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April 1, 2008

Wow – what a great week so far! The students and I have been quite busy the past couple of days, however we did manage to pull a few April Fools jokes on each other.

I have also implemented a new classroom economy plan for the 4th quarter. If your child hasn’t mentioned it, please ask them about it. They are learning all sorts of useful things such as how to write a check, keeping track of their balance, getting letters of reference, interview practice and much more! I think this will be a great way to keep focused and on task for the 4th quarter.

March 20, 2008

Check out some new math games under the homework link. Enjoy your Spring Break!

March 18, 2008

Some of you have expressed interest in making the Silly Putty that we made in class yesterday at home. You can view a similar recipe at http://homehearth.virtualave.net/slyputty.html

Have fun!!!

March 17, 2008

Wow – what a day. We walked into the classroom only to find out that those mischevious leprechauns struck our classroom. Many things were out of place and we had mini shoe prints all over our desks and pieces of gold all over the floor!! In addition to the mess that was left, many of the students also found shamrocks hidden throughout the classroom. Just about all of our work today revolved around St. Patrick’s Day. We had an Irish Blessing we practiced writing, played Shamrock Shakeup in math, and made green silly putty for one of our science experiments (which just so happened to tie into what we are currently studying). The day was full of fun and learning – a great combination!!!

Remember 1/2 day on Thursday and no school on Friday. Also, next week is Spring Break. Enjoy your time off!!!

March 3, 2008
Sadly one of our classroom pets, Cottonball, passed away. She will be remembered fondly by the class and is in our thoughts. We hope she finds herself in a better place.

February 27, 2008
We began learning about atoms today in Science and what they consist of. The students are going to learn the very basics as well as learn how to determine how many protons, electrons and neutrons are in each element. Tonight for homework they need to find this information for four elements (see homework page). For additional assistance, I recommend visiting the following website: http://education.jlab.org/qa/pen_number.html

Also, just a reminder there is no school on Friday.

February 25, 2008
Remember we have no school on Friday. Students should be just about finished with all their Reading Bingo projects for the month of February. We have begun the beginning stages of a Graphing Math project. More information will be coming home soon.

February 19, 2008
Each student was assigned an item to bring for a writing activity on Friday. Please make sure they bring their item no later than Friday. The items ranged from peanut butter, jelly, bread, plates, drinks, etc. Check your child’s sheet to see what they are to bring.

We also started the Vocabulary Word of the Week today. The final project and presentation will be on Monday, February 25. A note went home regarding this today.

February 13, 2008
Today was our field trip to the La Brea Tar Pits and we had a fantastic time! The kids were so well behaved during the guided tour and asked (and answered) plenty of questions. We even saw an active pit in which they are still pulling bones out and probably will be for the next twenty years!!! When we finished touring the whole museum the students shopped at the gift shop and we went to lunch. It was a great time for all involved. I would like to thank my parent volunteers for coming along and sharing this experience with the class. Thank you!!! Be sure to check out Jensen’s Journalists tomorrow to read about our field trip from a student’s point of view.

February 6, 2008
Sorry the homework page wasn’t updated the past few days. I was out sick but it is updated now. Have a great day!

January 30, 2008
Today was another fabulous day. I was able to see just about all of my students dressed as what they want to be when they grow up. I’m so excited for their futures!!! I also hope they all make the amount of money they said they would with their future jobs. ;-)

Jeans for Jesus is tomorrow. Be sure to show your school spirit.

January 28, 2008
Wow – it was so much fun to see all the students dressed up in their Medieval attire today!!

If you haven’t had a chance, please check out our weblog at http://jensensjournalists.blogspot.com/
and leave a comment for our recent authors. They are working so hard on their writing to make it perfect and would appreciate a comment from someone else other than me. :-)

January 25, 2008
Just a reminder that next week we are celebrating Catholic Schools Week. The students are encouraged to dress up for the following themes during the week:

Monday – Our mascot at St. Tiimothy’s is the Knights – so dress up in your favorite Medieval Times costume.

Tuesday – Dress up as your favorite Literary Character – remember to be prepared to talk about who you are.

Wednesday – Career Day: What do you want to be when you grow up? Celebrate today by dressing up as your future self.

Thursday – Jeans for Jesus ~ Bring a $1.00 and wear jeans to school.

Continue to bring in Quarters for our Quarter Mile Contest. The deadline has been extended to Thursday.

If you haven’t checked out our weblog under Jensen’s Journalists, please do so today. So far two students have reported and look forward to hearing your comments.

January 23, 2008
We have begun our Jensen’s Journalist coverage of what’s going on in the classroom. I wrote the first article, which can be viewed under the “Jensen’s Journalist” tab. You can find this tab by clicking on either “For Parents” or “For Students”. Once you have opened up the Jensen’s Journalist page click on Weblog. Our first student report was Kimberley – check back tomorrow to see her full report!!!

January 14, 2008

We have begun the “Quarter Mile” contest for Catholic School’s Week. The class that brings in the most quarters will receive an ice cream party. So far we have 4 quarters, courtesy of Ms. Jensen. Start collecting today!!

January 6, 2008
Welcome back and Happy New Year!! I hope you had a wonderful break and were able to get some rest in. I know I did! One of my resolutions for the New Year is to do a much better job of updating this site daily. Please check back often for updates.

I’m looking forward to the second half of the school year. Your child has begun the new Reading Bingo projects for the month. Our genre is Mystery. Please remind your child to keep their KNIGHTS Binder organized and to do their homework nightly.

October 9, 2007
The class and I have begun discussing our Service Learning Project. More information will be coming home soon regarding this exciting project. In the meantime, please start collecting Boxtops. If you are looking for a list of participating products, please click on the “For Parents” link and click on “Fundraising”.

Remember – Extinction is Forever!!

October 8, 2007
The complication I was having with my internet connection seems to be over. The homework page has been updated – thank you for your patience.

September 20, 2007
To assist students with their Spanish class, I have added a new link under “For Students”. Check it out today and start learning!!

September 9, 2007
Week one of school is officially over and we are off to a great start! Don’t forget Back to School Night is this Thursday, September 13 from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

September 9, 2007
Our website was awarded the Bronze Award – check it out on our Awards page down below.

August 26, 2007
School starts on Tuesday, September 4 – I look forward to seeing all of you!

July 22, 2007
Yet another website award! Be sure to check it out and visit their site. Thank you!

July 17, 2007
We have another website award – check it out today!! :-)

June 22, 2007
View our new website award!

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