Archive for January 31st, 2011

Weekly Overview January 31, 2011

Hello Everyone.  We have a busy, fun week planned.

Several notes:

1)  Your child has a Black History Month schedule of events with them today.  Please look over and please join the activities as you can.  Please note that the Black History Gallery Walk will be held on February 25th.  Your child will complete a project for the walk.  Your child should be thinking about an influential African-American that they are interested in writing a report about.  We will discuss more this week and your child should have someone in mind by next Monday.  Thanks.  More information will come.  The projects will be due no later than February 22-that is a Monday.

2)  ISAT’s will start on February 28-Monday.  This whole month we will continue to practice math, language arts and science materials that they should know.  A lot of this material comes naturally through our programs, but I will also be working in the ISAT material that we have.  I hope everyone has been working in their books at home.  Thank you for all the letters  from you that have told me where you are in each book.

I am asking you to have your children bring in their ISAT books tomorrow.  I would like to go over some of the material and regroup.  I know I have different students working in the book differently-I just want to touch base and we might do things differently this month.  Thanks.

3)Thanks for all the wood and recycled material that continues to come in!!!  We will start our sculptures this Thursday with our preschoolers!!!

4)  Chinese New Year!!!  Your children will have a special treat this week during lunch!!  Our art will also focus around Lunar New Year!

Language Arts:  As stated above, we will be reading and responding to content of material, then correcting our own work for the next four weeks.  We will still read from our Journeys stories and review concepts and vocabulary and target words.  We are on lesson 15 this week.  Your child will have their focus wall sheet to share with you later this week, but homework will not come from this.  Again, please have your children bring in their ISAT book tomorrow.

Homework:  Your child has a Language Arts Glossary Book and some worksheets that they will be working on all week.  We have reviewed and completed the first “word box” together.  Ask your children what they should do.  The instructions are on the worksheet your child has.  They should work each night and return with the language arts homework each day.  Thanks.  All these vocabulary words should be becoming very familiar -please review with your child.  Thanks.  The completed book is due Friday-your child knows that extra pages can be added if they need more.  Thanks for your help-they all seem excited about this homework!!

Math:  We will have division fact tests all month!!!  Practice at home.  Also, we will complete lessons 6.3-6.6 this week.  I hope you reviewed the Unit 6 parent letter that your child had last week.  Thanks.  Lots of division practice this week!!!  Can your child show you Partial-Quotients????  Ask them!!

Science:  We will continue in our Magnetism and Electricity Unit this week, working with a battery and light bulb!!!  They will have a blast along with a lot of learning!!!!

Art:  We will focus on a Chinese New Year theme in creating our art this week.

Social Studies:  Our last lesson in Chapter 3 will focus around the Northeast.  We will start Chapter 4, Exploring the Northeast, by Thursday.

Thanks for the snacks coming in!!!!