October Newsletter

October 1, 2013

It was so good to see all of you at our Open House last week. I hope you enjoyed seeing our classroom and browsing the Book Fair. If you were unable to attend our Open House and would still like to visit our classroom please let me know and we can set up a time for you to come in.

Last week we began our first non-fiction writing. We learned about squirrels and wrote 3-4 facts about them. We learned the difference about what a fact is compared to what an opinion is. This month we will continue our non-fiction writing when we learn about pumpkins.

In October we will study bats, owls, and spiders. I find that the students love these topics and we will learn lots of fun facts about them.

A few weeks ago your child was administered the DIBELS test which is a one minute reading test to determine if a child has a reading weakness. Each child was tested in letter naming, segmenting words and reading nonsense words. Most everyone did great on this test however, I would still recommend each child read for 15-20 minutes every night to help build fluency. The more your child reads at home the easier the school work will be for him/her.

Most days we have been writing in our journals. This is a time for your child to write without specific corrections to misspelled words. Journal writing is more about expressing ideas rather than having all the words spelled correctly. I will usually send your child’s journal home at the end of the month so please be aware that this type of writing is about expressing their thoughts more than focusing on the spelling. This month I will be keeping the September journal so that I can give them back to your child in June to see how much improvement has been made over the course of the year.

The colder weather has arrived so please make sure you label all of your child’s outer wear. This is to help with any confusion in jackets, sweatshirts, etc.

 At the end of the month we will be doing M & M math. This is a fun math lesson that the students love! If anyone would like to donate a bag of individual M & M’s bags (the kind you give out for Halloween) it would be greatly appreciated. If for some reason your child cannot eat chocolate, please let me know as soon as possible.

Dates To Remember

October 11 No School -Prof. Dev. Day

October 14 No School-Columbus Day

October 30 Half Day-Prof. Dev. Day

A big thank you to all the parents that have sent in supplies for our class!

Holly Cetto