Our Class Newsletter!

May, Week 2 

A note from the Teacher

Happy Monday!!

My goodness, first and foremost, what a delight it was to watch all your students present the May Day dances and song they have been working on! They did such an amazing job and it was so fun to share that with all of our school community. Thank you for helping to make this possible.

Volunteers Needed
I mentioned in the newsletter last week that we would love any help and support you might be able to provide in the classroom for work on our upcoming play. We have cardboard that needs to be painted and sets to prepare, so if you are able to come in and help, that would be awesome…even one hour would be helpful! If you are able to share some time with us, please let me know, and we can work you into our schedule!

Duckworth Family Farm Field Trip
Thank you, thank you for your quick return of the field trip forms and for the volunteers that signed up to help us drive. I will be sending out an email with more specifics for those of you who signed up to drive. Also, tomorrow, Tuesday, May 10th, we are having our in-class visit to help prep the kids for what to expect when we head to the farm. The in-class lesson will be with Stephanie and will be from 9-10. Consider asking your student about what they learned when they get home on Tuesday! : )

Performance for our Self-Written Play!
I have received a few responses to last week’s google form about availability on the night of May 27. If I haven’t yet heard from you, please fill this form out as soon as you are able or complete and return the printed copy I am sending home with your student this week. Thank you!

Form for Performance Availability

Happy May! 🌷🐞🌹🐛 


Academic Sneak Peak

Math Geometry and Data & Measurement 

ELA– Script Writing and Memorization

Science– Duckworth Farm Field Trip and Classroom Visit

Enrichment– Technical Theatre Committees

Social-Emotional– Community and Personal Responsibility

Life Skill of the Month

Responsibility

Contact Information

Email: ashley@villagecharterschool.com

Important Dates

May 11 – Physical Fitness Testing 

May 13 – No School

May 20 – Duckworth Farm Field Trip

May 27 – 5:30 Performance of The Explorer

May 29 – No School, Memorial Day

       

Classroom Wish List

*We are getting ready to put on a play at the end of the month! If you have any special skills related to theatre arts you are able to share with us or have time you can spend in the classroom with us, please let me know!

Our Class Newsletter!
May, Week 1

A note from the Teacher

Happy May!!

I cannot even believe May is already here! The time is just flying!! I’ll try to keep this newsletter concise and to the point!

May Day Festival

The students have been hard at work, learning new songs on the ukulele and new May Pole dances. I think it’s going to be a very special day on Friday. : ) As a class, we decided to wear black/dark pants, plain white shirts, and the school is providing skirts for those who wish to wear them. **If you need help with any clothing items, please let me know as soon as possible and I will get right on that!

Duckworth Family Farm Field Trip

I’m so happy to have the chance to take a field trip at the end of this school year! Little did we know something like this could happen this school year! We are in need of drivers/chaperones. There is a link below with more information and sign-ups. Students and drivers will be required to wear masks on the car rides and they may be asked to wear them at certain points during the field trip. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about this, please let me know as soon as possible.

Field Trip Sign-ups!

Performance for our Self-Written Play!

We have been on a journey to create a play based on our classroom read aloud book, The Explorer. Your students have been doing amazing work so far and now it is time to kick it into gear and get it ready to perform. We would like to offer an evening performance, so I have attached a google form here for your availability. Please fill this form out as soon as you are able! Thank you!

Form for Performance Availability

Happy May! 🌷🐞🌹🐛 

P.S. I will be sending home a weekly newsletter through May, as there is much I will need to communicate in the coming weeks! Thank you for your support, as always!


Academic Sneak Peak

Math Geometry and Data & Measurement 

ELA– Script Writing and Memorization

Science– Duckworth Farm Field Trip and Classroom Visit

Enrichment– Technical Theatre Committees

Social-Emotional– Community and Personal Responsibility

Life Skill of the Month

Responsibility

Contact Information

Email: ashley@villagecharterschool.com

Important Dates

May 6 – May Day Festival!
           *Early Dismissal at 1:15
           *Students in Classroom at 4:30
           *Festival Starts at 5:00

May 13 – No School

May 20 – Duckworth Farm Field Trip

May 27 – 5:30 Performance of The Explorer

May 29 – No School, Memorial Day

       

Classroom Wish List

*We are getting ready to put on a play at the end of the month! If you have any special skills related to theatre arts you are able to share with us or have time you can spend in the classroom with us, please let me know!

