We want to wish everyone a very happy, relaxing Thanksgiving. We are thankful for your love and support, we are thankful for the time you put into the classroom, and most of all, we are thankful to have your loving kiddos in our classroom!
A few notes:
-We did not send out a newsletter this week, so your child DID NOT forget their mail at school:)
-We STILL have so many kiddos hitting Lexia hard!! Keep it up! We can't believe how many certificates we gave out on this short week!
- Thanks to Carren Walters for typing and building all of our books this last week.
- Sending lots of birthday wishes to the lovely Alexis and Anna
-Zoe did a fantastic job presenting her family share! We loved hearing about your Disney Cruise trip to Europe.
- Our NEXT RoShocial will be a skating parting on December 4th at 2:00pm at Westchester Lagoon. The Barnes and Nobel Book Fair for Bowman will be going on all day that Sunday and we were planning on stopping by after skating with as many of you as possible! About 1/4 of our class is in the choir and will be singing at Barnes and Noble at 3:30, we'd love to support them as a family group and take part in the B & N event with all of you!
Top: Zoe and her mom and dad
Bottom: Zoe sharing her Frozen necklace.
The birthday girls!
Top: Our newly published authors!
Bottom: Lexia Lovers!
Devin Kelly, a reporter for the Alaska Dispatch News, came into our class this Tuesday and talked about how she decided to become a writer in 2nd grade and shared a book that she published when she was 7 in a very similar fashion to our student's work. She also talked about being a professional writer, and demonstrated how to ask open and closed question while conducting an interview. Elders and Youngers interviewed each other and were so excited about Devin that they mobbed her with a hug!
Brennan and his mom taught the class how to make delicious pumpkin soup and each student got to take home their own mason jar for a snack! If you don't have a need for the jar a parent reminded us that we are collecting extra jars for our Winter Crafts coming up in December and you can leave clean jars outside of our room in the cardboard box.
Happy birthday to Blake and Torsten and thank you for the delicious snacks you shared with the class! Happy early Birthday to Alexis Carlson on Sunday as well!
Hooray to our Lexia and Xtra math achievers this last week! We are so proud of the dedication in our class to literacy and learning.
This week you should see a spelling list with 5 words coming home. There was some confusion about this, but these are the words to be practiced with the spelling menu! This week we had a special lesson on Ancient Egypt and Hieroglyphics taught by Brennan's mom Heidi Nelson with the support of his dad Rodger. All the students got to write their name in Hieroglyphics!
In Science this week students got to build familiar Landforms after studying maps and discussing different land forms in Anchorage and Alaska! Here are some photos of the construction process.
Wow! We had so many students motivated to work on their reading with Lexia! Look at all these successful growing readers :)
Thanks to the help of Anna's mom Paula, Luke's mom Junko, Simon's mom Sara and Lucas' mom, Samantha, these students received their bound books to illustrate in the final piece of the writing process, Publishing!
There are so many updates and news items this week! Please make sure you scroll through to get your digital newsletter, and all the necessary pieces :)
Thanks to Cammy, Melissa and Wesley for such a fun Family Share this week!
Lexia & Xtra Math
Wow! Look at all of our Lexia Certificates so far this year! This week alone we had 14 kids "Level Up" in Lexia. We are proud of all the students' hard work, and all the hard work of our great parents at home! We also have kids starting to pass programs in XtraMath. We can adjust programs to students' individual needs if it is too challenging or to make it more challenging :)
1 Home Book Program Manager
The job requires around a 15-20 minute commitment one (consistent) morning every week in the classroom. Here is the job broken down:
1. Take home books live in a laminated manila envelope that lists the books on the cover. They are organized by DRA Level. A list of students who receive books and the level they are on is in a green folder.
2. We want to ask students to return books on Mondays or Fridays- it could also be mid-week if that works better for you, but we wanted ONE consistent day this job could be done. If students turn in their books early we will place the bag in a tote tray underneath the filing cabinet of books.
3. When you come in on the "EXCHANGING" day just pull out the tote tray. Check the bag and see which student had it last. Re-file the bag in the appropriate hanging folder and pull out a new folder at that level for the student. Make sure they haven't had it before by checking the list next to their name, then mark the new envelope they have received. The first numbers on the bags are the levels, any numbers or letters that go after are just to make sure that repeat books don't happen. For example, if a student at a level 2 already had 2-4, 2-7, and 2-1A make sure they get any other 2- book set).
4. Call out the student's name to get the bag to put in their backpack, or put it in their mailbox if they are absent.
You should see a math packet from Unit 1 in your student's mailbag today. Check your e-mail for details, and remember that this is a learning opportunity but is NOT REQUIRED :)
Finally: Thanks to Mr. Freeman for being our Mystery Reader this week! Students were so thrilled to be read to by the principal! He read "Happy Pig Day" which was bought for our class by Anna Fish's family from the book fair. Thanks to you too Anna!