Good evening parents!
I hope you all were safe during Michael! Even though it was a short week, it was a week full of learning! The pace is starting to pick up and new material is being introduced. If you are noticing lower grades than you are used to, it can be normal! The jump between 2nd and 3rd grade is a large academic jump. It is also the year where the focus of reading changes from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”. Couple this with a heightened responsibility placed on your child, and there may be some growing pains. Please remember we are all in this together! I have lived this jump with one of my children so far, and we both survived!
IN THE CLASSROOM
Reading: Focus strategy- Questioning in Nonfiction – Functional Texts (flyers, recipes,brochures, how-to, articles, etc.) We have a fun unit on San Francisco/ Alcatraz planned for this week! Throughout this unit students will:
Ask and answer questions about what is read,
GAIN meaning before, during, and after reading by:
- Asking and answering questions to clarify meaning
- Understanding that sometimes two or more pieces of information need to be put together to answer and question
- Understanding that some questions are answered directly in the text
We also are working of identifying fictional texts and nonfictional texts by their features.
Math: We will conclude our place value unit, but will continue to review the skills through the remainder of the year! If you noticed that your child struggled, please continue to review (reading, writing and representing six digit numbers, and comparing/rounding four digit numbers.) It may be helpful to review the last blog post for more detail. Moving forward we will begin working on estimating and determining the sum or difference of two whole numbers; and creating and solving single-step and multi-step practical problems involving sums or differences of two whole numbers, each 9,999 or less.
Writing: Students began their research for their animal project this week! They used at least two of the four resources (Pebble Go, EPIC, Britanica Online, Nonfiction Library Books) to find facts on an animal of their choice! I would say it was a hit! I am hoping next week’s writing portion will be just as fun!
Science: We will continue to explore Ecosystems, both terrestrial (land) and aquatic (water), and learn how different animal’s adapt to their ecosystems. We will learn that animals can have physical adaptation (teeth, fur, blubber, beaks, camouflage, mimicry etc) and behavioral adaptations (migrating, hibernating, food storing, playing dead etc). They will apply what they are learning in science to their research/writing projects! This week we were lucky to have a free program from Henricopolis Soil and Water called, “Who Polluted the River”.
Other Important Reminders
Socktober! During the month of October, students are encouraged to bring in new socks that will be donated to people in need. Let’s fill the sock bin and show our Springfield sprit!
Mark your calendars! The evening of November 5th and morning of November 6th (a teacher work day) will be set aside for parent teacher conferences. It is an important time to discuss the first nine weeks and what’s ahead for your child. Below is the website to sign up for conferences on Sign Up Genius. Please let me know if you have any issues scheduling a conference.https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DAFAF2AA0FC1-mrs132
Spirit Night – Our October spirit night will be on Wednesday, October 17th at California Pizza Kitchen, Short Pump Town Center. The school will be sending out a flier closer to the event in our weekly Eblast. You want to present that flier to your server and California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of your purchase to SPES PTA!
PIZZA-Save yourself some cooking by ordering pizza and supporting the PTA! All purchases ordered online using the code SPES will give the school a 10% return each month.
Field Trip– Forms are coming home Monday 10/15. Please return them as soon as possible. If you would like to be considered for a chaperone please mark that at the bottom of your form, but do not pay yet. There will be attached directions for paying online. If you are able to pay online please do so. It is very easy, but you will need your child’s student ID. This is on every report cart and if they were born in VA it is their birth certificate number. Most of you had to dig this up for the Rycor forms. The good news is once it is in the system it will stay and you an pay year after year!
Dates to Remember
10/26 Trunk or Treat
11/5 End of First nine weeks/evening parent conferences
11/6 Student holiday/morning parent conferences
11/7 Field Trip to Monticello
Parent referrals for gifted identification will be accepted beginning October 9 through October 26, 2018. Referrals should be submitted in writing (email is acceptable) to Teresa Atkinson at email@example.com during these designated dates. No referrals will be accepted after October 26. The subject line of the email should state Gifted Referral, and the email should include student’s first and last name, grade level, teacher, and area of referral (English, Math or Both areas). An email confirmation will be sent within 48 hours. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call the school