I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather we had this weekend. It definitely feels a bit more like February in Indiana today.
This is a really busy week at school again so I wanted to give you a quick overview of our week…
Today we are making one last switch for our PALS Groups (reading groups). I reassessed all of my student’s reading levels over the last couple of weeks and moved students around based on their current reading levels. Their groups look a bit different now than they have the first two trimesters. It’s been amazing to see how much growth everyone has made in reading this school year and it’s not over yet! :0)
This week I’m sending home some reading folders with each child. Inside the folders will be your child’s current reading level, reading strategy sheets, a reading quilt with ideas on how to help with reading at home (with extras clipped in the back), some comprehension work your children can do at home, and several leveled reading books, along with theme books from things we’ve studied in class over the last couple of months. Nothing in the folder is mandatory to do, but is just another resource to help your children with reading at home. The books I send home should last all week, as children need to read multiple times for understanding/comprehension, accuracy, and fluency (all things that raise a reading level if done correctly). Once your child has spent 4-6 nights working on the given books, feel free to return the folder and I’ll refill it with new books. The books I’m sending home this round are all for you to keep at home. I suggest getting a small crate or box to keep them in at home and encouraging your children to pull from this box/crate to read at night or before school in the morning. Having familiar books at home helps to build confidence, fluency, and speed in reading.
Wednesday is our field trip to Clowes Hall. We are very excited for this trip and to see Elephant and Piggie on stage for the first time. Children will be eating a very early lunch before we leave Maple Glen. The buses will be rolling out of MGES at 10:50a.m. to head to Butler. Remember to send a healthy snack for your child to eat when we return to school Wednesday afternoon. Chaperones, we just received parking directions for you today from Butler so I will be sending those home to you tomorrow. They are also below in case you need to pull them up from your phone when you get to campus. Chaperones need to plan to meet us at Clowes Hall by 11:40a.m. I’ll be sending notes home tomorrow with all of the children with specifics about our trip and reminders on what you marked as your child’s lunch choice for the trip.
FOR ALL PERFORMANCES – VEHICLES:
If part of your group is visiting us in VEHICLES (parents or other staff), you can park at the new parking garage at northeast of Clowes Hall at an hourly rate. Please visit https://www.butler.edu/parking/visitor-event-parking for parking rates and FAQ regarding the new parking garage. To park for free, please utilize the Hinkle Fieldhouse parking lot. If you park at Hinkle please allot time to walk a couple blocks to Clowes Hall. For your safety and the safety of others, please use the sidewalk to walk to Clowes Hall. Call (317) 940-9942 with questions.
This week in class we are doing some of the following things:
Science: wrapping up dental health
Social Studies: finishing our presidents studies and beginning economics
Reading: completing our Mo Willems author study and continuing to talk about author’s craft
Spelling: CVCe words with long i
Math: problem solving and place value review work
Have a great week and I’ll be in touch. Please let me know if you need anything at all!