3 C Newsletter

October 30, 2015

Dear Families,

It has been another busy week here at WC! The students took several assessments this week and did a great job of showing what they have learned in our recent units. I appreciate all you are doing at home to help them prepare for these assessments.

We spent time this week looking at all of the features on "Planet Turtle." I have challenged the students to try to find 10-20 minutes at least three times per week to go on the site and practice their math skills. I have set a multiplication target for them that they will have to complete before they can go back to earlier skills. If you are interested in allowing them to play this game on an iPad you will need to first download the "Puffin Browser" app for them as it will not work through the "Safari Browser" that is already on these devices. Once you download the "Puffin Browser" you can enter the planetturtle.com address and the game should work. There is a report that the "challenges" portion of the game has been having trouble. The company is aware of this problem and they are trying to remedy the issue. However, they can still go on the site and play the skills games which earn them tokens to open up new games and areas.

I look forward to seeing each of you at parent/teacher conferences next week. You should have received a note indicating your scheduled date and time for these conferences. If you have not or if you have questions please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Janice Czepiel

Important Dates

Thursday, October 29th - Friday, November 6th – Fall Book Fair

Monday, November 2nd: October Book It Calendars Due (participation is optional)

Wednesday, November 4th: Parent/Teacher Conferences 7:15-8:15 a.m.

Wednesday, November 4th: Papa Saverio's Night

Thursday, November 5th: Parent/Teacher Conferences 7:15-8:15 a.m. AND 2:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 5th: 5 hour attendance-1:45 dismissal

Friday, November 6th: No School

Curriculum Updates

Math: We have completed Chapter 5 on division and the students should bring their tests home in their folders today. We will continue with multiplication and division over the next several chapters. Students should be spending time each night practicing their multiplication facts. We will begin next week with 2's and 5's. The students will learn the connection between the two operations through inverse operation and forming fact families.

ELA: We wrapped up our first unit this week and took the end of unit assessment which included writing our final article for informative writing. I will have the students' writing available at parent/teacher conferences so that you can see the progress they have been making. Next week we will begin the second unit which focuses on a chapter book The Year of Miss Agnes that takes place in Alaska. Students will learn about different cultures and their traditions during this unit.

Grammar: Students should continue to watch their use of punctuation, capitalization and spelling (especially for our commonly used words, vocabulary and words that can be copied from the questions or from somewhere in the material we are reading). It will become necessary to follow these basic grammar rules in order to receive full points on assignments and tests/quizzes.

Science/Social Studies: We have completed the first chapter on the early people of Illinois. Students should have brought home a study guide for the test which will be on Tuesday, November 3rd. Our next chapter will focus on the early explorers and what they found during their journey.


Thank you to the room parents for planning and running our Halloween Party! The students and I truly appreciate your efforts! Thanks for all you do!