Camp STARZ News

Bi-Weekly Newsletter

Happy November!

It is hard for me to believe that it is already November and I have been lucky to be with your kids for over two months. We are really coming together as a classroom community and we are busy every day. I hope your child comes home with stories, information and shares with you what they are doing in class. Ask them about math workshop or their latest writing piece. I'm thrilled with all the reading that the students are doing at home and at school. We are incorporating the ipads for reading and spelling practice. I look forward to integrating the technology throughout the curriculum, in the weeks to come.

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Habit #2: Beginning with the End in Mind


We have been enjoying math workshop for the last two weeks. Most lessons can be done this way and it allows me to offer differentiated instruction with all three groups. We will finish up with unit 3 and take the test on Tuesday. The district benchmark test will also be given at the end of the week. I will be starting unit 4 before Thanksgiving break. I have decided to hold off on math volunteers because of benchmark assessments. Your child will only have math homework on Monday this week and next week. Enjoy the break from homework and help them work on fact fluency.

Social Studies

The students have been learning about their community, local government and patriotism in the past week. We will finish up the unit on Monday with an assessment. I look forward to moving onto exploring the Pilgrims and how they formed their first community back in 1620. I hope your child comes home and shares new information about the Pilgrims.


The students read a realistic fiction story called The Ugly Vegetables. It tied in perfectly with our social studies unit because it showed what a suburban neighborhood looks like and how they synergize. Our next story is about storms and is a non-fiction text. We will continue to work on writing informational paragraphs. I was very impressed with their first piece and look forward to sharing that with you at conferences. In writing, we will continue to respond to their reading, letter writing to someone they are thankful for at school and creating quality paragraphs.

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 17th-Scholastic Book Fair-11:00

Nov. 18th-Credit Union

Nov. 19th-Room 10 Feast

Nov. 24th-Trimester Ends

Nov. 25-27-Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 9/10th-Conferences