Monday, November 29, 2010

book order for Dec.

Happy Monday!
There are December book orders coming home today. If you would like to order books as a gift, just email me or write it on the slip. I will keep it a secret if you let me know. You can also order online too. Go to Our activation code is: H8QV3. The books will be here by the holiday break. Thanks, Deb

New word for week of Nov. 29-Dec. 2

The final spelling/sort will be on Thursday (Dec. 2) of this week.

nt: went, hunt, ant, want, print, plant, spent
nd: hand, send, land, wind, stand, blend, and
nk: junk, pink, wink, think, bank, stink, drink, thank, blank, trunk

CVC: glass, stand, past
CVCe: trade, brave, slave, shape, taste
CVVC -ai: nail, grain, aid, raise, gain
CVV -ay: day, stay, play, clay, tray, may, gray, pray, say
oddball: they

bookcase: bookmark, bookworm, cookbook, scrapbook
lighthouse: lightweight, daylight, flashlight, sunlight, headlight
downhill: downstairs, downtown, downpour, countdown
headache: headfirst, headlight, headphones, headstrong
snowman: snowflake, snowstorm, snowplow

Friday, November 19, 2010


Language arts: We are just finishing up Theme 2 Community Ties. We learning about: author's viewpoint, noting details, plural endings, compound words, contractions, and combining subjects of two sentences. We will test on this theme next week.

Math: We tested on Unit 3 yesterday. We learned about different ways to solve all different kinds of word problems. The children did very well on the test. Thank you so much for all of your help with preparing them for the test.

Writing: We have been working on publishing our personal narratives. Our next writing project will be to write a story. The children really enjoy our "work on writing" time. Ask your child what their personal narrative is about.

Social: We ended our social switch with Mrs. Kopetka few weeks ago. The children learned about how to read maps. Please continue to work on the Southeast State map packet. They are due on Wednesday, November 24th. We will also have a map labeling test on that day.

Science: We are now switching with Mr. Novacinski in science. The children have been learning matter: solids, liguids, and gases.

Cursive: We have learned the uppercase A,O,E,C,D,M,N,and H. When you see those sheets coming home your child can practice on the back of the sheets. Send them back for extra credit (EC).

Keyboarding: We have started practicing keyboarding in the computer lab.

Study Island: Please note the link to the right. I will be rewarding kids that get blue ribbons at the end of November. Thanks for encouraging this at home. These are great practice for the MCA tests. Last year one of the questions on the MCA test was one that we had on Study Island. If you need more info. about this, please be in touch.

Word Study: Thank you for helping your child practice their word sorts each week. In December I will be reassessing the word study groups. If you feel your child's words are too easy or too hard, please be in touch.

Recess: be sure to send warm clothes. The children do go outside daily. They are not allowed to go in the snow without boots.

Arrival: Thank you for making sure your child is to school on time. It would great if your child could be here by 7:30. That allows your child to be ready to go at 7:40. I really appreciate those families that arrive on time. It just gives us all a great start to the day.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


I am finally getting a chance to update my blog. My apologies for the delay. It's been a busy start to the new year. Here are a few things to note today:
1. I hope to be able to use email as much as possible to communicate with families. Feel free to email me any time. Be sure to put "srrstudent" in the subject line so that it gets through the filter.
2. I am busy preparing for PIN night on Thursday, September 30th at 7:00-7:30. Your children can attend the ice cream social in the cafeteria while you are attending our meeting. There will be staff to help with supervision of the children.
3. Thank you for helping your child with their math homework. I will send math homework on Mondays and Wednesdays. They are due on the following Friday.
4. Thank you for recording your child's reading minutes and signing the agenda each day. It's a simple way to show your child that you care about their schooling.
5. Your child brought a "Time for Kids" home on Friday. We read and discussed it here at school. If your child wants to return it after completing the back, they will receive extra credit.
6. If you see DT on a worksheet, it means we did it together.
7. Ask your child how many 3rd grade bucks they have. The children should have at least 40 bucks. If your child does not have that many, ask them if they have been losing some due to making bad choices. Be sure to praise your child if he/she has more than 40. They get 3 bucks a day, but they can earn them for just about anything they do that is positive. Our first 3rd grade party will be on October 20th. We will decide how much the party costs when we get closer to the party. If a student doesn't have enough money to attend the party, he/she will be required to stay in the room and complete various learning activities.
8. Thank you for helping your child with the spelling word sorts. I give the new words on Mondays and we test on Fridays. Here's the schedule if you lost my initial letter.
Monday--regular sort, Tuesday--blind sort, Wednesday--word hunt, Thursday--sort and write
9. That's all for now. As always, if you have questions, please be in touch.