Valentine’s Day, division, inventions, and cursive!

Hola Familias,

We had a great week of Valentine’s Day, division, inventions, and cursive!

HUGE thank you to parents for donating us a WHOLE CLASS SET of clipboards, multiple boxes of Kleenex, and some cuties for snacks. We do still need snacks that are nut,dairy, gluten free that will last for us to consume it.  Thanks again!  I have updated the wishlist.

Here is our NEWSLETTER for the upcoming week.

ASL video for “Olympics”.  Show me!!

Thanks to those of you who have had ill champions and kept them home. We are trying to get well and we are increasing in attendance by the day in our grade. We are making great efforts to keep the germs to a minimum but staying home when feeling ill is best.

Please return signed SOCON permission slips and signed report card envelopes. The SOCON trip is an additional fee. We don’t know at the beginning of the year when we make the field trip arrangements whether we will attend or not so we don’t include it. Your champion will be able to go to the concession stand and purchase souvenirs at an additional cost. They usually have free posters for the teams involved too and allow students to have ONE. Free keepsake 🙂

Remember to sign up for Teach and Learn this Friday!

Happy weekend,

The Weekend!

Hola,

This week has been a great start to division and our invention brainstorming has been creative!

Please send headphones or earbuds for I-Ready DAILY. They should really have them here at school always. They need to be able to listen to the instruction on I-Ready. 

NEEDS:

We are also in need of a few dairy free, nut free, and gluten free (all) treats. If you are able, please send us something easy to consume without utensils and free of all of the above so all champions can have it if needed.

We are also now in GREAT need for clip boards. Several students didn’t have one and the ones I have purchased have been bent or cracked through use so we are running out of them. We have only 2 left. If you would like to supply one for your champion or help out the class by purchasing a class set, there is a link on our Amazon Wishlist page to the left or they are pretty inexpensive at stores around town. Ideally we would have a full class set (24 allows 2 extra if they break) by next Friday 2/16 but we will take them when you can send them. They are helpful for when we work around the room or do group group or in CLIMB. Thanks in advance if you are able to help.

Our collaborative research on Notable African Americans of the Past and Present turned out great!

As you know, we use a lot of sign language in our class so I will add a video for a word or phrase for practice each week. How old are you?

Our trip to Brookdale is coming up! Please take some time to chat with your champions about the population in an assisted living senior center. Many have not had experience with the elderly and if they don’t have an idea of what it is like, they could feel uncomfortable. I will be talking to them about it a lot and reminding them of how we will be respectful of their homes because though it is a place, it their home and we will be reading to them and giving them a valentine’s themed bookmark we will make for them. The population is very sociable, happy to see us, and sad when we go. It is common for residents to want to show the champions pictures of their families or memories. Some of the residents are experiencing some memory loss, hearing impairments, and physical limitations at this point in their lives and though most have family that visit them often, some do not so our visit is extra special and we should be prepared to bring our best selves for them. Last year our trip was GREAT and everyone had fun. I am hopeful this year will be the same.

Thank you to those are who making sure champions are completing all the assigned homework each week and for keeping ill champions home. Illness is severe right now and in order to maintain the health of us all, we need to make sure our health care policy I shared is followed.

Thanks for your time, have a nice weekend!

Secret code: Show me the ASL and state the question with facial expression for “How old are you?” 🙂

NewsELA

Hola,

***We need you to send in headphones for champions please. I do not have enough for everyone***

In reviewing the homework, it seems some still don’t understand NewsELA so I am posting this in hopes of getting everyone back on track.

When you choose our class (the link you signed up for and go to weekly), you will see the assigned articles:

There was one for the week before last (top) and one for last week (bottom). You can see only 2/21 people did the top article as assigned and only 10/21 did the second article for last week.

I assign grade level articles for a reason. NewsELA will automatically fit your student with the level they feel is appropriate for them but you can always choose the grade level article.

Thankfully most are working around the grade level passage but some are looking in the 12th grade or above 5th and that is not an appropriate reading nor comprehension level for this class and it is clear by the quiz scores. This can lead to frustration and make them feel defeated before they even try the quiz. This is not how this HLO should make them feel.

These are the levels that were attempted to be accessed this week:

Please make sure your champion is completing their homework as it is intended. I have been posting only one article per week to help everyone understand it’s the article that needs to be completed. Champions are ALWAYS WELCOME to complete additional passages if they want and more than 3 earns a star for each additional passage.

Thanks for your attention to this as they complete their homework going forward. The homework is listed on the HLO weekly-all week long, here, on a page to the left, the weekly newsletter, and we remind champions frequently. Thanks to those are continuously helping me out by making sure the right homework is completed and on time.

THIS week’s homework:

They should be completing the one ASSIGNED article, written response, and quiz per week. Working on XtraMath for 6 minutes per night 4 nights per week, and working on I-Ready assigned lessons (will change once we complete I-Ready and new placements are determined) 45 minutes per week.

