October 1, 2012 Weekly Overview

Hello!!  Our fourth week is up and running!!!  We are pretty much into our routine and your children are already becoming more of an independent learner!!!  They all seem to love  (and need) the structure. 

Another reminder to pay the $85.00 classroom fee and to join the PTA for $20.00 per family!!!  Thanks – the classroom fee goes to cover so many of our classroom costs.   Workbooks have been ordered and your child is using them!!!  Thanks for your attention to this!!!  And..the PTA helps support so many things for your child this year– our curriculum, all support staff needs, extra curricular activities, etc.!!  Please join if you can!!  Many, many thanks.

Please join us this Wednesday for Walk and Bike to School Day!!!  A great reminder to do this as much as we can!!!  Check the Ray web site for further details!!!

We had a fire drill practice this morning.  Your children were wonderful!!  Tomorrow we will practice a Shelter/Tornado Drill and on Wednesday a “Lock Down”  Please talk with your child and remind them why we are quiet and all work together to do the right thing-it keeps us all safe.  Thanks for your little talk with your child!!

Thanks for snacks coming in!!  Your child puts their snack for 32 kids in our blue bin, then gives themselves a sticker on our snack chart and we pull out a snack and all snack on the same thing each day!!  About 10 kids have a sticker next to their name!!  Many thanks.

Language Arts:  We will complete lesson 3 this week, ending with a test on Frida;y.  This week our target skill is cause and effect.  We will read for accuracy, using context clues and write to Hear Our Voice!!  We will practice our target vocabulary word and the short and long i sounds.

Your child should also be reading a book and hopefully the AR will be up and running this week-keep checking with your child and AR tests will be starting as soon as possible.

Homework:  Your child will have a two-page book report form with them today.  The completed Book Report is due Friday!!  The Book Report should be on the book they are reading during our reading time at school -the same book they are reading for at least 30 minutes each night at home.  The Report should be written neatly and with thought-encourage your child to take ownership in their work!!   Please go over the report with your child and help them space their time to have it completed by Thursday.  If your child completes their work early-have them write a two or more paragraph paper on :  What are some of the things you are wondered about while you are reading your story.  If your child is in the middle of a book, have them do the report on the book so far. (What has happened so far in the story..)  Thanks

Math:  We reviewed Unit 1 today and will have our Unit 1 math test tomorrow.  Your child will have their Math Journal 1 and their Mental Math Book with them tonight so they can use them as review and you can see what they have completed so far.  Both of these books MUST be returned tomorrow!!!! 

Tuesday Unit 1 Test

Wednesday–Friday- Unit 2-Using Numbers and Organizing Date- lessons 2.1-2.2 .  Lesson 1 is starting a “world tour” (ask your child about it after Wednesday).  The next two lessons are on equivalent names for numbers and place value.

Homework:  Tonight-study for the test.  No homework Wednesday -they will also have no homework after a test day.  Wednesday and Thursday -lessons 2.1 and 2.2

Science:  We have just begun our first unit on Magnetism and Electricity.  Ask your child what we did in our first lesson last week.  It is a really fun unit and your child WILL learn a lot!!!  More later…

Social Studies:  We will complete Lesson three this week-Climate in the United States.  We will now begin to work in our workbook that goes along with these lessons.  I just wanted to get your children familiar with the book and how it is organized before we began to use the workbook.  I will have the book go home next week for a night so that you can browse it with your child.

Music:  Your child will have their first music class this Friday!!  Last Friday the class was cancelled-sorry. 🙁

Have a great week.  Jean Clement


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