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    Week of September 30, 2019                             


              Wow, this is a busy week! Especially this Thursday. First, we have the Sacajawea move-a-thon, then a room 102 Gotcha party and finally Curriculum Night in the evening. I hope to see many of our families at Thursday night’s event. We plan to visit about a typical day in the life of your students, take a tour of the classroom and I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about the school year and our classroom. Hope to see you here!

              Also, for the Gotcha party, any students are welcome to bring a sweet or savory treat for the class. There are 23 students in our class, so please bring enough for the entire class. 😊

              Reading lessons this week will continue to focus on expository non-fiction. We kicked off the week thinking about magazines, newspapers and websites that we often find ourselves reading. During IDR (Individualized Daily Reading), students are devoting their reading time to non-fiction texts at their reading levels. I am almost finished with the Fountas & Pinnell 1:1 reading tests with students. Ask your child what their independent reading level is to start the year. It’s a good idea to have some of the reading they do at home be at this level. Students are welcome to borrow books from our classroom library or the school library to help make this reading strategy happen. Thanks for your support at home in encouraging our readers.

              We are continuing to build our room 102 writing community. We are  practicing 5-minute Quick-Writes at the rug on different writing practice – the goal is for students to write non-stop for 5 minutes on some certain topic.

              Math walk has begun again. We are currently settling in to our first unit of study, Place Value. Yesterday, I sent home a family letter for you to read together and consider doing the activity to support our classwork at home. Thanks so much!

             In Social Studies, we continue our study about who we are…tomorrow we build our time capsules. Students finished their writing for the capsules today – complete with a picture of how they see themselves in high school or beyond.

    Also, we are beginning to prepare for the upcoming fieldtrip to Pike Place Market on Thursday, October 17th. The fieldtrip authorization and lunch forms are coming home today (Tuesday). Thank you for considering being one of our chaperone/drivers we need for the trip. I think we’ll need about 6 drivers to make this work. If you own a larger car with more passenger seats that children can ride in, it would be great if you were available, even just to drop off and pick up.

    Finally, later this week, look in the Social Studies/Science section of your child’s binder tomorrow. You will find a new blue sheet explaining how we use a “Love and Logic” philosophy in our classroom community to reason out solutions when problems come up. We meet about this plan for problem-solving. Let me know if you have any questions, about this,


    Upcoming Events


    Move-a-thon, Gotcha Party (both during day)

    and Curriculum Night & Islandwood Information Night: Thursday, October 3


    Pike Place Market Fieldtrip: Tuesday, October 17


    Walk to School Day: Wednesday, October 2


    Picture Day: Tuesday, October 15


    Heritage Potluck and General PTA Meeting: Thursday, October 24th, 6pm


    Islandwood Overnight Camp: Monday, November 18-Thursday, November 21


    Student Homework


    Find a good fit fiction or non-fiction chapter book.  Read 20-30 minutes, 5 days a week outside of school.   We will also spend time in class reading.  I am just completing the Fountas & Pinnell 1:1 reading assessment with students. From this assessment, students understand what guided reading level is their “independent reading level” (the level they can be reading to themselves at to help them grow as a reader). Students read at this level during IDR (Individualized Daily Reading time). It would be great if a part of the reading your child does at home is at this level. Then they can also enjoy books that are comfort reads (“old favorites”) under their level, or higher reaching books at levels above their independent reading level. Thanks for your support at home!



    Practice your math facts – single digit addition, subtraction, multiplication each night for 5 minutes. 


    In Class Project – All About Me Poster


    We are continuing to get to know each other in our class. This week we may need some homework time spent finishing a poster that will tell us about our family, their interests, and more about us.

    There will be a guide in the social studies section of the student binders in the days ahead. We will be starting the work in class on a larger poster size paper.                                                                            As you finish your poster at home, be sure to take your time and make it colorful with markers or crayons. It is always fun to include copies of photographs, magazine pictures, or hand drawings. I’m looking for quality work and detailed information. We will be sharing them the class later this week and early next week. Then we’ll put them up for display!                                                                                                                                  Here are details to keep in mind:

    1. Was there a title for the poster and was that title your name?

    2. Were there at least 4 ideas displayed?

    3. Was there text explaining 4 or more ideas

    4. Was there evidence of time spent decorating and making the poster colorful?


    Continue practicing organizing and using your binder. 

    The goal is that there should be no loose papers crammed haphazardly into the binder.  Time will be given in the beginning of the year to tidy and organize binders each day.  Practice opening, closing, and organizing at home.

    Proper binder order:


    Notes Home = Left hand pocket of binder’s cover (Home pocket)

    Pencil pouch = On top of first tab divider. 

    Monthly Calendar

    1st tab divider = Homework section (for Homeroom’s homework)

    2nd tab divider = Math (math classwork and math homework)

    3rd tab divider = ELA (English Language Arts – reading and writing)

    4th tab divider = S/SS (Science and Social Studies)

    5th tab divider = Other (for other subjects)

    A small paper supply goes at the end of the binder.



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