Miss Butz's Class Newsletter

January 11 - 15

School is back in session...

We hit the ground running when we got back on Monday. We jumped right back into our routines and we are doing great! It didn't take long to get back into the swing of things. I can tell that they all enjoyed the break, but were ready to come back (well...most of them). We also added a new student, Austin, in our class, so we now have 23 students. Welcome to the class!

Next week will begin the middle of the year testing for DIBELS. I had the description of the assessments on the last newsletter and I kept them on this one. I know everyone is busy over the break and may not have had a chance to read through it all. It will take me a while to test all of our students one-on-one with this, so results won't be coming home for a month or so. We have to wait until the testing window closes.

Don't forget that the "Strings of 100 Things" are due by Tuesday, January 19th. Please start sending those in next week so I can start hanging our collections in the room. I will send a reminder next week, just in case you forgot about it or lost the paper. :)

Skating in Gym Class!

Important Dates

Monday, January 11th - Middle of the Year DIBELS testing begins!

We have a few weeks to test each child on the four DIBELS assessments. See below for details about the assessments.

Thursday, January 14th - Spirit Night @ Chick-Fil-A

A note will be coming home closer to the date with details about the fundraiser.

Monday, January 18th - MLK Jr. Day

No school today (unless a snow make up day is needed)

Tuesday, January 19th - THE 100th DAY OF SCHOOL!

We will celebrate the 100th day of school today! Your strings of 100 things are due!

January 19th - 29th - Career and College Weeks

A packet will be coming home next week with all the details of this school wide event.

Learning This Week!

Literacy Focus:

Story: An Orange in January

Letter Sound: /f/

Phonemic Awareness Skills: rhyming, syllables, beginning sounds, ending sounds, segmenting words (saying all sounds in words, ex. dog -- /d/ /o/ /g/)

Reading Skills: asking and answering questions, key details (using illustrations and text), main idea, making connections, visualizing, sequencing, character

Sight Word: with, he

Math Focus:

Guess My Number Game, Count with Calculators, Measurement with Feet, How Big is a Foot?

Writing Focus:

Gator Mail - writing a friendly letter

Science Focus:

Germs and Staying Well

Social Studies Focus:

Martin Luther King Jr.


Remember that BOOK-IT pizza forms are due at the end of each month. You reading to your child OR your child reading to you counts! Just fill up the chart for the 21 books, sign it, have your child sign it, and send it in! I will send home a personal pizza certificate for your child if you have reached the goal.


Monday: Library*

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: Gym (rotates each week) **WE ARE SKATING IN GYM TODAY!**

Thursday: Art


*Please note that your child can NOT check out a new book unless the book is returned on our library day on Monday. If you send it in late, then he/she has to wait until the next Monday to check out another book.

Information: DIBELS Tests for the Middle of the Year

First Sound Fluency: This test measures your child’s ability to identify the beginning sounds in words. S/he will be told a word, then s/he has to tell the beginning sound of that word. S/he gets 1 or 2 points based on the accuracy of saying the beginning sound (not letter) of each word. For example, if s/he is told the word “sun,” s/he would get 2 points for saying only the first sound /s/ and only one point for saying /su/. Goal = 30 sounds in a minute.

Letter Naming Fluency: This test measures your child’s ability to name the letters. S/he will look at a page of capital and lower case letters in random order. S/he will name as many letters as s/he can in a minute. This test is given at the beginning, middle, and end of the year. Important Note: Letter Naming Fluency does not have a set goal because it is an indicator of risk, not an instructional target. The total letters identified correctly does figure in to the composite score.

Phoneme Segmentation Fluency: The student is told a word and asked to tell all the sounds in that word. For example, if I say “cat,” s/he would say /k/ /a/ /t/. This is a timed test that figures the number of correct sounds given in one minute. Goal = 20 sounds in a minute.

Nonsense Word Fluency: The student is shown a page of nonsense words. These words are CV or CVC words (C=consonant, V=vowel), so all of the vowel sounds are short vowel sounds. Some examples are sim, lut, op, etc. He/She has one minute to read as many words as he/she can. Students can just sound out the words, sound out and then read the words, or just read the word. We ask the students to read it the best they can. Goal is 17 correct letter sounds in a minute.

The Composite Score is figured using all of the scores of the DIBELS Next tests given at that time. This score determines what level of support your child may need. Goal = 122.


*Dismissal is at 3:50pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

*Every Wednesday is an Early Release Day. We dismiss at 3:20pm.