Our Class Newsletter!
March


A note from the Teacher

Hello Fantastic Families,

What fun it has been, getting to know you and your students these past few weeks! I am so appreciative for the hard work your kiddos put into leading their conferences. It was wonderful to watch them shine and to hear from them about what they’ve learned and where they hope to grow. Thank you so much for taking the time to be involved in conferences.

The end of the second Trimester is this Thursday, March 3rd. I will be working on report cards for the next couple of weeks and plan on sending them home with their homework on Monday, March 14th. Should you have any questions or concerns before that time, please feel free to email me: ashley@villagecharterschool.com

Happy March!  ☘️  ☘️  ☘️  ☘️

Academic Sneak Peak

Math– Multi-Digit Multiplication and Division, Fluency with Facts, Using Arrays and Partial Products, Geometry and Measurement

ELA– Creative Writing (The Explorer), Informational Writing (Rainforest Research), Reading Comprehension

Social Studies– States projects will be continuing soon!

Enrichment– Stop-Motion Completion, Espanol, Ukelele, Typing, Woodshop, PE, Art and Buddies with Miss Kristen’s Class

Life Skill of the Month

Cooperation

Important Dates

● March 3rd: End of 2nd Trimester

● March 4th: No School

● March 21st-25th: Spring Break!

● April 23rd: Creek Clean-a-thon!
       

Classroom Wish List

Calling all large pieces of cardboard! If you have any large pieces hanging around, we would love to take them off your hands. We are going to be making a set and props soon and cardboard will come in handy!

Contact Information

Email: ashley@villagecharterschool.com

Ms. Parent’s Class Newsletter
February

A note from the Teacher

Hello 4th and 5th Grade families,

It is with both sadness and excitement, that I say goodbye to VCS for now, and take another step towards my parenthood journey. This week (January 31- February 4th) will be my last week in the classroom before I go on maternity leave. I have had such a wonderful year and feel so lucky to have gotten to work with such a fantastic group of students, I will miss you all. I feel confident that you will all continue to excel under the leadership of Ashley and Coco. I look forward to introducing my new little one to the VCS community in the future. After February 4th, please direct all school related questions to Ashley. I have provided her email below.

Valentine’s Day- This is a reminder that if your child chooses to bring in Valentine’s they need to bring one in for all students in the class (a class list is attached). All Valentine’s must also be homemade. If your child would like some help with supplies (paper, markers, etc) to make their cards please let me know. This year we are asking that your child’s Valentine does not include any type of food.

Student-Led Conferences- This trimester’s conferences will be student-led. Because these are “student-led” conferences, please ensure that your student will be able to join you during the time you select. Not only is it wonderful that you will get to hear from your students about what their successes and areas for growth are, it is also a great time for you to get to know Ashley as she begins to fill in for Ms. Parent.

Conference Signup website: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084BAAA823A5FA7-spring2

Happy February

Academic Sneak Peak

Math– Fractions, mixed numbers, improper fractions, adding fractions with unlike denominators

ELA– Informational Writing

Science– Lessons with Ms. Stephanie

Enrichment– Ukulele Class, Spanish, woodshop, computers, PE, art with Art and Soul and buddies with Miss Kristin’s Class. Stop motion activity with Ms. Jess.

Life Skill of the Month

Flexibility

Important Dates

● February 4: Ms. Parent’s Last Day

● February 14: Valentine’s Day

● February 16-23: Conference Week– Minimum Days 1:15 dismissal

● February 21: President’s Day– No School
       

Classroom Wish List

**Please email or let me know if you plan to donate before sending it in. It helps with making sure we get the right amount. **

Contact Information

Email: rparent@villagecharterschool.com

Ms. Parent’s Class Newsletter
January


A note from the Teacher

Hello 4th and 5th Grade families,

Welcome back to school and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful winter break. It is wonderful to have all the students back in class once again. I would like to give a special welcome to our new student Sophia, we are so excited to have you here.

Masks: During this current covid surge we are asking that all students wear their masks outside at all times unless eating, drinking or being very aware of socially distancing themselves for a mask break. Let’s all work hard to keep our community healthy.

Attendance: A quick reminder about attendance: If you know your child will be missing school in advance please let the office know and fill out an Independent study form to get school work ahead of time. This helps keep your child up to date on classwork and helps reduce school absences. If your child is missing school unexpectedly or is sick please call the office as soon as possible to let us know.

