November 26th – 30th

Hello Parents!

 

We hope you were all able to enjoy a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends. We are looking forward to this week of learning! Here is what will be happening:

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Monday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 30 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will begin learning to divide by 2’s and 3’s this week. Scholars will be using their prior knowledge of multiplication to help them solve division equations. We will have a quiz this Friday over division. Please continue to have your scholars complete Xtramath five times a week.

History: We are continuing to study Ancient Greece and will be reading many stories during our history block. Please review with your scholar using their blue journal to help prepare for the upcoming assessment.

Reading: We finished reading The Iliad last week and had wonderful Socratic seminars. This week, we will begin reading The Odyssey, which is the story of Odysessus traveling back to his homeland following the Trojan War. Students will be actively listening to the story in class and we are looking forward to having open discussions about this classic piece of literature. Please continue to devote approximately 20 minutes to reading with your scholar for homework.

We are all so grateful and thankful for our wonderful scholars and your continued support. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

Warm Regards,

– Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim, Ms. Castle and Mrs. Cox

 

 

 

November 12-November 16th

Hello Parents!

 

We hope you have all enjoyed your three day weekend. As we enter into two shorter weeks, there is a lot going on, so take a look at what’s happening below.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Tuesday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 20 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will  continue to cover multiplication and division this week. We will specifically focus on counting by 2s and 3s. It may be helpful to practice skip counting at home. Please continue to have your scholars complete Xtramath five times a week.

History: We are in middle of our Ancient Greece unit. This week we will focus on the early Greek cultures. Students will come home with their Blue journals and will need to complete the readings and answer the questions in three sentences.

Reading:  A central theme of this second quarter will be studying Ancient Greece. We have begun reading the Iliad with the scholars and are enjoying the journey of reading this classic with them. Please continue to devote approximately 20 minutes to reading with your scholar for homework.

Poetry: We will begin our Poetry recitations this week. Please make sure your students are prepared to recite the following poem.

The Cow

By Robert Louis Stevenson

 

The friendly cow all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might,
To eat with apple-tart.

She wanders lowing here and there,
And yet she cannot stray,
All in the pleasant open air,
The pleasant light of day;

And blown by all the winds that pass
And wet with all the showers,
She walks among the meadow grass
And eats the meadow flowers.

Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim, Ms. Castle and Mrs. Cox

November 5th – November 9th

Hello Parents!

We are entering another great week of learning! We hope you all had a great weekend. This Friday, November 9th is Literary and Historical Figure Day!. The scholars are encouraged to dress as a literary or historical figure found with the ATE curriculum.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Monday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 30 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will have the unit 4 assessment on Friday, November 9th. Scholars will come home with a review on Monday so they are able to review and study throughout the week. We will be completing the review in class on Thursday as well to help prepare scholars for the assessment. Please continue to have your scholars complete Xtramath five times a week.

Science: We are finishing our unit on landforms and will have a quiz on Tuesday, November 6th. We will then be beginning History with a unit on Ancient Greece. Please look for history homework and journal entries in the scholars’ BLUE journal.

Reading:  A central theme of this second quarter will be studying Ancient Greece. We have begun reading the Iliad with the scholars and are enjoying the journey of reading this classic with them. Please continue to devote approximately 20 minutes to reading with your scholar for homework.

Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim, Ms. Castle and Mrs. Cox

October 29th – November 2nd

Hello Parents!

We are entering another great week of learning! We hope you all had a great weekend. This Friday, November 2nd is a half day and spirit day. The scholars are free to wear their spirit attire to school.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Monday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 30 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will have the unit 3 assessment on Monday, October 29th. Scholars should have come home with a review on Friday to study over the weekend to help them prepare for the assessment. On Tuesday, we will begin Unit 4 which will be an introduction to multiplication. We will have our first quiz over multiplication on Friday. Please continue to have your scholars complete Xtramath five times a week.

Science: We are finishing our unit on simple machines and will have an assessment on Monday. We will then begin learning about landforms. Please look in your students agenda and their GREEN JOURNALS to find their homework assignments.

Reading:  A central theme of this second quarter will be studying Ancient Greece. We have begun reading the Iliad with the scholars and are enjoying the journey of reading this classic with them. Please continue to devote approximately 20 minutes to reading with your scholar for homework.

Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim, Ms. Castle and Mrs. Cox

October 15th-19th

Hello Parents!

We hope you have all enjoyed a restful and memorable fall break. Remember this week starts out will Fall conferences. Make sure you have signed up to meet with your student’s teacher to discuss their academics.  Monday and Tuesday are entirely dedicated to conferences, after this there will be half days for the remainder of the week.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Wednesday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation.  There will be a test on Friday covering the 10 words students will learn this week. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: We will begin this next quarter with a unit on measurement. Remember to continue to build your students math fact fluency by completing xtramath 5 days a week.

Science: We will spend the next two weeks covering simple machines. Please look in your students agenda and their GREEN JOURNALS to find their homework assignments.

Reading:  A central theme of this second quarter will be studying Ancient Greece. As we prepare for this, we will be reading Ancient Greek Myths in class this week. We will then follow that by reading the children’s version of the Iliad. This will be read as read-aloud in class and students are not expected to have their own copy of this book.

Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim, Ms. Castle and Mrs. Cox

September 24th – 28th

Hello Parents,

This quarter has gone by so quickly and we only have two more weeks until the end of the first quarter!  Friday, September 28th is a half day. School ends at 12PM and we will not have lunch. Please send a snack for your child on Friday to have during recess.

Spalding: Spalding homework will come home on Monday and should be completed every night using proper markings and with correct letter formation. Not only are students graded on completion of their Spalding homework each night, but they are also graded on markings,  letter formation and neatness.  Please help them to ensure they are marking their words correctly, while also using proper letter formation. Make sure you continue reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: This week we will begin renaming tens and hundreds while subtracting. Your student is expected to complete XtraMath 5 times this week.  XtraMath is developing math fact automaticity in your child.  This skill is necessary for students to be able to solve simple and challenging math problems and helps to build their confidence in their own ability!

History: We will continue studying the geography of North and South America this week and will have a Quiz on Thursday.  Make sure that your student is writing COMPLETE sentences in their journal to get full credit for homework.

Reading: Last week we finished reading The Hundred Dresses and had a seminar on the question, “Was Maddie a friend?” This week in our literature class we will be reading fairytales. Please continue to read with your students for 20 minutes each night.

Poetry:  Each student will be reciting the Poem individually this week.  Please help your child to prepare for recitation of Bed in Summer.

Bed in Summer
By: Robert Louis Stevenson

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

Please sign and return yellow folders on Monday.  You may keep all completed work at home.

Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim, Ms. Castle and Mrs. Cox

September 17th – 21st

Hello Parents,

We are looking forward to another week of learning and growing together!

Spalding: Students will be sent home with their homework packet on Monday night and then asked to spell their words three times each night. Students are given grades on their Spalding homework. They are graded on completion, markings,  letter formation and neatness.  Please help them to ensure they are marking their words, while also using proper letter formation. We will have a 30 word spelling test and a written phonogram quiz next Friday. Make sure you are reviewing phonograms 1-70 with your students at home.

Math: This week we will begin renaming ones and tens while adding. Your student is expected to complete XtraMath 5 times this week.  XtraMath is developing math fact automaticity in your child.  This skill is necessary for students to be able to solve simple and challenging math problems and helps to build their confidence in their own ability!

History: We will begin a new History unit this week.  We will be studying the geography of North and South America. Make sure that your student is writing two COMPLETE sentences in their journal to get full credit for homework. We will have a quiz on Friday to review the material.

Reading: In class we will continue reading The Hundred Dresses written by Eleanor Estes. Please continue to read with your students for 20 minutes each night. You may let them read any book at home. As we continue developing their reading skills in the classroom it is so helpful to have this reinforced at home. If you are looking for good books to read at home, please email one of us and we can give you a list!

Poetry:  Please help your child to  work on memorizing the poem for recitation the week of September 24th.

Bed in Summer
By: Robert Louis Stevenson

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

Please sign and return yellow folders on Monday.  You may keep all completed work at home.

Note the following date this week to learn more about Spalding:

Thursday, September 20 – Spalding Phonics Clinic for Parents, 6pm Hosted by Archway Trivium West, 2001 N. Bullard Ave.

Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Allen, Mrs. Pim, Ms. Castle and Mrs. Cox

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