Monday, September 21, 2015

Welcome Back for another great school week! I am looking forward to SEP's next week and the chance to meet with each of you. Your child will be bringing home an appointment time that will hopefully work for you. If not, let me know and we'll work something out.

A couple of things I have remembered, but not told you about:
Snacks- Students are allowed to bring a healthy snack to school to eat at their morning break. They are not required to do this, but some students are very hungry at this time and have a hard time concentrating on their work.
Homework- When your child turns in homework, it should have a parent, sibling, grandparent etc. signature. The signature tells me that it has been checked over. I don't have enough time to check everything, and it is helpful if I can see it's already been corrected.
Library-We have had to change our library time from Thursdays to Tuesdays. This will start tomorrow.
Picture Day- This Friday, September 25th, will be picture day. Information has been sent home and more will be sent before Friday.


GoMath- We are finishing up chapter 1 and will take the test this week. Please watch for a review assignment that will be coming home. Mr. Rowley, our math specialist, has asked teachers to work the majority of the GoMath assignments in class rather than send it home for homework. When possible, I will follow his instructions. The majority of the math coming home will be drill and practice.

Times Tables- We will continue our times table study and look to start our pass-offs the week after next.  We will start with 0,s, 1's & 2's. Please study these times tables with your child on nights when no math homework is sent home.  After 2's, we'll move to 5's, 9's & 10's.

CKLA- We are progressing through our new L.A. program. The students have enjoyed classic tales and especially, "The Wind in the Willows". We have also reviewed core phonics skills and are working through our beginning of the year assessment.

Framing Your Thoughts- Our class is also working on sentence structure through our "Framing Your Thoughts" program.

Keyboarding- We have been able to get the students logged in and ready to start Keyboarding this week. Next week, the first homework will be sent home.

Unit Study (Science/Social Studies)- Right now, keyboarding will take up our "Unit Study" time. As soon as this program ends, we will be hitting science especially hard. We've been able to fit Social Studies into other subjects during the day.

Art/Music/P.E.- The students are enjoying art, music and P.E. each week. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings we have music, and Art is on Thursday mornings. P.E. is on Mondays @ 1:30.

You have sent me wonderful children! Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1st News:
I really enjoyed the "Me Museums"! Thank you for your help at home with them. Our August reading records are now due. Please help your child remember to bring them to school if they haven't already.

We will be having our first store this week. Thank you for the donations that have come in. The students love the store, but it can be quite an expense to do it on my own. Thanks again!
This first store, I am not imposing any grade requirements. After this one, each student will need  80% on their grades to participate. Every Thursday, I plan to have a student-teacher conference where I can help the students make sure they are where they need to be.

CKLA is going well and I am seeing that the students are benefitting from this program. Classic Tales is the topic for the first unit and The Wind in the Willows is the focus story, although we are discussing many stories.

Cursive- We have already learned 7 lower case letters. We will continue working on them in class.

Math- We are on the 2nd lesson of GoMath. Hopefully, you've noticed homework coming home. I plan to send math homework 3 days a week, but normally not on Fridays.
Times Tables- We have worked on Times Tables 0, 1, 2, 5, 10, & 11's.  Please quiz your student on these times tables. We will start pass-offs next month after the students have some time to practice.

Keyboarding- We have had to put off keyboarding because of some technical difficulties. I will let you know when we plan to start.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!