Mrs. Boveda

Lydiksen Elementary 5th Grade 2018-19

Twitter @LindaBoveda

February 15, 2019

Young Authors- Limited Space!

Looking for 4th & 5th graders who LOVE writing. If your fourth or fifth grader enjoy creative writing and story telling, please consider signing him or her up for our Young Authors Club. Our club will meet for an hour, 4 Wednesdays in March, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, & 3/27 from 3:15 - 4:15 in the library. We will take the first 20 students who sign up on this link: www.tinyurl.com/youngauthors19/

Middle School Scheduling Forms due this Friday

If your child misplaced the form, contact the middle school they will be attending. I do not have extra forms.

February 12, 2019

Upcoming Dates and Changes

March 27 Open House / Family Science Night / Science Fair

May 2 Lydiksen DARE graduation 6 p.m. at the Amador Theater

May 7 Hart MS parent night has been changed to May 7 due to a conflict with DARE graduation

Scholastic Book Orders

Class Code - GTDPZ

Order Due Date - 02/28/2019

Dear Families,

Did you know? Kids who read for just 20 minutes a day are more successful in school and life. Ordering from Scholastic Book Clubs is an easy way to find the best books that are just right for your child’s grade and interests.

Here’s how:

Choose books with your child from the paper flyers or online at: scholastic.com/bookclubs

To order online, connect to our class using our Class Code (GTDPZ) or look me up by our school name.

Bonus: This month, you can pick a FREE Book (up to $5) when you place an online order of $25 or more!

As soon as your order is delivered to our classroom, I will send it home with your child.

Plus every order you place earns FREE Books for our class to share.

Thank you for your support and happy reading!

Lydiksen's Wheelchair Fundraiser is off to a great start!

Lydiksen Families,

The students of Lydiksen have already raised enough money to deliver 4 wheelchairs to Colombia! We are so impressed by our school community's compassion and generosity. We encourage students to use this 3-day weekend to get out into their neighborhood, make people smile, and inspire them to donate. Our students are changing lives, one wheelchair at a time!

Please remember, The Wheelchair Foundation is a registered 501 c3 non-profit organization. All check donations are 100% tax deductible and receive a Tax Receipt/Thank you letter.

Donate online by clicking here! (Under "I would like to apply my donation to:" choose From the Heart School Program. Under "How did you hear about us" enter Lydiksen.) You can also take a look at this flyer try the new and easy App.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

February 7, 2019

Date Change

Open House / Family Science Night / Science Fair has been changed to Wednesday, March 27.

Middle School Enrollment Forms

Enrollment forms will be sent home on 2/8.

Hart Information:

Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night is May 2 at 6 pm. Parents only.

Hart Open House is 5/9. Food trucks from 5-7 and classrooms open from 6-7:30 pm.

Pleasanton Middle School Information:

Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night is May 2 at 7 pm. Parents only.

Open House is 5/9 from 6-7:30.

CAASPP Practice Tests

Here is a link to access the practice tests for CAASPP state testing website: http://www.caaspp.org/ta-resources/practice-training.html.

Students go to: If you are a student, access the Practice and Training Tests for the online tests. They will see a screen that has the following information:

Guest session: ON

Guest Session: ON

To access practice tests, they simply click on "Sign In." Then, they choose the practice test.

February 4, 2019

Can You Help? We Need a Class Fun Run Coordinator

Please consider helping our class. Here is what the Fun Run Coordinator did last year. I would imagine this year will be similar.

1. Recruit a few parents to help out during our Fun Run time on April 17th. Parents help record students' laps as they run the track.

2. Come up with a fun, yet easy to run in accessory for our class to wear during the run. This should be the color of our shirts (to be determined) to promote grade spirit. Tutus, socks, suspenders, wings, hats, bow ties, mustaches, etc. No face paint please. There are inexpensive options at Dollar Tree, Party City.

3. Once our class has finished the run, you and volunteers you have recruited will help get our student’s laps recorded quickly.

