Mary's Weekly Update 11-2-17

posted Nov 2, 2017, 1:00 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Parent Conferences

Thank you so much to parents who were able to attend conferences!  That is such an important way that we can work together to support your student.  Also, Meridy and I will continue to process the great feedback we received from students and families. If you had a conference and still have questions (or you just have a question!), please do not hesitate to contact me (  

Weekly Reports and Time Utilization

A topic in many student conferences was time utilization in the classroom.  Lessons are carefully paced to ensure that we cover what we need to in the year so that students can be successful.  But this is a partnership and students need to meet us halfway by completing the follow-on assignments from lessons.   Many students have admitted to not using their time effectively in class, and so are not completing their assignments.  Work that is not completed in the classroom is encouraged to go home and be completed there (where possible).  

The Weekly Report sent out on Fridays details exactly what work your student has been assigned and the progress they have made on that work.  The goal is to complete 70%-100% of assignments each week.  If a student completes all of their assignments for the two-week period (woo hoo!), their next workplan will be on green paper (the kids call this "going green").   Students know that they can approach individuals with a green workplan to ask for help with anything.

So please help your student to be successful by asking these questions each day:

- did you complete 3-5 works today?

(this guideline should ensure that they stay on top of their work)

- did you complete at least two pages of math today?

(there are four pages of regular math and four pages of review or geometry assigned per week).

There is always time built into the school day to complete assigned works, so it is up to the student to use their time efficiently.   Please encourage your student to use the Post-It Note Club if they need/want help organizing their work.

Birthday Bash

Our Birthday Bash for November birthdays will be held on November 17th.  Please feel free to send in a healthy snack for the whole class to share on that date.

Barnes and Noble Bookfair

This year at the Barnes and Noble Bookfair, we will be performing two plays about some very famous explorers and their journeys.  The kids have been hard at work writing scripts and making masks so please plan on attending the bookfair on November 17th.  We really hope to see you there!

PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


Wed, Nov 1 Fall Boxtop Deadline

3:10-4:00pm  GAYLE Meeting

Sun, Nov 5 Daylight Savings Time Ends

Tue, Nov 7 6:00-7:30pm RCO Meeting

Wed, Nov 8 3:10-4:00pm  GAYLE Meeting

Fri, Nov 10 NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day