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Parent-Teacher Conferences

It’s almost time for our second round of Parent-Teacher Conferences which will be held on:  Thursday, January 31, Monday, February 4, and Wednesday, February 6.  Please check your child’s backpack for a note to see your assigned date and time.  On the bottom of the note, please indicate if this date and time works with your schedule, and return the bottom portion to school with your child.  If your scheduled date/time does not work, please send me an email and I’d be happy to work with you to find an alternative.

Thanks and have a great night!

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Friday Update

Homework:  A new menu was sent home with your child today.  It is due next week Friday, January 18.

Math Games:  Today I sent home multiplication and division basic fact games for units of 4 with your child. Please play these games with your child as a way to help him/her memorize their basic facts.

One strategy we learned to help with the x4 facts is to think of them as x2 facts and then double the product.  Example:  think of 4 x 7 as 2 x 7 = 14, and 14 + 14 = 28.  Then have your child say the fact again with the correct product:  4 x 7 = 28.  With repeated practice of these games and saying the correct equation, your child will make progress memorizing their basic multiplication and division facts.

Scholastic Book Order:  The January book order was sent home with your child today.  It is due next week Friday, January 28. If you are interested, you may order online or send the paper form to school with your child.  Please make any checks payable to: Scholastic Reading Club.  For online orders, you may need our class activation code: GVHRH.  Please note that the Class Activation Code is case-sensitive.

The link to Scholastic Book Orders is:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com

 

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Water Bottles

We no longer have a drinking fountain in our classroom.  We still have a sink and I did purchase some Dixie cups for students.  We also received a water cooler; however, it would be great if you could please send in a water bottle for your child to use.

Thanks for your help!

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Friday, January 4

Wow, it’s hard to believe it is January already!  I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing holiday break.  Here are a few updates for you:

Homework:  A new menu was sent home with your child today and is due Friday, January 11.  Reading at home daily is an important part of your child’s education.  Please continue to encourage your child to read at home every day.

Math Games:  Today I sent home multiplication and division basic fact games for units of 3 with your child. These games are for you to keep at home to help your child memorize their basic multiplication and division facts. If you need more copies of a certain recording sheet, please let me know and I’d be happy to send home more. Thanks for helping your child.

Shoes:  Please make sure your child has a pair of tennis shoes to wear in the classroom after changing out of their winter boots.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Have a great weekend!

 

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December 14 Update

Reading:  This week students learned strategies to help them: figure out the meanings of unfamiliar words and figures of speech/expressions, ask deeper level questions and how to infer many possible answers to those questions based on text evidence, and how to ask questions regarding author’s purpose and inferring answers to those questions using text evidence to support their ideas.

Grammar:  This week we explored the function of linking verbs in sentences.  This was challenging work that we will continue to practice next week.  Ask your child to teach you the focus phrase we learned to help us remember linking verbs.

Social Studies:  We have begun our new unit on the early history of Michigan.  This week we began our research project on the Tribes of the Three Fires.  Students learned strategies for reading informational articles, how to highlight key information in articles that answers their research questions, and how to write “dash facts” to answer those questions.  Ask your child to teach you something about the Potawatomi, Ojibwa, and Ottawa tribes.

Penmanship:  Students have learned all of the lowercase cursive letters and how to connect them to make words.  This week they learned the capital cursive letters:  o, d, w, and e.

Math:  This week I worked with students in small groups to clear up any confusion with the multiplication and division concepts covered on the first unit test.  They then had the opportunity to retake the test and fix any mistakes they made on their unit test.  Students also took several fact check assessments to see where they are at with memorizing their basic multiplication and division facts with units of: 2, 10, 5, 1, and 0.  Students also learned strategies for multiplying by units of three this week.

Math Games:  Today I sent home multiplication and division basic fact games for units of 1 with your child. These games are for you to keep at home to help your child memorize their basic multiplication and division facts. If you need more copies of a certain recording sheet, please let me know and I’d be happy to send home more. Thanks for helping your child!

Food Drive:  Our D.E.S. student council is collecting non-perishable food items to donate to those in need from December 5 – 14. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

As always, thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Friendly Reminders

Homework:  Your child’s completed homework menu and signed reading adventures is due tomorrow morning.

