Camp Learn A Lot

January 1, 2016

Dear Parents,

I hope you all were able to relax, spend time with family, and enjoy time with friends over Winter Break. Please see below for important dates to add to your calendar, Field Trip Chaperones, a Note from Mr. Atkinson, and information about how the children will be Becoming Experts during our upcoming nonfiction unit. The new January-May food services menu is also linked below in Parent & Student Resources.


I'm looking forward to seeing my 26 sweeties again come Tuesday!


As always,


Kelly Burton

Important Dates

Text @7b47d4 to 81010 to receive these reminders via text at 3:30pm the day prior.

Monday 01/04
  • Teacher Work Day / Flex Day (No Students)
Tuesday 01/05
  • Special: PE
  • Students return to school! =)
Wednesday 01/06
  • Special: Art
Thursday 01/07
  • Special: Music
Friday 01/07
  • Special: Technology

Thursday 01/14
  • Class / Group Pictures
Friday 01/15
  • Children's Museum Field Trip Permission Slips and Money Due
Monday 01/18
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday / Flex Day (No Students)
Wednesday 01/20
  • Early Release Day @ 2:55pm
Thursday 01/21
  • Children's Museum Field Trip

Field Trip Chaperones

Thank you to everyone who was willing to chaperone for our Children's Museum field trip. It's wonderful that our classroom has such strong support from parents. The following parents will be chaperones for this field trip: Bianca Kohlmeier, Krista Hickman, Jean Burrell, Melinda Scott, Sara Lamb, and Aracli Santiago. In the event one of the current chaperones is no longer available, I will run down the list of parents who also volunteered to chaperone. Keep in mind that there will be another chance to volunteer as a chaperone when we have our second field trip in the Spring.

A Note from Mr. Atkinson

Students can wear whatever shoes they want to school, but need athletic shoes to change into for PE. It is for the student's safety and so they can perform the exercises and activities the best they can. Students are welcome to bring an extra pair of athletic shoes to keep in the classroom so that they are always available.

Becoming Experts

I'm excited to ring in the new year with your children as we venture into our nonfiction unit. For a time, we will shift from reading fiction to nonfiction. For some it will be an important new challenge and for others it offers a new way to connect with reading.


This is an opportunity for your child to learn new skills, but also to develop broader and richer understandings in reading. Think of how much nonfiction reading you do in your adult life: websites, newspapers, magazines, biographies, maps, travel books, manuals, and so much of what is required for your occupation. By teaching children to read nonfiction, we teach them to explore and to construct for themselves knowledge of the world. Books can be their teacher!


Thinking Hard and Growing Knowledge
During the first bend, your child will learn nonfiction readers grow knowledge by studying, noticing details, and questioning texts as they put pages of text together. Your child will learn not only how to approach and navigate through nonfiction texts with questions and ideas in mind, but also how to read nonfiction with a "voice" that matches the content.

Learning the Lingo of a Topic
As we transition into the second bend, your child will focus on word solving and vocabulary development. The children will be introduced to various word-solving and vocabulary-building strategies that teach them how to flexibly and efficiently solve unknown words and use those words as they learn about their topics.

Across a Topic
As our unit comes to a close in the third bend, your child will begin to read from text sets on a given topic. We'll then connect, compare, and contrast information inside and across texts. Your child will be prepared to be the kind of reader who reads with big questions in mind and carries knowledge from one text to another so that they can add on, confirm, and grow knowledge about their topics.


Each bend in our nonfiction unit works together to teach readers to grow knowledge with learning and questioning. I can't wait to share this unit with the children and I hope they come to love nonfiction as I do!

Teaching Points

Next week in Wordy Study we will continue differentiated word study groups. Your child will learn:
  • Logophiles (Group 1) compare and contrast the sounds of short u and long u.
  • Logophiles (Group 2) compare and contrast the sounds of short u and long u.
  • Logophiles (Group 3) compare and contrast the sounds of h, sh, and ch.
Next week in Reading Workshop we will begin our nonfiction unit with a focus on thinking hard and growing knowledge. Your child will learn:
  • Nonfiction readers pay attention to details.
  • Nonfiction readers put parts of the text together in their minds.
  • Nonfiction readers ask questions as they read.
  • Nonfiction readers think, "What is this book (and this part) teaching me?"
  • Nonfiction readers ask, "How does this book go?"
Next week in integrated Science we will begin our unit on motion and forces. Your child will learn:
  • Scientists describe how objects move.
  • Scientists demonstrate different ways that objects move.
  • Scientists compare the relative speed of objects.
Next week in Second Steps we will close out our unit on emotion management. Your child will learn:
  • Calming down helps you stay focused and on task at school.
  • Using positive self-talk helps you stay focused and on task so you can be a better learner.
Next week in Math Workshop we will continue our unit on 3-D and 2-D shapes. Your child will learn:
  • Mathematicians identify and compare cones, pyramids, prisms, cubes, and cylinders.
  • Mathematicians model 2-dimensional shapes.
  • Mathematicians describe and model 3-dimensional pyramids.
  • Mathematicians describe different pyramids.
  • Mathematicians identify patterns and relationships among pyramids.
  • Mathematicians divide shapes into equal parts.
  • Mathematicians locate the line of symmetry in 2-dimensional shapes.
  • Mathematicians create symmetrical shapes.

Next week in Writing Workshop we will wrap up our unit on opinion writing. Your child will learn:

  • Writers make their letter writing stronger by writing opinions about more than one part of the book and planning different parts of their letter before drafting.
  • When supporting opinions about a text, writers look for multiple pieces of evidence to support each idea.
  • Writers publish their opinions for all to read.

Parent & Student Resources

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For Parents
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For Kids

Miss Kelly Burton

My goal as an educator is to instill a passion for learning and inspire students to continuously challenge themselves to be "the best me I can be." I believe that all students can experience success in school. It is my role as the teacher to facilitate, guide, and support students on their learning journey. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding your child.