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Mrs. Farley Nov. 5-8

November 3, 2018 by Kim Sorensen & Rebecca Farley

Hello again! I wanted to thank all of our AMAZING parents for making last weeks Halloween party a huge success. Thank y’all for bringing supplies or volunteering your time to help keep the chaos to a minimum. The kids enjoyed yummy treats, cookie and cupcake decorating, coloring, cross word puzzles, pumpkin bowling, and candy corn bingo! I guess I was so caught up in the festivities that I didn’t take any pictures, I’m so sorry! However, you can visit the Oasis Academy Facebook page for plenty of pictures from our parade.

Last week in projects, students were introduced to the physical features, counties and cities of Nevada. We spent 2 days reviewing this information before moving students into new project groups (of 4) to have them start creating their own rough drafts of their Nevada map. Some, but not all, students started a supply list that they will need to create their final draft of their Nevada map.  If your child has the supply list or knows what they want to bring, they can bring their supplies on Monday. Students will spend all of this next week working on the individual rough draft of their map. Then, together as a group, they will turn a blank piece of white foam board into a colored map of Nevada. This map will show cities, counties, populations, mountain ranges, and more. In addition to creating this state map, students are familiarizing themselves with directions and a basic understanding of map skills. We will again present these maps to Mrs. Feest’s class, and invite parents to the classroom as well. Stay tuned for exact dates and time, but it will probably be just before the Fall Break.

In writing, we concluded our narrative skills review. I wanted the students to have a clear understanding of what concepts and skills make a good narrative GREAT! This week, students will complete their seed narrative stories and begin writing another personal narrative based on their previous Nevada Settler group. Students can choose to write a journal entry, a letter home, or a day in the life letter… as long as they write from the perspective of a “Mormon girl” or “Basque boy” etc. Students will use their knowledge of the writing process, the specific narrative strategies we just reviewed, and the research from their Nevada Settler group to make original narrative masterpieces.

Important Dates

Nov. 5th Visit Book Fair
Nov. 12th NO SCHOOL in observation of  Veteran’s Day
Nov. 15th Map Vocabulary Quiz
Nov. 19 End of 1st Trimester

New Reminders:

* The school’s book fair will open this week. A reminder note was sent home with your child last week. We will visit as a class on Monday at 1:30 for students to get a chance to scope things out. Family night is this Thursday from 6 pm-8 pm.  Please come check out all of the good books and games… Christmas will be here before you know it!

* Wednesday, November 14, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. we will being having a Literacy Night for parents and guardians. This will be a chance for you to go to Mrs. Luyt’s classroom and get more information on how to help your child at home with reading and language arts. I hope you will mark your calendars and attend.

Ongoing Reminders:

The Oasis Academy Student Council is sponsoring a Food Drive for our community which is in dire need of non-perishable items. Please send donations in with your students or bring them into the front office and place them in the collection box.

National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring their annual Coat Drive through mid-November (just before Thanksgiving break). Please donate any clean and gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves or mittens to be distributed to our community. The collection box is located in the front office area.