Mrs. Baker's Class

Newsletter Feb. 22, 2013

What are we doing?

Math: The students will work on addition and subtraction with three digit numbers. Students will be introduced to working with numbers up to 999 and beyond. We will be using hands on models to make numbers to help students get more comfortable and flexible in their place value skills. Students will be completing problem solving each day in math, at this point in the year the problems will be multi-step and require higher level thinking. Problem solving is connected to everyday experiences where they communicate, and use logical reasoning to justify their thinking and solving in an efficient way.

Science: The area in science will be weather and the water cycle. Students will be learning about the water cycle by isolating each stage. This week we will be focusing on evaporation. Students will be conducting several experiences to experience evaporation in a hands on way. On Thursday, we are going to be taping our weather person skills on the green screen. We will be wrapping up our weather data collect with a graphing day. The kids will be graphing all our results from 10 days of documenting the weather.

Reading: The big idea in reading will be using folktales all week. By using folktales we will expose students to different versions of the same folktale from a different culture. Students will attend closely to characters, settings and plots of the different folktales and compare them between cultures.

Writing: We will be writing our weather reports and working on small moments.

What is Happening at School:

- Field Trip permission slip and money due

Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6 pm - 2nd Cup of Coffee with the principal

Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 27 and 28 - Inside recess due to STAAR practice test (bring a game)

Wednesday, March 6 - Early Release at 12:45 pm

Monday - Friday, March 11 - 15 - Spring Break, No School

Thank you very Mr.& Mrs. Granger for donating cups!

I appreciate my volunteers! Mrs. Licata, Mrs. Nadir, and Mrs.Kent. Thanks so much for helping us assemble the project!

Way to Go! 22 out of 24 have turned in their Six Flags Reading Log! I am hoping two more will filter in on Monday, so we can reach our class goal! I am proud of each and every child! This is a big accomplishment! You will enjoy your ticket over the summer!

Kindergarten Round Up

Round Rock ISD will be holding it's annual Kindergarten Round-Up Tuesday, March 5th. Patsy Sommer Elementary will be participating in this registration day similar to the way we have the past few years. There will be a sign up posted on the Sommer website beginning Saturday, February 23rd and closing Sunday, March 3rd. The day has been broken up into 1 hour time slots from 9 am to 2 pm. We are asking that any family with a prospective Kindergarten student for the 2013-2014 school year please sign up for one of the times listed. During this time, parents will be able to fill out the necessary registration paperwork while the new Kindergarten student gets to visit the Kindergarten pod and read books, play games, and make a craft with several of the Kindergarten teachers. If you are unable to bring your child we still encourage you to come and register him/her so that we can adequately prepare for the next school year.

Please look for the sign up at