SILENT AUCTION & CARNIVAL
THIS SATURDAY - MAY 18
11:30am to 5:30pm
COOL STUFF TO BID ON!
FUN RIDES AND GAMES!
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Dear SMASH Families,
SuperSMASH is here!
Thank you in advance to all of our families for taking shifts working the carnival
or auction and having lots of fun together tomorrow—Saturday, May 18
Also, save the date: SMMUSD and SMMEF (Education Foundation) invite you to attend a Community
Conversation about SMMUSD’s new centralized fundraising program and allocation plan, Partners for
Tuesday, May 28
John Adams Middle School Cafeteria
(2405 16th Street., Santa Monica)
(parking available on the blacktop)
Assistant Superintendent Terry Deloria and Superintendent Sandra Lyon will share that night how students
will benefit from the centralized fundraising program and allocation plan, Partners for Student Success. This
presentation is geared towards elementary school families, but I encourage our upper school families to attend
FOOD & NUTRITION SERVICES’ IMPORTANT DATES!
· May 13 is the last date to prepay for the Meal Deal (in the office and online)
· May 17 - Last day to pay for lunch by check
· June 11 - Last day to pay balance due.
All negative and positive balances will rollover to the 2013/2014 school year
DATES TO REMEMBER
Sat, May 18 - SuperSMASH!
Tue, May 21 - 6:00pm - Strings and Winds Music Concert - 4th-8th grades (Orchestra, Band, Jazz Band)
Wed, May 22 - 5:30pm - PTSA Executive Mtg
Fri, May 24 - All books from SMASH library must be returned and missing books paid for
Mon, May 27 - Memorial Day - School Closed
Tues, May 28 - 5:30-7:30pm - JAMS cafeteria. Superintendent presents Centralized Fundraising Conversations with SMASH, Grant, Edison & Rogers parents.
Wed, May 29 - Restaurant Night TBA
May 30 - 6:00pm - Choir Concert - 4th-8th grades
Fri, May 31 - 9:45am - Core 1 Assembly
Fri, May 31 - 3:00pm - Last day to turn in SMASH application for 1st-8th grade lottery
Mon-Tues-Wed, Jun 3, 4 & 5 - 8th grade San Diego trip
Tue-Wed-Thurs, Jun 4, 5 & 6 - 7th grade Fulcrum Trip
Wed, Jun 5 - 6:30pm - PTSA Mtg
Mon, June 10 - 10:00am - SMASH 8th grade graduation
Tues, June 11 - Last Day of School Beach Day
Thur, Aug 22 - First day of school!
Auditions are this Saturday!
Do you know a young musician who loves music? We still have time for students to sign up for an audition on morning of Saturday, May 18. Any students entering the 4th or 5th grade in the fall are welcome to audition. Private lessons are recommended but not required. Financial aid is available.
More details including audition sign-ups are available at www.elementalstrings.com/auditions
...and that includes Band, too!
After nine seasons in the community, we are finally expanding to Elemental Band this fall! Led by the SMMUSD's own Jessica Swift, our amazing team of teachers will bring the quality instruction and inspiration you have come to know and expect from Elemental Strings to woodwind, brass and percussion students! Elemental Band auditions will take place on Saturday May 18 in the afternoon. Financial aid is available.
More information including audition sign-ups are available at www.elementalband.com
Samohi Theatre presents a new coffeehouse-style production
Thursday, Friday & Saturday - May 23,24 & 25
5 Performances: Thu & Sat, 5pm & 7:30pm; Fri 7:30pm only
This eclectic, caffeine-infused collection of music, theatre pieces, poetry, dance, and more is directed and more is directed and performed (some even written) by Samohi students, in a coffeehouse-style atmosphere with freshly roasted Public Domain coffee, brownies, and more. A mélange of creativity and talent for just $10 adults or $5 students, at the door or reserve your tickets online at samohitheatre.org. Suggested for ages 12 and up. Performance in the intimate Humanities Center Theatre on the 2nd floor of the English Building (H-House) on the east side of the Samohi campus at Michigan & 7th St. Questions? Send an e-mail to Samohi Theatre at email@example.com
CREST SUMMER CAMP - ENROLL NOW!
Looking for something for your kids to do this summer?
Give one of CREST’s convenient and affordable City Camps a try! Camps begin June 12. Full- and half-day camps are offered at multiple locations for youth ages 8-14. All camps take weekly excursions to theme parks and local attractions. Outing transportation and daily lunch are included. Choose a camp that best fits your and your child(ren)’s needs.
