October News

posted Oct 10, 2016, 1:02 PM by Reina Honig

Dear IS Families,

Can you believe that October is already upon us? We’ve been very busy in the classroom these last 2 weeks and hope your children have been coming home with exciting new information and experiences to share with you.

Please see below some important dates including Attendance Month 2 is due THIS FRIDAY, 10/14/16. I’ve included a link here to the plan book for the week of 10/11 & 10/14 but please note that the afternoon on Friday will have Math Games with Tania Ryan instead of CA History.


Monday- Friday, 10/10-10/14 6th Graders are at Outdoor Science School & it’s the last week for Drive for Schools Tickets

Wednesday 10/12 MANDATORY Coloma Chaperone Meeting 5:30-6:30pm

Friday, 10/14 by 3PM: Attendance Month 2 is due - please include weekly learning logs, a signed and completed attendance log and 4 original work samples (with at least 1 from Math, and 1 from Language Arts.)

Friday, 10/14 Movie Night Mountain Parents Club will host our second movie night, a showing of “Hotel Transylvania 2” at 6:30. Dinner is BYOP (Bring Your Own Picnic), so please bring your picnic dinner, warm blankets and low-back chairs to enjoy a Halloween themed movie treat. This is such great community bonding time---we hope you can make it.

Wednesday-Friday 10/19-21 4th & 5th Graders on a field trip to Sacramento & Coloma

Tuesday, 11/1  No Classroom Enrichment day. Staff development day for all Mountain school teachers.

Tuesday, 11/1Screenagers” movie playing at Scotts Valley middle school. Highly recommended!

Wednesday, 11/2 Parent meeting in IS room 6:30 to 8 PM.

Thursday, 11/10 Attendance paperwork due.

Friday, 11/11 Veterans Day No School

Friday-Sunday 11/18-20 Goodwill Truck -  We will be bringing back the donation truck on Friday, November 18 Sunday, November 20th this year.  Start saving your items!  The Parents Club earns $1,250 every time we fill a truck, and you get to pass on gently used unwanted items.  They do not accept appliances or scrap materials, but everything else in good working condition is fair game.  There will be shifts for sign up to help the effort---thank you in advance for this easy way to support our programs.

Wednesday-Friday, 11/23-25 Thanksgiving break No School

For those of you who were not able to attend our first parent meeting, here are some of the important topics that were discussed:

  • Classroom & school safety: during school hours, students are not allowed to play on the dirt hill near our classroom. But once they are under your care, they can go up there, being careful not to go into the parking lot. The breezeway behind the classroom is ALWAYS off limits.

  • Communication: Mrs. Fleming & Mrs. Honig will continue to email updates linked to the SLV Homeschool website and will not be sending out paper copies. We have shared with you a Google Calendar (PDF below) and will continue to update it throughout the month with meeting times and important school events. If you have not received an invitation for that calendar, please contact Mrs. Honig ASAP. There is also a Yahoo! Group for parents only that is being managed by Amanda Grant and Dana Snyder, so please contact them if you have not yet received an invitation.

  • Yearbook: A parent (could it be you? We’re looking for a volunteer) will be creating a yearbook at the end of the school year so be sure to save your photos from field trips throughout the year so that they may be included!

Some other class news:

We’ve continued with our focus on Earth Science and introduced the Rock Cycle to the class with this fun video as well as an interactive game that brought the children through the processes of the cycle. As a way to familiarize ourselves with map skills and the state of California, we played a version of Battleship using Latitude and Longitude to locate major cities and landforms on a map of CA. Students given the chance to take surveys and create their own graphs in math this week too!

We wish a fabulous week for the 6th graders who are attending Outdoor Science School and hope the 4th & 5th graders are packing and getting ready for Coloma, 10/19-21/16!


Kim & Reina

Reina Honig,
Oct 10, 2016, 1:02 PM