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Sept. 22, 2012

Week 4 Review

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:All Students

Please read the attached information.  Please note: snapshot request.

 

Sept. 22, 2012

Months of the Year Poem

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:Language Arts 1-2

Please memorize ...

Thirty days has September,
April, June and November.
All the rest have thirty-one
Except February alone,
Which has twenty-eight days clear,
But twenty-nine each Leap Year.

Sept. 22, 2012

"Push that Button" Creative Writing Re-write

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:Language Arts 1-2

All students are to re-write their creative story "Push that Button" incorporating the suggestions I gave them.  Most students will need help.

Sept. 22, 2012

Spelling Quiz 3

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:Language Arts 1-2

The spelling pre-test will be Monday.  It will include the days of the week and the months of the year.  The actual quiz will be Friday.  The optional bonus words are: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative, adjective, preposition, conjunction, interjection.

Sept. 18, 2012

Language Arts Statements

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:Language Arts 1-2

Students need to begin memorizing the first five statements (see attached).

Sept. 15, 2012

Week 3

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:All Students

Dear Parents,
 

Your children are so amazing!  It is a joy to be their teacher.  I have seen many examples of kindness and thoughtfulness this week. 
 

Reminders
1. Your child needs to be ready for math class to begin at 8:45.  Please try to arrive at school at 8:35 at the latest.
2. Please read & sign the “Homework Assignment Plan” daily (MWF).  I had two students today who did not do their math homework. 

We have adjusted our morning schedule.  Since Yasmeen is now in 3rd/4th grade math our morning meeting is after math class.  This impacts my plan to invite parents at the beginning of the day on the first Fridays of each month.  I would like to change it to the end of the day.  We would like to invite you to join us at 3:00 on Friday, Oct. 5 for songs and perhaps poetry. 

Here is a summary of our week:

Math: The children are demonstrating more consistency with basic math skills.  I have begun to integrate some critical thinking & reasoning exercises.  We will begin to move more quickly as they progress.
Science: “Simple Machines” – we used a wedge today to test our hypothesis about a carrot.  We talked about some famous inventors and what others must have thought of their ideas before they materialized.  Students need to submit at least 2 ideas of what they might invent (on paper) by Wed. for the Invention Fair.
Language Arts:  worked on proper/common nouns, adjectives, definition of a sentence, and the eight parts of speech via song. Spelling pre-test was today (20-25 words).  Students have 5 spelling words for the quiz Wednesday.  Some of them opted to take home extra credit words. Please have your child read/recite the poem for you daily. Challenge them to recite it from memory.
Social Studies: We talked about the Constitutional Convention & the three branches of government.  We reviewed the names, locations, and abbreviations for the states on our northern & eastern borders.  We discussed the words & origin of our National Anthem.
Character: more on respect.  Many children need to work on respecting others by not speaking when someone else is speaking. We are talking about this a lot. Several children “lost their quarters” this week.

Please do not hesitate to share questions or concerns!

Sincerely,

Lorie Ramsey
llramsey@schillingschool.org

Sept. 15, 2012

Spelling Quiz 2

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:Language Arts 1-2

Spelling quiz Wed. Optional bonus words are: excellent, excitement, experience, familiar, fascinate, favorite, February, finally, foreign

Sept. 03, 2012

Week 1

from:Ramsey, Lorie

to:All Students

Dear Parents,

My largest goal for this first week was to establish a classroom environment founded on respect.  I spent considerable time discussing treating others the way you want to be treated and concrete examples of respect (for yourself, for others, and for our school).  The children received this wonderfully.  I believe this was time well spent creating an optimal learning environment. 

My primary academic goal was to assess the children by subject to determine their needs.  Next week we’ll begin having daily homework.  The children will be bringing their binders home and must bring them back to school each day.  The homework will be specified on the first page in the binder.  Please initial, but do not remove, this page.  I will also list homework on Thinkwave (although, please be patient another week or two on that). 

Some of the children have work to finish at home (due Wednesday).  Om & Kalista have spelling words to finish studying.  Brodie and Henry have a math.  Several of the students would greatly benefit from reviewing math facts (addition, subtraction, 1-12) at home.  You may be surprised what they have forgotten over the summer.   Others who have mastered ± need to review multiplication and division facts 1-12.  Please take the time to interact with your child and see where you can help.

Requests:
1. At 10:00 the children are allowed to have a “quick grab” snack.  Please pack this snack somewhere easily accessible.  Please choose a snack that can be eaten easily and quickly. Do not pack a morning snack that requires utensils or is located downstairs in the refrigerator.
2. It would be great if you choose to purchase a yellow Schilling t-shirt for your child. ($15 from Mrs. Mink)  While this is not required, it is vastly helpful for field trips.

Here is a summary of what we learned this week:
• Math: reading a data sheet & making inferences
2nd or 3rd grade level assessment testing
learned and/or reviewed several 3rd/4th core math skills
• Science: became familiar with the composition of atoms, elements, & compounds
learned “The Atoms Family” song, to read the Periodic Table, introduced metalloids,     atomic numbers, names of some major elements
• Language Arts:  the children wrote ideas & hopes they have for the school year ahead,
studied the 8 parts of speech, began individualized spelling lists, each child has 5 words which they studied today (via my prescribed method)
• Social Studies:  Why are governments necessary?  What defines our government?  (i.e. U.S.
Constitution).  We recited, watched, & sang “The Preamble” (School House Rock)  and are studying ~12 vocabulary words from it.
• Character – respect, class song

I look forward to partnering with each of you in the process of optimally educating each of your children.  Please do not hesitate to share questions or concerns!

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