Dear Star Students and Awesome Parents,
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.
CURRENT SKILLS WE ARE LEARNING:
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.
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.
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. 18th- 10:00-10:30 COME JOIN US DURING OUR MORNING MEETING FOR EDUCATION WEEK!
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!!!
TUESDAY Music with Ms. Burnett
WEDNESDAY Art with Mrs. Thomas
THURSDAY World Language with Senora McDonald
FRIDAY Gym WEAR SNEAKERS
**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..
FOR LATER IN SEPT.:
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: email@example.com
Our classroom is a RESPONSIVE CLASSROOM. Please go to responsiveclasssroom.org to learn more about this wonderful, research based, and effective philosophy!
Please feel free to email me (and/or Mrs. Sanzone, see below) at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. All the best for a wonderful and successful year!
Mrs. Alkalay & Mrs. Sanzone