March was certainly a very busy and exciting
A special thank you to Ms. Hilary Boss (5th grade teacher) and Chef Lala, our parent chefs, servers, pancake flippers, and
dishwashing crew for our Pancake Breakfast!
And a shout out to David Jaureguy for loaning us the Fire Department's "mother of all grills," then spending 2 hours scrubbing it clean with Ms. Boss! And a thank you to everyone for your attendance - it was a great morning, enjoyed by all!
Another special thank you goes out to hard-working parent, Jenn Kurtz, for working hand-in-hand with APEX this year to put on an amazingly successful Apex Fun Run. What a wonderful experience for our students to have APEX's young staff members on campus for 2 weeks, modeling healthy living and providing daily classroom lessons on perseverance, working together, and putting others first. Then, a fun race day and a handsome profit for Sumac to help support our PE, Music, Art-Science and Library Programs.
We appreciate the many of you parents (and our teachers) for making these events memorable for everyone. So much school spirit by students, staff, and parents throughout the month!
Thanks to the many of you who participated in the Great Race of Agoura this year. Another fun day of exercise, fun and friends!
Regrettably, despite all my "nagging"
students are continuing to arrive late to school. This begins their day on a
In closing, I wish all of you a wonderful Spring Break. Our last day before break is April 17 and school resumes April 28. Thank you for not taking "extra" days for vacations. We have 10 consecutive days of break, so enjoy!
Sincerely, Carol Martino, Principal
NEW PFA BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED FOR THE 2014/2015 SCHOOL YEAR - WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The Sumac L-STEM Elementary PFA Board is an active group of volunteers made up of parents, teachers and staff that work together to make Sumac the best school it can be. We meet once a month, in the evening to accommodate working parents. We cover a wide range of topics, but no matter the topic, our central focal point is always what's best for the students and what's best for our school. Being a part of the PFA Board gives you a voice and forum to introduce ideas and at the same time it's a great learning opportunity to see how Sumac works.
We have many current board members whose kids are moving on to middle school, so we are actively looking for new members with new ideas. Many positions do not require a lot of time or any special skills.
If you are interested in joining the board, please contact Andie Kallinger,
or Ana Santos,
Sumac L-STEM Elementary presents
In the MPR
Friday, May 9th
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Students will be able to display their creative engineering projects on that day, along with the opportunity to explore engineering games and materials provided by the PFA for our Art/Science Program.
There will be student made displays and exciting activities to participate in. Engineering Design Proposal papers were sent home on Monday, March 31st to all students in 3rd -5th grade.
K-2 classes will be doing a whole class project in school with their teachers. If your K-2nd student would like to do their own design or individual project, please ask your student's teacher for the form.
We will be looking for parent
volunteers to control the games and materials through
out the day. Please let Mrs. Crisman or Mrs. Argano know if you are interested.
Thank you so much for your support of this Educational Engineering Day!
Sumac students were honored at our
bi-annual Reading Counts Ice Cream
Party. Students who reached the required number of points are invited to attend, and the top three point earners in each grade receive a prize of a Barnes & Noble gift certificate.
Learning More about Common Core
Key Shifts in English Language Arts
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy build on the best of existing standards and reflect the skills and knowledge students will need to succeed in college, career, and life. Understanding how the standards differ from previous standards-and the necessary shifts they call for-is essential to implementing the standards well.
The following are key shifts called for by the Common Core:
1. Regular practice with complex texts and their academic language
Rather than focusing solely on the skills of reading and writing, the ELA/literacy standards highlight the growing complexity of the texts students must read to be ready for the demands of college, career, and life. The standards call for a staircase of increasing complexity so that all students are ready for the demands of college- and career-level reading no later than the end of high school. The emphasis is on reading comprehension with the goal that as students advance through the grades, they are able to gain more from what they read.
Closely related to text complexity and connected to reading comprehension is a focus on academic vocabulary: words that appear in a variety of content areas (such as ignite and commit). The standards call for students to grow their vocabularies through a mix of conversation, direct instruction, and reading. They ask students to determine word meanings, appreciate the nuances of words, and steadily expand their range of words and phrases. Vocabulary and conventions are treated in their own strand not because skills in these areas should be handled in isolation, but because their use extends across reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Because the standards are the roadmap for successful classrooms, and recognizing that teachers, school districts, and states need to decide on the journey to the destination, they intentionally do not include a required reading list. Instead, they include many sample texts to help teachers prepare for the school year and allow parents and students to know what to expect during the year.
The standards include certain critical types of content for all students, including classic myths and stories from around the world, foundational U.S. documents, famous works of American literature, and the writings of Shakespeare. The standards appropriately leave most decisions about what and how to teach to states, districts, schools, and teachers.
2. Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from texts, both literary and informational
The Common Core emphasizes using evidence from texts to present careful analyses, well-defended claims, and clear information. Rather than asking students questions they can answer solely from their prior knowledge and experience, the standards call for students to answer questions that depend on their having read the texts with care.
The reading standards focus on students' ability to read carefully and grasp information, arguments, ideas, and details based on evidence in the text. Students should be able to answer a range of text-dependent questions, whose answers require inferences based on careful attention to the text.
Frequently, forms of writing in K-12 have drawn heavily from student experience and opinion, which alone will not prepare students for the demands of college, career, and life. Though the standards still expect narrative writing throughout the grades, they also expect a command of sequence and detail that are essential for effective argumentative and informative writing. The standards' focus on evidence-based writing along with the ability to inform and persuade is a significant shift from current practice.
3. Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction
Students must be immersed in information about the world around them if they are to develop the strong general knowledge and vocabulary they need to become successful readers and be prepared for college, career, and life. Informational texts play an important part in building students' content knowledge. Further, it is vital for students to have extensive opportunities to build knowledge through texts so they can learn independently.
In K-5, fulfilling the standards requires a 50-50 balance between informational and literary reading. Informational reading includes content-rich nonfiction in history/social studies, sciences, technical studies, and the arts. The K-5 standards strongly recommend that texts-both within and across grades-be selected to support students in systematically developing knowledge about the world.
Next month's Voyager will include an article on the Key Shifts in Math.
For more information on Common Core: http://www.pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2583
Collect the pink "Box Tops" label on products like Duncan Hines, Pillsbury, General Mills, etc. Bring them to class or drop them off at the office. Each label is worth 10 cents!
LABELS FOR EDUCATION
Collect "Labels for Education" found on products like Campbells, Post, Glad, Pepperidge Farm, Pop Secret, etc. Bring them to class or drop them off at the office.
Renew or sign up for the Ralphs Reward Card. Call (800) 660-9003 or on-line at www.ralphs.com. (Sumac NPO# 81784) or a scan bar will be given to your child at the beginning of October. YOU MUST SIGN UP EVERY SCHOOL YEAR!!
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FRESH & EASY
Bring your used ink cartridges, toners and cell phones to the library or front office. We earn money while at the same time helping the environment.
6050 North Calmfield Ave.
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
School Office – 818.991.4940
School Principal – Carol Martino
Office Manager – Cindy Taylor
Office Clerk – Judy Lowenstein
Health Clerk – Edna Sandoval
Sumac L-STEM Academy Website – www.sumacelementary.org
Las Virgenes School District Website – www.lvusd.org
City of Agoura Hills Webs Site - http://ci.agoura-hills.ca.us – 818.597.7300
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Report Dangerous Driving – 1.877.310.STOP
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Busing Information – Durham Transportation – 818.880.4257
LVUSD Bus Pass – 818.878.5236
YMCA – 818.707.9622