Intermediate News

January 13th, 2020


Research Presentations are the Week of January 27th

Research presentations for all students will be the week of January 27th. Your student will be informed of their presentation date later this week and the schedule is posted in each classroom in case they need a reminder. Presentations will take place in SSR groups between 12:45 and 2:00 Monday-Wednesday of that week and between 11:00 and 12:00 on Thursday. Parents are welcome to attend their child’s presentation. Please arrive on time (or early!) and sign into the office. Presentations should be between 3-7 minutes (5 is the perfect length) and students are expected to present 3-4 of their performances.


Instrumental Music Performance is coming up!

The winter instrumental music concert is coming up on Jan. 30. All instrumental music students need to be practicing their instrument daily. Students feel more confident about this performance when they have practiced at home regularly. Please encourage your instrumental music student to practice every day!


A note from Mrs. Vela: It’s almost Winter Concert time! Since the ACA II Winter Instrumental Music Concert is this month, it is quite important that all performers remember to bring their instruments and music to school and to not miss any music lessons!! The concert is on Thursday, January 30 at John Muir School. All families, friends and other students are invited to attend. Practice at home so that you do your best!!


Young Authors has begun!

Last week students began their Young Authors books. This year, Intermediate students are writing an autobiography. It is very important that students keep up with their writing assignments on time in order to complete their book by Intermediate Celebration Night in April. Look for more information to go home next month about materials for book covers. The timeline for assignments will be posted on the website.


Alliance to Save Energy Contest

Our school has decided to participate in a free energy education program called emPowered Schools, provided by Energy Upgrade California and the Alliance to Save Energy. The aim of emPowered Schools is to educate students, their families, and their communities about what we can all do to help California meet it’s 100% renewable energy target. The program launched this spring in California and the response from students was fantastic.


1. At home, use a phone, computer, or tablet and go to

2. In the teacher’s name section use the grade chart to identify which teacher you will select. Elementary parents make sure to make your selection based on your child’s grade not which teacher’s group they are in.

  • 8th: Hagan

  • 7th: McCutcheon

  • 6th: Albertoni

  • 5th: Gonzales

  • 4th: Dubitsky

  • 3rd: Fank

  • 2nd:Mariappan

  • 1st: Berkich

  • Primary: Peacock

2. Complete questions about lighting, heating, air conditioning, and appliances.

3. If you don’t know the answer to a question, ask a parent or guardian.

4. Gather all members of your family together to review and sign the pledge.

5. Hit submit.

6. If you have children in more than one grade level submit a separate pledge for each child, they can be the exact same answers.


The class with the most will win either a doughnut party or a pizza party.


From the Family Network:



Parent involvement is an integral part of the mission of ACA II. From the inception of our

school, parents at ACA II have given countless hours to ensure the continued success of our

program. ACA II relies on parent volunteers to assist in the development and ongoing success of our program. Families are encouraged to donate 40 hours of volunteer time per school year.


We are beginning to form teams to work on some of our biggest and best events. ACA II would love your help and there are even jobs that can be done from home! Consider joining one of these teams to get those volunteer hours in while helping put together memorable events for our school.


Walkathon- Generally takes place around the end of March. This is one of our school’s biggest fundraisers which supports or General Fund.


Family Formal- April 3: This is our schools take on the traditional mother/son, father/daughter dance. This social event was a hit last year and we would love to continue the tradition.


Silent Auction- Typically takes place in the beginning of May. This is another big fundraiser for our schools General Fund.


*If you are interested in joining one or more of the teams please email



These funds impact students directly through out the year. Everyone should/is encouraged to participate.

● General School Funds are used in ACA II yearly budget

● FNB Fundraising closes costs gaps for line items & ‘extras’ in our school budget

● GSF budget line items include

     ○ Classroom $ for each teacher and grade level

     ○ Capital Improvements

     ○ Enrichment Supplies

          ■ School garden and animal care

          ■ Project Lead the Way

          ■ Field Trips

          ■ Field Trip & College Scholarships

     ○ Elective Material Fees

     ○ Personal Safety & Physical Education

     ○ Art & Pottery

     ○ Music – School Orchestra

     ○ iLs – Integrated Listening Systems, Primary Classes and “Booster” Grade Levels

     ○ Community Outreach Events

          ■ 2nd Cup, Back 2 School Bash, Birthday Celebrations, Campus Clean up,

Graduation, Evening events such as PEP Meets and Meet and Greet.


Weekly Work


All Intermediate Students

Research: Performance #3

Lifeskill: Integrity

Social Studies: MLK Jr.

Writing: Past Rough Draft #1

Science: Structures of Plants & Animals #2

STEM: Test



LA #1: Scholastic News

LA #2: Complete Sentences

LA #3: 1- Revolutionary War on Wed

    2/3 – Because of Winn Dixie

LA MobyMax: Verb Tenses #2

Spelling/Grammar: Unit 12

Math #1: Comparing Fractions

Math #2: 1 – Orangy Y (4)

        2 – Orangy Y (4)

        3 – Orangy Z (4)

Math #3: 1 – Unit 3-2

        2 – Unit 3-2 s5

        3 – Unit 3-4

Math MobyMax: Improper Fractions



LA 1:Scholastic Mag. Graph + QUIZ

LA 2:Bud, Not Buddy Ch 13 & 14 (Q & A)

LA 3: Bud, Not Buddy Character Comparison

LA Moby Max: Intros and Commas

Spelling: “Into”

Grammar: Intros and Commas (10 problems with 80% score)

Math 1: Better Buys

Math 2: Buying Apples

Math 3:Greatest Common Factor

Math Moby Max: Fact Fluency. 20 min. total

Other: Multiplication Worksheet + Quiz (7s) OR Division



Language Arts #1: Utopia

Language Arts #2: Vocabulary 1-4

Language Arts #3: The Giver Ch. 1-4

LA MobyMax: None

Math #1: The Web

Math #2: Ratios

Math #3: Add/Subtract Fractions

Other: Ch. 3 Test pt. 1

Math MobyMax: Fact Fluency (20 minutes for the week)

Spelling: x2

Grammar: None


Dates to Remember:

Jan 20th – MLK Day (No School)

Jan 27th-30th – Research Presentations

Jan 30th – Instrumental Music Concert @ John Muir Elementary 7:00pm

Feb 10th – Teacher Work Day (No School)

Feb 17th-21st – February Break


Thank you,

The Intermediate Teachers

Miss Dubitsky, Mrs. Gonzalez, and Miss Albertoni