We are off to a busy, fun school year - and I'm looking for to this coming week!
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If you wish to view the areas of academic study and special dates and events, please see the pdf below entitled "Newsletter Sept. 2014."
***A SPECIAL NOTE: The Buffalo P.R.I.D.E. meeting September 2nd is at 6:00 p.m. at the Savannah Center. . .NOT at the Middle School as posted on the school web site and on our class newsletter below.***
Monday through Thursday nights all students will have homework. It will consist of a math sheet that matches and reinforces the math lesson taught that day, reading OUT LOUD for at least 15 minutes (recorded on their Reading Log and signed by a parent), and a Language Arts assignment (spelling, grammar, vocabulary, etc.) that matches our daily work. Math homework is to be turned in daily, the Language Arts assignment is to be worked on during the week but turned in on Friday mornings. The Reading Log is to be turned in on Friday mornings. SPECIAL NOTE: Generally you parents will give a spelling pretest on Monday evenings, however last Friday I gave it in class. The five students who scored 100% on the test do not have to take the test this coming Friday, Aug. 15th:). Please be aware that if homework is not turned in on time or not at all it can greatly affect grades.
Several important events are coming up, so please add them to your calendar:
1. Our first Buffalo P.R.I.D.E. meeting of the school year will be on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, 6 p.m. at the SAVANNAH CENTER.
2. Open House for the Intermediate Center will be Thursday, September 4th, 6-7:30 p.m. An information letter about this important night was sent home last week. This is an evening to learn more about what your child will be working on throughout the year, our classroom discipline policy, grading, homework, our daily schedule, and so forth. I hope you will be here.
These two above activities are great way to begin earning important Information PI Hours.
3. Founders' Day Festival is on Friday, Sept. 12 on the high school football field from 5-9 p.m. We will be partnering with Ms. Crego's class, and as soon as we receive confirmation on our booth activity, I will send home a sign up sheet to work in our booth at the festival, and to help make the activity.
Please check your child's agenda every day. This is the primary way you and I have to communicate with one another. Write in any special notes you want me to see - including for example, if your child will leave a little early for a doctor's appointment, or that they will need to stay in aftercare, or be picked up by someone other than the usual person, etc.
Also in the agenda, your child writes the number from our Clip Chart Behavior Plan on which they ended the day. You will be provided with a copy the the Clip Chart Behavior Plan, but here's a quick overview: All students begin each day on "Ready to Learn" (4 points). During the day their choices may cause their "clip" to move up or down on a range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). At the end of the day every student marks their ending clip points in their agenda. 20 or more points for the week earns "Wondrous Whelks Treasure Box" on Friday afternoon - Hurrah!
In math we will begin addition math fact assessments, which will be given each week (usually Wednesdays) throughout the year. During the first quarter they will be on addition facts, the second quarter they will be on subtraction, third quarter is a mixture of addition and subtraction, and during the fourth quarter it will be multiplication. These math fact assessments are 20 problems to be completed within a two minute time frame. Parents, please help your child learn these important math facts so they may answer them as "fast as a snap."
In Social Studies we will complete the first unit "Our World and Map Skills," and will finish the Map Skills Project. In Science we will begin Unit 1 "How to Think like a Scientist."
I want each of you to always feel very comfortable coming to visit our classroom, and coming to me with any questions or concerns. You may contact me through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (use "Student" in the subject line), by writing notes in your child's agenda, or by calling 352-259-2300. Also, please continue to check this website regularly to stay updated on all that we will be doing this year.
Students will be working on proper computer keyboarding skills during this year. Below is a web site they may log on at home and practice as much as they want! PLEASE encourage them to do this - it's fun and an important skill - and something they can work on any time. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/flash/stage1.shtml
Typing: Spend more time working on proper computer keyboarding skills. Below is a web site they may log on at home and practice as much as they want! Please help kids spend about 10-15 minutes each night doing this - it's a fun and an important skill - and something they can work on all year long - and the summer too!