Room 216 News
December 2015 Edition
Montpelier Field Trip
As you know our report cards for first quarter were viewed through the parent portal and requested paper copies were sent home.
Now you are able to see grades that are posted along with current averages. Please know the grade book we use is a live document and grades and averages are constantly changing and are not “set in stone”. Be assured that if I become the least bit concerned about your child’s grades, you will be the first one I contact. As always I’m here to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.
Music Performance is Next Week!
VSTE Annual Conference
Virginia Studies is back
Mrs. Dettmann started meeting with her enrichment reading groups recently. Selected students from our class meet with her two times a week (Tuesday and Thursdays from 10:20 - 11:00). They are reading A Single Shard. If your child is in her reading group, please contact her with any questions or concerns firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students continue to meet in small groups with me for reading instruction. There are a variety of genres being read at this time. Our instructional focus is on plot development, author's word choice, inferencing and figurative language. In addition, we study how our authors use language to convey tone and emotion. The students are using what they learn to write thoughtful essays.
We are continuing our study of affixes every day. Currently the students are creating word slides that include various prefixes. Thanks to Mr. Smith, one of ACPS instructional coaches, the students have begun their study of GLOW (Greek and Latin Origin Words). This weekly routine presents common word parts, such as trans--across and port--to carry, in a visual, game-centered way that the students seem to engage in very robustly. Ask your child what's GLOWING in their vocabulary lately. You'd be surprised at the depth of their knowledge of our language and the ways they learn what most of us would term, "It's all Greek to me!"
Dates to Remember
December 6th and 7th - Mrs. Grogan at VSTE
December 10th - Grogan, Morris, & Crickenberger Music Performance @ 6pm
December 17th - VS 6 End of Unit test
December 18th - 5th grade pajama day & Winter Celebration Day 12-1pm
December 21st - January 3rd - Winter Break
January 4th - School Resumes