Mrs. Koontz's Newsletter

September 8, 2015

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Important Notes

Here are a few important reminders:

  • School fees are $6.00. Please make all checks out to SFL.
  • If you have any extra containers of disinfecting wipes, we would be very happy to have them. We go through them very quickly.
  • Please be sure to check your child's backpack for a good supply of paper, pencils, and dry erase markers. We are quickly depleting our supply of them. Also, it saves on tissues if your child has a clean sock for erasing marks made by dry erase markers.
  • We eat have lunch each day at 12:55. It makes for a long morning. Please send a snack in with your child each day.
  • We have PE on Tuesdays. Students must wear tennis shoes (sneakers) to participate in PE.

Math Notes

We started the year off with a bang as we explored concepts involving place value. Students discovered that the digit to the left is ten times the digit to the right. This lead into multiplying and dividing by ten as well as reading and writing numbers to the millions place. We will now move into value vs. place, expanded form, comparing whole numbers, finding 1,000, 10,00, and 100,000 more and less than a number, and rounding.


As you are aware, we have started a new math curriculum, EngageNY. This curriculum follows common core mathematics standards, they are just presented in a very different way. This forces students to think about numbers and math concepts differently and in a more holistic way. Students will make connects between math concepts easier than traditional methods.

Please do not worry that your child is not mastering concepts if they are having some difficulty with their homework. Remember, this is new for all of us. Students are encouraged to bring their math journals home when they have homework (remember, this is not every night). Daily notes taken in class go along with homework assignments. The goal is mastery by the end of the year. If there is an issue with your child grasping these concepts, I will let you know.

For more information, go to the link below:

Science Notes

In Science, we reviewed how to make good observations. This naturally led into a discussion about the Scientific Method. Good observation skills are important when investigating things around us. We will use both observation and the Scientific Method as we begin our first big unit of study next week, Electricity and Magnetism.

In this unit we will explore the relationship between magnetism and electricity. Students will even learn a small amount of physics and subatomic theory (fancy, I know). We will conduct some investigations involving the different types of electricity as well as how magnets work. You will be amazed at how much your child will learn.

Contact Me!

Here are some ways to contact me throughout the day. Remember, I will not get phone messages until after school.