Newsletter May 23-25, 2022

We are down to our last few weeks of school. I will continue to teach new material, but I have MANY assessments to complete. Thank you for your support and patience throughout the year.

NWEA

We took the Math NWEA on Thursday. EVERYONE’S score made a nice big jump from the fall to spring. This is a first for me. I think the school subscription to IXL in February really helped. I put in all of their subscores from the fall. The IXL program adjusted to their learning needs. We used IXL as our morning bellwork. I was able to walk around and answer questions. If it was a really good question like, “What’s the perimeter of this shape?” I made sure to share how to solve this question with the entire class.

We WILL take the reading NWEA on Monday. Please have your child get some good rest tonight. I will stress the importance of going SLOW.

Once all of the students have taken the NWEA, I will print out the individual reports and send them home. I request that you give me an opportunity to catch up on all the students who might have missed an assessment. The reports are available for me to print 24 hours after the last person takes an NWEA assessment.

Library Book Check-Out

The last day for library book checkouts will be Monday, May 23rd.  All books must be returned before June 3rd. 

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, May 23 – Taking the Reading NWEA
  • Tuesday-Wednesday – NWEA make-ups for absences
  • Thursday, May 26 – Clean up parade around the track at the back of the school at 10 am.
  • Friday, May 27 – No School
  • Monday, May 30 – No School

Clean Up Parade

The Clean Up Parade has a new theme. Due to all of the rain and flooding that has occurred in the past few years, the State of Michigan is promoting rain gardens. Rain gardens direct the water away from the house or building, they have deep-rooted plants, and promote pollinators like butterflies and bumblebees.

The First Grades are the pollinators. We made headbands with butterflies and bumblebees. If your child has butterfly wings from a Halloween costume or dress-up, or a yellow tee-shirt that you want to put black bumblebee lines around it, that would be great. This is not a requirement. It is only an “if you want”.

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As mentioned above, we are in our final weeks of school. I have many assessments to administer.

ELA

We annotate, read, and discuss every day.

I am halfway through the Developmental Reading Assessment. It takes a long time because it is administered 1 to 1.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP

We are currently working on an informational writing piece about apples with Mrs. Abu-Rus.

SPELLING

We will take our test on Thursday.

  1. bloom
  2. room
  3. gloom
  4. doom
  5. hood
  6. good
  7. wood
  8. stood
  9. does
  10. wash
  11. another
  12. some

MATH

We will continue to double up on math. We work on Module 6 for bellwork in the morning. We have our lessons in Module 4 in the afternoon. (Module 6 is a review and extension of concepts throughout the year.)

SOCIAL STUDIES

We finished our family trees for social studies. The kids did a great job. They are currently hanging in the hallway.

We also completed our history unit for Social Studies. We will finish off the year with our economic unit, which matches what we are learning in our ELA Benchmark.

SCIENCE

We are learning about light now. The kids learned that transparent objects are completely see through, translucent objects are kind of see through, and opaque objects are not see through. We learned that translucent and opaque objects create shadows because some light or all of the light is blocked.

Thank you for your support! Have a great week.

Mrs. Korte

Newsletter May 16-20, 2022

I apologize for the delay. The weekend was extremely busy with a regatta in Grand Rapids on Saturday and on Sunday was my daughter’s confirmation and my husband’s 50th birthday. By the time 8:00pm on Sunday rolled around, I was ready for bed.

Dates to Remember

Friday, May 20th – Bake Sale

Walk N Roll

This is our last week to participate. We are in third place right now.

NWEA

We will begin the NWEA this week. We are going to start with Math this week. Next week, we will take the Reading portion.

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ELA

We have started our assessments for the end of the year. These assessments are required by the State and for the District. Yes, we are reading and writing every day. I just will not be sending home the book bags anymore. If your child does have a book bag, please keep reading.

Writer’s Workshop

The class did a great job on their opinion writing. Mrs. Abu-Rus showed me how to use a pre-write before the process writing lessons. We used a rubric she created to show the kids how much they grew from the pre-write to the final copy.

Spelling

This week is -oy and -oi words. The trickiest word this week is through.

  1. foil
  2. coil
  3. soil
  4. coin
  5. join
  6. joy
  7. boy
  8. toy
  9. walk
  10. only
  11. buy
  12. through

Math

We have doubled up on math. Our bellwork is from Module 6. Right now we are learning about money. Quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. It would be really helpful to have your first grader sort and count coins. You want them to be fast and flexible. We will be moving to double-digit addition.

