August 31, 2012 Dear Parents, I enjoyed seeing many of you at last Night’s Curriculum Night. I f you were unable to attend, papers from that evening will be coming home in your child’s envelope. I will review my policies in upcoming newsletters, as well. If you have not selected a fall conference date and time, I will be contacting you by phone. This week in reading, the children listened to different versions of Cinderella. The class now knows that fairy tales are fiction stories that include magic and characters with kind or cruel qualities. We had fun reviewing the elements of fiction stories while comparing the stories characters, settings and plots. We practiced building our independent reading stamina. The class can read independently for fifteen minutes. You can reinforce this independence at home by expecting your child to find a quiet spot and “good fit” books that they can read without interruption. Your child will complete a benchmark test on their rate of reading next week. This information will help to determine students who may need additional reading assistance. Next week we will also begin reading in our basal series. Our first story is The Mixed-Up Chameleon. The children will apply the comprehension strategies of retelling and summarizing, as well as find the main idea and details in the story. We will review the id/ide pattern as we work on decoding words. Our first spelling lesson will begin next week and the pattern is –id and ide. The weekly lessons are related to our reading series. The children will take a pretest on Mondays (Tuesday next week). This test will determine if your child will practice the weekly list, a modified list, or a challenge list. A final spelling test will then be given on Friday. This week in writing we wrapped up paragraphs about ourselves. Next week, the children will work with nouns and verbs. We will go on a noun hunt and play action verb charades. We will then use our knowledge of nouns and verbs to talk about subjects and predicates as we work on writing longer, complex sentences before returning to paragraph writing. We continue to talk about our feelings in health. The children reviewed how to manage our feelings, especially stress. We know that as we become older, we are responsible for our actions and how they affect ourselves and others. This week in math, the class continued working with the 0-10 addition and facts. We talked about the strategies that help us solve the facts as we work toward memorizing the facts. We learned two math games to help us practice our facts (Addition War and Make Ten) and had fun singing the “Doubles” song. The children completed an addition timed test on the facts 0-10. The 0-10 facts should have been memorized in first grade. Please help your child practice their facts nightly if they have not met their goal. Next week we will begin our small math groups. These groups will meet M-W-F from 3:05-3:25. Finally, your child is welcome to bring a closable water bottle to school as well as a daily snack. Please talk with your child about the type and amount of snack you are sending. I have a limited amount of snacks in the classroom for students who are unable to bring snacks from home. Also, a light sweater or sweatshirt may be advisable as our classroom can get chilly. If you have not yet sent in $8.00 dollars for the classroom supplies I purchased for your child, please do so at your convenience. Enjoy a long, safe Labor Day weekend. I will see the students on Tuesday, September 4th. Sincerely, Ms. Mielke P.S. I hope to be posting my newsletters electronically next Friday.