Classroom News

Wooohooooo! What a grand evening at Holly Days! Thanks so much to everyone who was able to attend and join in on Barnett's fun and fabulous event. Our class did a wonderful job singing and I know everyone enjoyed good food, pictures with Santa, and lots of other holiday merriment. Thanks again to our unbelievable PTA for organizing such an incredible fundraising event, and a special shout out of appreciation to our room moms, Lori Sutherland and Breanna Murphy, for putting together our silent auction basket. Also, thank you to all our Room 17 families who donated to the basket! The last I checked on Friday night, our basket was up to a 175.00 bid! I will get updated info and let you know ASAP how much our basket amount raised.

Our Field trip to Mission San Luis Rey is on January 4th.
Please check out the "News from our Room Mom" link for field trip info. All paperwork for the field trip is due by 12/15. If your child is NOT planning on attending this incredible educational experience, please let me know ASAP.

We will begin an informational writing unit when we return from winter break. On Monday, the students have been asked to bring in notes and information on a subject that they know about or want to learn about so that they have facts for a writing assessment they will take. I explained the importance of not committing plagiarism by copying information word for word, but instead restating information. They can either use paraphrased notes or bring in facts that be will be paraphrased and used when working on their on demand assessment. Facts will be provided for students who do not have them.

There will be a Reading Counts December book report progress check on Tuesday, 12/12. Your child has been reminded to bring his/her book report to school on the 12th so I can see how much of the report has been completed at the halfway point in the month. 

As we start to pick up the pace and academic rigor,
 students may be required to bring work home to finish if they did not complete it during class or if they need extra practice. Please review work that is completed at home, especially math, to be sure it is correct; otherwise, it has to be corrected at school and that takes away from other learning.

Weekly News: 

Agendas will be checked for a parent signature every Monday. Remember, the signature serves as confirmation that you reviewed upcoming assignments and information with your student order to be prepared for upcoming week. It does not confirm that assignments have been completed. 

I have discussed the importance of taking Reading Counts books home and bringing them back to school every day so that the books can be read at home for homework, as well as at school for Daily 5 time. 

Keep up the good job completing work using our online curriculum like Dreambox, Imagine Learning, NewsELA, and RAZ Kids. Don't forget to remind your student to record his/her online minutes for bonus check book points

Homework each night includes reading a Reading Counts book for 30 minutes. Another strategy discussed at conferences is to divide the total number of pages in a book by the number of days the students wants to complete the book by. I use RC points as verification that your child is reading at home, as assigned each night, and is following through with RC quizzes. The quizzes give us an opportunity to see how much of what your child reads on his/her own he/she is comprehending. 

Practice multiplication facts nightly! Every student should practice targeted multiplication facts. The facts that should be targeted come from the week's lightning rod quiz so they are prepared to pass the next week's "Lightning Rod" two minute timed facts test. 

Every Monday in Room 17 is College Shirt Day. Students are encouraged to wear any shirt from their favorite college every Monday as a reminder that "after high school comes college." On Wednesdays, students are encouraged to wear a Barnett shirt or one that has our school colors, or a sports jersey from a pro or rec team.

Your child is responsible for returning his/her library books to renew or return. Also Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are our P.E. day, so please help your child remember to wear sneakers on these days. The upper grade students in the West Wing are raising money to donate to a charity that they will vote on at the end of the year. Students can wear any hat of their choice all day every Friday to school (even inside the buildings!) for only $1.00 donation on "Bring a Buck and Wear a Hat" Day.

Thank you for helping your student build ownership for his/her learning by reviewing the assignments and news in his/her agenda every Friday and sign off ONLY ONCE each Monday. The expectation of managing school responsibilities is the first step toward developing strong organizational skills and holds each student responsible for his/her learning. All year we will focus on skills and habits that will lead students on the road to success. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, concerns, or celebrations Check out the Room 17 webpage located on the Barnett page of the R.U.S.D. website. It's a great way to stay connected! You will also find important school information, such as classroom supply lists, on the Barnett webpage. 

In addition to reading from their RC book and practicing math facts today and tomorrow, cursive (both sides) and a social studies California regions brochure is due on Monday. Students should have both in their binders to complete over the long weekend and turn in on Monday.
In addition to reading from their RC book and practicing math facts today and tomorrow, cursive (both sides) and a social studies California regions brochure is due on Monday. Students should have both in their binders to complete over the long weekend and turn in on Monday.