Week of February 8th-12th

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~ Thanks to 2nd grade for the letters to Mr. Newcom! He loved them! Thanks to those of you who made banners (Amarisa, Rosa, and 4th grade) as well! He took them all home and was very excited about everything!

~ This week will be Valentine's Day parties on Friday, so we won't have clubs. Parties will begin at 2:00. If parents are coming, we will not send them down to your room (unless you tell us differently) until about 10:55.

~ I will be off campus for a short time tomorrow morning (from about 10:30-12:00), and I will be off campus at a principal's meeting on Thursday morning.

~ Teachers who benchmarked last week- Make sure to see the email I sent this morning about the parent information letter that needs to accompany ANY benchmark data that is sent home.

~ We will have an ELAR vertical meeting tomorrow after school in the conference room. Please bring some current writing samples (one or two is fine) so we can discuss. Please also bring your Writing Pathways book that is found in your Lucy Calkins box sets.

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~ Shout out to everyone for their flexibility last week during benchmark testing. It takes everyone's help in order to ensure our kiddos get the testing environment they needed. I know schedules have to be altered, and some classes have to change, but we appreciate everyone's help!

~ Make sure to sign up to bring sweet treats on Thursday! Thanks to Sunshine Committee for organizing!! Remember, please bring a treat to share if you want to enjoy the yummy goodies!! We want to have enough to go around!

~ We want to welcome Ronda Kessler to our Elkins staff! She is our new aide in Naomi's room. She has been with the district for several years and has a lot of experience in life skills. We are excited to have her on board! Make sure to stop and introduce yourself if you see her in the hallway and welcome her to Elkins!! Welcome aboard, Ronda!

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Words of the Week

Kg: INHABIT: to live in

1st: BAFFLE: hard to understand or solve

2nd: SESQUIPEDALIAN: someone who uses long vocabulary words

3rd: PECULIAR: strange, odd, or unusual

4th: INTRICATE: detailed

5th: REMARKABLE: worthy of notice, extraordinary or unusual

Here is a link to the vocabulary S'more that has online practice for the words. There are Quizlet practice sets that include both basic as well as challenging. These are already done for you, so all you have to do is get the students to click the link!

Don't forget to turn in the "Word-Up" Level forms!! The kids love it when they come down and receive their "word up" tags! We had one 3rd grader get both Vocaber AND Word Wizard because of her outstanding use of the words in her writing!!

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Tuesday, Febrary 9th: Conference Room

ELAR Vertical Meeting @ 3:00 (bring writing samples and Writing Pathways book)

Thursday, February 11th:

Kori off campus in AM at principal's meeting

Friday, February 12th:

Valentine's Parties at 2:00

Thursday, February 18th:

Kori off campus at DLT meeting

Friday, February 19th:

Kori off campus in AM at Principal's meeting at EME

Friday, February 26th:

early release & campus staff development

Saturday, February 27th:

Destination Imagination Competition

Thursday, March 3rd:

Open House & Math/Science Night (times TBD)

Friday, March 4th:

Kori off campus 10:00-12:00 @ meeting

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