A Peek at the Week

Welcome back from a wonderful break-hope everyone had a fun and restful holiday!!!

December self-esteem project-Today I sent home a stocking for your child and family to decorate. The stockings are due Tues. Dec. 9th.  We will use the stockings to decorate the hallway.

Field Trip-We will be going to the Troy Museum in January.  Please make sure to send in the permission slip.

Social Studies Test-We have just finished our unit on Colonial times.  The test will be on Wednesday. Look for a review sheet to come home tomorrow.

Spelling Words-We have started up the spelling program again. Words for this week are:

  1. made
  2. over
  3. did
  4. down
  5. only

Math test-We are finishing up unit 3 this week.  We will be reviewing Thursday and Friday with the test planned for Monday Dec. 7th.

Help!!

Kiwi needs a home for the holidays!!! I am traveling to Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving. If anyone can watch her I would really appreciate it. She is a VERY low maintenance bird-you just have to feed her and keep her away from drafty windows.

Please let me know!!!

P.S.-if you are interested in watching her on Christmas I would love it!!!


Peek at the week

We have a short week this week due to conferences. There will be a 1/2 day on Thursday and NO SCHOOL on Friday.

Conferences will be held Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon and evening. Please look for a note with your conference time! I look forward to meeting with all my families.

Yesterday we read a story ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving. The children in the story saved the turkeys from being Thanksgiving dinner. I sent home a turkey for your child to “hide”. Turkeys are due on Thursday.

There will be no new spelling words until after Thanksgiving due to the shortened weeks.

Conference tips

Can you believe that it is already time for conferences??? Our conference time is very important to me. I promise to be prepared and positive. Please take the time to read the tips below to ensure a productive conference. I can’t wait to see everyone next week. Conferences are Wednesday evening, Thursday afternoon, and Thursday evening.

1. Talk to your child before the conference.
Ask your child what she would like you to discuss at the meeting. One strategy is to say, “I’m going to be meeting with your teacher; what will she tell me?” Your child’s response will give you ideas for what to discuss with the teacher.

2. Ask questions.
Come to the conference with a list of questions regarding your child’s academic and social issues, as well as questions about the teacher’s philosophy. Some good questions to ask may include:

What are my child’s strengths/weaknesses?
What can I do from home to extend my child’s learning at home?
Is my child working up to his or her ability? If not, what can we do to change that?
How well does my child get along with classmates?
How do you evaluate my child?
How do you challenge a student if he/she is excelling?
How can you support my child if he is falling behind?
What is your homework policy?

3. Share information about your child.
Teachers need your help as they educate your children, and no one knows your child better than you. The more you share about your child—both her strengths and weaknesses—the better the teacher will successfully meet his/her needs.

4. Raise issues of concern.
Plan ahead of time how you will raise issues of concern. When expressing concerns be tactful, but not so much that you don’t communicate the problem clearly. Listen to what the teacher has to say in response to the problem. Then work together to find a solution.

5. Take notes.
Take notes during the conference so that you remember everything the teacher says. After the meeting, review your notes. If something is unclear, schedule a follow-up meeting with the teacher to clarify.

6. Make the most of your time.
Conferences are scheduled for 15 minutes. Make the most of your meeting by arriving on time. Try not to bring babies or young children to the meeting as they can cause distractions.

7. How much should you share with your child after the conference? It is recommended that you only share what is helpful, focusing as much as possible on the positive aspects. It is essential that your child understands that you and the teacher are there to support them and to make their school experience the best it can be.

Adapted from an article by Jackie Glassman M.S. Ed for Discovery.com

Important Dates

November is rushing by!!!

Here are some important dates for the next two months.

Colonial Days are November 24th

Celebrations around the World is December 16th

Polar Express Party is December 18th

Pancake breakfast is on December 23rd

Troy Museum Field Trip January 7th