September 28, 2015 to have a sweater or sweatshirt to put on when the air conditioner makes our Thank you to everyone that volunteered classroom the “frozen tundra” of to spend time in our classroom. I Cougar Ridge. anticipate having volunteers begin in mid-October. I will send home a If you would like to receive paper calendar with dates and times. Please copies of the newsletter and/or let me know if an assigned slot does homework page, please email me and let not fit into your schedule, or if I have me know. Otherwise, I will only be unintentionally left you off the posting these on my site. schedule. Learning Update: I hope your child has received the The class is doing a wonderful job postcard I sent. If not, please let me during our reading time. We are know and I will rewrite one. working on identifying the Beginning, Middle, and End of books. It is easy to do this in a picture book, but in chapter books, we have learned to identify this within each chapter or section of the story. We know that Thank you to those families that have being able to identify the beginning, placed book orders. I used the points middle, and end strengthens our to supplement our classroom library. comprehension. The books are on their way already. We have finally begun our writers’ They should arrive at Cougar Ridge workshop! We are focusing on personal next week. A new book order narratives in this first unit. We are opportunity was sent home last week. writing stories of events that really If you would like to order books for happened to us. the holidays, be sure you place your Our author study is Arnold Lobel. We th order before October 14 . have enjoyed his Frog and Toad stories and look forward to meeting Just a reminder… our room changes some of his other characters! temperature quite often. If you were The class is very excited about warm during Curriculum night, it was math this week since we have because the air conditioner decided not the opportunity to use our to work that day. However, it is good calculators. We know that a calculator is simply a tool to help solve problems. Upcoming Events: We will take our first unit math test Oct. 1st – Mrs. Lowes gone this week. The challenging part will be Oct. 9th – vision and hearing screening the Open Response portion. Taking the Oct. 14th – book order will be sent in time to read the question, solve it, and Oct. 30th – class party and story book show/explain our thinking are skills we character spirit day will work on this school year. Nov. 25th – PJ spirit day We started taking our Minute Math timed tests. We begin with +0 so that Birthdays: we have immediate success. Many of Oct. 2nd – Isaac us are close to moving to the next level Oct. 13th -- Anousha of our timed tests. If your child came home with three tests stapled Please feel free to contact me if you together, then he/she has moved on up have any questions, concerns, or our mountain of math facts. The suggestions. newest level will be +1. Dorothy Lowes [email protected] 425 837-7257 Our first science unit is almost complete. We did an amazing job learning all about shadows and being able to explain our thinking. Our next focus will be a Social Studies unit on Communities. If you would like to come in and tell us about your job, please let me know. Most people let the class know why they were interested in the area, what training or schooling was required, and what they like and dislike about the job. I will work around your schedule! You will have to be cleared through the district’s background check.