February 18, 2018

Week of February 17th

Be prepared to listen to your child talk a lot this weekend! Students need to be practicing their speeches numerous times, so that they feel confident for next week’s presentations. Each child volunteered for either a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday slot. Here are the requirements once again:

  • Interesting introduction to engage your audience
  • Informative body, including name, location, and description of site, its history and importance, and specific information and details on at least two animals, plants, or places important to the site
  • Satisfying conclusion, which may summarize your findings, give your personal opinion of the site, or warn of future problems
  • Words and phrases written on note cards for prompts
  • Practiced at least thirty times before presentation
  • Loud and clear delivery, with only glimpses at note cards (No reading of sentences!)
  • Presented during the week of February 24th

Some students have realized that they are a bit short of information. They should definitely add to their speeches and improve them, if necessary.

Please plan to drop by next week between 3 and 3:30 p.m., to celebrate the end-of-the-trimester, view the posters of our featured World Heritage Sites, and read the information books that were completed last month.

The majority of our class finished state testing this week. Students who were absent will finish up next week. After a bit of a rocky start on Monday, with many students working much too quickly, they settled down and worked steadily and much more accurately. Anyone who did not yet meet the benchmark standards will get a second opportunity in late April or early May. Check in with me if your child has forgotten his/her results.

Enjoy your (short) weekend!


  • Thursday, February 27th – Funky Monkey Trip to Symphony 8:20 – 11:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 27th – End-of-the-Term Celebration 3:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 12th – Progress Reports sent home
  • March 21st-30th – Spring Break
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