June 5th, 2015

Dear 5th Grade (almost 6th grade) Parents-
 Here is an update of the final 6 days of school!
Monday 8: Full Day and field trip- Leave for Balboa and return to UDA (9:50am-1:30pm). Please bring a lunch. Hot lunch will still receive their paid lunch. Last art class of the year at 1:50. 

Tuesday 9: Normal Full Day
Wednesday 10: Normal half day & performing arts night 6:30-8:00pm
Thursday: Normal Full Day, college spirit day, & final report cards go home
Friday: Field day & Half day. Please make sure to return permission slips in order for your child to attend field day at Gompers Park (the whole school will walk there- permission slips going home today). Also, check previous email for school family colors.
Monday 15: Half day and 5th Grade Promotion @ 10:30am. Please join us in the Kinder area. Students may dress up if they wish. 
Please let me know if you have ANY questions. Also, let me know if you know for certain your child will not be attending any of the final days listed above. Thank you!!
June 4th, 2015

Field Day

Please sign the Permission Form and return to UDA by Thursday, June 11th. Volunteers are needed for Field Day on Friday, June 12th at Gompers Park located past 47th Street on Hilltop Drive behind Gompers School.  To sign up, please go to www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040A4FAEA82DA75-field/Students are to wear their School Family color for Field Day. The day is also a half day and dismissal is at noon. 














Lime Green




Royal Blue






Light Blue


Clear and Shiny








Forest Green


Navy Blue



May 27th, 2015
Our Sunflowers have bloomed! 
May 26th, 2015
Spirit Week!
Tuesday: Character Day
Wednesday: Wacky Day
Thursday: PJ day
Friday: Zoo Filed trip- No dress 
May 10th, 2015
May 11th & 12th: Smarter Balanced Testing 
May 21st & 22nd: Smarter Balanced Testing  
May 25th: No School 
May 29th: Zoo 
June 5th: Talent Show
June 8th: Balboa Park trip
June 11th: Report Cards
June 12th: Field Day
June 15th: Last Day of School! 
April 29th, 2015
Practicing our visualization to verbalization!!
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April 28th, 2015
Our 5th Grade Promotion will be held the last day of school, June 15th at 10:30AM.
We will have a short ceremony where students will get certificates, followed by refreshments, mingling, and pictures.
Hope to see you all there!
April 24th, 2013
Yesterday we had a visit from LXS!
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April 23rd, 2015
Our Earth day shout out! 
April 23rd, 2015
Science CST will take place tomorrow
April 16th, 2015
UDA will be celebrating the virtue of the month, Honesty, on Friday, April 24th in our school families and with a Be You/Free Dress Day!  Although it is a "Free Dress" day, the UDA dress code rules still apply. Students still need to be in appropriate school attire. Clothing items such as tank, halter, or crop tops, open-toed shoes, high-heels, sweatpants, tight fitted clothing and low-rise pants are not allowed to be worn. Students who are in violation of the dress code will be asked to call their parents to bring a change of clothing.  If you have any questions regarding the Free Dress day, please contact the front office or email Dr. Murray at mmurray@urbansd.com.
April 15th, 2015
Small groups race to complete human systems puzzle!
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April 13th, 2015
Welcome back!!  
March 27th, 2015
Enjoy your spring break!
I will see you all back in school on Monday, April 13th! 
March 17th, 2015
St. Patrick's Day Math! 
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March 16th, 2015
Enjoying some Irish music in spirit of St. Patrick's day!
March 3rd, 2015
Yesterday's field trip was a blast! 
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February 20th, 2015
We loved our trip on the school bus to Balboa Theater.
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February 17th, 2015
On Tuesday the 17th, we will begin our second phase of NWEA MAP testing.  
February 12th, 2015
We had so much fun at jump rope for heart! 
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February 11th, 2015
Today, we had a visit from LXS making waves ocean tour.  
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February 5th, 2015
We had so much fun on 6th grade shadow day!
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February 4th, 2015
Today, to kick off the plan kingdom, planted our very own sunflowers in a mini green house.  
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January 29th, 2014
Tomorrow is Mix n' Match Day!! 
January 27th, 2015

On Thursday February 5th, the students in 5th grade will be partnered with a student from 6th grade and they will shadow them for two class periods. The goal is to get the students a taste of middle school and what they can expect the following year when they enter middle school. Please make sure your student is here and on time that day. As schedule of the day is below.

