Volume 3/Issue 13 November 16, 2015
Hello, everyone! I hope you had a restful weekend. Case received his Eagle for Boy Scouts last night. It was such an emotional ceremony and I was definitely a proud mama! I know the week before a holiday can be hectic and chaotic. Please make sure you are continuing the same structure and vigilance in your classroom as usual. We begin MAP testing when we return, so we can’t miss a minute of quality instruction time this week. Stay focused and your students will respond to your high expectations! On another note, the response to the district literacy specialists coming to model guided reading has been so positive! I’m glad it has been helpful. If you are interested in having someone come to Jackson to model for you, please let your grade level reading specialist know and she can set something up. Also, I’ve been having some thoughts about after school tutoring. I’m going to put out a survey asking whether you would like to spend Mondays tutoring or participating in a weekly professional book club discussion. We’ll vote and see where we stand. The book study would be something related to academics and teaching. It would require reading a little bit each week to prepare for the Monday discussion in small groups. Think about it and we’ll vote soon. Have a wonderful week of teaching and learning!
If you can find time during your break, I suggest you open the book and find where you are in your guided reading instruction and use some of the suggestions. Lots of great charts/templates to help you make good use of your time and organize your sessions.
Reminders to include in your grade level newsletters
- Remind Parents of the Book Fair
- Remind parents to help students learn their ID numbers
- Tardy bell is at 7:45 am
- If they are planning to change the way their student is going home it needs to be done by 2pm