Market Day:  Help support the fifth grade by purchasing handmade crafts and treats this Friday, December 14th. The sale will take place in the upper elementary hallway immediately following lunch. Items will be priced between 25 cents and $2.00. All profits earned will be used to help fund field trips. Thanks for your support!

 

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End of Week Update

Homework:  A new menu was sent home with your child today and is due next week Friday, December 14.  Please continue to encourage your child to read every day at home for at least 20-30 minutes.

New Math Games:   A new baggie of multiplication and division games for units of 5 was sent home with your child Friday.  Please play these games with your child as a way to help your child memorize the basic multiplication and division facts.  Have your child skip count by 5s to find the answers and then say the equation again with the answer as a way to memorize the fact.  If you need more recording sheets for any games that have been sent home, please let me know and I’d be happy to send those to you.

Scholastic Book Order:  Last call for this month’s book order.  I will be placing the order on Sunday.  If you are ordering any books as holiday gifts, please let me know and I’ll make sure to hang on to them and send you an email when they arrive so they can be a surprise for your child.

The Scholastic Book Order link is:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com

Reading:  This week we worked on:  lifting the level of our predictions using a rubric to self-assess ourselves, retelling stories with an emphasis on story structure and adding thinking about the main events and characters, how to have conversations with reading partners to lift the level of reading work and thinking, self-assessing our persistence as readers and setting goals to become more persistent readers, and learning strategies to help us decode unfamiliar words.

Math:  We learned strategies to help us multiply and divide by units of one and zero and we learned about the identity and zero properties.  Students reviewed and took a unit test on Friday.

Writing:  Students finished publishing their personal narrative pieces and celebrated their hard work by sharing their stories with Mrs. Kortman’s fourth grade class.  Students took an end of unit assessment to show what they learned about writing personal narrative stories.

Grammar:  We had an assessment on what we’ve learned about capitalization and nouns so far. We then dived into exploring about the function of action verbs.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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Holiday Concert

The Douglas Elementary School Holiday Concert will be held tomorrow, Thursday, December 6 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Saugatuck High School’s main gym. Students should arrive no earlier than 6:10 p.m. to meet their teacher. Third graders will meet in the south foyer near the auxiliary gym. Please plan on staying for the entire concert and picking up and signing out your child from me, in the south foyer, following the concert. Signing out your child from me will help ensure that all students are safe and accounted for.

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Scholastic Book Order

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A new book order for December was sent home with your child today and is due on Friday, December 7. This will allow enough time for the orders to be received before the holiday break.  Orders may be placed online or you may write a check payable to: Scholastic Reading Club.  If you choose to order online you will need the one time Class Activation Code: GVHRH.  Please note that the Class Activation Code is case sensitive.

The link to Scholastic Book Orders is:  https://clubs2.scholastic.com

Please let me know if you are ordering books for your child as a gift so that I can keep them a secret.

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End of Week Update

Homework:  A new menu was sent home with your child today.  It is due next week Friday, December 7.  Please make sure your child is reading every day at home, as this is an important part of your child’s reading growth and development.

Math Games:  Today I sent home multiplication and division basic fact games for units of 10 with your child. These games are for you to keep at home to help your child memorize their basic multiplication and division facts. If you need more copies of a certain recording sheet, please let me know and I’d be happy to send home more. Thanks for helping your child!

Food Drive:  Our D.E.S. student council is collecting non-perishable food items to donate to those in need from December 5 – 14.  Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

Math:  Students have been learning strategies to help them multiply and divide fluently by units of 2 and 10.  They have been learning about and using the commutative property as well as their understanding of the relationship between multiplication and division to help them.

Reading:  Students have been learning strategies to help them deepen their understanding of texts such as: shifting between envisioning and collecting important information, giving themselves comprehension checks, and making deeper level predictions based in the text and their understanding of story structure.

Social Studies:  We have begun our new unit of study on the early history of Michigan.

Grammar:  Students have been exploring the function of action verbs.

Writing:  The growing writers of room 8 have been learning strategies to help them self-edit their personal narratives and have begun to publish their pieces.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Have a great weekend!

 

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