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October 23- Jogathon

November 3rd-6th:  Parent Conferences (T/W minimum days, Th/F no school for students)

November 11th- Veteran's Day holiday (no school for students)


New District Policy

California law does not allow school districts to charge fees to students for curricular and extracurricular activities.  However, as you are aware, due to state budget cut backs, schools can no longer afford to fund many of these activities.  Therefore, we are requesting voluntary donations from parents to offset the costs of these programs.  Parents are not required to make donations and all students may participate in extracurricular activities regardless of whether their parents make a donation. 

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Please make sure that you are reading your child's planner and signing it each night.  This is our main avenue of communication, and we want students to come prepared, knowing that all of their assignments are complete, and that you are also informed.  :)


Welcome to Team Petzold 2015-16.  We are off to a great start, and I am so impressed with their enthusiasm, respect for others, and work habits!  I am looking forward to a wonderful year.  

100% PTA Participation!!  That is our goal!  If you haven't joined the PTA, please support our school by doing so.  They provide so many amazing programs and things for our school.

You will be receiving information about the upcoming jogathon.  This is the only large fundraiser our school will be doing, so please help in any way you can by helping your child raise donations, or donating yourself.

We have lots of recycling, but sadly, we have no one who has volunteered to do recycling for our class.  If you are interested, we would really appreciate it.  You could pick up the bottles/cans once a week or every other week.  Then, you can recycle them at your convenience.  We would love to use the money for a variety of things, including supplementing field trips, and also for additional auction items and special treats for the whole class!!


We have been reading selected stories from our Open Court Anthology, all related to the theme of Cooperation and Competition.  We will use these stories as a way to model and introduce some higher level reading strategies that students will use all year. We will be discussing making connections, analyzing text, providing evidence, using context clues to learn new vocabulary words, and character analysis.  After we finish several stories from this theme, we will begin reading our first class novel, where students will get to put those strategies into practice.


We are happy to be using the new math series, Math Expressions.  This program supports the common core math standards, and provides students with understanding in order to utilize multiple strategies to solve a variety of problems. 

Some weeks students will receive a Math Olympiad.These are meant to help each student develop strategies with the solving of each problem as well as incorporating skills and concepts they've learned.  They are a great way for the students to apply what they know, find mathematical patterns, and solve multi-step problems. We will work on them together in class, and they are meant to be more of a learning experience and not a graded assignment.

It is important, regardless of the content or strategies that students will use, for them to master the basic facts.  Although timed tests and computer assessments will be used occasionally to help students keep their skills sharp, students should practice these facts at home.  Students who struggle with knowing the basic facts are often frustrated with multi-step problems because they require so much time.  Even as few as 5-10 minutes of practice a few times a week can make an enormous difference in the mastery of these facts, and in the confidence of the student!

We are currently working on fractions.  Students have already learned about unit fractions, and equivalent fractions (using multipliers and divisors).  Next we are looking at different situations that arise when comparing fractions, and how to use a variety of strategies to solve the problem.  Next we will move on to adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators.

Please make sure you ask to see your child's math journal.  This is where they take notes, do practice problems, and can see examples of what we're doing!

Disneyland Inaugural Half Marathon


This is my 25th year of teaching, and I have taught all elementary grades except for Kindergarten.  I graduated from CSULB with a finance degree, before earning my Teaching Credential and Masters Degree from CSUF.  I became Nationally Board Certified in 2001, and am currently a Teaching Assistant Principal and AAA Coordinator for Wagon Wheel.  I have been married for 10 years this October, and my husband and I enjoy spending time at Disneyland (swing-dancing), and going to the park with our Bernese Mountain Dog, D.J., and our little Bernese Mountain Dog "Wannabe", Webster.

DJ and Webster (our mini Bernese)

DJ and Webster (our mini Bernese)

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