PYP 4th/5th Grade, Maestra Ana Perea and Mr. Brent Diaz

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May 11, 2017

Queridos Padres,

            This week in 4th Grade mathematics we worked on two digit multiplication and long division with 5 digit dividends. In 5th Grade we practiced algebra with variables and created variable expressions; we also worked on exponents, and reviewed area and circumference.

In English IB we finalized our alternative research projects and presented our work to the class. In Spanish IB the class is writing and editing their research essays, and they will present next week. 

*The Awards Ceremony will take place in the MPR on Wednesday, May 17, from 6:00-7:00 pm. 

Gracias por su apoyo,

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Queridos Padres de Familia,

This week in Spanish IB, we finished the Grid of Knowledge (tablero del conocimiento); includes Energia Solar, Energia del Carbon, Energia Eleolitica, and Energia Hidraulica. In mathematics and according to grade level; we reviewed fractions. (This is a difficult concept for a vast majority of 4th and 5th graders).

This week in English IB, we focused on our alternative energy research and advertising report. We devoted sufficient class time to this project as it is due on Thursday, May 11. Your child has a checklist which will help him/her remember the necessary tasks for completion. There are also instructions on the class webpage.

Mathematics centered on problem solving and reinforcement of concepts necessary for success next year. 5th Grade practiced working with variables and volume while 4th Grade worked through word problems and factoring. 

*The final day for 4th grade tutoring was Thursday May 4th.

*The final day for 5th Grade tutoring will be Tuesday, May 9. 

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Queridos Padres,
This week we continued exploring our lines of inquiry through research and information gathering as well as analysis of various energy forms. Today in English IB, we performed an experiment involving static electricity. Unfortunately this experiment did not produce the necessary results; nonetheless, we were able to identify and define an atoms and its parts. We also discovered the characteristics of electricity through student background knowledge and discussion, and we can also describe how it works in a basic manner.
In Mathematics, we reflected on the skills necessary for success in mathematics next year through writing and discussion. We also practiced working with volume and variables.

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April 21, 2017

This weeks marks of the end of our formal PARCC sessions as nearly every student has completed all sections of the test! 😀 Though the school year is nearing its end, much inquiring and participation is still occurring, so please make sure your children are present, on-time, and ready to learn.
In English And Spanish IB, students have begun working on a research project which involves energy and advertising in the digital world. The instructions and rubric will be posted to the CIS 4/5 webpage over the weeekend. Much of this week was spent categorizing states of matter and defining types of energy with the understading that energy is neither created or destroyed.
Your child also received and information page regarding a puberty lesson that will take place this Monday, April 24. It is also attached to this weekly letter. If you decide that your child should not participate, please return the form with your child’s name on it and sign the bottom.

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Queridos padres,
This week in Spanish the students continued the review of all units up to today. This review included Math and Spanish Language Arts, Social Studies and Science. In English we provided a tutorial for both the English and Math online PARRC practice tests so that students became more familiar with the format. We also defined and categorized states matter and forms of energy.
There is no vocabulary or Reading Report (at home) in spanish during PARCC. We’ll continue with those assignments in class, and will resume these activities in late April or early May.
I’ve provided the Reading Report information to 4th and 5th grade for the last 3 weeks, and the expectation is that your child is able to explain (to you) why there is no vocabulary or reading report during this period. Additionally, Mr. Diaz did provide his students with a list of energy related vocabulary, but it will not be tested until PARCC is complete.
Happy Easter and have a great long weekend!

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April 7, 2017

Queridos Padres de Familia,
In Both classes this week we finished our IB unit. We also worked on sentence structure, commas, captalization, and punctuation. In Spanish we finished 5th grade presentations; Our bilingual bilIterate students are FABULOSOS!
We still working on 4th grade presentations; our little ones asked for more time.
We will start our last unit Monday:  Sharing Our Planet.
Central Idea: Energy use promotes opportunity and involves struggle.
Lines of Inquiry: Energy Cycle, Forms of Energy, and Sharing & Producing Energy
Key Concepts: Form, Connection and Responsibility
Related Concepts: Sustainability. Resources and Conservation.
In IB Math, we reviewed previously taught and practiced concepts and skills. We also delved into difficult word problems and assessed our knowledge as a group using Khan Academy mastery challenges.
Both classes began taking the math portion of the PARCC this week and will complete these sections next week. They will finish their final sections the week of April 17th, so please make sure your child(ren) are sleeping well, present each day, and arriving on-time
Brent Diaz &
Ana Perea, M.A.

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March 31, 2017

Queridos Padres de Familia,
This week 4th and 5th grade continued working on the Transdiciplinary theme How we Organize Ourselves. We reviewed mathematics and the process of writing. Tutoring is canceled next week for both grades. There is no tutoring during the mandate state test. We will resume on April 25th,2 017.
The 4th and 5th grade students worked on the reading “Una biblioteca para Juana” this week. Questions 4 – 5 is for 5th grade only. Question 1-3 is for 4th grade only. This reading was emailed directly to you and the report is due on April 11th However, several students in both grades are done with this reading and presented their report today. WOW! Our students are overachievers!!!
Thank you for validating CIS target language at home.
Thank you for your support; together we make the difference.
Gracias por su apoyo; juntos hacemos la diferencia.
Brent Diaz
Ana Perea, M.A.

