Spring has sprung and with spring comes… state-mandated assessments for grades 3-11. It’s time for Presidio students to show what they know! I realize that there are mixed feelings about conducting assessments this year, given the ramifications of the global pandemic, but I am choosing to look at this as an opportunity for Presidio to show how well we have navigated the challenges we’ve faced this year. I am incredibly proud of the hard work, dedication, flexibility, patience, and true grit shown by the #PresidioFamily throughout this school year. I have had the privilege of visiting classes over the past couple of quarters and have seen many insightful, innovative strategies. I’ve seen students, families, and facility/staff alike overcome obstacles, challenge themselves and others, push through “productive struggles,” and share how much has been learned/gained by doing so. I’ve watched Presidio come together as a community and am excited to see our students “slam these exams!” (Please see the SchoolMessenger message sent on March 31, 2021 for additional information including the assessment schedule.)
Presidio is requesting that if parents are able to donate, we are in need of cases of bottled water for the school. We need individual bottled water so that we can pass them out to the students that may forget theirs at home. We would greatly appreciate any donations.
Love to read & review books? Check out Biblionasium, where children and teens can review books they’ve read, discover new reads, and build an imagination-based digital community.
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Enjoy this visual interpretation of Billy Collins’ poem “The Country,” by sixth grade student Armida Hoffman.
Growing in Second Grade
We started a new unit in Reading - Fossils! Most of the stories in this unit are expository - which means they are nonfiction and informational. We are learning how to use text features (headings, pictures, picture captions, diagrams, charts) to get the most out of these stories. It is so much fun reading to learn in preparation for 3rd grade!
On the Science front, we finished Plant Adventures.
We made Grass Heads and made predictions about the direction the grass would grow based on orientation. We used what we learned about light, leaves and competition to make those predictions and then discussed our observations. Here are pictures of some Grass Heads. Can you tell which one was lying on its back? Standing up? Lying face-down? Ask a 2nd grader!
ELA & Social Studies
This month in Social Studies, the fourth grade students learned about the Southeast region of the United States, Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day. We were able to carry over our St. Patrick’s Day lesson into ELA and worked on writing our own Irish poems called Limericks. The students had fun with this activity. We finished the end of Quarter 3 strong just in time for Spring Break. The week after Spring Break, the fourth graders completed their Galileo tests in ELA, math and science. They are continuing to prepare for AZ Merit which will begin on April 7th!
Math & Science
4th graders have been busy bees! We have challenged our brains by digging deep into division and learning how to solve problems in a variety of ways - using an area model, a number line, and even a strategy we like to call Big 7. In science, we are exploring the world of plants and how their adaptations help them survive their environments. Check out some of our plant sketches below!
The third grade Bobcats painted Canyonlands National Park after using multiple resources to research and draft their sketches!
Supply purchase request for second semester art students:
(1) Food color package with four colors and/or (1) Watercolor set to donate to Presidio K-12 art classes. These are single use items that will be issued to your child in their kit for painting and watercoloring purposes. Every little bit helps!
This is an optional request as we understand your funds may be limited.
This last semester was fun for dance students as they embarked on creative choreography inspired by prompts given by their teacher, Mrs. Penazek. Using their learned choreography, terminology, and/or ideas of their own, students in all levels and grades were able to create short movement pieces to communicate their ideas and emotions through their bodies. The younger grades created movements based on books they have read. Working together the students collaborated to create a compilation of their work into one beautiful dance. In all grades, students have a specific dance they have been working on as well. Although there will be no end of year performance this year, each student is encouraged to show their work to family and friends at home. Kudos to all K-12 dance students!! You are amazing!!
Hugs, Mrs. Penazek
Monthly Family Fun - March
It’s time to have a little fun! We have provided some fun seasonal jokes that kids are sure to enjoy. They're a bit corny, but kids will love them. Submit videos of your family sharing some of these jokes to social media (tag Presidio School) or email them to Ms. Erin (firstname.lastname@example.org) for all to see and enjoy!
How excited was the gardener about spring? So excited he wet his plants.
Does February like March? No, but April May
When do monkeys fall from the sky? During APE-ril showers
What season is it best to go on a trampoline? Spring time
What do you call a rabbit with flees? Bugs Bunny
What goes up when the rain goes down? Umbrellas
What month of the year is the shortest? May (only 3 letters)
Name a bow that can’t be tied. A rainbow
What’s Irish and comes out in Spring? Paddy O’Furniture
Why did Cinderella get kicked off the baseball team? She always ran away from the ball.
Welcome to our new newsletter feature, Caption This! Get on social media or send an email to Ms. Erin with a caption for this picture. Entries will be voted upon and a prize will be awarded for the most creative caption. May the odds be ever in your favor!
Congratulations to our Caption This! February winner, Mrs. Kruse! Her caption for the photo below of Mr. Phil was, "I'm your IT guy. Everything is fine. The reindeer told me."