Thank you for your support and encouragement this year.
I have enjoyed watching these 24 hard-working students become independent learners.
Our class has been filled with laughter, friendships, quirkiness, singing, and art.
And even learning.
We pray you have an enjoyable summer.
Look at life through the eyes of an 8-year-old.
Go camping. Build sand castles. Swim in the ocean.
Go on the rides. Eat ice cream, fudge, and fried Oreos.
Breathe. God is Great.
Slainte, Ms. O’Hagan and Ms. Reilly
- Students will be dismissed in the parking lot at 2:50 on full days and at 11:50 on half days. Please be prompt in picking up your children. Please do not leave your children unattended in the parking lot while you walk across to pick up older siblings. You are responsible for them once the hand off has been made. You must bring your children with you across the parking lot when you pick up older siblings.
- Students are required to complete their homework each night. Please review the green assignment pad to ensure that the work is completed. You cannot return to the classroom to pick up any missing items. If a student does not complete their homework, he or she will complete the missed work during snack. Once completed, he or she may have the remainder of the snack period.
- Celebrating your child’s birthday is a fun activity that is shared by the entire class. We celebrate birthdays during snack time in the morning. Please email me to ask me for an appropriate date to bring treats in for your child. Treats must be individual in nature, such as cookies, cupcakes, donuts, or munchkins. You may NOT send in ice cream or cakes, including cupcake cakes. Ice cream is messy and it is time consuming to cut a cake into slices or break apart cupcake cakes. Please send in plates, napkins, and drinks as you deem necessary.
- Birthday party invitations must be for the entire class if your child brings them to school. They will be placed in that week’s brown envelopes. If invitations are limited, you must hand them out in the parking lot. They will be sent home if they are limited in number.
- Five pencils are to be sharpened at home each night. That is part of your child’s homework. We do not have the time to sharpen pencils in class. Additionally, colored pencils must be sharpened at home.
Please read with your child for 15 minutes each night. Please use the Orton-Gillingham method of arm tapping of red words practiced in class to master the spelling of red words. Please allow your children to read phonics homework aloud on their own. It does not help your children develop reading fluency if you complete the work.
SIX PILLARS OF CHARACTER
May / June: Citizenship
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Be a good neighbor • Obey rules and laws • Respect authority • Protect the environment
Common Core State Standards Abbreviations
RL: Reading Literature OA: Operations and Algebraic Thinking
RI: Reading Informational Text NBT: Numbers and Base Ten
RF: Reading Foundational Skills MD: Measurement and Data
W: Writing G: Geometry
SL: Speaking and listening
LESSONS FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 12th – 14th
(all lessons are subject to change)
JOURNAL WRITING: Students will write daily in their journals. Topics will be given and students will practice brainstorming of ideas prior to writing. Students will learn paragraph development and understand the concepts of main idea and details.
SPELLING: Review. They will receive 20 spelling words, some of which are pattern words that follow the rule and can be sounded out, and red words, which do not follow rules. They will practice the Orton-Gillingham methods of clapping out sounds in pattern words and arm tapping of red words. They will use the Decodable Book on the SmartBoard to develop reading fluency. They will cover workbook pages 85 – 90.
PHONICS: Review. They will continue to review long vowel sounds. They have received their eighth packet, which is used as a combination of lessons/classwork and homework. They will continue to practice the Orton-Gillingham method of clapping out syllables in order to improve spelling.
READING: Group setting: Students will read pages 156 – 166 in their second readers, The Superkids Take Off. They will review the concept of table of contents and practice picture walks. They will listen to the pages on the SmartBoard to develop word awareness.
Book Club (at home): Students will complete their sixth book, Breakout at the Bug Lab. This is an at-home reading assignment where students and parents share a book together. Students will complete a response journal about the book.
Super Magazine (in class): Students will receive a themed, nonfiction magazine. The first theme is What’s New. They will learn the concepts of headlines, photo captions, news articles, features, and departments.
MATH: Students will continue their unit on beginning multiplication concepts, focusing on multiplication as repeated addition. Vocabulary includes multiply, multiplication sign, multiplication sentence, equal groups, factor, product. Please practice time-telling using an analog clock at home. Please continue to practice addition and subtraction facts at home. They will cover pages 549 – 560.
SCIENCE: Students will begin their new chapter on how plants and animals work together to create a healthy environment. They will complete their third National Geographic magazine. There are three grade-appropriate articles on different areas of science, including life and physical sciences. Students will complete a packet about the articles and learn concepts about nonfiction reading.
Monday: Music (Mrs. Minetti)
Tuesday: Computer (Mrs. Sanchez) and Art (Ms. Croce)
Wednesday: Enrichment (Mrs. Sanchez)
Thursday: Physical Education (Mr. Koslowski)
Friday: Spanish (Mrs. Sanchez)