Sheldrup's Grizzly Gazette

News in Room 202!

March 18, 2013

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Highlights of the upcoming week include: Reading NWEA, All-School Celebration, and Conferences. Mr. Bjork reported great efforts on the Math NWEA class. We celebrated by scheduling another "skate" day. The Reading NWEA will be Monday afternoon of this week. Thank you in advance for ensuring your child gets sufficient sleep, a healthy breakfast, and a positive pep-talk on determination.

In Health, we have been discussing safety of all kinds. I will let you know soon what topic we will approach next.

Our class has been working diligently to create and practice a class cheer for Thursday's All School Celebration. It is great to see students' school spirit shine! We have such a brave and talented group! Please remind your child to wear their black PRIDE shirt on Thursday.

I look forward to meeting with you at conferences! I wish you and your family a fun and safe spring break!

Mrs. Sheldrup

March's Events and Notes

3/19 Parent-Teacher Conferences, Scheduled, 3:15 – 8:00 pm
3/21 Parent-Teacher Conferences, Arena, 3:15 – 8:00 pm
All School Celebration- Wear your black PRIDE shirt!
3/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences, Scheduled, 7:30 – 12:00 pm
3/22-3/31 No School, Spring Break

Read, Read, Read! (continued)

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

I am working closely with your child to find good fit books that excited them and expand their interests. Students receive independent read time each day, but also need to read at night. You can greatly help your child achieve their reading goal by:
  • requiring your child read a minimum of 100 minutes a week at home: 20 minutes 5x/week; 14-15 minutes 7x/week; 25 minutes 4x/week
  • checking in with his/her progress on the novel
  • helping your child set goals of completion "If my book is 250 pages and I want to finish in two weeks, I will read 18 pages a day. I have time to read approximately 10 pages in school and 8 pages at home. I will read at _____ time each day/night. If I miss a day, I will read double the next day or reconfigure the number of pages I read to finish the book by my goal. If time allows on a particular day, I will read on ahead of my goal. I will track my progress on a bookmark Mrs. Sheldrup gave to me."
  • Involving him/her in conversations about his/her book
  • asking him/her to read aloud to you and offering to read to him/her

This Week's Reading Focus: Fables

We will compare and contrast various Fables and focus on the literary devices they often use:
*A moral is a lesson taught by a fable or story. It is usually stated
outright at the end of the fable.
*Personification is a literary device where animals or things have
human characteristics.

Unit 5, Week 2 Vocabulary Questions for Home Discussion

• To participate means to
take part.
What activities or groups are you interested in participating in while attending Dakota Meadows?

• Ordeals are severe
trials or experiences.
What events do you classify as an ordeal?

• If something is
nourishing, it supports
health and growth.
Describe a balanced, nourishing meal you would like to eat. With parent permission, plan and prepare a nourishing meal for your family.

• An encounter is a
meeting between enemies,
friends, or colleagues.
Describe an encounter between friends and enemies. Compare and contrast the two situations.

• If someone grimaced,
he or she made a face
in disgust.
When might you grimace?

• If something is anticipated,
it is expected.
What do you anticipate most about.... (spring break, summer, Dakota Meadows)?

• If something is done
dejectedly, it is done with
sadness or depression.
Why might someone act dejectedly?

• Someone who is
victorious has won.
How should someone act when they are victorious?

This Month's Focus: EXCELLENCE

At Garfield, we emphasize P.R.I.D.E. in student behavior and choices. The acronym means:
P- Preparedness
R- Respect
I- Integrity
D- Determination
E- Excellence

Take time to tell your child about the EXCELLENCE you notice they exude! I couldn't have a more positive group of students!

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Please contact me any time! I look forward to working with you and your child!