Mrs.Myers' Weekly Newsletter

1/6/16-1/8/16

Notes from Mrs.Myers

WELCOME BACK!


We had a GREAT day, even if we were all a little groggy! I'm sure that after today we will all be going to bed early to get into gear tomorrow! The struggle is very real after so many days off! :)


There are a few things that have changed for the New Year. I will explain them in more detail below. However, I did want to note right off the bat that itemized progress reports went home in homework folders today. If you have any questions or concerns about the grades, please text me ASAP at 678-977-7088. Tonight is the last night for any changes, so if you see something that stands out or was entered incorrectly, please don't hesitate to let me know. These are the grades that will be reflected on next week's report card!


Finally, tomorrow and Friday we are doing a shortened practice version of the Milestones assessment for Math and Language Arts. These are NOT something to stress about- these are great practice assessments that we are actually having sent off to be scored at UGA. In addition, we are going to be meeting with one of the big-wigs in charge of the test to go over our results and gain some insight into how the elusive new tests are scored. This is going to help us know what we need to adjust in our teaching so that the kids do well and feel confident going into the real thing in April. Also, the practice is true to the test, so the more times that they are exposed to it, the less intimidating it becomes. All around, this is a great opportunity for us that Dr.Burnley has organized. We are very fortunate to have this resource that not many other schools get! That being said, please try to be here and on time tomorrow as there will be no opportunity to make the assessment up.



I hope that everyone had a relaxing and restful break! I heard all about the fun parties, sleepy movie days, and unfortunate scooter accidents today, and they heard all about my IKEA trips and Netflix binge-watching! However, the best part about breaks are getting to come back and see all of the excited faces that walk in ready to learn, so that is exactly what we're going to do! :)


Stay warm out there! It's cold, so may the force be with you!


Jordan Myers

"I can..." and the Importance of Self-Assessment

Starting this week, we are really going to begin breaking down what we are learning. I wanted to come up with a way for students to see at the beginning of the week exactly what they are going to be learning in order to focus their minds and engage in the lessons. Also, I wanted the kids to have an opportunity to reflect each day about how they did personally with each expectation. Enter the "I can" Self-Assessment. This is the list of statements that your students should be able to say after the day's lessons if everything has gone according to plan. Coming home in your student's Homework Folder today should be the Self-Assessment that we are completing each week. Feel free to look over it and get an idea for what we are learning, as well as asking your students what those "I can" statements really mean! For example, if Jimmy comes home and has colored his math "I can" statement green (indicating that he feels he has mastered the skill), challenge it! Ask him to explain it to you or show it to you! This is an indicator for me of where more time needs to be spent in whole-group instruction, as well as who needs to be pulled for more one-on-one support with a skill. I hope that this proactive measure will lessen the amount of retesting that we do since we will be diligently keeping up with it before test day!


At the end of the week, the paper will go home with Friday Folders. Please sign this paper in addition to the Friday Folder to be returned each Monday. :)

Japanese New Year and Our Class Daruma Doll

One of my most favorite holiday traditions comes from Japanese New Year and it is known as the Daruma Doll. Below is a video explaining the tradition and how the Daruma Doll came to be. We are observing Japanese New Year with our own Daruma Doll to remind us of our long-term class goal for this semester. Since we have struggled to have 100% of reading logs turned in, our class has made the goal to have 15 out of the 18 remaining weeks of school reflect perfect scores for reading log participation! They picked a lofty goal, but one that I'm sure they will achieve! They are a determined bunch and I can't wait to see how they do with it! Since the goal has been made, every student passed the doll around to blacken the pupil of the left eye. Once their goal has been met, we will get to fill in the right eye and celebrate! Then, our Daruma Doll will be a sign of success and good luck for the rest of the year! :)
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Daruma Doll Seller Celebrates Japanese O-Shogatsu (New Years)

Calling All Help with Re-Supply and Re-stock!

It's that time of year where it's time to refill and replace many of our classroom school supplies! Here is a list of things that we are either completely out of, or close! If you can donate any of these items, it would be a huge help to us!



  • Pencils
  • Sticky Notes
  • 5 x 7 Note cards
  • Pen cap erasers
  • Glue sticks
  • Extra pocket folders
  • Postage stamps


Please also check with your child to make sure that all of their journals and folders have enough room for the remainder of the year! Thank you in advance! :)