Happy belated Mother's Day to everyone-- I hope that you had a great weekend! Here are your updates for the week:
May 15th - Family Fitness Night (5:30p-7:00p)
May 17th - Progress Reports
May 27th - No School - Memorial Day
June 6th - Field Trip to Lincoln Park Zoo
June 7th - School Picnic (9:00a-2:00p)
June 14th - Award Ceremony
June 20th - Last Day of School/Field Day
Last week students were sent home with a field trip form for an upcoming field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo. We will be going with Kindergarten and 2nd grade. The field trip will be on Thursday, June 6th. Please let me know if you would like to chaperone-- you must have gone through the CPS volunteer application and be a level 1 or 2 (Level 1 preferred). The trip will be free for chaperones, however students will need to pay $7 for the bus. We will be eating lunch at the zoo so please prepare a home lunch (I recommend packing it in a bag in that can be disposed or easily held on it -- example a drawstring bag-- for convenience).
Peak into this Week
In reading, we have been reflecting upon what makes a great reader-- not just reading the words, but thinking about the words and how it makes us feel, react, how it may change the story we are reading. We are becoming more cognizant readers. We are also working on determining the cause and effects to the texts that we read and are noticing that an event may have multiple causes that lead to an effect or multiple effects that led from one cause. In writing, we have begun writing the evidence/reasonings to our opinion and are working on writing an introduction and conclusion to our writing piece. In social studies, we have been learning about producers and consumers in our communities. In math, we are focusing on just multiplication, but recognizing the different patterns and properties (commutative, zero property, and identity property) to help us solve the basic facts times 0, 1, 2, 5, 9, and 10.
The school picnic is coming up on June 7th! The LPCG will be organizing this school event. It is an all-day event from 9:00-2:00 and families are welcome to join us. Lunch will be provided for students. In previous years, parents bring snacks, drinks, games, foldable tables, foldable chairs, sunscreen, etc. for our class throughout the day. You can sign up for what you would like to bring for the day-- this is optional but really helps in making the day enjoyable and a success for our kiddos. You can sign up here. Another thing I will be requesting is for a family or two to bring a large tent. Our class will be given a designated area on the field as "home base". The large tent will provide cover for the day. More info to come as the date approaches.
This week starts spirit week for the school with yesterday being Pajama Day and today as Character Day.
Wednesday, 15th - School Spirit Day! (dress in your Lenart wear to celebrate school spirit!)
Thursday, 16th - Wacky Hair/Hat Day (wear a funny do or sport a crazy hat! It's wacky hair and hat day-- so get crazy with it- the sky's the limit with the number of cool things you could do)
Friday, 17th - Decade Day (honor the past and dress in the style of your favorite decade)
First grade will be NWEA testing on June 11th (reading) and June 12th (math). You may have noticed in the schedule, that first grade is the last group to test in the school. Lenart students transition to a different test in 2nd grade. In kindergarten, students take the NWEA K-2 grades test. Most of the students stayed on this version of the test, while some students transitioned to the next test (NWEA 2-5 grades) if they tested out with a 190 score and above. In the last testing session of 1st grade, administration has decided to push all students in 1st grade-- regardless of if they are at 190 or below-- to the harder version of the NWEA 2-5 test in preparation for next year. In order to "push up" students to the next test, we need to wait until the testing window is open which begins the week of June 11th. This is a more difficult test with harder questions-- but is done to prepare the students for 2nd grade and above.
As we transitioned over to a new grade book system (Aspen) after Spring, there has been a huge learning curve and many technical difficulties on my end. I have started to slowly input grades in Aspen. You will be seeing a lot more in the upcoming week as I am inputting older assignments from the beginning of quarter 4. I am still trying to figure out how Aspen works, so please let me know if you don't see anything pop up. Thank you for your patience as we all transition to the new grade book system. If you don't know how to access Aspen to view grades, please contact Mr. Lin for help. You can call the office at 773-535-0040 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org