Welcome to 2014!

with Ms. Jacinto in room 31

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed a fun and relaxing winter break! It has been exciting and a pleasure to see your children grow academically, socially, and emotionally during the first trimester. I can't wait to be a part of their achievements in 2014!

Team Effort

It was great to meet with you and to discuss school and home supports for your child at the parent teacher conference in November. I look forward to your continued support! Please continue to initial and communicate with me through the daily communication calendar. As for the Friday folder signatures, I would like to change our Friday Folder routine. Instead of signing the Friday Folder, please sign the individual tests that I send home and please return them in the Friday Folder on Mondays.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at cjacinto@cheltenham.org or by phone at (215) 635-7415 ext. 1131.

Daily Math Practice

Learning Multiplication Facts

To help your child learn his or her multiplication facts, please practice with him or her every night. Students will be creating multiplication flash cards. Please keep the flash cards in the brown envelope in their homework folder, so that the students may practice at school and at home.

Some Multiplication Flash Card Activities


Place a line of flash cards on a table. Have your child answer each problem before moving on to the next. If your child answers one of the questions incorrectly, he or she must start again at the beginning. When your child has completed all of the equations and gotten to the end of the "train", the game is finished!


Place a few flash cards in front of your child. Give him or her the answer to one of the problems and ask your child to pick the equation that matches the answer. As your child gets better, increase the amount of cards you use to make this game more challenging.


Set a timer for 3 minutes. Hold up one flash card at a time for your child to see. As soon as he or she answers a problem correctly, show another problem for your child to answer. Continue until the time is up, then count the number of cards you've gone through. Encourage your child to solve more problems each time you play this game.

Online Math Practice

Big Brainz Multiplication


Does your child like video games? Download the free home-use version of this game and your child will quickly learn and retain facts in an engaging way.



This online program develops personalized addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division practice problems for your child. You may also track your child's progress through the site. Sign up for a free account with your parent email address.


Please continue to encourage your child to read everyday and please sign the reading log within his or her green homework folder.

To track the the students' reading progress, the students will take an Accelerated Reader (A.R.) test through the online program at school when they finish reading an A.R. book. The students will be required to pass two A.R. tests per month.

Online Reading Programs



Please continue with the program to develop your child's non-fiction comprehension skills. Your child's KidBiz username and password is stapled to the front page of his or her daily assignment book.

Study Island (Reading and Math Skills)


To watch reading and math lessons and then to answer practice questions based on the lessons, please use the Study Island program. Your child's Study Island username is his or her firstname.lastname@cheltenham.org and for the password, it is his or her lunch id number.

If you have any trouble logging into the programs or any questions, please do hesitate to contact me.