Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017


Last week I sent the following email with a link to Seesaw, our online learning journal.  If you haven't downloaded the link, I encourge you to do so.  The kids are super excited about adding things to their page for you to see.  There are many things we can use Seesaw for...we're just getting started and I don't want you to miss out!

Dear Parents,

In January we're going to start using a new tool called Seesaw to share what we're learning in class. Your child will have his or her own learning journal, and you can get notified when your child adds new items. It's completely private -- only you can see your child's journal outside of class.

Click on to sign up -- it takes just 30 seconds.

Once you sign up, you can download the Seesaw Parent app for iPhone or Android, or access your child's journal on the web. Each child may have up to 10 people signed up to view their journal, so feel free to inform grandparents that they may use this app or website also!  I've uploaded a video to introduce Seesaw under your child's name within the app, so that will be the only thing you see when you get on Seesaw.  We will be adding more things next week!  Thanks, and let me know if you have any questions!


The kids really worked hard to improve their spelling scores on the Friday test last week and it paid off!  All totaled, we got 161 words right!  Our previous total was 151, so we are happy with getting 10 more points :)  Here is the list for this week.  A practice sheet will come home tomorrow that you can use at home.

Book Order

I sent a book order for January home last Wednesday that I due this Wednesday, January 11.  Scholastic is a great source for purchasing good books for kids at a reasonable cost.  Our whole class benefits because I'm able to use bonus points to buy more books for the classroom!  Orders can be placed online or payment by check is also accepted.


We've started two-digit addition and the kids are doing pretty well.  Keep and eye on their math papers that come home to see how your child is doing, and go over any mistakes made.  They are starting to see why knowing their basic facts is important now that they're using them so much with two-digit addition!


We are on Unit 5, Inferencing and Making Connections.  Inferencing is when a reader takes what the author writes (text) and adds it to what they already know (connections) to make an inference like "maybe..." or "I think that...", or "My guess is..."  It's an important skill because it requires thinking about what you're reading, which is exactly what comprehension is all about!

Mid Year Testing

It's hard to believe that we are almost to day 90, or mid-way through the school year!  Soon we will retest kids on the same things we did at the beginning of the year, hoping each will show growth.  The tests are fluency, reading comprehension, math standards, writing, and basic facts.  After all data is collected and analyzed, I will meet with each student to show them their results and set goals for the end of the year.  Results will also be sent home for you to see.

Dates on Deck

Friday, January 13  1:00 dismiss (end of semester) for Professional Development
Monday, January 16  No School - Professional Development
Wednesday, January 18  1:00 dismiss for Professional Development
Tuesday, February 14  Valentine's Day party

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