Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wow!  It is hard to believe that after a nice long weekend we only have this week and we will be off track for two weeks.
I know it is tempting to just put everything aside until we are back in school, but I would encourage you to keep on reading even while you are on break.  IT REALLY WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  This is especially important as we prepare for our testing in preparation for our student lead conferences.  This is what helps the students make growth in the reading area.  Any kind of writing especially sentences and stories are also a big help in getting the students where they need to be by the end of the year.  I would encourage you to practice basic math facts as well as working on word problems (story problems) with your child.  We read a problem. We draw the problem to show proof of our answer and then we write an equation that matches the words and the picture.  ( I usually make them up from something that is happening right then)

I just wanted to post a quick hello and give a quick yell out for continuing your good routines while off track.  Practice makes life so much easier!!!

Hope that you all have a great week :D

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Monday to you all!
As a reminder, this is a short week due to our fall break which is on Thursday and Friday.  We have one week after that and we are off track.  I will be doing my informal reading assessments this week and next week and my formal reading testing when we return to school in November.  So please, please, please keep reading during our breaks.  It is amazing how every little bit helps when we are learning to read.  And how quickly the children slip backwards if they are not reading everyday.

Thanks for all those who were able to help with our STEM day, it was a great success and with donations to our fun run!  I believe the PTA will be doing one more fund raiser to help pay for the field trip buses.  This will be taking place soon.  We are also in the middle of our food drive that is put on by our student council and helps the food bank stock up for the up coming holidays.

All is going well at school and I am certainly enjoying the kids!

Let me know if you have any questions and concerns
-Mrs. Newman