We are also learning from Module 4 in the afternoon. This is comparing numbers.

Social Studies

We can learn about the past from our parents and grandparents. We are making family trees during class.

Science

We will also continue with our science learning about vibration, sound, and sound waves.

Thank you so much for your constant support!

Mrs. Korte

Newsletter May 9 – 13, 2022

I hope you all have a wonderful day! You are all amazing mothers.

I want to thank all of the parents who took time out of their busy schedules to join us at Greenfield Village as chaperones. You are wonderful! Wow! What a difference a day makes in the weather. This weekend has been beautiful. I hope you had time to enjoy it with your family.

Dates to Remember

  • Wednesday, May 11 – Late Start
  • Thursday, May 12 – PTA meeting at 9:15. Please consider attending this meeting. You will be voting on new PTA board members.
  • Friday, May 13 – Student Council Spirit Donation Day! $1 to participate. Wear superhero attire or dress like a superhero.

Walk ‘n Roll

Try to do as much walking and rolling to school as possible. I send our count to Mr. Haliburda on Fridays.

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ELA

We are in our final stretch for the year. We will start Unit 9 in our Benchmark. I have been reading with the students and having them complete special projects. They just have not had their book bags. I might not be sending those home much longer anyway. Again, we will continue to read in our reading groups though.

Writer’s Workshop

We have finished our Opinion prompt. Mrs. Abu-Rus taught me how to do a pre-write and post-write to monitor growth. We were both very impressed with the class effort and final product.

Spelling

The lists are getting much trickier. This week is -ow and -ou words.

  1. gown
  2. clown
  3. down
  4. pout
  5. shout
  6. sprout
  7. mouse
  8. house
  9. before
  10. done
  11. about
  12. even

Math

We will continue using a place value mat. We will make and break numbers into tens and ones. We are increasing and decreasing by tens and ones.

Social Studies

We started to share our scavenger hunts on Friday. We will finish it up on Monday. The kids had SO many compliments from the staff at Greenfield Village, because they were actively engaged. Thank you for your support. We will continue with our History unit in social studies.

Science

We will also continue with our science learning about vibration, sound, and sound waves.

Thank you so much for your constant support! Again, Happy Mother’s Day!

Mrs. Korte

Greenfield Village Field Trip

(This is the green note attached to the outside of your child’s purple folder.)

Tomorrow is our special day!

We are going to Greenfield Village, rain or shine.  The hourly forecast looks to be in our favor, but…

  • Please dress your child appropriately for the weather conditions.  With the forecast for rain overnight, things are going to be wet and possibly muddy.  A collapsible umbrella might be a good idea.

Your child will need a disposable lunch and drink.  Look in your child’s take home folder.  They made a paper bag with their name on it for their lunch.  We will not be taking lunch boxes, because they are too big and heavy for the chaperone to carry.  I will give you the tickets at that time, also.

  • Please do not send money with your child, we will not be purchasing food for lunch or shopping at the gift shop. 
  • All students must ride the bus to and from the field trip.
  • Chaperones will need to drive separately and meet us at Greenfield Village.  You might want to plan to carpool with another chaperone.

Chaperones, please bring a backpack to carry the lunches of the students assigned to you.  Hand sanitizer might be a good idea too.  Also, please arrive at Howard by 9:15.  I will hand out all of your materials at that time. 

Thank you so much!  I’m looking forward to a wonderful day!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Korte

Newsletter for May 2-6, 2022

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, May 2 – No School – Holiday Break
  • Tuesday, May 3 – No School – Holiday Break
  • Friday, May 6 – Field Trip to Greenfield Village

If you are using your family pass, please let me know if yours includes the rides.

Please check the weather. We will be going rain or shine. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the predicted temperature.

Please pack a disposable sack lunch for your child.

Chaperones: Please come to my room by 9:15. Have a backpack because I will be giving you the lunches you will be carrying, a scavenger hunt, and any last minute instructions. You will be driving and meeting us at the village. (Where the buses pull up.) Thank you for volunteering. I hope it is a great day.

Again…Thank You

Thank you so much for all of the bake sale donations. The students love popping into the hallways to purchase a treat from the cart. It reminds me of the trolly treat cart on the Hogwarts Express, except we don’t have any Bertie Bots Every Flavored Beans.

