# News from Mrs. Schermerhorn

## Valentine's Day Reminder

We will be celebratin Valentine's Day on February 14th.  Please feel free to send your child to school with valentines to share with the whole class.  Please do not send any candy in with the valentines.  This is a request from the administration for the entire building.  Erasers, pencils, or stickers are great to send in as a little treat if you would like too.

## Math - Topic 11 Envision Math

This week in math, we will continue studying and wrap up geometry.  Today we learned about quadrilaters and the different names we can give quadrilaters.  The rest of the week, we will be studying 3-d shapes, congruent shapes, and lines of symmetry.

## Science

The last several weeks, studying have been investigating simple machines.  Take a look at our blog to see soem of the works students have done in class.  This week, we will continue our inquiry by allowing studying to pick a "I wonder..." question and they will start to investigate it.  We will be using the Ipads to help us with our inquiry!

## Reader's Workshop

Today we have started studying a new genre in Readers Workshop.  For the next several weeks, we will be studying the Testing Genre.  This unit introduces studying to standardized tests and how it is a genre.  There are certain responses and answers a standardize test looks for.  I will be teaching students strategies to use and will guide them through some examples.  Students will also be introduced to the format of ISTEP.While we are studing the Testing Genre, your child&apos;s reading log will look a little different.  Instead of summaries or reader&apos;s responses, there is a question for each day of the week that yoru child needs to answer.  Please make sure that they use DETAILS from the story to support their answer.  This week, all the questions are common FICTION testing question.s

## Writer's Workshop

Students will be wrapping up their realistic fiction story this week and next week.  We have been working a lot on writing with dialogue and action and showing feelings instead of saying them.  (ex.  The boy was sad.  - The boy ran upstairs with tears rolling down his face.  He threw himself on the his bed and burried his head into the pillow.)

### 12451 Brooks School Road

#### Fishers, IN

We will be taking ISTEP March 5-7.

### 12451 Brooks School Road

#### Fishers, IN

IREAD will be March 18-20