Hi Team 108 Families! I hope everyone had a great Spring vacation! Our family enjoyed a
"stay-cation" by doing a few day trips. My oldest daughter, Olivia, performed in a musical called Suessical Jr. so we were quite busy with rehearsals and her actual performances . Hard to believe how quick a week flies by and now that we are back, we only have seven weeks together as Team 108 (38 days to be exact).
This morning our whole school came together for a Welcome Back Community Meeting. Each grade shared a part of the meeting. First graders did a fabulous job at setting the expectations and then we heard a special song written by fourth graders on kindness. Miss Robinson told our school that teachers will be on the look out to catch kids being kind to other kids this week. Kindness can be something as small as smiling at a friend in the morning or as big as helping a friend clean up their spilled milk. Talk to your child this week about what kindness looks like at your own home and how you can be kind to others in your family.
If you haven't heard, today we welcomed a new student to our Team. Matthew Radomski is our newest team member to join and we couldn't be happier! This group of kiddos really do well with helping friends who are new to our community and were just overjoyed to hear the news before leaving for spring break. If you happen to see Matthew or his family around town, be sure to welcome them to town!
Today a blue sheet came home. On top you will find the New Hampshire animal your child chose along with resources to use with the support of an adult. Children have two weeks to gather information about their animal and then bring it back to school. Your child will then use this important information that s/he collected to create poems, projects and more! You will get to see all the fabulous work at our Education Fair on June 1st. This is an open house for families to come see the hard work displayed throughout classrooms, visit next year's classrooms and stop by the Book Fair. Just a note; this blue sheet will take the place of our Homework Calendar.
In math today we discussed what equal parts mean. We then had to show how we could make our own equal parts using post it notes. Tomorrow we will begin talking about fractions and using our pretend "fraction machine" while we use fraction strips. We will focus on whole, halves and quarters this entire week. Be ready to ask your child what a whole, a half and quarters are.
In literacy we continue to use FUNdations on a regular basis. Students know digraphs, blends, glued sounds, base words, suffix -s and just recently became familiar with closed syllable words. Ask your child how to tell if a word is closed syllable (hint*: It has a short vowel sound as in a in apple and is closed in by a consonant or consonants). Now with unit 10, students will learn suffix endings -ed and -ing.
This is our first year using this program and I have to say I have been very impressed with my students' abilities to mark up sentences, know the correct terminology and be held accountable for correct spelling. As a parent, I can say I wish that my fourth grader had this in her primary years as spelling is a major concern in the higher grades. We continue to learn new trick words weekly that usually follow some sort of spelling pattern. Today's introduction to the words now, how and down all followed the -ow pattern. We now have over 50 trick words added to our wall!
In conjunction with this program, we have also learned about parts of speech. Nouns, verbs and adjectives have been the focus around our Word Work. Today students had to think of a noun and then write five adjectives to describe that noun. This was tricky to do, especially on a Monday after Spring vacation however my kiddos did great using their brain power! Kiss your brains TEAM 108!
In Writer's Workshop, we continue to write realistic fiction. This is where we, as writers, can use our imagination to create stories that could actually happen. Students are working hard to add dialogue, make their characters come to life and to add detail to their stories. Challenge your child one night this week to make up a realistic fiction story before bedtime.
A permission slip is coming home for Squam Lake Science Center. All chaperones are welcomed however only three from each class can come on the bus. If you would like to meet us there, that is fine too! This is an AWESOME field trip to come to and we go no matter what....rain or shine! Hope you can join us!
Finally, please make sure your child has appropriate clothing for recess time. We definitely are having some unseasonably cool weather right now and I heard it will be like this for the next two weeks. Coats or sweatshirts are needed daily especially since we have a half hour recess in afternoon. Thanks so much for your support!
Enjoy your night!