8-10:10: Ms. Harwood’s 5th grade students will participate in 6th grade Math and History.

10:20-12:20: Mr. Johnson’s 5th grade students will participate in 6th grade Science and English. They will also eat lunch with the middle school that day.

Parents, also please join us that evening as we are having a Middle School information night for parents and students at 5pm. You can reserve your spot by signing up here!
Thank you & we look forward to seeing you there! 
January 16th, 2015
Phases of the moon. 
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January 15th, 2015
Water facility tour! 
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January 12th, 2015
Our very own water cycles. 
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January 9th, 2015
Math test #6 chapter 5 will be Tuesday, January 20th.  pages 93-108
January 8th, 2014
Today we got a visit from the LXS tour! 
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January 7th 2015
Learning decimal division! 
January 6th, 2015
Our next field trip is scheduled for January 14th. For more information, click the link below:
December 18th, 2014
Enjoy your winter break! School will resume on January 5th, 2015 
December 16th, 2014
Working hard on opinion writing: researching benefits of being omnivore vs vegetarian.
December 10th, 2014
Hatchet project is due Wednesday, December 17th. Guidelines and rubrics have been sent home and emailed.  
December 8th, 2014
Our HAZMAT field trip was awesome! 
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December 4th, 2014
Virtue of the month is Compassion!
December 1st, 2014
Pajama Day tomorrow! 
November 21st, 204
 Math test #4 on Chapter 3 will be on December 5th, 2014. It will cover pages 49-72 as well as particles tests we will complete after break.
November 20th, 2014
We had so much fun at the Jog-a-Thon!! 
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November 12th, 2013
Working hard on our blogs! Make sure to sign up for a parent log in to view the blogs!  
November 10th, 2014
Jog-a-thon is right around the corner!! Sign up to help out here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4faea82da75-turkey
November 6th, 2014
Our math books have finally arrived! No more worksheets or paper packets! We are starting a new lesson today involving decimals. Our homework policy of no more than 20 minutes a night still stands. This also means that in-class finishers still do not have homework, but are required to take their math workbooks home EVERY night. This allows you to check up on your child's progress in math and see what they are learning. Please read pg. 47 of the math workbook to see what we will be learning in this next unit. 
November 4th, 2014
 With parent-teacher conferences this week, please keep in mind that Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are half days.
November 4th, 2014
 Math test #3 is tomorrow, make sure to study your workbook pages and practice test!
October 29th, 2014
Drop Off/Pick Up for Grades 4-8

Please drop off and pick up students after 44th Street (the driveway) where it turns into a one way street.  Keep in mind that it is a two way street before that and we do not want to block the road or any neighborhood driveways.  Thank you for your assistance in this process.

October 28th, 2014
What's magnetic and what's not??
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October 23rd, 2014
We had a blast at Ch.10 News!! 
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October 23rd, 2014
Dear 5th Grade Parents,
  Parent-Teacher conferences are right around the corner. They will be held November 3rd-7th with the 5th, 6th, and 7th being half days. During these conferences, we will discuss your child's progress report. 
Come Monday, October 27th, I will have a sign up sheet on my classroom door. Please put your name in one allotted time slot. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you!!
October 20th, 2014
October 13th, 2014
Math Test: Our next math test will be Monday, October 20th and will cover all pages in our math packet.
Loser Project: Due Tuesday, October, 21st. 
Field Trip: We will be visiting Channel 10 News! We will walk to the news room located only a few blocks away, on October 22nd and get a tour!
October 12th, 2014

UDA in the Heart of the I.D.E.A. District
14th & F Streets. We have the ground lease, we have the design, we have a contractor, architect, and now we have the money in the bank! We're ready to start digging, watch for Ground Breaking event date to come.


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It's that time of year again! Jog-A-Thon time! We are preparing to make this year's Jog-A-Thon the best ever and we need your help.  Students should have brought a JAT packet home with them last week.  This included pages on what the JAT is, health notes, fundraising pledge sheets and t-shirt order forms.  we really need to get the t-shirt order forms back ASAP.  We will be ordering the shirts next week and to ensure that your child receives the proper size, we need the order form back by Wednesday, Oct. 15th.  We would also appreciate a $10 donation along with it to help cover the cost of the shirts. If you never received the packet, please click on our online version you can print and return to the front office.
Jog-A-Thon Packet
From The Network

President Comments

The Path Ahead: 
Here we are a month into the school year and we are well under way for our fundraising efforts. The resounding success of the Golf Tournament was a great kick-off to the year, and Mixed Bags is well under way.

