Newsletter 7 – 9/24/16

Weekly Highlights

This week was the start of many new things. Much of our morning time this week was spent on NWEA testing – a growth-based assessment we take at the beginning(ish) and end(ish) of each year. Students took the language, reading, and math tests this week. Some kiddos that were absent or test in small groups will still have assessments to finish up, but the majority of them are all done with this round.

Thank you to all who attended the publishing party. We work to have publishing parties during the school day so kids can celebrate, but please let me know if you’d be interested in an after-school time publishing party at some point this year. We know many of you have work that you can’t leave during the day! After looking through kids writing – both drafts and final pieces – we think an essential part of our curriculum is to teach and talk about punctuation. For the next few weeks, kids will be working in small groups to build more fluency with ending punctuation, capitalization, and commas. We’ll eventually/hopefully get to some more sophisticated concepts with parentheses, hyphens, and semi-colons (oh my!) but want to make sure the basics are covered first.

In Readers Workshop we’re going to be doing a combination of research and study groups (non-fiction book clubs-ish) for the next few weeks. We have a heaping helping of texts about the American Revolution and 13 colonies and kids are going to be reading through these texts, exploring several levels of analysis, and meeting in small groups to talk about what they are reading. A few pictures of book covers are below, but this is not a comprehensive list. 61kxc2bgnbl-_sx258_bo1204203200_ 51yytmpxnhl-_sx258_bo1204203200_ 51mktjviv5l-_sx258_bo1204203200_ 9780531219713 9780881035520_xlg


Conferences are upon us. Mr. Jim and I will send home a letter on Monday with our schedules for conferences, but we are open to before school, after school, and weekend times as needed. We are so excited to sit down with you soon and set some goals together for your student(s).

Also – last week to order from Scholastic using our online code. Your orders help us get points that we can spend on books for our classroom library. If you use the code LVRCJ at this link, you’ll order through our class and we get credit. I’ll be placing the order late next week, so please order if you are able to – and thank you!

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What is your group story about in writers workshop? What kinds of punctuation/capitalization have you learned about so far?
  • Tell us about the carrots.
  • What perspectives are you studying in P3?



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