Mrs. Chan's Class: Room 27 Newsletter

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October Important Dates

  • Monday, October 7th- Friday, October 18th: Fall Break- No School
  • Monday, October 21st: Students return to school
  • Monday, October 28th- Friday, November 1st: Spirit Week (stay tuned for the daily Spirit Week events)
  • Thursday, October 31st: Halloween Parade at 8:30am (please have your child wear their costume to school in the morning and bring a change of clothes)

SEptember & October CurriculuM

*We started our first Close Reading booklet in September. For each Close Reading unit we have an essential question that we discuss with the stories in the booklet. We also apply a variety of reading strategies when looking at these texts in depth. Each month I will list the Close Reading Unit, Essential Question, Texts for Close Reading, and the Reading Strategies. 

  • Close Reading: Unit 2- Ways Characters Shape Stories (Fiction)
    • Essential Question: How do our actions influence our lives?
    • Texts for Close Reading: "The Peasant and the Apple Tree", "Fox and the Crow", "The Ballad of John Henry", "The Village Blacksmith", "The Tale of King Midas: A Greek Myth", and "Snow White: A Russian Folktale"
    • Reading Strategies: Previewing Text , Visualization, Retelling Important Events, Identifying Story Elements (setting, characters, problem/ solution), 
  • Writing: Simple Sentences, Compound Sentences, Complex Sentences, Fixing Run-On Sentences, Paragraph Writing
  • Grammar: Parts of Speech, Capitalization, Punctuation, Pronouns, & Plural Nouns
  • Math: Topic 3- Using Place Value to Add & Subtract, Topic 4- Meanings of Multiplication (staring multiplication after Fall Break)
  • Mystery Science: Power of Flowers 
    • Lessons: Why do plants grow flowers? Why do plants grow fruit? Why are some apples red and some green? How  could you make the biggest fruit in the world?
  • Socials Studies: Ohlone Native Americans


Red homework folders are due every morning, except Monday. Homework consists of:

  • Reading 20 or more minutes.
  • Math worksheet- complete both sides and check your work, due following school day.
  • Nightly reading worksheet- read story aloud everyday and answer comprehension questions. Remember to underline or highlight text evidence. Worksheet will be distributed on Mondays and due by Friday.
  • Spelling worksheet- distributed on Mondays, due by Friday. Spelling tests will be every Friday. 

*If homework is taking your child longer than an hour, please let me know. This homework time should also include the 20 minutes of reading.

Weekly Envelopes

I will usually send home a Weekly Envelope at the end of the week. Inside the envelope will be paper communications (permission slips, book orders, etc.) and/ or student work. Please remove and review all the papers each weekend. Then have your child return the weekly envelope to me the following school day. 

Extracurricular Activities

  • PE: daily from 10:50-11:50am. Please have your child wear appropriate shoes everyday. If your child needs to be excused from p.e., send a note to school.
  • Library with Mrs. Fournier: Mondays 1:00-1:30 pm
  • Art with Mrs. Owyang: Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 am
  • Computers with Mr. Oxendine: Tuesdays 1:00-1:40 pm
  • Music:  Thursdays 2:00-2:30pm
  • Buddies with Mrs. Jordan & Mrs. Warren's kindergarteners:                                Fridays 9:30-10:00 a.m.

Links to Useful Sites

AR Book Finder is an online tool to look up a book's reading level.

Scholastic book order. When ordering books online, use the Class Activation Code GZV38.

*Your child's username and passwords for BrainPop Jr., RazKids, IXL, and Moby Max are all the same. 

BrainPopJr. offers animated educational videos that cover a variety of subject areas. 

RAZ Kids is an interactive online reading program. It offers leveled e-books that are accompanied with reading comprehension questions. Instructions and passwords were given to you at Back To School Night.  Teacher username: chan27.

IXL is an online math and language arts practice program. 

MobyMax provides an online curriculum and is tailored to your child's individual needs. Our school code is ca633. 

Growth Mindset videos. These are videos we have watched and discussed in class. We are practicing to have a growth mindset, which is the idea that we can all get smarter and our brains can get stronger with more effort.

Common Core Standards are the academic standards for K-12 literacy and math education. 

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May chan

Classroom ph #650-638-2929

*Email is the best way to contact me. Please let me know if your child will be missing school or will be leaving early.

*Please have your child bring an extra sweatshirt or jacket to school. Our classroom can get quite cool even when the air conditioning is off.