Thanks for your help,

Next Week!

Hola Familias,

We have worked hard on our collaborative research for our notable African Americans of past and present and they are almost finished up! On Monday we will glue our research to the posters and get them displayed.

In March, we will collaborate again for Women’s History Month and also incorporate art so champions will draw a portrait of their chosen female with oil pastels taught by Mr. Jackson and we will complete research for them as well. We will incorporate Spanish by choosing a female suggested by Mrs. Beckett.

Our class is blazing the trail for collaborative work by working with Ms. Lombardo’s class! The more we work together the better we get! Our projects look great and they are very proud of them!

Next week we will take I-Ready at alternating times everyday except Wednesday. Please make sure your champion is rested, ready, and has some type of headphone to use. We have been asking this all year but still have several champions that do not have them. The test program talks to them and reads some of the test to them. It is important they can hear it.

Grading ends today. The grades that are entered will be on the final report card this quarter. You can log into PowerSchool to see the grades entered and check attendance reports also.

Thanks to those of you who are really working hard to hold your champions accountable for homework and teach them responsibility!

We have a field trip scheduled to Brookdale on 2/13. Please see the post before last for details of this trip so you can have a conversation with your champion.

Champions need coats, lunch, snack, and pants/leggings DAILY.

Check out OUR NEWSLETTER for A LOT of valuable information.

Sleep with your jammies inside out Sunday 🙂

Have a good weekend!

Whoo Hoo!

This is just a HUGE……

to all of you who are really working hard on I-Ready lesson homework! Thanks to you and your parents for helping you put first things first!

Next Week and Newsletter

Hola Familias,

If you did not receive a progress report yesterday afternoon, it is because our champion left their folder on their desk.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I did not rate each student prior to dismissal.

Please review the homework expectations and make sure they are completing them. They are listed on the rating sheet and there is a page on the left margin to reference. Several champions are not completing homework at the third grade level as assigned. This is reflected in their scores.

Our very informative NEWSLETTER is ready for your viewing!

Teach and Learn is available for sign up for February.

Valentine’s-Your champion may bring valentine’s to exchange if they would like. If they do, they may attach candy if desired because all treats will be sent home to consume-not at school. If students bring valentine’s they should bring one for every student in our class. We have 21 students in our class. They may also bring additional ones for friends in other classes but they must then bring them for the whole class. We try to make it fun and fair and this is the way we have had successful celebrations in the past.

Our trip to Brookdale is coming up! Please take some time to chat with your champions about the population in an assisted living senior center. Many have not had experience with the elderly and if they don’t have an idea of what it is like, they could feel uncomfortable. I will be talking to them about it a lot and reminding them of how we will be respectful of their homes because though it is a place, it their home and we will be reading to them and giving them a valentine’s themed bookmark we will make for them. The population is very sociable, happy to see us, and sad when we go. It is common for residents to want to show the champions pictures of their families or memories. Some of the residents are experiencing some memory loss, hearing impairments, and physical limitations at this point in their lives and though most have family that visit them often, some do not so our visit is extra special and we should be prepared to bring our best selves for them. Last year our trip was GREAT and everyone had fun. I am hopeful this year will be the same.

Next Week:

Monday-Words test and Wednesday- New words will go home.

We will begin our 2nd collaboration with Ms. Lombardo’s class. This time groups will be working on research projects related to their chosen notable African American of present or past. When we finish, I will post photos and they will be displayed around the school.

We will continue our multiplication fluency quick checks. Each assessment is 3 minutes to answer each factor x 12. We have completed 0,1, 2, 5. Some champions did not master these facts so they will have chances to retest but please practice these facts with them like the example on the newsletter. 3 x 12 is 3 groups of 12 objects. Ex. Three bags of 12 apples.

We have had quite a bit of illness so please cautious if you have ill-seeming champions. If they have vomited within 24 hours or the morning of school, have a fever, or don’t seem able to function at school please do not send them. We are working on remembering to wash hands often, sneeze/cough in our shirts or in the elbow sleeve, using tissues when needed and using sanitizer after. We are cleaning our desks often too.

Please make sure all champions are bringing coats DAILY along with utensils/cloth, lunch, and snack. We have gone through our classroom snack reserves and a lot of our plastic utensils. I prefer not to waste when possible so please send your student a utensil they can take home to be washed and a cloth or napkin from home so we don’t use so many consumables outside of emergencies. It happens and we have some left but it is happening very often since we have returned from break. Thanks for your help with this.

If you are able, we have items on the Amazon Wishlist we need. We also need gluten/dairy/nut free snack options, apple sauce pouches, kleenex, and paper towels. Please do not send in cleaning agents without the Safety Data Sheet (usually available on the manufacturer’s website). We are allowed to have Purell Surface Spray disinfectant and I have the sheet for that already if you would like to send that product in.

