Monday, January 9, 2012

Week 22, January 9th-13th

Dear Parents,
We hope everyone had a relaxing weekend and are ready for our first full week back at school!
Along with inquiring into many new and exciting subject areas, the students will be investigating the life Martin Luther King Jr. You can help your child better understand why Martin Luther King is regarded as an influenctial civil rights leader by discussing the meaning of civil rights, freedom and equality at home.
Also, we will be sending home a reading survey for you to fill out. Please have your child bring it back as soon as possible. We will also be starting a Reading Log. Each student will be responsible to fill in the log daily and bring it back to school signed by you, the parent.
Just a quick reminder, report cards will be sent home this Friday. There will be scheduled parent-teacher conferences this Friday, January 13th, in the afternoon. This will be a half day for all students. They will be going home at 11:45 a.m. Students do not need to bring a lunch that day, only a snack. Also, there will be no school on Monday, January 16th, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
This week your child will be learning the following:

Language Arts
  • Phonics- This week's new words are way, could, people, my, than, and first. Students will be learning these words along with reviewing older words from the Word Wall through various chants and activities.
  • Reading-This week your child will be exploring the reading skill relating new information to prior knowledge by exploring the life of Martin Luther King. The class will be learning about his life through watching a short Brain Pop video as well as reading 2 short stories about Martin Luther King.
  • Writing- Your child will be using the general skills and strategies of the writing process to write an information piece on Martin Luther King using facts and opinions he/she learn from the various readings and short video. 
Math- The class will be finishing Chapter 5, Geometry and Fractions. This week your child will also begin Chapter 7, Counting to 100. You can help your child by asking him/her to count to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s. Reviewing counting nightly would greatly benefit your child.
Theme- Social Studies- Maps- This week your child will be introduced to maps. The class will inquire into pictorial maps and map keys. Your child will be responsible to draw his/her own pictorial map including a map key.
Math- 1/3s and 1/4s worksheet
Reading-Read 10 minutes and fill in Reading Log
Parent Reading Survey

Math- Review worksheet
Language Arts- Phonics-Write the spelling words in ABC order
Reading- Read 10 minutes and fill in Reading Log
Language Arts- Phonics - Fill in the Blank worksheet
Theme-Draw a pictorial map of your bedroom (DO NOT LABEL ANYTHING)
Reading-Read 10 minutes and fill in Reading Log

Language Arts-Phonics- Study for the spelling challenge
Reading- Read 10 minutes and fill in Reading Log

Parent/Teacher Conferences- January 13th in the afternoon.
1/2 Day- January 13th. Students do not need to bring a lunch, only snack.
No School-Martin Luther King Day-January 16th
Sweaters/Jackets and Other Objects: We ask parents to label all their child’s belongings with a permanent marker. This makes it easier for us to help you look for things if they are misplaced or lost. We also ask for your cooperation by sending back with your child any item he/she brings home that does not belong to him, and to notify the homeroom teacher about it (by text message, email or phone call).
Parent Workshop: Our school counselor, Ms. Ivonne Casco, will be hosting a workshop for parents on Friday, January 20, at 1:30 p.m.
Professional Development Wednesday: Our third Staff Development Wednesday will take place onWednesday, January 18. This is an early dismissal day (PM Schedule) for students.
DPTO Fun Run: Our annual school Fun Run will take place on Saturday, January 28, from 8:30 a.m. There will be the traditional run, games, and a complimentary pancake and fruit breakfast to follow. The pledge forms were sent home last week; however, if you would like an additional copy, please download it from the administration blogs.
Tissue For the Classroom-Please send in a box of tissue (Kleenex) with your child to school as soos as possible.
Library- Please make sure your child brings back his/her library book on his/her library day every week.
P.E- Please make sure your child wears proper running shoes and clothes on the days when he/she has P.E.

Secret Word- Freedom

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