Wheel Chair Fundraiser

Lydiksen held our kick off assembly for our 7th annual Wheelchair Fundraiser in collaboration with the non-profit Wheelchair Foundation. The fundraiser will run through the end of February. In the past seven years, Lydiksen has raised enough money to deliver 384 wheelchairs to Central and South America countries in need. This year we are raising money to help people in Colombia. Our goal is for the students of Lydiksen to sprinkle happiness in our community, which will inspire people to donate to the Wheelchair Foundation. Ask your child how he/she could raise money - having a lemonade stand, doing extra chores at home, mowing the neighbor’s lawn, donating piggy bank money. We are hoping that through their fundraising efforts our Lydiksen students will understand and feel the the impact they have on creating a better world one wheelchair at a time! Here is a video of Lydiksen’s impact on Argentina in 2017 and here is a video of last summer’s wheelchair distribution to Nicaragua.

Read Across America

Our class is participating in Read Across America Day on March 1st. If you would like to come read to our students, let Mrs. Boveda know. We have 15-20 minute slots from 8:30-10 am. Choose a favorite picture book or a chapter or two from a novel you read as a child.

DARE Culmination

On May 2nd at Amador High School Theater, our students will participate in a ceremony to celebrate their completion of the DARE program. The ceremony will start at 6 pm and will last for approximately one hour.

State Testing Schedule for our Class

Wed., 4/17 9:30-11:00 English Language Arts, Computer Adaptive Test

Tues., 4/23 1:15 - 2:55 Math, Performance Task:

Thurs., 4/25 11-12:20, 1:15-2:10 Math, Computer Adaptive Test

Friday, 4/26 8:45-10:45 English Language Arts, Performance Task

Friday, 5/3 8:45-10:45 Science Test

Valentine's Day

Our class party is on Feb. 14th, 1:15-1:55 pm. Students may create their own mailbox to collect Valentines, however, the box must be small enough to sit on their desk and still leave room for them to complete school work. Also, please be sure your child brings a Valentine for all students in the class (we have 33 total) with only your child’s name as the sender. This will make it much easier to hand out. Please see our room parents' note below.

Hello Parents,

We are getting close to Valentine’s Day, and our next class party. We do not need any volunteers for this day, but we will hold an ice cream party with some fun games for the kids on February 14th in the afternoon. As a reminder, please be sure your student brings a Valentine for all students in the class (we have 33 total) with only your child’s name as the sender. This will make it much easier to hand out.

As a reminder, we are still in need of a Fun Run Coordinator. Please let one of us or Mrs. Boveda know if you are interested.

Please let us know if there are any questions.

Your Room Parents,

Ali, Alison, and Sara

January 29, 2019

Baby Photos for Yearbook due 2/15

The Lydiksen Yearbook traditionally carries a spread with baby pictures of the graduating class. Students love to guess who is who! Please submit your favorite baby photo of your fifth grader for this year’s yearbook.

1. Please EMAIL the picture to me at yearbook@lydiksenpfc.org as a JPEG ATTACHMENT. Baby pictures will only be accepted via email.

2. So I don’t lose any of your pictures please make sure the subject of the email has the following -

Baby Photo - Student’s Name - Class Teacher.

3. The last date for submitting the photo is February 15th.

January 24, 2019

The Great Kindness Challenge is Coming!

We are excited to announce that Lydiksen Elementary School will join thousands of schools across the country to create a culture of kindness by participating in The 2019 Great Kindness Challenge from January 28th - February 1st. Your child is part of a powerful and positive bullying prevention initiative that will lead to more kindness, unity and respect at school and beyond.

Parent Letter

Science Fair

2/6 - Science Fair Workshops, library, 3-4 & 6-7 pm

3/18-3/22 - Science Fair week

3/20 - Family Science Night and Open House

Visit the website - www.lydiksensciencefair.org to register and print all the instructions. Students may register at the workshops also.

