September 4, 2015

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Dear Parents,

We had a fantastic first full week of school! I am so proud to inform you that our team earned their first GOLDEN PAW in only one week of school! I will tell you more about this next week at our Parent Night. Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 10th (6:30 - 7:15pm and 7:30 - 8:15 pm). During this time we will be reviewing classroom policies, procedures, and curriculum. There will also be a sign up list for parents interested in donating and volunteering to our classroom this year. This is a night for adults only.

Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully you all enjoy an extra day off!

Mrs. Horist

Shared Reading

This week students learned how illustrations enhance our experience with text. As we read the realistic fiction story, Lunch Money, by the talented Andrew Clements, students demonstrated their ability to use a variety of reading strategies as we shared our thinking with one another. During this time students also practiced taking detailed notes in their Reader's Workshop notebooks to assist us in analyzing the text at a deeper level. I am so excited to see how engaged our team is as we not only share our own thinking, but learn to be actively listeners as well!

Weekly KidBlog

Each week your student will be asked to complete a reflection writing activity using kidblog.org. Students have been taught how to log in and complete a post. I have posted a direct link to the website on our classroom homepage under "Learning Links". Or students may go to www.kidblog.org and use the username for our class: kjhorist@d47.org Your child will then find his/her name. The password is horist25. Your child should respond to the prompt with at least 5 complete sentences - using capital letters, complete thoughts and correct punctuation.

Link to KidBlog: https://kidblog.org/class/team-horist/login

Social Studies

Our team has dove right into our History Alive curriculum this week! Students are currently learning about the seven Native American cultural regions that lived in America long ago. Students are learning how one’s environment impacts how they live. As we “visit” each region students are learning about how the Native Americans used the natural resources around them to create artifacts, homes, and clothing in order to survive. I have been so impressed by the students hard work and attention to detail as we take detailed notes and learn new routines and expectation for this subject!

MAP Assessments

It is that time of year again - where we get a baseline on where your child is in their learning using the MAP assessment. Students will be taking a test in both reading and math next week. After the test, each student will have a conference with me to discuss results and set goals for the year.

Upcoming Events

September 7 - No School

September 10 - Parent Night - Session 1: 6:30-7:15 Session 2: 7:30-8:15

September 17- PTO meeting @ 7pm (PBIS Presentation)

September 18- Fundraiser orders and payment due

September 23- Early release 2pm