Weekly Newsletter for 9/18/15

Dear Room 4 Families,

Your child has been very busy learning this week! This week we passed the 15th day of school, which marks the big day for any major changes in classroom enrollment. Our classroom was lucky enough to stay with its current roster. Today we passed out our first homework packet. We went over every page and the online homework portions in class today. We also talked about how it’s important to have the habit of pacing yourself with your homework and doing a little bit each day. Also, we ask that you don’t start the Mandarin portion of the homework until Monday, when your child has had the chance to learn how to say and read the characters with proper pronunciation. Students who study the words before officially learning them tend to say the word incorrectly based on the English phonetic system. Please read the cover sheet on the homework packet for more information.

This week in school we have been establishing routines for partner work, learning to solve word problems and to show our thinking, counting by 10’s to 200 when starting from a random number (47, 57, 67, etc.), started writing our first story in Writer’s Workshop, learned and identified long vowel spelling patterns, discussed and categorized various genres of text and what they mean, and much more!

Due to a prior engagement, I will not be here from September 29th-October 1st so Back to School Night on September 29th for Room 4 has been moved to the following Tuesday, October 6th, from 5:00pm – 5:30pm. I apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you then. 

This year our class will be doing Scholastic Book Orders online. There is a banner on the bottom right side of the webpage that you can click that will allow you access to all of the current catalogs. You may purchase things at any time and there is no due date. I will submit the order once I receive a confirmation e-mail from Scholastic. Our classroom code is: J9V9R

For parents who are interested in volunteering in the classroom and/or chaperoning on our field trip in April/May, please sign your name up on our google doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VughNO6UQoawxhe6t5CsDB3n68h3ZmgMIBUmAdhWYVA/edit?usp=sharing 

Here are next week’s homework links: 

Thank you and have a great weekend!

-Ms. You

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