Thursday, November 15, 2012

Newsletter November 15, 2012

November 15, 2012
As Thanksgiving approaches, I have much to be thankful for.  The incredible students that are so eager to share their learning, the support of parents for all of our adventures, a team that meets every day and puts the kids first, and a school where we feel like a family.  Thank you for everything that you do for me and for us.
MathWe are working our way through unit 4 with the test now on Thursday November 29th.  This unit is all about division and those math facts are important.  The next unit is my favorite topic; fractions!
Social Studies – The students have been busy in the explorer simulation.  Several students have died in the simulation from dysentery and typhoid.  I love the background knowledge we are building through this activity and how excited the students are to learn about the explorers.
Reading Harry just got his letter from Hogwarts and the kids are disappointed every time I turn it off. We have discussed how to listen to our inner voice, how to ask better questions of our text and just started with inferring this week.  I am thrilled to see the students using their strategies in their reading books, as well as seeing them build stamina.  We are currently at 12 minutes!
Writing Writing has been all about what we are passionate about as we create our big ideas.  I am seeing lots of great thoughts being put down on paper in literacy block.  Have you visited our Kidblog yet?  More than 10,000 people have this week!  Aimee’s post on her ninja cat has more than 30 comments as we speak and we are excited to start mapping all of our connections.  Please leave a comment on our blog but make sure not to leave your last name if you identify yourself as someone’s parent.
Special Notes
* Please make sure you get our website updates or check the website regularly.  This is where I post extra directions, information, and videos for the classroom.  If a new project is introduced it often has a post attached to it on the website. 
* Spelling bee will be next week in class so get practicing!   
*Thank you for all of the box tops and donations to Hurricane Sandy.
* The students are creating snowglobes holiday cards to send around the world.  We have 29 cards we have to make and send to other classrooms before December 9th
*  The students did amazing at the STEP presentation.  Way to go Aimee for leading the Pledge of Allegiance in front of everyone.
*  Conferences continue on Tuesday.  Connie and I look forward to sharing your child’s success with you.
* I encourage students to bring in their swimming gear before Thanksgiving since swimming is that first Monday right after the break.  They can just leave it in the classroom.
* Thea thinks Santa is coming every day and is waiting eagerly for the snow to come since that means her birthday is next.  With the recent snow fall we have had one disappointed little girl when the next day is not her birthday (she is a New Year’s Eve baby).
* I have some dates for you to put on your calendars: , Parent Teacher Conferences tonight and November 20th, No school Friday, November 16th, Harvest Party Wednesday, November 21st at 9 AM AM, Early Release Wednesday, November 21st at 11 AM, No school Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23rd – Happy Thanksgiving!  Vision screening Thursday, November 29th, Swimming November 26, 28, 30 and December 4 and 6th,   Winter Tea Wednesday, December 5th at 9:35 AM, Winter Party is December 21st at 1:30 PM (we are hoping it will be a sledding party) and winter break is from December 22nd through January 2nd.


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