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March 17, 2017

Queridos Padres,

This week in both mathematics classes we worked on word problems, fractions, and for Pi Day took a virtual field trip to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In English students filled out an NCAA Bracket, which we will use to calculate fractions, percentages, and points when students return from break. In IB (integrated conceptual unit), we continued with research and inquiry, reading according to our unit, reading for comprehension, and analyzing the unit readings. As you know, students also finalized and presented their science projects during Science Night. Mr Diaz is also asking that students keep a brief journal of their spring break experience. This is to be simple and not time consuming, nor is it required. Your child will simply record one event for each day (9) of spring break. They can do this digitally or with a pencil and paper. The expectation is one sentence per day, nothing more unless they wish to elaborate.  

Again, several parents have asked for online resources to practice for academic achievement and improve skills. Students can practice 15-20 minutes using matematicas mamut (in Spanish) Khan Academy is another great resource for all your academic needs: And if you would like testing practice, use PARCC:

Have a wonderful and safe spring break!new logo apple with leaves

March 9, 2017

Queridos padres,

This week we continued our mathematics review. We practiced fractions and real word problems, as well as numerous other concepts and skills which were already taught. We also reviewed triangles and will move into more Geometry next week. Additionally, we worked on equivalent fractions as several students were eager for more practice! 😃

In Spanish IB/Language Arts, we continued gathering information based on our lines of inquiry and central idea. We discussed and answered both readings: Mi hermano Martin and El find de la esclavitud.  In class, we supported 4th and 5th graders during these readings. Next week in Spanish we will move into Economia Centroamericana. In English we identfied various types of human-made systems and created unit related questions as part of our inquiry process. Students also performed several writing exercises and turned in their creative writing assignments. There were several mandated tests administered as well.  

Again, Mi hermano Martin is due on March 14th, which is next Tuesday. To reiterate, this assignment was read, decoded, and questions answered (in class) during the last two weeks.

*This is the final week to finish science fair projects as they are due on Thursday, March 16. Students will present their work to our school community that evening. Please support your child in completing their experiments and project packets. You can find this packet on our 4th and 5th webpage. We hope to see everyone there! 

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March 3, 2017

Queridos Padres,

This week in English and Spanish both grades continued working on How We Organize Ourselves through reading and gathering information. In Spanish we continued reading Mi Hermano Martin and discussed questions 1 and 2 with both grades. In mathematics we reviewed previous mathematics units and continued with algebraic number sentences and word problems.  

We encourage students to continue arriving on time to our classes (4th and 5th grade). There are still students who show up several minutes late,  and this interrupt the instruction and shows a lack of respect to the ones who are on time. Because our students do not drive, it is our duty as adults to support them,  while also modeling and encouraging responsibility.

Thank you so much for your support!

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February 28, 2017

Dear parents,
You were emailed one of three readings that support our central idea (more readings are coming) today. Please ensure that your child reads daily at home for at least 15 minutes to acquire fluency in the target language that you chose for your student. In addition, in order to support the 4th and 5th grade families; our students read in class as well.
We are unable to post this reading on the website. It is due on March 14th, 2017. Therefore; there is plenty of time to read, acquire fluency, decode words, answer the questions, write, and use the vocabulary.
Here is the rubric for the instrucciones para ensayo de este unidad. Instrucciones
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February 25, 2017

Queridos Padres de familia,

            This week in both classes we finished Where we are in place and time and started the new transdisciplinary theme,How we organize ourselves. In English we started a creative writing assignment using specific proper nouns and other aspects of the writing process. In Spanish students finished and presented their essays, although not all presentations are complete.

            In mathematics we revisited a difficult word problem from last week and also spent time working on pure computation and logic puzzles. Students reviewed mixed numbers and fraction word problems as well. 4th and 5th Grades also conducted several science experiments during the week. As a reminder, science projects are due on Thursday, March 16, and will be presented after school. Time to be announced.  

Our Social Skill this unit is EMPATYH in English and Solidaridad in Spanish.

Transdisciplinary theme: How we organize ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made system and communities; structures and function of organizations; societal decision-making economic activities and their impact on human kind and the environment.

Central Idea:

Government resolve conflict and protect human rights.

Lines of Inquiry:

Governments as organized systems

Economic types

Political conflicts and change

Key concepts: Function, Responsibility, Causa

Related Concepts: Citizenship, Conflict, and Organization
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February 17, 2017

Queridos Padres,

                This week, in English the students were assessed on either Bloomability or Walk Two Moons. They also presented their memorized poems for a rubric score. These poems were fun to watch and the vast majority of performances were very well done. We also dedicated research time to our explorer flip books, which are now due on Tuesday, February 21st. Our new transdisciplinary theme will begin next week. 

