Mrs. Eberly's Class News

February 5, 2016

Valentine's Celebration

We will be having a Valentine's Celebration in our classroom on Friday, February 12. This will be a little different from our past "parties." We won't need certain treats donated or help in the classroom this time. Whoever would like to bring a Valentine's treat to share is welcome to. Students may also bring Valentine's to pass out to the class. A list of all 29 students in our class will be sent home so that no one is missed! Also, if students would like to get creative and make a Valentine's box to hold their cards and treats, they may!


Some of us could use some improvement on the NEATNESS of work that is being turned in. We've rounded the bend and are now into the second-half of the school year, but this is not the time to get lazy and sloppy. Please encourage your kiddos to be doing their BEST work. If I can't read something that is turned in, it will be handed back to be redone and 10% will be taken off of the grade for that assignment.

Math Fact Practice

Math Facts continue to be crucial to your child's success in math. If your child has not passed multiplication in Xtra Math (ask him, he'll know), it's time to hit it hard. It is our goal to have 100% of our class pass multiplication in Xtra Math by the end of the year. You can help at home by encouraging your child to do Xtra Math daily, complete practice time tests (you can print these online, or I can send copies home) or study flash cards. This foundation will pay off in the coming years!

R.A.T.T.S.!

Many times in the school setting (and in the test setting) we are asked to write a response to something we have read. Whether it be a short story or nonfiction article, we need to be able to think about what we have read (comprehension) and respond to it appropriately. In order to do this most effectively, we are remembering the word RATTS. Here is why:

R - Restate the question asked

A - Answer the question

T - give evidence from the Text

T - give more evidence from the Text

S - Summarize your answer

You will be seeing papers come home in Friday Folders where we are practicing this procedure. The more we practice this, the better we will get! You can help at home by asking your child to read a newspaper article, magazine article, recipe, etc, and asking them questions about what they have read. They must include information from what they read to show that they have actually read the piece. :)

Important Upcoming Dates:

Friday, Feb. 12 - Valentine's Celebration

Friday, Feb. 19 - End of Trimester 2

Monday, Feb. 22 - No Students, Professional Day

Feb. 29 - March 11 - ISTEP Applied Skills window (written portion)