We are starting our practice testing and science CMT the Week of April 3-7. SBAC testing will then occur the week that we return from April Vacation. Please try to make sure that your child gets a good nights sleep and has breakfast in the morning. Research says that this helps kids to be more alert during testing. I have attached our schedule for testing. Students will not be meeting with ALL of their CORE classes daily. Please refer to the schedule to see the rotation.
Reading Olympics is wrapping up on Friday, March 31st. If your child's homeroom meets their class reading goal, then they will be able to participate in a celebration on Friday, April 7th. Even if your child's class meets their goal, if your child has not met the minimum 5th grade requirement for the month of 400 minutes, then they will not be able to participate in the celebration because they did not contribute to the accomplishment.
This month has been an exciting one filled with many events. Students have been able to participate in most minutes read, best illustrated scene, best illustrated cover, and wacky recipe creation. The 5th grade teachers are really excited about the energy and the excitement that we have been observing from some of our students. This is a great event each year that helps students reach for the stars, and get hooked into reading!
Wow, and to think we thought Spring had sprung! We're back to snow covered playgrounds and gusty winds. With snow, comes snow days, and sometimes it's tough for students to get back into the flow of school. Please check in with your student to make sure that they are completing their homework assignments on a nightly basis. Also, we are half way through our Reading Olympic month. Please make sure that your child is reading nightly, and that you are signing off on their log nightly.
SBAC and the Science CMT is approaching quickly. With that said, there is still lots of content to cover in math prior to the administration of the test. Please try your best to send your student to school daily, unless they are plagued by one of the many yucky germs flying around our school.
This school year's winter has been full of wacky weather patterns and inconsistent days of school. With another storm on the horizon for Tuesday, it is important to remind your students to keep up to date with their assignments in their BFF and planner. Students have assignments due throughout the week, and sometimes with a day out of school, they forget about their obligations.
Students will have a performance task with partners the day they return. This could be Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday depending on the storm. There are many resources available on my Google Classroom to review multiplying and dividing fractions.
Also, please make sure that you are signing your student's reading log NIGHTLY. This is a change during the month of Reading Olympics. Students cannot get credit for their minutes if the log is not initialed.
We had an exciting Friday kicking off our Reading Olympics with our opening ceremonies. Red, blue, and green filled the hallways as students represented their homeroom teams. The positive energy filled the library as students marched in showing off their flags. And then you could have heard a pin drop when students cuddled up with their personal book, and stop, dropped, and read for 45 minutes.
Please promote your students to read at home this month, and talk about their books with them. There a bunch of awards that will be handed out at the end of the month celebrating the many successes. Each class will also get to participate in a reading celebration before April vacation if their class reaches their goal, and each student reaches their personal goal!.
I have been teaching for twelve years, and eleven years in the town of Willington, CT.