No School Monday, May 27th-Enjoy your Memorial Day!

May 24, 2019

Dear Families,

The end of the school year is fast approaching. The class calendar is continually being updated; click here to review what’s on our schedule.

Thank you to families who helped their students get June 5th Field Trip permission forms in by today! Remember that we need to have the very back side with Emergency Contact information filled out. New forms will be going home shortly for the San Jose Sharks’ “Sticks in Hand” program visit. Members of the team will be here on Monday, June 3rd. Look for those forms to go home by Tuesday, May 28th.

Mr. K and I have had a great time working with your children these past two weeks! In case you haven’t had the opportunity to meet our new classroom teacher, Mr K prepared a letter to families that went home yesterday. I have included the text of the letter below in case you missed it.

Have a great three-day weekend, and we will see you on Tuesday, May 28th!

Ms. Seyan and Mr. K

Friday’s Inspirational Video: Dream

Student Request: Cute Dog Video


Hello parents of B7,

Wow, what a great two weeks it has been!  I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you before or after school, or at Invention Convention, and I’m sure your kids have told you about a lot of the fun things we have been working on in B7.  If not, let me formally introduce myself – my name is Robert Kossayian (“Mr. K.”) and I will be finishing the school year in our classroom.

For the last two weeks we have been working hard on a few projects that will be our end of the year culminating activities.  In our Reader’s Workshop, we have been focusing on digging into our Social Studies texts and other reading material with an emphasis on Coding Strategy (how to mark up our reading for information we already know, information we didn’t know, exciting information, and information we still have a question on) as well as identifying the Main Idea of a text, and key and supporting details in the text, and how they all relate to the Main Idea.  This is a major project and it is our hope that the students will put in a final 100% effort towards a book that will definitely be something you want to save and remember! This is our final Writer’s Workshop Project.

In Math, Ms. Seyan and I have been diligently working with creating a bridge to 5th/6th grade math that they will see next year.  Many of the concepts build on strategies and tools they have already been using throughout their entire school career. We are currently making great headway in “Book B” of our Origo math series.  Be sure to start a conversation about what they are learning in math, and try to help them explain the concepts to you! Reinforcing these skills with outside worksheets and math games is a great idea over the Summer.

Speaking of Summer, we will be sending home information about Dreambox and Google accounts so your student can access these learning tools that they have been using all year.  As our classrooms become more and more connected, these tools are something that they can grow with and learn to be more proficient at.

We are planning a Class Party for Friday May 31st.  If you would be interested in volunteering, donating supplies, or donating money to be used for supplies, please contact me right away.  This party will celebrate all the hard work the students have put in this school year, as well as act as a final goodbye to our Carson 5th graders.  We will also be celebrating wrapping up our final academic projects.

If you have questions or just want to touch base about your students, I would love to hear from you!   Please email me at

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Invention Convention: Thursday, May 16th from 6:30-7:30 in the Media Center

May 13-17, 2019

Homework this week:

  • Invention Convention planning, writing, research, field testing, and                           presentation practice

Upcoming Events:

  • Invention Convention this Thursday, May 16th, from 6:30 PM -7:30 PM in the Media Center
  • Upper Grades Music Performance on Monday, May 20th, at 1:40 PM
  • Field Trips on June 5th: 4th grade to Vista Park, 5th to Golfland
  • 5th Grade Promotion: Thursday, June 6th at 8:30 AM in the Amphitheater
  • Early out for the last day of school at 12:46 PM.

Google Drive:

Did you know that your students can access their Invention Convention work through any connected device with web browsing capability?

Open a browser and go to the Google main page at Click on the matrix-the 9 squares arranged in a 3X3 grid-in the upper right hand corner of the landing (home) page. When you do this, a drop down menu will appear. Have your child select the Drive icon or the docs icon. When prompted to log in ( if they or you are not logged in to another account), they may use their student number followed by “” as their email and their regular passwords as their password. This should give your child access to all their files.  If someone is already logged in to their Google account in their browser, click on the icon in the very top right corner and select “Switch User” or “Log In To Another Account” from that drop down menu.

I hope this helps!



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Invention Convention Details

I understand that some of you would like more clarity around the Invention Convention.  Here I will share information that I hope will support you in helping your child plan and create their project, if they need it or if you would like to step in.

The Invention Convention is an annual 4th-5th grade engineering & design project that culminates in an evening event where students display and explain their ideas to the public. This year, work on the project started a couple of weeks ago, including in your child’s class under the previous teacher. One of the most important things to remember: You don’t have to buy anything!

