Getting Ready for Open House
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 6:30 PM via ZOOM
I'd like to formally invite you to attend Open House. This year, once again, we'll meet using Zoom. The below link will give you access to the meeting room.
I hope this first newsletter helps you to learn and get excited about the year ahead. I, for one, am very excited. I'm looking forward to meeting you at Open House. Come equipped with any questions you may have. It will be my pleasure to answer them.
Click HERE to enter the ZOOM Room.
Intro to Bridges for Families: LINK
Welcome to Bridges: LINK
Bridges Unit 1 Overview: LINK
English Language Arts
- Read to Self
- Work on Writing
- Read to Someone
- Work on Developing Language Skills
- Work on Lexia
While the students are busy completing meaningful assignments and practicing their skills, I will be busy working with individual students and small groups. There will definitely be some whole class mini-lessons, but for the most part, students' time will be largely focused on actually reading, writing, and communicating. I will use Wonders as a primary resource in addition to Story Works, actual chapter books, non-fiction books, picture books, and poetry.
We have been hard at work, establishing routines, and working to build a community where everyone feels valued and comfortable enough to take risks. My end goal is to create a relaxed vibe during our ELA block despite the fact that students and teachers will be working hard to promote growth and achievement. I hope that this block will feel joyful. In the end, I hope that your students grow to enjoy reading more than ever and that each time they pick up a book, it is a meaningful experience.
Science and Social Studies
Our students will have Miss Chiarelli for social studies. We taught together last year at Clough. She is an enthusiastic and capable teacher who I know will make social studies relevant and engaging for your child. Our students will learn about North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States) and its peoples from a geographic perspective, expanding map reading, mapmaking, and geographic reasoning skills. They'll explore guiding questions such as “How have the geographic features of North America shaped its history?” and “What contributions have the various groups that have settled in North America made to the culture of each region?” Their studies will help them to appreciate the culture and geography around them and across our beautiful continent.
Instead, I will send out a monthly newsletter keeping you up to date on the important goings-on in our classroom and will share ideas for expanding the learning at home. I'm excellent at answering emails and will get back to you in 24 hours or less in response to any questions or concerns you may have.
I'm also happy to meet with you at any point during the school year to discuss your student's progress. I'll look forward to meeting with you in November but we can certainly meet before then, too.