Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

A big welcome to Luci Montgomery and her family!  

This week I'll be sending home the new WordMasters words and some information.  Please take a minute to go over the previous test and read the information I've sent home.  I read the book, Make it Stick, over break and it prompted some new ideas and a somewhat new approach.

Also, beginning on January 5th, we will start our band and orchestra rotation.  It is every day from January 5-26, from 9:40-10:10.  At the end of the orchestra rotation you'll be invited to come and see all that your child has learned.  You will get more information as the time approaches.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

A note about math

Dear Parents:
At the end of this week, your child's first semester progress report will arrive in your homes.  It's always a great time to reflect on all that our student's have accomplished . . . both as learners, friends, and classroom citizens.  You may notice that there are several markers in the Mathematics section of the report that are marked as "not introduced".  As you know, we've shifted our curriculum to Math In Focus (MIF), which has a different emphasis in content and sequence.  We will be revising the math section of our progress report for next year, giving us this year to implement MIF and identify our priority learning objectives in the curriculum.  Please refer to the narrative comments to gauge your child's progress in math this year.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

December updates and a bit about January

Happy Holidays to all!  

I just wanted to update you on a few things...our WordMasters test is tomorrow!  The children seem to be excited and well-prepared.  Thank you for all of the practice you've done at home!

Next Wednesday IS a Leadership Day - the students should wear their CARE shirts.

Next Thursday is the Winter Program from 6:30-7:30.  Please have the children in the room between 6:00 and 6:15.  After the program they should come back to the room and you should pick them up here, in our room.

Next Friday is a non-uniform day!  I will be absent Friday morning, as my daughter Leah, is graduating from University of Minnesota, with her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy (I'm a little proud!).  I will be around in the afternoon.  Mrs. Hegg will be here in the morning.

The Thursday after we return from Winter Break, we begin our month long Band and Orchestra rotation.  The children have the opportunity to try out band and orchestra with Mrs. Wheeler and Mrs. Laureano, respectively. Class will be from 9:45-10:20 every day. They will bring home instruments and will be expected to practice.  Orchestra usually has a little recital at the end of each rotation at the normal class time.  More information will be forthcoming from the teachers.

I hope you enjoy a joy-filled break with people you love, engaged in the activities you love!

My best,