North Side News

November/December 2017

How can you help your child "Learn to Read" or "Read to Learn" at home?

Students in grades K-2 are learning how to read. The focus is on reading words and decoding strategies. Students learn that when they come to a word they don't know, they can: 1) get their mouth ready to make the first sound; 2) stretch out the sounds within the word; 3) look for word chunks; 4) skip the word and decide what makes sense, but go back and reread it; 5) Try a different vowel sound; 6) look for a smaller word within the big word; 7) think of a rhyming word you may know.

The reading focus changes in grades 3-6, students are now "reading to learn." This means they are focusing on thinking about text and using evidence to comprehend and support their learning of that text.

How can you help? Please encourage your child(ren) to read four to five days per week for 15-20 minutes. Support them when they decode words, remind them of the decoding strategies and encourage them to use these to figure out these unknown words. Ask your child(ren) questions about what they are reading. Start with who, what, where, why, and when questions and then move into open ended questions. When they are unable to answer the questions, encourage them to refer back to the text for help.

The more children read, the better readers they will become! Strong readers become great writers and can solve different kinds of math problems!


Join us as we honor......those who have served for us!!!

Where: North Side Gymnasium

When: Friday, November 10, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Events for the month of November

Saturday, November 4th - 6th grade volleyball @ ENMS, 8-11 a.m.

Tuesday, November 7th - End of Trimester 1

Wednesday, November 8th - FUNDRAISER PICK-UP, 3-6 P.M. IN CAFETERIA

Friday, November 10th - Report cards go home

Friday, November 10th - Veteran's Day Program, 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, November 15th - Science Fair Informational Meeting, students @ 3 p.m.,

parents @ 4 p.m.

Thursday, November 16th - North Side HOSTS the SPELL BOWL, 5 p.m.

Friday, November 17th - Awards Programs (See below for more details)

Saturday, November 18th - Robotics Competition @ Rome City, 8 a.m.

Wednesday, November 22nd - Friday, November 24th - Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 29th - Board Meeting, 6 p.m. at Avilla

Trimester 1 Awards Assembly

For those students receiving an award, teachers will reach out to parents through Dojo, Seesaw, e-mail or text so that you may attend.

Grades 3 and 4 - 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

Grades K, 1, and 2 - 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Grades 5 and 6 - 11:45 - 12:30 p.m.

Events for the month of December

December 4th - December 20th - Middle of Year Benchmark Testing

Tuesday, December 12th - Winter Music Program for grades 1, 3, and 5; 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 13th - Board Meeting, 6 p.m. @ the Bus Garage

Friday, December 15th - Student Science Fair Proposals are due

Thursday, December 21st - Tuesday, January 2nd - Winter Break