Friday, May 29, 2015

Newsletter May 29, 2015

Avoiding the Summer Slide

Over the course of a summer, many students will experience a loss in some skills due to the lack of a school structured day/week.  There are lots of things you can do to help your student stay at the top of his/her game in preparation for next year!

  • Encourage your student to read.  Read books, magazines, newspapers, recipes, interesting internet searches.  Just read!  If you need ideas of what to read please contact Mrs. Ripp or go to her reading review blog
  • Use teacher websites as a resource.  Many of us have things posted that we did not use this year so your child could complete some of those lessons and/or use them as a starting point for his/her own exploration.
  • Involve your child in your daily routines.  Ask him/her to help with family budget, balancing a checkbook, making grocery lists, etc.
  • Talk to your child about current events.  Watch the news or read the paper together and chat about world happenings.
  • Discuss the things that interests your child and have them find out more about it.  Encourage him/her to explore and research whatever questions come up. 
  • Do a family book read, if you need ideas for which books to read contact Mrs. Ripp or see the publio library.
  • Go to museums or parks or other places that will evoke conversation and learning.
Summer Book Checkout
Did you know that students can check out books from the OMS library over the summer?  On June 4th from 3 to 4 PM go to the OMS library with a permission slip (found in the office or library) to check out up to 10 books for the summer.  All books checked out need to be returned on the first day of school, September 1st. 

News from Classrooms
Math - Stauss
  • How do you find the MAD and IQR of a set of data?
  • When are test corrections due for the Filling and Wrapping test?
  • What are you supposed to do for your project in math next week?

Tech Tools
Students in Tech Tools should have 6 bingo projects done.  Next week we will be working with audio files and recording on Audacity and other programs.  Ask you student to show you their Tech Spot google sites--they are impressive!!

Students presented their Europe Tours this week. Ask your child where he/she traveled on their tour!  Next week, we will do a short unit on Australia.  One more summative (map quiz) on Wednesday!

English (Ripp)
  • All students must be ready to present their "This I Believe" speech on Monday 
  • Help your child look for books - I have lost almost $1,000 in books this year - I pay for these out of my own pocket.
    Some of the book covers whose books are missing from our classrooom library and these are just the hardcover ones.
Upcoming Deadlines and Projects:
  • May 28th-29th - Perform partner dialog in front of Mrs. Westrich (German)
  • May 29th--Tech Tools Bingo Web Project #6
  • June 1st - This I Believe Due - (Ripp)
  • June 1st - 2nd - Partner dialog project due (German)
  • June 3rd - Australia quiz (Stoller)
  • June 4th - Samples and Populations Project Due in Math (Stauss)
  • June 4th and 5th - Finals for math (Poch)
  • June 5th - Science test (Rockwell and Spaeth)
  • June 5th - All books due back to Mrs. Ripp
  • June 8th - Kalahari trip all day
  • June 9th - Last day of school - half day with our auction



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