Dear Star Students and Awesome Parents,1  1


       1  HAPPY November!  Thank you so much to Mrs. Tolska for planning a fun filled Halloween party for our class.  Also, thank you if you donated an item(s). We appreciate your generosity greatly.  CONFERENCES will be held Nov. 19, 20, and 21. Please log onto the portal to schedule a conference.  The last day to log on is Wed., 11/6.  Please email us if you can't log on.  Thank you, if you scheduled your appointment already. You are wonderful!   Since the conferences are only 15 min., we will be using a timer to keep us on schedule.  With 23 students, we want to be respectful of everyone's time. We know how busy everyone is and greatly appreciate your involvement. Please feel free to ask any questions (or concerns) during this time so we can help your child have a succesful year. We look forward to seeing you soon.



    LITERACY-We are reading aloud the novel STONE FOX and modeling creating mental images, discovering character traits and finding evidence from the text to support our thinking.  You can listen to CHAPTERS 1&2 under MY RESOURCES to refresh.  Students are required to read 30 min. of their own book each night for homework. When they are finished with a book, they are expected to write a response (see choices on their blue, pink, or white paper) in their LITERACY SECTION in their spiral notebook.  These are checked in small group and/or 1-1.  Also, we are building stamina during indep. 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 the calendar.  

    MATH- We are working on multiplication strategies and answering word problems in detail. This includes reading the problem carefully, showing work, and explaining how he/she arrived at the answer step by step.  Every Friday your child will be "tested" on his/her MAD MINUTE (see the paper that is in their plastic communicator). This is HOMEWORK and should be practiced for about 5 min. each night. We are finishing Chapter 2. Log onto PEARSON (under my resources) to practice skills.  



    YOGA CONTINUES ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS...Throughout the year, we will practice simple poses, breathing techniques, and being in the moment. The practice will help students be more mindful, slow down, and learn how to become calmer and more patient.  Please dress in comfortable pants that you can bend in.  

        1   ON ELECTION DAY your child will vote for our CLASS PRESIDENT (Ashley or Charlotte).  We have enjoyed their campaigning process the last few weeks.  Ask your child about the process.

    Our 3 bills that passed are now class laws:

     1. Water bottles may remain on the desks.

    2.  Every Friday is Stuffed Animal Day, if you choose.

    3. Every Friday is also Pajama Day, if you choose. 

    4. NO homework on Wednesdays! Read only.


    As stated at Back To School Night, your child has the opportunity to participate in these days if he/she chooses to follow the class rules and expectations. Your child is in control of his/her behavior and is held accountable for his/her choices. We thank you so much for helping us teach your child accountability.   

    1 If you are feeling generous when shopping, we can always use  extra boxes of tissues throughout the year.   Many thanks to you if you already donated!  You're the best!




    Nov. 7th & 8th  NO SCHOOL


    Nov. 19-21 Parent Conferences in our classroom   Early Dismissal for Students

    Nov. 26th (Tues.)  Bread Baking  Parents who signed up will be conatcted. All ingredients and materials are paid for by JEA (Jackson Education Association)/PRIDE!  Each child will make 1 loaf of bread.  Yummy!!!






     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