                In Spanish, we finished our unit #4, we are not done with presentations (we will finish next week). Wonderful essays, excellent process of writing, websites, power points, and oral presentations all happened this week. Also, 4th grade started the Robotics science application according to our IB.

                We read Mi diario de aqui hasta alla by Amada Irma Perez every day in class, also we discussed and answered questions 1 and 2 for 40 minutes this week. It is important to clarify that all the content is discussed in both languages and no home-school connection is sent home before discussion. Also, I (Ana Perea) give enough time to work on it. If there is any question please do not hesitate to contact me.  

                In mathematics both grades focused on difficult word problems, one in particular, as well as volume. We will continue utilizing problem solving and reasoning skills as we move into other aspects of our math curriculum, specifically algebraic equations, coordinate planes and geometry.

Parent teacher conferences are almost done. Thank you to all of you for your support.

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In English we completed Inside Out and Back Again, which is a collection of free verse poetry written by Thanhha Lai. Each student will present their memorized poem to the class on either Thursday or Friday of next week. We also dedicated time for explorer research and provided students with the necessary paper to complete their explorer flip books. Most, though not all, students finished reading Bloomability or Walk Two Moons, both books will be discussed and assessed early next week. Several students are required to bring their novel home in order to finish, so please make sure your child completes the novel over the weekend.

In Spanish we finished the Essay (4th and 5th), there are some students who will finish on Monday, but almost everyone in both classes finished editing. In mathematics,  both grades we revisited long division and continued with fractions through pure computation and word problems. Students also worked on converting measurements.  And 5th Grade explored algebraic equations and how to create and use them as well. Also, the 4th and 5th grade student teacher will conduct a curriculum activity on Tuesday.

In addition, this week we conducted couple of experiments in order to practice and give ideas for science nigh.

As a reminder, WednesdayThursday, and Friday (02/15 – 02/17) are half days next week, so please plan accordingly. On another note, science projects are due on Science Family Night which is on Thursday, March 16. Please make sure your child is making progress and using their packet as a guide.

Please don’t forget: candy is not allowed in the classroom. If you have any question regarding our food policy please contact administration.

Have a nice weekend.

Brend Diaz & Ana Perea

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February 7, 2017

Dear Parents,
Your child received this project last week and should have a copy of this pdf: Explorer Mini Research Flip Book, which they are supposed to begin filling out ASAP; in fact, they should have already chosen an explorer! They are to complete the packet as the instructions say. A few students chose a non-traditional explorer and thus will need to modify their flip books accordingly. I will provide students with the flip book paper for their final draft once they have completed their packet. It is due on Friday, February 17.
I have also included some examples.
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February 3, 2017

Dear Parents,
Martha Diaz is our new student teacher in our bilingual classroom (4th and 5th grade). She wrote this for you….

Dear parents,

 I am a student teacher; my name is Martha Diaz and I will be in your student(s) class from Mondays- Wednesdays to complete my student practicum in my journey to become a teacher and within this time I hope to teach and learn from them as much as possible. I will be with your student(s) for 6-7 hours.

I am currently studying at CNM and my major will be in English and History. I am bilingual as well, and I know this is a great help in such a school that is culturally rich. I want to become a teacher because I had always enjoyed being in school and furthering my education as well as being with children.

In my spare time, I like to read books. I am an avid reader. I also enjoy running and taking my dog out to the park. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact Ana Perea at

Looking forward to working together,

Martha Diaz

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Queridos Padres,

This week in Spanish LOS MARAVILLOSOS de 4th and 5th grade worked in the process of writing (Six Traits). This is a hard process in both languages, so please encourage your child to continue with their biweekly Spanish reading report. This practice will support and improve your child’s writing process skills in both Spanish and English. Many students are done with their Spanish essay so please allow them (under your supervision) to practice typing their essay on a computer, but remember typing is NOT required.

In English we continued reading our classroom novels and nearly every student finalized their poem choice for memorization. Please ask your child if they have picked their poem as presentations begin in two weeks; they should also be practicing at home. For many this will be a challenging task! Today we introduced a min-research report on famous explorers. Students are expected to choose an explorer by Monday so they have enough time to adequately research and produce their flip books.

We are conducting classroom experiments in order to practice for our annual Family Science Night in mid-March (March 16). Students should decide on their science project as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, February 10. These science projects are meant to be fun and educational. While we are providing experience and guidance in the classroom, students are expected to complete the project and accompanying packet at home. Whatever you do, don’t leave it until the last minute! We look forward to seeing every student’s creation.

Fractions were again emphasized and practiced during mathematics this week. We added, subtracted, multiplied, ordered, and found equivalencies with all types of fractions, including improper and mixed numbers. Students also practiced converting measurements and exploring probability.

Again, several parents have asked for online resources to practice for academic achievement. Students can practice 15-20 minutes using matematicas mamut (in Spanish) Khan Academy is another great resource for all your academic needs And if you would like testing practice, use PARCC .

One final note. We will be sending out a link to second trimester parent teacher conferences in this weekend’s newsletter. These will start on Monday and slots will be open for two weeks. If your child received a midterm progress report or you would like to meet and discuss your child, please sign up for any of the available slots.

