• Reynolds' Reminders

    Posted by Marsha Reynolds on 2/7/2019

    Hi All,


    Here are a few items for you.


    That’s What I Love About You
    I sent home an optional assignment, along with two pieces of construction paper, to prepare two hearts. One should state what your child loves about his/her family and the other should state what the child’s family loves about the student. Please decorate in any way you choose and send them back to school by February 8th so that we can decorate the hallway bulletin board. We only have a few hearts and our board is looking rather bare. 😉 This has been a tradition for as long as I have been a part of Knoles (for over 14 years, at least!)

    Monday, Feb. 11 - Social Studies assessment
    Tuesday, Feb. 12 - Science assessment

    Valentine’s Day
    Our class will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on February 14th with a class party at the end of the day. You are welcome to send in some healthy snacks (veggies, fresh fruit, yogurt, corn chips, etc.) to help balance out all the candy that I’m sure they will receive! Students are welcome to exchange valentines. My policy is that students can choose to bring valentines and/or treats for EVERYONE in the class, or they don’t need to bring any, but they may not just bring them for a few. I am including a class list of names in the email in case your child wants to label each one. Also, please add Madison to the class list as her name is not currently on the attachment. My apologies! If anyone needs a printed copy, let me know & I will be happy to make one.

    Next week, I will send out an online sign-up for March Parent/student/teacher conferences. They will be here before you know it!

    Finally, there is a food drive happening this month. Please send in non-perishable foods such as macaroni & cheese, cans of chili, beans, peanut butter, spaghetti, pasta sauce, soups, box potatoes, cereal, canned meats. The drop-off containers are in the lobby. Thanks for your generosity!!

     

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  • Reynolds' Reminders

    Posted by Marsha Reynolds on 11/18/2018

    HI All,


    Finally got all of the Veteran essays graded and scores recorded. Students will receive their scores on Monday. Thanks again for all the support you gave your child on this project.


    Most of the class has been reading the book Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. We have had some really powerful discussions about racism, and prejudice as part of the book discussion. We would like to celebrate the end of this book by having a class "food fest" to celebrate the chapter topics on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Each of the chapter titles of the book is a fruit or vegetable that was harvested in the story. SO here is where you can help. We would love a small donation of any of the fruits or vegetables or foods that were mentioned in the book: grapes, figs, avocados, peaches, guavas, papayas, cantaloupes, almonds (we do not have any nut allergies in our class this year), plums, potatoes (cooked), asparagus (cooked), tortillas, and beans. If you would like to donate an item, please let me know. You do not have to send in something for everyone. My thought was if each student brought just one item (i.e. 1 plum, 1 avocado, small package of grapes), we would have more than enough for everyone to share. I realize that some of the items are not in season, so do what you feel you can. Thanks in advance, for supporting us in this fun activity.


    Here is a note from National Elementary Honor Society and Mr. Rauschenbach:

    Hello Knoles Community,


    We are partnering with St. Vincent de Paul to help feed the hungry and those in need in our Knoles Community.


    We started our drive on Monday, November 5th and are continuing through Friday, November 30th. We are going to fill our Knoles lobby with food items that will go to help our community into the new year. Two large boxes have already been filled with about 300 items, so we need a big push to make our goal.


    Knoles School has shown generosity in the past, so we are setting a goal for our school to give at least two items per student, which would be 1,200 food items.

    Requests have been made for rice, peanut butter, spaghetti, pasta sauce, cranberries, stuffing, box potatoes, canned pumpkin/yams, broth/gravy, cereal, crackers, canned meat, pasta and other non-perishable foods such as macaroni and cheese. Please, NO GLASS OR OVERSIZED PACKAGING!


    When you are shopping, please consider picking up an extra item or two to help.

     

    Thanks for supporting our Knoles community,

    ****************************************************

     

    Other items to remember:

    NO SCHOOL - Nov. 21-23

    5th grade walking field trip to Sinagua Middle School @ 11:00-2:00

    PTO meeting - Nov. 29 @ 6:00 p.m.

