News from Pier 25

October 16, 2015

Dear Parents,

I’m looking forward to meeting with each of your next week for Parent/Teacher conferences. Your input on the conference planning form is extremely valuable and I appreciate your time and feedback. Our meeting will not include students; however they may sit in the hallway while we chat. At our meeting we will discuss the new standards based report card, your son/daughter’s MAP testing results, their classroom performance, and any other concerns/questions mentioned on the conference planning form. Please keep in mind that each conference is only twenty minutes and cannot run over time. If we run out of time, our conversation may definitely continue on the phone or we can schedule another time to finish.

Thank you in advance for your prompt arrival and I look forward to seeing you next week!

Kelly Horist

A Trip to the Raue!

Tuesday your students brought home a permission slip for an upcoming performance to the Raue Center in downtown Crystal Lake on November 12. Our UMAC crew will be watching the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team. We will be eating in our room that day and leaving promptly at 11:45 and return around 1:30. Thanks to our amazing PTO, our students will only have to pay $1.00 since they graciously donate $5.00 per student each year to attend a special trip. (Did you know that our fundraisers help cover this cost?). Permission slips are due October 23rd.

Shared Reading

Our shared reading text, titled The Summer My Brother Was Ten by Pat Brisson, taught the students a few very valuable lessons. While distinguishing the difference between a character trait and a character emotion, we worked hard to infer the author’s theme of story. A young boy makes a few poor choices by destroying an old man’s garden. After realizing his mistake, he is remorseful and tries to make it up to the old man. Throughout the week our crew members worked on "spicing up" our vocabulary when choose traits and emotions to describe characters. Ask your UMAC student if they know the meaning of some of the following words: conscientious, remorseful, devastated, observant. This weekend's KidBlog assignment asks students to evaluate how the father handled the situation when Mr. B's garden was destroyed.


Our teams will celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 30th from 2:30 - 3:20. Students can bring costumes to school and change into them before our party. Please remember to make sure your student wears a costume that is appropriate for school. Not too scary, please! We don’t want to scare our younger friends! Thank in advance for all of you who signed up to donate or help at our first classroom party. These parties would not be possible without you volunteers! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!


Monday, October 19: Horist/Helsom Field Trip (9:00 - 12:30)

Lou Malnati’s Fundraiser

Wednesday, October 21: New Friends chapter 3 math test

Early release 2pm, Parent/Teacher conferences 5:00 - 8:00

Thursday, October 22: No school, conferences 12:00 - 8:00

Friday, October 23: No school, conferences 8:00 - 12:00

Tuesday, October 27: Picture Retakes

Saturday, October 31: Woods Creek Halloween Parade 1:00 - 2:00

Thursday, November 12: Raue Center field trip (11:45- 1:30)