Walk N Roll

Now that the weather is starting to get warmer, hopefully, you will have more opportunities to Walk N Roll to school. We send our count down to Mr. Haliburda on Friday morning.

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ELA

Due to the special projects we are making, it was a first grade PLC decision to extend Unit 8 through to this week.

Writer’s Workshop

I am very impressed with the writing for this prompt. There were some similar themes and some unique ones too. We will hopefully be finished with this Opinion piece this week.

Spelling

No Spelling this week.

Math

We will continue using a place value mat. We will make and break numbers into tens and ones.

Social Studies

We are learning about artifacts. PERFECT TIMING for our trip to Greenfield Village. We will be stepping back in time while we are there and looking at SO MANY artifacts.

Science

The kids are loving this unit. We are finding that we can learn, discuss, and try out our science questions while we eat our snack. Win! Win!

Thank you so much for your constant support! Again, Happy Holiday to those who are celebrating.

Mrs. Korte

Friday Notes

Eid Mubarak

For all who are celebrating during this extended weekend, I hope you have a blessed Eid.

Field Trip

Thank you to all of the families who volunteered to be a chaperone for our field trip on Friday. Please be sure to bring a backpack to carry lunches. Please be to the school by 9:15 so that I give your student assignments and scavenger hunt materials.

If you are using a family pass, please email me whether or not your pass includes rides. Thank you.

Thank you

Thank you for all of the bake sale donations. It was a huge success for the school.

Spelling Cold Words

This week was tricky. I barely had cold words for the rhyme patterns. I used an urn for the -urn pattern. I explained that it was a vase with a lid. I did not go into details about how it is used. Please know that I have your child’s best interest in mind. Also, tern was the -ern rhyme pattern. That is a bird.

Newsletter for April 25-29, 2022

I hope you had a lovely weekend. The warm weather was a nice change. Thank you to all of the volunteers who will chaperone our upcoming field trip. If you change your mind and would like to join us, please let me know.

Complete transparency…I was out for a family obligation on Monday. I left really good plans for a veteran teacher substitute.

First Grade Donations for the Bake Sale

Please send in your donations for the Friday Bake Sale. At this time, the PTA is asking for individually packaged store-bought goods. *No homemade goods are allowed at this time.*

Dates to Remember

  • Friday, April 29 – First Grade Sponsored Bake Sale
  • Monday, May 2 – No School – Happy Eid to those celebrating.
  • Tuesday, May 3 – No School – Happy Eid to those celebrating.
  • Friday, May 6 – Field Trip to Greenfield Village

Walk & Roll

Mr. Haliburda is having us keep track in class. Hopefully, with our warmer and nicer weather, we will have more walk and roll days ahead.

Jump Rope for Heart

Your child still has time to participate. So far, our class is ahead in lower elementary. Please consider participating in this worthy cause.

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ELA

We are on our third week of Unit 8. Unit 8 is a review of space and the earth systems for Science.

Developmental Reading Assessment and NWEA

I will start pulling students for their reading assessment in the next few weeks. We will also be taking our Spring NWEA in the next few weeks. Please consider having your child log into IXL via the Dearborn Schools Website. They would use the Student Portal and Clever. The students have all of their passwords memorized.

Writer’s Workshop

We are writing an opinion. This is turning out to be a pretty neat writing piece. Overall, most of the students have picked a rule they support. We will be working on our revisions and final drafts for the next two weeks.

Spelling

turn

burn

churn

skirt

shirt

squirt

stern

fern

every

near

school

Earth

Math

I am a bit behind on grading. I was out of town this weekend. I will have the end of module 5 assessments for you as soon as possible. We have started Module 4. It really focuses on tens and ones. Increasing and decreasing by tens. Increasing and decreasing by ones.

Social Studies

We are finished with our Geography unit and are moving to our History unit.

Science

Oops…I made an error. I said that we were starting with light. We actually began with sound.

Thank you so much for your constant support!

Mrs. Korte

First Grade Sponsored Bake Sale

Dear First Grade Parents,

We hope everyone is doing well! 


We will be having a bake sale on Friday, April 29th, and are asking 1st grade families to donate individually packaged store-bought goods (*no homemade goods allowed at this time*) A cart will come to each class (hallway) and students can purchase goods for $1. A class representative can help with the sale once the cart arrives. 

