Mrs. Baker's Class Newsletter

October 5, 2017

What is going on?

Writing: Students will learn to write expository text-write to inform. Students will be researching an animal, learning how to take notes, and creating an All About book.

Spelling and Grammar: again, boy,car , fine, here, myself, sat, though

This week we will discuss plural and possessive nouns. We will talk about how to correctly use an apostrophe and why plural nouns don’t have one.

Reading: In Reader’s Workshop, we will be researching historical figures that have shown characteristics of good citizenship. What traits do these people possess to make them great leaders to look up to? We will be looking for text evidence to back our research up.

Math: Students will continue to practice addition strategies this week-focusing on algorithm with and without regrouping. Our assessment will be Friday.

Science: Students will understand the significance of various community, state, and national celebrations such as Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, and Thanksgiving. We will also learn about Constitution Day, highlighting the importance of our Constitution.

Important Dates:

Oct. 9-10 No School for students

Oct. 11th Book orders due-scholastic

Oct. 11-20 Student Council Book Drive (please donate gently used books for schools affected by hurricane and/or schools with few books)

Oct. 17 Chris Barton visit for 2nd & 3rd grades

Oct. 19 -Oct. 24 Book Fair

Oct. 20 Friday Assembly K-2nd Grades

Oct. 20 PTA Movie Night-”Moana & Sing”

Oct. 23 Classroom Spelling Bee in 2nd-5th grades

Oct. 23-Oct. 27 Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 27 - 2nd grade PBL presentations 10:40-11:15 (More Info.Coming)
Oct. 31 - Halloween
Nov.10 - School wide Assembly

Thank you Chang family for the Clorox wipes! I appreciate it. We could always use more for our classroom.

We could also use stickers- this keeps us motivated to do quality work.

Thank you for considering!

Kabir would like to invite us to his birthday party- Please view this evite-

Announcements, Announcements, Announcements!!

Bright Bytes Technology Survey

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational data analytics company, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in our questionnaire.

Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in our students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy and they will help your child's school choose the right technology for their classrooms. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

The last day to complete this questionnaire is Monday, October 16, 2017.

Please go to here.

Thank you for taking part in this important initiative!

Innovation Station Needs Donations!

Please help us stock our Makerspace. This is a space for creativity, expression, and innovation!

Here is a list of items we currently need for our next rotation (2 weeks!):

  • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls

  • Egg cartons

  • Fabrics scraps

  • Unused crafting items (stickers, craft paper, hole punches, etc.)

  • Ribbon, string, rope, fishing line

  • Bottles, caps, etc

  • Old Cd’s, berry baskets, pretty much ANYTHING!

Don't throw it away-give it to us! A Large box will be left in the school entryway to collect the items. Please make sure the items are clean and ready to use!

** due to latex and nut allergies, please avoid donating items that use to contain these items (i.e. peanut cans, balloons, etc) Thank you for helping us keep Innovation Station safe for all our students**

RE: Birthday books for library

Would you like to honor your child’s birthday by contributing to our Sommer Library Program? You can do both by purchasing a Birthday Book for our library! For a $15 donation, your child can choose from an assortment of brand-new books in the library (or any book of his/her choosing). We will put a sticker in the book to commemorate the event, your child can be the first student to check out the book, and his/her picture will appear on our Birthday Book bulletin board and on morning broadcast. Just visit the library website at

to fill in the form. A check can be made out to “Sommer Elementary” and delivered by your child to the library. You can even sign up months in advance; we will keep track and send for your child when his/her birthday month arrives!

Field Day!!!

This year the date will be March 9th which is the day before Spring Break.

March 23 will be our backup date.

Boxtops for Education

PE is collecting Box Tops for Education. Each box tops is worth 10 cents. The money that we earn goes towards the purchase of more PE equipment.

Box Tops for Education can be found on the following products:

-General Mills


-Betty Crocker




We are having a contest between grade levels for the most box tops collected. Please send the Box Tops in a baggie, with your child’s grade level, to their classroom teacher or the gym.

A grade level reward will be awarded at the end of October and the end of November.

We collect these Box Tops for Education all year long!!

The book fair preview for students will be October 19th, and we'll be open for shopping after school that day until 430p.

Friday, October 20th--open 715a-615p, with PTA movie night afterward.

Monday, October 23rd--open 715a-415p

Tuesday, October 24th--open 715a-1215p.

Online ordering starts on October 9th and runs through October 26th! Books are delivered to the school with no extra shipping charges attached. It's a great way to be sure you get the books you want, and our library still benefits!

Book fairs are the only fundraisers we have for the library. Funds go towards paying for author visits, online database subscriptions, library supplies, and books for students.

Have a great 4 day weekend!