• Announcements for 11/2 - 11/6

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    Laptops- Please make sure your child charges their laptop every night and remembers to pack it for school the next day.
     
    Tardiness- Please ensure your child is at school no later than 8:00 am.
     
    Absences- As weather and temperatures are changing, students are beginning to collect absences due to sickness.  If your child is sick at all, please ensure they are healthy enough to return to school without the possibility of spreading any illness. Also, if your child has a fever, THEY ARE REQUIRED TO BE TESTED BY A DOCTOR AND WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RETURN, UNLESS THEY HAVE A NEGATIVE TEST RESULT THAT CAN BE PROVIDED THE DAY OF THEIR RETURN.  
     
    Early Pickup- If you ever anticipate picking your child up early, please message me the day before or the morning of at the latest.  I realize unexpected events may arise, but please message me as early as possible.  This will ensure that I can plan instruction accordingly and have your child prepared to leave as quickly as possible.  
     
    School Fees- I realize there has not much communicated from the school regarding our school fees this year.  This is normally handled before the year starts, during school orientation, but since everything was virtual, this information was not relayed.
     
    • -Instructional Fee - $5
    • -Art Fee- $1
    • -Technology Usage Fee - $25
    • TOTAL- $31
     
    You may use the online payment center to pay - onslow.schoolcashonline.com I am attaching two flyers about that as well - you will need your child's student number which can be found on the lunch tag they should have in their backpack and I believe the login information sheet that they take home. If you choose to write a check, please make it out to CFIE, be sure there is a phone number on the check, and in the notes section at the bottom, include your child’s name & teacher.  You must have the exact amount if paying cash.
     
     
    This week in class:  
     
    MATH-  
     
    • We have started IReady Lesson 8- Using Place Value to Round Numbers.  This includes learning to round to the nearest ten, hundred, as well as estimating sums and differences.
    • We are continuing to have our timed, Multiplication Quizzes.  We did not have a quiz today, but students will receive their 0-9’s QUIZ ON FRIDAY (11-6-20)!  This will give them a few extra days to practice.
    • I would like for students to complete 3 iReady Math lessons a week.  These lessons should be worked on in class but completed at home if unfinished.  Most students, if working diligently, should only take about 15 minutes or so to complete an iReady lesson and test.  The goal should be at least 80% or higher for a successful attempt.  Ideally, students might complete an iReady lesson on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  We are working to find a “sweet spot” to challenge them, but not overwhelm them in the process.
    • Any unfinished work during the day should be completed as homework and returned the next class day!  
     
     
     
    READING-  
     
    • We have started working on our Read to Achieve (RtA) Passages.  I have discussed this with most parents and students this will affect.  There will be additional information to follow soon.  
    • Though we will continue using Context Clues and Literal and Non-Literal Language throughout the year, we will be focusing on Main Idea, Asking and Answering Questions, Text Features, and Comparing and Contrasting during this second 9-week period.  These assignments will range from classroom worksheets, Teams assignments, iReady and Study Island Assignments.
    • Students will also be work in “small groups” using our new Guided Reader program.  This will be a resource used in class, much like students have used in the past with chapter books, but this will all be online.  While I am not a fan of so much digital work, I do think this will be a great, structured resource to use this year to develop fluency and comprehension.
    • I would like for students to complete 3 iReady Reading lessons a week.  These lessons should be worked on in class but completed at home if unfinished.  Most students, if working diligently, should only take about 15 minutes or so to complete an iReady lesson and test.  The goal should be at least 80% or higher for a successful attempt.  Ideally, students might complete an iReady lesson on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  We are working to find a “sweet spot” to challenge them, but not overwhelm them in the process.
    • Any unfinished work during the day should be completed as homework and returned the next class day!  
     
     
     
    WRITING/GRAMMAR-  
     
    • Over the next few weeks, students will be working on Informational Writing (writing to inform) and will be working towards writing their own reports.
    • We have started working on Plural Nouns (more than one person, place, or thing) this week.  Students can review their PowerPoint in their OneNote-Writing/Grammar-Notes.    
    • We have worked on Punctuation and will begin working on Capitalization soon.
    • Any unfinished work during the day should be completed as homework and returned the next class day!  
     
