May 2016 - Going from Good to GREAT!
Wow!! Its hard to believe that the end of the year is fastly approaching. We have watched the children grow and develop skills to guide them through out first grade. As we finish up their Kindergarten year we will be doing our final assessments. Our third and final assessment of reading will be going on from May 2 - May 20. As you read at home review strategies of figuring out unknown words and question your child about the text they have read. The level they need to be able to read is a D. Anything below that is considered non proficient and your child will need extra support to reach grade level expectations. Thank you for all of your help throughout the year. Parents and teachers working together is crucial for student success.
1st Grade News
2nd Grade News
End of the year assessments for Reading and Math will be administered this month, so please be sure to remind your child to come to school each day ready to listen, learn, and work hard. Thank you for your support in continuing to make sure your child is getting plenty of rest each night in order to be fresh and ready for school every morning. We will have a phenomenal storyteller share stories with us at the end of May as a reward for students who have consistently made good behavior choices and have fewer than 3 days with their clip on unexpected. Encourage great behavior and following classroom expectations to be sure your child can receive this reward!
We look forward to seeing you on May 3rd for our Lunch and Learn Luau!
3rd Grade News
Parents and Guardians,
As we approach the end of 3rd grade their are several upcoming events that could effect your child:
- 4th quarter Discovery Education Reading and Math Benchmark
- End of Year mCLASS Reading Assessment (Reading 3D)
- End of Grade Tests in Reading and Math
- Read to Achieve Test
The outcome of student’s scores on all tests can affect their ability to move on to the next grade level.
If students are on a P reading level by the End of Year mCLASS Assessment, passed the BOG (Beginning of Grade Test) with a 3 or 4, or passed a Discovery Education Reading Benchmark with a score of 1505, they will be automatically promoted to 4th grade. Students who have not reached these goals will have two more opportunities to become proficient:
1.) Pass the Reading EOG with a score of 3, 4, or 5
2.) Pass the Read to Achieve Test (This test takes place after EOGs. More information will be provided to parents of students that will be taking the test.)
Students who do not reach the goals are in danger of retention or summer school. Students that have not reached their goals may attend summer school and refrain from repeating the 3rd grade. Summer school information is listed below.
“This summer, the Read to Achieve Summer Reading Camps have been expanded to include 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. Our goal for the summer camps is to provide additional reading instruction and support along with a positive experience for students who encounter discouragement and difficulty in reading.”
4th Grade News
We are still fine tuning our fraction skills. We have some great equation solvers, but we are still working on how to apply those equations to word problems.
End of the year skills to focus on are decimals, angles and measurement. We are finishing up analyzing the structures of poems, dramas, and prose. We are returning to understanding the main idea of passages, for this is a big part of EOG questioning.
5th Grade News
It is hard to believe that we are in the fourth quarter and summer is right around the corner. 5th graders have lots going on and we plan to be very productive these last few weeks of school. In reading, we will be continuing with our studies of various genres with vocabulary, author’s craft, summarizing,and analyzing informational text. Math will be a work in progress with measurement, volume, shapes, line plots, and classifying figures. In science, the focus will be on interactions of matter and energy and changes that occur. A study of original properties of materials and the new materials that are formed will be demonstrated. In social studies, economics, government, and WWI will be introduced and discussed. In all subject areas, a massive EOG review will take place in a fun learning style. We have worked hard this year for all students to be successful and make progress in their learning. We encourage students to get plenty of rest and attend school regularly. The testing dates are as follows: May 25 Reading EOG, May 26 Math EOG, Math 31 Social Studies EOG, June 1 Science EOG. Save the date June 8th at from 8:00 to 9:00 for our 5th Grade Celebration. You do not want to miss this special day!
May always brings about some of my favorite lessons! Students learn some information about the art of Georgia O’Keefe, Keith Haring, Eric Carle, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse and create projects reflecting their art styles.
We learn how to make new colors by mixing the primary and secondary colors, make high and low values of colors by adding white or black, make colorful designs cutting a variety of lines and shapes, use complimentary and analogous colors, create variety, balance, and unity in our pictures.
May is a busy month as we finish up projects, select art for the community to exchange what has been hanging, gearing up for the EOG’s, participating in end of year celebrations, and creating lasting art with Fifth graders.
In Physical Education, we just completed our Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart fundraising event. Our students were able to raise $1,487.19 for such a great purpose!!! I am very proud of our student’s for accomplishing this.
As we enter the month of May, students in Kindergarten - 2nd grade will be learning about throwing & catching, and kicking & trapping skills. Students in grades 3-5 will begin exploring flying disc and softball activities! Hopefully we will get to enjoy the warming weather and try some of these activities outdoors. So make sure your children are dressed for success on the days they have Physical Education.
At the beginning of June we will complete our field day for all grade levels. Grades K-2 field day will be on June 3rd. Grades 3-5 field day will be on June 6th. We will need parent volunteers for this event! Please send a note to school with your child containing your contact information if you are interested in volunteering!
All younger grades are continuing to learn proper mallet technique for xylophones and for drums. We enjoy playing our bucket ensemble music as often as we can. First and Third graders will be working on a song to sing at the awards days scheduled for the last days of school. We will also have our Fifth Grade celebration on May the 8th. Fifth graders will receive their awards and sing for their parents.