Sept. 15, 2012
Your children are so amazing! It is a joy to be their teacher. I have seen many examples of kindness and thoughtfulness this week.
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!
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