From the Principal's Desk
We are enjoying the warmer weather and hope that it continues. Thank you to everyone who attended our “Breakfast with a Superhero.” We had a great turnout! Please check out our school calendar for our upcoming events. Remember to like us on our Facebook page so you can see the wonderful things going on in our school.
News from the Instructional Coach
Spring is finally just around the corner. Pretty soon it will be time for our next Benchmark Test in Grades 2-5. Please note that the information we gain from these assessments is known as formative. This means that we do not "grade" our students on their performance in terms of their report cards or progress report averages. Teachers use the information from these benchmarks to guide their future planning and instruction.
Please be sure and check your students' red folders and sign their reading logs each night. Reading and Math Fast Facts are always items you can work with your child on each night and on the weekends.
Reading All Stars
From the Literacy Specialist
Nonfiction creates an important foundation for learning. Reading nonfiction not only helps kids learn about subjects such as art, science, or history, it helps build their literacy and vocabulary skills.
Vocabulary can be very difficult with nonfiction. When reading nonfiction with your child, try using the method below to help them learn new words.
Learning New Words: the PET Method (developed by Dr. Rebecca Silverman)
Nonfiction offers a great opportunity to learn new and different words. Your child may find some of the words challenging at first. An easy way to help him or her tackle unfamiliar vocabulary is to use the PET method:
P = Pronounce the word. Say the word and have your child repeat it after you.
E = Explain the word. Provide a simple definition and then give some examples of how to use the word in a sentence.
T = Try it out. Ask your child to try using the word in a sentence.
Once your child has learned the words, look for other places where the word occurs. Encourage your child to use the word in conversation whenever possible.
When you tap into a child's special interests, it can also help reluctant readers want to read.
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