## August 25th - September 3rd

We have really enjoyed getting to know students this past week and a half. Our blog is one way we will communicate with families what we have been doing in the classroom!

## Math

We have started math this year by teaching kids how to do number talks. Number talks are done daily and require students to use mental math to flexibly solve problems. We put a focus on accuracy, efficiency, and flexibility with the thinking. We are starting the year with addition but will move on to subtraction, multiplication and division as the year continues.

Students have also learned math games during this time. Some games students have learned are Digit Place, Close to 100, and Pathways. These games give students opportunities to practice addition, subtraction and multiplication as well as get to know each other and practice cooperative skills.

We have also started Number Corner. Number Corner for September consists of the Calendar Grid and Calendar Collector. In Calendar Grid we are writing equations to make visuals of money and clocks. In Calendar Collector we are building rectangular prisms and adding on them each day while making the connection between the area of the base, the layers, and volume.

We will being working on Unit 1 which focuses on expressions, equations and volume next week.

## Math Stars

Ms. Jeffrey's class is reading Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. This is the story of a young boy who struggles with ADHD. For a few years Joey was raised by his grandmother but his mother recently returned. He is struggling in school and is making some very impulsive decisions. While sharpening pencils Joey decided to cut his fingernails in the sharpener. A few days later he swallowed his house key. When while on a class trip he jumped from the rafters in a barn. Joey is a nice kid and wants to do the right thing but struggles to make good decisions. We all agree that the adults in his life aren't helping him be successful. This book has many great messages about acceptance and differences.
Mrs. Mead's class is reading Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling. This is a former Golden Dome book. Aven was born without arms and has always lived in Kansas with the same kids she grew up with so they were used to Aven not having arms. Aven's parents recently moved her to Arizona to run the Stagecoach Pass Amusement park. Aven is adjusting to life in a new state where no one knows her and is experiencing people staring at her and asking her questions about her lack of arms with no intention of getting to know her. She is feeling pretty lonely until she met Connor. Connor has Tourette's Syndrome and can empathize with Aven because he is often stared at or left out due to his tics. Aven and Connor strike up a friendship and she starts to feel a little less alone. The two friends are also trying to figure out the mystery of who is Joe Cavanaugh.

## Writing

Students have been starting the practice of writing in their writer's notebooks. They have brainstormed an ideas section and are building their writing stamina by completing free writes.

Students will also be starting to take word study assessments to collect data to inform groupings for word study instruction. This will continue into next week.

The focus of our reading time so far this year has been on building good reading habits. Students have been building stamina for independent reading and writing about reading. In the coming weeks we will working on attending to reading and monitoring for understanding.

Reading assessments will begin next week. We will be looking for each student's instructional level to guide our reading instruction.

## Science

We will begin the year with Science! Our first unit will focus on Matter. We will cover states of matter and physical and chemical changes. Students started science this week focusing on how we learn from our "failures". Student's designed parachutes and redesigned parachutes multiple times- learning and trying to improve each time. We are hoping this mindset will be useful as we move forward in all areas.

## Snacks

As students may have shared with families already, their lunch isn't until 1:00. Some kids are sharing that they are hungry by mid to late morning. If possible, families might want to pack some additional snacks.

## Student Technology Tools

The following is a list of online programs students may use this year. Others could be added as the year progresses. Individual student password documents will be shared with students. We will be send home a permission form regarding student technology programs in the first weeks of school.

Safari Montage

Scholastic News

eSpark

BrainPop

Spelling City

Book Creator

Typing Club

IXL

Prodigy

Students will need two masks at school everyday. Masks will need to be worn on the bus to and from school. They should also be worn at school except when eating and during mask breaks, which we all need!

You can read the Bobcat Bulletin here.

## Four Winds

Read this flyer to learn about the Four Winds program at EES and FMS. Parent volunteers are needed!

## Celebrations

To follow the Health & Safety Guidance on Reopening Schools provided by the Dept of Health, we are not allowing food-sharing activities at this time. We are also not allowing non-food items to be brought in for sharing an example, Valentine's Day cards.

## Early Dismissal Procedure

IMPORTANT! Procedure for Early Dismissal

In the event that your child needs to be dismissed early, the following protocol must be followed:

• On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - you must pick up by 2:00 p.m.

• Wednesday- you must pick up by 1:00pm.

• Send your child’s teacher and Kim Kedzierski (kkedzierski@ewsd.org) an email first thing in the morning letting them know what time your child needs to be dismissed, the reason why and the name of the person picking them up. Or, you can also call the attendance line at 879-6326 and leave a message stating your child’s name, time leaving, the name of the teacher, the reason why, and the name of the person picking them up.

• When you arrive to pick up your child, please pull up to the front of the building and call Kim at 879-6326 to let her know you’re here

## Important Dates

September 6- NO SCHOOL Labor Day

October 8- NO SCHOOL Parent Teacher Conference Day

October 11- NO SCHOOL Indigenous Day

October 14- Picture Day at FMS