News for the week of August 28

The first week of school started off great! I’m really excited to work with your students throughout the upcoming year.

A few notes for this week:

1. Library visits begin this week. (Monday) Please encourage your child to check out a book from the school library or a local library to be read at home. Students should now be reading for at least 15 minutes each night. Also, they need to bring their books to school so that they can read either during library time or during any possible “down time” in class.  Once your child has finished reading their book of choice, they should request a reading inventory sheet from me to be completed. This will be an ongoing expectation throughout the school year.

2. Spelling practice and tests start this week. Your child should be bringing home their list on Monday. Their test over the words will be on Friday morning. Please encourage them to study for this nightly. I have included a link in resources to an online Spelling website that will help them study for the test. If you need any other suggestions as how to help them study, please feel free to send an email requesting this.

Expect to see 1 or 2 Spelling practice assignments each week.

3. Last week we spent time going over classroom expectations, procedures, organizing our school supplies, team building, problem solving, getting to know each other, exploring God in our lives, and exploring the themes, events, and personal connections to the summer reading book Holes.

4. Students will be setting up and slowly learning how to use interactive notebooks in ELA and Science. They will also be slowly exposed to notetaking…particularly in Social Studies. At first it will be teacher-led. Over time they will be given the skills to research and note take on their own.

5. Finally, I’m a teacher who tends to “overplan” class lessons from week to week. I have also been known to stray from plans when students either struggle with a particular concept or become excited to learn more about it. As a result, it is not feasible for me to post homework assignments in advance because we may not get to it on the pre-planned day. Students will be reminded of all of their homework assignments daily from the homework chart posted in the front of the classroom.

Here’s to another great week! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.

Mrs. Doucette

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