Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe another month has passed; January was such a busy month.  We had a fun week celebrating our wonderful Catholic schools. It really was an exciting and busy week.  As you know we also just celebrated our 100th day of school, we are all 100 days smarter but we still have about 65 more days to go so we have a lot of learning yet to accomplish before the end of our year.

We will be having a Valentine’s Day party next week Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Modjeski will not be at school next week so I am hoping to get a few parents to come in and help from 1:00-2:00 on Thursday. I am also looking for donations of cookies or cupcakes and frosting that we could use for our party. Please email me if you are able to help or make a contribution.  The children are welcome to bring in valentines and treats for their classmates. I will be sure to make time to distribute our valentines; I know how important it is to share with our friends.

 I am looking for empty Kleenex boxes; I need the longer type of boxes please.  If I get enough Kleenex boxes we will use these to make mailboxes for our valentines. I am also in need of your old newspapers.

Our February book report is included with this letter.  The book report is due at the end of this month.  Keep in mind February is a short month so it might not be a bad idea to get started early.  Just like our January book reports; your child can select any book they would like that is at his/her reading level. There are still several January book reports that have not been turned in. If your child has not yet turned this in please do so as soon as possible.

We are just beginning our study on the solar system. I am sending home a planet report that will give your child the opportunity to earn some extra classroom B-Bucks. Your child is encouraged, but not required, to work on a planet report. Your child is NOT restricted to this type of report; anyone is welcome to do his or her own special project on a planet or the solar system and share it with our class in order to extend our study on the solar system. There is a lot of information and ideas on line about the solar system that you are welcome to use to help with this project. Your child is encouraged to have fun with this and to be as creative as they would like.

We will have conferences next week Friday February 14th. Please do your best to sign up, I feel as if this is a good time to check in on your child’s progress. If you are unable to attend conferences next week Friday you are welcome to email me to set up a different time that would work better for you.

In this week’s Friday Folder you will find your child’s MAP test results as well as a recent oral reading sample.  Many children are still really struggling with their reading, so I think extra practice at home would be very helpful. If your child is struggling with their oral reading you can read the short stories that are sent home to your child but make sure they follow along as you read. You could also read the story orally together, after this you could read a whole page and have your child reread the selection right after you. Your child is ready to read on their own when they only need a few corrections as they are reading. At the beginning stages of reading it is important that your child hears fluent reading, so your modeling is very important. Reading a variety of books with your child every day will also make a huge impact on your child’s reading success. Proficiency with basic math facts will be extremely helpful as our math skills get more complex. Simply playing games with your child can help with many math and reading skills. I have seen first hand what a difference working on these basics at home can make on a child’s academic success. Practice definitely makes for great improvements.

It looks as if February will be another busy month for us. It is also a short month so I anticipate it will really fly by.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Walker


 
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