I hope you all had a restful weekend. We sure did at my house…we got lots of R&R after a busy week! We also celebrated my daughter’s 14th birthday. The students continue to learn what it means to AIM HIGH every day (A=attitude; I=ideas; M=management; H=helpfulness; I=influence; G=gratitude; H=hope). We are also focusing on demonstrating Frey’s Big 3 each day: Do Your Best, Be Kind, and Make Good Choices.
Our first Learning Commons check out will be Thursday, August 15. This will be a whole class visit. After that date, we will visit the library weekly on THURSDAYS.
School Picture Day is scheduled for August 22.
will start this week. Please check your child’s binder nightly for homework. Homework will go home Mondays-Thursdays.
Reading Logs went home last week: Please make sure to have your child color in a picture for every 15-20 minutes they read on the book log that I will send home tomorrow. Book logs are due at the end of every month.
Project backpack is a needs based food donation program provided by Due West Methodist Church. This program is designed to offer food to our students whose families have difficulty providing food on the weekends. Backpacks of food for the weekend are distributed here at school on Fridays.
** Only complete and return this form if your family is in need**
**Food distribution will start Friday September 6, 2019**
Take a look at what we’ve been learning…
Phonics: This past week’s pattern included a review of short vowels & digraphs (sh, ch, th, wh)
Spelling: The students had their first spelling test (for practice) on Friday. Be on the lookout weekly for your child’s spelling list. Please take time to encourage your child to practice their spelling words and the spelling patterns. There will be 2 sight words and 8 words that fit the spelling pattern for the week on every student’s spelling list. Each student will select 8 words from the list we create together as a class. Please keep your child’s spelling list in their binders. We will use them in class daily for practice. I will post a picture of our list every Monday on Remind 101. Please make sure you have signed up for Remind to receive important class messages.
Reading: We looked at selecting “just right books” and choosing how to read a book (serious, funny, sad, song, etc.). We also worked on building our reading stamina. Next week we will look at identifying story elements: characters, setting, problem, solution, beginning, middle, and end. When you’re reading at home here are some comprehension questions to ask your child…
At Home: Please make sure your child is reading for at least 15-20 minutes nightly. Try to listen to your child read aloud from the books they are reading at home to help with fluency.
Writing: Last week we worked on developing ideas for writing. The students were each given a “tiny topics” book to record their story ideas in. The students also worked on a summer writing piece.
Our focus for this 9 weeks is learning how to stretch a small moment into a story. We will work on elaborating on that moment in order to write a detailed story. We will also focus on making sure that we are writing complete sentences that include a capital letter and appropriate punctuation.
Math: This week, the students learned the procedures for math rotations/centers. We will continue to work on writing the different forms of a number: standard, expanded, base ten, money, and word form. We will also start to help students understand that 12 tens is the same as 120 or 13 tens is the same as 130.
At Home: Students should work on being fluent with their addition and subtraction facts through 20 this year. Please make sure your child is practicing their Math Facts at home.
Social Studies: This past week we Launched our Social Studies Unit: What big ideas do we see across history, geography, government, and economics?
Up Next: Map skills & Georgia Regions
Students will be able to identify the 5 regions of Georgia and the three main rivers.
- Regions: Appalachian Plateau, Ridge & Valley, Blue Ridge Region, Piedmont, and the Coastal Plain.
- Rivers: Chattahoochee River, Savannah River, and Flint River
August 8: Learning Commons Orientation
August 15: First book checkout at the Learning Commons
August 12: Homework & spelling begins
August 22: Picture Day
August 29: Learning Commons book checkout
September 2: Labor Day Holiday…no school
September 13: National Anthem Day…Wear Red, White, & Blue!
September 20: Ballet at the Cobb Civic Center (Students Only)
September 23-27: Fall Holiday
September 30: Fire Safety Village Visit (Students Only)
October 14-18: Conference Week
November 20: KMHS Drama performance of Peter and the Starcatcher