Phew! We made it through testing week AND Halloween! I am proud of how hard most students worked last week to tackle the ITBS Tests. They were so focused, and I’m excited to have their scores back in time for conferences.
Here’s an update on what we’ve been learning this week:
In Reading, students in my Walk to Read class started their first novel study of the year! We are reading The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. This is sure to be a favorite, especially to those readers who enjoy a little fantasy and adventure! In Math, we are still working on our unit of Organizing and Analyzing Data. Students are enjoying making line plots, bar graphs and more. In Social Studies, we are wrapping up our Geography Unit. We will soon switch into Science, where students will be learning more about the Earth. We will learn what shapes and changes Earth. Stay tuned! In Religion, students are learning more about the Lord’s Prayer, and how it reinforces what they’ve learned in the Ten Commandments.
As I mentioned in the last update, students are working on applying various conflict resolution strategies, including DEBUG:
D- Decide to Ignore
E- Exit/Move Away
B- Be Friendly
U- Use Firm Words
G- Get an Adult’s Help
I have seen many students working hard to use these strategies as a replacement for hitting, kicking, yelling and using unkind words. But I have also had students express their concerns about continued cussing on the playground. Under no circumstance is it okay for students to use inappropriate and disrespectful language at school. Please, talk to your child about this and encourage them to speak positively at school. The words that we, the adults in their lives, use can have a tremendous affect on their behavior. Thank you for your continued support and reinforcement.
Upcoming Events/Things to Keep in Mind:
- Students are only allowed to bring ONE piece of candy to school per day. No candy during snack time! Thank you [bs_icon name=”glyphicon glyphicon-thumbs-up”]
- I wanted to extend a warm welcome to our newest student in 4th Grade… David Min!
- Many students have asked if they can bring a computer mouse to school on Tuesdays to use for coding, and I think that’s a great idea!! If you send one to school, please make sure it has your child’s name on it.
- I look forward to meeting with all of you at conferences to discuss your wonderful students! Here’s what that week will look like:
Thursday, November 16th – 3:00pm School Dismissal
Monday, November 20th – Noon School Dismissal
Tuesday, November 21st- Noon School Dismissal
Wednesday, November 22nd – No School!
Thanks for reading!
♥ Ms. DiGirolamo