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March 2016

Womens History Month

The class newsletter written and published

by Mr. Phams Fifth Grade Students - Class of 2016
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In the month of March, our class celebrated

great American Women and learned why they
were so special.
Each group was assigned a personality to
research and did a report. We drew pictures,
created posters, and designed webpages to tell
the story of these great women in American
We learned that these amazing women went
through a lot to be successful. They fought for
equal rights, showed extraordinary courage, and
were determined to achieve their goals.
To honor these women, March is known as
Women History Month.

Clara Barton (1821-1912)

Clara Barton founded the American Red
Cross. She started a school in New Jersey.
She worked as a hospital nurse in the
American Civil War, and as a teacher and
patent clerk.
Bryan, Joseph & Junior

Pocahontas (1595-1617)
Pocahontas was a Native American known
for her help with the colonial settlement at
Jamestown, Virginia.
Juliett & Angelica

Francis Perkins (1880-1965)

U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945,
the longest serving in that position, and the
first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet..
Aakiyiah & Paris

Betsy Ross (1752-1836)

Betsy Ross is known for making the first
American flag in 1776.
Sang Diow & Jamariyona

Barbara Jordan (1936-1996)

Lawyer, educator, an American politician, and
a leader of the Civil Rights movement.
Olivia & Rayln

Sally Ride (1951-2012)

American physicist and astronaut. Born
in Los Angeles, she became the first
American woman in space in 1983.
Manuel & Elias



Jane Addams (1860-1935)

Jane Addams was a pioneer American
settlement activist/reformer, social worker,
and public philosopher.
Monique & Emily

Althea Gibson (1927-2003)

An American tennis player and
professional golfer, and the first black
athlete to cross the color line of
international tennis. In 1956, she became
the first person of color to win a Grand
Slam title
Joshua & Hamad

Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994)

Dear Parents,

Wilma Glodean Rudolph was an American track and

field sprinter, who competed in the 100 and 200 meters
dash. Rudolph was considered the fastest woman in the
world in the 1960s and competed in two Olympic Games,
in 1956 and in 1960.
Amaris & Izabelle

Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005)


Quarter Report Card

3rd Quarter report cards go home

on Wednesday, April 6. Please go
over the report with your child and
encourage your child to either
maintain their good effort or try
harder in the 4th Quarter. Please sign
and return the Report Card Envelope.
If you want to discuss about the
report please feel free to let me
know. I will be happy to review and
answer any questions you may have
through email, phone call, or in-class

California Assessment of Student

Performance and Progress
The annual state testing (CAASPP)
will begin at the end of April. These
are important tests given in grades 38 and 11 for ELA and Math. Our class
will be doing a lot of preparation for
the tests including class reviews,
class work, homework, and also a
group academic challenge.
Please help your child to get ready
and be successful by encouraging
them to do their best, finish all
homework, and make sure have
scheduling any appointments during
the testing days.

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was an American

politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the
first African American woman elected to the United
States Congress.
Brandon & Ruben

Mae Jemison

(1956- )
Mae Carol Jemison is an American physician and NASA
astronaut. She became the first African American woman
to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the
Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.
Jacob & Cian

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)

Susan Brownell Anthony was an American social reformer
and feminist who played a pivotal role in the women's
suffrage movement.
Sebastian, Ruben & Avian

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician,
diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First
Lady of the United States.
Melissa, Teeyawnna

Sandra Day OConnor (1930- )

Sandra Day O'Connor is a retired associate justice of the
Supreme Court of the United States in 1981-2006. She
was the first woman to be appointed to the Court..
Renata & Ayanna

Testing Schedule

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937 )

Science April 14, 15

ELA April 26, 27, 28
Math May 3, 4, 5
A detailed schedule and a list of
suggestions will be sent home in the
coming weeks.

Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer

and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo
across the Atlantic Ocean.
Minhua, Isabel

Thank you for your support

Toan Pham

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933- )

Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of
the Supreme Court of the United States.
Thomas & Micah

Character Counts!


Be kind. Be compassionate
and show you care. Express
gratitude. Forgive others.
Help people in need.


Thomas and Renata were recognized in our class for

showing the Character CARING in March.

3rd Quarter Awards

Joshua, Sebastian, Rayln, Melissa, Jacob, Monique,
Minhua, Amaris, Juliett, Elias, Bryan, Cian, Izabelle,
Hamad, Aakiyiah, Paris, Manuel, Brandon, Isabel

Sang-Diow, Olivia

Harvest of the Month


Reading: Manuel Math: Micah


Reading: Jamariyona

Math: Joseph, Bryan

Solutions and Mixtures

During March, the students learned about properties of
matter and did a Solutions and Mixtures science experiment
where they tried to separate mixtures of powder,
gravel, and salt and water solutions.
This activity gives students exposure to the definition for
solution and mixture and an understanding that a mixture is a
combination of 2 or more substances and not lose their
characteristics that can be separated physically while a solution
is a mixture in which one or more substances dissolves in
another. In April, we are learning about human body systems.

Our class participates in the Harvest of the Month

program where we get to taste a particular fruit or vegetable
each month since the beginning of the year.
The purpose of the program is to increase awareness of
eating California grown fruits and vegetables from local
farmers and to understand of why it is important to our health
and how food travels from the farm to our plates.
For the most part, the students have enjoyed eating the
fruits, but a few vegetables had the students ran for the sink.
All in all, it was a valuable learning experience for us.

Girls 4
Boys 1

Room C7 students practice their

spelling words by participating
in a weekly Spelling Challenge
between the girls and the boys in
the classroom. The competitions
were very exciting and a lot of
fun as the students challenged
themselves against the other
team for the coveted Spelling
Trophy and to avoid the dreaded
Diaper Award.

In March, we learned about the
American Revolution and the reasons
for the war of Independence. We read about the war in
our Social Studies book. During April, we will play a
simulation game about the conflict with each group
assuming the role of one of these nations: The
American Colonies, Britain, Spain, the Netherlands,
France, Native Americans. The simulation recreates
the Revolutionary war battles with students acting as
commanders making decisions and controlling their
fate in this online fight for freedom.

Technology Update
In the month of April, we will use a lot of technology
tools to complete our assignments.
- Internet for research
- Google Docs to take notes and for storage
- Webpages to display our information
- Editing and publishing videos
- Digital cameras
This is going to be a busy month using different
technologies to enhance learning in the classroom.

Our class is starting the State Report research
assignment in April. The State Report consists of 3
parts: Drawings of the state map, logo, seal, and other
symbols, a 5-page website to display state information,
and finally, the students will produce a video
summarizing what theyve learned. The report will be
the main Social Studies grade for the 4th Quarter.
This is an exciting and beneficial assignment where
students will use multiple skills to complete the report.
The research state report is due in early May.

April 4

4, 5, 6
13, 14, 15

State Report Project begins

Paris Birthday
Book Fair in the Library
Physical Fitness Tests
Report Cards issued
AR Rewards
Awards Assembly at 1:45
Science State Assessments
Thomas Birthday
Progress Reports issued