Mrs Richmond's Newsletter

04.03.16

I HOPE EVERYONE HAD AN ENJOYABLE SPRING BREAK AND GOT TO SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILIES. WE HAD OUR FIRST VISITORS FROM THE UK VISIT US IN 2 YEARS, SO WE HAD FUN SHOWING THEM AROUND NC.

NEXT WEEK

MATH: Next week we will be learning how to use number lines to identify fractions and equivalent fractions. We will recap comparing fractions and using the correct symbols. As we move closer to the EOG's, around 7 weeks, we will start to review concepts in more depth. Our math morning work will be increasing from 6 problems to 8 problems, and then 10 problems a day in a couple of weeks. It is really important that your child is on time to school so they have ample time to complete it to a good standard. Even though we review the problems each day in class, it is good for you to review the problems in their Wednesday folders.


READING: Next week we will be starting our poetry unit. We will begin by looking at what makes up a poem and identifying features of them.


SOCIAL STUDIES: We will be continuing our economics unit.



** Homework - Please sign your child's agenda on a daily basis to show that your child has completed that night's homework. I expect homework to be turned in on time. Every Monday we write all the homework in our agenda so we know when it is due in. Also, please try and let your child do the homework by themselves, but then check it over with them. We go through homework every day so the children are aware of how they should answer the questions.

ECONOMICS PROJECT

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As part of our economics units, we will be learning about the value of money. For this project your child will be given a job each week where they will earn a salary. However, they will need to pay desk/chair/cubby rent (like in the real world!). This money is not real money but they will still have to look after their money or ‘bank it’ if they wish. There will be penalties, which are listed below. This is meant to be a fun project over the next few weeks. Each Friday they can choose to buy things with their money at the classroom shop (such as extra computer time, homework pass etc), or save up!!

Good deeds will be rewarded with on the spot CASH rewards.

At random times the TRASH van will arrive and inspect desks. There is a fine for having a messy desk.

Halfway through the project the children will also need to pay taxes!!!

Your child will keep track of their income and expenses each week, practicing math skills to balance their accounts.

This will be an interesting experiment to see which children run out of money and those that save!!

REVIEWING WORK

As we get closer to the EOG's you may be wondering what you can do to help support your child at home.

One of the things we recommend it reviewing your child's work in their Wednesday folder. We review some of this work where necessary but do not review everything. You are welcome to keep the work for an extra few days if this is helpful, and then sign and return everything to be filed. Below is a link to all the released items that you can practice with your child.

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/releasedforms


Reading regularly is also important. Listening to your child read and having a discussion about what they are reading is a great way to get your child thinking about what they are reading.

EASTER DECORATING COMPETITION

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Thank you to all the children who participated in the egg competition. The eggs were AMAZING and they put a lot of effort into decorating them.

Well done to everyone who participated!!

BOX TOPS

Please save your box tops and turn them in at any point during the term!


Thank you so much to everyone who brought them in. The next collection will be April 15th.


Thank you again for supporting our school.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOU

04.12.16 - Ag Day @ Porter Ridge


04.12.16 - Spring Pictures


04.15.16 - Box tops due


04.15.16 - Bingo and movie night @ Poplin