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!
End of the week update!
Hello everyone! Our community meeting movie was a success and the school will begin the reading challenge the first week in February! If you didn't get a chance to see the video, you can always send me an e-mail and I can bring in my computer for you to view it. I tried sending it through Bloomz, but it is an i-movie and I don't think it is compatible.
The unit 4 and cumulative math tests were scored last night and we reviewed them together today in class. The students took green pens and made corrections to any errors they had on either test. I told them that I would be sending this post to you as a reminder to have you look at their tests with them and see how they fixed their errors! They certainly worked very hard this week with TWO Aimsweb tests, a unit 4 math test AND the cumulative test. I praised them for their hard work and excellent effort. If any of you are interested in learning about your child's progress on the Aimsweb testing, don't hesitate to send me an e-mail!
Enjoy A Wonderful Weekend!
A mid-week update!
Our class video was just accepted into tomorrow morning's community meeting! The movie is only 4 1/2 minutes long (with each student in the class acting out a 10 second clip). We are presenting this year's reading challenge.... I dream, I wish, I believe, I am New Boston! Ask your child to tell you about our poems and the video! We are the last presentation of the meeting tomorrow (probably after 9:00), so IF you have time and would like to come to the community meeting, feel free to join us.
The students did an outstanding job with the math portion of the AIMSWEB testing this morning. We earned 5 rocks in the process; hard work earns rewards and we are looking forward to having another class party in the near future!
Tomorrow is the unit 4 math test as well as the cumulative test. Previously, the students had completed 4 (yes 4!) study guides that covered the skills found on the test tomorrow. I think we are ready!
Monday's field trip was a success. The filmmaker followed us through the state house and at the end of our tour a News 9 anchorwoman approached Mrs. McNish and myself and raved about how respectful the students were. We gleamed with pride! Kudos to you, the parents, for raising such responsible, respectful children!
Have a Great Evening!
I can't believe we have a snow day :( As I sit here correcting reading responses at my dining room table, I thought I would send out a reminder for the kiddos to read and answer the questions from the Move Your Muscles article today. Also, they could go onto the Wonders/Everyday Math Website and study for the Unit 4 test by navigating their way through some unit 4 activities in Everyday Math! They should have their username and password at home. If any of them need them again, just send me an e-mail and I can re-send them! Enjoy your snow day!
Tuesday, January 16th
I have a few important announcements for you.
1. The students completed Study Guide #2 today. I collected them after we corrected the problems and I highlighted the areas on the test that each student still needs to practice. ASK your son/daughter to show you their study guide and explain anything that is highlighted. We still have another study guide to work on before our test next Tuesday.
2. This afternoon the students were given 45 minutes to answer questions on the article "Move Your Muscles". We read this article together last week in class, so they should RE-READ to find the answers. One set of questions is multiple choice (and a few short answers) and the other set of questions is short answer and fill-in-the blank. Those students who did not finish the questions in class today were asked to bring the article and questions home to complete tonight. They may use this time as their 20 minute reading time if they prefer! Please have them complete this on their own. If they have difficulty understanding what the question is asking, I don't mind you helping to clarify this.
3. We created all of our poems today and I sent copies home for the students to try and memorize before we film tomorrow and Thursday! They seem excited to present their skits! Some of the students will be bringing in extra props for Thursday!
4. IMPORTANT - WE WILL BE ADMINISTERING THE MATH PORTION OF THE WINTER AIMSWEB TESTING TOMORROW MORNING FROM 8:00 - 10:00. Please make sure your child is rested and arrives on time to school! This is much appreciated. If we have a late arrival due to the impending snow storm, we will not be testing.
I think this is all for now!
I wanted to send out my weekend letter a little early this week due to a couple of important events we have in the making.
First, our class is going to be presenting a school wide reading challenge and I need to video tape our "movie". I have asked the students to decide which character they would like to be (FROM ANY BOOK THEY HAVE READ). Once they decide on the character, please have them put together a costume from items/clothing that you ALREADY have at home. This project shouldn't cost any money or force you to go looking for last minute expensive props! Some students are dressing up as school age kids (for example: Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid), so we will just create name tags for these characters. The goal for this weekend is for your child to decide on a character and BRING the costume in on Tuesday! If you have any questions please send me an e-mail.
