Dear Parents and Families,
The new year has us hitting the ground and running! Your students have grown so much since the beginning of the year. Their thoughtfulness, curiosity, and humor brightens my days (even the dreary, rainy, indoor recess days!) Below is an overview of what we have been working on this month and some important upcoming dates.
-PAJAMA DAY and January Birthday Party from 2:30-3:30
-5th Grade Little Caesar's Pizza Kit Fundraiser Orders Due!
Wednesday, February 8th:
Economics Test (Review coming home today!)
Friday, February 10th:
Book Orders Due!
Tuesday, February 14th 2:30-3:30)
Writers' Celebration/Valentine's Day/February Birthday Party! (more information to come!)
Reading, Writing, and Spelling
In writing, the students either have completed their informational animal books or are continuing to publish them. After today, we will be moving on to work on opinion writing. The students will still have time to work on their books during Readers' Workshop, if they choose and at home. The books will be displayed in the Glencairn Library from today through February 14th when we do our writers' celebration/February birthday party/Valentine's Day party (more information to come!). If your child is not yet finished with their book, please encourage them to bring it home and to spend a little bit of time each night working on it. I want to extend a HUGE thank you to Shannon Schokora who has spent weeks coming in during writing time and helping me revise, edit, and prepare students' writing for publishing. I couldn't have done it without you! :)
Just a quick note about spelling. The students have a spelling test every Friday. The pretest and lists are sent home each Monday. If your child is absent on Monday, I always put a list in your child's mailbox to take home when they return. There is also always a pile of lists in the shelves by the door that students are allowed to use to study at school and also to take home if they lose their lists. Lastly, you can always access the spelling lists online at www.spellingcity.com. You can search for my lists by looking by School or Teacher Name. Next week we will be on Unit 4.2. The week of February 6th-10th will be Unit 4.3, the week of February 13th-17th will be Unit 4.4 and the week of February 20th-24th will be Unit 4.5. Also, always feel free to e-mail me if you do not have a list and I would be happy to send you an electronic copy. Thank you!