Second Week of Vision 21 Classes

A time of testing and flexibility! September 19, 2016

Dear Vision 21 Families,

This is our second week of classes! As I said last week: Our first month of school is always a bit hectic with classes taking MAP tests and for me, administering the CogAT test throughout all of second grade, fourth grade, and new-to-the-district 3rd and 5th graders. It takes time to adjust to our new teachers, routines, and schedules. We will have more consistent schedule after the testing is complete. I told your students I may only see them one time each week until all the testing is complete. Thank you for reminding them.

Personal Note and Temporary Change

*** On a personal note . . . my daughter's surgery is DONE - we are so glad to be on "this side" of that ordeal! We stayed in the hospital until Sunday - we were happy to sleep in our own beds last night! Thank you for understanding. We had a "big" day today just going to the high school to meet the nurse, get an elevator pass, and share medications. Again, thank you for your support AND . . . September and early October is sporadic due to testing.***

Destination Imagination Sign-up this month!

If you are interested in having your child participate in a “Destination ImagiNation” team, please consider attending the information meeting. It is Tuesday, September 27 at Central Middle School, cafeteria, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. You can also visit or contact Angie Henry,, 763-745-5794, for more information. I also have materials sitting outside of my classroom - you can ask your child to take some - I also sent them home last week.

Study Basics for our Vision 21 Courses

Third Grade

Read - Year-long theme of Wisdom and Connections.

Our first read is “The Thing About Georgie” by Lisa Graff

Math - Problem Solving and STEM (science, Technology, Engineering, Math) challenges

Fourth Grade

Read - Year-long theme of Adventures, Puzzles, and Mysteries.

Our first read is “The Whipping Boy” by Sid Fleishman, a 1987 Newbery Winner

Math - Problem Solving and STEM (science, Technology, Engineering, Math) challenges

Fifth Grade

Read - Year-long theme of Good vs. Evil, Adaptions.

Our first read is “Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer” by John Grisham

Math - Problem Solving and STEM (science, Technology, Engineering, Math) challenges

STEM Supplies Needed!

Over the next few months we will do STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical) Challenges. Thank you for any donation!

Here are supplies that I need to have ready:

Red plastic cups


Flashlights - working!

Bouncy balls - “ping-pong” ball sized


Pom Pon balls

Plastic bowls and plates

Pipe cleaners

Bottle camps


Water bottles


Copy paper box lids