Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Week Before Break!! It's A Big One!!

F3!!! It's a pretty great this week! LOTS to look forward to:

Monday: MAP Math Testing at 10:20.... No sweat, you guys have learned so much this school year already, now is just a chance to show it all off! Just think of how much better you've done on each of your post tests every math unit.... You're going to do so well.

Tuesday: Our field trip to the Sheraton! We're going to meet Chef John, see our favorite architect Stacy, and check out all of the gingerbread houses, including the one that we helped on!!

Wednesday: MAP Reading testing at 10:20... Again! No sweat! You've been reading at school and at home everyday at your level. You'll be great.

Thursday: Gingerbread Village in F3!! After lunch we'll get started on our graham cracker houses/creations... WahooooO!

Friday: Nick Licata comes to talk about his book Princess Bianca and the Vandals at 11:00a.

WHAT A GREAT WEEK IN F3!! Stay tuned on the blog for pictures!

-Ms. V

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mr. Parker and His Unit Received Our Care Packages!!!

Here is a thank you note, below:

Marcia R. Ventura,

Thank you so much for taking the time to send my soldiers and me a little bit of home. It is a great feeling to know that we risk our lives for a grateful and deserving nation. I speak for all of the soldiers here that may not receive packages or letters from home, when I say you brightened our day. A touch of home whether it be a book, food, candy, or movie makes this place a easier to bare. During this time of year it is increasingly hard trudge through the day not being able to spend the holidays with our families. Your gifts are very appreciated. My unit is the 101ST Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, KY. We are currently deployed to Afghanistan near the city of Kandahar. The Company that I am in is a MEDEVAC company. Our job is to provided immediate response to saving the lives of wounded casualties on the battlefield via Helicopter transportation. We have been here since March of 2010, and we should be making our way back stateside in late February to March. We all appreciate your kindness and wish you all happy holidays. I would also like to add a special thanks to Nathan, Jaime, Jessica, Shaila, Dylan, and Jennifer For their letters. Thank you.

CW2 Parker, Tyson
UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot
101st Airborne Division
"No Mercy DUSTOFF"

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Time to Reschedule Conferences!!

Ms. V will be in touch with all of the F3 families to make up parent conferences that were cancelled because of the snow.

Look forward to meeting all of you!!!

--Ms. V

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Welcome to Parent Teacher Conferences!

Check out pictures of our Veterans Day Assembly and Care Package Project.

Welcome Parents!!! It's good to have you at Parent Teacher Conferences this week. We will be going over your child's work so far in fifth grade. We'll look over their science and math notebooks, listen to a recording of your child read, and take a look at MAP scores, this years upcoming MSP tests, and readiness for middle school.

While your waiting for your conference, please check out this website and the links on the right side of the page. Please make sure that your child goes on Study Island and Everyday Math Online about three or four times this Thanksgiving Break.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Global Reading 2011!!!

The Global Reading books are out, the Global Reading books are out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wahoo!!! Check em out! We'll be getting to know these books VERY well in the next few months....

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

F-3 Architects to work with KMD Architects for the Seattle Gingerbread Village!

Stacy showing F3 kids some of KMD's designs on the computer.

We're already getting excited here in F3 ever since we went on that fantastic field trip last week to the offices of KMD Architects in downtown Seattle to visit our architect friend Stacy.

KMD takes part in the annual Seattle Gingerbread Village that takes place at the Sheraton Hotel, and this year F3 is making helping KMD make their gingerbread house. Well, guess what, the gingerbread has been made!

Coming up soon, the kids will be researching holidays around the world-- and making their 6 x 6 square to add to the KMD design.

In other news, thanks to the kids for helping me celebrate my birthday on the 18th. That cake ROCKED!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Time to get on the Island... Study Island!

Hey everyone! It's time to get started on Study Island!

Starting this week, six kids will get to go on Study Island each day during our reading block. Make sure you are only working on the Study Island assignments I've given you whether you are at home or at school.

