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Hello!

This is my first year at Alice King Community School. I am thrilled to be a part of such an incredible team! I grew up here in Albuquerque and graduated from the University of New Mexico (Go Lobos!) with a bachelor in Elementary Education. My favorite subject is math, but it was not always that way. It was my 7th grade math teacher that sparked my passion for the subject. My decision to become a teacher was actually influenced by my past educators. I realize I would not be who I am today if it wasn’t for all my former teachers. With that being said, I want to have the same impact that they had on me, on my students.

 

When I am not at school, I enjoy practicing yoga, walking my dogs, going on hikes, and binge watching T.V. series. I truly feel like I am where I belong. I look forward to spending the day with my students –learning with them, laughing, and watching them grow into strong, confident individuals.  

 

Recent Posts

11/9/18

Hello all!

Can you believe that it is already November? We have jumped right into our second trimester! Before you know it, we will be heading right into Winter Break.

Student Led conferences are coming up! If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so at the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094EA9AE2BA0F85-student

YOU ONLY NEED TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR CHILD’S HOMEROOM TEACHER. Ms. Sue and I can not meet with all parents. If your child is not in my homeroom and you have any concerns, please contact me directly and we can schedule a meeting.

Please note that conferences are only 25 minutes. On the Sign Up Genius site, there are a few times that show two available slots. However, there is only time for ONE conference. If the available times do not work for you, please contact me and we can find a time that works for both of us.

Students will be leading the conference. I will only facilitate as needed.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Students were sent home with information regarding their STEM project. This project is due January 22nd, and the STEM fair will be held January 24th. There are checkpoints from now until the project is due. These check points will help students stay on track and not get behind on this project. It’s really important that you are checking in with your child and supporting them when needed. This project will be done mostly at home. We will be writing a research paper that goes along with their project. This will be done in class.

STUDENTS WILL NEED A COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL OF THEIR INFORMATION FOR THEIR STEM PROJECT. I gave out a few composition notebooks to those who asked me for one this week. I have a few extra. Please have your child ask for one from me if you are unable to get one. 

In addition, if your child wishes to use animals, humans, or hazardous chemicals for their project the deadline to get approval for those items is NOV. 19th.

In math we have been working on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals. We will (hopefully) be moving into dividing fractions by fractions next week.

Book Fair 2018  will start Tuesday 11/14 - 11/20

10/11/18

Hello AKCS Families,

Sorry it has been awhile! I am looking for volunteers. I would LOVE to have 1 or 2 volunteers helping with math centers on Monday and Tuesday anytime between 10-11:45 or 1:25 - 2:30. If you are interested, please e-mail me or send me a message on Remind!

I am also looking for volunteers for Boo Bash (October 26th: 5 pm - 7 pm). I have decided to have a dance party in my classroom and need a few chaperones to help me out. In addition, I am in need of a few items. If you have a disco ball or black lights I can borrow for the evening that would be such a big help! Also, any Halloween decorations would be a great addition.

If you have any suggestions on how to make our night successful please don’t hesitate to contact me!

We have been EXTRA busy lately. We have been studying different types of soils across the United States, learning about unit prices, and working on how to better ourselves.

On October 22nd, we will start taking our first math trimester assessments. Make sure your students are getting a good amount of sleep and eating a well balanced breakfast so they will be well prepared for their tests.

A few reminders:

-Picture retakes are on October 15th

-Math Trimester Assessments start October 22nd

-Boo Bash will be October 26th from 5-7pm (I need volunteers)

-Service hours are due October 29th (4 hours minimum)

-The end of our first Trimester is November 2nd

-Students should be completing 60 minutes of Khan Academy each week. I have allowed them to start counting their minutes in class towards their homework time.

If you have any questions, concerns, or you want to volunteer please contact me via e-mail or Remind!

Have a great weekend,

Ms. Amber

9/13

Hello! Sorry it has been awhile. We have been busy here in Room 120!
 
Important reminders: 
Please make sure your child is completing 60 minutes on Moby Max each week. If they do not have access to internet at home, they need to let me know so I can make hard copies for them to complete. 
 
Next week (Wednesday/Thursday) we will start our first Science Experiment and students will NEED safety goggles
 
This week: 
We finished up our Bosque Ecosystems! Students worked with a small group to research plants, herbivores, and carnivores native to our Rio Grande. Then, they did a mini presentation in front of the class. They all did some incredible work! I did not realize how many artists are in my classes. 
 