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January 28, 2017

Inside Out and Back Again Poem Memorization Rubric

Dear Parents,

This week in Spanish we continued working on our unit theme and lines of inquiry: 1. consequence of colonization; 2. migration and settlement; 3. cultural exchange. We are also reminding students about respect. How do you see and hear respect? Most importantly, daily reading and reading reports are nonnegotiable, so please make your student is accountable. There is never a home-school connection that is not well discussed and modeled in each class and in both languages. 

In mathematics both classes continued working with decimals, both in pure computation and word problem formats. We worked more generally with various types of related word problems, as well as areas, perimeters, and order of operations (add, subtract, multiply, and divide according to math rules).

In English we read our classroom novels and finished Part I of Inside Out and Back Again. The link to the rubric has been posted to the website with due dates attached. Your child should have their poem chosen by Monday, January 30, 2017. Presentations will begin on February 16, 2017. We also spent time discussing the Columbian Exchange, specifically diseases that decimated the native populations. We also defined migrants and refugees and the differences therein. 

Parent-teacher conferences are in mid-February and you will receive a notification (online schedule) shortly.  

Several parents have asked for online resources to practice for academic achievement. Your student can practice 15-20minutes online math using matematicas mamut (in Spanish). Khan Academy and practice PARCC on      

Brent Diaz & Ana Perea, M.A.

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Dear 5th grade Parents
Our wonderful 5th graders have their new book for daily reading and reading report. This is due date on February 7th, 2017. We have 3 new students in the program; those students do not have mini-books yet. However, we read and share information in class daily.
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January 20, 2017

Queridos Padres de Familia,
In English we have started two new novels. Most of the students are reading Bloomability while others are reading Walk Two Moons. Both of these books are written by Sharon Creech and have much in common and relate to our theme and unit quite well. During this unit students will be required to a choose, memorize, and present a poem from Inside Out and Back Again, a novel written in verse about a young girl’s experience fleeing Vietnam and immigrating to Alabama. It is based on the author’s own experience. An online pdf of this book will be emailed to parents so students can identify and choose their specific poem. Details to follow. We have also begun discussing colonization and naming its specific impacts around world.
In Spanish we have started our social skill RESPETO, Exploration Report (scientific method), and inquiry questions as well as discussion of lines of inquiry, and Central Idea. Reading Reports are required every two weeks.
In Spanish and English math our 5th Graders are continuing to work with circles. This includes identifying the radius and diameter, as well as calculating the area and circumference using the appropriate formulas. As always, they practice these skills almost daily and are challenged with meaningful word problems which require exploration, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. 4th graders are working with area and perimeter using integers and fractions.
As a reminder, students are required to create and present a science project during our Family Science Night on March 16, 2017. Today we performed a science experiment in class and figured out ways to find independent variables which are required for a successful and meaningful project. We have posted the science project packet to our website for your convenience. If possible, please print this packet for your child. We will continue working on this for the next two months. Science Fair Rubric PYP
We are experience several absences specially on Wednesdays and Fridays and or tardies. Please remember that we (the adults) are role model for our future leaders.
Ana Perea & Brent Diaz

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Queridos Padres,

In English and Spanish, this week we worked on finishing our unit(s). This began with student presentations about various natural and man-made disasters. Each student also received peer and teacher feedback, be sure to ask your child about their presentation feedback. We also spent time reflecting, not only on the unit, but also the research project itself.

Yesterday and today we introduced our new social skill, RESPECT. In mathematics we focused on volume, word problems and areas of circumference, and time.

In Spanish, 5th and 4th graders have their new assignment, Reading Report mini-books. Please encourage your student to read daily for at least 15 minutes and to present their reading report on time. In Spanish, I do not have the vocabulary list for the new unit. I am still working on it; this weekend it should be done.

Here is our new Unit:

Transdisciplinary theme: Where we are in place and time

Central Idea:

Exploration leads to opportunities, challenges, and new discoveries.

Lines of Inquiry:

        Consequences of colonization

        Human migration and settlement

        Types of cultural exchange

Key Concepts (Related Concepts):

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December 16, 2016

Happy resting time.

Queridos Padres de Familia,

This week in Spanish we focused on the writing process. The rubric stated that students should write five paragraphs using complete sentences while applying proper grammar. This was a difficult task for many of our students; therefore, several of our students will finish during break. Please do not forget to choose a daily reading in the target language (Spanish). In mathematics, we continued with fractions and word problems in both grades based on current student levels of knowledge. Additionally, a few students in both grades are challenged by the multiplication table. The break is a great opportunity to practice this important skill, maybe play a game of multiplication war. We use these math facts daily and in every math unit, so please help your child acquire this important skill.

In English we continued working on our Disasters Research Project. The final creation and presentation will be due during the first full week of school in 2017. Ask your child if they will be prepared. They might need to work a little over the break.

Just a reminder, all of Fourth Grade should have received the Every Kid in a Park Pass. This was handed out a few weeks ago and allows everyone in the vehicle (or a family) to enter any national park free of charge. But you must have the paper in order to be issued the card. Here are the details:

Have a wonderful and restful winter break. See you in 2017!