Winter Weather: Please make sure your child is prepared for the weather each day. We go outside for recess, lunch and PE almost everyday, even if it is drizzling. Sending your child in the appropriate gear, especially rain jackets helps us stick with these routines and keep your child dry. Bringing layers is also encouraged.

Goodbye and Hello. I have both exciting and sad news, my time in the class, is coming to a close for the year. I will be starting my maternity leave in a few short weeks. My official last day of school will be Friday, February 4th. I am very happy to announce that Ms. Ashley will be stepping in to lead the class through the end of the year. I will very much miss this special group of students but I look forward to visiting and eventually introducing my little bundle of joy to the amazing VCS community. Thank you for a wonderful school year.

Happy January!

Academic Sneak Peak

MathFocus on Fractions- equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators. Continued practice with multiplication and division.

ELA–Figurative Language, Spelling, Word of the Day

Social StudiesMLK Jr. and Civil Rights

ScienceHuman Body Systems Continued.

EnrichmentUkulele Class, Spanish, woodshop, computers PE, art and buddies with Miss Kristin’s Class. Stop motion activity with Ms. Jess.

Life Skill of the Month

Perseverance

Important Dates

● January 17th: MLK Jr. Day– No School

January 28th: No School
             

Classroom Wish List

**Please email or let me know if you plan to donate before sending it in. It helps with making sure we get the right amount. **

  • Some small shoe box sized cardboard boxes.


Contact Information

Email: rparent@villagecharterschool.com

Winter Art

Making Snowflakes with Buddies from Miss Kristen’s Class

Enjoying the New Play Structure

Ms. Parent’s Class Newsletter
December

A note from the Teacher

Hello 4th and 5th Grade families,

Winter Solstice Festivities -Friday December 17th (weather permitting): Our class will be reciting the poem “The Shortest Day” by Susan Cooper. Please look for a copy of this poem in your child’s homework and encourage them to practice it each day. Festival costumes – please keep an eye out for a note regarding details on the festival preparations and outfits.

Homework: If your child has questions about their homework or is struggling with an assignment please encourage them to bring their homework in during the week to ask Coco and I questions. They are also encouraged to bring their homework packets with them to school each day, that way if they finish an assignment early they can get a head start on their homework and ask questions then.

We will be switching up our homework routine just a little moving forward. As of last week students ELA homework will be alternating between spelling packets/spelling test and a grammar packet/grammar test. Please continue to help your student study for both.

School Supplies: We are a few weeks into a new trimester and it may be a good time to get new supplies for your child, particularly pencils and erasers. An Elmer’s glue or something similar, and a pair of scissors that your child likes using would also be great. While I do have some available for students it is helpful when students have supplies they feel special ownership of because it helps them take more responsibility for their stuff.

Happy December!

Academic Sneak Peak

Math– Introduction to Fractions, decimals and percents. Continued practice with multiplication and division.

ELA, Social Studies– Activities related to winter solstice and festivities.

Science–Human Body Systems, Health and Nutrition.

Enrichment– Ukulele Class, Spanish, woodshop, computers PE, art and buddies with Miss Kristin’s Class.

Life Skill of the Month

Friendship

Important Dates

● December 17th: Winter Solstice Festival

Dec. 20-31: Winter Break–No School
             School Resumes January 3, 2022!

Classroom Wish List

**Please email or let me know if you plan to donate before sending it in. It helps with making sure we get the right amount. **

Paper MIlk Cartons (Gallon or Half Gallon and clean)–We only need one per student so please only send in one or two initially.


A look inside Ms. Parent’s class

Rachael Parent earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!) After graduating, Ms. Parent worked as a Teacher Naturalist/ Challenge Course facilitator at Westminster Woods and spent a couple winters teaching skiing and snowboarding in Tahoe. Ms. Parent earned her teaching credential and Masters of Education from UC Davis. She spent several years as a teaching assistant before coming to Village. 

Now a teacher at VCS; she provides instruction to 4th and 5th graders. She particularly enjoys teaching math and science. She believes in getting the students outdoors for physical education and hands on projects whenever possible. Her goal is to foster curiosity and a love of learning in her students while creating a strong classroom community. 

When not teaching, Rachael enjoys hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, gardening and most activities that get her out in nature. She also loves curling up with a good book, especially one in the genre of historical fiction or fantasy. 

Ashley Jarrett