Weekly Parent Letter

Week of January 4, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy 2016 to you and your family! I wish you a year of health, happiness and hope.

Welcome back to your students as well! I hope they were able to rest, relax and unwind during their time at home. I am looking forward to a continued great year. We will spend this week getting our feet back on the ground and gearing up for the end of the quarter. Please see all announcements below for what is going on in class.

Class Announcements

A Glance at the Week

1. Grades- The end of the grading quarter is right around the corner- January 14. This week, students will have two grades in by Wednesday for activities and work that they completed before break. In addition, students will have several in class and assignment opportunities for grades this week. Please remind your student to be mindful of the timeline!

2. Goal Setting- Monday and Tuesday, students will reflect on their time in class, work ethic, and growth in 2015. Through discussion and writing, students will then set goals for the new year. Feel free to ask them about their responses!

3. Reading Log- Students have a reading log this week for their choice book. Because we are not reading as a class, I am asking that students manage and moderate their reading for an informal "book club" discussion on Friday.

4. Non-fiction Reading- This week students have the opportunity to read an article of their choice from an approved non-fiction site for in class discussion and group participation.

5. Writing Workshop- Will continue this week. Students will revise and edit their outlines to publish their informative essays. Essays will be published by the end of the quarter.