Brent Diaz.

Ana Perea, M.A.

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Queridos Padres de Familia,
In English and Spanish IB this week, students continued researching their topics and answering their specific questions. While we dedicated a lot of classroom time to this project, many students may need to work at home as well.
In math, we focused on two challenging word problems, which required reasoning, critical thinking, and multiple steps. For many this was a difficult task, but we will continue with throughout the year.
In Spanish, our 4th graders worked on fractions word problems and critical thinking (multiple steps); our 5th graders worked on long division, algebra concepts and volume.

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Attached are the rubric and due dates for our Natural Disasters Research Project.

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Brent Diaz

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December 3, 2016

Dear Parents,
As the calendar year winds down we are beginning to experience an increase in absences, tardies, and early dismissals. This is affecting your child’s learning as they are missing important details, classroom work, and additional guidance, some of which cannot be made up! While we realize that “life happens,” it is nonetheless important to maintain support and stability by keeping your child in class for the entire school day. Please do your best to make sure this happens.
In mathematics we are continuing to work with word problems as well as conversions, area, perimeter, and volume, and algebra (for advance students). We are also working with fractions in both pure computation and word formats.
In Spanish, we are working on phonetic awareness, fluency, and vocabulary, so that students can increase their comprehension. Every 4th and 5th grade student has their reading mini-books, except for those students that left early today or were absent.
In English, we are beginning to work on a research project which will be due shortly after winter break. The deadlines and rubric will be finalized early next week and posted to the CIS website. We currently have three additional computers thanks to and the generous donations of several parents. These gifts will be invaluable in improving foundational research and typing skills. Expect a formal thank you in the near future!
As always, thank you for your continued support!
Brent Diaz
Ana Perea, M.A.

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Dear Parents,
This week we finished the transdisciplinary theme: How we express ourselves. After break we will start with Transdisciplinary theme #3: How the world works.
Unit #3 Nature’s Fury.
Our Central Idea: Disaster can shape the Earth, communities and humans
Concepts: Form, Function, and Causation
Related Concepts: patterns, facts, conflict-resolution
Lines of Inquiry: Natural Catastrophes.
Human – cause calamities
Dealing with disasters
In Spanish, 4th and 5th graders have their books; the reading report due date is November 29th, 2016. There will not be a vocabulary test next Tuesday, Nov 29th. However the vocabulary quiz will be posted as soon as I have it ready and it will be on December 6th, 2016.
Thank you for all your support; have a nice week.
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November 5, 2016

Dear Parents,

In English: this week students worked with order of operations and decimal multiplication. We also continued reading Green Glass Sea and will complete the book early next week. 5th Grade is in need of small metal and plastic parts (bolts, nuts, lego pieces, anything you no longer need) for International Day. And if you have appropriate costume material, please have your child bring it Monday and/or contact Jessica Rice ( as she is helping organize the students’ outfits.

In Spanish: this week students worked in their unit “How We Express Ourselves,” and prepared for International Day. We also worked in Mathematics collecting data from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade, we made tally tables, pictograph tables, bar and lineal graphs plus geometry. This is a lot, therefore; we will continue on these themes after Thanksgiving. Thank you for your patience and support with daily  reading and multiplication tables.

For International Day, please arrive at 12:30 to our classroom (4th grade) so you can enjoy our Nicaraguan museum. The activities outside of our classroom will start at 1:00 P.M. As part of our cultural experience we will have Gallo Pinto Nicaraguense, Tostones, Ensalada de Repollo con Limon, and Orchata (Mrs. Vazquez’s courtesy).

Our class’ costumes are almost done. All our girls have their skirts, I asked for white shirts; one of the parents suggested peasant style; if your child has one great, but no worries and please do not buy anything. The boys have sashes (red or blue), white shirt for the boys to contrast with the sash. The pants for the boys can be kaki, blue (as our dress code), or white.

Again, Mrs. Olivas (Katia’s mama), Mrs. Maestas (Nikki’s mama), Mrs. Rivas (Erin’s mama), Mrs. Vazquez (Jesus Aaron’s mama), and Mrs. Acosta (Yareczi’s mama) worked hard finding materials and/or making the costumes for all our kiddos. MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS.  We still looking for the “sombreros” or hats, let me know if you find some; we need only 8 for our boys.

Gracias por todo su apoyo.
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October 28, 2016

In English IB we continued reading Green Glass Sea while emphasizing figurative language and WWII history. We also discussed Franklin Delano Roosevelt being elected to 4 presidential terms despite his disability. We discussed colors and and what they can communicate as well. We will move into the importance of various codes as language next week.

In Math, we are continuing with fractions. 4th Grade is working on finding equivalent fractions while 5th Grade is using fractions to find percentages.

In Spanish IB we continued with Los Habladores del Codigo Navajo. Our wonderful students are working hard on the lines of inquiry in our unit “Comunicacion como forma de Expresion”. In mathematics we continued with geometry.

