I hope everyone had a great weekend! We are back to a normal week this week.
Thank you to everyone for coming out for conferences last week. I know that can mess with schedules and I really appreciate everyone being super flexible. I enjoyed getting to sit down with everyone and talk about your child’s progress so far this year. We are off to a great start and we are going to continue this momentum going into the 2nd quarter!
I need 4-5 volunteers who would be willing to cut shirts for our upcoming Native American Day. I will send them home with your child on Monday and I would need them back no later than Friday. If you have time this week please email me and let me know!
I will also need 3-4 volunteers to come into school NEXT WEEK on Wednesday the 30th and help us bead our shirts. I would need you to come in for an hour from 12-1. Please email me if you are interested in helping us out! Thank you 🙂
Updates for this week:
Tuesday: Target Day. Please make sure students bring everything they need for Target.
STEM Fair is Tuesday night from 5:30 – 7. I can’t wait to see what the students have come up with! If your child is participating in the STEM Fair, their badge and directions will come home with them on Monday.
We are heading into the last two weeks of our Foundation Patron Drive! If you haven’t already, please consider donating any amount you can to help our Foundation support our teachers and our students. Our Foundation is amazing in supporting at home connections with things like SeeSaw which allows students to post work they are proud of and parents can see it right away.
We are officially in 2nd quarter which means we are going to start introducing new standards and building on our standards mastered in 1st quarter. Please continue to have students read every night for 20 minutes and talk with them about what they are reading. Comprehension is going to be a huge focus for us in 2nd quarter!
Math: We are moving into telling time on an analog clock. Students will need to be able to tell time to the nearest 5 minutes. They will also use vocabulary words such as quarter to, quarter past and half past. This is typically a tough skill for kids to understand because so many clocks are digital now. If you have an analog clock, start seeing if your child can identify the hands and begin reading the time.
Reading: We are moving into working with nonfiction text. During this unit, students will understand how to read nonfiction text for information. They will focus on reading all parts of the text (text features, pictures, index, glossary etc) and not just the words in order to gain information. Eventually we will work into comparing multiple texts on the same subject to see what information each book gives us. At the end of our unit, we will begin a research project lead by student interest.
Writing: We will also be moving into writing informative text. Students will begin with what they are an expert on (dog walking, playing sports, cooking etc) and begin with simple How To books. We will move from those types of books, into actually researching something and writing what information we learned. They will learn how to structure their books into chapters and adding different text features that help give their reader more information.
Social Studies: We are continuing our study of Georgia by looking at the first people who lived in Georgia. Students will learn all about the Creek and Cherokee Native Americans. They will need to describe how they lived and then compare that with how we live now. This will set us up perfectly for Native American Day (Nov 4) where students will experience the life of a Native American.
I’m excited to be back to our normal schedule and to be moving into our 2nd quarter standards. Please email me with any questions or concerns you have! Have a wonderful week 🙂