Friday, January 20, 2012

Winter Wonderland!

We weren't for sure if winter was here over break, but we know for sure it is here now!! Please watch for late starts and cancellations before sending your child to school.

In order for the students to be able to enjoy the snow, they must come with proper gear (hats, mittens, snow pants, boots, coats). They also must bring a pair of shoes to wear inside the classroom. Our carpets are starting to look a little sad because of the number of boots being warn as shoes. If a student does not have shoes, I will ask them contact a parent to bring them a pair.

This week we are starting to learn about poetry. Students got a poem journal on Monday. Throughout the week I have introduce different kinds of poems, and they have written poems that they found into their journal. Please share a childhood favorite poem with your student. Poetry is a great way to build fluency skills and learn about new things.

100 Day Celebration!!

On January 30th we will be celebrating our 100th day of school!! Please send a snack with your student (100 pieces of course) and we are going to add them all into a big bowl. We will also talk about how over the 100 days we have learned about working together, and how much more we know.

You have probably noticed, for math we are learning about greater and less than. This will be one of those life long skills that will continue to come up in math. Please review this concept with your student so that they can have a sense of confidence when we continue to talk about it.

Our addition skills have been rockin! We had an average of 18 correct on our 3 minute timed test on week one, and then on week two we increased by an average of 7 correct answers (ave. of 25 correct). The timed tests have 50 problems total, and my goal is to have a class average of 40 correct by the time we get out of school. Keep working on those facts!

Thank you for working on students sight words and spelling words. I have not had a chance to thank everyone in person since we didn't have conferences, but I can see a big difference from our pretest on Monday to the post test on Friday. Learning these words now is crucial since they continue to get harder as the year(s) go on.

This past week I sent out report cards, these should have been found in the students orange folders. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me right away and we can set up a time to meet. Overall I have been very impressed with our students grow. I will often point out words that we didn't know how to read at the beginning of the year, but now we are getting so much better! This has been a combined effort of the parent and the students so keep up the great work!

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