Santa Monica Sports Experience has a new line-up this summer! A different sport or organized game is highlighted each week, including the annual Pinewood Derby Race where participants can design, build and race their own car! Additional weekly themes are virtual sports gaming, lacrosse, black-top hockey, dodge ball and more. Both full- or half-day options are available at John Adams Middle School.
Wrap-Around Camp provides a fun, action-packed summer camp experience at McKinley Elementary School for your 4th or 5th grader who is attending summer school. Participants stay onsite and easily transition from their summer school classrooms to a half-day camp featuring sports, games and special events.
Camp Santa Monica at Virginia Avenue Park offers four innovative speciality groups that will give your child the opportunity to explore his or her own personal interests. Campers can sign up for a full-day or week of Art Extravaganza, Fit & Fun, Science Solvers or the ever popular, Water Adventures where the name of the game is getting wet! Generous Financial Assistance subsidizing up to 90% of camp fees are available to qualifying Santa Monica residents based on a sliding scale. Non-residents attending summer school at McKinley Elementary School are eligible while summer school is in-session only. Low- to moderate-income families are encouraged to apply prior to registration. To receive an application, visit www.smgov.net/financialassistance.
Weekly costs for half-day are $123 for residents and $133 for nonresidents. Weekly costs for full-day are $200 for residents and $220 for nonresidents. Extended care in the early morning and evenings are available for an additional $35 per week.
For more information, contact the City of Santa Monica’s Youth Office located at Reed Park at 310-458-8540.
Enroll online now at www.smgov.net/recenroll.
Subject: Participate in Make Music LA!
Make Music Los Angeles/MMLA is a daylong celebration of music with live performances happening all over LA county, including Santa Monica, on the Summer Solstice, Friday June 21. The event is about people getting together in their neighborhoods in a do-it-yourself fashion and organizing their own free music concerts/ performances in a variety of locations including community gardens, plazas, schools, courtyards and parks.
The City of Santa Monica in partnership with MMLA will host music performances throughout the day in Palisades Park, outside 1450 Ocean, from 1 – 7pm. Musicians are also welcome to perform in City parks and beach areas provided the attached guidelines are followed. We invite you and your organization to participate by hosting a performance and by spreading the word to musicians and about the event itself.
To discuss hosting your own performance or to organize an MMLA presentation to your board, please contact Rebecca Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-951-4587.
For more information about MMLA please visit www.MakeMusicLA.org
Feel free to contact me with any questions about the City’s involvement. We hope you are inspired to get involved!
Cultural Affairs Supervisor
City of Santa Monica | Cultural Affairs Division arts.smgov.net/home
1437 Fourth St, Suite 310 | Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8350 P | (310) 917-6641 F
SMASH & JOHN MUIR ELEMENTARY
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
4th Grade Band & Orchestra – Auditorium
5th Grade Band & Orchestra – Auditorium
Smash Middle School Musicians
Winds, Orchestra & Jazz Band – Auditorium
We are looking forward to sharing this evening with you!
Ms. Bersch, Ms. Cruz, Mrs. Quiroz,
Mr. Anderson, Mr. Munoz, Mr. Anderson
Students: Please arrive 15 minutes before your performance time
and wear nice school clothes.
SMASH & JOHN MUIR ELEMENTARY
CHOIR SPRING CONCERT
Thursday May 30, 2013
4th, 5th & Middle School Choirs – Auditorium
We are looking forward to sharing this evening with you!
Ms. Cruz & Mrs. Spike-Gravelle
Students: Please arrive 15 minutes before your performance time.
Please wear nice clothing.
CORE 1 NEWS
Spring is the time for CHANGE!!
As the children in Core 1 prepare for their transition to the next school year, we are witnessing metamorphosis with our silk moths, as they slowly wiggle out of their cocoons, mate, lay eggs, and die.
“When the silk moth came out of the cocoon, it spit ‘acid’ so it could come out.” – Rowan
“The silk moth was stuck in the cocoon, and it was difficult to come out.” – Marlee
“When the new silk moth came out, there were two other silk moths, they were boys, and they were fighting over her.”– Katell
“Not all of the cocoons hatched.” – Marielle
“Those two cocoons are dead.” – Cathy
“If some of the cocoons were made earlier, then that would make the other ones [come out] later.” – Teagan
To add to our study, we recently found monarch caterpillars in our new butterfly garden in the small yard. Two of the caterpillars have pupated, and we have created a habitat in our classroom to carefully observe all of the caterpillars and chrysalis. Ask your child about our life cycle study:
“What is it like when a caterpillar turns into a chrysalis? What do you know about caterpillars?
