Weekly News - September 6, 2019

August 29, 2019

It was wonderful seeing so many of you at Back to School Night.  If you weren’t able to make it, we hope your child gave you the stack of handouts and two pages to fill out and return.  If not, it was in their mailbox, so please check the yellow folder.

From the sign ups that night, we still have some spaces in some key jobs that we are hoping to fill.  We do have one room parent, Lana A., Olivia W’s mom, and we are sure she would appreciate adding someone else to the team, especially someone who can head up coordinating Yellow’s hosting of the teacher appreciation brunch in October.  We could also use people who can come in on Mondays from 9:00 - 10:25 and 10:45 - 12:15 to help with computation packets and coding (no knowledge of coding required, we promise).  Please let us know if you can help out.

As many people have had difficulty finding our Amazon wish list, we’re including the link here:  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2IESDFTRWEWAQ?ref_=wl_share

As we said before, none of these items need to be purchased through Amazon, it’s just a convenient location.  And the wobble stools are there more as a reference for parents who might be interested in buying one at home, not as an actual request from us.

In cursive, we started connecting letters together.  We also gave them some time to use a cursive app, as doing the motions with your finger is a great way to develop the skill.  If you’re interested in putting it on your home iPad, it’s called Cursive Practice and its icon is a blackboard with a piece of chalk writing on it.  It’s certainly not the only one out there, but we do think it is free.  Our work in cursive is going to move to being mostly in class and not every day as we shift our homework to our regular work (see below).  

This week  we stepped up our expectations about the weekly goals, time-wise.  Instead of giving them unlimited time, we stopped the work time at 25 minutes.  Our goal is to get it down to 15-20.  During the whole work time we reminded them about time, suggested different seat choices, and tried to reinforce a quiet work time.  Students who didn’t finish in class had notes written on their goal sheet, asking them what happened and to please finish the goals at home.  Next week we will asking everyone who didn’t write in a complete sentences to fix that at home as well.  Please support us as we get everyone working towards an appropriate use of time and writing quality.  If you think your child would benefit from some accommodations, please let us know.  

Going along with the shift in goal writing, we are also starting our shift to removing the independence of where to sit for students who are not making wise or productive choices.  We have been talking about how independence comes with responsibility, and if you can’t make a responsible choice, we will make the choice for you.  Some students are definitely not happy when we move them, so if you hear some complaining, that might be the cause.  

Homework

We’re starting what will be our regular homework routine (usually anyway) today.  The homework described below will be what our homework most often is.

Scholastic News:  As we talked about at Back to School Night, this is a wonderful magazine to show students about some of the things happening in our world and to give them practice in reading non-fiction and thinking about what they are reading.  We talked to the students today about how we are completely fine with parents reading the magazine to or with them and that what might seem challenging now will become easier as the year goes on.  They are to read the whole magazine, answer the questions on the back, and complete the circle map that goes with the cover story.  This one is a very straightforward one in which they are just writing down information in the article that helps them understand the main topic of the article.  What they put on the map should be in their own words and not be in complete sentences (think notes).  We read the introduction and wrote down two things together.  This is all due on Friday, September 13th.

Scholastic News also has an online site that supports and extends the articles in the magazine, including an audio reading of at least the cover story.  The address is scholastic.com/sn4 and our password is YellowCluster1920.  This is a great resource if your child loses the magazine and we’re out of replacements, as there is a digital copy there for them to read.

Problem of the Week: This week’s problem is really about carefully reading and following directions, as they are to read a list of directions and color the ice cream cones on the back following those directions.  It’s due on Friday, September 13th.

Expiration Date: 
Jul 31