Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary

November 6, 2015

Mission Statement

We, the SHIELDS CAPtains, will participate in advanced learning, continuously grow, and move on to the next grade level, by being responsible, doing our best, working together, and learning from our mistakes.

What's Happening??

  • 11/09 > 5th Grade Field Trip
  • 11/10 > 4th Grade Field Trip
  • 11/10 > SUBSTITUTE (Mrs. Tuttle Yearbook Training)
  • 11/11 > NO SCHOOL Veteran's Day
  • 11/17 > PTO Meeting 6:30pm in the library
  • 11/20 > Report Cards Go Home


Secret Garden

We are still plugging along in The Secret Garden. From our conversations at school, it sounds like some students are getting into it after some apprehension at the beginning! There were many predictions about who the characters were and the mysterious crying. Now to see what happens with the garden!

Fish in a Tree

We have one more week with Global Read Aloud. We should finish Fish in a Tree next week. Everybody has really enjoyed reading this book. It has been fun to connect with Mr. Mills class in Canada to discuss the book through Skype.

We've shared our love of the book with a few classes who are now also enjoying reading it. After we finish the book and participate in a culminating activity each student will be able to bring their book home. Hopefully you will be able to read it too!


Multi-Step Math Problems

Each week, I include a "Solve It" problem where the word problems require multi-steps to find the solution. These types of problems can be a bit tricky as they require students to read carefully and think critically about what the question really is asking. Here is an article from Helping With Math that you may find helpful if you want to work with your child on these types of problems. You may also share this article with your child and talk about it together!


We're wrapping up our multiplication and going into some division skills next week.

All the students are doing a wonderful job with multiplication of larger numbers. We are practicing breaking the larger factors into "friendly" numbers to help make the multiplication easier. We will of course keep practicing this skill throughout the year.

It is definitely much easier to multiply larger numbers if you are fluent with your multiplication facts. Please encourage your child to keep practicing facts at home! They are completing timed tests on Schoology during RtI so we can track the facts mastered. They do not necessarily need to be the quickest, but they should have strategies that make them efficient with their facts. This will also be a huge help in division as we begin by discussing the relationship between multiplication and division. When they master the multiplication facts they will move on to division facts.

Service Learning Projects

October was Bullying Prevention Month

Our Bullying Prevention Campaigns have ended! Today, we shared them with each other and they were awesome. I'm so amazed how creative all the skits were and also with all the team tech skills. WOW!

We were hoping to post on YouTube, but some videos contain full names so we shared them on Schoology instead. Please ask your child to show you their productions!

Shield's Thankful Tree

For November, we are going to create a Thankful Tree in the entrance at Shield's. We are going to create a 3D tree and give every classroom some leaves for each child and teacher to write something they are thankful for. Then we will hang the leaves on our tree! The goal is to have our tree up by the end of the week so when you come in next week be sure to check it out!

Now Hiring for November and December!

Classroom jobs have been filled for November and December positions. In case you missed it, students complete applications for jobs they are interested in holding. Jobs will be held for two months and then students can reapply or apply for other positions. The goal is for all students to have the opportunity to experience each position they want to hold by the end of the year. You can see we still have some spots available so applications are still being accepted for those. I'm sure your child would love to share information about their job with you!

Volunteers are needed so please click on the link below to see if there is a time that would work for you!

Classroom Needs

Thank you for sending in baggies and sticky notes! We are set up for now. I'll update this part of the newsletter as items are needed!
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