The Kersey Chronicles

Rockstars Choosing to Matter in Room 25

Putting Goals into Action

This week, students worked hard to establish their goals for 2016 and the remainder of the school year. Now, we begin the work of putting a plan into action to help us reach those goals. You play an important role at home with this; please be sure to re-establish effective habits and routines at home that support your child in his/her academic success.

During your at-home conference this week, take time to discuss homework expectations. Ask your child: Does your current routine work for you? How can we improve your study habits? Is there anything I can do to better support you? Is there anything you'd like to change? I recommend having a similar routine each day for homework and studying - work at the same place and at about the same time every day. Remind students to have their assignment notebook and take home folder out with them as they work through homework, and check it off as they complete it. Work out a system so that you and your child check-in each day so he can share any important school information with you. And finally, remember to re-evaluate how the action is working for you and your child. If it isn't helping her reach her goals, then you need to change it!

"A goal without a plan is just a dream."

- Dave Ramsey

Try This At Home ...

This week, schedule a 20 minute block of time to sit down for an at-home conference with your child. He/she will come home with his/her data binder to share work from Quarter 2 with you. Work together to use this data to guide goal setting for Quarter 3.

Also, be sure to re-establish good homework expectations together.

This Week's Set List (January 11-15)

Week at a Glance/Skills for the Week:

LITERACY – We continue book clubs this week. In guided reading groups, students will focus on practicing nonfiction reading strategies and skills. We will also spend a fair amount of time this quarter reviewing and practicing our test-taking skills in reading.

– We will begin our informational writing unit this quarter.

MATH – We continue unit 7. The main purpose of this unit is to investigate prealgebra concepts and skills. Students explore notational conventions of numbers, develop rules for adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers, as well as make and analyze line plots. The four main areas of focus are: to understand conventions associated with exponents; learn to interpret number sentences with order of operations; recognize the need for negative numbers; and to organize and analyze date with line graphs and line plots. These skills will be tested at the end of unit 7. This test is currently scheduled for Friday, January 22nd. A student guide will be sent home the week before and we will review the day before the test on January 21st. Per usual, please remember to utilize the family letter to support your child's work throughout this unit.

SPELLING – Students will take either 4th grade words, unit 10 (English, perhaps, complete, voice, probably) or 5th grade words, unit 3 (another, country, usually, beautiful, language) this week.

SCIENCE – We continue our unit on electricity and heat. Questions to guide our learning include: How is energy transferred? How do we use electricity and heat? How are heat and electricity related? Why do we need electrical circuits? What do we know about circuits, conductors, and insulators?

SOCIAL STUDIES – We are taking a break from Social Studies and will resume later in the school year.

TIPS - We will read Time for Kids articles to practice nonfiction reading.

NCE School Carnival: Western Theme

Friday, Feb. 26th, 5:30-8:30pm

5670 Noble Crossing Parkway

Noblesville, IN

This year's carnival will be here before we know it! The PTO has asked each class to donate a classroom basket to auction off at the carnival. At this time, I am accepting suggestions and ideas for a basket theme. Last year, we made a "scientist's basket" and included all things science. We can also do a "gift card basket" and fill it with different gift cards of varying amounts ... other ideas welcome!

Please email them to me, and we will take a classroom vote. Then, I will email you with a signup link. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

January 18th: MLK Jr. Day, No school

January 20th: Early Release Day, 2:55pm Dismissal