Compass Classroom News

January 23, 2015

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Upcoming Events

  • January 23 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kickoff

Skills We Are Working On

This week we have worked on:
  • Beginning, Middle, End of a story (problem and solution as well for third and fourth graders)
  • Properties of Addition (First Grade)
  • Properties of Multiplication (Third and Fourth Grade)
  • Noticing the difference between addition and subtraction (First Grade)
  • Parts of a Plant (First and Second Grade)
  • U.S. Symbols (Third Grade)
  • Animal Adaptations (Fourth Grade)
  • Reading Comprehension (All Grades)
  • Table Manners
  • The Unthinkables (click the link to learn more:
  • Making a GoAnimate video:
  • Creating a Google Slides presentation

Friendship Party

On February 14 Shull will be having Friendship Parties. These are not PTA sponsored, so we will be throwing it ourselves. Students will get to attend their grade level parties as well as ours in the Compass Classroom. Since it is not sponsored and we are throwing the party, this party will be different:

  • We are scheduling it during our day.
  • We are waiting to schedule our Compass party until all grade levels have scheduled theirs.
  • We are inviting parents to attend and help out.
  • We will need donations!
  • Students can make a box at home for their Valentines. This is not required. They will need something for their Valentines. See below for an example and link to a how to website.
  • Students will need Valentines for their grade level classes as well as for Compass. There are approximately 25 students in their grade level classes and eight in Compass. Please just write "From: (Their Name)". That will make it less confusing to pass out!

If you would be interested in volunteering and/or donating, let us know! More information will be coming out soon about needed items OR if you have any amazing ideas please email us!

Our Website

We are constantly updating our website, Recently we created a section for TeacherEase. This section contains a link to a parent log-in tutorial. We have also added a link to agendas. That way if your child is absent or does not get his/her agenda filled out, you can always see what we did that day.

Click the link below to check it out!


Homework is sent home in Friday folders and is due back on Monday.

Color Days

There has been a change to our color days! We have been allowing students to count turn around points toward their color days. A turn around point is given when a student does not meet their goal but is able to turn it around during the same activity. For example one of our goals is to follow directions with no redirects. If the student needs one or more redirect they lose their point. However, if he/she turns it around and follows the direction then the student will receive a turn around point. While these points count toward preferred activities, they do not count toward students earning time in their grade level classroom. Therefore, when you look at the calendar and receive your daily update it will show the color day as well as the daily percentage. Students must receive a daily percentage of 85% or higher for it to be considered toward their 20 day goal of moving on to the next shark step. By allowing kids to have turn around points it helps them to feel like they didn't "blow it" and then behaviors escalate. We are already seeing higher daily percentages! Please let us know if you have any questions!

Road Trip and Safety Plan

Awhile ago we sent an email about Road Trip and Safety Plan. Road Trip and Safety Plan are replacing Red Schedule. If you didn't get a chance to read that email, here is a link to the document that shows the difference:

Please contact us with any questions!

Next Week's Specials Rotation

Monday - Music

Tuesday - P.E.

Wednesday - Art

Thursday - Leadership Skills

Friday - Music


We go to library on Thursdays. Students are allowed to check out three just right books and one fun book.

Show and Tell

Students will be allowed to bring one item from home to share on Fridays. This item must be able to fit inside of their backpacks. If the item is small (a Littlest Pet Shop figure, for example), students may bring more than one as long as they fit inside of a small pencil pouch.

Students will bring the items to school, share them with their classmates in the Compass Classroom, and then invite a friend from their grade level classroom to share with them.


Your student's monthly calendar has been shared with you. These calendars show the color day your child had and the percentage of points he/she received. If you need additional help viewing the calendar, please contact us at

We are still sending home daily sheets that state your child's color and percentage of points for the day.

Our Goals for Students

We have goals for the students in our classroom:

1. We want them to be safe.

2. We want them to make friends.

3. We want them to learn.

It is important to us to have high, but realistic, expectations for students. We want them to get to be with their grade level class as much as possible - when they are ready. This timeline is different for each child in our class. Our school district's mission is "Preparing EACH student for a successful and meaningful life." This is something we are all striving and working for.

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