Sunday, May 13, 2018

Q4 W9 K-2 Latin Update

Salvēte omnēs!

First of all, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everybody who gave to our raindrops campaign, or sent along gifts and cards for Teacher Appreciation Week. I felt well appreciated this entire week, and I could not be more ready to finish strong along with the students.

Kindergarten:

We will be learning some new food vocabulary this week. I have listed the new words below:

caseus: cheese
uvae: grapes
ova: eggs
fragrum: strawberry
malum: apple

1st Grade:

We will be learning the new food vocabulary listed under Kindergarten as well as some prepositions in Latin. The prepositions are listed below:

ad: to/toward
ante: in front of
extrā: outside of
circā: around

2nd Grade:

This week, we will be starting our unit on food, and introducing some colors as well. The new vocabulary is listed below:

Food:
edō: I eat..
bibō: I drink
aqua: water
cibus: food
cena: dinner
pullus: chicken
crustulum: cookie
fructus: fruit
lac: milk
panis: bread

Colors:
ruber: red
citreus: yellow
viridis: green
azureus: blue
salmoneus: pink

I hope this finds everybody at the end of a restful weekend, and happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there!

Valēte omnēs!
Magistra Ruchames

Sunday, May 6, 2018

K-2 Latin Update Q4 W8

Salvete omnes!

First of all, I would like to give a shout out to Mrs. Buehler and Miss Voron for the wonderful art show they put on! It was a joy not only to catch up with parents, but also to see all the beautiful things our students have created throughout the year.

Kindergarten:

We will be continuing to work on food vocabulary. New vocabulary is listed below:

panis: Bread
lac: Milk
fructus: Fruit
crustulum: Cookie
pullus: Chicken

1st Grade:

We will be learning the new food vocabulary listed above under Kindergarten, and also starting prepositions. The new prepositions are listed below:

ad: toward . . .
apud: at the house of . . .
ante: in front of. . .
extra: outside of . . .
circia: around. . .


2nd Grade:

We will be reviewing for, and then taking, the quiz for this quarter. Quiz dates are listed below:

2A (Ms. Castillo): Friday, 5/11
2B (Ms. Hadley): Friday, 5/11
2C (Mrs. Jones): Tuesday, 5/8
2D (Mrs. Morga): Thursday, 5/10

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, and I hope this finds everyone having a restful weekend.

Valete omnes!
Magistra Ruchames

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

K-2 Latin Update Q4 W7

Salvete omnes!

Kindergarten:

This week we are reviewing past nature vocabulary and introducing some words about food. We will continue studying food vocabulary into next week. New vocabulary is listed below:

Cibus: food
Aqua: water
Edō: I eat
Bibō: I drink
Cena: dinner

1st Grade:

In 1st Grade, we will be studying the new vocabulary listed above and learning the future tense of sum, esse, fuī. The forms and translations of these new forms are listed below.

                      Singular                       Translation             Plural          Translation

1st Person         erō                            "I will be"                erimus         "We will be"

2nd Person       eris                            "You will be"            eritis            "You all will be"

3rd Person        erit                            "He/she/it will be      erunt            "They will be"

2nd Grade:

In 2nd Grade, we will be learning the future tense of sum (listed under 1st Grade) and reviewing for a quiz next week. The quiz will be on the following dates for each class:

2A (Ms. Castillo): Friday 5/11
2B (Ms. Hadley): Friday 5/11
2C (Mrs. Jones): Tuesday 5/8
2D (Mrs. Morga): Thursday 5/10

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via e-mail.  Please note that after next week, I will not have tutoring for the rest of the year. Thursday, May 10 will be the last day of tutoring.

I hope this finds you all in the middle of a productive week, and I look forward to finishing strong with your students as we approach the end of the year.

Valete omnes!
Magistra Ruchames

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Red for Ed

Salvete omnes!

Yesterday, I thought about taking today off to go march on Capitol Hill, but decided to come to work. If you see me in the car line today, you will see me wearing red, and I have signed a couple petitions so far to support our teachers' mission to obtain better pay. This year, I have had experiences that left me in difficult circumstances, and I have been working a second job in the evenings, in addition to working morning club and a Wednesday study club, in order to recover from past expenses and stay on top of current ones. To top it all off, I am not even at the lowest part of the pay scale among Arizona teachers. My heart goes out to those who march today, and especially to those who struggle even harder than I do to make ends meet.

