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January Literacy Newsletter

Happy New Year!

I just want to say that I hope you had a restful break and enjoyed some things you like to do outside of school. Being a teacher is one of the most rewarding, yet hardest job a person can have. It is easy to get overwhelmed by our never-ending list of things to do, but I want to encourage us all to take a step back and remember the reason we are here. OUR STUDENTS! They need us to love them, encourage them, teach them and help them grow. Often, we are the only ones that acknowledge their efforts and see their achievements. So this year, let's be an inspiration to all of our students and make their accomplishments, no matter how small, a BIG deal!

Fountas and Pinnell Assessments

It is that time again! Please use the next couple of weeks to assess all of your students using the Fountas and Pinnell benchmark. Students who are in resource or intervention will need to be assessed as well. The district deadline is JANUARY 14th. When you finish, please go in and add the new levels of all of your students in the google document I shared with you earlier this year. The assessment sheets for all levels (fiction and nonfiction) are scanned in and have been shared in the past with you. Let me know if you need me to send them to you again. Everyone should have a kit to assess your students with, but let me know if you need anything. I know this is very time-consuming on your part but it really does tell us a lot about the student as a reader. We will use this data in the future to plan goals for our students.

Please assess your intervention students first, and any students you are concerned about needing intervention. When you are finished assessing these students, put the assessments in my box with your name on the top. We use this data to create our groups for intervention. The interventionists will be meeting on January 19 to discuss our current students, adding new students, and/or dismissing students.

Literacy Day

Friday, Feb. 26th, 8:30am-2pm

Our School

Literacy Day is just around the corner! Begin thinking of ideas for your costume because teachers will be dressing up again like a favorite book character. The students loved seeing us all dress up and I know they will be excited again this year. If you have any suggestions to make it better than last year, please share. We have a great author lined up and Greenville Little Theater will be performing Junie B. this year at 1:00. If you would like to read a Junie B. book or two before then, I know our students would enjoy it.

Literacy Book Room-Update

Before break, Ms. Taylor and I worked in the literacy room to organize it. Here are a few things we found/reorganized:

  • Multi-level texts: one book written in 2 different levels (located near level Z books)
  • Content Area leveled books: these are housed by level within our leveled books
  • Poetry Books: sets to use in Guided Reading (these are not by level, but are located near level Z books)
  • Readers Theater: take all books with each set (even if you do not need all books), these are located near level Z books
  • Short Reads: level A-Z (these will be located behind level Z books in zip-loc bags) Please only take a few bags at a time and not the entire red bucket. The set only came with 1 lesson plan guide for each level so we are having to make copies and put in individual bags. I will try to get these up and going ASAP, but it is a lot to copy.

REMINDER: Remember to take all 6 books and the lesson plan guide. Please return all 6 books and the lesson plan guide on the table at the door. We have a lot of sets missing books and/or the lesson plan guide.

How I can Help

  • The Next Step in Guided Reading: If you would like to see a lesson in action I can come model for one or more of your groups. We can also co-teach a group together or write some lesson plans together for you to use.
  • Trouble fitting it all in??? We can work together to analyze your reading block schedule so that 75% of students' time is spent in engaged reading, writing, and/or researching.
  • Complete an SEI on your class: I would be happy to come in and do the first one if you like. Remember the more data the better for being able to see patterns. Email me a day and time that would work best for you.

Thanks for all you do! As teachers, we are constantly learning and teaching new ways to best meet the needs of our students. I love being a part of West Pelzer and am so thankful to be on this journey of teaching with you! My door is always open so please let me know how I can help you!