Mrs. Snyder's Spectator

September 22-26th

Important Dates


2nd - Roadrunner Rally

3rd - 1/2 Day for Students

10th - Quarter 1 Ends

14th - PTO Open Forum (7pm)

18th - Career Day (wear what you want to be when you grow up)

21st-22nd - Parent Teacher Conferences (sign up ASAP)

23-24th - Fall Break (NO SCHOOL)


4th - PTO Open Forum (7pm)

26-28th - Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

Specials/Related Arts

M- Art

T- Computer

W- P.E. (Wear tennis shoes)

Th- Music

F- Art and Library (Bring your books to return)

Reading Workshop

We are beginning our next Unit of Study - Tracking Trouble. We will be learning word attack strategies which are ways we can help us solve words we don't know in our reading. I will be giving each student a bookmark that has ALL the strategies we will learn on it so they can use it at school. I will also send home some suggestions for how to help your child with reading at home.

Homework Reminder:

Every morning I check the student is completely their reading log. If they don't have it complete, they spend recess completing their homework before they can play. Homework is not optional. Please remind your student to read and complete their homework each night. It is very important that your student reads every night for 20 minutes.

Word Study

We will spend another week working on Sort 8 - long and short i sounds. Please have your student practice their sort at home by doing some of the suggested activities listed on Blackboard or just sort them at home. It is very important student can distinguish the difference between the long and short vowel sounds in words. This will really help when they are reading difficult words.

*The students should be taking their words and sight words home every night to practice*

Sight Words:

little, work, know, place, years.

Practice your words using Spelling City:

On Blackboard, there are ideas for home activities for students to do with their spelling words as well as their sight words. It is important they spend time at home practicing them.

Writing Workshop

Personal Narrative is our next unit of writing this year. In this unit, students focus on stories from their lives. Stories students write have characters, a setting, and a time order with a beginning, middle, and end. Lessons will teach students to ‘zoom in’ on the most important parts of their stories.

Students will also begin to make simple changes to make their writing more readable to an audience. This is a chance for writers to develop their writer’s voice. When writers tell how they feel or including a personal reaction, we are more connected to the story.

Students will begin to learn to:

  • Reread writing and add details or take away parts to make the meaning clear.
  • Edit writing for capitals, ending punctuation and spelling.
  • Focus on handwriting by using spacing and lowercase letters.
  • Add dialogue to make their writing more interesting


Last Friday, I gave each student a test over Place Value to 100 to see how they have done in place value. We are going to continue to work with Place Value to 1000.


What is a scientist? What tools do scientists use? What steps do scientists take in experiments? How do scientists observe? How do we use the 5 senses when we observe? How do we make a hypothesis? How do we find conclusions to experiments? These are some of the many questions we will answer during our first unit in Science. We will also do lots of fun experiments :)

Scholastic Book Order

It's time for another round of Scholastic Book orders! EVERY student will get a free book coupon as pictured worth up to $5 when you spend $10 or more. It's a great way to get a free book while placing an order to help our classroom get more books for our library. Happy Shopping!

Chaucie's Place - Smart Steps

CRES is partnering again this year with Chaucie’s Place, a child advocacy organization in Hamilton County, to bring Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children to our Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students. Smart Steps is a child sexual abuse prevention and education program that empowers your child to say “NO!” to any unwanted touches that make them uncomfortable from anyone.

We invite you to attend a Chaucie’s Place Parent Night to learn more about the Smart Steps program. Brooks School Elementary will be hosting on Tuesday, September 30th from 6:00-7:00 or you can attend at Cumberland Elementary on Wednesday, October 8th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. This meeting is open to all parents and/or guardians of Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students. Please be advised that Parent Night is not open to children. To learn more about Chaucie’s Place visit:

Our Classroom

Class Read Aloud: The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Mrs. Snyder's Currently Reading: PBL in the Elementary Classroom