C.A.T.S. Update March 2020 March is here and spring is approaching.
Here are some important dates: Wednesday, February 26th: Field Trip 4th & 3rd Grade – Saguaro Nat’l Park Thursday, February 27th: NO CATS for 3rd graders – (come Wed. for FT) Monday, March 2nd: Field Trip 6th Grade – FWJHS MESA PROGRAM Wednesday, March 4th: Field Trip – 3rd&4th grades to Sabino Canyon Thursday, March 5th: NO CATS for 3rd graders – (come Wed. for FT) Friday, March 6th: NO SCHOOL Records Day March 9th – 11th CATS testing (no regular CATS classes) March 12th-13th: NO CATS (half-days for parent-teacher conferences) Thursday, March 19th: Field Trip – 3rd grade to Tohono Chul Park Monday, March 23rd: Field Trip 6th grade – Pima Air & Space Museum Tuesday, March 24th: Field Trip- 5th grade – Tucson Museum of Art Wednesday, March 25th: Field Trip – 4th grade – Desert Museum March 30th– April 3rd: AZ MERIT TESTING (No CATS Classes)
Thank you to all parents who have helped chaperone our field trips. You are truly appreciated! Also, thank you to everyone who gave tax credit donations to our C.A.T.S. Program. It is our only source of funding for field trips and as you can see, we are able to go on many adventures because of your generous contributions! Curriculum 6th Graders are learning about flight. We made and flew kites last month, to experiment and observe the basic principles of flight. This month we will construct balloon tracks across the classroom to see the relationships between Newton’s Laws and flight propulsion. Later in the month we will construct and launch stomp rockets. Our next field trip will be to the Flowing Wells Junior High MESA Program and Science Department on Monday, March 2nd. On March 23rd, we will go to the Pima Air and Space Museum.
Fifth Graders have continued to read the novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins, between field trips and studying art through the Tucson Museum of Art’s outreach program, “Master Pack.” Our last classroom art lesson with Mrs. Orahzda focused on Pablo Picasso. This month, we will study Kandinsky and Chagall. We will end the program with a trip to the Tucson Museum of Art on Tuesday, March 24th. We will also begin working on our cardboard carnival projects this month. Students will be creating and building carnival games from cardboard and other recycled items; students must build their game by bringing in reused and recycled items, nothing store-bought.
Fourth & Third Graders have been researching National Parks. Fourth graders are creating a slide presentation about their chosen National Park so that we can teach each other about these beautiful National treasures. Third graders are also researching a National Park of their choosing. They are creating scientific posters, so that we can have a poster session to share information. We will go on a combined field trip to Sabino Canyonon Wednesday, March 4th. Third graders will also go to Tohono Chul Park on Thursday, March 19th to contribute observations to the CATS phenology project. Please be sure that you have signed and returned permission slips. Also, please remember to pack a lunch and water on field trip days and wear close-toed shoes. Other Important Stuff
March 12th and 13th are parent-teacher conferences. Please contact me by phone or email with any questions or concerns you have regarding your child and the CATS program. I am here to support and help your child! (696-8437)
The Festival of Books is March 14th-15th at the University of Arizona. It is totally free, even parking! And it is such a great, enriching family event. For more information, go to https://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/.
Check out the CATS website for pictures of what we have been doing: http//:fwcats.weebly.com. Just click on the Monthly Newsletter tab.
Students should be bringing home their CATS communication folder and communication log every week. Please be sure to read your child’s log each week, discuss what your child is doing in CATS, and sign it every week.
SNACK – Please help your child to remember to bring a healthy snack to C.A.T.S. Anytime you would like to donate a healthy snack to share with the class, you are welcome to send one in. The kids always appreciate it!
Always feel free to contact me with any concerns – 696-8437 or by email.
Puzzle of the Month January: What can you put in a barrel and make it lighter? Answer: holes February:Can you arrange four 5's so that they equal 6?