The Spelling words for the week of December 15-19 are: main, good, two, light, high, begin, most, show, who, need, grow, special, music, come, give
For academic areas of study during December, 2014, please click on the pdf "December newsletter 2014" 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 assignments this week are to be turned daily also. The Reading Log is to be turned in on Friday mornings.
The FIELD TRIP to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament was a very fun event, and special thanks are due to our chaperons who were such a wonderful help- with every part of the event. Thanks also to all our parents who remembered to have their student in green shirts, have all paperwork turned in on time, etc. Thanks to everyone again. The kids said it was an awesome field trip!
NATIVE AMERICAN PROJECT: Students were assigned "Mini Museum Displays", which were turned in December 11th. This week the students are presenting their displays to classmates, and students from each of the five regions are comparing and contrasting their work. All Mini Displays will be graded and returned on Thursday.
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 are working on basic math facts. Assessments will be given each week (usually Wednesdays) throughout the year. During this second quarter they will be on subtraction facts, 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."
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 email@example.com (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
Math and Social Studies: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com. When you log into Think Central choose " Florida" for the state, "The Villages Charter District" for the district, and "Villages Charter School Interm School" for the school.
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!