We had a wonderful turn out for virtual parent teacher conferences, I know this was different but from what I heard from teachers and parents that it was nice to hear from your child's teacher about how the year is going. In CKLA (reading curriculum) students are learning about plants, various civilizations, and empires in the Middle Ages. For math, teachers are putting a focus on math fact fluency into the WIN time.
Below are some updates about things that are happening at the Elementary school for this month. I have enjoyed getting to know more students everyday. Thank you for sharing your children with us and helping them grow. I look forward to a wonderful November!
Important Dates to Remember:
November 11 Veteran's Day Program 9 am view on Live Ticket, link to come
November 12 Mid-Quarter/ 4th/5th Honor Roll Assembly
November 24 STEAM Day
November 25-26 Thanksgiving Break No School
Veteran's Day Program November 11
As many of you have probably seen on Facebook or our district website, that our normal traditional Veteran's Day Program as been changed due to our current world we live in.
Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students have been working hard learning and preparing for the program. However, the Administrative team as well as the music teachers feel that it would be best to only have the 5th grade students perform this year during the program. This will allow for students to be able to spread out and social distance appropriately. All elementary students will be singing with masks on during the performance.
While we are not allowing parents or community members to attend this live, we will be streaming it with the Live Ticket. This link will be posted on our Facebook page as well as our website. The rest of the elementary students will be watching the program from their classrooms via the link as well.
I hope you will be able to tune into the program on November 11 beginning at 9 am with the rest of the K-12 students.
At Home Math Fact Practice
A fun and easy way to practice math facts at home is to use a deck of cards. The game is War. Each player will need a deck of cards. The game is played in much the way the traditional card game. The biggest difference is that players add , subtract, or multiply the cards they reveal. Determine if you are going to add, subtract, or multiply. Each player will turn over a card or to make it more of a challenge, could turn over multiple cards.
- When both cards are revealed, students must perform the assigned operation on the cards. For example, if one student flips over a 5 of hearts and the other flips over a 9 of spades, then the students add in their heads the value of those two cards. 5 + 9 = 14. The first student to call out "14" wins those two cards.
Below are the fluency standards for each grade level to master by the end of the year.
- Kindergarten- Add/Subtract within 5
- 1st- Add/Subtract within 20
- 2nd- Add/Subtract within 100
- 3rd- Add/Subtract within 1,000 & Multiplication
- 4th- Add/Subtract within 1,000,000 Multiplication
- 5th- Multi-digit multiplication
SD Parent Connection Literacy Tip
Reading Focus: Phonemic Awareness | Grade: K/1
Get into Guesswork.
Did you know guessing games such as “I Spy” can be used to work on almost any phonological skill? Want to practice noticing what sounds words begin with? Try “I spy something red that starts with /s/.” Continue with other letters of the alphabet.
Another variation is to say, “I spy something that begins with the /b/ sound.”
For more ideas, blogs and videos for parents and reading go to:www.sdsfec.org/literacy-tips-for-families
Ask your student about what is a learning target
Be sure to ask your student's what their learning target is in Reading and Math.
- PTA will be having a meeting in the board room on November 16 at 4:00 pm. This meeting is also held virtually and is posted on their Facebook page. They look forward to having you join them.
- PTA Reflections Contest is happening and more information coming in Tuesday folders. This year's theme is I matter because... Students will create a work of art work that relates to the theme.
- PTA needs your help with American Education Staff Luncheon to be held November 23 for K-5 teachers and November 24 for 6-12 teachers. They are in need of some help with various things to make this event possible. If you can help, please click on the event link to see how you can. This is a wonderful way to show your appreciation for all K-12 Hot Springs Schools Teacher.
PTA K-12 Luncheon
PTA is looking for donations & volunteers for the American Education Luncheon that is provided to Hot Springs Schools K-12 teachers. Please consider helping to make this event successful for our teachers. They need help with set-up & clean-up, donating/browning hamburger, and providing desserts. Thank you for showing your appreciation to our wonderful teachers.