Congratulations to the 2018 Eighth Grade Class. Enjoy your summer.
I would like to wish you and your families a blessed summer. It has been a pleasure watching this small and mighty group of 15 children blossom into independent learners. Thank you for trusting me to be a part of their journey. Take the time and view the summer through the eyes of an 8-year-old: ride a bike, run in the park, swim in the ocean, eat ice cream, play in the sand, sit by a camp fire. This is an amazing time!
- Tuesday, June 12th, is Step-Up day for grades PreK-4 through 7. Third-grade packets will be sent home in the last brown envelope of the year.
- Wednesday, June 13th, is our annual Chocolate party to celebrate reading, as well as the end-of-the-year class party. Students may wear pajamas to school, as well as bring in a blanket, pillow, and stuffed animal. Please refer to the letter on appropriate pajamas. We will enjoy a chocolate fountain, watch the original Willy Wonka, enjoy a special lunch, and other activities. There is recess so please send your child with sneakers.
- Thursday, June 14th, is an 11:50 dismissal with NO aftercare. There is a 9:30 recognition ceremony in the church. This is the last day of school for the students.
- Students will be dismissed in the kindergarten 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. You are responsible for them once the hand off has been made.
- 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 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
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer
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 11th – 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 16 – 20 spelling words this week, 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 complete workbook pages 91 – 96. Students will mark pages either with a CW (classwork) or HW (homework).
PHONICS: Students have received their eighth packet, which is about dictionary skills. This is used as a combination of lessons/classwork and homework. The packet is designed to be completed as a unit and should NOT be completed in one night. They will continue to practice the Orton-Gillingham method of clapping out syllables in order to improve spelling. Pages will be marked with a CW (classwork) or HW (homework).
READING: Group setting: Students will practice pages 156 – 165 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 (in class/at home): Students will begin their sixth book. This is an in-class/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 have received 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.
GRAMMAR: Students will practice singular and plural pronouns. They will continue to identify four of eight categories of words: nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. They also will practice the correct usage of commas, quotation marks, and transitional words in writing sentences.
MATH: Students will continue their unit on fractions and probability. They will cover pages 449 – 454 in their workbooks. Please do not have children go ahead in their workbooks, as lessons are designed as classwork and homework. Pages will be marked with CW (classwork) or HW (homework). Please continue to practice time-telling skills using analog clocks at home to allow students to use skills in real-life situations.
SCIENCE: Students will continue their fourth CELL: Water Cycle and Its Phases. Girls must pull back their hair on Friday, which is Lab Day. Students also have started using a science textbook to learn about plants and animals.
Monday: Music (Mrs. Minetti)
Tuesday: Computer (Mrs. Sanchez) and Art (Mrs. Beier)
Wednesday: Spanish (Mrs. Sanchez)
Thursday: Physical Education (Mr. Koslowski)
Friday: Science Lab (Mrs. Jakowenko)
Thursday, June 14th (11:50 dismissal), to
Tuesday, September 4th.
School begins Wednesday, September 5th