Newsletter 9 – 10/30/17

Weekly Highlights

We have started a quick-turn-around research paper on natural disasters. Students are studying natural disasters that could impact Bloomington as well as who is most vulnerable in our community. We have been doing notes in our notebooks to capture important details.

We also began book clubs in our afternoons. Our book club theme is “The Storm Is Coming…” We began the week by talking about deadlines and our book club meetings. Each of the students in our class worked on a personalized schedule to meet the book club deadlines set by their group. We will have two homework assignments this week for readers to complete, one on the beginning of the plot and the other on character. In our writing about reading, we’ll be working on answers that show comprehension but also use our higher level thinking skills to cite evidence as we build inferences.


  • Art to Remember is due on Wednesday – PLEASE send it back in ASAP!
  • Book Club work is the only homework (other than math) this week. Please know your child has time in class to complete this as well.
  • We are so very excited to share with you the opportunity we have to take our 3-8th grade students to see the movie Wonder on Friday, November 17. This is a movie adaptation of the amazing book Wonder by RJ Palacio. The book and the movie fit so well with the work we do everyday at TPS. Many students have read this book themselves or had this book as a class read aloud at some point in the past few years. What is even more exciting is that we will be going on opening day and viewing the movie before any of the regular show times begin!
    The cost will be $6.00 per student.  Every child will attend the movie, regardless of ability to pay. If you can send an additional donation, beyond the cost of your child’s ticket, that will be greatly appreciated.
    There will be NO concessions offered at our special viewing. Please do not send additional money for snacks/concessions with your child.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What natural disaster have you been studying? What do people need to be prepared for this kind of disaster? How does this disaster occur?
  • What are your first impressions of your book club book?
  • What’s something that friends and classmates have in common? What is something that is different about friends and classmates?

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