Archive for November 2017

 

Happy Holidays to everyone.

We will not be assigning homework or sending the folders home again until after the long weekend.  Please ask your child to continue reading every day.

Tuesday we are going to see a genuine Powwow at the Old Town School of Folk Music in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

Mrs. Neely has been gracious enough to allow the large lost and found stay up in the main hall through Tuesday.  After Tuesday those items will be disposed of.  Please check for lost items before then.

Thanks to all of you for coming out to parent conferences.  I truly am blessed this year with some wonderful supportive families.

This is a funny week because the kids have no classes on Wednesday the 15th for parent conferences.  Please see last week’s letter to find the link to sign up for a ten minute spot.  If your family will need more than 10 minutes you will need to schedule a separate meeting time for that.

Next week we will be attending the Powwow at Old Town School of Folk Music.  I already have enough chaperones scheduled for this trip and limited seating.  If you had planned to attend and had not yet confirmed with me please understand and try for the next trip.  If you had written me a note I am expecting you already and thank you.

This week we will step up the home assignments a bit.  Students are asked to keep track of the minutes they read each day, the sight words will have a longer worksheet and clear and specific words to memorize, and there will be a daily language arts sheet to practice mechanics.  All assignments are due the following day, reading logs and sight word practice sheets are due FRIDAYS (they are for daily use and must be turned the week they were assigned.)

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read several stories that support “Growth Mindset” concepts and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson. We will make predictions while reading and encourage students to infer what might happen beyond the text.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

Students will continue writing journal entries and will use a class poster to check for quality work.

MATH

This week, we will begin unit 3. In this unit we will practice with tools such as number lines and number grids.  We will practice skip counting and adding and subtracting using a variety of diagrams to help us.

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES

We will be honoring Native American Heritage Month with stories and activities.  We will attend a Native American Powwow celebration on the 21st.  If you have not returned your trip slip[ and money please do so as soon as possible,

Jahkil Jackson/Project I Am and Ray Student Council will collect items during National Homelessness week: 11/13 – 11/18.  The school toiletry item drive will be to create toiletry kits (or what Jahkil calls Blessing Bags) to be donated to shelters throughout the city.

Ray Student Council asks teachers to designate a place in your classroom for students to put donated items. Student Council members will come around next Friday afternoon to collect the donated items. The class with the most donated items will win an extra recess hosted by student council members! Student Council also asks that teachers share information about the toiletry item drive with families via their blogs and newsletters.

Suggested items include:

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

pair of sock

face towel

soap

granola bars

first aid kit OR band-aids

Comb

lotion

Travel size hand sanitizer

Travel size conditioner

Travel size shampoo

Travel size lotion

Wipes

Mints

Gloves / Hats

Pocket tissue

Parents, please sign up for a conference time for November 15 at this link
http://signup.com/go/DPvuMrt

We’re using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/DPvuMrt
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

READER’S WORKSHOP

This week we will read several stories that support “Growth Mindset” concepts and will study vocabulary and themes from the text. Students will discuss character traits, major events in the story and the author’s purpose or lesson. We will make predictions while reading and encourage students to infer what might happen beyond the text.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

Students will be given a new writing journal and the writing they have done thus far will be put into a book and be ready to take home in the coming weeks.  If you are interested in volunteering to help put the books together please let me know.

MATH

This week, we will begin unit 3. In this unit we will practice with tools such as number lines and number grids.  We will practice skip counting and adding and subtracting using a variety of diagrams to help us.

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES

We will be honoring Native American Heritage Month with stories and activities.  We will attend a Native American Powwow celebration on the 21st.  If you have not returned your trip slip[ and money please do so as soon as possible,