Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weekly Update October 9-13, 2017
Important information: There was a bit of confusion with spelling corrections last week. Parents need to check the current list of spelling words, look at the top of the page for list #2. If any of the words from that list are written below in red ink, those words only need to be written 3 times each for homework, each night, until the test on Friday. The words need to be signed by a grown-up who checked them for correct spelling and handed back into school the next day. A new paper may not be given each night if there still is space available so we conserve paper.

Thanks for making last week’s “Spirit Week” such a huge success! The children and I had a great time dressing up the entire week. I hope we can keep the same enthusiasm for “Red Ribbon Week” and the dress up themes for next week!

ELA- We are on the second story in book 2. We will be discussing cause and effect and reviewing sequencing this week. Please review the strategy paper and the phonics sounds that were sent home a few weeks ago, if you notice your child struggling while they are reading to you for A.R.

Spelling- List 2 will be pre-tested today. Look for words written in red, by me in your child’s small yellow notebook. Only those words, in red, should be written nightly 3 times each and returned to school the next day. The test will be given again on Friday, for the students who didn’t receive the 100 on pre-test day.

Math- We will continue to work on subtraction. Check the daily math mats for progress. The test will be next Thursday this week.

Science- We are working on Scary Science/Bats this week. Volunteers will be needed this Friday for 1:30 ish. Please send a note or call me, no later than Wed. if you can make it. Only parents with clearances on file may come in to help out.

Monday (Day 3): Gym class w/Miss Brylewski

Tuesday (Day 4): Computer class w/Mr. Glessner

Wednesday (Day 5): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz

Thursday (Day 6): Art class w/Mrs. Zink

Friday (Day 7): Library class w/Mr. Demsko *Our class will shop for book fair during this time.

Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet. Send the folder back to school on Monday.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Weekly Update October 9-13, 2017
Important information:
My heartfelt apologies for not reading the paperwork that goes home in the Friday Folders ahead of time. This resulted in a t-shirt order not being able to be fulfilled. When I received the papers from my mailbox, I put them in the pile to be packed up for Friday without checking any dates. I sent the papers home because in the past the deadlines have been somewhat flexible. However, they were firm for that order. I learned on Facebook that there will be about 100 extra t-shirts at the game to be purchased on a first come-first serve basis. I feel terrible about this, and I’m very sorry for any inconvenience this error may have caused you. Going forward, I promise to check dates!

Don’t forget about *Spirit Week Themed Dress-Up Days and the data delay on Wednesday!

ELA- We are beginning book 2. We will be discussing the main idea of a passage and sequencing this week. Please review the strategy paper and the phonics sounds that were sent home a few weeks ago, if you notice your child struggling while they are reading to you for A.R.

Spelling- List 1 will be pre-tested Tues. Look for words written in red, by me in your child’s small yellow notebook. Only those words, in red, should be written nightly 3 times each. The test will be given again on Friday, for the students who didn’t receive the 100 on pre-test day.

Math- We will continue to work on subtraction. The test will be next Monday 10-16.

Science- We are working on Scary Science/Pumpkins this week. Volunteers will be needed this Friday for 1:30 ish. Please send a note or call me, no later than Wed. if you can make it. Only parents with clearances on file may come in to help out.

Monday (Day ): No School!

Tuesday (Day 9): Computer class w/Mr. Glessner *(Hawaiian shirt/Tacky Tourist)

Wednesday (Day 10): Data Delay, Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz *(Dynamic Duo)

Thursday (Day 1): Art class w/Mrs. Zink *(Wacky)

Friday (Day 2): Keyboarding class w/Miss Casserly *(Patriotic/Spartan Pride)

Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet. Send the folder back to school on Monday.


Enjoy your week!
Weekly Update October 2-6, 2017
Important information:
Don’t forget to read each night for the Accelerated Reader Program! Add each completed book to the log in their T.H.F. You are encouraged to fill more than one log per month. If you do your child will earn an extra chance to win the big prizes! Also, if your child is reading chapter books you may split the book into more than one for the log. Most children are reading books that have 25-30 pages, so you may divide a chapter book accordingly.