    Knoles Craft Fair in the gym - Dec. 1 @ 9:00-3:00.

     

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  • Reynolds' Reminders

    Posted by Marsha Reynolds on 11/4/2018

    Hi All,

     

    Thanks so much for your help and support on the Veteran project.  We had a lot of great essays and Google slide presentations.  

     

    Just a reminder that all students received an ID tag for the "Here Comes the Bus" program.  IF you need info again (or your child failed to give you the handout last week) on how to get the app, here it is: Download the app called "Here Comes the Bus", using the district code, 83662, and your child's 16 character code found on the back of the ID tag which was passed out last week.  The program has begun, but I know there were some glitches early in the week with it, so be patient and keep trying!  IF you have a chance, can you let me know if this worked for your family?  

     

    Don't forget, there is no school for students this coming Friday, Nov. 9.  Teachers will be in professional development workshops all day.  

     

    A final note, the Book Fair is coming up Nov. 13-16.  I just sent a sign-up through email for volunteers this afternoon.  Hope you can donate some time to that, as the proceeds are a great way for our school library to purchase extra books and replace old worn out ones.  If you are planning to come to the family spaghetti night on Nov. 14, please get your reservations turned in by Nov. 8.  The cost is $5 per person, with a maximum of $25 per family. 

     

    As always, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me.  

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  • Reynolds' Reminders

    Posted by Marsha Reynolds on 10/7/2018

    Hi All,


    Thanks to those of you who have scheduled a conference for this week. There are a couple of open times on Wednesday afternoon, and if you still want to sign up, do so on the following link. When you come for conferences, I would encourage you to bring your child. I really feel that 5th graders should be a part of their own learning & behavior decisions, so I think it is important they join us for conferences. Standards reports will go home tomorrow (Monday).


    http://signup.com/go/RQBUjUP

     

    With that, don't forget we have early dismissals this week:
    Monday @ 12:25
    Tuesday @ 12:25
    Wednesday @ 11:10

    & fall break at the end of the week:
    Thursday - NO SCHOOL
    Friday - NO SCHOOL

     

    The city-wide elementary cross country meet is this upcoming Wednesday, Oct. 11th at Buffalo Park. Parents are responsible for transporting your own child if he/she wants to participate. Meet Mr. Aiken at 4:30 p.m. for warm-ups, with the race to follow at 5:00 p.m.

    Finally, our Walk to School Day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17.

     

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  • Reynolds' Reminders

    Posted by Marsha Reynolds on 9/9/2018

    First of all, thanks to our chaperons who accompanied us to Elden Pueblo this past week: Angele Anderfuren, Tonya Boettcher, Antonio Trujillo, Lisa Velazquez, & Leann James. Your help was greatly appreciated. We had a beautiful weather day and learned a lot about archaeology.

     

    All funds for the discount cards need to be turned in to the office (or myself) by Monday, Sept. 10. Thanks to all who helped sell cards for this important Knoles fundraiser.

     

    We will be taking a field trip to Camp Navajo and the National Weather Station (at Camp Navajo) on Thursday, September 27. More detailed information will be going home next week.

     

    Finally, Parent/Teacher/Student conferences are about a month away!! I will send information later this week in an email giving you access to an online schedule for making appointments with me. Be sure to look for that. 😉


    As always, if you have questions or concerns, please email or contact me by phone through the school office.

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  • 8.25.18 Newsletter

    Posted by Marsha Reynolds on 8/25/2018

    Hi Everyone!


    We hope you are enjoying your weekend!

     

    Here are a few notes from our classroom. On Friday the 31st we will have a hat day to help a Knoles family in need.

