Important Dates

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 is Late Start.
Friday, May 24, 2019 there is no school.
Monday, May 27, 2019 there is no school for Memorial Day.
Monday, June 3,2019 no school for Eid holiday.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 no school for Eid holiday.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 no school for Eid holiday.
Monday, June 10, 2019 class trip to Greenfield Village.
Friday, June 14, 2019 last day of school. Its a half day.
There will be a Hemlock Park picnic the last week of school. The date is undetermined.

If you would like to attend our class trip please remember to fill out the I-chat background check in the office. If you filled one out for our last trip you should be fine because you already have one on file.

NWEA testing will occur in the next few weeks. Please make sure your child is practicing on the NWEA practice site and Freckles.

May

Vocabulary this week:
We have been reinforcing words with the prefixes un, non, and mis.
This week we added the prefix re-means to do again and the prefix pre- means before. I also reviewed suffixes s,es, ed and ing
Re
reread
retie
reheat

Pre
preheat
prewrite
prepay

Next week we will be working on the suffixes ly, less and ful
ly
quickly
slowly
quietly

less
hopeless
fearless
homeless

ful
hopeful
joyful
careful
thankful

Remember to use our Freckles account, Clever and NWEA practice sites.

Ramadan Canned Food Drive

Please bring in at least 5 food items that can be donated to the less fortunate who are fasting in our community during the month of Ramadan. We accept any cans, boxes or bagged food that has not been opened. Please do not send any perishable items or items that are expired. The last day to bring items will be Thursday, May 2nd. Please encourage ALL students to participate because this is a school effort.

Vocabulary

Welcome back. Our first week back has been busy. Thank you to all the parents who came to see me on Wednesday. Our vocabulary this week is listed below. We have also added weekly figures of speech. I added those below as well.

Vocabulary
nonliving unhappy
nonstick uncover
nonfiction unpack
nonpoisonous uncooked
nonsense untie
nonreturnable undo

Figures of Speech
Piece of cake-means its easy
A snail’s pace-means to do something slowly

Remember to try to use the words as much as possible so your child owns the words and they become part of his or her vocabulary.

March and April

March is Reading Month is coming to an end. So far we have read 292 books. Wow!!!!! Our goal is 300 books, so maybe by the end of the day we will reach our classroom goal. We are so close. I am very proud of their hard work.

Next week April 1-5, we do not have school because of spring break. I have sent home a homework packet and tried to put a few extra books in the reading bags to work on over break. Please have your child read at least 15-20 minutes daily so that he or she will be the same level when we return from break.

Vocabulary
We will continue to work on prefixes when we return. I will add words with with the prefixes un- and mis- to our list. See how many words you can find over break with these prefixes and bring them to class.

Science
Our science unit on Earth and Sun is wrapping up as well. The students have done a great job explaining why the moon looks like it is changing shape because of the shadow the Earth makes on the moon by blocking the sun. Ask them to explain some facts about our powerful sun too.

Vocabulary

Our vocabulary will focus on prefixes and suffixes for the next few weeks.
This week we will be working on the prefix non- which means no or not.

nonliving
nonstick
nonfiction
nonpoisonous
nonreturnable
nonsense
nonstop

Remember to use the words as often as possible at home. You can look up new words together using the same prefix too. Bring them in to share with the class.

Vocabulary

Here is our vocabulary list for the next two weeks.

chatter
swift
peer
stumble
slippery
blush
startle
drench
dusk
doze

Remember to use the words as much as possible at home so your child can proudly use the words at school and in their writing.

March is Reading Month

March is reading month is starting on Friday. We will have a special Hat day this Friday, March 1, 2019. Wear a hat and bring in $1.00. All the money will go towards field trips and special things for the school. Our PTA raises money to generously help us with these things. I will be sending home a calendar of things to do each day during the month of March to encourage reading.

Each week the school will be having a reading raffle. Every book your child reads and writes a summary for he or she can get a raffle ticket. Your child can do as many summaries as he or she wants but can only do a book one time. The summary has to be written by your child. Every Friday there will be a raffle for a prize. The more you read the more tickets you can get.

Science

On Friday, March 1, 2019 a moon watch observation log will be sent home. Each night go out and look at the moon and draw what you see. I know some nights your child will go to bed early or it will be to foggy to see the moon, but do the best you can. We will look at images on line daily to look for patterns in the moon phases and predict what phase or changes will come next.

Goals

We are working on new goals for the winter. I have discussed individual goals with about half of the class already. Look for the goal updates and graphs on the learning plans in your child’s folder. Ask your child to explain his or her goals and graph to you and refer back to these often to touch base on your child’s progress.

Mid Winter Break

I just want to send a reminder that there is a half day tomorrow, February 14,2019. We will dismiss at 11:10a.m.
Also there is no school on Friday, February 15, 2019 and Monday, February 18, 2019. We will return to school on Tuesday.

Over break, please remember to have your child reading every night. Ask your child questions about the story. What is the main idea? What lesson is being taught? What is the most important part of the story and why?

Additionally, please work on the computer. You can go on NWEA RIT practice or clever on the district website. Also Mrs. Jaber, our computer teacher has numerous websites that the students use in class on her blog.

Enjoy your time with your children. Go to the library, build a snowman or do a few science experiments together!

Vocabulary Words

Our Vocabulary Words for this week are:
temperature
protect
fierce
hunt
huddle
howl
freezing
hatch
cozy
slide

Remember to try to use these words at home as much as possible. The more the children use the words the quicker the words will become part of their daily vocabulary.

I sent home a note for valentine’s day and 100 days of school today.
Please remember to read daily to and with your child. A trip to the library is a great way to spend time on a cold weekend day.

Happy New Year!!!!!!

Welcome back. I hope everyone had a relaxing vacation with your families.

We will be taking NWEA test over the next two weeks. Please make sure your child gets a good nights sleep every night along with eating a healthy breakfast. Continue to practice on the websites.

Our field trip is this Friday, January 11, 2019. Students should come to school at the normal time 8:00a.m. We will be doing our normal lessons before the buses come. Please pack a bag lunch with a drink. We will be sending home a reminder note this week.

Dates to be aware of are below.

Friday, January 11, 2019 field trip
Friday, January 18, 2019 half a day
Monday, January 21, 2019 No school- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 half a day
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Late Start
Thursday, February 14, 2019 half a day
Friday, February 15, 2019 No school
Monday, February 18, 2019 No School