Friday, October 17, 2014

A Short Week

  With Monday off  from school and a field trip on Wednesday, this was a very short week. But that doesn't mean we didn't do some great work this week. Students have become animal adaptation experts. The trip to VINS, while being lots of fun, also taught the students a great deal about the adaptations of animals right here in Vermont. Students put the final touches on the animals they created to survive a specific habitat. I'll post pictures soon, I promise!  And in writing, students are writing conclusions on their very first complete essay based on the animal adaptations of a Great White Shark.

  We have jumped in with both feet to unit 2 in math class. We are building on multiplicative reasoning, and students will soon be expected to memorize their multiplication facts. I will be sending home flashcards a specific number each week. I can not stress enough the importance of students spending time studying the facts each night.  Knowing their multiplication facts will help them in every other aspect of math class, not only for the remainder of the year, but from here on in in their math career.

  Remember to sign up for your parent/teacher conference if you haven't already using sign-up genius. I have also sent home a hard copy of the sign-up form with every student who hasn't signed up yet. Check your child's bag if they haven't given it to you yet.  We will be going on one more field trip this fall. The students will be going to see a musical at Pentangle in Woodstock. This trip costs five dollars. We understand and acknowledge that we have had two field trips back to back. If there is a problem with the cost, please let us know. We don't want finances to ever be an issue for a child to attend the trip.

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