Mrs. Williams

welcome  September 25, 2017

Dear Students & Parents,

Happy Fall, although it certainly does not feel anything like the season! Please continue to send your child to school with ample water. After recess they are very thirsty and it has been taking quite a bit of time to allow them to go down to the water fountain and refill since only a couple at a time can go. 
Please remember that our reading log and reading response activities will not begin until October, which is next week. Last week ThinkCentral logins and current reading level information was sent home. This week you will be receiving your child's log in information for Kids A-Z app. If you have any trouble logging into any of these, please let me know right away.    

Important Things to Know This Week

***Individual Picture Day is Monday, September 25th. Students may dress UP, wear regular uniforms or their summer uniforms. We will be taking pictures first thing, so please be to school on time at 8:05.
1. Scholastic Book Orders for September are due by Tuesday, September 26th. If you are submitted your order online, please do so by 9p.m. I plan to submit our class order on Wednesday morning unless someone contacts me that they need extra time. Thank you to those that have already placed an order. I am so excited to be adding new books our class library! 
2. A spelling test on Week 3 Words will be given on Friday. Students will also be asked to write one complete sentence using any spelling word they'd like. There will also be a reading comprehension quiz based on this weeks stories. The phonics quiz will also be completed together to provide students with an opportunity to learn HOW to answer questions like this.   
3. The Chapter 1 Math Test will be given on Wednesday morning. The math homework on Tuesday will serve as additional practice for the test. Students will also bring home a complete review packet of all the types of questions we worked on this chapter. 

In reading this week we will be:
-reading "Dogs" and "Helping Paws". These two stories are part of a theme on friendship and relationships and will focus on the reading skill of identifying author's purpose.
-continuing to implement our Daily 3 activities (guided reading, word work, work on writing, listen to reading and read to self/someone). These routines should be quickly established as the students are already familiar with this. 
-working on differentiated reading activities designed to help identify students strengths and weaknesses in reading (fluency, comprehension, decoding).  
-learning what our "just-right" book levels are so that students are able to read independently to build fluency rates. 

In language arts this week we will be:
-learning about the sounds made by long /a/ and /i/. Our spelling words this week will focus on this spelling pattern.
-learning how to form and identify statements, questions, commands and exclamations.
-continuing to write complete sentences by rearranging word order. 
-challenged to use action verbs in our sentences. 
-working on our handwriting skills. 

In math, we will be finishing Chapter 1 - Number Concepts. In this chapter students will be expanding their understanding of the base-ten notation. Last week we learned different ways to write numbers, how to solve word problems with 2-digit numbers, and started learning about counting patterns. This week we will be practicing counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s in 3-digit numbers and reviewing all of the concepts taught in this chapter. At the end of the week, we will begin Chapter 2 - Numbers to 1,000. 

In science we will continue with Chapter 2 - All About Animals. This week the students will be learning about the various adaptations that fish and reptiles have in order to survive in their environments. This year students will begin to learn note-taking strategies. Each lesson has corresponding notes that they will write or that will be printed out and taped into their green notebooks. They will use these notes to study from when the chapter is complete and an assessment is given.  

In Social Studies we will be focusing on the idea of a community in Unit 1 - Where We Live. This unit lends itself quite nicely to establishing high levels of respect and caring within our classroom. Last week we learned about the features/characteristics of the suburb, urban and rural communities and problem-solving steps. This week we will focus on comparing communities, reading about the ways a community changes over time, and learning how to interpret a city map.  

In religion we will be working on Chapter 3 - We Celebrate God's Love. In Chapter 2 the children learned about the work of Jesus and the beginning of the Church. In this chapter the children will learn more about Jesus, the sacraments and ways we worship God. The following topics will guide our discussions:
-We belong to the Catholic Church
-Catholics celebrate God's love by praying and worshiping.
-Our Church celebrates with seven special signs called sacraments.
-Jesus is present with us in the sacraments.

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