EPIC October Newsletter

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Happy October 1st!

Hello Amazing EPIC Families!

It is hard to believe that we have already completed the first month of school. Thank you again for attending our Parent Meeting and Picnic. It was a great success and we can not thank you enough for your continued support with your child's learning journey. Thus far, the students have done an amazing job transitioning to Lineville, dealing with lockers, and switching classes on their own. We have been settling in and getting our routines in place. We are in the process of finishing MAP testing this week.


TECHNOLOGY CONCERNS


We also wanted to share that as a House we understand that students may have problems with internet connections at home or issues with their iPad at night. Please know that we understand that technology has many glitches and as long as students share with us that there was a problem with the technology, the students would not receive a missing homework or minor due to the fact that it was out of their control. However, if this would become a reoccurring issue, we may need to search for other strategies such as taking a picture of the planner before they go home or trying to do any iPad work in guided study and doing print work such as math at home. This is just an example of what we could do if there is a continuing problem.


Math Switch

After working with the students for a few weeks, we have joined up with the Unity House in order to better meet the math needs of our students. As a result, we placed students in classes that all still cover the same material but at different paces. If a group moves at a faster pace, we will provide them with enrichment materials that will continue to enhance their learning. As a result, students may have either Mrs. Maroszek, Mrs. Sullivan, Mrs. Jacobs, Mrs. Devine, or Mrs. Sharman. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. :o)

What's Up in the Classroom?

Language Arts

In Language Arts, students have been exploring many different literature texts to identify the conflict and resolution in stories. We discovered that conflict and resolution do not only appear in books, but in films as well. One week, we dedicated the first three to five minutes of class to watch a Pixar Short and discuss the conflict and resolution in each short film. Students have made great strives and we will be ending this unit with an online activity as their assessment. We will be moving onto Theme for our next unit. We will be using many different mentor texts to assist students in creating concrete understandings about Theme and how to identify a theme(s) in a book.

Writing

Grammar is a huge focus in our writing class currently. Students are reviewing nouns, adjectives, verbs, punctuation and capitalization in an interactive notebook we are developing as a class. We have also started personal journaling. This has been something all students look forward too. I am excited to continue our grammar review and be starting our narrative writing piece soon!

Science

Solids, Liquids and Gases have been the hot topic in science! Students are currently learning about the states of matter and physical properties. We had our first mini-lab, Secret Bag Activity to practice our observation skills. Students had a BLAST with this activity. It was exciting to see how many scientists we have in the EPIC House. We will be continuing with this unit for the next couple of weeks. I believe that science is an inquiry subject, therefore, students will continue to have hands-on learning experiences that allow them to be an active participant in their own learning and discoveries.

Math

Students just finished their Map Math assessment yesterday. We are currently working on comparing fractions and adding and subtracting fractions. Students are engaged in both whole group and small group instruction. Students are given time to collaborate and evaluate their understanding of the material. Students will usually receive a math worksheet nightly. Be sure to check the weebly site for each day's homework. This worksheet is their opportunity to practice their understanding of the material covered that day. Students also receive an exit ticket for each lesson which helps me evaluate their understanding and determine who needs additional support in a particular area.


EXTRA MATH SUPPORT

Students can receive help in math during guided study, team time, or they may come in and eat their lunch with me and work on math as well.


At the beginning of the year, students took a math assessment using an on-line program called Moby Max. We have realized great success with this program as it helps students re-learn skills where they have gaps in their learning. Please talk with your child regarding their expectations for working on Moby Max.

Social Studies

Students have been working on our first unit for social studies which is on explorers. We are learning about the famous explorers from England, France, and Spain. Students are learning about what the explorers were searching for, what they discovered, and how their arrival in America impacted the natives. Students have been reading about these explorers and also helped to creat a skit on the impact of the French explorers on the Huron and Iroquois tribes.

Achieve 3000

Achieve 3000 is a proven-effective differentiated online program that enables all learners to increase their literacy proficiency with a goal of career and college readiness. Students read high interest non-fiction articles and are asked for their opinion, evidence, and answers to various questions regarding the article. Students are then stretched with a higher reading level with a partner as they collaborate and ultimately create a detailed thought question regarding the article. This system tracks students reading level through a Lexile score. Our class saw great success with this program last year and we are excited to see the results this year as well.

Upcoming Important Dates

Friday, October 3rd 1:08 Early Release

Week of October 13th Parent Conference Sign Up Online

Thursday, October 23rd Conferences 4-7:30pm

Tuesday, October 28th Conferences 4-7:30pm

Thursday, October 30th Conferences 8am-11:30am

Friday, October 31st No school

Classroom Wish List

Hand Sanitizer

Band Aids

Post it notes to be used in reading

HAVE A GREAT OCTOBER!

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