Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekly Update April 24-28, 2017

Important information: Keep practicing math fluency facts sums of 10. I will be continuing weekly assessments through April on sums to 10, then during the month of May the weekly assessments will be to sums of 20.

We will have a flexible schedule this week due to PSSA testing; our morning and afternoon kind of flip-flop.

Don’t forget to send in those schedules of your child’s activities so I may start planning accordingly.

I can’t wait to see the Earth Day projects, each year the kids just amaze me with their great ideas! You may send the projects in any day through May 12th. I’ll take them even after that date, but I don’t want them too close to the end of the year.


Monday (Day 2): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz. Check for any corrections from the spelling pre-test today. Write the corrections 3 times each to be handed in tomorrow with a parent’s signature. Study the new words in the blue notebook. Read to your child so they continue to hear fluency and expression. Practice math flash cards.

Tuesday (Day 3): Computer class w/Mr. Glessner. Have your child read out loud to practice fluency. Practice math flash cards, sums to 20. Read and study the words in the blue notebook and write any spelling corrections 3 times each to be handed in tomorrow.

Wednesday (Day 4): Library class w/Mr. Demsko. Study the words in the blue notebook and read to someone. Remember to use punctuation, such as commas and end marks to help with phrasing and pace while reading. Practice math flash cards. Write any spelling corrections 3 times each to be handed in tomorrow.

Thursday (Day 5): Art class w/Ms. Pasco. Final night of spelling corrections, the test will be tomorrow. Study words in the blue notebook. Retell a story using details and sequence of events.

Friday (Day 6): Gym class w/Mr. Hinkel. Read and practice retelling story events. Practice your math facts. Study the words in the blue book until you know them on sight. Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet. Practice math flash cards. Send the folder back to school on Monday.


I hope you have a spectacular week!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Weekly Update April 17-21, 2017

Important information: Keep practicing math fluency facts sums of 10. I will be continuing weekly assessments through April on sums to 10, then during the month of May the weekly assessments will be to sums of 20.

We are back on track for a regular week of school; new story, new spelling list and new high frequency words. We begin book 5, the final basal reader for first grade! Well done everyone! I’m so proud of the children's accomplishments so far! Let’s make this the best book yet!

Don’t forget to send in those schedules of your child’s activities so I may start planning accordingly.


Monday (Day 7): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz. Check for any corrections from the spelling pre-test today. Write the corrections 3 times each to be handed in tomorrow with a parent’s signature. Study the new words in the blue notebook. Read to your child so they continue to hear fluency and expression. Practice math flash cards.

Tuesday (Day 8): Computer class w/Mr. Glessner. Have your child read out loud to practice fluency. Practice math flash cards, sums to 20. Read and study the words in the blue notebook and write any spelling corrections 3 times each to be handed in tomorrow.

Wednesday (Day 9): Library class w/Mr. Demsko. Study the words in the blue notebook and read to someone. Remember to use punctuation, such as commas and end marks to help with phrasing and pace while reading. Practice math flash cards. Write any spelling corrections 3 times each to be handed in tomorrow.

Thursday (Day 10): Art class w/Ms. Pasco. Final night of spelling corrections, the test will be tomorrow. Study words in the blue notebook. Retell a story using details and sequence of events.

Friday (Day 1): Gym class w/Mr. Hinkel. Read and practice retelling story events. Practice your math facts. Study the words in the blue book until you know them on sight. Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet. Practice math flash cards. Send the folder back to school on Monday.


Enjoy the wonderful week!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Weekly Update April 3-7, 2017

Important information: Keep practicing math fluency facts sums of 10. I will be continuing weekly assessments through April on sums to 10, then during the month of May the weekly assessments will be to sums of 20.

Most student s have already met the reading fluency goal; but I will continue to assess those students who have not met the requirement until they reach 46 words per minute correctly, on new material.