We finished off the week learning about Scientific Thinking and we were practicing our skills using Food Detectives. Ask your child what they know about Double Dipping and Brain Freezes! 
 
Lastly, we spent a little time today talking about Hurricane Florence. We watched a few news reports and decided that we are going to keep the Carolinas in our thoughts over the weekend. 
 
Hope you all have a wonderful and restful weekend!
 
Best, 
Ms. Amber 

8/16

This week was our first time doing math centers! We started the week off reviewing/learning about ratios, equivalent ratios, rate, and unit rate. Next week we will start to explore scientific thinking!

Important Updates:

The 4th/5th grade classes are holding an Animal Humane Pet Drive! If you can, please donate any of the following items by August 31st.You can drop them off at the front office.

1. Pet Food

2. Bedding

3. Toys

4. Small carry kennels

5. Grooming supplies

6. Bowls

7. Leash/collars

Our first FIELD TRIP will be Friday, September 7th! (This is also the FIRST Friday the upper grades will have school). We are still looking into where our field trip will take place, but we need volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please make sure your background check is up to date and that you have attended a volunteer training. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the field trip or are interested volunteering. There will be more information to follow.

Next week the class will start doing math homework on Moby Max. They will be required to do 60 minutes a week. That means if they spend 15 minutes each day on Moby Max they will finish their required time by Thursday. If your child does not have internet access at home, please contact me ASAP. I will be able to monitor the amount of time they spend on the website at home. 

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Ms. Amber

Week 2!

Hello all!

This week we have been reviewing some basic math (prime and composite numbers, GCF, LCM, Division rules, etc.) to better prepare us for the lessons to come. So far we are off to a great start!

In science, we have explored how our senses better aid us in scientific discovery. Ask your child about the five (more like four) senses activity! We have also discovered which side of our brains we use the most. With this information, we were able to figure out how to strengthen both sides of the brain. (Super fun!) Ask your child about how they can strengthen both sides of their brain.

We have also started to set up our STEAM notebooks. If your child does not have a 3 subject notebook or two spirals, they will have difficulty staying organized this year. Please contact me if you need any help purchasing a notebook! I would be happy to help. Students in my class need a blue notebook and students in Ms. Sue’s class need a red notebook. (Helps with organization!)

If you haven’t already, I need the following documents signed and returned to me ASAP.

  • Receipt of Student/Family handbook
  • Cooperative Agreement
(The handbook can be found online at www.akcs.org)
  • Gmail agreement
  • Lunch Forms (Whether you qualify or not)
  • Media Release Form
  • Shot records

I am looking forward to another great week!

-Ms. Amber

8/2/18

Hello!
We've had a great first week back! Today we competed in The Marshmallow Challenge. Ask your child about it! 
 
A few things that need to be returned next week: 
  • Lunch Forms 
  • Receipt of Family Handbook
  • Cooperative Agreement
Next week I will be sending home the Media Release Form with students who are still missing this. Be on the look out on Monday!
 
PARENTS/GUARDIANS: 
If you wish to receive reminders/information from me on a regular basis please sign up for my remind account!
 

Sign-up for important updates through Remind:

  • If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link: at/steam20182 Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app. Join STEAM 2018-2019 First and Last Name - Phone Number or Email Address
  • If you don’t have a smartphone, get text notifications. Text the message @steam20182 to the number 81010.

If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @steam20182 to (714) 702-1768.

I will also regularly update my webpage. Please Subscribe if you wish to get notifications any time I update it! 

Thank you for all that you do,

-Ms. Amber

8/1/18

Wow! What an awesome first day! We spent today getting to know each other by creating math equations that relate to us. The class also received their electives for the first trimester. Ask them what their first elective is.

 

What to look for: Students were sent home with Gmail account agreements (bright green paper). Please look over this with your child and review the guidelines. They need to have your permission before they can access their account. Please return by tomorrow or Monday.

Note: As a parent/guardian, we encourage you to consistently check your child’s activity with the email. Please know that these email accounts are not private and may be monitored. Their email should ONLY be used for academic reasons!

Thank you for all that you do! I am looking forward to another great day tomorrow.

-Ms. Amber