Mrs. Cormack's Class Newsletter

For the Week of April 7th-11th

PBL Showcase and Parent Gallery

Our PBL #2 has ended but with lasting impressions! On Monday, March 31st we had the superintendent, 4 school board members, PTA members, faculty of Sommer, and other students attend our Ultimate Showcase where the final 7 presenters showed off their products. On Friday, April 4th, we invited parents to come and see their student's projects and view student work. It was an AMAZING way to end the projects, and I am thrilled at the responses I have been hearing! I feel so blessed to work with amazing teachers, supportive administration, and wonderful families!

The Zoo!

What We Will Be Learning About This Week...

Week of April 7th

Math: Students will begin preparing for the second grade district benchmark in math. We will be reviewing all concepts taught in math and learning about the genre of test taking. Students will learn to show all of their work (testing style) and then choose and circle the correct answer when given choices (seems easy but many forget to choose!). The next few days will be very important review days. Please make sure that your child will be in school on April 15th and 16th especially!

Reading: Students will continue to study fiction texts this week, specifically folktales and fairy tales. Students will read more versions of Cinderella and compare the texts, thinking about the setting, the country/culture of origin, theme, plot, and characters. Later in the week, students will practice being a “reading detective” by reading passages with multiple choice questions to help them prepare for the upcoming Language Arts benchmark on April 15th. Please make sure that your child will be in school on this day and the next day- April 16th.

Writing/Grammar: Students will also be working on editing and revising in order to be prepared for an upcoming benchmark on April 15th.

Science: This week students will be observing and identify how magnets are used in everyday life. We will be learning vocabulary terms related to magnets. We will be determining if objects are magnetic or not. Students will be demonstrated how magnets are used in the world around us.

PBL: Thank you to all the parents for visiting our classroom on Friday for the gallery walk of our PBL presentations. The students loved having you here and we appreciate your support.

Spotlight Stallion

This week our spotlight stallion is Jayden! Jayden shows great behavior in the hallways, always showing respect for others' learning! Have a great weekend, Jayden! Congratulations!

On the Calendar and Birthdays

Saturday, April 5th Round Rock Express Night with Sommer Elementary

Monday, April 7th HW Due, Lakshmi's Birthday!

Tuesday, April 8th Raseash's Birthday! Magic Show at 9:00 am

Friday, April 11th Library, Assembly

Wednesday, April 16th PTA Meeting, Community Bond Presentation

IXL Rockstars!!

These students have completed over 30 minutes of IXL from Friday, March 28th-Thurs. April 4th!!

Maddie, Jayden, Kate, Savannah, Laila, Alex, Jake, Ashwin, Summer, Archita, Avni

And our winners this week are Sam (57 minutes), Mariam (55 minutes) and Raseash (1 hour and 15 minutes)!!

Way to go, guys!!

Please have your students continue to practice at least 3 times per week!