Illness

While it is important that children attend school regularly, when a child is ill, we ask that you keep them home until they are able to come to school, and are no longer contagious.

Here is the district policy regarding illness:

It is important to protect the health of students from risk posed by infectious diseases that transmitted within the school setting. Your child may be excluded from school in accordance with California Education Code section 48210-48214 and section 49451. “Whenever there is a reason to believe that the child is suffering a recognized contagious or infectious disease, he/she shall be sent home and shall not be permitted to return until the school authorities are satisfied that any contagious disease does not exist.”

Please do not send your child to school if he/she has any of the following symptoms:

  1. Common cold: Keep home during period of productive cough and yellow or green nasal discharge
  2. Fever (over 100 degrees) – in some children, a lower temperature represents a fever. Please keep your child home for 24 hours after a fever without the aid of Tylenol or Advil)
  3. Eyes that are red, swollen, crusting or draining
  4. Untreated, draining ears or earache
  5. Diarrhea
  6. Nausea or vomiting (if the pupil has vomited the night before or in the morning, please DO NOT send pupil to school.)
  7. Severe sore throat
  8. Skin rashes of unknown origin or contagious rash requires a clearance from a health care provider that student may return to school.

If a pupil is at school with any of the above, the parent/guardian will be called to pick up the pupil. Under certain circumstances, the parent may be asked to consult a health care provider (HCP) and to provide a written note from a HCP indicating that the pupil may return to school.

Robotics and Automation

We have begun learning about robotics and automation.

"Through PLTW Launch, students become hands-on problem solvers and learn to collaborate with their fellow students. ... in a series of activities that build upon each other, students are challenged to become confident in trying new things, to learn from mistakes, and to apply what they know to find solutions." -PLTW

This is one of two Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses taught this year. PUSD has PLTW courses in grades K-12.

Watch this video to learn more.

DARE

This past week, students began DARE classes with Officer McNeill. HERE is a link to the permission slip if needed.

December 17, 2018

Minimum Day this Friday

December 11, 2018

LearnStorm Winner!

Our class was chosen as a finalist in the LearnStorm Keep Going, Keep Growing Grand Prize Awards! We were featured in the celebration video.

"You’ve really impressed the Khan Academy team with how you LearnStorm-ed with your students. We’ve really enjoyed reading your application, especially the examples you gave of specific students participating in LearnStorm in your classroom. Your students have learned so much, celebrated enthusiastically and reflected deeply through the growth mindset activities. As a LearnStorm Keep Going, Keep Growing finalist, we received a $250 Amazon gift card and Celebration video from the Khan Academy team." ~ Kahn Academy

Science Camp Update

We have enough funds for science camp this year! Thank you to everyone who contributed, and especially to those who made extra contributions. ~The Fifth Grade Team


November 26, 2018

Science Camp Update-- DEADLINE IS NEXT FRIDAY, 3 PM!

Here is the November 26th update on the total amount of money contributed for Science Camp. The amount raised so far is $29,882.72 of the $36,400 needed to pay for the trip. Please make checks payable to PUSD. Checks will not be deposited until after December 7th. If we do not have the funds by 3:00 p.m. on December 7th, we will have to cancel the trip. Please remember students with great financial need are able to attend regardless of contribution. Click here for full text of the letter.

Remaining amount needed: $6,517.28 by December 7th.

Lydiksen T-shirts and outerwear

Lydiksen T-shirts and outerwear are available for purchase from today, 11/9, through Friday, November 30. All items will be delivered to classrooms on Friday, December 14. Please use the link below to place your order. All proceeds benefit Lydiksen students, through the Lydiksen Parent Faculty Club. Click here: www.shoplydiksen.com

Family Code Night

Lydiksen - Family Code Night Flyer 2018.pdf

November 7, 2018

Parent Night NGSS

You are invited to a K-8 Community Meeting for an evening of information about the new California Next Generation Science Standards.

