Scaturro’s Scoop for 11-17-17

Dear Families,

It was great to see everyone for our Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday. We have an amazing group of students and parents and I feel blessed everyday to be able to work with your kiddos! Over the break, I hope that you all enjoy a week full of family, friends, fun, and lots of food!! Thank you for all you do to support us here at school.

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Congratulations to Stacy Maina for being the Altruismo Student of the Month!

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Please return your child’s signed Progress Report at your earliest convenience.

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Diphthong oi, oy

Reading:  We are looking at how nonfiction texts are set up to help us learn. We are focusing on noticing details and thinking about how to put together knowledge about a topic and asking and answering questions about topics as we read. We are also working on looking for keywords and using context clues to determine the meaning of an unknown word.

Writing:  Research and informational writing

Grammar:  Identifying and using contractions; possessive nouns

Math:  Double digit subtraction strategies within 100 (hundreds chart, base ten, open number line, and expanded form); solving word problems within 100 using the addition and subtraction strategies we have learned; 2 step word problems with single digit numbers.

Check out this great math website for fun over the break…

https://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html

Social Studies:  We learned about how Tomochichi, Mary Musgrove, and James Ogelthorpe all played a major role in the founding of Georgia. 

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Important Dates

Thanksgiving Break:  November 20th-24th

Have a Wonderful Break!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 11-12-17

I hope all the of the amazing veterans out there had a Happy Veterans Day on Saturday. We stayed very busy learning this past week. Take a peek below…

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I hope to see you all on Tuesday, November 14th for the Thanksgiving Feast. Our lunch time on Tuesday will be from 11:05-11:45.

November 14: 2nd and 5th grades

November 15:  1st and 3rd grades

November 16: K and 4th grades

Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  r-Controlled /ar/ Syllable Pattern words (sounds of “air”). Students are expected to use these and previously taught patterns in everyday writing as well as grade level sight words.

Reading:  Students are exploring nonfiction text features such as headings, captions, glossary, index, and photographs. We are looking at how nonfiction texts are set up to help us learn. We are finding text evidence to answer comprehension questions related to key ideas in informational text. We are focusing on noticing details and thinking about how to put together knowledge about a topic and asking and answering questions about topics as we read.

Writing:  Research and informational writing.

Grammar:  Identifying and using contractions

Math:  Double digit subtraction strategies within 100 (hundreds chart, base ten, open number line, and expanded form). I have placed addition & subtraction strategy cards inside your child’s binder for reference when doing homework.

Check out this great math website for fun over the break…

https://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html

Social Studies:  We started our unit studying Georgia’s Native Americans: The Creek & Cherokee. We are learning about where the Creek & Cherokee lived in Georgia and the resources they used from Georgia’s rivers to build homes, gardens, and villages.  We used our reading strategy of using text evidence to learn more about the Creek & Cherokee. 

Important Dates

Thanksgiving Feast:  November 14  2 & 5; November 15  1 & 3; November 16  K & 4

Progress Reports Go Home:  November 16

STEM Can Challenge Judging Day:  November 16

STEM Lab:  November 17…Wear your STEM or Frey shirts

Thanksgiving Break:  November 20th-24th

Have a Wonderful Week!

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 11-3-17

Dear Families,

A BIG thank you to our Room Moms, Kristin Chandler & Kelly Evans for planning and organizing our amazing Fall Centers. The kiddos had fun rotating through several learning centers. Take a peek…

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I have been stressing the importance of doing our personal best work with class assignments. This includes taking our time to turn in work that exhibits neat handwriting, illustrating, cutting, coloring, and writing complete sentences with punctuation and capital letters. Please talk to your child about the work that they bring home and encourage them to take pride in their work and do their best. It makes such a big difference!

Related imageThe fourth annual Frey Day on a Saturday clean-up day will be November 4th from 8:00-11:30 A.M. We hope to have an abundance of volunteers to help beautify our school campus. 

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Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  r-Controlled -er, -ir, -ur, -ear syllable pattern words

Reading:  Elements of Poetry (alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, repetition); Using text evidence to answer informational questions.

Writing:  Research and informational writing.

Grammar:  Contractions

Math:  Double digit addition strategies within 100 (hundreds chart, base ten, open number line, and expanded form).  Up Next:  Double digit subtraction strategies

Social Studies:  Georgia Regions (Appalachain Plateau, Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont Region, Coastal Plains, Ridge and Valley, Barrier Islands) and the Georgia Rivers.

