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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Monarchs in Disguise

Can you find your Monarch?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Doctor is In!

Don't panic!  This post honestly has nothing to do with the physical health of your child. It does however, have to do with the many assessments that your child has completed over the last few days. Much like a doctor needs to assess the health of each one of his patients, I too must assess your child's academic abilities before I can decide on the right course of "treatment". My goal is to get an overall picture of your student's capabilities and needs. Wherever your student lands on the knowledge spectrum, I can assure you that I will be able to meet these needs and challenge each student appropriately.

Our STAR reading testing was completed today. If you would like to know how your student STAR tested, please send me an email. I will be able to give you an approximate grade equivalent. If your student did not read over the summer this may be slightly lower than last year. I am also conducting running records on each student. I value running records more than the STAR test because I can get a picture of exactly which strategies your student is using and what the area of need is. I will be happy to let you know what you can be working on with your student at home. Running records are a bit time consuming but I am aiming to be done by Friday. Of course the best course of action for any student is to have home and school support that is consistent and focused. I know that by working together, we will find the perfect prescription for you child's success! (Okay, I know...I took the whole medical analogy too far....but it's late and I'm tired!) :)

See you tomorrow!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Books, Books, Books!!

I love Scholastic. I honestly think I'm addicted to buying books for my classroom. It is so much fun to introduce a new book to a class full of eager readers. They love reading new books and I can't blame them... there is nothing quite like the feel and smell of a new book in your hands.

Which brings me to the point of this blog. I don't consider myself to be a Scholastic pusher, but I can't help myself the first month of every year. Scholastic is offering 10 TIMES the bonus points plus 4000 extra on top of that! That is HUGE in terms of just how many free books we can get into the hands of the kiddos!!! I am begging and pleading all of you (my parents....not sure who all is reading my blog!) PLEASE help us get to $200 total so that we can get the full amount of bonus points this month.

Here is the link to parent ordering www.scholastic.com/bookclubs

I am also putting the link permanently of the top right of the blog. Our class activation code is GKMR6

I apologize that I am only providing Lucky this time. In order to get the benefit of the bonus points the orders have to be from one catalog. I will send the other forms in future months.

THANK YOU!!!! I appreciate your support of our classroom!!

Here is a quick video of the kids juggling on Friday! Sorry that it's a little dark, with the overhead lights on it's washed out..I will figure out the lighting soon!

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