  • K-8~ Pleasanton Middle School MPR
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018. 7-8pm

LINK to flyer

Copy of Flyer~Parent Night NGSS

November 5, 2018

Growth Mindset

This past week, students completed the Growth Mindset module. They learned how to write SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, Timely.) Now, students are writing goals for Trimester 2, which they will share with you during your Parent-Teacher (and student) conference next week. You can check out the Growth Mindset activities here.

Science Camp Update

A big THANK YOU goes out to all who helped make the movie night fundraiser a success. $638.67 was raised. We have another opportunity coming up at Disco Bingo on November 9th. Please click HERE to sign up and help out.

Here is the October 30th update on the total amount of money contributed for Science Camp. The amount raised so far is $28,264.67 of the $36,400 needed to pay for the trip. If we do not have the funds by 3:00 p.m. on December 7th, we will have to cancel the trip.

Total amount needed: $36,400

Total amount raised: $28,264.67

Remaining amount needed: $8,135.33 by December 7th.

Keep those donations coming in!

Best regards,

5th Grade Team

Mrs. Boveda, Ms. Lee, Mr. Maloney, Mrs. Neidle

Click here for full text of the letter.

October 31, 2018

Lydiksen Yearbook Website

You can reach it easily from the Lydiksen Elementary school website or at https://tinyurl.com/lydiksenyearbook . Here, you can not only purchase your student's yearbook and check for current TreeRing promotions but also find information on how to upload photos for the yearbook as well as build your free, customized, personal yearbook pages.

How to Submit Photos for the Yearbook

1. Make a TreeRing account and upload photos directly from your phone/computer/Google Drive/Dropbox/Facebook/Flickr/Instagram. TreeRing's free mobile app allows you to share photos easily.

2. Select share with school option and save them to the "Shared Folders".

(Pictures saved in "My Photos" are only visible to you and are meant to be used in your personal pages. They are not visible to Yearbook staff and cannot be used in the yearbook.)

2. Tag! Tag! Tag! For us to be able to use them in the yearbook, you must tag your photos with your student’s name, teacher and/or a school event. For pictures with multiple students, please at least tag a teacher and/or a school event so we can put them on the right page!

How to Tag Photos to Share in the Yearbook

1. As you upload your photo, please select "Yes, i want to share" to take you to the folder (tagging) options.

2. Select the folder where the photo should be uploaded and select Add Photo.

*Please select the teacher and/or school event from the list available.

*If you have multiple students in the photo from different classes, or you cannot identify the students in your picture, please select an appropriate collage or event page. For instance, First Grade Collage/Ice Cream Social/Halloween.

3. After adding photo, you can then tag your student name and add a caption etc. Select minimize when you are done.

*If you forget, you can also add your student's name by going back to the folder after uploading.

October 19, 2018

Red Ribbon Week

Monday: Don’t You Dare Do Drugs, wear red and make cards for PPD during lunch.

Tuesday: Mix it up day, wear crazy or mismatched socks and make a new friend at lunch.

Wednesday: Real Heroes Make Healthy Choices: PPD visit at lunch, give cards to PPD.

Thursday: Future Too Bright to do Drugs , wear bright colors / neon.

Friday: Show your Lancer Spirit: wear school colors. Together, we can be a healthy, positive, supportive community.

Science Camp Update

Here is the October 15th update on the total amount of money contributed for Science Camp.

The amount raised so far is $25,146 of the $36,400 needed to pay for the trip. If we do not have the funds by 3:00 p.m. on December 7th, we will have to cancel the trip.

Total amount needed: $36,400

Total amount raised: $25,146

Remaining amount needed: $11,254 by December 7th.

HERE is the letter that was emailed and sent home.

Science Camp Fundraisers

Dear Lydiksen 5th Grade families,

Let's make sure our 5th graders are able to go to Science Camp this year. So many of our kids are already looking forward to it! However, we still need over $11,000 to make it happen. I hope that all families who are able will contribute the needed $350 per student. By working together, we can make sure we have the funds for the December 7 deadline. Read on for a fundraising plan, and how YOU can help with just a little of your time!

