Magee Friday Night News
February 9th, 2018
Reading Celebration Week "Going for the Gold!"
Our kick off took place this morning with an opening ceremony here at Magee!
Each day next week will be a special dress up theme, this info is listed below.
In last week's folder was an invite for children to invite a "guest reader" to come in during your child's library time. This guest can be mom, dad, grandma, grandpa or a family friend.
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February Title Reading Tip
CAFÉ Strategy: Tune in to interesting words and use new vocabulary in speaking and writing
As your child is progressing through the year, we would like to update you with another CAFÉ strategy to reinforce at home. CAFÉ is an acronym that stands for Comprehension (I understand what I read), Accuracy (I can read the words), Fluency (I can read smoothly and understand what I read), and Expanding vocabulary (I know, find, and use interesting words). The strategy introduced is a part of the expanded vocabulary portion of the CAFÉ Menu.
When children learn to tune in to interesting words, they build word awareness and the understanding of words. This leaves them with “thinking power” in their brain to comprehend and make meaning of what is read. Have you ever heard a new word, looked it up, and then repeated it often to remember it? Students who tune in to interesting words expand their vocabulary by focusing on these new words and their meaning. By looking for words that are interesting and unique, children not only increase their vocabulary, but they also enhance their comprehension. A child must have multiple exposures to a word in order for it to become a part of his/her vocabulary.
How to help your child with the expanded vocabulary strategy at home:
1. When your child is reading or you are reading to your child, ask your child to find 3 interesting words. Have your child write these words down and talk about the meaning of these words. See if anyone in your family is able to use the words in a sentence.
2. As always, modeling is a wonderful way to spark interest in children. When you are reading a magazine, newspaper, or book, tune into an interesting word and discuss it with your child. Explain that even adult readers tune into interesting words to better understand text.
Thank you for your continued support!
February Character Trait: Citizenship
Demonstrating good citizenship is being a person who is involved in trying to make the community, nation, or world a better place. Good citizens are people who are engaged, in big or small ways, in considering the needs of others in their community. Citizenship means more than knowing how the government functions. Good citizenship in practice is understanding, appreciating and doing things that make life better for yourself and for others. Citizenship is not passive. Citizenship demands participation, involvement and contribution. Good citizens go beyond their own interests, demonstrate a concern for the needs of others and recognize their obligations to make their home, school, neighborhood, country and world the best they can be. Citizenship is a two-way relationship and includes both rights and duties. No one makes a difference without being involved.
Cold weather reminders
A parent reminder for the cold months: our drop off lane seems to get backed up close to 8:00 when the weather gets colder. I can assume this is because kids don't want to be outside and therefore parents bring them a little bit later. The drop off lane becomes congested and backed up due to this reason. Please try to be in the drop off lane before 7:45 to help with this.
Students getting late to class due to late drop offs is not only disruptive to the class, but also an undue stress on your child.
PLEASE REVIEW our Winter rules with your child. You can click here for the outside rules.
Feb 9th- Reading Celebration Kick Off
Feb 19th and 20th- No School
Feb 22nd- PTO Family Bingo Night
Feb 23rd- Mid quarter reports go home
Feb 28th- Clip Chart Reward
March 8th- Spring Pictures (Optional)
March 22nd- PTO Family Movie Night
March 23rd- Spring Folk Dance Festival
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