Tuesday, October 31st
Happy Halloween! The Elementary costume parade is at 8:30 (Parents are Welcome). No masks, weapons, or cross dressing for Halloween costumes. If students are not dressed up, they are required to be in school dress code attire.
Have a safe and fun Halloween!!
Friday, November 3rd
$1.00 Hoodie Day- students can bring a dollar if they would like to wear a hoodie. The money will be going towards the 9th grade trip to New York.
One more thing- the school recently switched our email system over. If I have not responded to an email you sent, I probably didn’t receive it. Some teachers are even getting email come through from the beginning of the year!
Remember that there is no school Thursday and Friday because of Fall Break, and Monday teachers have a work day without students. Enjoy your 5-day weekend! I will be locking grades this week for this last term. If you child is missing any work, please have them turn it in ASAP!
The week we get back (August 24th -27th) is Red Ribbon Week. Listed below is the schedule for that week:
Tuesday – “Use your head, wear red.” Students may wear red that day (must have a collar).
Wednesday – “Turn your back on drugs.” Students may wear just their shirt backwards (must have a collar).
Thursday – “Stay in the game.” Wear a jersey, team shirt, or college gear (no collar if wearing jersey, team shirt, college gear).
Friday – “Shade out drugs.” Wear sunglasses & dark clothes (since Friday is free dress day, students do not need to wear a collar).
Thanks for all you do!
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, September 27th and Thursday, September 28th. Please use the following link to sign-up for a time to meet: http://signup.com/go/BEKqAHC
It is important we keep the conferences to 15 minutes so parents with other children are able to keep their appointments with other teachers. If you need more than the 15 minutes allotted for each conference, please contact me and we can set up another time to meet.
As a school, we are going to continue to use ‘Read Naturally’ as our weekly homework. Your student will still have nightly math homework if they aren’t able to finish it in class as well as 20 minutes of reading each night. Read Naturally’ should only take a couple extra minutes each night and is intended to increase your child’s fluency. Below is the breakdown of how Read Naturally works.
Monday: Students will bring home a reading passage as well as a “Words per Minute” tracker for the week. Go over the vocabulary words with your student and have them write a prediction. Then, have your child read the passage to you for a minute and record how many words they read correctly in the “Words per Minute” column on the tracker. Have your student re-tell to you what they read (that means they tell you as much as they can remember about the passage and they give you the details in order).
Tuesday: Time your student for one minute and record how many words they read correctly in the “Words per Minute” column, go over vocabulary again, and answer the comprehension questions on the back.
Wednesday: Time your student for one minute and record how many words they read correctly in the “Words per Minute” column and write a summary on the space provided on the back of the reading passage.
Thursday: Time your student for one minute and record how many words they read correctly in the “Words per Minute” and have a discussion with your child about a connection they may have between the passage and the real world.
Friday: Turn it in for points. If they do not turn it in or forgot it at home, they will not be able to attend “Fun Friday” that week.
Please let me know if you have any questions about homework!
Way to go Highmark!!! We took 2nd place at the Rubik’s Cube Competition on Saturday. The group competition consisted of 8 students, and collectively they solved 25 Rubik’s Cubes in 5 minutes and 26 seconds. We had 9 Highmark students compete in the solo’s as well. Five of the nine kids on the team were from our class and they all did amazing (the competition was even on Channel 2 News that evening). After the students were finished, each school picked an adult to represent our school, and they each had to solve one Rubik’s cube. Ryan’s brother-in-law Chase took the win for our school! It was so much fun and I am so grateful to have been a part of it.
Yeah! We made it through our Language Arts SAGE testing this last week. We’re trying to make it as anxiety-free as possible and the kids are doing great! This week we will be testing in Math. We will be testing on Wednesday, May 3rd and Thursday, May 4th. Friday, May 5th will be our make-up session. The following week we will be testing in Science. We will be testing on Wednesday, May10th and Thursday, May 11th. Friday, May 12th will be our make-up session. Please make sure your kids are getting plenty of sleep and eating a good breakfast. I am so proud of them!