Wow! It’s hard to believe that we’re already coming up on Labor Day! This first month of school has flown by. I have really enjoyed getting to know your students and I’m looking forward to continuing our work together!
Please remember to sign your student’s Graded Paper folder that came home on Friday. There is a neon green page in the back that needs your signature, please. If there are not check marks on the green sheet, your student’s behavior is great. If there are checks, this is the easiest way to communicate where they are lacking. If it was a big problem, I would have emailed. Please just be sure to check the back of the folder as well. All the papers can remain at home, just return the folder on Monday, with the neon green sheet in the back. Please remember that if your child has to be out due to an illness or doctor’s/dentist’s appointment, please be sure to send in a note within three (3) days of the absence. If your child has three (3) unexcused absences, you will receive a phone call from me. If and when your child reaches five (5) unexcused absences, you will receive a letter from the school. It’s very important that your students are at school, but please keep them home if they have a fever or if they are vomiting.
After Labor Day, I will be ready to have parents come in and help in the classroom and to make copies and such. If you are interested in helping out with “Fast Fact Fluency Thursdays” or coming in once a week to make copies, please send me an email and let me know your availability.
This week, we will be welcoming a KSU student, Ms. Melissa Kohlhagen. She will be coming in on Wednesday and Thursday mornings to work with several of the students. We are very excited to have her join us.
Also, coming soon will be our first annual Grandparents Day Ice Cream Social. Monday, your child should be bringing home an RSVP form for the Grandparents Day ice cream social. We hope that we have a great turn out. Sure wish my grandparents were still around to come. In case your child doesn’t make it home with the RSVP form, you can download it here. Besides Early Release on Wednesday, here’s what we have going on this week:
Math – We will be continuing our work on rounding. We’re getting there. We will probably be having a test either the end of this week or Wednesday following Labor Day. Be sure to check your child’s agenda and the blog next week for an update. Please continue working with your student on this skill. I don’t know why, but it’s probably the most difficult skill that we cover in math all year.
Reading – We will be starting to use “Notice and Note,” which is a way to help us with our close reading. This first week, we will be focusing on “contrasts and contradictions.” That means, while your child is reading and he/she comes to a part in the story where the character is contrasting or contradicting what they normally do or how they normally act, hopefully your child will begin to ask themselves, “why did Johnny Jo Jo behave like that?” This will help the students begin to get a better understanding of the characters, the theme of the story, as well as the internal conflict and the relationship between the setting and the plot. We will continue working with this first “signpost” for a couple of weeks, with a variety of texts.
Writing – we are beginning our narrative pieces this week. We are going to focus on where we get our story ideas, as well as really developing our character by focusing on internal and external character traits (qualities). We will have the opportunity to write personal narratives, as well as general narratives. This is probably the most difficult writing task, because many students, myself included, don’t like to be that creative when it comes to writing. I know I have a hard time coming up with topics to write about. Hopefully, this won’t be too brutal for the students.
Grammar – This week, we will be focusing on a book by Patricia Polacco called When Lightning Comes in a Jar. Our focus will be on identifying vivid verbs. Again, we will work with the same sentence all week long and then the students will be expected to complete the invitation to edit where they are to find the mistakes in the sentence, rewrite the sentence correctly, and then identify the verbs within the sentence.
Spelling – we will have our second spelling test on Friday, 8/31. The students received their spelling lists on Monday, 8/17. so they should be ready for the spelling test on Friday. Please be sure they are completing at least 4 of the activities on the spelling contract. Unfortunately, this week, the contracts didn’t copy properly, so the contract was on one sheet and the list was on a separate sheet. Sorry about that. The next spelling contract should be coming home on Tuesday, 9/4 and the test will be the following Friday, 9/14.
Social Studies – We will have our first social studies test on Tuesday, 8/28. There was a map test study guide that was sent home last Tuesday, 8/21. Hopefully your students brought it home and have been studying. With Early Release being on Wednesday, we will begin Science on Thursday, 8/30. Mrs. Homer has lots of fun things planned for this upcoming Moon and Stars Unit.
Monday, 8/27 – Media Center Checkout
Tuesday, 8/28 – Maps test
Wednesday, 8/29 – Welcome Ms. Kohlhagen
Wednesday, 8/29 – Early Release – 12:30 dismissal
Friday, 8/31 – Spelling Sort #2 Test
Friday, 8/31 – Grandparents Day Ice Cream Social RSVP forms due
Friday, 9/7 – Grandparents Day Ice Cream Social – 1:00 p.m.
Monday, 9/3 – Labor Day – No School for students or teachers
Tuesday, 9/4 – Guidance with Ms. Whitton
Tuesday, 9/4 – Mrs. Poulos and Mrs. Homer out to training (all day)