Two PFC-sponsored school-wide events are coming up: Movie Night on October 26 and Disco Bingo on November 9. The plan is to sell pizza at Movie Night and run a Bake Sale at Disco Bingo, benefiting the Science Camp fund. In addition, we will hold a 5th Grade Market at both events! This is a chance for our 5th graders to sell HANDMADE items to benefit the overall Science Camp fund.

Here's how you and your 5th grader can help:

1. Sign up to help sell concessions at Movie Night! We need parents to set up the table, pick up pizza, and sell pizza by the slice with their 5th grader.

2. Sign up to help with the Bake Sale at Disco Bingo! We also need many families to bring baked goods that day. (NO PEANUTS OR TREE NUTS. Please bring ingredient list.)

3. Encourage your 5th grader to create homemade, non-edible items for the 5th Grade Market. (Many of them created small items to trade in 4th grade, so they may already have ideas.) Sign up to let others know what you're planning - we anticipate selling most items for $1 so please indicate if an item should be sold for more. Note that all proceeds will go into the overall Science Camp fund.

In addition, if anyone can step up to be the point person on the pizza sale, the bake sale, or the 5th Grade Market, that would help to ensure each effort runs smoothly.

Thank you in advance for your time and support!

Valerie Shirk

5th grade parent (James Shirk's mom)

valerieshirk@gmail.com


October 15, 2018

Yearbooks

Dear Lydiksen Families,

Congratulations! TreeRing plants one tree for every yearbook sold and so far, we have planted 228 trees in the name of Lydiksen Elementary! If you missed the early promotion, the yearbook is now available at 10% discount until Oct 31st.

We'd also like to introduce you to our new one stop Lydiksen Yearbook website. You can reach it easily from the Lydiksen Elementary school website or at https://tinyurl.com/lydiksenyearbook .

Here, you can not only purchase your student's yearbook and check for current TreeRing promotions but also find information on how to upload photos for the yearbook as well as build your free, customized, personal yearbook pages. We try our best to get every student in the yearbook - but we do need your help for that.

And if you'd like to join the Yearbook Team, please visit our Volunteer page or email us at yearbook@lydiksenpfc.org.

Cheers, Meeta

October 12, 2018

Conference Week 11/13-11/16

Please complete this FORM to indicate your parent-teacher conference preferences.

Bullying Prevention

We have completed the Bullying Prevention unit. Students learned how to recognize, report, and refuse bullying; how to be a bystander who helps stop bullying; and how to support someone being bullied by standing up for that person and being kind and inclusive. Here is a letter that explains the program.

Growth Mindset

This past week, students completed Activity 4: Keep Growing, Keep Growing. We talked about how to deal with frustration and the temptation to give up and quit. Sometimes, a little bit of frustration can be a good thing—it’s a sign that you’re challenging yourself. But other times, frustration distracts students from their work. We’ve walked through a few steps to help them get back on track and continue on their learning journey.

Over the next two weeks, our class will learn the importance of setting a good goal in order to prepare ourselves for success. To write this goal, we will use the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, Timely) framework.

You can check out the Growth Mindset activities here.

Digital Citizenship: Google's Be Internet Awesome

When our kids are young, we do our best to help them get the most out of the Internet while protecting them from the risks and downsides of the online world. As children mature into "tweens," our role shifts to helping them learn to make their own safe and thoughtful decisions as they navigate their digital lives. The Be Internet Awesome curriculum helps students to...

• Think critically and evaluate websites, email, and other content online.

• Protect themselves from online threats, including bullying and scams.

• Get smart about sharing: what, when, how, and with whom.

• Be kind and respectful toward other people online, including respecting their privacy.

• Ask for help with tricky situations from a parent or other trusted adult.

You can check out the resources for families that are available at g.co/BeInternetAwesome. I encourage you to ask your student about what activities they are participating in and continue the conversation at home – and who knows, you just might pick up a few privacy and security tricks yourself!



