All is going well in the Rudenjak Class! We're finishing up our Unit 2 in Literacy and will begin new studies next week. The students have become proficient in taking notes and applying the learned ideas to a Google Slide Show presentation. They will present their weather related findings to the class. This is a great way to practice oral speaking skills, as well as technology skills when preparing their presentation.
On another note, when we go outside during recess, I would appreciate the students bringing in a jacket or coat in addition to their hoody. It has been very cold outside, and many students realized they needed additional layering during these very cold months (below 35 degrees). I really appreciate you helping remind your child to bring a coat to school.
Make sure to check out the upcoming events.
Mrs. Rudenjak :)
Upcoming Events:.....Plan ahead :)
- Candy BINGO: Wed or Thurs. according to your assignment @ 5:45-8pm
- Spirit Day: Fri., 1/18 "Inside Out" day
- School Closed: 1/21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
UpCycling Trash to Treasures Night: 1/23 at Elms in Cafe 6-8pm
- Supply Cart: 1/24 during lunches
- Daddy Daughter Dance at Elms: Feb. 8th (see the flyer that was sent home)
Words Their Way Word Work: Test this Friday, 1/18
The students practice their spelling words/sort throughout the week in class. The words are always written in their planner, even if you have to go back a week or two to find it. Remember, even though there isn't nightly HW in Spelling, the online site Spelling City will soon be available(check the planner for updates) and is a great way for your child to practice their spelling words. It's always recommended to do Blind Sort as a way to prepare for their test.
STEM/Science/Social Studies: Energy(Science): Introduction to Waves as a form of Energy(Science)
S.T.E.M is a part of our curriculum here at Elms. For those who are unfamiliar with STEM, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. We tackle problem-solving through hands-on cooperative groups. The Science and Social Studies curriculum will revolve around project based learning.
Literacy: NonFiction Reading Unit/ Opinion Writing
Reading and Writing Workshop is something the students are familiar with from previous years. The curriculum builds upon the units from the previous school year, so it's a comfortable transition for the students.
Math: Topic 6 Problem Solving/ 7 Factors and Multiples- Test Topic 7 (only) this Wed., 1/17
Learning Goal: Multi-step problem solving through situations and word problems/ understanding what multiples and factors are through 144
The Topic 7 Practice Buddy lessons may be assigned for students who need another look at a new skill.
-The math curriculum has a wealth of new vocabulary and strategies. Please encourage your child to utilize the online site to help trouble shoot questionable concepts or to just simply help support the topics learned in school. Also, if they forget their book in school, they should go to the online student book and do the HW on a piece of paper.
-Once on Pearson Realize, choose "programs" and then the topic and lesson. I may assign the Practice Buddy if a child needs extra help with a lesson. This will help your child if they're having questions about the lesson. Your child's sign-on information will be in their planner under the 'Notes' section.
****Please encourage your child to continue to study their basic multiplication facts. A majority of the skills and concepts throughout the year require mastery of single digit multiplication facts up to 12.
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WEEKLY SPECIALS SCHEDULE: 12:15-12:55pm daily
Monday: Music w/ Ms. O'Keefe
Tuesday: Computers w/ Ms. Sendecki
Wednesday: Physical Education w/ Mr. D.
Thursday: World Language(Spanish)
Friday: Art w/ Mr. Bryan
Lunch: M-F 10:50-11:20
NOTE: Shortened Schedule: the day ends at 1:35pm
Please support your child at home to help them problem solve when doing homework or if your child lets you know they're struggling with a concept. Utilizing the online sites is a great way to reinforce skills learned in school.
Also, it is imperative that your child is fluent with Multiplication facts up to 12 times tables. The topics moving forward, such as Fractions and Division, requires the students to have mastery of their facts. Utilizing online sites or just plain old-fashion flash cards are great resources for your child to practice daily.
If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, please feel free to email me or contact me by phone. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. I look forward to a wonderful and rewarding year!
- Homework is usually assigned M-Th, unless otherwise noted.
- (abbreviations to know: worksheet: WS, homework: HW, Words Their Way: WTW)
- Planner: please check and have a parent sign the planner daily
- Your child should read 20 minutes each day. Encourage them to continue to read their current book until they finish it.
- Test Folder: A folder will come home with graded work a few times a month. Please review the work, sign the cover sheet after reviewing the work and then return all the work on the "Return" side.
- Toys are not encouraged to be brought to school, unless otherwise directed. This can distract the students from learning.
- Any Online Site that we use in class, the username and password information will be written in your child's Planner in the "notes" section.
The students will have recess everyday. Recess may be outside, so appropriate outerwear and shoes are recommended.
Parents, when the students are off from school, there are many things your child could do to help them progress and learn. Some great activities would be playing math games on the computer such as Prodigy, play Multiplication War, go on Spelling City to work on the current word list, and of course, read a good book. Story writing or taking notes on their favorite topic in a nonfiction book or article is another way to keep them learning at home. I certainly appreciate all the support you do at home.
If you forgot your Math book or need additional help with your Math HW, please use the online resources. Pearson Realize will give you examples of your math lessons in addition to math videos that will reteach the lesson.
If you forgot your HW in school, please work on the last Math lesson online and email me to let me know that you did an online assignment.
Classroom Rules & Behaviors That Support Learning:
School needs to be a safe and happy place to come to everyday.
- Show respect towards each other
- Interact appropriately with classmates
- Use good word choice & actions when disagreeing with someone(self-control)
- Put forth good effort consistently
- Stay on task and focused to learn, consistently
- Follow directions, consistently