We are beginning our group work this week! These groups may change throughout the year as your child develops and strengthens skills. This week we will review character and setting. We will introduce and target plot and summarization. We will practice High Frequency Words and review phonics strategies as well.

Math- We will continue to work on subtraction.

Science- We are continuing to work on the five senses and beginning “Scary Science”. The children will be observing, and concentrating on the skills scientists use, their tools and the questions they ask; the theme will be changing each week. I will need volunteers for those of you who have your clearances. I will only be able to give a few days’ notice and it will be for afternoon work, usually on a Friday.

Spelling- Will not begin until next week. Look for a notebook to come home on Monday. If there are words written in red, they will need to be practiced through the week and then will be retested on Friday. No words in red, they will not be retested as they have scored 100 on the pretest.

Monday (Day 4): Computer class w/Mr. Glessner

Tuesday (Day 5): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz

Wednesday (Day 6): Art class w/Mrs. Zink

Thursday (Day 7): Library class w/Mr. Demsko

Friday (Day 3): Gym class w/Miss Brylewski


Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet. Send the folder back to school on Monday.


I hope you have a stress-free week!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Weekly Update September 25-29, 2017

Important information:
Don’t forget to read each night for the Accelerated Reader Program! Add each completed book to the log in their T.H.F. You are encouraged to fill more than one log per month. If you do your child will earn an extra chance to win the big prizes!

This is our last week of stamina building as we are closing in on our 20 minutes of working independently. The children have been doing a wonderful job! We will be launching our actual group rotations and executing work for the different stations. Next week we’re off and running full steam ahead!

Loose ends to be tied up are some spelling assessments. These are not words you will need to practice with your child. I need to assess where their skills are so, next week we will begin a routine of pretests on Monday then retest on Friday if needed. Next week’s update will explain the complete procedure and a spelling notebook will come home as well.


Monday (Day 9): Computer class w/Mr. Glessner

Tuesday (Day 10): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz

Wednesday (Day 1): Art class w/Mrs. Zink

Thursday (Day 2): Keyboarding class w/Miss Casserly

Friday (Day 3): Gym class w/Miss Brylewski


Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet. Send the folder back to school on Monday.


I hope you have an amazing week!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Weekly Update September 18-22, 2017

Important information: Please send in multiple books for your child to read during our day. This is especially beneficial for our retelling activities. It helps the children, to have a familiar book in which they have already formed a connection, while retelling to someone else. As always, anything sent in from home should have your child’s name in it for easy identification.

“Kid Writing” is an activity to promote the love of writing without the fear of spelling words correctly or using other writing conventions (correct punctuation and capitalization) at this time. You will begin to see papers coming home that may or may not have corrections or underwritings from me. The children are focusing on getting the words out by the way they sound as to not hinder their ability to tell a great story! Right now we are working on “Focus” which is picking out a topic for your story and sticking to it through the end. I want to see characters (real or make believe), a setting (where the story takes place), and an event. Please enjoy these stories when they bring them home for their entertainment value. Please do not correct their words, or worry about practicing at home and making them rewrite stories with corrections, as this will confuse them. There is a progression that needs to take place and, Trust Me, you will see it evolve rapidly; if we encourage them to write with love rather than to correct every little thought they try to write! I want to develop a love for writing not a fear due to worries. It’s an interesting and delicate process. The revelations will be extraordinary. It gives me a direct link to their phonics/phonemic awareness, and vocabulary development. So, keep the stories in a safe place. They are fun to review and the progress is amazing to see over time! If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Don’t forget to read each night for the Accelerated Reader Program! Add each completed book to the log in their T.H.F.


