Dana's Weekly Update 10-26-12

posted Oct 26, 2012, 10:46 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Dear Families, 
Weather: I hope you all have been enjoying the change in the weather, it’s finally starting to seem like Oregon again! J We have been thinking a lot about rainy day recesses around here! We are brainstorming some ideas about quiet indoor activities and also throwing around the idea of coming suited up for the weather with appropriate waterproof clothing and shoes and just going for it on those rainy days! We will keep you posted as our discussion evolves. 

Field Trip: Speaking of dressing for the weather, our hiking field trip to Cascadia State Park is coming up on November 6th. I have received permission slips back from most students but am still waiting on a few. If you haven’t seen one come home yet, be sure to ask your child. If they need to pick up another, I have extras in the classroom. I have only two parents who have signed up to be drivers/chaperones thus far. If we are going to transport all our kiddos for the trip, we will need a few more parents. Please check your schedule and see if you are able to help out. Thanks! 

Read-In: On Wednesday, October 31st, we are going to be holding a Read-In! Students are invited to wear pajamas, bring a small blanket and a stuffed animal if they like. We will be reading during our usual work period. Students will read independently, we will read aloud and in groups, we will share some of our current writing pieces aloud and also do some Reader’s Theater! I will provide hot chocolate for the students. If you and your student would like to offer another snack to share, please let me know. I would like to keep the snacks fairly healthy, especially since many of them may be collecting candy in the evening as well! Parents are welcome to join us! You can just sit and read with us or you could do a guest read aloud. It should be a fun day! 

Writing: We have been working this week on creating a final draft of some expository writing. Ask your child to tell you about some of the writing we have been doing in class. We write in our Writer’s Notebooks three mornings a week, as well as a formal writing lesson at least once each week where we practice a particular genre, technique or skill. We have been working on interesting “hooks” this week, coming up with beginnings that make a reader want to continue reading! We have some very creative and talented writers in this class! I am always impressed when students share their work! It is also fabulous to hear the way they are supportive of each other, listening politely and with interest as students share their pieces. We have worked hard on practicing specific praise we can offer to writers to help them improve their pieces even more! Speaking of great writing…congratulations to Jane for her second place victory in the Young Writer’s Association Scary Story Contest! Jane’s story was chosen from a group of over 270 students! Way to go Jane! Thanks to all the students who were brave enough to submit a story or poem to the contest, they were ALL fabulous! 

Conferences: Please be sure to sign up for your time for our upcoming conferences that will take place November 1st and 2nd. Sign up is in the lobby. I am looking forward to talking with each of you!  

Friday Notes: Each of you should be seeing, and signing, a Friday note each week. These notes are a green or blue half sheet of paper. The green paper celebrates your child’s hard work in getting all their assignments for the week completed on time and as quality work. Blue notes will list any assignments for the week that have not yet been completed. As students complete these assignments during our “catch up” work time on Friday, I will cross them off and initial them. This is a great way for us to communicate how your child is doing with their work and in using their class time. Please be sure to ask for this each week and have your student return it to class. The students have been really working hard for those green slips! If you have any questions be sure to give me a call or send me an email. 

Thanks for being great, supportive parents! We appreciate all that you do to support your child at home! What a great group of kids! 

Dana and Jenny