Week of Jan. 6-10

Grobe's Groovin' Group News

Looking For the Homework Packet?

If you are looking for your kid's homework packet from Mrs. Martellaro and me, look no further. This quarter we will be doing things slightly different.

Instead of homework packets your child will just be responsible for reading their lit. circle book and staying on top of their lit. circle menu activities and responses. Each kiddo will write the page numbers in their planner that they are to read for the week. There will be some class time provided for this but they will not be able to read all of the week's pages during the allotted class time.

For January and February, the kids have a lit. circle menu that they are to complete. Their goal is to reach 50 points with the menu activities they choose to complete. If they reach 50 points, they will receive a 3. Anything above 50 points, will result in a 4. They will have until February 13th to complete this menu.

Again, there will be class time to work on this menu and to read, but some of these things will need to be done at home for homework.

As for spelling, each Monday the students will write their spelling words in their planner to study throughout the week. On Friday they will take their spelling test, as normal, but if they score a 1 or a 2 on the test, they will receive a spelling homework packet to give them extra practice for the following week's word list.

We will be hitting the ground running this semester as we prepare for the STAAR test and because of the rigor in class, we felt that homework should be a minimum for this semester. (We don't want to overload our students' brains with extra work at school and then more work once they get home.) If you have any questions, please feel free to email me and I will be happy to expand further. Your kiddos will hear specific information about this matter on Tuesday, as I will be discussing this in length with them then.

Many Blessings,

Destine' Grobe

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Writing STAAR Test

The kids have been working so hard on their writing skills and they are improving every day, but the writing STAAR test is like no other test they have taken before. Not only do they have to go through the ENTIRE writing process (pre-writing, rough draft, revise, edit, and then final draft) but they also have to answer multiple choice questions in only 4 HOURS. EEEEk!!!!!

So to help the students prepare for what this process is like, this Friday we will be taking a Writing Mock STAAR test. They will have 4 hours to complete multiple choice questions and a personal narrative from start to finish. This will help them to manage their time and get a feel for what this day will be like.