Welcome Back

Welcome Back

Welcome back all families of the Class of 2016!

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I begin this year with our 31 students. We are no longer able to have the privilege of having Charlie Chatelain in our class. He has moved to San Diego to live with his father. He will be missed, but I am assured that he will visit the area regularly to be with his mom, brother and friends.¬† The fifth grade curriculum is broad and very engaging. We have begun our studies with the geography of North America and will “be there” for four weeks. This first block of North American study is viewing in ,broad strokes, the continent. A more specific study will be in the spring.

Get out your calendars and mark down these dates:


  • 5th grade parent/teacher evening¬†¬† @ 5:30 p.m. September 12
  • Woolman farm visit October 1 and also May 13
  • Waldorf schools pentathlon May 17
  • Jug Handle (oops! info in office, in spring – 6 months away)
  • Also in the works is a field trip to Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley in September

A new policy for all our field trips is that parents will need to be fingerprinted and have TB test. Still remaining is the vehicle inspection for student transportation.

It is hard to believe, but the children are excited about getting started on homework. We will be doing regular math homework from the Saxon 65 math book. For the week of Aug. 27 – 31 the math sets 1,2 & 4 will be due on Friday. On Monday I will go over that each set should be on standard 81/2 x 11 paper and have name and each set identified. For example Dan Martinez and Set 1 and then math problems on the page. We will do a sample page in class. Look on this blog at the beginning of the week for each week’s assignments. The assignments will also be on the classroom chalkboard.

The daily schedule is still in process. I should have our class schedule finished and sent home (and here) by Wednesday.

The bright and shining faces of these dear students is a wonder-filled experience for me. I truly love being with them. I am getting used to being back at school along with the children. Early to bed and early to rise will take a few more days, but I look forward to a fun year.


Dan Martinez