Room 105 Update

Some important changes, news, and updates

Islandwood News

We continue to collect permission slips and money every day! If you haven't turned yours in, please do so as soon as possible. The total cost is $50 and we are asking for at least a partial payment (or request for scholarship) by the end of the month. We also need a permission slip turned in before our Feb 3 trip. Today, I sent home a "Medication Order Form" if your child needs any medication (non-prescription OR prescription) while they are at Islandwood. Islandwood normally sends the information packet (with packing list, health forms, etc.) out 2 weeks before the trip, but we are trying to get them sooner and hope to send them home ASAP. As always, don't hesitate to contact me, Ms. Hubbard, Ms. Sukovaty, Ms. Stock, Mrs. Holtz, Mr. Swartz, or the office with any questions or concerns.

Away from Wildwood Days...

January 20, 2014 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 30, 2014 - Data Day (Teacher only day)

January 31, 2014 - Semester Break

February 3-6, 2014 - Islandwood Outdoor School

February 17-18, 2014 - President's Day

A note about homework expecations

I am too inundated with papers to take home every night. I have decided to stop collecting the read and respond journals from kids in order to save some of my sanity. I still expect kids to read at least 30 minutes every night Monday through Thursday and to write the title of the book at the bottom of that night's planner. A signature on the planner indicates to me that they have completed their reading and talked about their school day with you. It is also valuable for kids to talk or write about their reading, so you can certainly still ask them to do this, I just won't be collecting it. Kids should be doing about 50 minutes of homework from my class each night (no homework on weekends) which should include about 30 minutes of reading and about 20 minutes of math. I give them a math sheet every day with two MSP questions on them. If kids finish their math early, then add a little more reading time. If kids are struggling on the math, then have them stop at 10 minutes per side (for a total of 20 minutes of math). If you would like your student to do additional work, I encourage you to include them in your hobbies: teach them how to cook, sew, fold laundry, budget their money, or other important life skills! The internet also has a variety of great resources for more school practice, too. Make sure they can add, subtract, and multiply multi-digit numbers fluently. I hope my class expectations fit well with your family expectations. If you need an adjustment from me, just let me know! I am here to help you get your child to reach his or her goals! :)

Thank you!

You are the best families, and you are raising the best kids I know! I'm so proud to work with you all and thank you for making the last part of 2013 great. Here's to a wonderful 2014 for us all!

"Our ultimate objective in learning about anything is to try to create and develop a more just society." - Yuri Kochiyama