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Welcome to the last full week of 5th grade

Hello fifth graders and families. Welcome to the last full week of fifth grade. You’ve made it! With ups and downs and many challenges along the way, we’ve all finally made it to the moment we’ve been waiting for.

Families, last week I shared some important details about promotion, but as a reminder, our promotion will be taking place over Zoom on Monday, June 8th, starting at 9am. There will be several speeches, we will be presenting student awards, and we will be reading the individual names of each student to recognize them for their accomplishments and hard work. We look forward to seeing you there. For those who are unable to attend, a video will be posted on the Columbus website after the event.

Additionally, fifth grade return and retrieve is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10th, from 10am-1pm.  During this time, please return textbooks and One and Only Ivan books, and pick up your child’s belongings, including their promotion certificate. Report cards will be mailed home to all families this year. Please see the email from Dr. Rojas for more details.

 

Students, here is a short video message from Mr. Sasse to congratulate you:

 

 

Students please click here for this week’s learning plan.

 

Because our virtual classrooms are not confined to the walls of our school campus and therefore have limited control on confidentiality, we respect that some families might be uncomfortable with having their child’s name or image as part of the end of year promotion Zoom. If you would like for me to ensure that your child’s name and image are NOT shared during the promotion ceremony, please email me as soon as possible to let me know. In the absence of a response, my understanding will be that you consent to allowing us to include your child’s name and school photo in the promotion program. 

 

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5th grade promotion information

Hello families!

After a lot of planning and work, the Columbus staff have put together a “virtual” fifth grade promotion. All students will be individually recognized, with their name announced and photo displayed, as well as several students receiving awards and giving speeches. Thanks to online platforms, even those who live far away will be able to virtually participate in this year’s ceremony.

Our promotion will be held online using Zoom at 9am on Monday, June 8th, 2020. We expect the event to last  60-90 minutes. We look forward to “seeing” everyone there!

-The 5th Grade Team
Ms. Micev, Ms. Rivera, & Mr. Sasse

 

Because our virtual classrooms are not confined to the walls of our school campus and therefore have limited control on confidentiality, we respect that some families might be uncomfortable with having their child’s name or image as part of the end of year promotion Zoom. If you would like for me to ensure that your child’s name and image are NOT shared during the promotion ceremony, please email me as soon as possible to let me know. In the absence of a response, my understanding will be that you consent to allowing us to include your child’s name and school photo in the promotion program. 

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Welcome to Week 7 of Remote Learning

 

Hello Families,

We are now 7 weeks into our remote learning and have about a month left to go. Students are settled into the routine and everyone is working hard together as a team.

Happy mothers day to all of our mothers, thank you for all the sacrifices you make for your children.

The Columbus Team is working hard to put something together for promotion. We don’t know what it will look like yet, but we are hard at work planning a promotion activity for our students. I will share updates with you when I have them.

Remember that multiple opportunities are available for live help if students are struggling with online learning. I offer daily Zoom videos as well as live chat help.

Stay healthy and well, and I look forward to seeing everyone – virtually on zoom or someday in person – again soon.

-Mr. Sasse

 

Contact Mr. Sasse: Click Here

Daily Lesson Plans and Directions: Click Here

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Week 4 of Remote Learning

Hello Families,

Hard to believe we’re already a month into our Remote Learning. Things are starting to go much smoother now and most students are getting the hang of things. Most of our class was able to attend last week’s Zoom meeting, and I am looking forward to doing another one in the future. Also, most students have submitted their solar system projects, these were very impressive and show the dedication and hard work of the students in our class.

Parents, you can monitor your child’s online learning progress using Google Classroom. If your child has any assignments marked “Missing” you should ask them why they have not completed their work. The district has instructed us to mark students “absent” if they do not participate in online learning (by turning in assignments) at least three times per week. We are waiting for directions regarding grading and report cards.

Please note that this week, there is no school on Friday, as it is Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day. As always, I will keep you informed of any changes to our remote learning situation. Have a great week!

-Mr. Sasse

 

Contact Mr. Sasse: Click Here

Daily Lesson Plans and Directions: Click Here

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Welcome to Week 3

Good morning families,

Welcome to our third week of online learning! Thank you for your patience as we continue to learn together the best way to keep students connected online. We’re in this together and things are starting to fall into place and routine.

This week, we’ll be having two new changes:

This will be the first week that we will be teaching new concepts in math – for the past two weeks, it has all been review of lessons taught before spring break. Some students may struggle, and that is okay. Please have them reach out for help if they need it. This is new and difficult for all of us, but it will become our normal for the rest of the school year and we must persevere through this difficult time.

Secondly, we will be having our first class Zoom meeting! Many students want to connect with their peers and just say hello, so I’ve planned a Zoom meeting for Tuesday at 11am. I look forward to seeing as many students as possible to connect and say hello. Attendance is not required but is strongly encouraged just to say “hi” to their peers.

Again, thanks for your support and patience as we navigate this new style of “school” together. I know it hasn’t been easy but we’re all in this together.

-Mr. Sasse

 

Contact Mr. Sasse: Click Here

Daily Lesson Plans and Directions: Click Here

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A Message from Mr. Sasse

Dear Families,

For many of us, these last few weeks have been a stressful and difficult time. My first concern is for the health and safety of your student and family, and I hope that all is well in your homes. This week, teachers in Glendale (and around the country) have been having online meetings to plan and prepare for the weeks ahead of “virtual” and “remote” learning. This is new for all of us, and I ask for your patience and understanding while we work through these challenges together. I miss my students, and I look forward to being back in the classroom with them again. This week is considered an “extended spring break” for students based on the district’s guidelines. We will begin remote instruction on March 30th. If you have any questions, concerns, or if you just want to reach me, please contact me. I am available daily via email and ClassDojo from 8am – 3pm.

A special video for Students, from Mr. Sasse:

 

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Materials Pickup for Distance Learning

Good evening families,
As you heard from Dr. Rojas’s phone call, materials and chromebook pickup will be this Wednesday, March 25th. All fifth graders will need to pickup their math workbooks and reading books on this day, as we are not scheduled to return to the classroom for 6 weeks.

To promote “social distancing” , pickup times are by last name.

8-9am: A-G
9-10am: H-M
10-11am: N-U
11am-12pm: V-Z

Please stop by the school during this time. Bring your student and a backpack to bring materials home.

Thank you for your understanding during this transition to remote learning. Remote learning will begin on March 30th. If you have any questions, please contact me.

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Update regarding extended school closures

Please see this important update from Superintendent Dr. Vivian Ekchian regarding extended school closures:

English: https://bit.ly/3bcbPMz 
Armenian: https://bit.ly/39a2GCE
Spanish: https://bit.ly/3bdJm95
Korean:  https://bit.ly/3bfJbdA 

Families: Rest assured that I will do the best that I can to be here to support your student and your family during this difficult time. This will be new, challenging, and scary for many of us, but together we will triumph in this difficult time. As always, I am available via email and ClassDojo to communicate. In the coming days, look for updated information about how fifth grade will proceed with distance learning. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns and I will do my best to address them.