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Please remember that parent and student homework helpers are posted on Twitter regularly. For a direct feed of only posts tagged with #Room36Homework, please CLICK HERE. The night’s homework is always listed, as well as Math News newsletters, Problem Sets for EngageNY, and video links and games for review and help!


Valley Fire Donations

A supply drive for those affected by the Valley Fire is taking place until October 5th. As I’m sure you are well aware, residents are in great need of basic supplies. A student from Room 30, Walker Ott, began a donation drive to help with this endeavor. Please contribute if you are able! Thank you!


Our homeroom language class has begun reading Bunnicula! If you’d like more information about the book or its authors, please use the links below. It’s great to listen to the podcasts as review! Remember, 100% on the ending quiz = 2.0 AR points!

James Howe Biography (Scholastic)

Bunnicula Series (Good Reads)

Bunnicula (Vocabulary and Podcasts)

“When the Monroe family brings home a small black-and-white bunny they find in the movie theater after seeing Dracula, Chester the cat and Harold the dog are instantly suspicious. After all the vegetables in the Monroe kitchen start turning white, Chester and Harold are certain that Bunnicula is a vegetarian vampire.” (Scholastic)

Back to School Night

Please mark your calendars for Back to School Night on Thursday, September 10th! Second and third grade teachers will present from 6:00 to 6:30 PM. Fourth and fifth grade teachers will speak from 6:30-7:00 PM. Teachers will share information about important procedures, curriculum, as well as any other pertinent information to the classroom. PLEASE ATTEND!

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

A filled bucket!

This year, Wilson Elementary is continuing a character development program called Bucket Filling! To review this concept, we will read the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud. Click here to have it read aloud!

The book explains that we all carry an invisible bucket in which we keep our good thoughts and feelings about ourselves. This bucket represents our social and emotional health. When our buckets are full, we are happy; when our buckets are empty, we are sad. Children quickly understand that they can fill buckets when they do and say things that are kind, considerate, caring, and respectful. They also learn that when they are mean, inconsiderate, uncaring, or disrespectful, they dip into buckets and remove those good feelings. Every choice we decide either makes us a “bucket filler” or a “bucket dipper”.

So how do we fill a bucket? You can fill a bucket when you show love to someone, when you smile, make someone feel special, or do something kind. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things to other people. They help without being asked, give hugs and compliments, read to a younger sibling, or invite a new friend to play. By filling other people’s buckets, we fill our own bucket too! A great message from this book is the realization that giving not only helps the receiver, but it also benefits the giver!

What do bucket dippers do? Bucket dippers rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task, by saying or doing mean things, by making fun of someone, or by ignoring or excluding someone. Bucket dippers act this way because they have empty buckets. They think that they can fill their bucket by dipping into our bucket, but that will never work. A bully is an example of a bucket dipper.

Students will be encouraged to be bucket fillers both at home and at school, and I invite you to use these terms with your child. It is a simple message with a big outcome!

Deep Dive (Multiplication Game)

Deep DiveKeeping in line with our Hawaiian theme, the first game I’d like to steer you to is called Deep Dive! It is a colorful, engaging game based on SCUBA diving and mastering multiplication facts. You are able to adjust your level by choosing which facts you’d like to practice. As you answer questions correctly, you visit new creatures in deeper ocean waters! Try it out and tell me what you think! :) Have fun on your first virtual SCUBA dive and master those multiplication facts right away!

Aloha, Fourth Graders!

AlohaFourthGradeCan you believe that the 2015-2016 school year is almost here? :D In preparation, lucky Room 36ers will be receiving a back to school postcard in the mail! If that’s you, be prepared for a year of new technology, great stories, in-depth math, engaging science, and of course, … all things Hawaii! I hope you’re as excited as I am! It’s going to be a great year!

Parents, please take a moment to browse our site and familiarize yourself with all the links you’ll be using during the course of the school year. This may include our Parents page (a great way to start off the year), Multiplication help (all fourth graders must master those facts right away if they are not yet memorized!), our Twitter Feed (the very best place to stay up-to-date with Room 36), our Calendar, and of course, the Contact Form and Guestbook! If you’ve come by the site and want to say hello, ask a question before school begins, or leave a comment, please send a quick note using our contact form or e-mail me directly at! I can’t wait to meet you all!

Best School Memory, 2014-2015

What were students’ favorite memories this year? Well, we had a lot of votes for Genius Hour, Prodigy Math, and Sumdog! :) See the Padlet below for everyone’s full responses!

Peter Pan, Jr.

This year, students will be treated to a musical performance of Peter Pan, Jr. on Monday, June 1st! The production will take place at California State University, Chico. This show is sold out! Aren’t we lucky?

PeterPan“Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, mermaids, Indians, and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! Based on the beloved Disney film Peter Pan, this musical by kids for kids is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up.”