The reading report  for 4th grade is due next Tuesday, November 1st. (Los habladores del codigo Navajo)
For 5th graders we will not have reading report next week because we will work in class on La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) analysis of the book and Caperucita Roja (The Little Red Riding hood) from the wolf’s perspective.
If parents have any opportunity to find the book of la La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) from Joe Hayes, please read this book with your children. however no worries, I have three copies in class and we will find other versions of the story in the internet.

We would like to say special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Kehoe (Sophia’s mom and dad) who contacted Bernalilllo Public School Transportation. Also, to all 4 th and 5 th grade parents who came this morning. THANK YOU!!!

For international day Nicaragua: Mrs. Oliva’s , Mrs. Rivas, Mrs. Baca, Mrs. Acosta, and all the moms and dads who offered support THANK YOU. My apology if I forgot someone.

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Queridos Padres,

There are several students who come late to 4th grade mathematics class. Please, take into consideration that we start instruction at 8:00 A.M. if your student is late, your student will miss part of the lesson for that day. We are role models for our students, please think of your message to your student and to the ones who come on time and are ready to learn. If you have any question regarding attendance or CIS schedule; please check our web or contact CIS’ registrar Dawn Jackson at

Please check the web page 4/5 grade often, many of your questions could be answered there. You can also email us or call us to 505-344-9733 and leave a message, as soon as we can we will call you back.

Field Trip on October 28th, 2016. There is a charge of $6.00 per student. Parents please be prepared to pay your own entrance fee. Please no siblings. If your student comes with us they HAVE to return with us. Dress code is required, dress appropriate for the weather, and please come with comfortable shoes, disposable lunch bag and bottle of water. NO electronics. We prefer chaperones finger printed.

In Spanish this week, we continued with Unit #2 How We Express Ourselves, we studied in class ways of communication. We linked Nicaragua, culture, flora, fauna, and language to this unit (for International Day). In mathematics, we continued with numbers and operation, geometry, and word problems. It’s imperative that 4th graders master the multiplication table and continue with their nightly reading. These last two points are not negotiable. They need multiplication for algebra components and they need to acquire fluency and comprehension to understand all subjects including mathematics.

In English IB, we continued reading Green Glass Sea while identifying various literary tools, specifically figurative language. This was reinforced through musical lyrics and journaling. In math, we moved from factoring to fractions. Fifth Grade worked on word problems and modeling related to fractions while 4th Grade was introduced to decimals and how they are equivalent to fractions (parts of a whole). We will continue exploring fractions next week and throughout the year.

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This week in English IB, we continued reading the Green Glass Sea. We connected various symbols, euphemisms, and idioms from the book to our unit theme on expression. Students also began researching their topic and questions on Indonesia. We also identified types of expression and how and what they communicate. In math we delved into factoring, including greatest common factor and prime factorization.

This week in Spanish IB, we continued reading in class, La Comunicacion Como Forma de Expression.  We read several mini-books, we decode, and made examples of reading report (4th grade only). Our 5th graders still started their research in Comunicacion, simbolos, senales y formas de expression.  In mathematics we continue with number and operations and geometry. Some of the students are exploring algebra (according to student’s level).

Parents: your student has daily reading, multiplication table (until they mastered), Reading report due on Tuesdays, (except 4h grade that is every other Thursday, check previous letter), and vocabulary test on Tuesdays. This hasn’t change since August 2016. Please make your student accountable as part of our IB social skill.

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4th graders have mini-books to read for two weeks. The report is due on October 25th, 2016. In class we will read every day and we will discuss details about the mini-books.
Ana Perea

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Dear 5th Grade Parents,

International Day is fast approaching (November 12, 2016) and we are in need of outfits for the performance. My goal was to keep it simple and creative by allowing students to dress colorfully using dresses, outfits, and materials already at home. The examples below will serve as a guide.

Please let me know if you have other clothing ideas or cannot find an outfit resembling any of the pictures below.

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Thank you!

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Dear parents,

This week in English IB, we completed our compare and contrast final drafts for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. We fully introduced COOPERATION, our new social skill, as well as our new unit focusing on various methods of expression as communication. Math centered on identifying ordinal and cardinal number, and the difference between an expression and equation. We also found factors and prime factors for various numbers, and prime numbers were defined and explore as well.

En Español, we completed our first unit Who We Are. We introduced the Social skill cooperation; as well as, How We Express Ourselves and explored different ways to communicate. In mathematics we continue with numbers and operations (place value, multiplication, division, and re-grouping). Also, we explored some algebra concepts for advanced students.

4th grade worked on Reading Report and Vocabulary both are due date on Tuesday the 11th . Many students took advantage and wrote notes (as I asked), but several didn’t so let’s see what happens this weekend?

Thank you for your support,

Brent Diaz & Ana Perea

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Queridos Padres de familia,
This week in English, we wrote essays comparing the book and movie versions of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. We also introduced our new novel, Green Glass Sea. Next week we will dive into our new theme, How We Express Ourselves. In math, we focused on place value, fractions, and factoring. If any 5th grade parents are interested in creating costumes for International Day, please contact Mr. Diaz. Our country is Indonesia. I will send out an email with more specific details this weekend.  