What is the difference between a caterpillar and moth? Tell me about their life cycle.”
To prepare for the end of the school year, Diane, our campus librarian, is requesting that all books be returned next week (no later than Friday, May 24). This was the last week that children were invited to check out books. Please check your bedrooms, books shelves, and backpacks and RETURN ALL LIBRARY BOOKS NEXT WEEK. If one of your books is missing, please visit Diane to find out how you can pay for it or replace it with another book.
Partners’ Writing Celebration
During the past month, the entire Core has been writing information books during Workshop. The Partners’ are publishing their “How To” stories this week. Come see them share their amazing work with their Circle Groups on Thursday morning 8:45 – 9:10. From How to Camp to How to Use the Toilet , these instructional books are fun and informative!
Mark Your Calendars!
Upcoming Birthday Bashes
June birthdays will be celebrated on Friday May 31 from 11:45 to 12:15
July birthdays will be celebrated on Friday, June 7 from 11:45 to 12:15
Core 1 Assembly: May 31, 9:45-10:15
See you at SuperSMASH!
Candis, Chrysta, Graciela, Nadja & Laura
CORE 2 NEWS
Hi Core 2 Families and Friends,
We only have a few weeks left in school, but we have a lot more to learn and explore! In Literacy, we’ve been studying Historical Fiction and learning all about different time periods and how to make our own stories sound authentic to the time period we are writing. For example, students are thinking critically about the names that they give their characters. Josh made sure that his character, living in France during World War II, had a name that is from French origins. Erin and Ocean both researched the meaning behind various African names so that they would fit into their character’s description and the story of their life. Ram Rattan checked with Google Translator to make sure that her Dutch word for love (liefde in Dutch) was correct so that her character’s origins would sound accurate. Check in with your child about their story and how they are using names, places, and dates to make their story sound authentic to the time they are writing in.
In Math, we are working hard to fit in as much learning as we can before our year ends! 3rd graders are using multiple-step story problems that include multiplication (things that come in groups) and subtraction. This week’s homework contains student-written problems for paper clips. We are working on different strategies, including starting with knowing how many 100s will be in the answer. This helps lessen the numbers by several hundreds. For example, if there are 7 boxes of paper clips (each box contains 100 paper clips) and I used 67 of them, I know that there will be 6 whole boxes, or 600 in my answer. When figuring out how many paper clips are left, I am only working on 100-67 instead of 700 - 67. This strategy helps make the numbers more manageable. They are working on what makes problems easier to get started.
4th graders are working on finishing up their 2-D geometry that includes area, fractions, and angles. Students should be practicing their multiplication and division facts to be ready for the last unit in 4th grade and to be ready for 5th grade math.
Our Theme/Science unit is moving along with the students researching different groups, gathering information about the people that have made the move to California, and thinking about how they will teach each other about what they’ve learned. Look for the dates of our sharing to come and experience what we’ve learned.
In our Shelters investigation, students worked to blend rigid and flexible materials to make a shelter that would be able to withstand gravity and the elements. Each group constructed a shelter that was tested against the wind. We realized that weight was a determining factor in a shelter’s wind resistance. Another noticing in our group was that the stronger and more sturdy the base of our shelter was, the more capable it was to hold strong against gravity and the wind. These shelters will be available to see during our sharing.
We have also begun to explore the 4 different regions in California– Costal, Mountain, Central Valley, and Desert. They will be learning about how the early people of California survived in each region. We are realizing that even when one region seems challenging, there are advantages to living in each one. Students are finding out how people are able to access food, water, and the best type of shelter for their region.
Saturday, May 18 - SuperSMASH
Friday, May 24 - 8:30-9:10am - 3rd Grade Recorder Performance in Jayme room
Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day observed - SCHOOL CLOSED
Tuesday, May 28 - 3rd Graders begin to choose their instruments for next year
***End of the year sharing event date to be determined.
Have a wonderful weekend - See you at SuperSMASH!