But why did I come to work today? It's for the students, and it always has been. During the past five years, I taught college students, middle school, and K-2, and my own input on the material was a small component of what made the experience memorable. I love hearing all the clever questions students come up with--sometimes questions I cannot answer. Further, I teach some boys and girls who are not used to someone being there for them consistently, or have had past trauma. My mission as a teacher is to be there for all students, but especially for those ones who feel misunderstood or unappreciated. If I could clone myself to be there for my littles and march to tell Doug Ducey about how vital our contributions as teachers are, and how it feels to be paid less than we deserve despite the long hours we work to create something of value that also brings joy to the classroom, I would do it in a heartbeat.

My sincerest thanks to those of you who reached out to offer support, and if you would like to pledge your support to better education in Arizona, here is a link to the Arizona Education Association's petition:

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/pledge-5?source=aea&link_id=1&can_id=7dfc76fad89b606225edd66eaab3a719&email_referrer=email_342201&email_subject=see-you-thursday

Most of all, thank you for raising the beautiful children that I have had the pleasure of teaching this year. I look forward to what next year has in store.

All the best,
Magistra Ruchames

Sunday, April 22, 2018

K-2 Latin Update Q4 W6

Salvete omnes!

The end of the year is fast approaching, and it's been amazing to watch these students grow through everything they have done. Students in 2nd Grade have started composing Latin sentences, and I have seen Kindergarteners who know some of the songs we sing by heart! This week, I hope to see even more growth as we move forward toward a strong finish!

Kindergarten:

This week, we will be learning vocabulary you would use in your garden. I have listed the new vocabulary below.

Flos: Flower
Herba: Grass
Hortus: Garden
Folium: Leaf
Humus: Dirt

1st Grade:

We will be learning the vocabulary listed above, as well as the Imperfect tense conjugation of sum, esse, fui. I have listed this new verb below:

                         Singular                       Translation             Plural          Translation

1st Person        eram                                 "I was"                eramus         "We were

2nd Person       eras                                "You were"            eratis            "You all were"

3rd Person        erat                              "He/she/it was         erant            "They were"

2nd Grade:

We will be learning the Imperfect tense of sum (listed above under 1st grade) as well as some prepositions. The prepositions for the week are listed below:

ad: to, toward...
apud: at the house of...
ante: before...
circa: around...
extra: outside of...

As usual, please feel free to reach out with any questions via e-mail. I hope this finds you at the end of a restful weekend!

Valete omnes!
Magistra Ruchames

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

K-2 Latin Update Q4 W5

Salvete omnes!

This week, as we approach the summer and fun times outside, we will be learning about different water vocabulary.

Kindergarten:

The new vocabulary is listed below:

Mare: Sea
Navis: Boat
Flumen: River
Unda: Wave
Lacus: Lake

1st Grade:

We will be learning the new vocabulary listed above, in addition to possum, posse, potui. Possum is another verb that means "To be able." The forms are listed below:

                                       Singular                                            Plural

          1st Person          Possum "I can"                              Possumus "We can"

         2nd Person          Potes "You can"                             Potestis "You all can"

         3rd Person           Potest "He/she/it can"                    Possunt "They can"

2nd Grade:

We will be learning the new material for Kinder and 1st, as well as continuing our work on translating sentences into Latin.

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions via e-mail. I hope this finds you enjoying your week!

Valete omnes!
Magistra Ruchames

Sunday, April 1, 2018

K-2 Latin Update Q4 W3

Salvete omnes!

This week we will be reviewing past material and learning a few new words. Our new vocabulary for the week is:

Mons: Mountain
Valles: Valley
Caelum: Sky

1st and 2nd Grade will also be working on conjugating sum, and 2nd Grade will practice sentences as we have been doing for the past couple weeks.

I hope this finds you at the end of a restful break, and I look forward to seeing the students again tomorrow.

Valete omnes!
Magistra Ruchames

Sunday, March 25, 2018

K-2 Latin Update Q4 W2

Salvete omnes!