Monday (Day 4): Computer class w/Mr. Glessner

Tuesday (Day 5): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz

Wednesday (Day 6): Art class w/Mrs. Zink

Thursday (Day 7): Library class w/Mr. Demsko

Friday (Day 8): Gym class w/Miss Brylewski

Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet. Send the folder back to school on Monday.

I hope you have a stress-free week!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Weekly Update September 11-15, 2017

Important information: Don’t forget picture day will be September 12th. Your child needs to be in school dress code. Every child will have their picture taken regardless if you intend to buy the pictures. The photos are used for the yearbook. If you have sent in paperwork stating no pictures permitted in the yearbook, the photo will not be taken.

Wednesday is the first Data delay!

Just a reminder about daily snack: All drinks and snacks should be in a separate container, not in the backpack. This will help ensure the safety of school supplies in the event of a leaky container, anything getting squished or any other mishap that may occur on the bus ride to school. Thank you for sending in just the right size snack for our ten minute break, I really appreciate your cooperation!

We are right on track with our brain and body stamina building. We’re currently at 7 minutes. By the end of the month we’ll be at our goal of 20 minutes! The reading strategies will be coming home in the Friday folder this week. Please keep the paper in a safe place that will be easily accessible for you to review with your child. This will help build their understanding when we are using the same vocabulary. It will help to strengthen their knowledge of each strategy.

Please send in multiple books, from home, for your child to read during the day. This is especially beneficial for our retelling activities. It helps your child when they have a familiar book that they have already made a connection; this gives them the confidence to retell because they are already familiar with the words and pictures. Ask your child about the 3 ways to read a book and you’ll understand the importance of a familiar, even memorized book. As always contact me if you have any questions regarding this or any other about our class. (Don’t forget names inside of any books sent into our class.)

Monday (Day 10): Music class w/Mrs. Schwartz

Tuesday (Day 1): Art class w/Mrs. Zink

Wednesday (Day 2): Keyboarding w/Miss Casserly

Thursday (Day 3): Gym class w/Miss Brylewski

Friday (Day 4): Computer class w/Mr. Glessner
Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet. Send the folder back to school on Monday.

I hope you have a fantastic week!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Weekly Update September 5-8, 2017

Important information: Thank you for a great start to our new school year! Most of you have
completed and returned all the important paperwork. There are a few students who needed backs of forms filled out. If you have any kind of school related paperwork at home, please have it completed and sent in by Friday.

I am enjoying getting to know your children academically and socially! They have “Wowed” me in many ways. This week, I will continue with formal and informal assessments in reading and math. We are continuing to build our stamina for independent work time. We will be adding strategies to our reading focus wall for quick reference when needed. You will receive a copy when more of the strategies have been introduced; so, you may refer to them at home. This will reinforce the strategy buy using the same terms we do in class. Your child will share with you when we have added new ones in class.

Your child may bring favorite books to class to read. Please make sure their name is clearly marked in the book in case there would be duplicates.

Please send me schedules for the activities in which your child participates. I would love to see them “do their thing” whatever it may be. Last year I went to a karate lesson! I ask for these schedules for the fall, then winter and finally spring activities. I will try my best to get to one for each season that your child participates. I need the schedules as soon as you can because I also have children involved in activities, so I need to plan accordingly. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Don’t forget picture day will be September 12th. Your child needs to be in school dress code. Every child will have their picture taken regardless if you intend to buy the pictures. The photos are used for the yearbook. If you have sent in paperwork stating no pictures permitted in the yearbook, the photo will not be taken.

Monday (Day ): No school, Labor Day!

Tuesday (Day 6): Art class w/Mrs. Zink

Wednesday (Day 7): Library class/book exchange w/Mr. Demsko

Thursday (Day 8): Gym class w/Miss Brylewski

Friday (Day 9): Computer class w/Mr. Glessner Please check the Friday Folder for important papers to keep; then sign and date the front sheet. Send the folder back to school on Monday.

I hope you have a wonderful week!