Camp Learn A Lot

January 11, 2016

Dear Parents,

Last week the children were very excited to peruse all of our new National Geographic Readers and DK Readers to kick off the start of our nonfiction reading unit. The excitement continues this week as we begin our informational writing unit that integrates the science concepts of forces and motion. We are going to be busy scientists AND readers AND writers this week!

Our field trip is fast approaching! My records show that I need field trip permission forms from EH and TH. I need the $5 field trip fee from SB, TD, GU, EH, NZ, LH, TH, and SK. If you believe my records are incorrect, please let me know. If you have a children's museum membership, you can submit the membership number to me in lieu of the $5 field trip fee. If you need financial assistance, please contact me and I will arrange for the fee to be covered.

You should have received your child's NWEA report that shows how your child performed on the mid-year assessment. You should also have access to your child's Quarter 2 Report Card. If you are having difficulty accessing either, please let me know.

Please see below for important dates to add to your calendar and sign ups for mid-year parent-teacher conferences.

As always,

Kelly Burton

Important Dates

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

Monday 01/11

  • Special: PE

Tuesday 01/12

  • Special: Art
  • Check red folder for Weekly Reading Log
  • Check red folder for new word sort

Wednesday 01/13

  • Special: Music

Thursday 01/14
  • Special: Technology
  • Class / Group Pictures
Friday 01/15
  • Special: PE
  • Weekly Reading Log due
  • 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

Mid-Year Parent-Teacher Conferences

As promised, I will be available two Saturdays in January to provide 25-minute parent-teacher conferences for those who are interested. Conferences will be held in our classroom, Room 135. Please park in the bus lot and enter through Door 2. Since it is a weekend and doors are locked, I will be keeping an eye on the door. If you are not able to find childcare, I will have a table outside the room with activities to keep kids busy.

What will we discuss during the conference?

During the conference, I will have information available to share with you about how your child is progressing so far this school year. However, the goal of the conference is for us to communicate about what is most important to you as a parent. If there is a specific topic/question you want us to be sure to address during the conference, please email it to me beforehand or bring your list with you to the conference.

How do I sign up?

To sign up for a conference, navigate to my sign up on Sign Up Genius and choose the day and time that works for you. You do not need to create an account with Sign Up Genius to sign up for a conference. You will need to provide your name, your child's first name or initials, and an email address. Your email address allows Sign Up Genius to send you a reminder email 1 day prior to the conference. SignUp Genius also notifies me when parents sign up or cancel.

I plan to be respectful of everyone's time by adhering to our schedule. If it seems our discussion needs more than 25 minutes, we can schedule a follow-up conference. I look forward to seeing many of you and working together to help your child continue to grow this year!

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 long vowels.
  • Logophiles (Group 2) compare and contrast the sounds of long vowels.
  • Logophiles (Group 3) compare and contrast the sounds of h, sh, and ch.
Next week in Reading Workshop we will continue our nonfiction unit with a focus on learning the lingo of a topic. Your child will learn:
  • Nonfiction readers celebrate the gift of learning something new.
  • Nonfiction readers anticipate and use the lingo of their topic.
  • Nonfiction readers use text features to notice and understand keywords.
Next week in integrated Science we will continue 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 begin our unit on problem solving. Your child will learn:
  • Following steps can help you solve problems.
  • Solutions to problems must be safe and respectful.
Next week in Math Workshop we will close out our unit 3-D and 2-D shapes. Your child will review:
  • Mathematicians write fact families.
  • Mathematicians count in the thousands.
  • Mathematicians order whole numbers in the 100s and 1,000s.
  • Mathematicians draw line segment.
  • Mathematicians identify 2-D and 3-D figures.
  • Mathematicians draw parallel and nonparallel line segments.
  • Mathematicians draw lines of symmetry.

Next week in Writing Workshop we will begin our unit on informational writing that integrates Science. Your child will learn:

  • Scientists use a lab report format when writing.
  • Scientists write a procedures section when writing a lab report.
  • Writers and scientists both go through a process to communicate with others.

Parent & Student Resources

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For Parents
  • Instagram: Request to follow @mrskellysimon
  • Remind: To subscribe, text @7b47d4 to 81010.
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.