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