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Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 2 Newsletter

During the first two weeks, we have been taking time to learn more about each other and how the classroom atmosphere is going to gel together. I have really enjoyed learning who your children are as students and as disciples of His words.

Thank you all in advance for your help at home with helping your student study for the spelling test, memorize bible verses, and signing the assignment book and reading logs.  Please do remember that one of my goals is to help your student to become more self-sufficient.  Please continue to help them by gradually handing off the responsibility to them.

I’d like to take a minute to discuss how you can help keep the students ready to learn in the classroom. Students are allowed to have water bottles at their desks to encourage proper hydration and brain stimulation.  We have our snack time during the first recess (10:10-10:25) and last recess (1:50-2:05), in addition to lunch.  If they eat a healthy snack during the recess times, it will allow your student to have proper blood sugar for better learning.

The students are very excited to begin our class store and bank next week.  It is a way for them to buy things from an individual reward system that I use in my classroom. Students earn pennies for good behavior, participation, or being a good citizen.  If any parents want to contribute to the “store”, I could use some SMALL prizes similar to pencils, bookmarks, erasers…(no candy).  Just have your student bring it to the classroom and give it to me while saying, “it is for the store.”  Thank you!

Lastly, I still need a couple more parent volunteers to assist in my classroom weekly.  I have a particularly big need for a parent on Monday mornings from 8:15 to about 9:30 (even if you can only do part, that’s ok) to assist with spelling words.  Please take a look at the volunteer schedule and type your name in it, if you can commit to this.  As I said last week, if you can’t commit to a weekly volunteering schedule, I could still use your help.  Just try to email me a day ahead, and I can let you know if I have a need.  If not, you are still more than welcome to come and observe the class.  I always have an “open door” policy for parents!

Here is our class schedule.  I will keep a current copy on the blog all year, if you need to refer back to it.

This week's bible verse:  What causes fights and quarrels among you?  Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  You want something, but you don’t get it. James 4:1-2  

What we are studying this week:
Bible: “What causes conflict”  Look for the packet to come home on Friday.  Verse quiz on Friday.

Grammar: Capitalization: Languages, poetry, and brand names

Math: Rounding, adding, and subtracting

Reading: Building stamina on reading without interruptions, reading for comprehension.

Science: Sand and ice erosion

Social Studies: Native Americans of the West

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas

What's coming up:

  • Sept. 26 - Bring a small zip-lock bag of garden soil (not potting soil or bark dust) for science lab. The fresher the better.
  • Oct. 6 - Spirit Wear Day (Wear RED and BLACK)
  • Sept. 29 - Pizza, Praise, and Pie - Auditorium 5:00-7:30pm
  • Oct. 10 - (8:45-noon) -  Service project at the Oregon Food Bank
  • Oct. 13 - No school - Staff Development Day
  • Oct. 27 - Biography finished by this date

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 1 Newsletter

I am very excited to get this year off and rolling. I have many exciting opportunities for learning planned for this year. Each week, I will post this newsletter to keep you informed on upcoming events and important information for our class.

MONDAY has a lot going on!  Each week you can expect this newsletter via a post to the blog on Mondays.  Also on Monday, a paper reading log will come home as well. Please help your student remember that the reading log must be completely filled out by the student (except your signature) to receive full credit. They are expected to read 150 minutes weekly. Additionally, the first book report (Biography book) will be due on October 27 (instructions coming out later this week).  Reading a book report book counts for reading minutes at home.
Mondays are also the day I check assignment books. To receive full credit, they must be signed by a parent or guardian. It would not be a bad idea to check a few extra times the first few weeks. Starting next Monday the students will bring their list their of spelling words home on a separate sheet.

Also, I depend on classroom volunteers to assist me with grading papers and helping in the classroom.  If you have availability during the day to regularly assist, even if it is every other week (list EOW next to your name), please click here or find it on my blog under Useful Links.  Most of you should be able to edit the document.  If not, email me and I will list your name in the slot(s) you wish to volunteer for.  If you want to pop into the classroom to assist, please try to email me at least a few hours before to see if I have a need for assistance.  If I don’t have a need for assistance, all parents are ALWAYS welcome to come observe class without an appointment.  Please feel free to stop and observe the class by even if you have 10 minutes, your student be surprised and elated!  

Lastly, the bible verse to be memorized will always be in this weekly post. The students will also write it in their assignment books every Monday.

It was great meeting you all on Friday night at the Back to School Night.  The document with of all the information I presented can be found on my blog on the right sidebar.  In an effort to stay academically connected to your child, please let me know of any pertinent information that will specifically help or hinder your child’s learning opportunities at any point in time.

Here is our class schedule.  I will keep a current copy on the blog all year, if you need to refer back to it.

Lastly, I have a somewhat personal request to ask of you all.  Until November, I am the head coach for my son’s high school water polo team.  I have to leave to make it to practices and games by 3:10 everyday.  I was wondering if any of you would have the freedom to supervise my class in carpool from 3:05 until 3:25.  I have created a signup, so you can sign up, if you are willing and able.  I appreciate your generosity!

This week's bible verse: "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."  Romans 12:18

What we are studying this week:
Bible: “Conflict Is a Slippery Slope” Look for the completed packet to come home on Friday. (Test on Friday 9/16)

Grammar: Capitalization of businesses, days, holidays, and special events

Math: Read, write, understand value of numbers through hundred thousands, order and compare numbers.

Reading: Building stamina on reading without interruptions, reading for comprehension.

Science: Earth’s landforms: Carving the land with erosion and weathering and the changing shorelines

Social Studies: Native Americans of the West

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas

What's coming up:
Sept. 26 - Bring a small zip-lock bag of garden soil (not potting soil or bark dust) for science lab. The fresher the better.Oct. 6 - Spirit Wear Day (Wear RED and BLACK)
Oct. 10 - (8:45-noon) -  Service project at the Oregon Food Bank
Oct. 13 - No school - Staff Development Day

Oct. 27 - Biography finished by this date