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Frey Day on a Saturday:  November 4

Election Day/No School:  Tuesday, November 7

RFL Hat Day:  November 10  $1 to Wear Your Favorite Hat

Thanksgiving Feast:  November 14  2 & 5; November 15  1 & 3; November 16  K & 4

Progress Reports Go Home:  November 16

STEM Can Challenge Judging Day:  November 16

Thanksgiving Break:  November 20th-24th

Have a Wonderful Week!

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10/29/17

Dear Families,

The fourth annual Frey Day on a Saturday clean-up day will be November 4th from 8:00-11:30 A.M. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. We hope to have an abundance of volunteers to help beautify our school campus. Please click the link below to sign-up. Thank you for AIMING HIGH! 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e44a8a72da64-frey4

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A BIG thank you to Kelly Evans for being an awesome Production Parent.

Image result for halloween candy clipartMark your calendars...Our Thanksgiving Feast is scheduled for November 14th for 2 & 5;  November 15th for 1 & 3; November 16th for K & 4. We hope you all can join us!

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Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  r-Controlled o syllable pattern words

Reading:  Elements of Poetry (alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, repetition)

Writing:  Research and informational writing.

Math:  Double digit addition strategies within 100 (hundreds chart, base ten, open number line, and expanded form).  

Social Studies:  Georgia Regions (Appalachain Plateau, Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont Region, Coastal Plains, Ridge and Valley, and the Barrier Islands).

Science:  Seasonal Changes in the STEM Lab. Take a look at the fun we had this week…

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Important Dates

Fall Centers/Character Dress Up $5:  October 31

Frey Day on a Saturday:  November 4

Election Day/No School:  Tuesday, November 7

RFL Hat Day:  $1 to Wear Your Favorite Hat

Thanksgiving Feast:  November 14  2 & 5; November 15  1 & 3; November 16  K & 4

Have a Wonderful Week!

 

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10-20-17

Image result for candy corn cupcake clipartDear Families,

I enjoyed meeting with each one of you this past week during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Although this is our only formal conference this year, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns anytime throughout the year. Thank you for taking the time to come and see the accomplishments your child is making. I am so proud of my class and their hard work this nine weeks. Thank you for supporting and reinforcing the work we are doing in class ~ it makes a huge difference in your child’s education!

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We would love to have emergency class snack donations. We always appreciate having extra snacks in the classroom just in case someone forgets their snack!  

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Frey Foundation STEM Can Help Others Challenge is just around the corner…This is a Can Goods Food Drive with a STEM Challenge bonus! The can drive will run Monday, October 16th – Thursday, November 16th with ALL cans being donated to Must Ministries. The STEM Can Challenge is a competition among the classrooms to create a display by using donated cans and The Engineering Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve. We are asking 3-5 cans per student. The more cans, the more design options!

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Please take a moment to fill out this quick survey to let the state know how we are doing. Your feedback is an important part of our CCRPI score. Thanks so much!

http://gshs.gadoe.org/Lists/Parents/NewForm.aspx

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  r-Controlled a syllable pattern words

Reading:  Elements of Poetry (alliteration, rhyme, rhythm, repetition)

Writing:  We finished our White House narrative writing. Up Next:  Research and informational writing.

Math:  Double digit addition strategies within 100 without regrouping. This week we focused on using the hundreds chart and base ten strategies. 

Social Studies:  Georgia Regions (Appalachain Plateau, Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont Region, Coastal Plains, Ridge and Valley, and the Barrier Islands).

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Important Dates

Nonfiction “Book Tasting” in the Learning Commons:  Wednesday, October 25

STEM Lab Visit:  Friday, October 27…Wear your Frey or Stem Shirt!

Fall Centers/Character Dress Up $5:  October 31

Frey Day on a Saturday:  November 4

Election Day/No School:  Tuesday, November 7

Have a Wonderful Week!

 

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10-13-17

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe conference week is just around the corner. I look forward to seeing you and sharing your child’s successes!

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Conference Week Reminders…

*During Conference Week, school will be released 2 hours early. Our early release time is 12:15. Please let me know if there will be any changes to your child’s regular transportation schedule.  

*You do not need to send in a snack during Conference Week due to our shortened day.  

*Our lunch time during Conference Week will be from 11:06 – 11:31.

Frey Foundation STEM Can Help Others Challenge is just around the corner…This is a Can Goods Food Drive with a STEM Challenge bonus! The can drive will run Monday, October 16th – Thursday, November 16th with ALL cans being donated to Must Ministries. The STEM Can Challenge is a competition among the classrooms to create a display by using donated cans and The Engineering Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve. We are asking 3-5 cans per student. The more cans, the more design options!

