I just wanted to let you know that the students ROCKED the unit 5 math test. With an average score of 96.4, the class did very well! I will be sending the tests home today with the students; they were all very excited to be taking them home to show you. As always, the challenge question and the open response question are both scored separately, and we corrected these together as a class. Your child should be able to explain the answers to these problems with you.
Don't forget that we have our AIR date on Monday, March 5th. Make sure to read the letter sent home yesterday regarding what the students should wear on that day. I also sent home the P.T.A. read-a-thon information. The read-a-thon is scheduled for March 8th. On this day students can wear their pj's or dress up as a fictional character. We are looking forward to some extra reading time on Thursday!
Please send back report card envelopes if you still have them.
Have A Wonderful Vacation,
I have an important announcement that we forgot to add to our agendas this afternoon. This Friday, February 23rd, is a school spirit day. All students are welcome to dress as their favorite factual character. For example, they could dress up like a favorite sports character (Tom Brady), a President (George Washington), or entertainer (Bruno Mars or Carrie Underwood). Let their imaginations run wild!
Wow! One more week before February vacation. It feels like we just returned from the last holiday break. We have a lot in store for the upcoming week.
First, we are finishing up unit 5 in math and the test will be on Thursday, February 22nd. The students have completed one study guide and we will work on two more before the test day. They will continue to bring home double digit multiplication problems this week as well.
Our book reviews are ALMOST all completed and we are well underway with our persuasive writing. This week we WILL also have spelling and grammar packets. We are beginning our Unit 4 Week 1 unit of study in our Wonders Reading Program. Our essential question for the week is "Why do we need government?"
This question ties directly with our social studies unit on government. The students have started their research on our national and state government as well as our civic duties. I foresee powerpoint presentations taking place AFTER vacation. I will make sure to keep you posted on these.
Ask your child to tell you about the Olympic competition they are in when they attend our specials. It has been a lot of fun and they look forward to seeing their scores at the end of each class!
Finally, I do have a friendly reminder for you all. Please make sure to ask your children to show you their completed work in their manilla folder every Monday night. This work is supposed to be taken OUT of the folder and kept at home. Many of the students still have work in their folders when we pass back the following week's corrected work. Also, don't forget to sign and return ANY dental slips as soon as possible.
Enjoy This Beautiful Sunday!
I have a couple of updates for you.
1. The students DO NOT have multiplication homework tonight. Instead, I have sent them home with a study guide for next Thursday's unit 5 test. We completed some of the problems together in class, and the students circled the rest to complete tonight. Please check to make sure it is completed and ready to review in the morning.
2. Dental slips were sent home today. On Friday, March 16, Dr. Brenner will once again offer his services to clean teeth. Please ask your son/daughter to give you this permission form.
3. I handed out the Fisher Cats Reading Challenge today as well. I told the students that they could record the first three books as books they have already read in class. They ALL have done such a great job reading, it would be a stretch to ask them to read 5 chapter books before the due date, so they can record three they have just read this year and read 2 additional books. Have fun with the challenge and enjoy a Fisher Cats game!
There was no spelling/grammar this week (we had a week full of writing, presentations, and math), but we will be back to Unit 4 Week 1 on Monday!
Enjoy Your Evening,
Here's your weekly announcement regarding what is in store for the upcoming week.
In math we will continue to work on adding and subtracting mixed numbers. We will also discover line plotting as well as how to read angle measurements. Tentatively, I have scheduled the unit 5 Math test to be given NEXT Thursday, February 22nd. We will work on study guides for this unit during the end of this week and the beginning of next week.
We are still finishing up our book reviews (the snow day backed us up a bit) and we have started brainstorming ideas and completing the graphic organizer on our persuasive writing pieces. Ask your child what he/she is going to write about and who he/she is going to send the letter to. What change are they going to try to create by writing this letter?
We will complete our science unit with the end of unit assessment on the human body before we begin our social studies unit on government and civics this week. I will keep you informed about when we will be presenting our power points on this social studies unit!