If you have your clearances on file and would be able to attend the field trip on May 5th, please send me a note or phone call so I know who is interested and able to attend. The fee for chaperones is $18.00; this includes the movie and the making of the chocolate bar. It looks like we will be able to invite 4 parents to chaperone. Depending on interest, I may have to do a lottery drawing for chaperoning the trip. Please notify me by Thursday, so I can begin planning and notifications.


Monday (Day 3): Computer class w/Mr. Glessner. NO new spelling list or blue notebook words this week! Study the words in the blue notebook. Read to your child so they continue to hear fluency and expression. Practice math flash cards.

Tuesday (Day 4): Library class w/Mr. Demsko. Have your child read out loud to practice fluency. Practice math flash cards, sums to 20. Read and study the words in the blue notebook.

Wednesday (Day 5): Art class w/Ms. Pasco. Study the words in the blue notebook and read to someone. Remember to use punctuation, such as commas and end marks to help with phrasing and pace while reading. Practice math flash cards. Book orders are due tomorrow.

Thursday (Day 6): Gym class w/Mr. Hinkel. Read and practice retelling story events. Practice your math facts. Study the words in the blue book until you know them on sight. Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet. Practice math flash cards. Send the folder back to school on Monday.


Friday (Day ): No school!

I hope you have a wonderful week and Easter!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Weekly Update April 3-7, 2017

Important information: Thank you for the monetary and gift donations for our themed basket! Ours will be one of the best! This Friday I will send the final list of what’s inside the basket. There will also be a tag on the basket providing the same information for shoppers at the auction.

The first math fluency went very well. I’m hoping this week the results will be just as good. Keep practicing making the sums up to 20; however, for the next few weeks the fluency assessment will only be sums to 10.

I’m looking for spring schedules for t-ball, soccer, dance, softball, karate, etc.. If I didn’t get to a game of your child’s in the fall/winter, they will be my priority for the spring! Thank you, I always enjoy seeing them just have fun!


Monday (Day 8): Computer class w/Mr. Glessner. Write any spelling corrections on our new list 3 times each. Study the new words in the blue notebook. Read to your child so they continue to hear fluency and expression. Practice math flash cards.

Tuesday (Day 9): Library class w/Mr. Demsko. Have your child read out loud to practice fluency. Practice math flash cards, sums to 20. Read and study the words in the blue notebook. Write any spelling corrections 3 times each.

Wednesday (Day 10): Art class w/Ms. Pasco. Write any spelling corrections 3 times each. Study the words in the blue notebook and read to someone. Remember to use punctuation, such as commas and end marks to help with phrasing and pace while reading. Practice math flash cards.

Thursday (Day 1): Gym class w/Mr. Hinkel. Read and practice retelling story events. Practice your math facts. Write any spelling corrections and study the words in the blue book until you know them on sight.

Friday (Day 2): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz. Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet. Practice math flash cards. Send the folder back to school on Monday.

No fooling, I hope you have a wonderful week!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Weekly Update March 27-31, 2017

Important information: We’re back on track with our regular schedule and one new addition; this week I will be doing a math fluency timed test. I’ve had on the weekly note for some time now, to be practicing math facts at home. We made flash cards in school a few months ago when I began mentioning it needed to be practiced. Last week, we had our first oral fluency timed test and the great news is everyone is right on track for the end of the year goal! Previously, I mentioned that the end of the year goal was 60 words read correctly per minute. Since that time, the number has changed to 47 words read correctly per minute. This new goal is aligned with our DIBELs data. I know that by working together we will be successful in accomplishing both math and reading fluency. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact me.


Monday (Day 3): Computer class w/Mr. Glessner. Write any spelling corrections on our new list 3 times each. Study the new words in the blue notebook. Read to your child so they continue to hear fluency and expression. Practice math flash cards.

Tuesday (Day 4): Library class w/Mr. Demsko. Have your child read out loud to practice fluency. Practice math flash cards, sums to 20. Read and study the words in the blue notebook. Write any spelling corrections 3 times each.

