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Mrs. Duer's Weekly Newsletter

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Weekly Update:

The students have successfully completed their first Science and Social Studies assessments. We are still working on following classroom rules and procedures, most of us have it! If you have any questions, as always please contact me!

We had a wonderful spirit week in honor of Miss Willie Mae. Thank you to all who participated and donated! Funds will be sent directly to the funeral home to help the family with expenses. As a school India hook raised over $1000!

Please remember there is no school on Monday due to the holiday! I hope everyone enjoys a nice long weekend!

Homework Outline

Each night your child will have homework in several subject areas. It is very important that they complete this practice at home, so that they can continue growing in their learning and you will be informed of curriculum.

Reading: Each night, your child will be asked to read for 20 minutes from a book of choice or their guided reading book. After they read, they will need to answer a reading log question based on that book. They need to answer in at least three sentences and make sure they pick a question from the correct column (fiction or nonfiction).

Word Study: We will begin word study within the next few weeks. Students will be asked to complete these assignments in their reading journal as well. Be on the lookout for this to start.

Math: Each night, your child will have math practice each night that will help them review what was covered in class. Once we have iPad access this assignment may turn into online practice.

Science and Social Studies: Most nights your child will be asked to study for Science and Social Studies in our current units. About 10 minutes should be spent on each subject. Be sure to watch for test dates in their agenda. Some nights they may have a review sheet to complete. I will also start electronically attaching Quizlets to emails and newsletters for them to use to study. When we have the iPads they will have access to a Quizlet app.

Upcoming Tests:

In this section you will find upcoming test dates.

9-8 Formative Time Assessment

9-15 South Carolina Regions

TBA- Summative Time Assessment

TBA- Landforms

MAP Testing is very important! Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast these dates. We will be taking MAP tests on the iPads in our room. If you would like to send in mints or cinnamon gum for the class to enjoy on MAP days please do! This helps the students focus and has been proven to increase test scores.

9-10 Reading

9-15 Math

9-22 Language

Scholastic Orders:

Students received Scholastic catalogs last Wednesday. Orders will be due September 15th. If you would like to browse books and order online, please see the directions below. If ordering online, you can order from any catalog.

Shop Online:
One-Time Class Activation Code: L4983

With Scholastic Reading Club:

  • Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library
  • You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child
  • You'll find the best values on a variety of formats

Each month, your child will bring home Reading Club flyers. Together you can choose from books hand-selected by teachers and experts, and then order online or send your order form and payment to me.

  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this letter)
  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books and value packs
  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
  • All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!


All students and parents must complete the iPad orientation this year. You also need to fill out the paperwork and send in the signature pages with your payment upon completing orientation. Hard copies will be sent home today with those students still missing paperwork! Students will be using these iPads for learning in the classroom, so it is very important that this is completed.

iPads will begin coming home with students who have paid the 35 dollar insurance fee will begin bringing iPads home Wednesday September 9th (Orientation must be completed as well).

All students will have access to iPads within the classroom.

Pirate's After School Program:

If you are interested in enrolling your child in this free after school program that focusses on reading skills, please use the following link to sign up. You can not register any other way. The program will begin September 14.

Volunteers and Chaperones

If you wish to volunteer in the classroom or chaperone field trips this year please go to the website and sign up. Also, you are welcome to visit your child at lunch, but due to liability, coming to recess is not allowed.