October 8, 2018

DAR Writing Contest

“The Women’s Suffrage Movement” is the title for this year’s DAR American History Essay Contest. Essays from 5th through 8th Graders are due on Nov. 1, 2018. HERE is a page with tips. HERE are resources your child may want to use.


AHC-1004-18.pdf

October 6, 2018

Lydiksen families, the PFC has an exciting opportunity for you!

HAVEN’T SCHEDULED YOUR FAMILY PHOTOS YET FOR THE HOLIDAYS? NEED A GREAT PICTURE GIFT FOR FAMILY BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO GO? WE’VE SCHEDULED IT FOR YOU!

Sign up today for your custom family photo shoot at the beautiful and historical Alviso Adobe right here in Pleasanton! Photo sessions will occur on October 13th and October 14th. Each session is 15 minutes. Option to buy additional sessions.

Lydiksen will receive 20% of the total sales from the collection of the sitting fee and additional sales. This fundraiser will benefit ALL Lydiksen students through Academic Support.

SIGN UP TODAY AND CHERISH THESE PRECIOUS MOMENTS FOR A LIFETIME! Copy this link into your browser and sign up today! https://goo.gl/YiJdHN

WARM SUN PHOTOGRAPHY

One Digital File - $49

All Digital Files $199. *

*If families opt for this, the $49 sign up will be taken out. The second charge will be $150.

Prints:

4x6 - $10

5x7 - $15

8x10 - $20

11x14 - $25

16x20 - $50

All Digital Files refers to all files in a set of photos. There is no set number for an all files set. All digital files will be at least 2 Megabyte and will be available to print in sizes up to 16x20. All digital files will come with a copyright release that will give families the right to create their own prints or gifts as they deem necessary. All sales of digital files and prints are final.

Families are given 7 days to order. After the gallery expires, the sales are considered final and the online gallery is taken down. The photos are no longer available. Any sales that occur after this time will not be shared with the school.

Please contact PFC President, Margaret Surridge, at president@lydiksenpfc.org with any questions.


September 22, 2018

Human Growth and Development Unit- Due Friday

All students will need to have the permission slip completed and turned in by Friday, September 28, 2018. Instruction takes place October 8 - 12. If you misplaced the permission slip, please print a new copy. HERE is the link.

School Smarts-- A Few Spots Left

Our school is offering a "School Smarts" Parent Academy. The academy is designed to foster parent engagement in education and create parent leaders who will promote a quality and complete education that includes the arts in their schools. If you would like to find out more about the "School Smarts" Parent Academy, we highly encourage you to attend the informational night on Tuesday, September 25th from 6-8PM in the multipurpose room. A light dinner and childcare will be provided. Please RSVP at the following link: http://bit.ly/lydschoolsmart .


PFC Key Dates At A Glance

Visit the Lydiksen PFC website for more details: http://www.lydiksenpfc.org/.

  • September 25: School Smarts informational meeting 6-8pm in the MPR
  • September 26: Parents meet the Principal 9:30am, courtyard
  • September 30: Last day to order yearbooks to receive the 15% discount
  • October 1: Last day to turn in orders for our Fall Fundraiser
  • October 3: Wellness Walk, Front of school 9:30am
  • October 11: Picture Retake Day, AM only
  • October 12: PPIE Gala
  • October 19: Book fair begins, Library
  • October 24: Walk to School Day
  • October 24: PFC General Meeting
  • October 26: Movie Night / Book Fair Finale


September 17

Human Growth and Development Unit

Human Growth and Development and Male and Female Reproductive Systems are part of your child’s fifth grade curriculum taught by Lydiksen fifth grade teachers. The purpose of this unit is to supplement home instruction, covering the topics of puberty, growth and development, and the male and female reproductive systems. A more detailed summary of this one week unit is included on the back of the letter previously sent home. It is hoped the program will provide every parent/guardian an opportunity to talk with your child about these topics as they are presented in class.

