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Homework Sheet and Newsletter for the week of March 13th

Homework Sheet and Newsletter for the Week of March 13th

Hi Parents,
I hope this email finds everyone well! Please see the bottom newsletter which explains the writing assignments for the week.

Please make sure you review your child’s homework each evening and sign it.

Monday

Reading
Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, No Talking by Andrew Clements.
perfect, stubborn, tomorrow, unless, huddle, mistakes, revolting, homeroom, fourteen and cafeteria.
Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook….or (NEW ITEM) Put the 5 words in sentences, showing that you know the meaning of the word in a sentence. (We will go over this explicitly tomorrow during morning work)

Math

No Homework Today

Tuesday

Reading

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Writing

Make a list of 10 qualities on what makes a good friend.

Math

Worksheet

Wednesday

Reading

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from our Read Aloud, No Talking by Andrew Clements.
perfect, stubborn, tomorrow, unless, huddle, mistakes, revolting, homeroom, fourteen and cafeteria.

Math
Worksheet

Thursday

Reading

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Writing

Think of a moment when you felt excluded while a group played. What happened? How did you feel about it? What was the outcome? What could you have done differently? Write long and strong for 10 minutes about it.

Math
Worksheet

Friday

Spelling Test today!

News for the Week of February 27th

Hi Parents,
I hope everyone had an awesome weekend! It was so nice speaking with all of you during Parent-Teacher conference. By this time of year, since we spend so much time together, I know your children so well. Hopefully my input gave you a better glimpse of how they are doing academically.

One theme that I heard throughout the evening was questions and statements about friendships within the classroom. By the end of the night, I realized that I may need to broaden my scope of knowledge of the class, learning more about the social dynamic, since it occurred to me that I was lacking in what was going on amongst them.

"Investigating" is how I spent most of Friday morning, getting down to the bottom of what’s going on. What I learned about your children is that some of them are feeling socially isolated where as much as they try, cannot enter a group, they are excluded from a game because they are not picked or a game is impossible to play because the rules that have been made are constantly being changed. Also, all of your children are so much more advanced in maturity, so instead of just having fun when they’re in the schoolyard for 20 minutes, they are rather fixated on the bureaucracy of the games that they play and they spent quite a lot of time arguing about it, rather than just playing.

I’m certain that we all have the same common goal when it comes to your children-we want them to be better people. I’m going to be honest that my heart was heavy at times when certain children spoke openly that no one wanted to be their friend no matter how hard they tried. It was truly heartbreaking to see when I asked the children if anyone ever felt alone in school at any point and most of them raised their hand. I want to fix what’s happening socially to our classroom, making it more of a lighthearted atmosphere, and I especially want there to be an open conversation going on in the classroom and at home about how the children can be a better friend.

I understand some of the children have been together since Pre-K and some groups are a bit tight, but I would like the children to try and give other students a chance. Offering another student to play during recess or accommodating the game to fit more children than at first anticipated, would be a nice gesture. I also explained to them that I would like them to be more flexible. Some of them take the games their playing so seriously, that they’re probably less fun than they could be because they’re so rigidly focusing on the rules. Bossiness came up a lot and the children were expressing that they did not favor the game when the other children were being bossy. Finally, during lunchtime and all times of group-forming, I would like them to be more aware of who’s not included or who is alone and to invite that person to do whatever it is that they’re doing.

Your children all have wonderful hearts, I think they just need little reminders of how to participate in acts of kindness. Their writing homework will reflect friendship and social issues, so after checking their homework, please just have a little conversation with them on what is going on for them socially, how they can fix a situation that’s not going so well for them and ways in which they can be a better friend. Christina Reich, who does Mindfulness which them each Wednesday, will also be addressing these issues. With this joint effort and more uplifting weather, I’m confident we can get out of our little rut and all get along to close out what has been such a wonderful school year!

This week our class is learning about……..

Reading-
We will be continuing reading chapter book No Talking by Andrew Clements. Strategies that we will be working on this week is identifying problems our character faces and ways in which he changes over the course of the story. While conducting this reading strategy, we will identify the problem, how the character changed because of it and who influenced the character.

Writing-

Our next unit is all about opinion writing! Students will be learning the difference between fact and opinion and learn how to use specific wording to express their opinions. We will begin picking topics this week on what your children want to right about. They will have to take a stance on a certain issue and defend it.

Math-
This week we will work on customary units of measurement. We will be working on measuring in feet and inches. Students will be using manipulatives and math tools to solve real life word problems!

Social Studies-
We will begin talking about national leaders through read alouds and research! Our next round of Enrichment clusters will begin this week and students will be delving into Europe this time around.

Science-
This week we will continue our work on balance and motion.We are working on vocabulary development and discussing gravity, friction and force!

Sincerely,
Ms. Kender
PS- Also a kind reminder that I dismiss between 2:25 and 2:30. Please try your best to be on time.