Volume 1, Issue 31: May 4, 2018
Please read through this newsletter and let me know if you have any comments or questions. Pay special attention to the upcoming optional student-led end of year conferences!
Have a great weekend!
-Ms. Kate Martin
Inaugural Year Art Project
We are asking that parents send in a $3 donation per student to offset the costs associated with purchasing the tiles and other paint/sealant materials. Please send in the money by May 3rd.
Proud Teacher Moments!
- Kailey, Sarah, Xavier: I'm so proud of the growth you've shown this week! All 3 of you worked hard and took your time. :)
Optional Student-Led End of Year Conferences
To summarize and reflect on our year, the students will prepare to lead an end-of-year conference. This is an optional conference for you to attend, however I believe it will be a fantastic opportunity for your child to share their strengths, areas for improvement, favorite assignments/projects/products and goals for the future. If you choose not to sign up, please email me and I can send home the sheet for your child to do the conference at home on their own.
Sign Up Here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080A49ACA62DA0F58-optional
Writing & Reading: This week we have continued our writing group research project on Exploration and took the Reading MAP test Tuesday.
Math: All Groups: End of year review and Math MAP Test.
Science: We continued our FOSS unit on Environments this week. The students learned the environmental factors of aquatic ecosystems. We also learned about the intricacies of food webs and how they are affected by population changes.
Enrichment:Students continued their 6th enrichment project. Check it out here.
mSTEP Prep continued!
Looking Forward to Next Week
mSTEP Tests on Tuesday and Thursday!
Writing & Reading: We will continue our group research project and will be learning about how to explore and interpret art related to our reading. mSTEP Language Arts test.
Math: All Groups: End of year review and Math mSTEP Test.
Science: We will continue a FOSS unit on environments.
Enrichment: We will continue our 6th enrichment project.
Standardized Testing Dates
MSTEP Testing is NEXT WEEK! I'm hoping for 100% attendance!
Since our GT classes share our own chromebook cart, we are in a unique position because we are able to schedule our end-of-year testing dates to meet our needs. Our testing dates are as follows:
5/8/18: Reading m-STEP
5/10/18: Math m-STEP
All tests will be done in the morning. For the m-STEP only the GT 3rd graders will be testing in Ms. Gierman's room and the GT 4th graders will be testing in my room.
Self-Reflective Learning: Organization
This week we discussed being INTENTIONAL.
- Specifically regarding our habits of mind and our daily mental attitude, we want to come into school knowing exactly what's expected and what our goals are for that day, week, month and year.
- We want to know where we are heading, not coming in with an aimless attitude!
3 laps = 1 mile on our trail
5 miles walked = 1 toe token
-Independent Reading: Minimum 20 minutes
-Literature Circles: Reading and "job"
-Daily math homework M-Th
- Please check your child's agenda nightly by initialing under "Parent Signature". I will also initial it in the morning to confirm they have written the correct information down.
- Friday Folders: They were sent home today! Please take out all the sheets and return the folder MONDAY.
- Bagel Sales! Pre-Order on Wednesdays of each week. All varieties cost $1, cash only. Bagels are delivered on Fridays.
- Order online at www.scholastic.com and use our class code R3CHK if you need books!