Classroom News

I hope everyone a enjoyed a relaxing and fun filled extra long Presidents' Day weekend...I know I did!

Two weekly challenges that are very attainable:
1) 100% of Room 17 students
have his/her agendas signed in hopes of a fun class reward! You can do it!!! 
2) 100% of Room 17 students
pass their weekly two minute timed math quiz for a Friday pizza party! Are you studying your facts every day? You can do it!!!!

Winter MAP testing has been completed. We will spend time this week looking at target numbers, actual growth vs. targeted growth, and develop a plan of action for the remaining year so that everyone achieves their projected growth and/or year end goals. 

Students who need to make up their Unit 3 test will have the opportunity for a make-up quiz on Wednesday, 2/21. The tests were sent home on Thursday and any student with a score lower than 80% has the opportunity to retake the test. Tests are due back on Tuesday, 2/20 with a parent signature to confirm the corrections, mistakes, and new understanding of math concepts has been reviewed in preparation for Wednesdays make up test. 

The Star of India field trip is fast approaching!
Paperwork, including a permission slip and liability form, will be sent home this week for our adventure on Wednesday, 3/14. We are limited to only bringing six Safety Officers per class, so if you are interested in joining us on this fun and educational journey, be sure to get your paperwork in ASAP since we have to use a "first come first serve" basis for selecting chaperones. 

Our informational writing unit is wrapping up! We have begun publishing our essays on California missions, and will have our writing celebration on Monday, 2/26. Mission instructions and criteria for an optional extra credit hands on mission project will be sent home on Tuesday, 2/20; due Monday, 3/12.

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: 
Homework EVERY NIGHT should be studying math facts to prepare for passing Monday's weekly timed test. Study just the facts on the week's quiz. For example, study only 0-6 facts if on 0-6. The students and I reviewed, again, an easy fact practice using a deck of cards. Ask your student to show you! Also, your student should be reading EVERY NIGHT. We have also talked about setting a goal for when your student wants to finish a book by and reading "x" amount of pages EACH NIGHT. Thank you for reviewing your child's agenda with him/her before Monday each week. Agendas are filled out every Thursday, so thank you for helping your child be successful following through with his/her responsibility.

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.