Mrs. King's Classroom Newsletter

September 15, 2016

Save the Date

September


9/15- Open House- 5:30pm

9/16- 3rd grade medals at the assembly

9/23- Fun Run 11:45-12:45

9/26- No School PIR


October

10/7- 3rd grade medals at the assembly

10/10 & 10/11- Student-led Conferences- No School

10/17-Individual School Pictures

10/17 PAC meeting at 3:45pm

10/20 &10/21- No School- PIR

10/28- PAC Halloween Carnival

10/31- Harvest Celebration 1:30-2:30pm- Room mom in charge.

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Important News

We are almost done with week 3. I can't believe it! It has been a great start to our year. Our community is really starting to come together. We have learned how to be good listeners and are continuing to develop those skills. We created community expectations. Please ask your child about those expectations. We are learning to use our flexible seating to help our flexible minds grow! You could ask your child what his or her favorite flexible seating tool is. Our community has worked hard to create expectation, learn expectation and create a learning atmosphere that everyone can work in. We will continue to grow these skills!


Rollercoasters have been a great team building activity. Not only are they helping Silverwood but they are growing team skills! We had Cory Johnson in to help our engineers with the engineering design of the coaster. Thank you Mr. Johnson! We have redesigned coasters at least 5 times to get the perfect one for Silverwood. We hope you enjoy our Open House.


It was so nice to meet with all the families over the last 3 weeks. I really enjoyed our conversations. Thank you for taking the time to be involved in our classroom community. We are a community and your part is crucial.


Our classroom has stayed busy the last 3 weeks. We have established our Math workshop. Students this year will be diving deeper into math concepts. We are focused on interpreting numerical expressions, solving multi-step word problems based on real world concepts, analyzing patterns and relationships with math concepts and identifying place value systems. Students are learning these concepts through journaling, playing games, and solving expressions. Our first unit focus is on place value.


We have been establishing our Writer’s Workshop routine over the 3 weeks. Students’ focus for the first trimester of the workshop will be personal narratives. Students will be recounting personal stories about his or her life. Please ask your child about some of the topics he or she is writing about. Our published personal narratives will be done in multiple ways. As writers, students will choose from a variety of publishing options. Students will publish 2 writing piece for the Trimester. Students will also upload the personal narratives on a blog ( SeeSaw) for you to enjoy. I encourage you to visit and share your child’s writing piece with family members. You will be allowed to make comments on the piece, making the writing meaningful.


We have been establishing our Reader's Workshop too. We are building our stamina each day. Our goal is to have 30- 40 minutes of independent reading time. Readers have a reading buddy for the trimester. Our first unit is launching the workshop. Then we will move into our unit of study for Fiction. Readers will learn to talk about fiction using text based-evidence. Readers will create a book fair presentation, journal about what he or she is reading, and create different projects for 1-2 fiction books this trimester.