Our Valentine's Party will be on Wednesday afternoon - (1:35 - 2:00). You are welcome to send in a goodie, but this is NOT needed. I have drinks and a treat ready for the kiddos, and we are going to play a game. Once again, they are welcome to bring in their Valentine's boxes (otherwise I supply brown paper bags!), and their cards/treats on Wednesday! As always, feel free to call with any questions or concerns.
Enjoy Your Week!
I hope you all received the report cards on Friday. Please sign and send back the report card envelope as soon as possible.
This week I am hoping for FIVE uninterrupted days of school! The students have plenty to catch up on. In writing, we will be completing our book reviews and starting our persuasive essays. This is always one of my favorite writing projects to complete with the students. Talk to your son/daughter about what he/she would like to see changed in our school, the community, or the world! Each student will have an opportunity for his/her voice to be heard. We will be creating persuasive letters and sending them to the people who may be able to help make the change we are requesting. In the past I have had letters written to the N.H.S.P.C.A., the State House in Concord, Dodge's Store, and the town of New Boston. Before we begin our writing, the class will have a brainstorm session in order to get our wheels spinning.
We will NOT have spelling and grammar this week. We have finished all of Unit 3 spelling and grammar lessons, so we will be spending this final week in Unit 3 covering our reading and our writing assignments.
We are well into our unit 5 math lessons, and we are learning how to turn improper fractions into mixed numbers (and vice versa), as well as adding fractions, mixed numbers, and continuing to turn fractions into decimals. The students will be bringing home the first math home journal that we worked on in quarters 1 and 2. This journal can stay home, as we have jumped right into the second one last week.
In science, we will be finishing up our unit on the human body. This week we will be focusing on how our brain makes our body work. Once we wrap up our last topic on the human body, we will move right into social studies and begin our next project.
We will be researching our state and national government, discovering what it means to be a citizen, learning about why volunteering is essential, learning about our state Governor, and finding out why we pay taxes. The culmination activity for this project is a power point presentation given by group members on each subject. I will send out an invitation for any parents/guardians who would like to come learn about our wonderful local, state, and national government when we are ready to present!
That is all for now - I must get go get prepped for THE SUPERBOWL! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Tomorrow report cards will be sent home. I am putting a few extra pieces of information in the report card envelope for you.
One of the papers you will find is the reading lexile information. This information lists your child's fall lexile score as well as the score they just received from the winter AIMSWEB reading test. I am happy to announce that EVERY Reading Red Sox levile level increased! Congratulations readers!
The next section of papers you will find are your child's reading counts scores. The first set is dated 09/06/17 - 11/05/17 (quarter 1) and the next set is dated 11/06/17 - 01/23/18 (quarter 2). I know that quarter two goes by quickly with Thanksgiving, Christmas and break included, but CONGRATULATIONS to those students who still managed to increase their total number of words read from quarter 1 to quarter 2 - This is awesome! If the total decreased, no need to worry - We are REALLY pushing for some BIG numbers in QUARTER 3. Of course, the next few months we have announced our reading challenge for the whole school! In the process, we have set our reading goal to be 3,750,000 for the next two months! WOW! I believe we can do it while at the same time raising our individual totals!
(In January, we challenged another class and won! We won by over one million words! In January - our reading total for the class = 1,305,352 words. AWESOME!)
The third piece of paper explains how the numbers are assigned on the report card. If you have any questions with report card scores after you receive the report card, feel free to call me. I have met with a few parents regarding their child's AIMSWEB scores, so if you are still interested in seeing them, please give me a call - we can set up a time and talk about any of the above.
Beginning Monday, I will be sending home 5 multiplication problems a night for homework. The students need to master this skill, and many of them have, but practice makes perfect. If the homework isn't brought in the next morning, I am willing to skip lunch and/or recess in order to help your child complete it. I am hoping for 100% participation and investment with this because 1. it is great practice and 2. practice makes perfect! This shouldn't last for too long, depending how quickly I see the students master this skill.
Tomorrow is ski day AND PATRIOTS DAY! This announcement is found in the Thursday notices, but I forgot to mention it on our agenda. So if you have any Patriots gear that your child would like to wear to school - Go For It!