Monday, September 26, 2016

Field Trip Thursday!
Don't forget about our field trip to Bloomsbury Farm this Thursday.  Kids will need to bring their own lunch.  We will leave Keystone at 11:15, eat lunch when we arrive there, and return to Keystone by 3:15.  The weather has cooled off a bit, so a jacket may be needed.

Governor Branstad Visit
We are extremely honored and excited to welcome Gov. Branstad to Keystone Elementary this Wednesday, September 28th.  He is visiting 3 different schools across the state to learn from and applaud these districts that were able to significantly increase 3rd grade Reading Proficiency last year.  This will be a great time for us to showcase all of the great things going on in Benton Community!

I'm sure you've noticed papers coming home that show we've been practicing our Double Facts; and some kids have mastered those and have moved on to Near Doubles (double plus 1).  These are two vital skills for your child to understand, so any help you can give at home would surely benefit them at school!  Let me know if you want ideas for how to help them.

Our first unit in our reading curriculum is about Identifying Main Idea and Details when reading.  We teach that the main idea is the one thing that the whole passage is about, and is stated in a sentence somewhere in the passage.  The details tell more about the main idea, or give more information. Another strategy we want them to use when reading is called Ask Question.  It's something they must think about when reading...stopping periodically to ask themselves if they are comprehending or not.  If not, go back to reread so comprehension doesn't break down.    When reading with your child at home, see if they can name the main idea/details and stop to ask  questions too!

You may recall your child being involved in Socktober when they were a first grader.  We've decided to have all grades, K-3, participate in this awesome program.  It will happen during the month of October.  Look for more info to come home soon!
Dates on Deck
Thursday, September 29  Bloomsbury 11:15-3:15
Monday, October 3 Picture Retakes
Wednesday, October 4  1:00 Dismiss for teacher professional development
Monday, October 10  No School - teacher professional development
Wednesday, October 19 1:00 Dismiss for teacher professional development
Friday, October 28  1:00 dismiss - end of middle/high school quarter - elem prof. dev.

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