     

    Your student should have brought home a couple of handouts in the take home folder yesterday. One handout is a math newsletter from Ms. Stoner, giving you a brief summary of what will be covered in math the next several days. Please use this a conversation starter and ask your child to show you what he/she is learning in class. The second handout is the technology use agreement & photo release. Please sign both and return to school. Just a reminder, students must sign the technology agreement by the end of the week (August 31). They will not be allowed to use school devices after that date, if a signed agreement is not sent back to school. THANKS for your attention to this matter.

     

    A note from the office: This year we are asking that EVERY family complete a free/reduced lunch application either online or on paper by Friday, August 31st. Directions for online completion were sent home in a packet the first week of school, but the online application can be found here: http://www.heartlandapps.com. If you need computer access or would prefer to complete a paper copy of the form or just need assistance, please come to the Knoles office and we would be pleased to help you with the process.

    What if my child doesn’t eat school lunch? Even if you qualify, there is no requirement that your child participate in the school lunch program. The form is essential to determine the percentage of our community that qualify.

    Is my information secure? The online application is completely confidential. The paper copy is reviewed at the district level where confidentiality is also maintained.

    We appreciate your support in helping us to complete this project and we hope to be able to share good news of increased funding to Knoles school, but we can only make this happen with your help!

     

    Our first field trip is scheduled for Sept. 6 to Elden Pueblo. I will send home permission slips & info on Monday.

     

    As always, please feel free to email or call with concerns or questions.

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  • 8/17/18 newsletter

    Posted by Marsha Reynolds on 8/25/2018

    Hi All,

    We have finished our first full week of school and it has been a busy one. We have done lots of baseline testing and learned new classroom procedures as well as learned a few academic points along the way.

    First off, I would like to let you know how we are using our agendas this year. We will be recording daily reflections for each subject of the day and homework which will mostly be independent reading each night for 30 minutes. From time to time, if students don't finish work in class they may be asked to complete it at home. We will NOT be assigning regular math homework this year. Rather, if your child needs extra practice or extension work, let me know and we can work out some assignments for that.

    IF you need/want to know what is happening with Mr. Coe's social studies class you can go to coesclass.com where he is posting a blog of daily activities.

    We do have our first field trip scheduled to Elden Pueblo for Thursday, Sept. 6. I will send home a packet of information with permission slips sometime this upcoming week.

    Finally, thanks, to all of you who volunteered to help in our classroom. This week I have reached out to some of you to do some copying and your help has been much appreciated! For those of you that I have not contacted, I will get in touch with you soon.

    Please let me know if there are any questions that you have, so that we can stay in communication with each other.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  • Welcome to to 5th grade

    Posted by Marsha Reynolds on 8/3/2018

    Dear Parents of 5th Graders & Students,

    We hope you all have had a great vacation from school doing lots of fun summer time activities.  Our purpose for writing this letter is to introduce ourselves as a fifth grade team and welcome you to fifth grade.

     

    This will be an exciting year! In order to better support your children, our team has chosen to departmentalize for this upcoming school year. During their homeroom block, students will receive instruction in English Language Arts (reading/writing/grammar). For the remainder of their day, students will rotate for the other core subjects (math, science, social studies). Math will be taught by Ms. Beerling and Mrs. Stoner.  Science will be taught by Mrs. Reynolds and Mr. Coe will be teaching Social Studies.  Some things we will be studying include; United States history, the solar system, elementary chemistry, and forces and motion.  There will be two great field trips as well, including a trip to Elden Pueblo, and Snowbowl for skiing.

     

    The supply list is posted separately.  There is a link on the main Knoles webpage as well as a link from my staff page.  All items will be used at some point in the year.  You do not need to buy an agenda. The school provides one for each student, and each child will be required to write homework assignments in it every day.

     

    I hope to see you at "Meet the Teacher" on August 8 from 4:30-6:00 pm.  If you can't make it then, we will see you on the first day, August 9.

     

    We’re looking forward to meeting each of you and having a great year together!

     

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  • last newsletter for 2017-2018

    Posted by Marsha Reynolds on 5/28/2018

    HI All,


    Wow, has this school year flown by!