After a week to review and remember some of the things we learned last quarter, I am thrilled to be moving on to some new material this week. Our theme for vocabulary this quarter will be nature, so we will start by learning about some weather vocabulary.

Kindergarten:

This week we will be working on the Latin verb sum, which is Latin's being verb, as well as some new vocabulary. All new vocabulary is listed below:

Sol: Sun
Stella: Star
Luna: Moon

Sum: I am
Es: You are
Est: He/she/it is
Sumus: We are
Estis: You all are
Sunt: They are

1st Grade:

This week we will be learning sum as well, in addition to some weather vocabulary. New vocabulary is listed below:

Sol: Sun
Stella: Star
Luna: Moon
Nimbus: Cloud
Imber: Rain
Nix: Snow
Arcus: Rainbow
Ventus: Wind

Sum: I am
Es: You are
Est: He/she/it is
Sumus: We are
Estis: You all are
Sunt: They are

2nd Grade:

This week will be a busy one in 2nd grade as we tackle prepositions, in addition to the material 1st Grade is covering. Vocabulary is listed below.

Sol: Sun
Stella: Star
Luna: Moon
Nimbus: Cloud
Imber: Rain
Nix: Snow
Arcus: Rainbow
Ventus: Wind

Sum: I am
Es: You are
Est: He/she/it is
Sumus: We are
Estis: You all are
Sunt: They are

ad: to, toward
apud: at the house of __________________
ante: before

As always, please feel to reach out via e-mail with any questions. I look forward to seeing the students again tomorrow, and I hope this finds you all at the end of a restful weekend.

Salvete omnes!
Magistra Ruchames

Sunday, March 4, 2018

K-2 Latin Update Q3 W9

Salvete omnes!

This week we will be reviewing to wrap up the quarter in Kindergarten and First Grade. 2nd Grade will have review followed by a quiz. The quiz dates for 2nd Grade are as follows:

2A (Ms. Castillo): Friday 3/9
2B (Ms. Hadley): Friday 3/9
2C (Mrs. Jones): Tuesday 3/6
2D (Ms. Fawcett): Wednesday 3/7

Please note that Ms. Fawcett's class will now have an extra day to study for the quiz! 

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, and I hope this finds you all at the end of a restful weekend, ready to finish the quarter strong!

Valete omnes,
Magistra Ruchames

Sunday, February 25, 2018

K-2 Latin Update Q3 W8

Salvete omnes!

Kindergarten:

This week we will continue learning our people vocabulary while reviewing past vocabulary from this quarter. New vocabulary is listed below.

poeta: poet
nauta: sailor
agricola: farmer

1st Grade:

We will be learning the same vocabulary listed in the Kindergarten section above and finishing the months. September through December are the same in Latin as they are in English, with slight differences in pronunciation.

2nd Grade:

We will be covering the same material as First Grade, and starting to prepare for a quiz during the final week before spring break. The quiz dates are as follows:

2A (Ms. Castillo): Friday 3/9
2B (Ms. Hadley): Friday 3/9
2C (Mrs. Jones): Tuesday 3/6
2D (Ms. Fawcett): Thursday 3/8

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, and I look forward to seeing the students again this week. I hope this finds you all at the end of a restful weekend.

Valete omnes!
Magistra Ruchames

Monday, February 19, 2018

K-2 Latin Update Q3 W7

Salvete omnes!

Kindergarten:

This week we will be learning about more people vocabulary and reviewing past vocabulary along the way. New vocabulary is listed below.

rex: king
regina: queen
incola: inhabitant/subject
amicus: male friend
amica: female friend

1st Grade:

This week, we will be learning the people vocabulary listed in the Kindergarten section as well as the rest of the months of the year. The months September through December are the same in Latin as they are in English.

2nd Grade:

We will be covering the same material as 1st Grade and reviewing previous material. There will be no new homework this week.

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions, and I hope this finds you all at the end of a restful weekend.

Valete omnes!
Magistra Ruchames

Q4 W9 K-2 Latin Update

Salvēte omnēs! First of all, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everybody who gave to our raindrops campaign, or sent along gif...