Mrs.Kelly's Class Newsletter

A weekly update on what's going on in OUR classroom!

Welcome!

Dear parents,


I want to thank you for stopping by to get an idea of what is going on this week! I am so excited to have your children in my class! I already know that this school year is going to be amazing! Please feel free to take a look around the website. I will update this website weekly to ensure that you are up to date on everything that is going on in the classroom. If you have not already signed up for Remind 101, find the section on the page and do so. This app will allow you to get instant information to your phone or email as I post it. Thank you again. Enjoy!

Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!

What's been going on?



In Reading, we will talk about dramas and the elements that go into plays. We will have a book fair preview on Friday. The book fair will officially start next week!


In Writing, we will begin drafting people essays.


Spelling: This week, students will have a spelling quiz. Please encourage your child to study at home. Their words can be found on this website if you scroll down as well as in the spelling section of their agenda.


Reading Logs: Students will be required to read at least 120 minutes this week and turn in their reading logs on Friday. Recently, I have had a lot of difficulty getting students to turn in their reading logs. Please encourage your child to complete an turn them in. Forgetting homework or not turning it in for 3 times in any 9 weeks will result in an N for completes homework in Reading.


DONT FORGET-- until now, I have not required students to have their reading logs signed. I have decided that some students are taking advantage of the system and have been falsifying information on their logs (some students attempted to claim reading 4 hours straight on one school night). In order to encourage honesty, I am now requiring that students get their parents to initial anywhere on the reading log where they sat down for 60 minutes or more and read.


Thanks for looking!

Red Folders!

Your child was sent home with a red homework folder at the beginning of the school year. This folder includes labeled pockets. Please make sure that you check this folder NIGHTLY. Please ensure that if the items are in the bring back side, that you inspect them, sign if necessary, and then place them back in the folder. The leave home side will need to be emptied nightly. Please encourage your child to be responsible for giving you their folder each and every night of the week. Thank you!

Writer's Notebooks

Your child's Writer's Notebook is the composition notebook that has a collage cover. Please read the quote provided to get a better idea of the importance of the notebooks. Remember, the more our children write, the better writers they will become.


I also encourage students to bring artifacts from any experience they may have that could be a seed (inspiration) for a writing piece. Some of the examples I gave students were ticket stubs from family outings, movie tickets, leaves, receipts (if something interesting happened while at the store). The possibilities are endless. With these artifacts, I would like students to write a note to themselves to help them remember the experience. Students are encouraged to write about the experience right away if time permits.


Thank you so much for supporting your children on their journey to writing growth! The students are to view their notebooks as their best friends. Please contact me with any questions you may have.

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Reading Journals

The reading journal's purpose is for students to record reading strategy notes and to write reading responses for any books, articles or poems they may read. These responses are vital to ensuring your child's comprehension and reflection after reading. Most of these responses will be written in class as students finish reading. Some students may finish reading at home and may decide to write their response immediately after reading the book.

Reading Logs

Each week, students will receive a reading log. This reading log will be used in class and at home. The reading log sets out all information that must be recorded each night. This reading log is important because it ensures that students are exposing themselves to literature nightly. It also encourages students to build reading stamina. As we all know, the STAAR test features a collection of passages. The more your child reads, the more they will build their stamina. The more they build their stamina, the more comfortable they will feel about reading for longer periods of time without becoming frustrated or bored. Reading logs are to be completed nightly. Reading logs should be found in your child's red folder in one of the page protectors.


If your child reads more than 120 minutes per week, they will earn a punch on their Reader's punch cards. After students receive 5 punches on their card, they will receive a free dress pass and an opportunity to win lunch on the stage!


Thank you for your support in helping your child to build reading stamina!

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Superhero Bucks

As a behavior management/incentive, we have decided against Class Dojo and have decided to start using "bucks" in the classroom. Students will be given various opportunities to earn bucks throughout the day. Students will be in charge of keeping up with his or her bucks until it is time to do a buck exchange (every two weeks). Any conduct notes will be placed in agendas. Once a student earns a buck, it will not be taken away unless that student is using the buck to purchase a privilege or other reward. Bucks are exchanged every other Friday.


Please encourage students to earn as many bucks as they can! Thank you so much for your support in this!

Homework

Completing homework is a vital part of educational success. Your child will have math, science, and reading homework nightly. Thank you for your support in this.

agenda

The agenda is the primary communication tool that we use each week. The agendas should be signed by parents over the weekend and returned signed by Monday morning.


Your child's agenda will communicate upcoming events, important information, conduct notes, and other classroom happenings.

Spelling Words

Spelling in our classroom has changed lately. Instead of continuing with Words Their Way, where students are still being tested on words like "cat" or "dog," we have decided to focus on the core spelling words for 1st,2nd, and 3rd grade. These are words that students should be exposed to and should master by the end of 3rd grade. Currently, your child gets 20 words, a few from each grade level, and writes them into their agenda for the current week (you can find them near Friday's objectives). In class, we spend about 10 minutes per day doing various activities with the words. These are kept in spelling journals that are kept in the classroom. The words are given on Monday and are tested on the Friday of the following week. After I grade tests, I may decide to bring back some words that had low mastery. The spelling quizzes will be averaged into one spelling grade at the end of a grading period. Please encourage your child to study words at home. The more they are exposed to the words, the more success they will have. As always, thank you so much for your support!
Here are the words for this week!
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About mrs.kelly

My name is Stefani Kelly. I am a third grade ELA and Social Studies teacher at Sheridan Elementary. I love working with children and witnessing their growth as individuals through their education. I am a firm believer that a person's background has no hold on their potential or ability to reach their dreams. Through positive experiences in education, children have the power to make a great impact and change the world.


My husband and I have a beautiful 3-year-old daughter named Grace (yes...she was named after princess Grace Kelly!). We have grown up in Houston and went to Cy-Fair schools from elementary through high school. I even stayed in Houston for college-attending and graduating from the University of Houston (Go Coogs!). During my free time, I spend time shopping, camping, crafting and doing various activities with my family.


I look forward to getting to know all of you and watching your children grow!

Contacting Mrs.Kelly

Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding any questions or concerns you may have!

Important times to remember

School starts at 8:10

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Conference time

10:00-10:50 (by appointment only)

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Lunch 12:30-1:00

(no lunch visitors until September 15)

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Any transportation changes must be made before 2:30.