    First off, the Knoles Talent Show is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 29th at 10:00 a.m. and in case your child is involved in it, here are some last minute reminders. Participants will be walking to Sinagua Middle School at 9:00 a.m. If you are coming, please check in at the Sinagua Middle School office before going to the auditorium. All other students (audience) will leave Knoles at 9:30 for SMS. Any questions you might still have regarding the show should be addressed to Mr. Rauschenbach, our school music teacher at: jrauschenbach@fusd1.org.


    Also, tomorrow (Tuesday), we will be celebrating all May and June birthdays. Those students will be eating their lunch with me and I will provide a sweet treat as well as a book for them. Yaxal will be provided a quesadilla lunch for reaching 1,000,000 AR words. A pizza lunch will be provided for Lorelei, Ethan, Taylor, Jerika, and Trey, by the librarian in the library for winning a scavenger hunt in her class.

    "Teach the Teacher" presentations will continue on Tuesday. Other events for Tuesday include a yearbook signing for all 5th graders on the deck at 2:20 p.m. If students did not order a yearbook, there are a limited number left in the office for $20 each. If your student would like to bring an old t-shirt for kids to sign, that is fine, too.

    5th grade promotion is Wednesday, May 30 @1:00 in the Knoles gym. All parents and grandparents are welcome to attend.

    The last day is May 31st with dismissal at 12:25. No backpacks are allowed at school Thursday.

    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.


    Finally, thank you for the opportunity to work with your children. It is something that I do not take lightly and I hope that your child will leave my classroom a better student and a more responsible citizen. I wish each of you and your families a nice summer break.


    Marsha Reynolds
    Fifth Grade Teacher
    Knoles Elementary
    Flagstaff, Arizona

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  • News for week of February 5

    Posted by Marsha Reynolds on 2/6/2018

    Hi All,

    Paperwork for the Snowbowl field trip was sent home last week with all of the details and is due FEB. 13-- no exceptions! Thanks for your promptness on this.

    Middle School Registration
    Counselors from Sinagua and Mount Elden Middle Schools came to Knoles on Wednesday and explained registration to our 5th graders. Registration forms were sent home. All forms need to be returned by Monday, Feb. 5. Teachers will be sending the completed forms to SMS and MEMS on Monday. These give students the opportunity to select between regular and Honors classes and choose their electives.

    That’s What I Love About You
    I sent home an optional assignment, along with two pieces of construction paper, to prepare two hearts. One should state what your child loves about his/her family and the other should state what the child’s family loves about the student. Please decorate in any way you choose and send them back to school by February 9th so that we can decorate the hallways. This has been a tradition for as long as I have been a part of Knoles (for over 13 years, at least!)

    This Week
    Tuesday, Feb. 6th – Social Studies Test (Review Guide on Monday)
    Thursday, Feb. 8th – Math Test

    English/Language Arts
    We just finished a literature study of the book, Esperanza Rising. Students really enjoyed this book! We are now going to begin reading some shorter nonfiction pieces and do some opinion and persuasive writing based on our reading to help get us ready for the writing expectations on the AZ Merit test coming up for 5th graders the first week of April.

    Valentine’s Day
    Our class will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on February 14th with a class party at the end of the day. You are welcome to send in some healthy snacks (veggies, muffins, yogurt, chips, etc.) to help balance out all the candy that I’m sure they will receive! Students are welcome to exchange valentines. My policy is that students can choose to bring valentines and/or treats for EVERYONE in the class, or they don’t need to bring any, but they may not just bring them for a few. I am including a class list of names in the email in case your child wants to label each one. Also, please add Andrew to the class list as his name is not currently on the attachment. My apologies! If anyone needs a printed copy, let me know & I will be happy to make one.

    Next week, I will send out an online sign-up for March Parent/student/teacher conferences.


    Marsha Reynolds
    Fifth Grade Teacher

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