I didn't send an update to the beginning of the week so here is your week 6 closing bulletin.
I am having a bit of technical difficulty with ASPEN Gradebook so I am a bit behind this week in inputting grades. Because of this, I did not send home Thursday folders this week. I am expecting to send all the graded work that will be put into ASPEN by Monday. Thank you for your patience with me on this!
I have received several questions regarding how I collect homework. Students are to bring in their red homework folders in class in the morning. Their homework should be in the "homework" compartment on the left side of the folder. Either myself or Ms. Penny (the paraprofessional in our classroom) will go through the folders and collect the papers. Most students have been really great at bringing in their red folders when unpacking their things, however if no red folder is turned in, then homework can not be collected.
Another thing about homework is that unlike Kindergarten, homework is given on a daily basis and due the next day. Though homework is supplemental practice to what is being taught in the classroom and it can be done independently, students DO still need your support. Please check over your child's homework to make sure that it is fully completed. I am noticing that many students have incomplete homework assignments and/or not following directions.
Potential Teacher's Strike Information
You may have heard on the news that the Chicago Teacher's Union has set a strike date for next week, October 17th and are still in negotiations. For the most up-to-date information on what will happen and contingency plans, you can visit CPS's website and watch your local news station. Please note that if the teachers do go on strike, that I will not have access to my email and any emails that are sent to me during this time may "bounce" back to sender.
Peek into This Week
We have been continuing to practice using post-its to help jot down important ideas in the book that we read. These important ideas can vary from changes in the characters, something that happened that was shocking to us, our favorite part, something that we want to share with buddy, and everything in between. We are learning that as great readers, we don't just read the words but we are conscious of the THINKING we are are doing as we read. In math we started a new topic where we are looking at the place value of numbers up to the 1000s place. Afterwards, we will be adding and subtracting numbers up into the 1000s place. In writing, we have completed our first drafts of our ouch stories and will be going through the editing process of adding more juicy details. In science, we are learning about why animals have certain body parts to help them survive. This week we started an observation of how bird beak sizes help birds get their food. We've been using a straw to demonstrate a narrow beak, such as a warbler versus a dixie cup as a bird with a wider beak, like a duck.
Upcoming Important Dates
14th - No School (Indigenous People/Columbus Day)
18th - Gary S's Birthday
31st - Halloween Parade (more information to follow)