Enjoy the Long Weekend

Have a great time this weekend with friends and family! We will see you on Thursday, June 6!

Next Friday, June 7th, we have two fun events in our classroom.

  • NWEA Ice Cream Celebration – We are celebrating our growth and achievement on the NWEA by having an ice cream party! I am supplying the toppings and the ice cream. I am looking for donations of paper bowls, plastic spoons, and napkins. We have 20 students in class. If you are able to help please send the items in with your student on Thursday. Students could earn the following:
    • ice cream – by working hard and doing their best effort
    • 1 topping if their score went up ( 1 for Reading and 1 for Math)
    • a second topping if they met or exceeded their projected score ( Reading and/or Math)
    • Students could earn up to 4 toppings! I am excited to say that EVERYONE earned at least 2 toppings!


  • PBIS End of Year Celebration – We are going to be making cardboard robots! Supplies we could use:
    • egg cartons
    • paper towel tubes
    • toilet paper tubes
    • small cardboard boxes (macaroni, rice, snack, cereal boxes)

I can’t wait to see you!

Week at A Peek 5/20/19

Here is our overview of the week!

No school Friday, May 24 and Monday, May 27, and Monday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 5.

Our last Spelling Test will be May 31.

Our final Grade Level PBIS reward will be Friday, June 7.

Subject Focus Vocabulary
Reading We are working on how a character responds to a challenge and how his response reveals his character traits. We will also be comparing different versions of a story. challenge, response, traits, compare, contrast
Spelling Adding suffixes to a word changes it’s meaning and the part of speech it is. suffix, base word (root word), noun, verb, adjective, adverb.
Writing We have finished both an opinion and an informational piece last week. We will now be writing a combination of informational and opinion writing to create a brochure about 2nd grade to give to next year’s class. brainstorming, bullet points, drafting, revising, editing, publishing
Math We are starting a new unit that will lay the foundation for multiplication and division through arrays, equal groups, and repeated addition. array, column, row, odd, even, equal groups, repeated addition
Science We are learning about different habitats for plants and animals and how they get what they need to survive.
Social Studies We continue learning about businesses and the resources they need and the choices they have to make. natural resource, human resource, capital resource, scarcity, opportunity cost, needs, wants, goods, service


Much Appreciation

Thank you to everyone for such a wonderful and generous Teacher Appreciation Week! I am so blessed to be able to work with your students every day. You all truly spoiled me this week and I am humbled by the outpouring of your kind thoughts and tokens. Our room looks like a Miss America pageant with the many vases of flowers that now adorn it. Notes and pictures from students are hanging in all available spots. Our supplies have been replenished with your generosity. And I am for sure going to to be in a sugar coma if I am not careful about rationing all the goodies you sent in! Finally, much to your students joy, I will definitely be able to “Wake up, and smell the coffee!” for the rest of the year with the many gift cards to my favorite places!


Your children’s smiles make every day Teacher Appreciation Day. Thank you for sharing them with me.


Week at a Peek 4/29

I hear the weather is suppose to start getting warmer by the end of the week. Let’s hope it does!

Here is our Week at a Peek:

Reading We are working on identifying challenges that main characters face in fictional stories and how they respond to those challenges.
Spelling We are working on regular plural nouns: -s, -es, or -ies. Most nouns that end in a consonant or e, add “s”. If the noun ends in s, ss, x, sh, ch, or zz then add “es”. If the noun ends in y, then change the “y” to “i”, and add “es.” boxes, witches, dishes, fixes, sandwiches, foxes, stitches, mixes, riches, brushes, benches, beaches, lunches, peaches, branches
Writing We are beginning researching on an animal and writing a short report about it. We will be doing the complete writing process including pre-writing with a graphic organizer, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. We will be using books provided in class.
Math We continue practicing several strategies for adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers. This week we are focused on the vertical algorithm using a place value chart and dots.

Module 5 Lesson 8

Module 5 Lesson 10

Module 5 Lesson 11

Module 5 Lesson 12

Science We are exploring how plants adapt to their environment to survive including how seeds travel, how they meet their basic needs of sunlight and water, and how they protect themselves.
Social Studies Students are exploring how and why a community changes over time by examining housing, transportation, population, and community growth. The House on Maple Street


School Store is Friday, May 3.

PTA Mother Day Carnation Sale is this week. Orders are due by May 8th. $1 per carnation.


Have a great week! Go Rockets!

Math Strategies

We are continuing our work with addition and subtraction strategies with 3 digit numbers to help improve our mental math. We are often trying to get to a friendly number such as the nearest group of 10 or the nearest hundred. Getting to a friendly number allows us to easily count up or back.

Here are some videos to help.

Teacher Of the Year Nominations

Does your child’s teacher make them feel loved? Does your teacher work tirelessly to make things fun and engaging? Does your teacher have high expectations and helps your child reach them? Are they inspiring? Then let your teacher know!

The Dearborn Area Chamber invites you to nominate your favorite teacher for Teacher of the Year. The deadline for entries is Friday, March 8. There are paper forms available in the office. You can also access an online form at www.dearbornschools.org  or at www.dearbornareachamber.org.


An Important Note About the MoMo Challenge

Please read the following statement from the River Oaks Staff about a serious viral video challenge referred to as the MoMo Challenge.

February 28, 2019

Dear Parents,

Technology, the internet, and social media have become a big part of all of our lives. From the moment we wake in the morning to the time we go to sleep, we can be overwhelmed with technology.  That’s why I wanted to take a moment to share with you information about a social media trend that regrettably seems to be reaching elementary age children.

Over the past several years, a common trend on social media or through text messaging is to pose a “challenge” to the viewer of the video or reader of the text message.  Perhaps you may recall the “ice bucket” challenge that was popular a few years back and helped to raise funds for ALS or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Most of the time, these “challenges” are done with the best intentions.

Unfortunately, there are those who choose to create and post “challenges” that can be dangerous and physically harmful.  There have been news stories about the dangerous “challenges” that ask the viewer to consume certain products such as large amounts of cinnamon or even as outrageous as washing machine detergent. I have recently been told there is another one of these “challenge” videos going around that ask the viewer to perform acts of violence to others or to themselves. This is very distressing, especially to know that children as young as elementary age are being exposed to this type of disturbing behavior.

I’m sharing this information with you today not to alarm, panic, or spread of any rumors.  Rather, I share this with you to communicate information that may be helpful to you as parents. I would also like to pass along a few simple tips that all parents can use when helping children safely navigate the internet and social media.

Basic guidelines for parental supervision:

  • Spend time online together to teach your kids appropriate online behavior.
  • Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch and monitor its use, not in individual bedrooms. Monitor any time spent on smartphones or tablets.
  • Bookmark kids’ favorite sites for easy access.
  • Check your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.
  • Find out what, if any, online protection is offered by your child’s school, after-school center,  friends’ homes, or any place where kids could use a computer without your supervision.
  • Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange

We know our students are safe at home and we pride ourselves on creating a safe environment for your children when they are here at school.  By working together we can ensure that our school will always be a safe place for learning.




River Oaks Staff