February 5, 2015
Feb. 6 (Fri) - Moms Make a Difference
Feb. 11 (Wed) - Spanish test & Early Release (11:40)
Feb. 12 (Thurs) - PTO Spirit Night at Moe's (YUM!)
Feb. 13 (Fri) - Optional Valentine exchange (see below for more info)
Feb. 16 (Mon) - No School for students (Professional Development for teachers)
Feb. 17 (Tues) - Beta Club
Feb. 20 (Fri) - Birthday Book Lunch & Black History Program (1:30)
Feb. 24 (Tues) - Interims go home
Feb. 26 (Thurs) - Spring Pictures & Literacy Night
Feb. 27 (Fri) - Read Across America Day
Life Skill of the Month
This week's emphasis was Being Truthful. Next week's emphasis is Active Listening.
Valentines are completely optional. However, if your child does Valentines for one child in the room, they need to do a Valentine for every child in the room. They can create a box to collect Valentines in, or I will have some paper bags for them to decorate a little that morning before we go to Art. After Art class, the boxes/bags will be placed on their desks and the Valentines will be passed out. As soon as this process is complete, the boxes/bags will go in the backpacks or the back table. We will not be going through them at school.
We will have a special snack (we love to eat in our classroom), but we will not have a party that day.
Caesar's English Review
I am mentioning this to you now, because, based on my experience with this group of students this year, many of your children will be anxious about this process. Please encourage them at home while I encourage them at school. :-) Everyone in the state is in the exact same spot with the exact same expectation and the exact same time limit. The test is looking for them to accomplish some specific things and we will be preparing for this together. As long as they don't shut down in class from stress, I will be able to have them ready when the last week of April arrives. All I need is their effort. :-) Thanks in advance for your support!
Science & Social Studies
In Social Studies, our next chapter is the Road to the Revolution. It's getting interesting...
We have worked all year on justifying and explaining our thinking in each problem we encounter. They do a pretty good job. However, justifying and explaining when it comes to fractions might be more of a struggle even for those that know the steps that they need to take. I hope to be able to stretch them in this. I want you to know my thinking in case they come home frustrated. :-)