February 21, 2018

Week of January 16th

What a wild and crazy week – holiday, snow, freezing rain, whooping cough, and my 87-year-old father getting married! Hope that your week has been calm and peaceful! (Please make sure to read the pertussis alert that went home in backpacks today.)

We finally managed to get Lewis and Clark back to St. Louis, and are finishing up our unit. Students should be caught up on their journals, and just about finished with the booklets. Those will be handed in at the end of the month. You may want to check out http://www.pbs.org/lewisandclark/into/index.html and share an interactive journey with your child. Hopefully, your young explorer will make the right decisions on the trip!

Yesterday, I sent home information (both paper copy and electronically) on our upcoming math teams. Please let me know if your child would enjoy this challenging but fun competitive situation. All they need is a willingness to try, a cooperative spirit, a commitment for three weeks of practice during last recess, and a guarantee to participate in the competition.

I have heard from several parents about state test results. The best way to improve as a reader is to read! Students need to be reading books at their level daily, both at school and at home. If a child has to figure out more than a handful of words on a double-page spread, that book is too hard for now. Reading hard books doesn’t make a better reader. Reading just-right books faster, stronger, and longer will do the trick.

Please also consider reading aloud to your children on a regular basis. That allows them to enjoy stories that they can’t manage themselves, builds their interest and stamina in reading, and is just an altogether fun family time. If you need suggestions for read-alouds, check with me or the county library.

Dates to Remember:

  • Monday, February 20th – Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Friday, February 24th – School Day
  • Wednesday, March 15th – Progress Reports
  • March 23-March 31 – Spring Break
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