Mrs. Toritto
September 16, 2018

Dear Families, 

I hope everyone was able to enjoy this beautiful weekend!  It was so nice to meet so many of you at Back to School Night.  I am looking forward to a great year, and was glad to see that you are excited too!  For those of you who have not yet returned forms, supply money, or assignment book money, please do so as soon as possible.  We would like to be finished with collecting these things by the end of the week.  Also, just as a reminder, your child's homework and assignment book should be signed every night.  Thanks for your help with this. 

This week's story is called "The Trial of Cardigan Jones".  Though it is a fantasy, using animals as the characters, it does teach an important lesson about real life.  Please check in with your child to see what he or she learned!  The children will also be working on their first writing piece this week.  Though it doesn't feel quite like fall yet, by the time we finish this, it will officially be autumn, so we are getting ready!

In math we will continue to work on addition strategies.  Please be sure to check the directions on homework to see exactly what needs to be done on these pages.  Some children did way more work than they needed to last week!

In social studies the children will be learning about the different types of communities.  By the end of the week they will have time to brainstorm for their first social studies project which will be to build a rural, suburban, or urban community.  This project will be done in school, but they will need supplies from home, so please watch for a letter with directions. 

In religion we will be learning about the beginning of Jesus's public ministry and how he chose people to be leaders.  We will continue praying for the people affected by Hurricane Florence and make some cards to send to schools there.  I know that the children loved receiving cards when we returned to school after Sandy, so I'm hoping we can pass on those smiles!

Finally, this week we will be trying something new for spelling homework.  In the back of the spelling notebook, I have attached a list of twenty spelling activities.  Your child can chose any 4 to do each week.  The classics (ABC order, sentences, 3 times each) are still on the list, but there are many other more creative options too.  Please be sure that your child uses these options to practice the spelling words.  I will collect and check the assignments on Fridays.

Thanks again for all of your help.  I hope you have a great week!

Mrs. Toritto

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