What is the nature of this task? Students are asked to think of a problem and design a model of something that will solve the problem. There are specific steps in this process: Problem identification, brainstorming solutions, envisioning a design, and creating a prototype. While the informational materials distributed to students are lengthy and contain lots of ideas and recommendations (please see below for more on that), the essence of the project is very simple. Make a useful product and create a display board to show your work and share your ideas with others!

Your child will be provided with the display board, materials to create the board, and lots of time in class to research, design, and work on their displays.

Due dates:

Friday, May 10:

•Written What-Materials-Steps-Problems sections in Google docs (share with me)

•A drawing of your intended finished product

•Ideas for what you want to do on your board

**Students will be able to take their boards home over the weekend, May 11-12**

Wednesday, May 15:

  • “Rough draft” of final board to present in practice sessions in class!

Thursday, May 16:

  • Final board ready and presentation to other kids’ families!

What do I need EXACTLY for the Display Board (again, students will get one from the school and be able to take it home over the weekend)?

  1. Title
  2. Problem
  3. Idea
  4. **Research** (Websites, experiments)
  5. Plan/Procedure (“Materials & Steps”)
  6. Sketch
  7. Creation (model; not actually on the board itself)
  8. **Field testing**
  9. Pictures (Downloads from web OK; I’ll help with this)
  10. Conclusion: How will this invention change the world?
    1. “I believe, based on_________, my invention will ….”

ONE MORE THING: Students may work alone, in a partnership, or in groups. Students are being asked to start their own Google Doc and do their own work, even if they are part of a group. That way, everyone is accountable for their own part of the project. If students decide to share a project board, it is up to them to decide together who will get to take it home, what will be placed on it, etc. Please contact me for any clarification on this.

This is basic information for you. Keep reading for more on the Invention Convention!

•There are a couple of short videos I like to share that provide some background knowledge of the process as well as inspiration for the task at hand. This video from the Buck Institute gives an overview of Project Based Learning (PBL), which is essentially what the Invention Convention is all about.

•Some videos I have used with second graders in the past include “Loop Scoops” by PBS Learning Media. “Juice Boxes” shows a student learning about a problem and coming up with a way to solve it. “Garbage” shows another student solving a problem, and invites viewers to come up with their own solutions.

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The 2018-19 School Year is Winding Down

May 5, 2019 (Last edit May 13, 2019)

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May/June activity calendar last updated May 13, 2019. Please email me to request link to the live document.

Dear Families,
I am excited to be working with your children full-time again. While there has been some “turbulence” over the course of this year, I anticipate being able to bring the class in for a smooth landing!

Some of the events and activities we have coming up in the next five weeks:

  • Invention Convention-Project-Based Learning (PBL) with an engineering slant. We will be working on this intensively for the next several class days. The Invention Convention (and dessert sale!) is scheduled for Thursday, May 16th from 6:30-7:30 PM.
  • 5th Grade Promotion-There will be an information meeting for families in Room B6 on Tuesday, May 7th, right after school at 2:30.
  • Annual Walk-A-Thon fundraiser: Upper Grades walk from 9:45-11:15 on Thursday, May 9th
  • Music performance on Monday, May 20th at 1:40 PM
  • 5th Grade Golfland trip on June 5th
  • 5th Grade Promotion ceremony on Thursday, June 7th at 8:30 AM
  • Early out for remaining upper grade students on Thursday, June 7th at 12:20 PM.

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And homework will be easy to remember and keep track of, with few changes weekly. For example, homework for this week will be as follows:

  • Monday: Read for at least 30 minutes; Invention Convention; Coins for Camp
  • Tuesday: Read for at least 30 minutes; Invention Convention; Coins for Camp
  • Wednesday: Read for at least 30 minutes; Invention Convention; Coins for Camp
  • Thursday: Read for at least 30 minutes; Invention Convention; Coins for Camp
  • Friday: read all weekend!

The last week for homework will be May 28th-31st.

Please look for more communication from me in the coming days and weeks!

In the meantime, the best way to get in touch with me is through my San Jose Unified School District email: Leaving a message with our school secretary, Ms. Jocelin, is the second best way to reach me. Since Room B7 is not my assigned room, voice mail sent through the system may be missed as the messages go to my Intervention classroom telephone (Sorry about that, Ms. Hernandez and Mr. Cordoni!).

Thank you for your support. Once again, I am excited to be leading your child’s classroom through the end of the year.

Ms. Seyan

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Santa Clara County Spelling Bee, March 16, 2019

We are so proud of Carson Cougars Ayela Maqsood, 4th Grade, and Bryan Martins, 5th Grade, both in Ms. DeVoto’s class, who represented our school in the 4th annual Santa Clara County (SCCOE) Spelling Bee! They stood with students from across Santa Clara County elementary and middle schools. For two and a half hours, the atmosphere was intense and electric, as students blew audience members away with their spelling skills. The two winners will attend the California State Spelling Bee in Stockton on May 11th.

