Dear Star Students and Awesome Parents, 1 0


     WELCOME TO THE WEEK OF MAY 11-15th.  We hope all of our amazing moms had a wonderful Mother's Day in "Quarantine Style".  Thank you for being such amazing co teachers!  We appreciate you SO much!!!  Please continue to see all of our lessons posted for the week on our GOOGLE CLASSROOM PAGE. 

      0   If you would like to pick your child's belongings up, please email me and I will let the secretaries know.  They will call you and set up a day/time to pick them up. I will be going into the class on Wed., MAy 13th and bagging and labeling each child's contents in their desk.  You DO NOT need to pick them up. If you do not wish to, no problem at all.  Your child will receive their belongings in their 4th grade classs when we return.  


       MONDAY    10:30 Mrs. Alkalay's LIVE math lesson.

                           12:30  Miss McLaughlin's LIVE math lesson.



                        12:30-12:45 PROJECT READ with Miss McLaughlin (The students and parents know who they are) 


    WEDNESDAY    10:30  Mrs. Alkalay's LIVE math lesson 

                              12:30 Miss McLaughlin's LIVE math lesson.



                           12:30-12:45  PROJECT READ with Miss McLaughlin 


    Our 2 different math groups seem to be going well. If your child can not make 1, please go the other for that day only. The groups were created to accomodate with each student's understanding of skills.  There will be a "CHALLENGE 24 Group on Friday, May 15th t 10:30-10:45.  If your child has mastered his/her multiplication, we hope to see them! 

     IF you need a CLASS CODE for epic, there are 2. You can use Mrs. Alkalay's  epk9283 or if your child  has been using Mrs. Sanzone's and it has been working, continue to use hers.  Your child should be going on XTRA MATH if they have not graduated.  At this point, he/she should be on multiplication. If they are not, please start a routine for 10 min, daily. I can't express the importance of this skill. It is the foundation to math.   Please use this time to practice for 10 minutes. 




         MATH LESSONS   13-7 &  13-8    KAHOOT FUN on FRIDAY  PIN will be posted at 10:30.

     LITERACY LESSONS:   Vocabulary from the novel BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE on Quizlet     Watch the videos of Mrs. Alkalay and/or  Miss McLaughlin reading aloud the story. Then, complete the weekly writing assignment where you will compare and contrast the book with a video. 


    1  Congratulations, Mrs. & Mr. Sanzone on the birth of their baby boy, Joseph!   Joseph came 3 weeks early, April 20th. They are all doing great and we wish them the best of luck, always!  Welcome to the "Parent Club"! If your child would like to make a CONGRATULATIONS card to Mrs. Sanzone, please email Mrs. Alkalay and I will give you Mrs. Sanzone's address. 

    I am excited to welcome Miss. J. McLaughlin to our (virtual) classroom. She will be covering for Mrs. Sanzone.


     Check above for our LIVE LESSONS! To join ANY LIVE LESSONS or Morning Meetings, simply click on our GOOGLE CLASSROOM page and look for the class picture.   There is a link there that says GoogleMeet link.  Click this and you are in!   


    1   Please encourage your child to make a get well card for a Dr., a nurse, or patient.  We will discuss this at Tueday's Morning Meeting at 10:30. Click the same link, as stated above to join. 



                  1  Specific details and attachments continue to be  posted on our our Google Classroom page.  EVERYTHING will be posted directly on Google Classrooms AND on PEARSON (our math series online). All optional and extra help videos to watch are listed with the direct link on our Google Classrooms.

    We posted step by step directions on how to log onto Pearson on our Google Classrooms page. Each math assignment is given 2-3 days to complete. Use your time wisely and plan ahead.


    1 Thank you for being so amazing at REMOTE LEARNING!!

    Parents: YOU ARE AMAZING! We understand how stressful remote learning can be. We are new to this, too. As we said at Back To School Night in September, "If homework gets stressful, put it to the side, and let us know. It is not worth the stress". THIS HOLDS TRUE NOW MORE THAN EVER. Your mental health is more important than an assignment. If you are not well, you can't be there for your family. Please reach out to us via email to help. We can call you and walk you and/or your child through an assignment, or tell you it is ok to finish it tomorrow. You will notice that assignments for have 2-3 days to complete each assignment. We know you are trying to work from home, as well. Let's come together and help each other.  Remember... this too shall pass.  


     A good book helps unwind and relax.  A great FREE website for listening to books, reading books and watching educational videos is EPIC.   


    We are both available through email jmclaughlin@ jacksonsd.org  or  sralkalay@jacksonsd.org if you have any questions. We understand this  can be stresssful for many reasons.  We are here to help you.  

    1 Continue to go on XTRA MATH 4x (or more) every week and read 30 min. (25-30 pages a day).

    Check out all the videos under "STUDENT RESOURCES" to review skills.  

     0 All reading responses are to be done on GOOGLE 


    Their email is their lunch#@jacksonsd.org (They know how to do this).  Then, when you are in your gmail, click on the "waffle" (9 dots).  Scroll down to find GOOGLE CLASSROOMS. Click on it. You will see the  assignments:        

    To attach/write  a document, CLICK on "ADD" in the upper corner.  Then, click on "DOC" to write.  When you are finished, click on TURN IN. Then again, TURN IN.  We will receive it. 




    READING GOAL  1 min = 1 page read    If your child reads for 30 min. each night (and in school) he/she will reach his/her goal on his/her APRIL log.  Ask to see your child's calendar.

    1 Congrats to:  Richard, Emmanuel, Anthony,& Brianna, Cali, Jasleen, Anthony, Michael &  Daniel,  for graduating MULTIPLICATION ON XTRA MATH!!!! Way to go!  





    1 UPCOMING EVENTS:   Stay tuned on the district website and to phone calls that will update you on the status of our return to school.  Stay safe, wash your hands, and enjoy playing in the sunshine with siblings on sunny days! Be safe. WE MISS  YOU!!!





     MONDAY Computers     

    TUESDAY   Music with Ms. Burnett

    WEDNESDAY  Art with Mrs. Thomas

    THURSDAY   World Language with Senora McDonald


    1 LUNCH 1:15-1:45     

    0 **Since our lunch is 1:15-1:45, we will have a snack at around 10:00  everyday. If you choose to bring a snack, please make sure it is healthy (fruit, cheese stick, crackers, pretzels, veggies, Cheeze-its, Goldfish, a small yogurt, etc..)  Please do not bring cookies, chips, etc.. 




    Pearsonrealize.com   Directions:

    LOG IN :  LUNCH#   PASSWORD: Initials 03   Ex: Sue Miller  SM03    

    XTRA MATH LOGIN will be posted  in your child's planner (front page) the week of Oct. 7th. They must put my email address:  sralkalay@jacksonsd.org  


    Our classroom is a RESPONSIVE CLASSROOM.   Please go to  responsiveclasssroom.org  to learn more about this wonderful, research based, and effective philosophy!

    1  Please feel free to email me (and/or Mrs. Sanzone, see below) at  sralkalay@jacksonsd.org   with any questions or concerns.  All the best for a wonderful and successful year! 

    1 Mrs. Alkalay & Mrs. Sanzone