2015 - 2016 Newsletters
News from Room 113
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While I promise myself every year I won’t do it, temptation gets the best of me -- as of April 1, we have just 48 days left in the school year! Oh my – where has the time gone?! There is still so much to accomplish. So without further ado, here is our curriculum focus for this month:
l We just wrapped up our last science unit and will begin social studies – finally! We’ll begin with Explorers and move on to Colonization and Revolutionary history.
l In reading we continue to work on a variety of comprehension strategies. As always, the best way to improve reading is to read regularly. April is National Poetry Month and we’ll be reading lots of poetry. Each student will be asked to memorize a poem to share with family and friends. We call this project Poem In My Pocket. Ask about it!
l We are working on Multiplying and Dividing Fractions and Whole Numbers and starting Geometry and Measurement. Please note: If your student feels like they would like additional help in math, I run an after school homework club on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:00pm. That extra hour of help can make a world of difference.
We’ll are wrapping up our biography research project and will give presentations (our speech work sample) in the next few weeks. It is always great fun to hear the students share all the great information they collected. Then we’ll begin opinion writing where the purpose is to persuade and explain.
I also wanted to mention that we will be SBAC testing. This testing replaces the old Oregon Assessment of Knowledge test (OAKS). We did this test for the first time last year so the students have some experience with the new format. I like that it less multiple choice and more task oriented. They get to show us what they know – and they know a lot! Our schedule will be a bit different during testing. You can help by making sure they are here every day, well rested. We’ll take care of the rest!
Here are some important dates to keep in mind:
4/4 Spring SUN begins
4/6 Marysville FUN Run – Get those pledges in!
4/7 End of 3rd Quarter Grading Period
4/8 Planning Day – no school for students
4/19 Diversity Night, 6pm
4/20 Late Opening
4/25 Poetry workshop by Multnomah County Library
4/26 Earth Choices presentation by Metro in honor of Earth Day
4/29 Class pictures
4/24 Earth Choices presentation by Metro
Thank you. And as always, I’ll be in touch!
Kelli Joy Sarah Enriquez Wiley
Curriculum focuses for April
Important dates for April
News from Room 113 - January 2016
We’re off to a great start -- new year but the same awesome group of kids. Go Team Joy!
I am pleased so many students are taking advantage of Homework Club on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4pm. If your student has difficulties doing assigned homework at home or you think they’d benefit from the extra support, please encourage them to stay. I ask them to sign up in advance indicating they have talked with you and you are aware they either need to be picked up or will arrive home an hour later than normal.
We do a lot of good work here at Marysville. As part of our MindUP program we are teaching your child about self-awareness and self-regulation. One of the more impressive things we do is the brain break two times a day. Students are invited to sit quietly and focus on their breathing for three minutes. It really is something to see -- a class that is full of energy one minute that can sit so quietly the next you could hear a pin drop. It’s a powerful experience. Just ask your student.
This month our new student teacher will join us. Her name is Sarah Enriquez Wiley or Mrs. Enriquez. She is in the final stages of completing her Masters in Teaching at Concordia University. She is fluent in Spanish and spent several years teaching in Peru. She comes highly recommended (most recently from Mrs. Mac’s room!) and we are lucky to have her. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Enriquez as the newest member of Team Joy!
Here are some important dates to keep in mind this month:
1/11 Winter SUN classes start
1/18 No School in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/20 Two hour Late Opening, school starts at 10:40a
1/22 End of 2nd Quarter and Family Breakfast Club 9am
1/25 No School – Teacher Planning Day
Thank you. I’ll be in touch! Kelli Joy