Mrs. Williams

welcome  December 11, 2017

Dear Students & Parents,

As we enter our second week of Advent we continue to prepare for the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Each week begins with a prayer service in the gym where we discuss the Advent theme and relate it to how we can apply it to help us prepare our hearts for Jesus. 
This week is a full week of school, with many exciting events happening. On Tuesday, we will be traveling to the Seaford Movie Theatre to see "The Star". Wednesday is Little Elves Holiday shopping day and Thursday we will be treated to a Weather assembly compliments of the Parent's Club.   

Important Things to Know This Week
1. There will be a spelling test on Week 13 Words on Friday, as well as a vocabulary and phonics quiz. 
2. The Chapter 4 Math Test will be given this Friday (December 15th) and the Unit 2 Social Studies test will be given Tuesday, December 19th. Please look below in each subject area to find out more information. 
3. December Book flyers will go home this week in case you would like to purchase any books that were not available at the Book Fair. Orders will be due by Wednesday, December 13th to ensure Christmas delivery. 
4. For our trip Tuesday: Students should wear their gym uniforms, bring a healthy morning snack to be eaten prior to departure, and lunch if they did not purchase from MyFoodDays. We will be eating once we return to school.   

In reading this week we will be:
-reading "Schools Around the World" and "An American School". These two stories will help us to answer the essential question: How are some schools different from one another? These informational text pieces will focus on the reading skill of identifying main idea and support details. 
-continuing to implement our Daily 3 activities (guided reading, word work, work on writing, listen to reading and read to self/someone). 
-working on differentiated reading activities (iPads and Kids A-Z accounts) designed to help identify students strengths and weaknesses in reading (fluency, comprehension, decoding).
-beginning to read holiday stories focused on identifying the many "meanings" of Christmas.    

In language arts this week we will be:
-learning about the long /e/ sounds made by -ee and -ea; our spelling words will focus on this phonics skill as well. 
-reviewing compound sentences. 
-learning the proper way to use quotation marks to indicate a speaker's words. 
-writing about Christmas. 
-learning how to find definitions in a dictionary. 
working on our handwriting skills.

In math, we will be finishing Chapter 4: 2-Digit Addition. This chapter helped students build fluency with addition and continued to expand on the different strategies learned so far to help us add. This week we will be focusing on writing equations to help us solve word problems, finding the sum of 3 and 4 addends, and reviewing the break apart and compensation strategies learned earlier in the chapter. Students have learned a couple of organization strategies to help them keep their work neat and understandable. Please encourage them to show all of this work when completing homework as well. Homework cheat sheets or a completed example in their workbook will be provided. We will continue to challenge ourselves to improve our math fact skills with 5-minute challenges; our goal will be to always improve our old scores. :-)  

In science we will be working on Chapter 5 - Earth's Land, Air and Water. This chapter will be a companion one to our current Social Studies Unit. We will also be incorporating some hands-on activities from last years science kits "First Look at Soil" that will provide students many hands-on opportunities to dig into the different soil layers found on Earth. This week we will concentrate on the natural resources found on Earth and how they impact our everyday lives.   

In Social Studies we will be finishing Unit 2 - Our Earth. This unit focused on how the geography of Earth impacts the people living on it in various areas. This week we will be reviewing vocabulary, all of the landforms and how they impact the people who live near them, as well as important conservation concepts. Students will bring home a completed review packet, their green notebooks for looking over notes, and social studies textbooks each night. The Unit 2 Social Studies test will be given on Tuesday, December 19th.  

In religion we will be working on Chapter 11 - We Prepare for the Sacrament of Forgiveness. In Chapter 10 the children learned about free will, sin, and God's loving forgiveness. In this chapter the children will learn about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. The following topics will guide our discussions:
-Jesus invites us to celebrate God's forgiveness.
-Jesus shares God's forgiveness and peace in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.
-We examine our conscience.
-We tell God we are sorry for our sins. 

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at any time or call/leave a message at school (516-432-8900).  

Mrs. Williams

Mondays -  SPANISH
Tuesdays - GYM

Wednesdays - ART

Thursdays - MUSIC