Elections

8/25 – Varsity Volleyball (AWAY) @ Benjamin Franklin @ 4:00

8/26 – School Curriculum Night @5:30

8/26 – Family Engagement Committee Open House @5:30

8/27 – Flag Football (HOME) vs. EDU Prize @ 4:00

8/27 – JV Volleyball (AWAY) vs. Athlos @ 4:00

8/31 – Fall Clubs Start

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Have a great day!!

 

Michele Esposito

3/4th Grade Gifted Teacher

San Tan Charter School

480-222-0811

 

“Everyone’s a Star and Deserves the Right to Twinkle”

~Marilyn Monroe