Wednesday (Day 5): Art class w/Ms. Pasco. Write any spelling corrections 3 times each. Study the words in the blue notebook and read to someone. Remember to use punctuation, such as commas and end marks to help with phrasing and pace while reading. Practice math flash cards.

Thursday (Day 6): Gym class w/Mr. Hinkel. Read and practice retelling story events. Practice your math facts. Write any spelling corrections and study the words in the blue book until you know them on sight.

Friday (Day 7): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz. Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet. Practice math flash cards. Send the folder back to school on Monday.


Have a fantastic week!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekly Update March 20-24, 2017

Important information: I hope everyone enjoyed the unexpected “winter break”! Let’s hope spring treats us better!

We’ll be back on track this week: new spelling list, new high frequency words, and a new story. We will begin formal fluency testing this week. In order to help your child from home, please be sure they are reading to you each night. At least twice a week the material should be “fresh”, which means they haven’t read it before. Be aware, practiced stories do not give the same results. Reading for enjoyment is important and revisiting favorite stories should be encouraged; however, when assessing fluency, or comprehension it must be on new material. New stories are better indicators of their ability. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any concerns.

Miss Palubinsky didn’t get a chance to finish her last week with us due to the storm. She is still in our building and will drop by this week to say good bye to the children.


Monday (Day 8): Computer class w/Mr. Glessner. Write any spelling corrections on our new list 3 times each. Study the new words in the blue notebook. Read to your child so they continue to hear fluency and expression. Practice math flash cards.

Tuesday (Day 9): Library class w/Mr. Demsko. Have your child read out loud to practice fluency. Practice math flash cards, sums to 10. Read and study the words in the blue notebook. Write any spelling corrections 3 times each.

Wednesday (Day 10): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz. Write any spelling corrections 3 times each. Study the words in the blue notebook and read to someone. Remember to use punctuation, such as commas and end marks to help with phrasing and pace while reading. Practice math flash cards.

Thursday (Day 1): Gym class w/Mr. Hinkel. Read and practice retelling story events. Practice your math facts. Write any spelling corrections and study the words in the blue book until you know them on sight.

Friday (Day 2): Art class w/Ms. Pasco. Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet. Practice math flash cards. Send the folder back to school on Monday.


I hope you have a stress-free week!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Weekly Update March 13-17, 2017

Important information: Report cards will be distributed on March 14th . (If we have school due to the impending storm.)

We have received several things, so far, for our “Science Fun” Theme Basket. Please look for an additional paper regarding the basket in today’s folder.

We will not be starting a new reading story this week due to the weather. There will not be a new spelling list or high frequency list in the blue notebook. We will have last Friday’s test today, and use the rest of the week for review and practice in skill areas. We will begin a new story next week.

Miss Palubinsky will be leaving our class this week. Friday will be her last day. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone! She was a great asset to our classroom and we will really miss her! She will be starting her next assignment in our building with Miss Amanda Brobst next week. There is a possibility that Miss Palubinsky will be joining us for our field trip May 5th! (More information to follow soon!)

Monday (Day 7): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz. Study the words in the blue notebook. Read to your child so they continue to hear fluency and expression. Practice math flash cards. Send back the Friday Folder with your child tomorrow.

Tuesday (Day 8): Computer class w/Mr. Glessner. Have your child read out loud to practice fluency. Practice math flash cards, sums to 10. Read and study the words in the blue notebook.

Wednesday (Day 9): Library class w/Mr. Demsko. Study the words in the blue notebook and read to someone. Remember to use punctuation, such as commas and end marks to help with phrasing and pace while reading. Practice math flash cards.

Thursday (Day 10): Art class w/Ms. Pasco. Read and practice retelling story events. Practice your math facts.

Friday (Day 1): Gym class w/Mr. Hinkel. Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet. Practice math flash cards. Send the folder back to school on Monday.

May your blessings be many and your troubles be few!