The Miller Times

Sept. 18 - 22


Sorry, I have been a bad communicator these first weeks, I will be more consistent moving forward I promise! I will send a newsletter every weekend to fill you in on what we have covered and get you ready for the next week. I prefer for this to be the main form of communication so we don't have to deal with papers and folders and the such. Let me know if you need a paper copy of the newsletter.

What's coming Up

Sept. 19 and 21 - NWEA testing. We will be doing testing for our beginning of the year baseline scores on these days.

Sept. 22 - Picture Day! Send your kids with paperwork and dressed to impress.

Sept. 29th - Field Trip to Waterloo Rec Area. We will be going to hike, learn, and play at the Eddy Discover Center and Waterloo Rec. There will be no parent chaperones on this trip.

Mastery Based Grading System

On papers coming home you will see the grades M, P+, P. P-, and N. This is my mastery based grading system. I grade on skills not on specific assignments so if they show that they have not mastered a concept on an assignment we can reteach and reassess that specific skills. The letters mean the following.
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Mastery Based Grading Origami Activity


Hopefully, the homework packet made sense last week. We came in at almost 100%. Please use it as a tool to teach time management and independence as you see fit. Encourage the kids to read over 100 minutes each if possible and remember they can count minutes from the weekend for the following week.

Kidblog will be introduced this week as part of the HW. You can use the link below to get to our log in page. Email me if you have questions. I will have the kids write their passwords in their planner.

Spelling words will come home this week as well. They do not have to study them or work with them unless you want. I had several families ask for the lists last year, so I am providing them. They will have the same list for 2 weeks.

Operation Beautification Project

Searching for Organisms

Scholastic Book Orders

I just got my book orders figured out. If you want to order books from the scholastic pamphlet that comes home you can go to and use the class code PB4HN. I prefer this to sending in the paper orders, but I will do this if you want. These orders help us earn money for class book sets and our library.

What are we learning?

Math - We are working with place value, number sense, rounding, ordering and comparing numbers in unit one.

Writing - We are working on writing narrative stories by focusing on the components of the arc of a story.

Science - We are studying organisms and their habitats. Along with this we are practicing the basics observation.

Reading - We are working on inferential thinking and responding to reading with more depth and structure.

Word Work/Grammar -We are working on spelling high frequency words and spelling patterns.

Help on Math Homework

I added in a link that will be on all the newsletters. It is a pdf that is reference for math homework. It contains explanations and answers to all assignments. Follow link below.

Specials Schedule

Monday - Gym

Tuesday - Art

Wednesday - Gym

Thursday - Media Center/Library

Friday - Music

Scholastic Book Wizard - Get help finding book levels