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March 2, 2020



Dear Families,


I hope you're enjoying this snowy March day! 


It's perfect timing for our Nordic Ski Day on Wednesday!  Remember, you are welcome to meet us at the Nordic Center and join us!  Honestly, the more parent volunteers the better as we all ski at different speeds and could really use some help brining up the rear and saying ahead of the pack! So, pretty please...join us this Wednesday (and/or the next THREE Wednesdays) from 9-11!


Here's what's up with academics this week:



We just learned to "roll" our threes and sixes.  Since we're almost at 100% mastery of the sixes, we're going to keep at it this week before we move on.  Also, we'll be continuing on with multiplication number sense and strategies in our daily lessons as well.


How you can help at home:

Encourage your child to roll their threes and sixes!  Ask them to teach you how to do it!  It's a real blast and a fun party trick!  Haha!  But, honestly that would be a huge help.  If your child has mastered their threes and sixes and your really chomping at the bit for some additional math practice, please utilize our Everyday Math Online resource!  Tons of great games and additional practice can be found there.




Last week we learned a lot about Sonia Sotomayor through our biography unit.  We also learned how to take notes about what we learn and what we learned in our reading.  Learning how to track our thinking through note taking is a life lesson that will continue to benefit our learners.  We noticed how much deeper our understanding and recall was due to our note taking!  Boom!


This week, we'll be applying that same strategy to self-selected texts as well as reading a bit more on Sonia Sotomayor.


How you can help at home:


Read, read, read and then maybe consider reading a little bit after that! Haha again!  I'm just cracking myself up today!  In all seriousness, any and all reading at home is a plus!  Family read aloud, having your child read to you, taking turns, all of ti is great!




This week we're delving into some serious writing!  We will be doing a one week unit on Narrative Writing in which we will write a story about an imaginary safari during the yearly annual migration in Africa.  We will build our background knowledge on this topic by reading articles, taking notes, watching a video and taking notes, then synthesizing our information to write a narrative story.  Pretty awesome, huh? This again is a strategy that will assist our students for years to come!


How you can help at home:


Ask your child about what we're learning about here in school.  Ask them to share what they learned about Africa today and if they would want to go on a trip like that, why or why not?




We're delving into a mini unit on weather and climate.  This unit develops the idea that by paying careful attention to clouds, wind, and other weather clues around us, we can predict the daily weather and make sense of why places on earth look and feel the way they do.


Okay, Folks.  That's all for now.  Happy March and I'll report back to you next week!

Thanks for reading!








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