     
     
    WORD STUDY-   
     
    • Students receive their new word lists on Mondays (Tuesday this week) and be tested the following Monday.  Tests will consist of spelling the words correctly, handwriting (letters should be written on the line, no floating letters or letters that look capitalized if there are no Proper Nouns) and categorizing their words in correctly.  Students are placed in different word groups, which focus on learning specific spelling word study skills.    
    • Word Lists should remain in their Word Study folder when they are not studying them.  They will have word cut outs that should also stay in their zip-lock bags inside their Word Study folder.  We will be using these in class, but students can also use these at home to prepare for their Monday assessments.  
    • Students will be completing graded, journal activities and/or Spelling City assignments daily and my use their word lists to do so.  
    • Any unfinished work during the day should be completed as homework and returned the next class day!
     
     
     
    Word Study Groups:  
     
    • Red Group will be sorting short I and U in easy CVC (Consonant-Vowel-Consonant) words.  
    • Yellow Group will be sorting IR and IRE words.  
    • Green Group will be sorting words where –ED is added.
    • Blue Group will be sorting words with the prefixes (pre-, fore-, post-, after-, re-).
     
     
     
     
    Social Studies-  
     
    • We will be finishing up the Branches of Government.  Students have taken notes in their Journals, completed passages (which will also count as Reading grades), completed cut and paste activities, watched videos, and had daily reviews of key terms and responsibilities of each Branch of Government.  
    • Students should study their notes and review the study guide in their Social Studies folder for a TEST ON FRIDAY (11-6-20)!  
    • Any unfinished work during the day should be completed as homework and returned the next class day!  
     
     
     
     Important Dates
     
    11/9 - 11/13:  Red Ribbon Week!
     
    11/10:  CiCi’s Pizza Spirit Night!
     
    11/11:  Veteran’s Day - No School!
     
    11/16:  Hungry Howie’s Spirit Night!
     
    11/17:  Interim Reports!
     
    11/25:  Teacher Workday – No School!
     
    11/26:  Thanksgiving - No School!
     
    11/27:  Holiday - No School!
     
    11/30:  BACK TO 5 DAYS A WEEK!  (NO MORE VIRTUAL WEDNESDAYS!)

  • Announcements for 10/19-10/23


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    • Don’t forget that all 2nd and 3rd grade students will be returning tomorrow, October 19th for a 4-day schedule.  All 2nd and 3rd graders will be attending Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  We will continue with our Virtual Wednesdays, until we return for 5 days a week.  
    • Report Cards will be sent home on Thursday.  Please review your child's scores and discuss positive and any negative concerns with them.  A new grading period has begun, and expectations will be higher than with the grading period before.  Have one parent/guardian sign and return the envelope.  Students will receive Byrd Bucks once I receive the signed envelope.  I do not need the report, so please keep for your records.
    • Please make sure your child has earbuds or headphones!  There have been too many distractions, due to student laptop use without any earbuds.  If this is an issue, please let me know.
    • Students should have a water bottle in class EVERY DAY.  They are not permitted to use the water fountains in the building, but may refill their water bottles in our classroom sink.
     
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    Scholastic Book Fair online this week.  Please view the videos below to check out info about our Fall Book Fair. 

    Watch a Shorts Video: 

     

    Preview Video: 

    http://www.scholastic.com/onlinepreview/index.html#6168052681001 

     

    This week in class:  

    MATH

    • We will continue with IReady Lesson 6 (Using a Multiplication Table and Solving Problems with Facts) and begin Lesson 7 (Understanding and Exploring Multiplication Patterns). 
    • STARTING THIS WEEK, WE WILL BE HAVING A TIMED MULTIPLICATION QUIZ EVERY TUESDAY AND FRIDAY! 
    • This Tuesday, students will be tested on random facts from 0-5 and on Friday, students will be tested on random facts from 0-6.  We have covered these facts and students should know them by now.  I encourage you to drill your child on their facts with flash cards or have them review their yellow, Multiplication Fact sheet, located in their Math Folders.  These sheets should remain in their folders when they are not studying them.   
    • Any unfinished work should be completed as homework and returned the next class day! 

