Book Fair Info

The Fall Book Fair is Coming !!!!

The Nickajack Learning Commons and the Nickajack PTA are proud and excited to sponsor our fall book fair with our new partner Bedford Falls Book Fairs.

When:  11/13 – 11/17
Where:  Nickajack Learning Commons

Monday          8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday         8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday   8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday       8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday           8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Gift Certificates for teachers will be on sale in the Learning Commons until next Wednesday.  Students with money to purchase a certificate may be sent to the Learning Commons and we will deliver the gift certificate to the teacher. Students will not be allowed to deliver gift certificates. We  will accept cash or a check.

Students that have a large amount of coins will need to count their money, place in an envelope and put the amount on the front of the envelope.  We will not count for them and we will not accept handfuls/bags of coins for payment.

Help!

  • We need your plastic grocery bags. Drop them off in the Learning Commons at any time or send them by your child.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you and/or your student at the book fair!

Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember

November 6th -14th – Food Drive
November 13th – 17th – Book Fair
November 14th – 16th – Friends & Family Holiday Luncheon
November 20th – 24th – Thanksgiving Holidays
December 19th & 20th – Early Release days (12:30 p.m.)
December 21st – January 1st – Winter Break
January 2nd & 3rd – Student Holiday; Staff Workdays
January 15th – MLK Jr. Day

Writing Strategies

Guided writing is taught to small groups in briskly paced, 20-minute lessons. These groupings should be flexible, based on observation of students’ current needs, and might be implemented following a whole-class writing lesson.

  • Engage students in a brief, shared experience. You might read a short but fascinating section of an informational text, for example, or conduct a brief experiment.
    • Engage students in a rich conversation during this experience, expanding their linguistic ability for this topic.
    • Have students explicitly rehearse the ways in which they may decide to write about this experience.
  • Teach one or two specific strategies for writing.
    • Remember to teach strategies for all levels of writing decisions, including composing, text and sentence structures, spelling, and punctuation.
    • Provide brief examples or cue cards of strategies in order to support students’ immediate use.
    • Hold brief discussions with students about how they will integrate these strategies into their own writing during today’s lesson.
  • Retreived: http://www.readwritethink.org/professional-development/strategy-guides/guided-writing-30685.html

Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember

October 12th – Early Release Day
October 13th – PTA Fall Festival
October 16th – 20th – Conference Week; Early Release
November 7th – Student Holiday; Staff Workday
November 20th – 24th – Thanksgiving Holidays

Georgia GKIDS Assessment

About GKIDS

Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills

The Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) is a performancebased

assessment. The goal of the assessment program is to provide teachers with

information about the level of instructional support needed by individual students

entering kindergarten and first grade. GKIDS allows teachers to assess student

performance during instruction, record student performance in an on-line database, and

generate customized reports for instructional planning, report cards, and/or parents.

Throughout the year, teachers may assess students and record GKIDS data based on their

system’s curriculum map or report card schedule. At the end of the year, the GKIDS data

collection system automatically generates summary reports and individual student reports

based on the data the teacher has entered throughout the year.

Purpose

The primary purpose of GKIDS is to provide ongoing diagnostic information about

kindergarten students’ developing skills in language arts, math, science, social studies,

social/emotional development, approaches to learning, and motor skills. GKIDS also

provides a summary of student performance at the end of the kindergarten school year.

GKIDS serves both a formative and summative role in assessing kindergarten students.

Formative Assessment throughout the Kindergarten Year

GKIDS is an evaluation tool to help kindergarten teachers assess student learning and

plan instruction throughout the year. GKIDS provides teachers with a way to collect data

on the CCGPS/GPS standards and skills/elements and generate reports to assist with

instructional planning, parent conferencing, and report cards.

Summative Report

At the end of the kindergarten year, the state summary report includes ELA and Math

standards that the Core Development team identified as indicators of first grade

readiness. The individual student report includes ELA, Math, Social/Emotional

Development, and Approaches to Learning. Students do not receive an overall scale score

or an overall performance level. Instead, diagnostic information is reported for ELA,

Mathematics, Social/Emotional Development, and Approaches to Learning.

Domains of Learning

The end-of-the-year summary report includes the domains of ELA, Math, Approaches to

Learning, and Social/Emotional Development. Throughout the school year, teachers may

use GKIDS to observe and record student performance in each content area specified in

the CCGPS (ELA and Mathematics) and GPS (Science and Social Studies), Approaches

to Learning, Social/Emotional Development, and Physical/Motor Development.

Domains Included on the End-of-the-Year Summary Report

 ELA

 Math

 Approaches to Learning

 Social and Emotional Development

This information is retrieved from GA Dept. of Education:

http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/GKIDS-Resources.aspx

Fluency Practice Reading

How you can support your student in reading. In the resource classroom we are currently practicing our fluency in reading.

What is fluency? Fluency in reading sounds like everyday conversation. Your child is encouraged to read 20 mins. per night to increase speed, fluency and comprehension skills.

FLUENCY PRACTICE PASSAGES
Improve reading speed and accuracy with repeated readings of Fluency Practice Passages. Students orally read passages designed for one-minute readings several times with appropriate expression and smoothness to increase reading rate, resulting in improved focus on comprehension.

More About Fluency Practice Passages

https://www.readinga-z.com/fluency/fluency-practice-passages/

On this website you can download reading passages and practice the passages with a timer or stopwatch on your cell phone.

Please contact me if there are any questions.

Happy Reading!

Back to the Jack! Welcome NES Family 2017-2018

Parents,

It’s hard to believe but it’s that time of the year again – the beginning of a new school year. Welcome back! And while you aren’t part of the teaching staff you are just as important to your children’s education as we are.

Your children receive the best education when you and I work as a team. It’s a parents enthusiasm, support and involvement that inspires children to do their best; and a my ability to teach what they need to learn. Together we can achieve wonderful things.

There’s a lot of excitement ahead of us, including new books to read, new friends to meet and new skills to master…and I look forward to you sharing in those exciting times.

As a parent myself I know how fast time goes by. One year your child’s in 1st grade and seemingly in the blink of an eye they’re in middle school, or in their senior year of high school for that matter.

I encourage you to fully embrace the moment and urge you to to take the time from your busy schedule to become familiar with our school, as well as create a homework-friendly home environment that will allow your children to excel.

In closing, thank you for your commitment to your child’s education and I look forward to seeing you in the very near future.

Your Child’s Teacher!

Welcome Back 2017-2018

Welcome Back to the New School Year!

I hope you had a restful summer and that you were able to do some fun stuff!

Most importantly, I hope you had the opportunity to read some good books.

As we start the new year be sure your child has the necessary supplies for school to be successful. Also, be sure to carve out that special time at home each night for homework and reading.

Check back on my blog for updates.

Have a great year!

RS