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My husband and I grew up in the South Bay. We have two children, Sophia - age 11 and Vivian - age 7. Sophia just graduation from Soleado and is in the 6th grade at Ridgecrest.  Vivian is in Ms. Biggins's 2nd grade class. This is my 15th year here at Soleado and I feel super lucky to be a part of this wonderful school! In addition to an Elementary Teaching Credential, I have a Masters Degree in Technology and a Secondary Authorization to teach Math and Science up to 9th grade.

My husband, Scott Ellis, teaches 6th/7th Grade English at Ridgecrest Intermediate School and has a Single Subject Credential in English.


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Growth Mindset Research Report Information

These are the documents we have been using in class.  The students will need to type a research report using the attached rubric as a guide.  This research report should be typed using 12 point font, Times New Roman, and double spaced.  A separate Bibliography page should be included.  
The rough draft for this project is due on Monday, May 14th.  The final draft will be due on Wednesday, May 16th.  

My Classroom Economy

In 5th Grade, we will be using the My Classroom Economy program.  If you want to learn more about the program, please check out the website:  It is a great way to teach financial literacy in the younger years.  It is also fun!

Scholastic Book Orders - Ellis Class Code GJPTJ

Please Click on the PDF file to the left for information regarding our Scholastic Book Orders.  We will be ordering once a month.  For the month of September, Mrs. Donahoe is requesting the novel Wonder, by R.J. Palacio to use in her language arts class.  Please consider ordering this book through Scholastic to help build our class points.  
All About Me Project - Due Friday, September 1
Reminder:  Log in information for the All About Me Project - Microsoft Office 365
Password:  First Name  with the first letter capitalized
You can find your child's student number on Aeries as the Perm ID Number.
This project is due on Friday, September 1st.  We will be presenting our projects in class the following week. 
A presentation information sheet went home today, Monday August 28th.

AR Personal Reading Book

Dear Parents,
We will be using Accelerated Reader (AR) as a progress monitoring tool in 5th grade this year.  Your child has been asked to pick a book to read that is from the AR list.  Please have them log on to in order to find the information required to fill in their reading log.  The book should be brought to class every day and brought home to read every night.  The students will be asked to take an AR quiz on each book they read.  The quiz will be taken here at school.  
Soon, our district will have the AR software up and running at Soleado.  At that time, our 5th graders will take a diagnostic quiz to identify their ZPD, book level range, and determine their AR goal for the trimester.  This will help guide them in choosing their book in the future.  
I am very excited about this program!  It personally motivates and encourages stronger readers.  It is also the program used by Ridgecrest Intermediate School - the school most of our 5th graders will attend next year.  This makes the transition to intermediate school that much easier!  
Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
Mrs. Ellis

Back To School Night - September 7th

Hi Monte 3 Families,
I am looking forward to meeting you all at Back to School Night on Thursday, September 7th in the Monte building at 6:00-7:00 PM.
Also, please mark your calendar; no school Monday, September 4th, and Minimum Day, 12:00 dismissal on Friday, September 8th.
I look forward to explaining the 5th grade procedures and answering questions at Back to School Night.
Mrs. Ellis

My Favorites...
Favorite Flower:  succulents or flowers that can be planted
Favorite Color:  teal
Things you Enjoy:  coffee, crafting, Erin Condren, camping in our travel trailer
Things you Crave:  Diet Dr. Pepper, hazelnut coffee
Dines out at:  Pei Wei, Rizzos, Alfredos
Prefers these types of Scents:  Mrs. Meyers Basil, pumpkin
Loves anything...  owls, arctic fox, coffee
Favorite store to Indulge:  Home Goods, Erin Condren (online), Amazon, Starbucks
Loves to ...  go to Disneyland or Knotts with my girls, camping, or go to the beach with my family
With a little bit of free time you ...  craft with colorful paper or colorful markers
Classroom Wish list:  Colorful (pink, purple, teal) whiteboard markers, smelly stickers, color/black ink
Favorite Snack:  fruit, nuts, trail mix 
Favorite Drink:  Diet Dr. Pepper, hazelnut coffee, coffee