Enjoy some time on the Island every week!

-Ms. V

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Get a Camera and Start Taking Photos!!


By now your F3-er has come home and interviewed you to I'll be providing camera for your child to take home and take pictures of things that keep them healthy either at home or in their communities! Check my pics out above!

See you tonight at Curriculum Night!!

-Ms. V

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Thanks F3 for a GREAT first week!

What a great first week in F3! We got off to a good start last week by playing some fun games in class, getting most of the pretests out of the way and completing a couple of very important art projects. We also celebrated Michael's birthday :)

Check out the quilt above! Each square represents a a kid in F3. Our squares are absolutely the most colorful and full of charm. Good job F3!

So what's coming up this week?! On Tuesday night is a meeting for all fourth and fifth grade parents who are still curious about camp! On Thursday, we get to have our first buddies session with B3! We'll be reading and singing :) On Tuesday, we'll be starting our Micros and Me science unit. Students will be coming home to interview their parents about health care issues in our community and take pictures of health practices at home. I'll be giving students cameras to take home for an evening.

Thanks for filling out all the paperwork for me and for the school last week!

Ms. V.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Welcome to the 2010/2011 School Year in F3!!

Hello! I am Marcia Ventura, and I will be your child’s fifth grade teacher this year. I have taught in the Seattle School District for eleven years, and this is my fourth year at Maple, and I love it here deeply!

Fifth grade is a very exciting year for students. At this moment they are one year from starting middle school, and as such, it is critical that throughout the year, students become academically and socially ready for that transition. Instruction, especially in the areas of reading, writing, and math, will be rigorous to ensure that readiness.

What will students learn this year? In science, they will work with microscopes, learn about erosion and ground water, and even become engineers. In social studies, your child will learn about early US history and the principles this country was founded on. Math starts to get a little tricky for kids, and for that reason, I have a Math Breakfast club that will begin in October for kids that need a little extra help.

Homework will be given Monday through Thursday. Students should be spending about 30 minutes on homework, and and thirty minutes reading a book of their choice. I expect homework to be done completely independently. If your child is asking for help often with the homework, please let me know. All homework given in class will be directly related to what was taught during that school day.

Coming up very soon will be FOURTH and FIFTH GRADE CAMP!!!! Woohoo! Most of the students are already signed up and paid for. If you are not, you'll be receiving a phone call from me very soon :). Camp is very exciting and will be taking place at Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor from September 29, 30 and October 1.. More information about camp can be found in the links on the right side of the screen.

As you know, Maple is an open-concept school, and because of that, students will not only have me as their teacher, but they will also learn from Ms. Wood and Mr. Allen, the two other fifth grade teachers. The three of us have worked hard in preparation for the start of the school year and will continue to work closely together throughout the year.

Check the blog often for updates and pictures throughout the year, and make sure to get all of the paperwork signed by the end of the first week.


Ms. Ventura

PS: You will also see links on this page to the Maple PTSA because I am the co-president this year with parent Jen Moore-Arterburn. In the packet that comes home on the first day of school, please remember to sign up as a PTSA member for this coming school year!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The YOU DECIDE unit!!

What's new in F3? Kids are learning to make strong arguements defending positions on controversial issues in F3. This is part of a unit all fifth graders in the state of Washington do as part of social studies.

We are learning about how laws are interpretted to favor either the individual right or the common good. For example, backpack searches can be controversial. A principal may feel like he or she can alsways search backpacks for any reason-- in order to protect the common good. However, students may feel that they have a right to privacy, and that principals and teachers should respect their individual rights.

All week this week students will be listening to different viewpoints from all the stakeholders in this issue or backpack searches.


Ms. V

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thanks Tony B!! What an awesome Census Song!

