3C Newsletter

November 13, 2015

Dear Families,

Thank you to all of the parents for meeting with me during parent/teacher conferences. It is always nice to sit down and discuss each child's progress. Please continue to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year.

I have set up "Moby Max" accounts for each of the students. I will send home the sign in information with your child today. This is a great website to use for additional practice in reading and math at home. Students will first be asked to take a benchmark assessment and then from there the site will generate practice activities at each child's level. I will be able to monitor their progress and will encourage them to practice as often as possible. Most students were able to complete the math benchmark assessment today, but they may still need to complete this before being able to do the activities.

Mrs. Janice Czepiel

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, November 18: Picture Retakes

Wednesday, November 25-Friday, November 27: No School

Tuesday, December 1: November Book It Calendars Due

Thursday, December 3 5:00-7:30: Holiday Bazaar

Friday, December 18: 4 Hour Student Attendance/School Improvement Day/End 2nd Quarter

December 21-January 1: Winter Break

Monday, January 4: Students Return to School/3rd Quarter Begins

Curriculum Updates

Math: We have completed Chapter 6 and students will be expected to take the chapter test on Wednesday. They will complete the review sheets in class on Monday in order to determine areas that they should practice to prepare for the test. You can be working on reviewing the vocabulary as a way to help them get ready for the test. The students will also need to be able to give an example of a division sentence and label the three parts of this sentence.

ELA: Our reading and writing continues to focus on the idea of culture and traditions. The students are doing a great job of seeing the connections between our stories. We will be starting to consider how we can continue the story in our final writing assessment. Students will be expected to write a narrative piece that includes dialogue to demonstrate a conversation between at least two characters.

Social Studies: The class will wrap up the unit on Illinois next week with reading and whole group discussion on some of the conflict that occurred prior to our state becoming a territory. Students will not be taking a formal test on these chapters, but will be working on vocabulary notecards in class to demonstrate understanding.

Science: I will introduce our next science unit on water prior to leaving for Thanksgiving break. We will continue to learn about water and the water cycle during the month of December. Watch for more info to come...