ELL Newsletter

February

Dear ELL Families:

At the end of the second marking period we completed district assessments to further inform us of student strengths and needs. You received an update of this information in the progress reports that were sent home last week. Mrs. B and I looked at this information and made a few changes to the group of ELL students. We are happy to have new students join us this week for our extended day.

Academics

In addition to our weekly Granny and 5th grade buddy visits, Mr. Zonay joins us for ELL two times a week. Mr. Zonay is a retired Palisades teacher who assists us with guided reading. During his visits he takes small groups of students in the classroom for guided reading instruction. Just like time spent with Grannies and buddies, this allows us to break our class into smaller groups to provide more individualized instruction to the children. We use this time to practice important literacy skills through games, projects and activities. I hope your child shares some of the fun with you!

Something to Try...

Pictures are important!!!! Ask your child to tell you a story by reading the pictures. Practicing this skill helps to develop good reading habits as we teach students to use all their resources when learning new words and understanding what they're reading. When reading baggie books, encourage your child to use the pictures to help him figure out new words in the story. This will help her develop comprehension and confidence!

Book Recommendations

Clifford’s First Valentine’s Day by Norman Bridwell

The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll

Dear Bunny by Michaela Morgan

How Do I Love You by Leslie Kimmelman

Featured Website

ABCYA http://www.abcya.com/kindergarten_computers.htm

ABCYA is a free website that is easily accessible. Kindergarten students are able to practice letter and sight word identification using different games. There are also online storybooks with narration.

Reminders

  • February 13 - SEPTA Meeting at 12:10 in the library
  • February 13 - Getting Ready for Kindergarten information sessions at PALMS 9:30-10:30 and 6:30 - 7:30
  • February 14 - Kindergarten Valentine’s Day party
  • February 14 - NO ELL

  • February 17 - Student Holiday/Teacher Inservice

  • February 20 - Student/Staff Holiday

  • March 2 - Springfield Literacy Night 6:30-7:45