Mrs. McInnis’s Monday Memo! Here’s what’s happening in our class the week of September 14th: Reading- This week students will be working on lots of independent reading in a chapter book of their choice and starting their first project. We will be starting the DRA testing as well. Language- Along with reviewing adjectives and conjunctions, students will be writing a descriptive paragraph using the steps of the writing process. Word Study- Students will participate in smaller word study groups and discuss the various letter and sound patterns. Their first test will be on Friday. Some of their words may still be a review from last year at this point. Social Studies- This week we will finish learning about the five regions and important waterways of Virginia. We will have a quiz on Virginia’s regions this Thursday. They should also know the order of the regions from east to west and be able to label them on a map. Students will bring home their notebooks to study. Math- Math groups will also start this week. We will continue numbers and place value, focusing this week on comparing, ordering, and rounding. We will have addition and subtraction timed tests on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Homework will come home Monday through Thursday. We will have short math quizzes each Friday. These will be on the skills practiced during the week at school and for their homework. This week’s quiz will cover comparing, ordering, and rounding numbers up to millions. Reminders: 1. September and October volunteer calendars are on my website. Thank you to all who have volunteered their time to help us this year! 2. Our lunch time is 12:05 every day. Snacks for the morning should be “healthy” and not too messy for our classroom. 3. Don’t forget to sign the planners over the weekend on the Friday box. This counts as their homework on Monday mornings. 4. Please keep all DLR practice sheets that come home in the Monday folders in a safe place to review each week. Our first DLR quiz will be this Friday on DLR weeks 1 and 2. 5. Please have your child work on the Dreambox and Reflex math programs once a week at home for a minimum of 20 minutes. We will be doing this at school each week as well. I am not going to assign a particular day for them to complete these, but will be checking their status frequently to see how much time has been spent on them. If I get the email that states a student has achieved 100 percent fluency on the Reflex for adding/subtracting before November, they can start the multiplication/division (some students are already on the multiplication/division). 6. If your child was interested in becoming an SCA representative, letters were due to Ms. Dominguez today. If you forgot to turn it in, please bring it in tomorrow! 7. If you have volunteered to work in our classroom, there is a form that is in the Monday Folder that needs to be filled out and returned as soon as possible. Only those parents who will be working with students or doing our folders each week and in our room often need to fill it out. Thanks!