The highlight of last week was definitely our trek to the Churchill County Museum!
(see separate post for a few pictures) This was a fun opportunity for the kids to see and experience everything that we have been studying so far in our Nevada history/projects lessons. All of the students were on their best behavior and I was proud of the way they represented Oasis Academy. The students were then introduced to our new projects unit- Looking at Nevada, Inside and Out. This fun unit will introduce basic geography and map reading skills while students collaborate to make their own copy of a Nevada map. It is important for your child to understand basic directions (N,S,E,W) and latitude/longitude. We will practice by looking at the world and US maps, as well as our class and personal globes. Additional reinforcement of these skills at home would be appreciated. Ask your child “Which direction are we travelling, which direction is Wal-Mart from our house, etc.” Over the next two weeks, your child will be working in new project groups to create an original version of a Nevada map. Each student will be assigned and responsible for adding either Physical Features, Deserts/Mountains, Populations, & Counties/Cities. Be looking for another supply list to come home the end of next week for map building materials.
In writing this week, we will continue learning different narrative writing strategies. Students will practice rehearsing and drafting their seed narratives (ask your child what a seed topic is) and inserting dialog into their rough drafts. Each week students receive small anchor charts that they are gluing into their writing composition books. In addition to our large anchor charts of notes that we post on the wall, these smaller versions give students an additional resource to keep at their tables.
In collaboration with Mrs. Luyt, we have revised our Sentence of the Week structure. We will now spend a shorter amount of time each week focused on SOW, because we will be reviewing the grammar lesson Mrs. Luyt introduced last week. We are excited about the extra reinforcement this will provide to students while allowing more time for your child to actually write!
Reminders for the week:
The school Halloween Parade will start at 10:00 on Wednesday. Your child should wear their costume that day. A few notes on costumes: Our principals have asked for no scary masks and have reminded us that costumes must cover us up the same as our uniforms. When using face paint, please be mindful of how much and how long your child will be wearing it, as some children may have a reaction if it is left on for extended amounts of time- you may want to save the paint for evening festivities. Our class Halloween party will be at 2:30/2:45 on Wednesday as well. There are a few more available signups at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a094aa4ab28a5fb6-halloween.
Thank you for all of your help and support!
Oasis Academy’s Annual Future Fest Fundraising Dinner & Auction is coming up this Friday, November 2nd at the Fallon Convention Center. The doors will open at 5:30, dinner at 6:00. Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased by Monday, October 29th. Stop by the school office get yours now! Proceeds benefit extracurricular activities and scholarships for Oasis students. I have personally donated a lunch date and homemade dessert! I would love to share a lunch with one of MY students!
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 will be sponsoring their annual Coat Drive later this next week 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. Their collection box will be placed in the front office area later this week as well.