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Monday, September 26, 2016

Week 3 Newsletter

As you see below in our upcoming events, we will be having our first math test this week.  You can always expect a review sheet coming home for each test one to two days prior.  I will instruct all of the students to bring these reviews home, whether or not they finish them in class.  Please take time with them to confirm their knowledge.  For every math test, I will allow for some extra credit to be earned.  If the review is turned in at 100%, they will earn +3% to their test score.  If they earn 99% or lower, they will earn +1% on their test score.  I will encourage them to ask you go over it with them, but I would ask that you not provide the answers.  Instead please help them with the learning they need to answer the questions on their own.  Encourage them to know “how” to solve each problem.

Information about the biography book report will come home on October 17th so for right now the students are just reading their books. On October 17, they should bring their biography into the classroom.  We will use it for two days in-class, then they will need to hold onto the book until they are  finished with the report.  Please remind them not to turn it in until the report is completed.

Box Tops are can be brought in at any time this year.  Don’t forget to label the bag with 4K.  How many can we bring in with this year???
Thank you all 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. But, please be aware...STARTING NEXT WEEK, ALL LATE WORK WILL LOSE 10%.  My goal is for them to gain more responsibility in completing all of their homework.

This week's bible verse:  "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

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

Grammar: Capitalization: Mom & Dad, direct quotations, titles

Math: Subtraction and review for Ch. 1 test

Reading: A Walk in the Desert - working on main ideas of reading and summarizing.

Science: Soil and soil erosion.  Bring a bag of soil

Social Studies: Native Americans of the Oregon Coast

Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas


What's coming up:
Now - Sept. 30 - NCO collection drive - personal care items and clean, gently used/good condition children's clothing-all sizes

Sept. 27 - Bring a small zip-lock bag of garden soil (not potting soil or bark dust) for science lab. The fresher the better.

Oct. 13 & 14 - No school - Staff Development Day

Oct. 17 - Biography finished and brought to school.

Oct. 27 (9:00-noon) -  Service project at the Oregon Food Bank...more info coming soon!

Monday, September 19, 2016

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 (10:00-15) and last recess (2:00-2:15), 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!

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

Again, I still have a somewhat personal request to ask of you all.  Until November, I am an assistant coach for my son’s high school water polo team.  I have to leave WHCS 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:  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:
Now - Sept. 30 - NCO collection drive - personal care items and clean, gently used/good condition children's clothing-all sizes

Sept. 27 - Bring a small zip-lock bag of garden soil (not potting soil or bark dust) for science lab. The fresher the better.

Oct. 13 & 14 - No school - Staff Development Day

Oct. 17 - Biography finished by this date

Oct. 27 (9:00-noon) -  Service project at the Oregon Food Bank

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Book orders due...

I just wanted to give everyone an update that I am extending the due date on the Scholastic Book Order until tomorrow  (Sunday) evening.  I will submit the electronic order at that point and the books typically arrive in about a week.

Again, there is NO pressure to buy anything.  There are some books that are a good value (Frindle for $1, and Fudge-a-mania for $2), and there are some that are not worth buying.  The reason I offer this purchase is because it does benefit my classroom library for your child and future students.

To order books, go to scholastic.com/bookorder and enter my code GXR3Z. You may order from any catalog you see online.  I will send out only 4 orders this year.  You will see one next month, in December, and in the spring.

Many blessings to your family on this weekend.

Monday, September 12, 2016

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 too. 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 29 (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.

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 an assistant 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 (Test on Friday 9/16)

What we are studying this week:

Bible: “Conflict Is a Slippery Slope” Look for the completed packet to come home on Friday.

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. 14 - NCO collection drive - clean, gently used/good condition children's clothing-all sizes

Sept. 27 - Bring a small zip-lock bag of garden soil (not potting soil or bark dust) for science lab. The fresher the better.

Oct. 13 & 14 - No school - Staff Development Day

Friday, September 9, 2016

Three things...

Today I will be sending home some Scholastic Book Order forms.  These are completely optional!  As I told your student, some of the books are great deals (Frindle for $1, and Fudge-a-mania for $2), and some are a complete waste of money.  There is no need to order anything, but if you do, it allows me to get more free books for my library.  I will only send 3-4 orders throughout the year.  To order books, please order online following the instructions on the front of the packet.  Go to scholastic.com/bookorder and enter my code GXR3Z.  Then follow the instructions on the following pages.  Thank you for supporting my classroom library.


If you have not taken time yet to fill out a couple of forms for me, could you please do so soon.  The Parent / Student survey helps me understand your student better.  Please click here, or find it on my blog under Useful Links.  

Also, I depend on classroom volunteers to assist me with grading papers and helping in the classroom.  If you have availability in 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.  If you wish to pop in to assist, please try to email me at least a few hours before to see if I have a need for assistance.  If not, all parents are 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!  I will talk more about volunteering at the Back to School Night, this Friday.  Volunteering will begin on Monday, Sept. 12, if you sign up before that date.