     

    READING- 

    • We will be finishing up Context Clues for a while with a TEST ON FRIDAY!  This not something that can be studied for, but students should certainly review the Context Clues vocabulary in their Reading Journals or in their OneNote-Reading-Content Library.  Students can also review any Context Clues assignments in MY OneNote-Reading-Content Library Assignments.  We will continue practicing throughout the week but will stop and return to Context Clues a little later this year.  We should always be using our Context Clues!   
    • Any unfinished work should be completed as homework and returned the next class day! 

     

    WRITING/GRAMMAR

    • We will continue working on Pronouns (a word that replaces a noun) and begin working on Plural Nouns (more than one person, place, or thing).  There will be a PRONOUNS QUIZ ON FRIDAY!  Students can review their PowerPoint in their OneNote-Writing/Grammar-Notes.   
    • We will also review Capitalization and Punctuation. 
    • Any unfinished work should be completed as homework and returned the next class day! 

     

    WORD STUDY 

    • Students will receive their new word lists on Monday and be tested the following Monday.  Tests will consist of spelling the words correctly, handwriting (letters should be written on the line, no floating letters or letters that look capitalized if there are no Proper Nouns) and categorizing their words in correctly.  Students are placed in different word groups, which focus on learning specific spelling word study skills.   
    • Word Lists should remain in their Word Study folder when they are not studying them.  They will have word cut outs that should also stay in their zip-lock bags inside their Word Study folder.  We will be using these in class, but students can also use these at home to prepare for their Monday assessments. 
    • Students will be completing graded, journal activities and Spelling City assignments daily.  If a student does not complete their assignments in class, then they will need to complete them as homework to be turned in the next class day! 

    Word Study Groups: 

    • Red Group will be sorting words into Short E, I, O, and U. 
    • Yellow Group will be sorting words into AR, ARE, and AIR. 
    • Green Group will be sorting words where –ING is added to CVCe (consonant-vowel-consonant), CVVC (consonant-vowel-vowel-consonant), e-drop, or words where NOTHING CHANGES.  
    • Blue Group will be sorting words with Suffixes (-MENT, -LESS, -NESS). 

     

    Social Studies- 

    • We will continue working on the Branches of Government.  Students will begin taking notes in their Journals, but notes will also be found in their OneNote-Social Studies Notes.   
    • Any unfinished work should be completed as homework and returned the next class day! 

     

    Homework- 

    • EVERY STUDENT should complete at least 1-2 IReady Math and IReady Reading lessons EVERY DAY.  Students can begin working on theses in class if time permits, but many students will benefit from extra lesson practice, especially those I have discussed during conferences.  I will be monitoring this daily, so please make sure your child is completing these and taking their end of lesson test with an 80-100% score.  These should be completed without any assistance, but make sure they have loose leaf paper to solve problems as needed. 
    • Students should practice on the XtraMath website for addition/subtraction fact fluency.  If they were not able to do so in class, then  XtraMath should be completed daily at home. 
    • Students should always complete their Word Study Journal work and Spelling City assignments, if not completed in class.  They can always review their spelling word list and practice their word sorts. 

     

    Important Dates

    • 10/12-10/23- Scholastic Book Fair online! 
    • 10/19- 2nd and 3rd Grade back for 4 days (M,T,Th,F) 
    • 10/19- Hungry Howie’s Spirit Night 
    • 10/20- National School Bus Safety Week 
    • 10/21- Unity Day- Everyone is encouraged to wear orange to stand against bullying! 
    • 10/22- Report Cards go home!  
    • 10/31- Halloween 

     

     

     


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