Magee Friday Night News
January 12th, 2018
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Reading Celebration Week
January Character Trait: Perseverance
This month;s trait is“Perseverance.” Students are reminded daily of trying and trying again even when things get difficult. Strive to reach your goals. Keep your confidence up and feel good about yourself.
Below are some great teaching points for discussion at home:
I always do my best; I strive for excellence.
I am willing to risk failure for a worthy goal.
I am self-disciplined.
I make sure to learn from my mistakes and failures.
I try to see the big picture and think long term.
I set goals and stay focused.
I don't give up just because things seem difficult.
I don't procrastinate.
I think I am / am not a diligent person because: ___________________
Take a moment to talk with your child about these statements!
Title Reading Tip
CAFÉ Strategy: Check for Understanding
As your child is progressing through the year, we would like to update you with another CAFÉ strategy to reinforce at home. CAFÉ is an acronym that stands for Comprehension (I understand what I read), Accuracy (I can read the words), Fluency (I can read smoothly and understand what I read), and Expanding vocabulary (I know, find, and use interesting words). The strategy introduced is a part of the Comprehension portion of the CAFÉ Menu.
Even as an adult reader, there are times when I am reading a story and I get lost and am not sure what has happened. Fortunately, when this happens, I have strategies I use to help me understand the story. The same thing happens when children read. However, with children they often keep reading and do not realize they lost comprehension until the end of the story. They are too concerned with reading accurately, and forget to take the time to think about what they are reading. How can we help them gain comprehension? We can teach them the comprehension strategy: check for understanding because good readers stop frequently to check for understanding or to ask who and what.
How to help your child with the check for understanding strategy at home:
1. When reading to your child, stop periodically and say, “Let’s see if we remember what I just read. Think about who the story was about and what happened.” Do this 3 or 4 times throughout the story.
2. Ask your child the following questions:
· Who did you just read about?
· What just happened?
· Do you understand what was read?
· What do you do if you don’t remember?
Thank you for your continued support!
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ART CLASS?
Students in Ms. Webster’s and Ms. Kopetsky’s art classes are preparing for the folk dance festival performance on March 23rd. In collaboration with the music department, each grade level will be studying a different country and creating an art project related to the country’s culture. Kindergarteners will be learning about Hawaii, Gr. 1- Israel, Gr. 2-Sweden, Gr. 3-Czechoslovokia, and Grade 4- Mexico. Projects will be on display while the students are performing their dances. Watch for more information coming soon!
Cold weather reminders
A parent reminder for the cold months: our drop off lane seems to get backed up close to 8:00 when the weather gets colder. I can assume this is because kids don't want to be outside and therefore parents bring them a little bit later. The drop off lane becomes congested and backed up due to this reason. Please try to be in the drop off lane before 7:45 to help with this.
Students getting late to class due to late drop offs is not only disruptive to the class, but also an undue stress on your child.
PLEASE REVIEW our Winter rules with your child. You can click here for the outside rules.
Pick up drop off
Please have children enter and exit the vehicle on the passenger side to avoid having kids walk around cars.
Please pull as far forward to help keep the pick up/drop off lane moving.
Have your child ready to exit the car, hats and gloves on, backpack in hand.
Arrive early. The winter months always lend themselves to people getting to school right at 8:00, causing a back-up in the drop off lane.
Thanks for keeping our kids safe!
Jan 15th- 2nd semester milk money due
Jan 18th- PTO
Jan 19th- No School
Jan 22nd- 2nd semester milk starts
Jan 26th- Report cards go home
Jan 29th- 2nd quarter awards
Jan 31st- School wide reward day
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