Thursday, November 2, 2017

A new science unit: Astronomy!

Look up the hours of daylight on your birthday in the following cities:

Seattle, WA
Miami, FL
Fairbanks, AK
Boston, MA

Keep track of the times in your science notebook!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Our 2017 2018 F3 Charter!

In this 2017 2018 school year, F3 will be an Awesome, Safe, Calm, Responsible, Challenged, Respected and Happy classroom.

We will be awesome by having class meetings everyday, being good sports, making class friends and having engineering challenges.

We will be safe by using materials properly and keeping hands to ourselves.

We will be calm by listening to calming music during independent work time and counting to 10 when we are angry.

We will be responsible by cleaning up the classroom, being quiet during work time, not yelling, following the Maple Way and keeping things organized.

We will be challenged by silently reading for the entire time, not using the easy way out, telling the teachers when something is too easy, trying our best during engineering challenges and having higher level books in the classroom.

We will be happy by laughing everyday, and maybe even singing ;) !

And we will be happy by loving each other, being kind and polite and treating people the way you want to be treated.

When issues arise in F3, we should solve them using restorative justice. If there is an issue and the class members involved do not want to participate in restorative justice, they will resolve their issues with the principal.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Welcome to Fifth Grade 2017 2018!

Dear Families!
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 since 1998, and this is my 11th year at Maple, and I love it here deeply! Joining me this year is Chris Veltri from the Seattle Teacher Residency program.  Mr. Veltri will in the classroom Monday-Thursday and in class on Fridays.
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 learn about forces and matter and complete several engineering design challenges. In social studies, your child will learn about early US history and the principles this country was founded on.
Homework will be given Monday through Thursday. Students should be spending about 10-20 minutes on homework, 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!!   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 27-29.
Please visit the blog often!  Also, the kids will get started on podcasts soon.  They will be their reading stories over "the air" and you will be able to listen to their weekly KOF3 radio shows.  Just visit our blog,
Please fill out the paperwork attached by Friday the 8th.
Marcia Ventura

5th grade teacher, Maple School

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Who should be Seattle's new Mayor?!? You Decide!

We've been getting to meet Mayoral candidates, and it's been AWESOME.  State Senator Bob Hasegawa came on June 1 and State Representative Jessyn Farrell came the next day on June 2.  We've been asking questions on where these candidates stand on the issues. Then... it's time for You Decide!

Students will answer these questions as they write an essay or create a campaign ad for the candidate they endorse. Who do you think should be our next Mayor?  What is their position on an issue that you care about?  Along with you, who are other stakeholders on that issue? Does the candidate of your choice stand for the common good or for the individual rights side of the issue?

"Top Tier" candidates for Mayor (top 6 out of 21):

Bob Hasegawa
Jessyn Farrell
Cary Moon
Jenny Durkan
Nikkita Oliver
Mike McGinn

Ask your student to tell you who they chose to endorse and why!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Visiting Municipal Court: What is the Justice System?

We will be visiting Municipal Court first tomorrow!  What questions do you have?

The judge we will be visiting is Judge Shadid.  What can you find out about this Judge?  How did he become a judge?

We will also be meeting Pete Holmes, City Attorney!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Visiting City Hall and Municipal Court: Councilmember Kshama Sawant

On your quest today to find out as much as you can about Councilmember Kshama Sawant, let's start by answering these questions:

What are issues that the Council is addressing? List them.

What are ways that Councilmember Sawant thinks we should solve the housing issue in Seattle?  How does she name those issues differently then the council?

What are three things from this page that you think are the most important to know about Councilmember Sawant before meeting her on Thursday?

Write down three questions you have for Councilmember Sawant.