Please send your items to your teacher as soon as possible. The teacher will set them aside for the bake sale day.


Thank you for all you do, you are APPRECIATED more than you know!


-The Howard PTA

Newsletter for April 18 – 22, 2022

For all who were celebrating, I hope you had a lovely Easter. Can you believe it? It feels like winter again. One of the students said, “Michigan is a bit confused.”

Field Trip – Greenfield Village – Friday, May 6th

Your child will have a permission slip in their purple Take Home Folder for this field trip. Please consider being a chaperone.

Walk and Roll

Mr. Haliburda mentioned that there was an issue with the website. If you were having a tricky time registering, please try again. He mentioned that there was a glitch in the program over the weekend.

Jump Rope for Heart

We had an introductory program about Jump Rope for Heart last Thursday. A paper went home with your first grader. Prior to the covid shut down in 2020, Howard was a leading school for this fundraiser. It is a really good cause. Please consider allowing your first grader to participate.

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ELA

We are on our second week of Unit 8. Unit 8 is a review of space and the earth systems for Science. It is wonderful to see how much they are remembering from our Science unit.

Developmental Reading Assessments

I will start pulling students for their reading assessment in the next few weeks.

Writer’s Workshop

We are writing an opinion. This is a combination of Social Studies and Writer’s Workshop. In Social Studies, the students need to “Take a Stand” on a topic. We are taking a closer look at School Rules. The kids are telling me with evidence a rule they support or a rule that they do not support.

Spelling

  1. corn
  2. born
  3. horn
  4. chore
  5. core
  6. more
  7. roar
  8. boar
  9. away
  10. move
  11. laugh
  12. change

Math

We are finishing up on the hour (o’clock) and half past ( thirty) with time. We will be having a Topic Quiz and an End of Module Assessment this week. Then we will begin Module 4. Module 4 is adding and subtracting with bigger numbers. (teens and higher) We will also be looking at tens and ones.

Social Studies

We are finished with our Geography unit and are moving to our History unit.

Science

We are really trying to fit this in. I might have to swip-swap back and forth between Social Studies and Science. (It is very tricky, because there isn’t enough time in the school day.) We are learning about light. I believe I mentioned this last week, but it was a short week.

Thank you so much for your constant support!

Mrs. Korte

Weekly News Letter for April 11-15, 2022

I want to share with you all. I am so proud of all of the entire class. It was our first week back after Spring Break. They fell back into class expectations and academic rigor. They were complimented three different times by three different teachers. We stepped up the rigor of our academics also. They are all champs.

We have approximately 2 months left together. During these two months, we will have lots of standardized tests: the NWEA and the end of the year Developmental Reading Assessment. These will be added to all of our other learning. The upper grades are starting MSTEP this week, so our special class schedule will change over the next two weeks. That means that we still have the same special classes, but at a different time.

Also, Mrs. Abu-Rus will be working with me during Writer’s Workshop. I volunteer to have her coach me in process writing. I tell the students that I am a lifelong learner.

Thank you for your support.

Dates to Remember

  • Wednesday, April 13 – Late Start – School begins one hour later.
  • Thursday, April 14 – PTA meeting at 9:15. Please, please come if you are available. The PTA is a crucial part of our school. They plan special events and fund many activities at Howard Elementary.
  • Thursday, April 14 – If you are looking for morning and afternoon care during the school year, Kids Club is having an Open House for you to ask questions and understand the latchkey program. Open House 4-6.
  • Friday, April 15 – No School – To those who observe and celebrate, have a blessed Good Friday and Happy Easter on Sunday.
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ELA

We will start Unit 8 this week. It spirals back to earth systems and space.

Writer’s Workshop

We will begin a new process writing piece. It will be the last of the year. By the way, our first graders get lots of compliments on their final copy for Writer’s Workshop.

Spelling

This week is the r controlled vowel /ar/. The sound is what we pretend a pirate will say.

  • car
  • star
  • far
  • chart
  • smart
  • part
  • yard
  • hard
  • four
  • great
  • boy
  • city

MATH

We will finish up our Geometry unit. I believe the kids are really enjoying this Module.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will finish up our Geography unit this week and start our History unit.

SCIENCE

Somehow, I will have to fit Science into our day. We need to learn about light. There is natural light which is the sun. Everything else is artificial light.

Thank you for your support. Have a wonderful weekend and a great week.

Mrs. Korte