Weekly Update

Mrs. Keely Aman 12/3/2015

Hi All,

Here are a few bits of information and updates to keep you in the know.

Friday December 5th is a half day and the kids will be dismissed at 12:43.

Next Tuesday our class will be shopping at the holiday shop from 9:30a-10:30a. Please send in the envelope and money for your child to shop.

I wanted to let you know that December 18th, our last day before winter break, we will be making sugar cube castles. The students will need sugar cubes and marshmallow cream/fluff. Each student will need a platform to assemble/build the castle on-a solid base is a strong piece of cardboard about 12 inches by 12 inches covered with aluminum foil. Some students even use the top of a shoe box. Castles will be made in the morning and the afternoon is when we will hold our holiday celebration. If you signed up for the holiday party thank you, and you will be receiving an email shortly.

The first card marking has ended and report cards will be able to be accessed online soon. I encourage all families to look at the Progress Report Card (PRC) with their child. We have really been working hard at having the students be an active part in their learning. This weekend each student is to bring home their learning notebook and review the contents under their data tab. Please pay particular attention to:

*Reviewing the student action plan

*Updated MAP scores with goal sheets

*Post writing assessment for personal narrative unit

Just a quick update on academics to keep you in the loop. In math we are working on multiplication and division of fractions; we will finish chapter three next week. In Writing we have introduced our new unit, the literary essay. Students will continue working through the unit until the winter break. Wonder is still the book we are reading as a class. Students are getting into the characters and really digging deep with this character study. We will connect Wonder to our literary essays as we get closer to the end. Social Studies has us learning about the early explorers and in science we are beginning our unit on Natural Selection: evolution and heredity.

Permission slips were sent home for students to "Bring your own Device." In order to bring a device to school, I need a permission slip please. Students are solely responsible for their devices and all rules must be followed, or the privelege will be taken away. I will provide a place for them to be locked when not in use, however, it is the student's responsibility to get the device in the drawer.

I'll see you soon,

Keely Aman