Mrs. Young Newsletter

Hello Families,

It was nice being able to meet face to face this week during conferences. Thank you for taking the time to come and talk about your kids. We have set some great goals!
Here is a look at our past week:
Kids continued studying a Native American Region. We also introduced them to their final project which will be to create a Google slides presentation with their research team. Each child is responsible for one or two slides. They are wrapping up their research and will put together their slides this next week. Presentations will be Wednesday and Thursday.
Kids are wrapping up their second narratives. We  worked on making internal thoughts and dialogue as powerful as it could be by structuring it carefully after an action scene.  We will finish publishing our stories next week and hope to share them with our buddies from Mrs. Maier’s class.
High Frequency Words
I started assessing students spelling using the High Frequency Word list. These are words that are most commonly used in reading and writing. Once your child masters the 500 words, I will be taking misspelled words from their own work and that will be their spelling words for the week. New lists will go home on Monday and we will be taking tests on Thursday.
Most kids are loving their silent read time. It has been great to see them beg me for more and more time to read their personal books. Many of our young readers made a goal about choosing more challenging books or finding a series of books to read. Remember to read at home at least 20-30 minutes at least 4 times a week.
Special Events & Expectations Reviewed
We had local firefighters come in and talk to the kids about fire safety in the home. They also got their annual look at a fire truck, very exciting. Overall, the kids did not handle the task with ease. This event led to a big conversation on how to behave when we are excited.  We now have some very specific expectations when a guest teacher is presenting and also for when we are outside doing a special activity. Please review with your child: hand up if you want to speak, no side conversations, whisper when traveling outside, give people personal space (no piggy back rides, no poking others, no grabbing).
Picture Retakes
Didn’t like school pictures or were absent that day? No worries! We will have school picture retakes on Wednesday, October 24.
If you have NOT received an email from your child’s math teacher this school year…PLEASE let me know.
I hope you are finding some time to enjoy this beautiful weather!