Tomorrow is our first day back from winter break. I am hoping that we are all returning much healthier and more well rested than when we left! The children will be anxious to share about their week off. I can't wait to hear what they've been up to.
This week the PTA is sponsoring the annual Scholastic Book Fair. We will be browsing on Tuesday. Each student will generate a 'wish list' they will then share with you. Purchases can be made during school hours if you send in money with your child. The book fair will also be open Friday night before and during the PTA sponsored family movie, "Wonder."
This Thursday is the 'Read-A-Thon' in the school library. This event is also sponsored by our PTA. Children are encouraged to wear school appropriate pajamas so they can get cozy while reading. Each class will be spending a half-hour in the library - READING! The children will be able to choose to read in a way-cool location: next to a campfire, in a castle, under the sea, at a racetrack, etc... Before vacation children were sent home with sheets to collect sponsors for their reading. All donations should be turned in on Thursday. Thanks!
February's "Totally Text" store was a HUGE hit! Thank you for the donations that were sent in. There was a great selection of fiction, non-fiction, chapter books, character books, and activity books. Everyone went home with at least 2-3 new books to read over vacation! Our March store will be a bakery. A sign-up for "Lynn's Sweet Shoppe" will be sent out soon!
We will be in 'third gear' during the next two months of learning. The pacing will be faster, new material will be introduced, and expectations will increase. We have a lot to do! Here is a preview of what's coming up;
Math: +/- fact fluency, adding three or more single digit numbers, adding two double digit numbers, arrays, using repeated addition to show multiplication, interpreting data using maximum, minimum, mode, and range.
Reading: Continuing to increase sight vocabulary, fluency of at least 60 words per minute correct, improved expression while reading, stamina for reading more challenging text and reading for longer periods of time, answering comprehension questions in writing with important question words included in the answer, book reports, 'Reading Challenge!'
Writing: Increasing the amount of details included, 'zooming in' on one part and telling as much as possible about it, fiction writing, persuasive writing, self-editing for mechanics such as capitals and ending punctuation, use of traditional spelling for high frequency words.
Handwriting; Cursive -first and last names, lowercase letters, beginning to spontaneously combine learned letters into words, improved spacing between letters and between words, traditional placement of letters on writing lines.
Science: 'Geographic Terms' project, seed dispersal, seasonal change
Social Studies: Citizenship. voting, helping in the community, rules and laws
**We could use containers of cleaning wipes.**
(If anyone has a good idea on how to quickly cut the roll of wipes in half - please be in touch. Then we can get twice as many uses out of the container!)