Mrs. Baker's Newsletter

November 3rd, 2016

What is going on?

Writing: Students will learn to write letters. We will learn the purposes for writing letters, parts of a letter, as well as, plan & draft letters to different audiences. We will review capitalization rules as we cover parts of a letter.

Reading: We will will be reviewing expectations and the purpose for Reading Workshop. We will be introducing vocabulary for having a growth mindset vs a fixed mindset. We want to challenge ourselves daily and put quality effort and grit into reading everyday to make ourselves better readers.

Spelling Words: another, cut, food, hurt, made, next, seem, through


Students will present their projects to other students from the school as well as parents on Tuesday before wrapping up the 1st PBL.

Math: Students will begin a unit on geometry by reviewing shapes and shape vocabulary. They will begin to learn about polygons and the different characteristics/attributes through different discussions, sorts, and games.

Science: Students will investigate the effects on an object by increasing or decreasing amounts of light, heat, and sound energy such as how the color of an object appears different in dimmer light or sound changes with different vibrations.

We have started Genius hour- we are needing a 1/2 inch white binder. If you have not sent one in, please do so. Thanks so much for helping keep us organized!

Donations Needed:

We used a lot of my supplies for our PBL projects- If you could donate small science fair boards, letters, poster making supplies, sticker letters, stuff like that! We will be set for our next projects. Thank you!

November 3rd- TAG Information Night

November 8th-11:50-12:20 PBL Showcase

Nov. 11th Veterans Day assembly

Nov. 15th Thanksgiving Lunch- please rsvp below-

November 18th Field Day

November 21st-25th Thanksgiving Break

Important Events-

Veterans' Day Celebration:

We will hold our annual Veterans' Day Assembly next Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:40 am in the cafeteria. All veterans from our families & communities are invited as our special guests. A reception honoring these heroes will be held in the library after the assembly. We would also like to celebrate veterans by including their pictures on our Veterans' Wall of Honor. All pictures are due by this Friday, Nov. 4. Veterans' Day Assembly RSVP:

If you are, are related to, or have an important person or people in your life that is an active duty, retired or reserve service member, please use the templates located on our school website to have them included on this years Honor Wall. Link is listed below. If you don’t have a picture, please use the portion of the template that bears the symbol of the member’s branch of service.

Please return the page, or pages, by NOVEMBER 4TH to your child’s teacher so that they can be added to our Honor Wall. Please do not send in original photographs. Students, staff and visitors to Sommer will be able to see and touch the wall and we do not want to damage a piece of your family’s history.

Link to Veterans' Day Wall of Honor Display Information:

All information is also included on our campus website.

Veterans’ Day Celebration - Theme: What is Bravery? Students are encouraged to draw pictures or write essays (pictures should be appropriate and not show violence or gore). Essays/pictures are due to Therese on Nov. 8 by the end of the school day. We will choose 3 essays to be read aloud by the student at the Veterans’ Day Assembly and will display pictures/essays in the hallways.

Thanksgiving Luncheon:

This year, our Thanksgiving Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15. It will be a celebration for our 2nd & 3rd grade students. We encourage you to invite your grandparents to eat lunch with you on this day. We have a very short turn-around for this event, so please RSVP using this Google form by this Friday, Nov. 4. Link to RSVP form:

Have a good weekend