Mrs Arin

Room 23

November 13, 2017

Dear Families,

It is with much excitement that our 5th grade team has put together an event your student (and family, if you want) won't want to miss! As a culmination of the book Wonder we have been reading in our classes, we would like to invite you to attend our optional field trip to the movies to see the new release of this amazing book on Tuesday, December 5th. Based on feedback on our survey, we have reserved 2 auditoriums at Studio Movie Grill for the 5:30 and 6:00 showings. Tickets are $7 per person and seating is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to attend, purchase your reserved seats this week through your teacher. You can bring cash or check (payable to SR PTC) to your conference or send money in by this Friday.

October 30, 2017

The Age of Sail pictures are ready! A big thank you to Gay for creating this amazing slide presentation of the trip for all the families to have as a keepsake. It is a large file, so please visit our Google Classroom site and download it from there. Thank you to Mark Springsteel for joining us for a math and science lesson on Friday. I'm sure that your children have shared some of his "Math Magic" with you, but if not, ask for a demonstration! Thank you to Rowena Laber for the awesome "Keys to Success" lesson and door decoration for Red Ribbon Week. Thank you to our small reading group volunteers, Jonna and Haidee, for their help each week, and also to Sharon Wong and Rowena Laber, for their help with copies and compiling the Math Logs. Thank you to Ramona Wagner for supporting the math extension group. Thank you to the Freitas Family for a new set of individual whiteboards for the class. I am feeling very grateful to have so many supportive parents helping out this year in class, and behind the scenes! Your children are definitely benefiting from all this wonderful support.

This past week students revised their Tom Sawyer essays using a rubric and partner input. Most have finished typing their final copy and printing it out, but a few still need to complete this final step. Genius Hour projects have been so much fun to see. Each presentation has been unique, and the varying topics have created such a learning experience for all of us. The grades for the recent math assessment have been posted on Aeries, and it was great to see how well the class did as a whole. I know it has taken a lot of effort in class and at home with the homework each night. This week we began a new unit on place value and decimals. In this unit students will be reading, writing, and comparing decimals and multiplying and dividing numbers by ten. They will be converting within a measurement system, and use both whole number strategies and place value understanding to add and subtract decimals to hundredths. Thank you for all of your support at home with the math program. It takes a lot of practice to master these concepts.

As we finish up the trimester, October reading logs are due by Friday (please sign) and AR goals will be due next week.

I'm looking forward to seeing the students in their Halloween costumes tomorrow! Don't forget that we will be having a Halloween luncheon in class at 12:00 that will include pizza, chips, and other Halloween treats. For more information, please see Jennifer Hertzell's recent email.

October 21, 2017

Thank you to our wonderful Art Docents, Bobbie Curtis and Gay Medrano, who taught a great lesson on Friday. I'm looking forward the cityscapes bulletin board that will be coming soon with the students' amazing creations. If your child brought one home this weekend to finish, please remind them to get it done. We want everyone's work to be on display.

Also, thanks to Jennifer Hertzell and family for all of their hard work setting up and working at our class booth at the carnival on Friday. It was a lot of fun to see so many students attending in their costumes, and I think the line at our booth was one of the longest! It was definitely a popular one and the Airheads we collected were a big hit.

Last week we wrapped up Bridges Math Unit 2 and the assessment will be this Monday, October 23rd. Students took a practice test on Friday and seem to have a good understanding now of using clock and money models, as well as ratio tables to solve equivalent fraction problems. They have also learned to use a double number line to solve distance problems involving fractions. Please go over the practice test with them this weekend and acknowledge all the effort and hard work that has gone into their learning about equivalent fractions. They may also want to use the practice test as a study guide.

Genius Hour projects are coming along and everyone is hard at work getting their research and note taking completed. This next week they should begin to create their presentation for the class. Using note cards is highly recommended for the presentation portion of their project. Genius Hour is an opportunity for students to explore their passions and have a choice in their learning. We hope that this will provide a creative outlet for the students and a chance for them to learn about a topic that interests them. It is meant to be a low stakes, high interest learning opportunity and I am looking forward to hearing what they have to share. Please see this link for presentation dates.

We are currently working through Unit 2 of Benchmark, "Developing Characters' Relationships." In this unit, students read selections from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and other stories to compare and analyze the characters. In writing, they are working on an informative essay analyzing the character of Tom:

  • What three words or phrases would you use to describe Tom Sawyer?
  • Can you find sentences or concrete details from the text that show each of these qualities?
  • How can you restate the three qualities you’re focusing on?

We will continue to edit and revise their essay in class this next week and have a finished version typed on their Google Drive by Thursday. Students have online Benchmark access so they may work on their reading and writing assignments from home, as well.

Please continue to encourage your child to spend at least 10 minutes per night on Lexia. It is a very worthwhile, personalized reading skills program that targets specific skills that your child needs to master.

We have started our new "Walk to Learn" program after lunch, and meet three days a week. This trimester we are focusing on literature skills and each group is using a different novel study. Please send in more sticky notes, as students will be noting their thinking as they read. We are also running low on pencils already and accepting donations :-)

Don't forget- this next week is Red Ribbon Week and students should come to school each day wearing something special to show support for a drug free life, "Your future is key, so stay drug free!" is the motto. Please see the school website for details.


September 9, 2017

Scholastic Book Orders

Use this link to order Scholastic books for your child. Students get so excited when new books arrive for Reading Workshop, and ordering online is the fastest way to make this happen.


Dear Sunset Ranch 4th-6th Grade Families,

Last year, Sunset Ranch was the first school in Rocklin Unified to host a foreign exchange with the Yucai School from Hangzhou, China. In September of 2016, 25 Chinese students from the Yucai School stayed with a dozen Sunset Ranch families for five days. During this time, they had many adventures in the local area and attended school at Sunset Ranch for three days. The feedback from the experience on both sides was overwhelmingly positive. Our host families grew very close to their exchange students and formed strong bonds that crossed cultural boundaries. As a school, we benefited from the exposure to an outside culture and the fresh ideas and positive energy they brought to our campus.

We are committed to a second year of foreign exchange with the Yucai School and are actively recruiting host families for Chinese students to stay with in late September/ early October.

Sunset Ranch host families would host Chinese students from Friday, 9/29 - Wednesday, 10/4 - 5 nights in total. To make it feel more comfortable for the exchange students, we are asking that each host families take two (2) students - either two male or two female. If you are interested in hosting Chinese exchange students during this time, please complete this Host Family Interest Finder.

For more information, please feel free to email me (wmacdonald@rocklinusd.org) or contact Mrs. Smith (csmith@rocklinusd.org), 6th Grade Teacher.



September 1, 2017

Permission slips and information for the overnight field trip went home this week. Please return the permission slip and send in a check for $130.00 by Wednesday the 6th of September. You may also use your Sunset Ranch PTC app and pay that way. Thank you to all the parents who offered to chaperone! Due to so much interest, I will be choosing names at random and let you know later this week who will be joining us on the trip.

Tuesday, September 5th, is a VAPA morning! Students will be attending Art class from 7:50 - 10:50 am.

August 25, 2017

PE Reminder:

Our class has PE on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 8:30. Please be sure your child comes to school on those days with proper clothing and shoes for physical activity.

Daily Focus: Find out what is going on in class each day. If your child is absent, please have him/her check to see what they missed and need to make up.

Back -to-School Night Presentation: Just in case you missed it that night!

Age of Sail: Our overnight field trip is planned for October 5th and 6th. Please use this link to view trip forms and parent information.