January ESL Newsletter

Winter 2016

Target goals for Language Arts grades 3-5

  • Visualizing Narrative
  • Opinion Essays
  • Identifying Main Idea and Key Details
  • Author's Point of View
  • Summarize text
  • Sequence of a story

Read every night at home!!


*If daily reading begins in infancy, by the time the child is five years old, he or she has been fed roughly 900 hours of brain food!

*Reduce that experience to just 30 minutes a week, and the child's hungry mind lose 770 hours of nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and stories.

*A kindergarten student who has not been read aloud to could enter school with less than 60 hours of literacy nutrition. No teacher, no matter how talented, can make up for those lost hours of mental nourishment.

*Therefore...30 minutes daily = 900 hours
30 minutes weekly = 130 hours
Less than 30 minutes weekly = 60 hours

Guess you now understand why reading daily is so very important. Why not have family night reading? It is great to just shut off the television for 20-30 minutes and read... and share.

I-ELDA is now called ELPA 21

It has changed from the IELDA to the ELPA 21. Our testing window opens the week of February 22nd. The ELPA 21 is a completely computerized assessment for all Els grades K-12 [K-2 no more inventories :)]. On February 1st, we are able to access practice tests to see what it is like. At that time, we plan to have each student (especially the younger ones) practice using a computer in the ways they will need to be able to complete their test.

Events in January

No School- Martin Luther King Day 1/18/2016

Fast Assessments for all grades K-5 1/19/2016

Iowa Assessments for grades 3-5 2/1/2016

Late Start 1/13/2016 K-8

Late Start 1/27/2016 K-8

Katie Pithan

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns you have! 331-8640

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