Thank you SSCOE for hosting this event!

Santa Clara County Spelling Bee

California State Elementary Spelling Bee

Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Summer Reading 2018

June 3, 2018

WHY? Reading to your child and supporting them in reading independently throughout the summer are two of the BEST things you can do to ensure your child does not lose the literacy skills they have acquired during the school year. / ¿POR QUÉ? Leerle a su hijo y apoyarlos en la lectura de forma independiente durante todo el verano son dos de las MEJORES medidas que puede tomar para garantizar que su hijo no pierda las habilidades de lectoescritura que adquirió durante el año escolar.

¿QUÉ? Lea en voz alta con su hijo, hable acerca de lo que lee, apoye a su hijo en la lectura de libros elegidos por uno mismo durante 30 minutos casi todos los días durante el verano y únase a un desafío de lectura de verano para ayudar a su hijo a establecer un objetivo razonable y mantenerse en el buen camino.  / WHAT? Read aloud with your child, talk about what you read, support your child in reading self chosen good fit books for 30 minutes on most days during the summer, and join a summer reading challenge to help your child set a reasonable goal and stay on track.

*Read to your child / Léale a su hijo “Leer en voz alta es una de las cosas más importantes que los padres pueden hacer con sus hijos.”/ “Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents can do with their children. ” (La página está principalmente en inglés; buscar enlaces a artículos y recursos bilingües en español.)

*Habla con tu hijo sobre lo que lees. / Talk with your child about what you read.

-Dialogic Reading with PEER / Lectura dialógica con PEER English / Español

-Piensa en voz alta mientras lees / Think Aloud while you are reading  Español /English

*Support your child in reading self chosen, good-fit books for about 30 minutes on most summer days. English / Espanol

5forU La biblioteca pública de San José lo ayudará a elegir libros que le sientan bien a su hijo. / The San Jose Public Library will help you choose good fit books for your child.

*Sign up for the SJPL Summer Reading Challenge either online or in one of the library branches.


*30 minutes on most days, all summer long.


*La Biblioteca Pública de San José (SJPL) / The San Jose Public Library (SJPL)

*Ubicaciones de sucursales SJPL, horasSJPL branch locations, hours

*Your home Libraryla bibliotheca de su hogar

*Kidsreads: You can also bring the SJPL home if you have internet access.

*Do check out TUMBLEBOOKSthrough the SJPL KidsReads page. It is a free  service on the library website featuring books read aloud to your children. All you need to use this is a library card number.

* SJPL Parents & Educators page: Storytimes, information for Bilingual and Multilingual families, “Discover and Go” museum passes, and much more

*Pretty much anywhere you can provide a book!


“10 Things You Can Do To Raise a Reader”  (PDF)

Summer Reading Support

Reading Rockets’ “Summer Literacy Challenge”

Reading Rockets’ “Start With A Book”

Summer Reading Tips To Go! : “Para suscribirse, manda LECTURA a 41411, o introduce su número de teléfono en el cuadro a la izquierda y haga clic en “Subscribe.” Responde Y para confirmarlo.”/”To start receiving our summer literacy texts, simply text READING to 41411 from your mobile phone, or enter your mobile number into the box on the left and click “Subscribe.” It’s that easy!

Reading Rockets Newsletter Sign Up : “Written especially for parents, Growing Readers provides monthly tips for raising strong readers and writers. Schools and PTAs can add these preformatted briefs to their parent newsletters.”

Reading Rockets’ “Big Summer Read” Reading Guide: Book Lists

Reading Rockets’ Book Finder: A book search tool

Sylvan Learning’s Summer Reading List  for Grades K-12

Further Resources & References:

Programa de Alimentos de Verano de la Biblioteca Pública de San José / San Jose Public Library Summer Food Program

Video: “Summer Learning at the Library”

Video: “Libraries Are Rich Resources, at No Cost”

“Top 10 Things You Should Know About Reading” 

Article: “The Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap”

Article: “Are Schools the Great Equalizer? Cognitive Inequality during the Summer Months and the School Year”

Bill Gates recommends 5 Summer Books. 

Ms. Seyan’s 5 summer reads :o):

  1. 180 Days by Kelly Gallagher, Penny Kittle
  2. Book Love by Penny Kittle
  3. A Different Mirror by Ronald Tagaki
  4. Nurturing Informed Thinking by Sunday Cummins
  5. Let it Bleed: How to Write a Rockin’ Memoir by Pamela DesBarres


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Lost Dog!

December 6, 2017

Below is a photograph of a dog lost in the Carson neighborhood last night. She is microchipped, but not wearing her collar. If you see her, would you please try to get her to a vet or shelter?

Thank you!

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