Thanks for your time, enjoy the weekend! I am looking forward to another great week!

Secret Question: Sandy and Jamie are planning for a party for 12 guests. If each person will get half of a sandwich, how many sandwiches will they need to make? If each guest will get 8 grapes, how many will they serve?

Show your work and equations! 🙂

Teach and Learn Returns!

Teach and Learn!

Go HERE to sign up for a slot on early release in February, March, April or May.

Since we no longer have early release this Friday, I deleted that date. I also did not add one for June because we typically have field day on the last day of school and EOG scheduling sometimes requires us to be off campus.

If your champion is interested in bringing in something to show us and teach us about, please sign them up for one of the available slots!

**Times may change depending on whether we have investments on early release days in the future but if they are signed up, they will still present that day.

Wordly Wise test 1/29. New words 1/31.

7 Habits Awards

The Leader In Me- 7 Habits

We will award two students per class per month beginning 2/2/18 (10 through the rest of the year per class / 40 per grade). The awards will be based on the habit the champions demonstrate. For example, if a student models “Think Win-Win” and the class votes they are the leader of that habit, they will receive that award and I will invite their parents to our afternoon meeting at 2:00 PM. This keeps the awards more genuine than assigning a habit.

Upcoming collaboration

Beginning Monday we will collaborate with Ms.Lombardo’s class for another project! Each group will choose a person and research their lives including their struggles and accomplishments as we continue our Notable People Unit in ELA and begin history in Social Studies. Our last collaboration resulted in great perimeter, area, and multiplication work!

Updates for the week ahead!

Hola!

I emailed stating I would send progress reports on Tuesday due to my scheduled absence but since we were out of school, the whole school will send home progress reports Friday 1/26. This will also allow the champions to have more assignments completed and grades for you to see in PowerSchool.

Portfolio progress reports will come home tomorrow. This does not pertain to all, so if you are to receive one, you will see it in the HLO folder. If you have never received one, you won’t.

Friday, 1/26/18 is a FULL DAY not early release due to the missed days.

Please get your champions pumped up about returning to school. I know it is hard for them to adjust after a long break and all of the weather days but please encourage them to apply their growth mindset and we will slowly work our way back into our full schedule of responsibilities.

Please also remember homework is not optional. It is in our student handbook that all champions will receive homework. When checking today, I counted and most champions have not completed one article on NEWSELA per week. Thank you to those who have. I am leaving these up until they have been completed. Your champion needs to complete the assigned articles by choosing one per week. I have added a new one for this week for those who have followed expectation.

Also, champions should be working on math lessons in I-Ready for 45 minutes per week and XtraMath for 6 minutes per night, 4 days per week. This information is listed on the HLO sheet each week in the top left corner. Please remind your champions of their homework and double-check to see they are completing it. You all get the same reports I do to be able to keep an eye on it so we can teach them accountability and responsibility. If it was not valuable, meaningful work, I would not assign it so please make this a priority at home. I will not email you to let you know your champion has not been completing their homework for number of reasons but I will check in with your champion if completing homework becomes/continues to be a concern.

Total homework time, including the maximum amount of time a student has been in the articles in NEWSELA (15) +XtraMath required time (24) + I-Ready required time (45)=84 minutes per week. When given 6 days to complete homework assignments, this is an expectation of 14 minutes per day or 14 per day for 4 days and double on two days to skip weekends. This is an expectation Mr. Williams sent a letter home about back in October and the amount of time is age appropriate and each champion is able to complete these assignments.

The NEWSLETTER has been updated in some areas but due to being out of school, we will extend the plans for last week’s instructional topics.

Thanks for your time, let’s have a great week!

It’s the Weekend!

Hola,

Check out ALL the details on our NEWSLETTER.

Student Treasures order forms must be mailed off on Tuesday! If you haven’t returned them, please do. Remember you do not have to buy one but we do want a free class copy so we can all see it!

Our class will take I-Ready the week of 2/5/18. Please make sure you have sent in headphones for your champion. I still have several that do not have them. They can bring earbuds too if they want. They just need some form of ear-phone/bud to have for testing and the activities they work on in class.

Please pay for field trips! We have lots of fun trips remaining this year. If you need scholarship, please contact melissastrong@icimagine.org.

No rating today or next Friday.

Review homework expectations on previous posting or homework expectation page to the left.

Champions need to bring a snack and lunch daily and need to be dressed warmly daily. P.E is early in the morning so it is cold! Sometimes it’s cold at recess too but we can still go out if properly dressed. Review my post on this below. Very detailed and also created a page to the left for you.

Progress reports go home next Friday.

Have a nice (long) weekend! See you Tuesday for a great week!