2) We are working in our handwriting books. We will be really focusing our attention on letter formation during handwriting. This week we will review what we already know, introduce the different kinds of lines used in handwriting and the we will learn the keys to successful handwriting which are: Size, Spacing, Shape and Slant and continue to apply them practicing writing uppercase and lowercase letters.
3) Word Study Their Way: Students receive word sorts for their level in Word Study Their Way
. This is a program that works on spelling, letter sound recognition and phonics. This is something that will be both homework and classwork. The students will be tested on these words each week and will only move up to the next sort if they pass off the sort they are on. I will send home a copy of the words that your child is working on along with a homework coversheet each Monday. Please help your child work on these words to prepare for our spelling tests on Fridays. Thank you in advance for helping your child be successful with this program
4) In Math we will be working on measurement. This week we will cover Module 3 with lessons 4-8. Just as a reminder, your child will bring home a math packet each day. Only the last page is the homework page and it will be labeled homework. This is the only page that needs to be completed at home. The page comes home with directions printed on it, but if there is any confusion please call or email me and I can help you out. Homework is due by Friday, but can come back the next day if it is completed. Please remind your child to turn in completed assignments, because I don’t look through the dockets for things that need to be turned in. We will practice turning in homework for the next couple of weeks so there is no confusion for the students.
5) In Science/Social Studies we will continue studying Ancient Egypt. We will learn about The Nile, The Pyramids, The Kings and leaders, Egyptian writing, and we will end the unit with mummies.
1) During our Egypt unit, we will mummify Barbie-type dolls. These dolls will be destroyed. We cut the hair, draw on it, put oil on it and wrap it in fabric. Every student will need to have a doll to mummify. Please don’t spend a lot of money on a doll. You can find one at DI, the dollar store, or the dollar isle at Wal-Mart. You could even use an old barbie doll your child doesn’t want or play with anymore. If you are unable to get one, or can’t find a cheap one, please let me know. I do have a few extras. We need these dolls by Wednesday February 1st. I am also in need of lots of extra help for this project. I will email a sign up link when it gets closer to the day of the project. I am looking for at least 4 helpers.
2) Its that time again! We will be having Parent/Teacher Conferences February 15-17, watch for the sign-up sheet.
4) January reading calendars are due Wednesday February 1st. I collected 20/28 calendars for December. February calendars will be sent home that day as well. Please help your child to pick a safe place to keep this calendar and remind him/her to color the boxes for the days when he/she reads 20 minutes or more. This calendar will be due back to school at the end of the month. All students who bring the completed calendar back on time will earn a prize. October started our Bookit program that is sponsored by Pizza Hut. The way it works is, the students are given a goal (read 400 minutes each month which is 20 minutes/20 days). Every student that meets that goal and brings back a completed, signed reading calendar will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza. This will go from October-April. All students who bring back all 6 reading calendars will become super star readers and will receive a special medal at the end of the school year awards program. I have sent a letter home explaining the Bookit program in more detail, but if you have any questions please call or email me. Read, Read, Read- My expectation is that the students will read at least 20 minutes per night/5 days a week. Remember that reading can be ANY of the following: being read to, reading together with someone, reading to someone else, playing letter or reading games or time spent on Raz-kids or other reading based computer games.
5) Please keep checking Aspire each week to see if your child is missing any homework assignments. Missing assignments count as a zero until they are turned in. I update ASPIRE every Monday evening for missing assignments. Any missing math assignment that has gotten lost, can be reprinted from our blog. Please help your child keep his/her grade up by helping to finish the homework assignments and reminding him/her to turn them in on time.
Homework each week will usually consist of math (daily) and word study their way (spelling) weekly. I am asking that the math homework be turned in by the Friday of the week it was assigned, but can be turned in as soon as it is completed. The spelling work is completing the coversheet daily and will be due back every friday . Homework should not exceed 45 minutes each night INCLUDING reading. If a paper is sent home incomplete that means your child didn’t finish it in class and it needs to be completed and returned, so your child gets credit for it. Any incomplete papers should be completed and returned by the Friday it came home. I send home a packet of papers each Monday that have been corrected, recorded and are being returned. These papers can stay at home. If your child has the 3 folders in his/her docket it helps to keep all of these papers organizes. You can label one folder “homework”, one “keep at home” and the last one notes to/from school. Your child can even pick out some special folders he/she likes. This way your child feels more ownership for the docket and will take more time keeping it organized.
6) TUESDAYS are our library day. Please help your child to remember to bring his/her book in every week so a new book can be checked out.
7) February’s volunteer schedule will be sent home next week and will also be posted on the blog next weekend. If you cannot make your scheduled day, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to find a replacement volunteer. There are a lot of open spaces in our volunteer calendar. If you are available and would like to be added to the schedule please let me know as soon as possible. Even if you can’t commit to a monthly schedule, but you are available on one of the days that is open, please let me know.
8) Boxtops! We reached our 1st goal and earned a free dress day!!!! If we turn in 500 more boxtops our class will earn a free dress day for February. Each classroom is collecting them, and each class that reaches the preset goals earns a special reward. Lets see if we can stay the class in 1st place and collect, collect, collect!
9) If you have purchased a school t-shirt for your child, he/she can wear it with BLUE jeans every Friday. This is called spirit dress. Spirit dress can only be worn with an official AAU t-shirt. Regular uniform must be worn otherwise. A school t-shirt must be worn with the jeans, it is against dress code to wear jeans with a regular polo uniform shirt.
10) As it gets colder outside, the students are starting to wear long sleeve shirts under their uniform shirts. These undershirts must be solid white. It is against dress code to wear any other colored shirt under the uniform shirts. Also, socks must be white as well if they can be seen under pant legs. Also, if your child chooses to wear boots to school, please remind him/her to bring shoes to change into while in the classroom. This helps to save our carpet from getting wet and muddy.