In Spanish, Thank you to all the parents who responded to my call/email about International day. There are some pictures for the dress (male and female) on the web. In class we just finished the Unit Who We Are, and now we will continue with How We Express Ourselves. Our social skill is Cooperation. However I will continue using the social skill Respect every opportunity possible in to support our students IB profile.  

IB Curriculum night October 4th and our traditional Balloon fiesta celebration from 8-9 in the classroom. Then we will continue with normal schedule.

Thank you so much for your support. I need to move the Vocabulary test to October 11th . I had no time this week to introduce those words and I don’t feel comfortable to quiz the students without the proper introduction.

Again, Thank you for your support

Ana Perea & Brent Diaz

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Dear Parents,

You are all invited to attend to CIS IB Curriculum Night on October 4th, 2016. There are two sessions one at 5:30-6:00 and another 6:00 to 6:30.

This week in Spanish, we are almost done with Who We Are, next week is reflection week and introduction to Nicaragua (culture and geography) to begin with How We Express Ourself/ International day. We finished place value and we started multiplication and division (short and long).  The 4th graders started the reading report (way before I expected), we will read the mini-books in class and at home. The reading report is scheduled on Tuesdays. I will continue scaffolding in class until I feel that they can work independently at home. Fifth grade is ready to go!!!! Please encourage nightly reading and study the Multiplication table.

This week in English, we finished reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. We discussed and wrote about the components of health and wellness as well as what it means to be human.  Last week, we extracted DNA from strawberries. In math, we focused on conversions using time and the metric system, and multi-step word problems too. Indonesia was introduced to Fifth Grade, so we can begin planning International Day!new logo apple with leaves

September 22, 2016

Hola padres,

We’ve got a little over a month to prepare for International Day (Saturday, November 12).  The country for fourth grade is Nicaragua, and I have included some examples of typical dress for the girls.  We are asking the children to come wearing a white shirt (long, or short sleeve), and the boys need to wear white, black, or tan khakis.  We need to make a sash for the boys, and the skirt for the girls.

I am able to purchase the materials for the skirt, but I need a parent who is able to help with the process:  acquiring the material (a table cloth/draperies/curtains at a second-hand store, a few yards of fabric from a material store, or any other ideas you may have), sizing and sewing, and assistance on the day of the event.  Please, let me know you are available to volunteer for this task ASAP.

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Dear parents,
Fourth Grade has no new reading this week. We are reviewing all our readings and vocabulary from previous weeks. On Tuesday (Sept. 20th) we have quiz of the most misspelled words. Also, 4th grade is working on reading report in class so the expectation is that eventually they can do it independently.
Fourth and Fifth Grade will create 4 sentences using Voc. #4 (most misspelled words). We discussed examples in class, so your child should know what to do.vocab-4
Fifth Grade is actually reading mini-books. We read in class and discussed the meaning of each reading. On Tuesday Fifth Grade will present the reading report of the mini-book as they did it last year. They should have the mini-book in their bag pack. We read this mini-book for almost two weeks.
Remember their home-connection is daily reading, I asked 4th grade to study the multiplication table as well as 5th grade. we need to “conquer the Multiplication Table”

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Dear parents,

This week in English, we focused on the form and function of cells. We also continued reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. In mathematics, we solved word problems by converting minutes to hours. We also continued working with decimals through estimation and rounding.

This week in Spanish, we continued working on the Unit Who We Are. We are almost done with the Lines of Inquiry. Next week we will continue working on Reading for Comprehension (main ideas), and will work on steps for writing an essay in Spanish. In mathematics, we solved word problems, we also worked on place value, and the multiplication table.

Both classes are almost done with MAPS.

Fourth grade tutoring will start next week. Tutoring days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:00 P.M. You will receive an invitation this weekend if your child is required to be in tutoring.


  • Tutoring is conducted in the student’s first language (Tuesdays English Math and Thursdays English writing)
  • Tutoring is not replacement for aftercare and is for students who need it and will actively participate.
  • We will have the most one-to-one instruction possible with the students who need the extra support.
  • It is your responsibility to pick up your student on time (4:00 P.M.). If your student is not picked up on time your student will be referred to Permaculture and you will receive a bill from Permaculture.

Thank you for your support.


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Dear parents,

This week in Spanish, we continued with our transdisciplinary unit Who We Are, and the social skill Responsibility. We finished the mathematics placement test. Some of the students need support on the Multiplication Table. In fourth grade in Spanish we start Mathematics right on time every single day therefore if your student is late your student misses an important part of our Math component. Also, students who come late disrupt the learning of the ones who came on time. The Spanish vocabulary and reading is posted online. Fourth grade will study the vocabulary only (the test is on Tuesday).  The reading is hard; therefore, we will continue reading and working in class. However 5th grade is ready to continue with their reading report and vocabulary (remember most of the 5th graders are used to this routine.)

