The Classroom Connection

Mrs. Jefferson, ELA & SS

September 25, 2014

VIP Folders & Assessment Info.

Today's VIP Folder should include:

  1. Graded Papers
  2. 1st Nine Weeks Interim / Parent Conference Form
  3. Samples of Book Report Essays
  4. Survey Handout

*Request to Retest - All students have the opportunity to request to retake a test. In an effort to improve their understanding of the Reconstruction test material, some students chose to retake this test on Monday. This should explain why your child may have two Reconstruction tests in their VIP Folder.

*Today, parent conference information will be emailed to you.

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Expectations for Reading HW & Book Report Essays

Have you seen your child reading lately? Your child's nightly homework is to read the book of their choice on their reading level. He or she is also expected to complete a minimum of 3 book reports on books they have read every nine weeks. These reports will be a part of their final grade for each nine weeks.

On Monday, students carefully examined 3 book report formats: fictional, informational, and biographical. They understand that they need to choose the book report format that best fits their book's genre. The first book report essay is due on Friday, October 3rd. To see samples of the book report essays, check your child's VIP folder or click on the following link:

Student Interviews

Meet Jeremiah by Ryan

I really enjoyed my opportunity to interview Jeremiah. I was really pleased to get to know him better. Most of what he said was really interesting. Examples of that is, his greatest fear is zombies because he doesn’t want scientists to bring someone back to life and it go entirely wrong. One of his most dreamed places in the world is the Bahamas because he just wants to relax! His favorite rapper is MC Hammer because he really likes rap which is a pretty good type of music. This one was very interesting - if he had only one wish he would be famous for one day to know what it feels like, Jeremiah said the straight up truth on this one - he wants to have a good job and live a good life. I really hope I get to interview him again and ask him even more questions.

Meet Chase by Karli

Interviewing Chase was fun! Chase’s extreme fear is of ghosts. I asked him what will he be doing in 20 years and he said that he will be playing soccer. If he had 3 wishes he would wish to be in navy, to have a big house, and to meet the soccer player, Messy. By the way Chase’s favorite animal is dogs because they are nice and so cute. Chase is soo exciting, so you have to go and meet him and play with him because you will have a lot of fun. He is so nice and kind.

School Improvement Council

Please go on Facebook and request to join our SIC group. This is a closed group, so you will have to search for "Dutch Fork Elementary School Improvement Council" and request to join. This group will be a place where we elicit feedback from staff, parents and other stakeholders.

Hunger Action Month

At DFES…The Academy of Environmental Sciences, we are committed to social action in support of our community. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students are learning about communities and their roles as community members. Students in upper grades are using the inquiry process to discover how they can personally bring about change in the community as social scientists. Please join us for a food drive in support of District Five’s Snack Pack Food program. Items donated will go directly to students in our district who participate in this program. We will be accepting donations listed below until October 3, 2014. You may send the items with your child at any time, and their homeroom teacher will explain where the items will be collected. Thank you for your contribution!

*Items do NOT have to be brand names listed.

These are just suggestions…Store brands are fine!

Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Nut Bars

Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats

Individual packets of fruity jelly snacks

Kellogg’s Cereals in mini-boxes

Instant Oatmeal in individual packets

Grits in individual packets

Minute Maid 100% Juice boxes

Apple sauce single serve packs

Fruit in single serve cups

Slim Jims (sold in “cans” of 15-16 small sticks)

Ramen Noodles

Maruchan Instant Lunch

Lance Crackers – any flavors

Chef BoyArDee Ravioli or Spaghetti and Meatballs (7.5 oz individual cans)

Mac & Cheese cups