In addition to notification, the Education Code of the State of California (sections 51937 and 51938) requires that you have time to preview the unit and instructional materials in order to decide if you want your child to participate in this instruction or not. The curriculum and educational materials will be available for you to review on Wednesday, September 26th, in the Lydiksen office conference room between 8-3:30 pm.

All students will need to have the permission slip completed and turned in by Friday, September 28, 2018. Instruction takes place October 8 - 12.

September 14, 2019

School Smarts

Our school is offering a "School Smarts" Parent Academy. The academy is designed to foster parent engagement in education and create parent leaders who will promote a quality and complete education that includes the arts in their schools. If you would like to find out more about the "School Smarts" Parent Academy, we highly encourage you to attend the informational night on Tuesday, September 25th from 6-8PM in the multipurpose room. A light dinner and childcare will be provided. Please RSVP at the following link: http://bit.ly/lydschoolsmart .


September 7, 2018

Bullying Prevention

This week, students will begin learning how to recognize, report, and refuse bullying in Second Step’s Bullying Prevention Unit. Here is a letter that explains the program.

To further help our school be a safe and respectful place, we are using the Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit. In this unit, your child will learn specific skills to help stop bullying. Students will learn how to:

• Recognize when bullying is happening, report bullying to a caring adult, and refuse to let bullying happen

• Be a bystander who helps stop bullying

• Support someone being bullied by standing up for that person and being kind and inclusive

• Recognize, report, and refuse cyber bullying when they see or know about it happening

Be Internet Awesome

When our kids are young, we do our best to help them get the most out of the Internet while protecting them from the risks and downsides of the online world. As children mature into "tweens," our role shifts to helping them learn to make their own safe and thoughtful decisions as they navigate their digital lives. The Be Internet Awesome curriculum helps students to...

• Think critically and evaluate websites, email, and other content online.

• Protect themselves from online threats, including bullying and scams.

• Get smart about sharing: what, when, how, and with whom.

• Be kind and respectful toward other people online, including respecting their privacy.

• Ask for help with tricky situations from a parent or other trusted adult.

You can check out the resources for families that are available at g.co/BeInternetAwesome. I encourage you to ask your student about what activities they are participating in and continue the conversation at home – and who knows, you just might pick up a few privacy and security tricks yourself!

Growth Mindset

This past week, students completed Activity 1: The Truth About Your Brain. Students are completing the lessons using Kahn Academy. You can check out the Growth Mindset activities here.

Kids Against Hunger - You can still donate!

Last Thursday morning your child participated in a food packing event for Kids Against Hunger. This is an awesome experience that most elementary schools in Pleasanton have been participating in for years, this will be Lydiksen's second time participating. Along with participating, it was asked that each child donate five dollars, as these events do have a cost for the organization. And of course, donations of any amount above and beyond $5 will be gratefully accepted!

T Shirt for 5th Grade Tie Dye Event

Send in a white t shirt for a fifth grade tie dye event (If you can not afford to purchase a shirt, please let me know right away so I have time to purchase one for you.)

Homework

Thank you for supporting your child at home. If you ever need anything such as answer keys, please let me know. I value our partnership!

  • Homework assignments provide practice of skills taught in class, prepare students for the next lesson, or offer opportunities for creative learning.
  • Students write homework in their agendas daily.
  • Math, reading, and unfinished class work are assigned daily.

Back to School Handout

Here is the handout from Back to School Night. You can also find it under Parent resources.

August 31, 2018

Kids Against Hunger

This Thursday morning your child will be participating in a food packing event for Kids Against Hunger, here's their website: https://kahbayarea.org/

This is an awesome experience that most elementary schools in Pleasanton have been participating in for years, this will be Lydiksen's second time participating. Along with participating, it is asked that each child donate five dollars, as these events do have a cost for the organization. If possible, please have your child bring money with them this week to donate to KAH. And of course, donations of any amount above and beyond $5 will be gratefully accepted!

