# Luxford Elementary School Scoop

## The Teaching and Learning Scoop

Dear Parents,

I hope all of you stayed safe and your homes did not incur any damage last weekend. It is hard to believe we lost three instructional days due to inclement weather already in just a few weeks. As we enter the second half of the first quarter, I want to provide you with an update. It is important to the teachers and me that you feel knowledgeable and informed about what your children are learning and how to enhance their learning at home.

During the first half of the quarter, the focus of reading instruction in all grade levels was on making connections and summarizing (in K-1 students are asked to retell rather than summarize). This means when your student reads fiction text/books they should be thinking deeply about the characters in the story and connecting to the emotions and problems a character experiences. They should try to figure out how the characters feel (e.g., sad, happy, proud, jealous) and what the character’s traits are (e.g., nice, honest, mean). Understanding the feelings and traits of a character and the lesson a character learns is the foundation of understanding fiction.

Your little readers are also becoming stronger mathematicians! They have been busy solving problems and computing! Kindergarteners have been counting to ten and counting sets of numbers. First graders have been busy learning counting patterns and writing numerals through 120. They are beginning geometry now and will be discussing plane and solid figures. Second graders are busy gaining an understanding of the base-10 system so they’ll be ready to compare and round numbers. They are also practicing counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s to extend numeric patterns. Third graders are studying place value and beginning to round and compare numbers. They are also beginning to develop strategies for multiplication. Fourth graders are busy studying numbers through the millions and applying strategies learned in third grade to use all four operations (+, -, x, ÷) successfully to estimate and solve problems. Fifth graders are describing prime and composite numbers, solving multi-step real-world problems, and beginning to classify and measure angles and triangles.

I hope this helps you to feel better informed on the performance of your students and what they are learning right now.

Thank you for all you do for our school and for your kids! We appreciate all the wonderful parents in the Luxford community! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Danielle Colucci

Principal, Luxford Elementary School

## Upcoming Events and PTA News

Onto other news! The PTA has been working hard to support our school and provide us a nice outdoor courtyard. We would love to be able to have science experiments, gardening, and other fun STEM opportunities to engage our learners in outside. They hosted the Krispy Kreme fundraiser in an effort to fund this and obtained a grant from Lowe’s. They will do another fundraiser to help finish this project. Our PTA President, Claudine Baggett, will be in the café tonight from 5-6:30 handing out the pre-ordered Krispy Kreme certificates if you purchased any.

October 19th: Other ways to support our school? Please come to Chipotle on October 19th! We need iPads and technology, and Chipotle has agreed to give us back 50% of what is purchased between 2pm-9pm on the 19th! This is incredible! Just bring your Luxford Chipotle flyer in when you arrive, get dinner for the family and half your purchase goes back to your kids! I’ll be there from 5-6:30 pm in costume too! So, your kids can get more use of their costume and take a selfie with me to add to the fun!

October 21st: The PTA will also be hosting a Parent Connect Social on October 21st in the café. This is a chance to get to know other Luxford parents/families. Refreshments such as coffee, juice, bagels and pastries will be provided by your Luxford PTA. Feel free to bring younger siblings, as they are part of our Luxford family. Please RSVP at luxfordpta@gmail.com so we make sure there will be enough refreshments for everyone. If you haven’t joined the PTA yet, please consider supporting our school by purchasing your \$5 membership. Our office staff can help you with this.

October 24th: School day now. Students attend all day.

On October 26th: Haygood Skating Night! \$7 gets kids skating and all you can eat pizza! This will be a super fun night out for our kids and families!

October 31st: Book Character Parade! Students can wear their book character costume to school on October 31st as well for the Book Character Parade! This will be a fun event for our kids and families. Please sign and return the costume guidelines flyer that came home last Friday. Your teacher has extras if you need another. After the parade, some teachers will be having small Fall Celebration parties in their classrooms which you are also welcome to attend. Please sign your child out with your child’s teacher if he/she will not ride the bus home or go home their regular way. This is VERY important for student accountability and safety.

November 8th: Parent-teacher conferences. Please request a conference time if you have not already scheduled one.

## Luxford Elementary School

Principal, Danielle Colucci

Assistant Principal, Grant Baker

• “How do you think the character is feeling right now in the story?”

• "Have you ever felt this way?"

• “What problem did the character have in the story/on this page?”

• “How did the problem get solved?”

• “Did the character learn a lesson?” (this is the theme or main idea of a fiction story)

When K-1 students retell, they should tell you the setting and the character's names. 2nd-5th grade students summarize, they should be including the setting, the characters, the problem/conflict, and the solution/resolution. Grades 4-5 should also include the theme (the lesson the character learns like “honesty is the best policy” or “hard work pays off”).

• “What text features do you see?”

• “Why would the author include those text features/how do they help readers?”

• “What do you think you’ll learn by reading this?”