This week in English, we continue reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. We continue the sequence of events and briefly discussed the theme of sacrifice. In math we worked with conversions and word problems, specifically hours to minutes and cups to quarts. The 5th graders have an envelope they will bring home and return on Tuesday. They need to write their home address on this envelope and place a stamp in the upper right hand corner. This will be used to send their letter to self home at the end of the school year.

On another note, we noticed that there are several students in both grades that have Unexcused Tardies or students are checked out early. Please note the importance of instructional time.  When your child misses class, your child misses instruction.

Have a nice holiday weekend.

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September 1, 2016

Dear Parents, this is a difficult reading that we will continue working in class. We sketch, highlight, decode, and read. The students are working hard. Please recognize their effort.  Vocabulario y Lectura #2
The multiplication table is imperative, in 4th and 5th grade; therefore,  the students are aware of that. Next Tuesday we will have a multiplication quiz (from 0-5).
Advanced students will apply multiplication facts to multi-step word problems.

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August 27th, 2016

Dear Parents,

This week in Spanish, the students worked on “El Cerebro” we read, decode unfamiliar words, and made questions. In Mathematics we worked on Place Value with 4th and 5th graders. In addition, we reviewed mathematics from last year (according to each grades and at their own instructional time). We are not done yet!

Please visit often The reading of the week and vocabulary are posted since last week. We will continue working in class so please do not worry, as I said before this is a process.

The 5th graders were instructed of Reading Report for Tuesday; however, the 4th graders still working on it, so no worries.

This week in English, we memorized the body systems and began reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. The class is also finishing their Who We Are “word clouds.” In math, we solved multi-step word problems and introduced mean (average) to 4th grade. The 5th graders worked independently solving mean related problems.

Thank you for your support,

Brent Diaz y Ana Perea


Agosto 26, del 2016.

Queridos padres de familia,

Esta semana en español los estudiantes trabajaron en el “Cerebro” leímos, desciframos palabras desconocido y formulamos preguntas. En matemáticas trabajamos en El valor posicional con ambos grados. A demás revisamos las matemáticas del año pasado de cada grupo (de acuerdo con el grado y a su propio tiempo de instrucción). Aún no hemos terminado.

Por favor visiten con mucha frecuencia nuestra página de La lectura de la semana y el vocabulario están ahí desde la semana pasada. Continuaremos trabajando en clase no se preocupen, como dije anteriormente este es un proceso.

Los estudiantes de 5to grado ya fueron instruidos de la simpleza del reporte; sin embargo aún estoy trabajando con 4to grado, no se preocupen.

Esta semana en ingles los estudiantes memorizaron el sistema del cuerpo y comenzaron a leer La señora Frisby y las Ratas de MIMH. También la clase termino las palabras de la semana que pertenecen a la unidad de “Quienes Somos” En matemáticas resolvieron problemas de varios “pasos” y se introdujo el concepto de promedio al 4to grado. Los de 5to trabajaron independientemente resolviendo problemas de promedio.

Gracias por su apoyo,

Brent Diaz y Ana Perea

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August 19, 2016

I was going to send the 1st vocabulary of our unit on Tuesday, but several parents have asked for it. The vocabulary is linked to our first unit reading. The reading is difficult and we are working on it in class. Please do not worry, this is a process and the vocabulary is difficult; therefore, we need to work in class. We talked (teacher and students in both grades) today and we will continue next week. The expectation is that students learn meaning, then create, and apply their knowledge.
Also, our students have Chinese and PE on Mondays, Inquiry (technology) and PE on Fridays; Music and Art on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition, Chinese will be every other Wednesday (alternating between the 4th and 5th grades).
Please see the attached item from the health office for you.

August 19, 2016

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support this week.

Each week you will receive an email outlining weekly activities and upcoming important information. It is important that you read these emails as this is our primary mode of communication. Should you have any questions or concerns, please email either of us and we will promptly contact you.

The first vocabulary/spelling quiz will take place on August 30th for Spanish class and September 1st for English.  The spelling word lists will be posted to the CIS classroom website one week prior to the quiz. We will spend adequate classroom time decoding affixes, looking for patterns, and defining meaning each week, but students must also study independently outside of class to become successful in spelling and vocabulary.

Spanish Reading Reports will be given to students on Tuesdays beginning next week. The expectation is that students read these short unit-related readings every day. Much of this work will take place in class, especially for students lacking foundational Spanish language skills. Additionally, the majority of the first Reading Report will take place inside the classroom, and as students gain confidence and proficiency they will be required to work independently outside of class in order to accomplish this task.

Our first transdisciplinary theme, Who we are, will focus on the brain and human body.  Below is the central idea and the lines of inquiry.

Central Idea: The human body is complex, made of connected systems, and highly adaptable.

Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Human Body Systems
  2. Genetics and DNA
  3. Adaptations

We have several exciting activities planned for this unit including a sheep brain laboratory and strawberry DNA extraction. Please contact us if you wish to share your knowledge of this topic through presentations, models, field trips, videos, etc.

Please be aware that every assignment is discussed in both languages; your student should know what is needed in order to complete his/her task.

Ana Perea and Brent Diaz

Corrales International School