Wow! What a great January we have had. The students have been on track, and working harder than ever! A lot is happening over the rest of the year, so please continue to remind your child to remain focused and ALWAYS TRY THEIR BEST!
We have begun preparation for the Florida Standards Assessment. When I say preparation it is simply having the students really work on mastering the critial thinking strategies and skills that will allow them to not just be successful on the FSA, but in their journey in education and the real world. I like to tell them that this is a BRAIN TEST! I cannot open up their brains and look at all the knowledge that is in there, so we use this "brain test" to show all that they know. Please continue this mindset with them, as it will ease some of the stress and panic!
IMPORTANT REMINDER! Students are expected to master their multiplication and division skills in third grade. While we do work on this during the school day majority of their practice should be done outside of the classroom. You can quiz them on the way to or from school, before dessert, and even before bed. Flashcards are a great way to have them practice, as well as songs and games that are found on the internet. If you need help finding resources please do not hesitate to contact me.
HELPFUL TIPS FOR AR SUCCESS
1. Make sure your child is choosing books within his/her AR reading level. Books should be chosen closer to the high end of his/her ZPD range.
2. Please allow a quiet place for your child to read for 20 minutes uninterrupted each night. This is his/her assigned homework.
3. Nonfiction books should be read weekly and tested on by Friday. Students have multiple sources to pull from in our classroom, and can always check one out from the school media center. This is important because it helps build your child's content knowledge, gives him/her familiarity with different kinds of reading materials, and expands vocabularies too. Thank you for helping reinforce this at home.
As always this is just a reminder: Please make sure you are checking your child's BEACH Binder every night. Take the papers in the KEEP AT HOME section out so that I can continue to send home their weekly papers. Also, please sign your child's agenda every night. This helps me make quick observations that you are monitoring your child's daily homework and behavior.
Please continue to check my teacher website weekly. Here you will get updates on classroom activities, important information, and documents that are updated and attached at the bottom of my page. Again, if you have any questions you would like to ask before the first day of school please email me at Samantha.Sheffield@tvcs.org
P.S. EARN P.I. by sending is some WISHLIST items: *Highlighters *HP Ink 98 & 93 *Copy paper *Scotch tape *Laminating Pouches
Connect ED: Please use the ConnectED website to help your child with their reading and social studies skills. This site has the student book available, as well as videos and interactive games to help your child. Use your child's user name and password that was typed on a label and placed in their agenda planner. The website to log on to is: http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do
Think Central: Please use the Think Central website to help your child with their math and science skills. This site has the student book available to view, as well as destination math and mega math. These programs review the skills taught in class. Use your child's user name and password that was typed on a label and placed in their agenda planner. The website to log on to is: www.thinkcentral.com Make sure that for District you choose "Private School" in the drop down menu and for School you choose "Villages Charter Intermediate Center"
Box Tops for Education: Our class is collecting Box Tops for Education and could really use your support. Just look for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of grocery and household product, clip the label, and send them in to our classroom. We are trying to earn "free" money for our school (each label is worth 10 cents). So before you throw away any of your used items, please check to see if there is a box top label you can clip for our class. Thank you in advance for your support!