Mrs. Baker's Class Newsletter

November 9, 2017

What is going on?

Reading: Students will compare characteristics of fiction and nonfiction books and show evidence in their work. They will respond to nonfiction and fiction text throughout the week using a variety of reading strategies.

Writing: Students will be learning how to write realistic fiction. We will be focusing on developing the character, setting, problem, and solution.

Spelling and Grammar: around, dear, eyes, found, jump, new, set, too

This week we will continue learning about verbs by adding in linking verbs.

Science: Students will be doing experiments with patterns of movement. The focus will be on rolling, spinning, and sliding of solids.

Math: We are continuing to study measurement, only this week we will learn how to measure time. Our goal will be able to tell time to the exact minute. Please practice this life skill at home! We say the hour first, then count by 5’s, and then count by 1’s if needed. Students will practice saying “quarter till” and “quarter past.”

We will study different cultures soon (Dec) with an emphasis on holidays. If you would like to share your families culture with the class, please let me know! I will create time for you to come in and teach us. What would be super enjoyable is for the students to see traditional clothing, try bite sized food/treats (no nuts), see artifacts/objects, play traditional games, listen to music, experience something authentic, etc.

Think about it!!

Telling Time is coming up- If you can purchase an analog watch for our kids. Quiz them at home the time, talk about quarter after, quarter till, and half past. This is a hard concept now, because they see digital clocks everywhere! Put painters tape over the digital clocks for the next three weeks.

Veterans Day Assembly:

  • remind students to wear red-white-blue colors
  • Please try to come early and drop off backpacks on the porch.
  • 7:25 is the time the Assembly will start. If you are planning on coming, get here early.
  • students/staff who have a guest will sit in the front with their Veteran
  • Veterans will go to the library for a reception BEFORE the assembly this year
  • Veterans are welcome and come back to talk to my class after.

Thanksgiving & Winter Holiday Meals:

The annual Thanksgiving meal will be held on Tuesday, November 14 for families of 2nd & 3rd graders. Adult meals are $3.60. Please complete the RSVP form by Thursday, November 9.

The winter holiday meal will be held on November 30 for 1st & 4th graders. Watch future enews and our webpage for RSVP form to come.

Note from PTA:

To promote Healthy Lifestyles month, the PTA has requested the students submit a page on what being healthy means to them. We are asking the students to submit by Friday, 11/17. They can draw a picture, submit a write up, use clippings, or whatever they choose.

For grades 2-5, students must also include a healthy goal.

We will select a winner for each grade level and hang their submission on the Wall of Champions.

These forms will be in your mailbox. Please send home in Thursday folders.

Please place any submissions you receive in the Wall of Champions organizer by grade.

This and that.

Nov 10: Veterans Day Assembly (all students)

Nov. 14th Thanksgiving Meal

March 9: Field Day

-Library books are due every Friday

I have noticed some have not been completing Xtra Math- or not completing it as often. Please lets get back into the routine. It does help with number sense and then carries down into problem solving. It is a concept that pays off in the long run. Thanks for helping!

Also, I have sent home the login information for an amazing typing and coding program that Round Rock pays for. I set up their accounts this week. The login code is stapled into our kids planners on the front page. This is a really great program check it out as often as you can.

It is called You can google it or it is on the Sommer Website under students.

TAG Information:

11/2 5:45-6:45 - TAG Information meeting with parents.

11/13-12/8 - Referrals accepted for January/February testing window.

1/8 - 1/10 - Let TAG Specialist know immediately of any transfer (new) students who arrived after the winter holiday and may have received gifted services at their previous school.

1/15 - Testing for gifted services will begin

4/1 - Final decisions regarding placement will be mailed out

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**

Have a good weekend