Tony B from KUBE 93 came in today and showed us his brand new Public Service Announcement for the 2010 Census called "Count Me in"! A representative from the Seattle Census Media division came in as well and told us that we were "Seattle's Star Census Class"! Good stuff, F3!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Welcome Back from Spring Break, F3!

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow, F3. Hope everyone had a fun spring break!

This week we'll begin a unit to learn about the three branches of government. On Friday we'll be going to downtown Seattle to visit the three branches of government up close. We'll be visiting City Council member's Bruce Harrell's office. We may also get to see the Mayor's office. In the afternoon we'll get to visit the courthouse. Make sure you come prepared with $3.00 for transit. We'll be leaving right at 9:20 and we'll get back at 3:00.

Great job to everyone who worked on Study Island over the break! Extra recess on Thursday!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

We did SO well!!! Rock on F3 Mobile Sunshine!

Today we had a GREAT celebration of our F3 Community! F3 has been so supportive of our Mobile Sunshine Global Reading Team. Today we had a HUGE potluck to celebrate the success that our team had at the Global Reading City Finals. Chicken and pizza and lasagna filled our tummies.
After the meal, we listed to a group speech done by the Sunshines! Thanks team! You represented F3 and Maple so well! We got second place with an incredible score of 145 out of 150. We're so proud of you!!!
-Ms. V

Thursday, March 18, 2010

We won the Semi Finals!!! Next Step: City Finals!

That's right! We won the Global Reading Challenge Semi Finals at the Downtown Seattle Public Library yesterday. Team F3 Mobile Sunshine came in strong in first place with another PERFECT score.

Please!!!! Join us for the city finals on Tuesday night, March 23rd at 7pm again at the Central Branch downtown to cheer on Andy, Jasmine, Jennifer, Elyzha, Ella, Joseph and Chris as they represent F3 and Maple!!!

Ms V

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

We Won Maple's Global Reading Challenge!!!!!!

BIG CHEERS!!! to Ella, Chris, Andy, Jennifer, Jasmine, Joseph, Elyzha AND Victoria, Tyler, Jessica, Justin, Justin, Carmen, and Frezjanique!!!! They all participated in the 2010 Global Reading Challenge at Maple, and Guess what?!?! The F3 Mobile Sunshine team beat out nine other teams comprised of fourth and fifth grade students. These kids together read and became experts on ten books!! GREAT JOB!!!

SO, we (The F3 Mobile Sunshine Team AND the rest of the class) will be going to the downtown Seattle Public Library on March 17!. That's right! In just a couple of weeks! We'll take the school bus to get to the library.

Good Job, F3! Keep up the GREAT work!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We're in charge of the Maple Mock Census!!!

On Friday, February 26, ALL Maple students and staff will be taking the 2010 Maple Mock Census! Before break, F3 kids came up with ten great questions to ask each member of the Maple community. These questions range from: How many brothers and sisters do you have? to What is your favorite subject in school?

We'll spend the next several weeks reviewing the data, making graphs using Excel, and writing reports about their findings.

Here is a sample of the Mock Census form!


Ms V.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

2nd Week of February Already!!

Hi everyone! My name is Ms. Fredette. For those who have not met me, I am the co-teacher working with Ms. V in F-3 January- March/April 2010. It has been a wonderful experience so far and I have gained so much knowledge from my students and Ms. V.

I have started two new units in F-3 within the last few weeks; colonial Boston and Census Math. I have tons of great information and activities for students to try at home or during specific times in class. Just take a quick look at the Math and Social Studies links on my home page. The website will also be updated with long term assignments and ongoing events.

Here is a link to my website, created just for F-3. Have fun and happy February!

Megan Fredette

Monday, January 25, 2010

Take the History Survey today, January 25

Today, January 25, we'll all be taking a survey for Seattle Public Schools. The district wants to find out some very important information about what you know about history. Using information the district receives from all over the district, they will be writing a grant in order for historians to come into the schools and talk to kids! How cool would that be?!?!

Click here to take the survey!

Ms. V