January 29, 2016

Non Fiction Going Well

Over the last couple of weeks we have been really beginning to dig deeper into non-fiction books. We have been learning many new strategies, including being able to find the main ideas and details that the author is trying to teach us. Please encourage your child to be reading non-fiction books at home. They can of course continue to be reading chapter books at home as well.

In Writer's Workshop students have been narrowing in on a topic that they are an 'expert' about. Ask your child what they are writing about. The end goal is to have a piece that teaches someone about the topic they are writing about. This writing will include 4 chapters, an introduction and a conclusion by time it is finished. We are hoping to have a published piece within the next two weeks.

Valentine's Day

We will be having a Valentine's Day celebration on February 12. This will follow the format of the other two celebrations. Students can participate in a Valentine exchange if they wish too. I will email a roster to your child that they can use. Students that are going to participate will need to have a large brown grocery bag in the class by Thursday so I can model to them a 'mailbox' that will be used for Valentines.

Google Classroom

This year every teacher in Merton must complete a google educator training and become a certified google educator. I have recently completed my training and test. As part of my learning I learned how to use a great classroom tool called google classroom. Your child will be completing some assignments on this going forward. I have loved watching kids interact with each other and help each other out by asking and responding to questions that they have had. Proud of the efforts that they have been putting into their work! Again, if technology is an issue in your household I will modify assignments for that.

Updated Reading Levels/MAPS scores

Your child has recently completed an assessment to show an updated reading level. Those levels will be shared with you shortly. Also MAPS testing was also just recently completed. These scores will be used in forming the new RTI groups that will begin the second week of February.

Parent Conference

Parent conferences are being held next Thursday and the following Tuesday Evenings (Feb 4 and 9). You may sign up for a time through skyward. We will review the year up to that point and set goals for your child for the rest of the year! Feel free to bring your child along to be part of our conversation.
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Door Decoration

Thanks to Mrs. James for the door decoration. Plenty of room for more hearts!!!! If you need a hard copy please let me know!