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

This week the kiddos worked hard to finish up all the first nine week standards. I am so proud of the progress I have seen since the beginning of the year.

Spelling/phonics:  Long I Digraph Syllable Pattern Words.

Reading:  Our standards for the past few weeks have focused on Comprehension Strategies: story structure, asking & answering questions, and context clues (determining the meaning of unknown words in text). This week, students were given leveled books to answer w questions and also write about the beginning, middle, and end of the story.   

Writing:  We continue to work on our narrative writing piece titled, “My Night at the White House.” 

Grammar:  Common & proper nouns; irregular plural nouns.

Math:  Skip counting forward and backward by 5’s, 10’s, & 100’s to 1,000; word problems.

Social Studies:  Georgia Regions

Homework for the Week

Monday – Math sheet/Read/Fluency Passage/Study Spelling

TuesdayMath Sheet/Read/Study Spelling/Fluency Passage/Math Facts Practice

Wednesday – Reading sheet/Read/Fluency Passage/Study Spelling

Thursday – Reading sheet/Read/Study Spelling/Fluency Passage/Math Facts Practice

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Important Dates

Conference Week/Red Ribbon Week/Career Week/Book Fair/STEM Can Challenge/Early Release:  October 16th-20th

Fall Centers/Character Dress Up $5:  October 31

Have a Wonderful Week!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 10-8-17

Dear Families,

Welcome back! I hope you all had a fabulous Fall Break. I sure did as we stayed around the first part of the week and did a lot of resting and relaxing (and even got in a quick trip to the beach later in the week). I hope  you all had a wonderful time with your families. We are ready to get back to learning. 🙂

It was wonderful to see some of you at the Fall Festival Friday night. Our fabulous PTSA did a wonderful job! A BIG thank you to our Room Moms, Kristin Chandler & Kelly Evans for organizing our Fall Festival donations. We soooo appreciate you! I hope you all got a chance to see our adorable class basket & silhouette plaque…they were AMAZING!! Thank you to everyone who donated items for the Fall Festival. We appreciate your generosity.

A BIG thank you to Danielle Watson for being an awesome Production Parent this week!

Conference week is October 16 – 20. A SignUp Genius link will be sent out on Monday afternoon. Conferences are scheduled for 20 minutes. Please sign up for a time that works for you. I look forward to meeting with you soon to discuss your child’s progress.

We are participating in the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program. This month, read 15-20 minutes at home and color a pumpkin each time your child reads. Once your child completes the page, please return the form to school and your child will receive a pizza coupon (October-March). Please click on the BOOK IT! page on our blog for more information. 

Conference Week Reminders…

*During Conference Week, school will be released 2 hours early. Our early release time is 12:15. Please let me know if there will be any changes to your child’s regular transportation schedule.  

*You do not need to send in a snack during Conference Week due to our shortened day.  

*Our lunch time during Conference Week will be from 11:06 – 11:31.

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Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Long E Digraph Syllable Pattern Words.

Reading:   We continue to look at story elements, character traits, and asking and answering questions (who, what, where, when, why, how) when we read stories together and independently. Please practice this at home when you are reading with your child. Have your child form questions about the book before, during, and after they read. For example, have them look at the front cover and come up with questions they have about the book just by looking at the cover. Then see if he/she can find the answers as they read. They can also ask questions about the characters, setting, problem, solution, etc. as they read. Forming questions can be more challenging then answering them. We also worked on looking for keywords and using context clues to determine the meaning of an unknown word in a text.

Writing:  We are continuing to work on narrative writing. Students should be able to include a beginning, middle, and end to their story and use descriptive language to describe thoughts, feelings, and actions. We are currently working on a narrative writing piece titled, “My Night at the White House.” 

Grammar:  Common & proper nouns.  Up Next:  Irregular plural nouns

Math: Skip counting forward and backward by 5’s, 10’s, & 100’s to 1,000.

At Home:  Practice skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, and 100’s. In the car ask your child to finish the pattern (for example: 345, 445, 545) (257, 267, 277) (345, 350, 355).  

Social Studies:  Laws, local and state government, and government leaders (President, Governor, Mayor).  

Homework for the Week

Monday  Reading sheet/Read/Fluency Passage/Study Spelling

Tuesday – Math Sheet/Read/Study Spelling/Fluency Passage/Math Facts Practice

Wednesday – Math sheet/Read/Fluency Passage/Study Spelling

Thursday  Math sheet/Read/Study Spelling/Fluency Passage/Math Facts Practice

Image result for pumpkin clipartImportant Dates

Picture Retakes:  October 10

Early Release Day:  October 12  12:30 Dismissal

Conference Week/Red Ribbon Week/Career Week/Book Fair/STEM Can Challenge/Early Release:  October 16th-20th

Fall Centers/Character Dress Up $5:  October 31

Have a Wonderful Week!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 9-23-17

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Enjoy your time with your children next week for our Fall Break. I will see everyone back on Monday, October 2nd!