Over the past several weeks, we have had a number of new families join UDA; and as always, we welcome the new students and parents with open arms. As you can see from below, there are several exciting ways for you to get involved this year. Fall Festival is just around the corner and this will prove to be UDA’s biggest and best one yet! Our little school is growing and serving a broader community, and there’s never been a better time to get involved.

The Network Executive team is thankful for all our parents--new and returning, the administrative team, and our amazing teachers; your hard work and dedication makes UDA a better school for everyone.

Mixed Bags Fundraiser Update
Did you know that this past Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways?!  Sounds like we will all have a need soon for reusable bags, right?  What a great time to take advantage of the Mixed Bags fundraiser!

Check your child's backpack - the Mixed Bags catalog went home this week! Or, order online at:www.mixedbagdesigns.com, just enter your child's name and our ID#: 125955!  UDA gets 45% back from catalog sales (you pay no shipping and no sales tax), and 40% from online sales (you pay shipping and sales tax)!

Fall Festival Updates
The Fall Festival Theme is year is Día de los Muertos.  The festival will be held on campus on Saturday, November 1st from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Because of our location and LARGE campus we are also inviting our neighbors and neighboring schools to come and enjoy the day! Click on this Google Doc to sign up for our Fabulous Fall Festival!  This year is going to be a huge festival and we need a few people to help! Fall Fest Volunteers 2014 

OR...Don't have time or energy to work a booth shift?  Donate $4 per half hour to middle school ASB volunteers and they will work it for you. You can count is as a part of your 40 hours.  Look on the Google doc to find a volunteer to work for you! In this festival we are reducing the number of classroom booths and adding in more activities. Each grade or classroom will host an activity. Several UDA staff have volunteered to enter the DUNK TANK! The middle school grades are hosting the Drink Table, Karaoke and the Haunted Maze.

We have still have Vendor Booths available for sale at $50.00 each. If you or someone you know has a small business and would like to come sell their wares at Fall Festival, please contact Kris Lang @ mrs.lang@gmail.com to secure a spot. 

There will also be delicious food:  local food trucks, a taco stand selling street style tacos, pizza, hot dogs, nachos and cotton candy! 

Tickets and wristbands will go on sale Monday, Oct 27th. Wristbands will be $25.00 each and $20.00 for additional siblings in a family.

Golf Tournament Wrap Up Report
The Golf Tournament raised over $3200 for UDA!  The golfers and families who participated in the BBQ all had a really great time. A HUGE shout out to Tom Ryan for organizing this fun event!! Big thanks to our sponsors, both corporate and family, who helped make this event such a success! 

2015 Spring Gala Update
Many thanks to Mary Parra, Carrie Gunn and Allison Priola who have stepped up to take on the role of co-chairs for the 2015 UDA Spring Gala!! 

Wednesday Frozen Treat Fundraiser
Every Wednesday, there will be a frozen treat for sale after school. Either $1 or $2 will get your child a yummy cool treat and raise some $ for UDA!

Volunteer Updates

Log Your Volunteer Hours: Click on this link to update your volunteer hours for the week. Remember, every family at UDA is expected to volunteer 40 hours per year.  

Shop Through Amazon And Raise Money For UDA!!Click on this link for Amazon.com to earn UDA between 4-10% of your total. Tell your friends and family! You must start with one of the special Amazon search bars or linkslocated throughout the UDA website each time you shop for UDA to earn this percentage
October 10th, 2014
We are excited to announce our Fall Festival Theme is year is Día de los Muertos
The festival will be held on campus on Saturday, November 1st from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Because of our location and LARGE campus we are also inviting our neighbors and neighboring schools to come and enjoy the day! 
Please bring your entire family and friends. Attached flyer to share with all. 
This fest we are reducing the number of classroom booths and adding in more activities. Each Fall Festival Classroom Coordinator/Room Parent will help to help facilitate your booth. There are TONS of volunteer needs and donations to make the afternoon a big success!  If you can not attend to volunteer we suggest a classroom donation of $10.00 to help with the booth supplies and prizes.  Please follow the Google doc and sign up today. All middle school aged children are encouraged to volunteer at their classroom booths. 
The middle school grades are hosting the Drink Table (to raise funds for the middle school), Karaoke and the Haunted Maze. The elementary grades are assigned to an activity or booth. 
We have still have Vendor Booths available for sale at $50.00 each. Please contact Kris Lang @ mrs.lang@gmail.com to secure a spot. 
There will be delicious food available for sale:  Local Food Trucks, a T.J. style Taco Stand (hosted by a UDA Dad!), Pizza, Hot Dogs, Nachos and Cotton Candy! 
Tickets and wristbands will go on sale Monday, Oct 27th. Wristbands will be $25.00 each and $20.00 for additional siblings in a family.
Let's make this the best Fall Festival of ALL TIMES! 
October 7th, 2014

