Week of January 14th

From: "4-Mrs. McDonough's Class" <kristinmcdonough@msdlt.k12.in.us>
Subject: Week of January 14th
Date: January 13th 2019

Happy New Year!

Welcome back families! We have started 2019 on a great note in Room 403. We spent time sharing about our winter break, setting goals for the new year, and revisiting classroom and schoolwide expectations. January is set to be a busy month at the Castle. Please see important dates and reminders below. 

Important January Dates: 

  • Report cards were available via skyward on Friday, January 11th. Please review your students grades and set goals as we progress through the 3rd quarter. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Thursday, January 17th-Student Achievement Breakfast 7:00-7:30 a.m.- Students who earned 1st Semester Honor Roll, High Honor Roll, or the Globetrotter Award will be recognized. Look for an invitation to come home with your student tomorrow if they will be recognized. 
  • Monday January 21st-NO SCHOOL in observance of DR. MLK Jr. Day

Reminders:

  • Students may bring a healthy snack to enjoy. They look forward to this time each day to recharge and refocus for learning. Please refrain from bringing cookies, poptarts, candy, etc. If you have questions please let me know. 
  • Students will have math homework and are expected to read each night for at least 20 minutes, Monday-Thursday. This time can be spent reading independently, to a sibling, or parent/guardian. Reading each day helps build fluency and comprehension. 
  • Please continue practicing multiplication and division facts. Mastery of these will help students become more fluid in multiplication and long division. 
  • Due to cold winter temperatures, please make sure your student is coming to school with appropriate winter clothing (sweatshirts, coats, hats, gloves, etc.) We will continue with outdoor recess as long as the temperature is above 30 degrees. 

What are we learning?

  • STEM: Last week we started discussing fractions. We are learning about mixed numbers, improper fractions, and their relationship to whole numbers. We are also continuing to learn about finding the area of complex rectangles. We will continue to review long division in small groups. 
  • Humanities: Students are exploring the difference between fact and opinion, and how an author uses these techniques to support their claim. We have also been discussing how an author uses text structure to explain non-fiction information. So far we have learned about cause and effect, compare and contrast, and sequence/chronological order. As we prepare for ILEARN, we are revisiting the idea of restating questions and writing complete sentences. We will also be discussing common and proper nouns. Students have been working hard at deepening their vocabulary by learning new words each week. They have an opportunity to practice multiple ways in class, including: multiple choice, writing short stories including these words, synonym/antonym work, illustrating words, acting words out, and crossword puzzles. Students can practice at home via flocabulary (they can access through the msdlt portal)  quizlet.com, or by studying their vocabulary packets. 

I am looking forward to a great 3rd quarter with your students. Your students are working so hard and I could not be more proud of them. Their growth since August is evident. Please continue to encourage your student and celebrate their successes daily!

Wishing you a great week, 

Kristin McDonough

kristinmcdonough@staff.msdlt.org

317-964-4600



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