Thanks for helping make this event a success!

Sincerely, Paul Stewart, Lydiksen Physical Education specialist

August 24, 2018

Science Camp Parent Night

There is a Science Camp informational meeting on Oct. 2nd at 6 PM. Representatives from Exploring New Horizons will be here. Facts and Questions

Lydiksen Spirit Wear

To order a Lydiksen T-shirt, or other spirit wear items, the store has re-opened. Here is the spirit wear link: https://stores.inksoft.com/shop_lydiksen/shop/home. Orders are now being taken through Tuesday, September 4. Items ordered during this time will be delivered on Sept. 14th.

5th Grade Instrumental Music

If you would like to play an instrument this year, please fill out the Google form linked here: goo.gl/b4XAZ

Instructors: jborris@pleasantonusd.net, jpedroni@pleasantonusd.net, and msitts@pleasantonusd.net

Picture Day

Picture Day is Thursday, August 30. All students are photographed for ID purposes. Purchasing photographs of your child is possible by using the link and pre-purchasing a package OR downloading the PDF order form.

Kids Against Hunger

On Thursday, September 6th, we will be hosting the non-profit group Kids Against Hunger for the second time. This is a great event, where students pack food to give to needy regions around the world. To make this event a success, numerous adult volunteers are needed. Please check your schedules and if you are available, please consider signing up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0544AAAC2BA1F58-2018

August 17, 2018

Week one is over. It has been so fun getting to know your children, and I enjoyed meeting many of you at Back to School Night. This past week and next week, I am working with students to find a chapter book to read, and I am assessing reading and math levels.

In September, we will be learning about growth mindset in class as a part of a Khan Academy program called LearnStorm. In this series of activities, your child will learn how the brain is set up to learn and grow, how to overcome frustrations with different learning strategies, and how to positively work through mistakes. Watch for more information in the next few weeks.

You can view the weekly homework assignments by going to the Homework tab above. Homework includes reading and language, math, and unfinished class work. Optional homework activities may also be provided. Students are expected to write their homework in their agenda each day as homework assignments may change.

The first Friday Folder went home today. Please empty the "Family" side and have your child bring the folder back to school on Monday. Also, please complete and return the Student Field Trip Authorization form that was handed out at Back to School Night.

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From the PE Coaches

Dear parents/guardians,

It is my pleasure to be one of you child's Physical Education teachers this year, along with Ryan Head on Mondays. Please make sure your child is wearing comfortable shoes and clothes on his or her PE days, which are Mondays and Thursdays. We try to have the students moving and running as much as possible, and being comfortable is key, especially the shoes. For your child's comfort and safety, please have them wear athletic shoes/sneakers. Please do not have them wear sandals, boots, Crocs, etc.

Thanks for your time, Paul Stewart Lydiksen Physical Education specialist

August 13, 2018

Dear Families,

Welcome back to school! Your child can expect a memorable year as fifth grade includes programs such as Outdoor Education, Instrumental Band and Strings, D.A.R.E., Kindergarten Buddies, Student Announcers, and Safety Valet. These programs are unique to fifth graders. They are special privileges that come with being the oldest and most responsible students at our school.

I hope to see you all at Back-to-School Night this Thursday, August 16th at 6 pm. For now, please complete the following Form so that I may collect your current contact information and valuable feedback about your child. Thank you in advance for your support. I am looking forward to a great year as your child’s teacher.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Boveda

January 13, 2019

New 3D Printer!

We are super excited about our new 3D printer, the Robo C2. This past week, students began learning how to design using a program Tinkercad.com. In the coming weeks, students will create and print an original design.

PPIE Run For Education

PPIE Run for Education is coming this April 14th!! This is a fun community event put on by PPIE, Pleasanton Partnership in Education. All proceeds come back to our school district, helping raise funds for our classrooms. (librarians, intervention specialist and tech support) . Please consider attending this event and read the attached flyer for more information. Thank you