We are preparing for our unit 4 AND cumulative math tests. Yesterday we completed the cumulative study guide together in class and today we corrected and completed the first version of the unit 4 study guide. Both of these study guides should be in your child's binder and both include examples of questions your son/daughter will see on both tests. We will still be completing Unit 4 next week, so I don't foresee giving the test until Tuesday, January 23rd. Next week look for more versions of study guides to come home. I will notify you on each day they are completed and placed in binders. Ask your child to review these problems with you and have him/her highlight any problems that are hard to explain or "show how they know". In this way, we are asking our children to be responsible for their learning and recognizing what skills they need more practice with.
We have just begun our book reviews in writing. Next week the How-To literary works of art will be hanging outside of Ms. Brown's room on our "bulletin board". I hope you enjoy them! Also, if you are in the school anytime soon be sure to look in the long hallway (by Mrs. Grenier's room) for our ski N.H. posters AND look in the glass case for our creative animals. Not all of the animals are displayed in the glass case. I told the students that if they created a powerpoint and wanted their picture to be displayed they needed to come see me so we could print it up together. This opportunity is available for the next week or so.
We have almost all the field trip notices signed and passed in for our field trip on January 22nd. Thank you! Next week will be yet another busy one as it is another shortened week. Don't forget, no school on Monday :(
Enjoy your holiday weekend and GO PATRIOTS!!!
Make sure you read the previous mid-week post (simply scroll down) to find out about the field trip and our up to date school activities.
This week we will be completing our "How-to" writing pieces and sharing our New Hampshire animal powerpoint presentations. In addition, we will continue to discover the human body in science by building a robotic hand. Ask your child to show you his/her robotic finger that was created on Friday!
In reading, we will be learning about ways we can help our communities. After wrapping up our story, "The Cricket in Times Square," we will jump right into true life events such as hurricane Katrina and learn about ways people helped others in their community.
Our class is still looking for NEW HAMPSHIRE made/themed items to put in our basket for raffle at the lip sync in a few weeks. You should have received the sign-up genius from Jane Byam (thank you, Jane). Thank you for any and all donated items for our theme basket!
Have A Great Week!
I hope you all stayed safe and warm today. I just received word that the skiing program is canceling tomorrow's ski date. This will extend the date of the program to February 9th.
Also, if you have any items for our theme basket of New Hampshire items, please feel free to send them in. The lip sync contest will be here before we know it and it will be time to wrap the baskets to raffle.
Hope to see the kiddos tomorrow!
The following is a mid-week update you on our upcoming field trip and other news.
1. I sent home our field trip notice today that needs to be signed and returned with $4.00 by January 16th. We are not in need of chaperones for this particular field trip, but save a personal day for our early June field trip to the Flume and Cannon Mountain! In fact, I wanted to let you know that if you plan on chaperoning for this field trip, you need to be fingerprinted through the SAU office. Please go to the New Boston Central School home website page and scroll to the very bottom for more information on volunteer fingerprinting.
I have some great news (and not so great news). Our fourth grade Reading Red Sox won the reading competition for the month of December against a sixth grade class! We read 1,127,536 words and surpassed their word count by over 300,000 words. That is the good news. The not so good news is some members of our class did not contribute to this total - which means that some of us may not be reading for 20 minutes a night at home. I discussed our goals with the class today and we talked about making sure we are reading EVERY night. We will set our new goal for January AND challenge another class for this coming month. Congratulations Reading Red Sox!
Now that we have completed our New Hampshire animal projects and our New Hampshire ski posters, we are moving back into science. Today marked the beginning of our unit on the human machine. We will be learning about our senses and how the information we process helps us understand and react to our environment.
In reading, we have begun a new unit with our big idea, "How can we show our community spirit?" This week's essential question is, "How can we make new friends feel welcome?" We are reading fantasy selections that revolve around this theme and working on point of view once again. The students will love reading the abridged version of the classic, "A Cricket in Times Square!"
We are well underway in math learning different ways to multiply and converting milliliters to liters. The children did a great job today working in pairs trying to figure out if they could walk away with A MILLION DOLLARS. Ask your child to tell you about this activity.
Friday is the first ski day for participants of the Pats Peak Ski Program. If your child is in the ski program, please make sure to review your plans with him/her.
Thank you to all who could make the presentations today; the children are so creative and were so excited to "unmask" their animal.
I thought I would send an updated plan IN CASE we get called for early release tomorrow (at 12:00).
If there is an early release we will hold our class party from 10:45 - 12:00. We will be exchanging gifts, guessing our who our secret santa is, playing Kahoot, and watching a slide show of pictures from the beginning of our school year. I hope many of you can attend the holiday celebration.
Thanks for your support and HOPEFULLY we will have school tomorrow!