Q-Tip Skeletons! 
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October 2nd, 2014

Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts
Cost: $10 each, checks made payable to UDA
When on Sale:  Friday (tomorrow) during Coffee Social & after school Friday and all of next week after school & during middle school lunch (12:30-1:00).
 Can be worn any day as part of UDA uniform. Parents are welcome (encouraged) to buy shirts for themselves too. :) 
September 29th, 2014
Our class has adopted a new math program! We will be working out of a math packet for the next two weeks. There is a parent introductory letter at the beginning of the packet. Please feel free to ask me any questions. Thanks! 
September 26th, 2014
Our Trolly Dance Field Trip!
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September 25th, 2014
Today we combined a solid with a liquid to create a gas! Chemical reactions!
The balloon started to fill with gas and blow up! 

The solid baking soda was placed in liquid vinegar producing carbon dioxide gas, which is evident because of the formation of bubbles in the foaming mixture. Eventually all of the solid dissolved and reacted producing a new liquid solution.

During the reaction, a solid and liquid have been chemically reacted to form a gas and a liquid. This experiment can also be used to explain foams, as liquids or solids containing gas bubbles

September 24th, 2014

Dear 5th Grade Parents,
   Attached is the writing rubric that 4th and 5th grade will be using this year. Our newly developed (and awesome) report cards will be sent for your viewing soon!  

As per request, I ask that any student that receives a grade of 1 or 2 on any assessment, returns one of the two copies that I send home with a parent/guardian's signature. The other copy is yours to keep and review. 
Please let me know if you have any questions! Thank you.

Quick overview:
Progress reports and parent conferences will take place the first week in November. Report cards will be completed last week in January.

writing rubric
September 23rd, 2014
Our field trip is this Friday, September 26th. We will be leaving UDA promptly at 8:30am. Please, if possible, have your child wear an orange (or yellow) shirt. Disposable water bottles will be provided for the class. Please have your child bring a labeled to go snack, we will be back at UDA for lunch.    
September 16th, 2014
Playing the place value game!
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September 11th, 2014
Hello Parents!
    Our first field trip is Friday, September 26th from 8:30 - noon. We will be enjoying a variety of dance performances from San Diego Dance Theater along several trolley stops between the Euclid and City College stops. Permission slips are going home today. Please sign and return ASAP.
We need 5 approved volunteers to chaperon (first come first serve). Chaperoning involves supervising students while we walk to the Euclid Ave trolley stop, along the trolley ride to City College, back to Euclid, and on the return walk to UDA. If you are cleared through the front office and would like to chaperon, please let me know ASAP. Chaperone requirements are listed on the UDA website. 
More details to follow. 
Thank you!
September 10th, 2014
Tomorrow is Patriots' Day . Please wear your read, white, and blue to school!
September 9th, 2014

The Golf Tournament to benefit Urban Discovery Academy is just two weeks away! Registration forms for this event are due on Friday, September 12th. Please come out and support UDA, have some fun on the course, and enjoy a tasty dinner. Registration is $125 per player (includes green and cart fees as well as dinner). Please contact Tom Ryan  thomaslryan@gmail.com with any questions about the tournament.



We are still looking for sponsors for the event! We need:


Tournament Sponsor ($300) 

2 Beer Sponsors ($200 each)

Hole Sponsors ($100 each)

Dessert Sponsor ($200)


Sponsorship includes signage the day of the event, recognition in our newsletter and website. Please contact Erika Fox at erikafox@gmail.com with any questions about sponsorship.


Dinner only is $25 for adults, $15 for children. 


Register today!  Please turn your entry forms and payment into your child's teacher or to Kimmie in the front office.

September 8th, 2014
Creating our matter science posters
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September 5th, 2014
We had so much fun with our reading buddies!
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September 2nd, 2014

First day of school was a success! Thank you to everyone for getting to school on time and donating awesome supplies! Please remember to return all forms that were sent home.