Thank you also for all the special memories you shared. The kids were so excited about hearing them and seeing the pictures. Please feel free to stop by our end of the hallway and see them during January.
I wanted to let you know about some things that are coming in January when we return to school.
I have encouraged students to read 200 minutes over Christmas break. The students who choose to participate and have a signed reading log, the Monday we return, will earn an extra recess. All students are expected to turn in a reading log for the standard 100 minutes whether they choose to participate in the extra recess or not.
Spelling Words: know, what, something, performance, rearrange, bottle, bubble, supper, slipper, paddle
Please encourage your child to continue to practice both multiplication and division facts through 12. I am planning to switch back and forth between the two for our Fast Fact tests. I also expect students to be able to get 90/100 during our five minute multiplication tests.
If your child came home with a Christmas Break homework packet for math and reading, that means they are struggling in that area on our District Acuity test. Focus groups will begin the Monday we return from break to hit specific weak areas. You will receive a copy of their math and reading Acuity along with their SRI and grade card when we return from break. These reports will show you the specific skills/GLEs they are struggling with.
Coming this quarter we will begin working on our famous Missourian reports. If you have time, and would like to get a head start, you can begin researching a specific person for your child to write their report on. If you choose to get a head start, please just have them gather information. We will be working on the report here at school both in my classroom and in the computer lab. We will have a live wax museum the night of parent/teacher conferences. (February 27th) Students will need to have a costume for their Missourian and a board that represents important info from their life as that chosen person. Listed below are some great links to use for research.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mraF_DIcbzw&safe=active (this is an example of what their speech will look like)
Thank you for all of your support!