Jayme, Tamara, and Nadja
CORE 3 NEWS
13/27 (almost 50% the kids figured out) 6th graders and 5/25 (20%) 5th graders arrived to school past 8:30am on Tuesday. 100% of the kids who were late are chronic late-comers. One strategy we suggest is to try to get your child at school at 8:15. Try resetting your family to "school starts at 8:15" instead of school starts at 8:30. This will help us to finish the school year strong. Core 3ers love to socialize and coming at 8:15 gives them time to transition into the start of the day. Even if your child gets here at 8:27, they are rushing to settle in for the day of school. Please help your child get to school by 8:15. There are a lot of things in life where 10 minutes late is acceptable. School is not one of them.
We need a parent volunteer for the Brochure Project!
~Core 3 is looking for a color printer to print our awesome SMASH brochures! The brochures are currently on Pages software and ideally will print best from an Apple computer with Pages, but the brochures can be converted to a pdf file to be more compatible with other computers.
~Also if you are a print designer and want to work with Genie and Jessica on the official publication of the SMASH brochures and contribute to the look and feel of the new SMASH literature, please email Genie: email@example.com
6G Math with Mimi: This week we began to venture into division of decimals by first thinking about what that really means. 6.5 divided by 5 is the same as asking how many fives go into 6.5. We looked at how creating common denominators can transform a decimal division problem into a whole number division problem. 3.25 divided by 0.5 is the same as 325 hundredths divided by 50 hundredths. 325 hundredths divided by 50 hundredths yields the same quotient as 325 divided by 50!
6G Math with Erin: This week we only had less than a period of math due to our Monday author visit, our Wednesday Planned Parenthood session, and our Friday Community Group Morning Meeting. We spent the time we did have collecting more data for our data project. We hope to finalize the data gathering next week and start graphing our data.
5G Math with Genie: We used logic that we know about 2D shapes to help us figure out how many degrees angles were without measuring them. We also took our decimal assessment—the story problems were a challenge. Story problems are always the most challenging. It's helpful to share real story math problems with your child.
Science with Mimi: We continued our project by reviewing our researched facts and thinking about how they relate to our guiding questions and original topic idea. We then turned our topic idea into a statement or theory that can be proven by facts. For example, the topic of Vegetarianism could be turned into a statement like "Vegetarianism helps our health and the environment". EVERY group should be done with this step now. Please check with your student about their status and talk about their project with them if they still need to develop their topic idea into a statement/theory.
Social Studies with Erin: This week in Social Studies students worked on getting their final notes for the research portion of their Ancient Rome projects. At the end of the week we brainstormed about creative ideas for our class Ancient Rome activity book. Each group will add a few pages of information and learning activities about their Rome sub-topic. Some ideas the students are thinking about: crossword puzzles, "what's different," make your own (cardboard shield, rice-crispy treat Trojan horse, coliseum, etc.), word search, paper dolls. Over the next few weeks students will implement this part of the project. Each student will get a copy of the final class book to take home.
Reading and Writing Workshop with Genie: The Eoin Colfer talk was fun! We knew and heard again that writers write from what they know and base characters off of people they know, make a plan to write, revise 10 or more times, know that the more you write the better writer you become, and that there is never an end to writing. We hope the signed books will inspire more reading! Wonder, our read aloud, is full of kids who are just like kids in Core 3, we are realizing. Some 'tweens in the book and some in our Core are experiencing the changes kids often go through from playing 4 square at recess to hanging out and talking about 'who likes who' while some are still happy to play 4 square and other games. Ask your child how they feel about what is happening in the book and what they notice in their own lives.
5G math: Packet #34 Due 5/24/13
Read and Write every day! This never stops being 'homework'!
See you at SuperSMASH!
CORE 4 NEWS
The 7th Grade is finishing up their plastic pollution project. Many have presented their project in other cores, while a couple groups will finish up with presentations next week. We are halfway through Ender’s Game while in group reading Code Talkers have finished. They are finishing up the Pre-Algebra Curriculum with an end date of May 24.
The 8th grade students completed and practiced their exit project. Presentations start next week. The itinerary for their 8th grade trip to San Diego is almost finalized. Their tiles were completed last Monday. They are also finishing up To Kill a Mockingbird with their final book club meeting on Tuesday, May 28. In math, students are completing the first chapter of Geometry to get them familiar with what to expect in high school.
May 18 Super SMASH!!!!!!!
May 20 - 24 8th Grade Presentations
May 27 No School - Memorial Day Holiday
June 3 - 5 8th Grade Graduation Trip to San Diego
June 4 - 6 7th Grade Fulcrum Trip
June 10 - 8th Grade Graduation, Early Dismissal
June 11- Beach Day, Early Dismissal, Last Day of School
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