Mongenas Class Newsletter

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Content Corner

In Word Study, we have been working on plural rules, nouns, verbs, and adjectives.

In Reading Workshop, we have been working on story elements and making connections. Schema has been a big focus in Reading Workshop, where the students learned that we are constantly using our prior knowledge to help build comprehension in what we are reading. Next, we will move into the strategy of visualizing.

In Writing Workshop, we continue to work on writing a paragraph with a topic sentence, details, and a concluding sentence. The students have been busy working on their small moments writing pieces. This piece of writing focuses on one particular event and zooming in on it in detail. For example, one could write about the first time he or she rode the Vortex. You might have gone to Kings Island for the day and done a lot of fun and cool things, but with a small moments story, the writer zooms in on the specifics of one small moment in riding the Vortex. The students will also work on editing their own paragraphs, too.

In Science, we concluded our first science unit of Earth’s Resources a couple of weeks ago and have since moved on to our study of Matter and Energy. The students have been learning about the 3 states of matter and how they can change from one form to the next. we also will learn about the different forms of energy.

Important Dates & Reminders

· Friday, Oct. 18 and Monday, Oct. 21– No school
· Friday, Oct. 25-End of 1st quarter
· Thursday, October 31: Halloween Party and Parade 2:20 – 3:15 pm
· Wednesday, November 13– Field trip to Green Acres– dress appropriately for outside.

The program is from 1:00-3:00


It’s hard to believe that Halloween will be here in several weeks! We will have our Halloween Party on Thursday Oct. 31st from 2:20-3:15 pm. Before our party, students will change into their costumes and parade through the third grade classrooms. The costumes should be brought to school (not worn). We will not have time for face-painting and masks are discouraged as they may be a safety issue. Make-believe weapons of any kind are not allowed. After the parade we will have our Halloween party.

Study Island

Our school has access to a great resource for preparing our kids for success in grade-level curriculum and the Ohio Achievement Assessments. We have purchased a building license for a web-based program called Study Island, which is accessible to students from school or home. If you have Internet access, your child can access Study Island from home as well as from school.

We will be using Study Island to practice key concepts during the year. We also encourage students to utilize Study Island from home for extra practice. Reports are emailed directly to me to inform me which students are participating in the program and their successes along with areas of weakness. Students receive a blue ribbon when a topic or concept has been successfully completed.

Later in the year I will begin assigning weekly practice assignments. I will assign the assignment on Monday and it will be due on Friday. Students may choose to complete the assignment all in one day or spread it out over the week. A report will be emailed to me on Friday so show results and completion of the assignment.

We will be going to the computer lab next week for an introducation to Study Island. Feel free to log in this weekend to check it out.

Please contact me if you are unable to log-in.

Username: firstname.lastname@IHES

Password: student id (lunch code)

End of the Quarter

In a few weeks, quarter 1 will end. Please make sure your child has completed all required assignments. During the next 2 weeks, students will complete 3 end of the quarter assessments. Students will take the Quarterly Reading Assessment which covers skills we have done thus far in reading. Students will also take end of the quarter math and science tests.

Seeds Sightings

These students have been seen spreading the seeds of LIFESKILLS.

Morgan has demonstrated the lifeskill of perseverance as she worked hard to get caught up on her school work when she was absent.

Harry, Bella, Will, & Jack have demonstrated the lifeskill of active listening by making connections while reading aloud the story The World According to Humphrey

Michael, Sarika & Gianni have demonstrated the lifeskill of organization. It is so easy for them to find their materials!