Dear Parents, All the students are doing a great job with the EOY Reading test. We still have another week to go!
***End of Grade testing will take place the week of May 20 and May 27. Due to testing, grade level schedules will be adjusted. Please do not plan on coming to eat lunch with your child as no visitors will be allowed past the office on testing days. Volunteer proctors are needed to help these days run smoothly, so if you can share your time, please volunteer!
****It is getting very hot, very quickly. Please send a water bottle with your child to school. Starting next week, they will bring them out to the playground during recess. They can bring a bottle on Monday and leave it here all week. The water cooler is right outside our classroom so they can easily fill it with fresh water each day. ***The ABC Countdown letter and calendar came home yesterday. Please keep it in a safe place at home so you know what activities will take place each day. It is also on my website.
THE EOY READING TEST HAS BEGUN SO PLEASE CONTINUE TO… ***PLEASE PRACTICE THE READING STRATEGIES BELOW EVERY DAY WITH YOUR CHILD AT HOME 1. “Pointer Power” is the most important superpower! Pointing to each word as you read helps the reader maintain a nice steady pace and helps them avoid skipping words. It also allows the reader to focus on the first letter of each word and the sound it makes which is very helpful for unfamiliar words. Tapping out each letter and the sound it makes on their arm is a great way to figure out tricky words, I always say “Tap it out” instead of “Sound it out”. 2. Remind your child as they read that when there is a CVe pattern the “e” is silent and bossy. It won’t talk, and it makes the first vowel say its name (rake, kite, rope, etc.) and when two vowels go on a walk the first vowel does the talking (and says its name) and the second vowel does the walking (boat, glue, neat, etc)The long vowels sounds are extremely important for the two new rules we are learning in class. For some reason, the concept that a long vowel sounds means a vowel says their name is confusing, so we talk about it as much as we can in class. 3. Please continue to read with your child every night, practice the sight words, and ask them to tell you about the beginning, middle, and end of the story. The beginning of the story- Who are the characters? Where does the story take place? The middle of the story- What is the problem? The end of the story- What is the solution? Our learning for next week: *Literacy- We will be reviewing all of our strategies to be a good reader *Math- We will be learning about measurement *Science- Our bugs have arrived so we will begin our unit on butterflies and ladybugs *Writing- We will begin writing “All About…” books Important Dates May 7 Our class goes to Summit Retirement Home May 8 Muffins with Mom 8:00-8:30 May 8 Bike to School Day May 8 Progress Reports go home May 9 RRR Pep Rally May 10 Beginner’s Day May 24 Aw Shucks Filed Trip May 27 Memorial Day- No School June 4 Red & Blue Day 9-10 ***Class Picnic at 11:00 on the hill behind our classroom. End of the Year Party after the picnic. Details will come home soon!