October 12 is an Early Release Day. Students will be released at 12:30.

Our Fall Festival will be Friday, October 6th. Thanks so much to all that have donated and for our awesome Room Moms for organizing this! It should be a great time for the whole family!!

Parent/Teacher Conference Week is October 16-20.Be on the look out for a SignUp Genius conference request that will come home via email after the break. Conferences are scheduled for 20 minutes. You will receive your child’s report card at our conference. I look forward to meeting with you soon to discuss your child’s progress.  

Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Spelling/phonics:  Long O Digraph Syllable Pattern Words. We have been discussing homophones as we create our spelling lists. Some words sound the same but have different meanings and possible spellings.

Reading:  We continued to focus on the structure of a story in reading using the book, The Invisible Boy. The kiddos absolutely loved the book and did an awesome job identifying the parts of the story and making personal connections to the story. We discussed how the beginning of the story tells us the characters and setting. In the middle of the story, we learn what the problem is, how the character reacts to it, and how the character tries to solve it.  The ending of the story gives us the solution and closes the story out. We also focused on the 5 W’s and H questions (Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How).

Writing:  We have learned the steps that great writers take when completing a piece of writing.  Students have been using graphic organizers to plan their personal narrative stories, write rough drafts, edit and revise with guidance, and publish!

Grammar:  Collective Nouns; Common & Proper Nouns

Math:  Identifying and counting coins to determine the amount; solving one step word problems using money.  

Image result for math facts clipart Please be sure to have your child practice their math facts with flash cards, apps, verbally, or with XtraMath. Students take weekly tests to monitor their individual progress. This is an extremely important skill to master by the end of second grade.

Science:  We finished our unit on seasonal changes/sun/moon this week. Up Next: Our Government Unit

Homework for After the Break…

MondayMath Sheet/Read/Fluency Passage/Study Spelling

Tuesday Math Sheet/Read/Study Spelling/Fluency Passage/Math Facts Practice

Wednesday Writing/Read/Fluency Passage/Study Spelling

Thursday – Math sheet/Read/Study Spelling/Fluency Passage/Math Facts Practice

Important Dates

Fall Break:  Monday September 25- Friday September 29 ~ No School

Fall Festival:  October 6th 

End of the First 9 Weeks:  October 6

Picture Retakes:  October 10

Early Release Day:  October 12  12:30 Dismissal

Conference Week/Red Ribbon Week/Career Week/Book Fair/STEM Can Challenge:  October 16th-20th

Fall Centers/Character Dress Up $5:  October 31

Have a Wonderful Break!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 9-17-17

Dear Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the their weekend. We are out of school for Fall Break September 25-29. I hope everyone enjoys their time with their children. We look forward to seeing the kiddos back on Monday, October 2! 

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A BIG thank you to Amanda Orrock & Danielle Watson for being awesome Production Parents last week! If you are interested in helping in our classroom, please see the SignUp Genius our Room Moms created or send me an email. We LOVE volunteers!

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Our Room Moms sent home a letter/email a week ago about the donations needed for our Fall Festival and our classroom parties and activities. Please be sure to check your child’s binder for notes that come home. We want to make this a great year for our class. Thank you in advance for your participation and help!

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Our Box Top Campaign ends on Wednesday, September 20. Please send in any Box Tops you have to school on or before Wednesday.

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September Reading Logs & Moon Logs are due this Friday, September 22.

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Ident-A-Kid:  We have invited Ident-A-Kid Services of America to come to our school. Order forms are being sent home this week. If you are interested in having your child participate, please send your order form back to school on Wednesday, September 20th. If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Shira Blate at 404/667-1345 or [email protected]. You can also order online at http://identakid.com/paypal/blate-pay/.

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From the Frey Elementary School Counselors…

Frey’s annual Career Week is October 16th – October 20th We are looking for parent(s) who would not mind sharing their career with Frey students. Please note that signing up does not guarantee that you will present to your child’s grade level.  Our theme is:

Look at what you can be if you AIM HIGH and are “Drug Free”

Date: October 16th – October 20th 

Presentation: Please keep in mind that you will be speaking with young students ages 5 – 11.  Any type of visuals that you can use when talking will be beneficial. 

