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May 25-May 28, 2015

 IB Profile for May is Reflective


Being reflective: A reflective learner gives  thoughtful consideration to his/her own learning and experience. He/she are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Important events:


May 25 - Memorial Day - honoring the memories of those who have died during wars to protect our American freedoms.   NO SCHOOL.

May 26 - Why do we need joints?

              Finishing up Declaration of Independence Lessons.

May 27 - Organizing a field Day for preschool and first grade buddies.

              Owl Pellets and more Declaration lessons

             Build a joint that replaces an opposable thumbs.

May 28 - Field Morning for First Grade buddies

              Visiting classroom projects

              Lunch outdoors - bring a picnic lunch

              May bring in yearbooks to sign

               School wide assembly celebrating our learning.





University School Events

Please note the following date changes & important upcoming events:

Thursday, May 28th – Last Day of school for students

Report cards will be mailed and should be received the following week.


Charge Time:   Proverbs, Adages, idioms and those weird English sayings.


Social Studies:


The Declaration of Independence

Chapter 12:


By early 1776, the number of colonists who favored independence had grown. Patriot Thomas Paine had written a booklet, called Common Sense, that had influenced them. In it, Paine argued persuasively for independence. He used simple words that everyone could understand.


In June, the Congress decided it needed to write a document that told why the colonies had the right to be free from British rule. It chose five delegates to do this, including young Thomas Jefferson. At a portable desk, Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence.




The Human Body: Joints and Muscle Systems


Standard 4: Science, Engineering and Technology
Core Standard:
Design a prototype that replaces a function of a human body part.
5.4.1 Investigate technologies that mimic human or animal musculoskeletal systems in order to meet a need.
5.4.2 Investigate the purpose of prototypes and models when designing a solution to a problem and how limitations in cost and design features might affect their construction.
5.4.3 Design solutions to problems in the context of musculoskeletal body systems. Using suitable tools, techniques and materials, draw or build a prototype or model of a proposed design.



HEALTH: 9, 5, 2, 1, 0

Average of 9 hours of sleep is required for students in elementary and middle school.

5 Servings of fruits and vegetables daily

2 hours or less of screen time

1 hour a day of active outdoor play

0 sugar drinks




News and Notes


A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.   ~Albert Einstein

Usual Weekly schedule for Specials:

Monday - Thursday Students who have work completed may read to preschool and community base classrooms

Monday - PE & Music;

Tuesday - Art

Wednesday - (Late Start 9:35) No Specials

Thursday -  Library Checkout;  Computer Lab: printing and working on writing. Chinese.

Friday - Music & PE;




Teachers have been asked by our principals to pass along these reminders: 

  •  NO HATS in the building. Students are not to wear hats in the building & this must be consistently enforced by faculty and support staff in and outside of the classroom at all grade levels. Student/Parent Handbook page 65
  • No toys in school. Toys that are brought to school can cause a disruption, and run the risk of being stolen. Please be sure your students know our school policy – Student/Parent Handbook page 64
  • Early Pick-ups There are too many early pick-ups (3:30-3:50 PM). Early pick-ups should only happen on a RARE occasion & and teachers/office need to be notified by parents in advance if their child is going to be picked-up early. Last minute changes are very disruptive in the classrooms. The office is very busy during this time. Your help is much appreciated! (Thank you to those who always let me know in advance about late arrivals/early pickups due to medical appointments.)
  • No Gum ever
  • All students are expected to go outside every day and to be dressed properly for the weather.  Teachers are on duty outside, and cannot supervise students in classrooms or library. To play in snow students are expected to have waterproof boots and mittens/gloves. If the wind chill is below 15 F degrees  students will have inside recess.  Otherwise families should plan on outdoor activity.







Above Expectation:  In addition to exhibiting Level 3 understanding goes beyond what was taught in class and applies to diverse situations.  Does additional research and thinking about the topic. Expands answers/projects to address this. Shows creative thinking skills and unusual but appropriate ways to apply learned information.  "Thinks outside the box."



Proficient/Mastery: No major errors or omissions of information, ideas or processes that were explicitly taught. Is able to complete all parts of assignments independently.



Basic:  No major errors or omissions for simpler ideas BUT errors or omissions regarding complex ideas. May need help from teacher/adult for more complex parts of assignment.



Below:  Shows partial knowledge of simpler and complex ideas. Needs help to complete assignments.


Incomplete: Even with help does not complete work, shows little understanding of concepts or skills needed. Needs help to complete assignments.






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