February 23, 2018

Week of December 2nd

Hope that you all are keeping warm. The kids and I are wishing for snow, but I’m not sure that will happen.

Progress reports were sent home today. Please be on the lookout for your child’s, and go over it together. Overall, our class is doing really well. One area in which many students can improve, however, is completion of morning tasks (cursive, keyboarding, and geography puzzles). Some students chronically arrive late and miss the work period; others are rather slow getting organized in the morning. Remember that school begins promptly at 7:55 a.m. Students should arrive 5-10 minutes earlier so that they are able to settle in and be ready to begin the day.

We started work on informational writing this week. Each child chose a topic on which she/he is already an expert, such as skateboarding, celebrating Christmas, Minecraft, etc. They have been recording all the information they know on the subject and have brainstormed ways to organize their writing. Now we are drafting each chapter. Some research may need to be done at home to fill in gaps in their knowledge.

We finished up our first art rotation this week. Our class studied Henri Matisse with Mrs. Loeung and Mrs. Dolkas. After winter break, we will embark on a new series of artists. Our class will be split into five groups this next time. Each group will join groups from each of the other intermediate classes to learn about a new artist. Those new groups will then rotate to each of the teachers to learn about the five new artists, finishing up in April. The kids will have a wonderful art book to share with you in May!

I appreciate everyone who has kept me informed about upcoming appointments and absences. I much prefer the students to get their make-up work before they leave, rather than come back to school and have to catch up. The same is true for illness – please arrange to pick up assignments if your child misses more than one day. Thanks a bunch!


  • December 20th-January 5th – Winter Break
  • Monday, January 20th – MLK Holiday
  • Friday, January 24th –  School Day
  • Monday, February 17th – Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Friday, February 21st – School Day
  • March 21st-30th – Spring Break
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