Rhino Report

January 2022

Important Dates:

* Jan. 13th 5:30-7:30PM- Parent Information Night

* Jan. 17th- No School

Kindergarten- Mrs. Slattery, Mrs. Del Real, Mrs. Vigil, Mrs. Blackburn

Math Update


We are working on composing and decomposing during this unit.

We will: represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds, acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.

solve addition and subtraction word problems and add and subtract within 10.

decompose numbers less than or equal to 10.

make partners for 10. Given any number from 1 to 9, we can find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number

develop a deeper fluency when we add and subtract within 5.


ELA Update

When reading together at home, discuss key ideas and details. This may include characters, setting, problem/solution. Ask your child to retell the story in their own words. Have students try to support their thinking with evidence from the text.

Practice expanding writing by adding more details.

Practice identifying beginning, middle, and ending sounds in CVC words. (Example: What is the middle sound in cat? /a/)

Please continue to practice sight words at home. Reviewing letter names and sounds is also a helpful tool.

I am


Quarterly Reading Goal

Continue reading together at home to help your child meet their reading goal.

1st Grade- Miss Theis, Mrs. Hanson, Mrs. Burkhart, Mrs. Veeder, Ms. Tabor, Mrs. Huck

Math Update
  • Measurement- Comparing length

  • Measurement- Using centimeter cubes

  • Graphing- Organizing data in a graph


ELA Update

  • Understanding who is telling the story

  • Writing a story with characters, sequence of events, and a conclusion


Quarterly Reading Goal

Read two books this month.

2nd Grade- Mrs. VanArsdale, Mrs. Hessman, Mrs. Towry, Ms. Montes

Math Update


  • Starting Math module 5- Addition/Subtraction within 1,000

  • Work on mental math facts.

  • Talk to your child about different strategies used in math to solve 2 and 3 digit addition and subtraction problems.

  • Math module 5 test will be given before February conferences.

ELA Update


  • ELA focus for the month of January is working on nonfiction text features.

  • We will also be working on main idea and supporting details.

  • Phonics: long O, and compound words, long I

  • Writing: Research writing- Habitats


Reading Goal

January reading goal sheets will be sent home. Read a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Reading goal due Tuesday, February 1.

3rd Grade- Mrs. Cook, Miss Cox, Mrs. O'Brien, Mrs. Gutierrez

Math Update


  • Continue to practice multiplication facts!

  • The focus this month is introducing fractions.

While you are cooking or eating, ask your child to relate fractions to your meal. Example: What fraction of the pizza are you eating?


ELA Update

  • We will continue focusing on the central message, main idea, and key details in both fiction and nonfiction texts. In writing, we will be creating an opinion piece.


Quarterly Reading Goal-

This quarter, students will complete a reading goal that will be communicated to you by your child’s teacher.

4th Grade- Ms. Batman, Miss Wiswell, Mrs. Estrella, Mrs. Hiers, Mrs. Guerrero

Math Update


  • As we work to finish up our long multiplication and division unit, there are still some students who need to memorize the multiplication facts. Working at home for a short time every day helps so much!

  • Our next unit is fractions. We will be using fractions in a number of ways.

  • Cooking with your student helps with fractions. Let them measure. Having a discussion about which fraction is more or less will help them understand the different fractions.



ELA Update

We will be working on Unit 2 module B where our focus moves to opinions. We will be using text evidence to support our opinions.


At home ask your child’s opinion on events going on in the world or the family. Have them support their opinion with reasons and evidence.


Quarterly Reading Goal


  • 2 Fiction Chapter book at their level.

  • 1 Nonfiction book

5th Grade- Mrs. Irsik, Miss Bacon, Mrs. Botello, Miss Bradshaw

Math Update


  • Writing numerical expressions based on the multiplication of fractions

  • Performing operations with multi-digit whole numbers with decimals and hundredths

  • Interpret fractions using division and multiplication to solve word problems


ELA Update

Our module goals include explaining the relationships between individuals and historical events based on information presented in texts. In writing, students will compose an informative text using linking words and phrases and specific vocabulary. Learners will understand various social movements and how they have affected large groups of people.


Quarterly Reading Goal

Our third-quarter reading goal consists of reading 20 minutes per day as recorded on a daily reading log. Parent or guardian signature required for credit.

Music- Miss Corwin and Mrs. Bennett

Kinder & 1st Grade- Piano keyboards and folk dancing


2nd Grade-5th Grade- Guitar and Piano Keyboards

Physical Education- Mr. Hobbs and Mr. Rogers

Jump Rope/Basketball Unit

Library- Mrs. Fairbank

Kindergarten- Have your student tell you about their favorite storybook character?

1st grade- Have your student tell you about their favorite storybook character?

2nd grade- Have your student tell you about their favorite storybook character?

3rd & 4th grade- Ask your student what their favorite nonfiction book is?

5th grade- Ask your student what their favorite nonfiction book is and have them tell you three facts from the text!

Student Support Services- Ms. Alarcon

Hello, Ross Families


In January, we will continue to focus on resolving conflict. The student will also learn the importance of being honest and fair. As always feel free to contact me if I can assist your family in any way.


Alarcon.erica@usd443.org

-Ms. Alarcon

School Psychologist- Mrs. Millershaski

How to Raise a Reader

1.Start a reading habit early

2. Read everyday

3. Keep books all around your house

4. Visit the library and bookstore on a regular basis

5. Let your children choose their own books

6. Be a reading role model