October News!

Dear Parents,

  We are excited to begin another month together, and this month will feature several new expectations for students. First off, spelling will be introduced. Spelling activities and lists will be given each Monday, and students will receive their spelling test on Friday. All spelling activities will be due on Friday as well. The activities are paced for students so that they can do a chunk at a time. However, with sports and after-school activities, students tend to pace themselves and can choose to do it in whatever increments they feel is helpful. Therefore, if students want to complete the activities early and turn it in sooner, that is acceptable. 

 Second of all, we will be starting our novel studies mid-month. (Please see the calendar for further information.) Students will be receiving their novels and will have nightly homework to read each evening. Students must be prepared to discuss the novels in small literature circles daily, and the reading must be completed at home. This is always an exciting adventure for students, and we have spent the first six weeks of school learning how to monitor our comprehension, track our thinking, and discuss what we have read with others. Students have also practiced responding to questions and reflected on their inner conversations. Through our whole group novel, Frindle, along with some great non-fiction articles and interactive read alouds, students have been practicing how to think deeper within the text and how to best communicate their learning with others. They have made some incredible strides over the past month!

 As a school community, we have begun our reading of The Word Collector, by Peter Reynolds. Our goal is for students to embrace words, and to build their vocabulary. One of the activities that we are doing that will be on-going is to "collect" words! Students will be given a journal, and will be encouraged, especially in their reading and their interactions with others to learn new words and to be able to use those new words. I have already seen the excitement. This will help us to expand our knowledge and our words! 

 Lastly, our math building morning block continues to be successful in targeting key skill sets. Students have worked hard and have seen their math skills blossom, along with their math confidence. I ask that students continue to practice their math multiplication and division facts at home. This will help them as we venture into multiplication over the next month. 

  As always, your involvement and your continued care into your child's education is valued and much appreciated! Thank you! 
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