Frederickson Free Press

- Issue 11 - November 17, 2015

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Exciting News & Report Cards!

First, the EXCITING NEWS! On behalf of our classroom, I applied for a grant with the Painted Hand Casino Community Development program, and was successful!! Our classroom has received $2000 in grant money to put towards additional iPads for our classroom, so we can continue to work on our blogs, and use technology to connect us to other classrooms throughout the world!!

Report Cards:

Report cards will be coming home with your child on Friday. I must be honest and say that for me as a teacher, and a parent, report cards are very difficult, as a number does not accurately express who your child is in school, what they do well, where they have come from, how much they have grown, and what areas they might work on. As a result, you will find that along with the report card, you will find a page of notes about your child that I have written. In addition, I am really looking forward to the opportunity to sit down together next week with you during our parent/teacher interviews.

As parents and teacher, we want what is best for our kids, but too often, we only measure success by the number of 3's or 4's that are brought home on the report card. Regardless of what you see on your child's report card, please see this as an opportunity to first and foremost have a conversation with your child. I encourage you to ask your child their thoughts or feelings and encourage them to take ownership of their learning, setting goals and sharing successes.

Lastly, whatever your family traditions are surrounding report cards, please remember that the ultimate goal of school is to learn and to grow. I often tell the students that it isn't about knowing the answer, but about showing what you know (which is different for each individual) and to prove that you are willing to keep going and to challenge yourself, especially when it is hard.

In your child's report card, you will also find a interview sheet that I ask you to hand in before our time together next week. This will help me to prepare for our conversation together. I encourage your child to attend with you (please no siblings), but that is up to your family.

Last but certainly not least, a long overdue thank you to you for diligently checking your child's agenda, asking how you can support your children, reading the newsletters. There is often a ton of information that comes at us parents each time, and I really appreciate being a partner in your child's learning!

Until next week ...

Mrs. F :)

SO ... How was school today? What did you learn?

This week, ask your child about ...


- setting our targets for our personal narratives

- beginning to draft our stories


- Talking back to our books - writing letters to our characters

- new books for our classroom library!

- Reflecting on our reading and our reading itineraries - are we reading at home?


- Adding numbers in the tens, hundreds and thousands

- Writing on our desks for our math warmups


- Types of Rocks - Igneous, Metamorphic, Sedimentary - Using Starburst Candies!


- Remembrance Day Celebration

Upcoming Dates

This Week:

Friday, November 20 - Report Cards Sent Home

- Hot Lunch

Saturday, November 21 - Happy Birthday Hannah!

Next Week:

Wednesday/Thursday, November 25&26 - Parent Teacher Interviews

Interesting Link of the Week:

Decode Your Child's Report Card: