April and May News

Hello Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break. While the students wish it was summer break, that isn’t far away either! Everyone should be rejuvenated and ready to power through the last 6 weeks of school now.

I want to congratulate our entire class for their work on the technology projects based around our trip to the Aquarium a couple of months ago.  I will be sending out links to all of the projects next week so everyone can see the work the 6 groups did.  You might not realize this, but these projects were 100% student created.  The aquarium and I taught the science, but the tech projects were all them.  Honestly, I didn’t have the knowledge to help the kids create the projects as we used almost all new software websites to create them.  One thing I taught them about technology was how to use the  “HELP” button!  Five of our six groups took their projects to the

GCSD Tech Fair on April 12 and two of the groups won top honors!  The Weebly (create a website) group won First Place in Communication and Collaboration, grades 3 – 5 and the Inklewriter group (create a story) won Second Place in Communication and Collaboration, grades 3 – 5.  It was an exciting day for UE 2 as we also won some awards in a Cursive Is Cool writing contest we entered back in March.  Liam Steffen won 3rd place in the 6th grade category and Laney, Luke, Emma, and Caroline won Honorable Mentions.  This contest was a National contests with hundreds of entries from around the country.  Pretty cool!

Here is the calendar of end-of-year testing dates that needs to be shared with you. Please put these dates on your calendar and do your best to ensure your child is well rested and in school for these days. We will, of course, have make-up testing for absences, but in my experience missing a testing day adds to the anxiety of the child.

  • MAP Testing Days – Tuesday and Wednesday – April 25 is Math and April 26 is Reading.
  • SC Ready End of Year Tests: May 2 and 3 for English Language Arts; May 9 for Math.
  • PASS Tests: May 16 for Social Studies; May 18 for Science.

During the next month of testing we will still be having lessons on material that will be on the test and I will be sending a out a little review math homework. This is an important month to finish up our year of studies, and I appreciate your diligence and patience as we work through the last of our curriculum.

Here are the other dates for the calendar for now:

May 5 – 5th Year Only Field Trip to Huntington Beach State Park. I have chaperones already for this trip. Here is the permission slip link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyBAVCiTbTctpOwqxH62PCLyJvV79O0xilRzqnQjSPeI9G4g/viewform


May 19 – The Lower Elementary Play. Please try to attend even if you don’t have a LE student! The plays are always a fun thing to watch and it’s a great way to support our community.


May 26 – 6th Year Only Kayaking Trip with Middle School. No chaperones needed. Here is the permission slip link for the school. Be sure to fill it out, too, even if you filled out the paper form for the kayaking company: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbg-tHf4Cxl0B9Hb_Sv9R_w4xq07tFFBRpnKtibpqbXIHqNA/viewform


June 1 – Half Day of School


June 2 – Half Day of School and (believe it or not) the Last Day of School!!!


Here is the lunch order form for the week of May 1: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZoa1US8356Zhi7ZNVZQMWLjfrLBWU2jbYdH0EHRXXAwvvWA/viewform


Have a wonderful week!




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