When speaking with classes, please make sure you talk about the bullet points listed below.

  • Education required
  • Personality needed(ie: work alone, a team player, or a leader)
  • Work hours (ie: during the day, weekends, or at night)
  • How did AIMING HIGH help you achieve your career goal?

Please respond to us by September 21, 2017 at the e-mail(s) listed below if you are interested in presenting.

Chris Wilson: 770-975-6655 ext: 034/ [email protected]

Sydnie Jones: 770-975-6655 ext:028/[email protected]

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Reading:  Asking questions to comprehend text. We are  learning the key ideas in a story (who? What? Where? When? Why?) We are learning about which of these questions readers ask at the beginning, middle, and end of a story to help us understand it better. Your child should be able to tell you these answers after reading books at home. Please use the comprehension rings in your child’s binder after reading at home to help with comprehension.

Writing:  We will continue narrative writing. The students have been using a graphic organizer to add details to the beginning, middle, and end of their “Ouch” story. Next week we will start our rough draft and then use a rubric to edit our writing pieces.

Grammar:  Collective Nouns

Math:  Skip counting with pennies, nickels, & dimes; solving one step word problems using money.  

Science:  We will wrap up our unit on seasonal changes/sun/moon this week. Please make sure your child is logging the phases of the moon on the chart I sent home last week. The website I sent you via email might help you with this. Moon Logs are due this Friday, September 22.

Health:  We explored healthy vs. unhealthy food choices with our WellStar program on Friday. Take a peek at the pictures below…

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Homework for Next Week…

Monday Moon Phases Chart (2 weeks)/Math Sheet/Read/Fluency Passage/Study Spelling

Tuesday Math Sheet/Read/Study Spelling/Fluency Passage/Math Facts Practice

Wednesday Math sheet/Read/Fluency Passage/Study Spelling

Thursday – Questioning Sheet/Read/Study Spelling/Fluency Passage/Math Facts Practice

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Important Dates

Chick-fil-A Night:  Tuesday September 19  5:00-9:00 pm

Box Top Collection Campaign Ends:  Wednesday September 20

Ident-A-Kid Pictures:  Wednesday, September 20

Volunteers for Career Week Due:  Thursday, September 21

RFL Pink Out Day $1 Donation:  Friday, September 22

Fall Break:  Monday September 25- Friday September 29 ~ No School

Have a Wonderful Week Ahead!

Scaturro’s Scoop for 9-10-17

Dear Families,

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and got to spend some time outside in the beautiful weather.  We had a busy week in the classroom. We focused on discussing the beginning, middle and end of a story. We are working on stretching our retelling by adding more details. In math, we continued our exploration of place value. We practiced representing a number multiple ways. We also focused on comparing numbers using place value vocabulary as well as the terms greater than, less than, and equal to. We ended our week with a great trip to the Fire Safety Village. Take a look at the video below to see all the things we learned…

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Take a look at what we’ve been learning…

Curriculum Focus

Phonics/Spelling Review of blends; spelling the final /s/ sound with se, ce, or ss.

Reading:  Retelling the characters, setting, beginning, middle, and end of a story; building our reading stamina.

At Home:  Please make sure your child is reading for 15-20 minutes every night. Have your child use the comprehension ring in their binder to answer questions after reading to check comprehension and understanding. Have your child color in a picture on their reading log and return the log to school at the end of each month. Reading at home is so important in helping your child with their reading fluency and comprehension.

Writing:  We will continue narrative writing. Students will continue to focus on a small moment, and elaborate on that moment in order to write a detailed story.

Math:  Comparing 2 three digit numbers using greater than, less than, and equal to. Up Next:  money

Science:  What causes day & night?; How does the sun affect seasonal changes? We learned that the rotation of Earth around the sun causes the seasons of the year.   

Homework for Next Week…

Monday Moon Phases Chart (2 weeks)/Math Sheet/Read/Study Spelling

Tuesday Math Sheet/Read/Study Spelling/Math Facts Practice

Wednesday Math sheet/Read/Study Spelling

ThursdayMath Sheet/Read/Study Spelling/Math Facts Practice

Important Dates

Arts in Education Week:  September 11 – September 15  

STEM Lab Visit:  Tuesday, September 12…Wear your Stem or Frey shirt!

Chick-fil-A Night:  Tuesday September 19  5:00-9:00 pm

Box Top Collection Campaign Ends:  Wednesday September 20, 2017

Fall Break:  Monday September 25- Friday September 29 ~ No School

Have a Wonderful Week Ahead!