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September’s Virtue is Respect.
Greenleaf Celebrates: Thursday, October 4, 5:30-7 p.m. More detailed information about some of the other goings at this “Meet the Teacher” event can be found in the letter from School (parent) Council letter that students received this week. Please consider subscribing to their information to stay informed of School Council activities- you can do that here.
I hope to call and introduce myself to you sometime in the next two weeks; I have begun making phone calls to say hello, and look forward to speaking with you soon.
Homework: Math Task due Tuesday. Students received a 1/2 sized sheet to remind them about the task which continues an activity we did in class. The task is to find five large numbers and what they represent. These numbers can be found from the newspaper, magazines, or found online. I shared a fact I found online from National Geographic for kids about the number of kilograms a blue whale calf weighs after 365 days. We’ll use this work in class on Tuesday.
School Supplies: Monday I’ve asked students to have binders, dividers, paper, pencil case etc. for Monday. I’ve also asked students to have a double pocket folder to use as a homework folder. I’ve offered to staple them in the back of the agenda. I showed students my own that I use; students can put homework from any subject, notes, other important papers that need to go home or be brought back to school quickly in the pockets. Hopefully this means students don’t need to take home several large binders a night! (Although bringing them home occasionally for organizing is a good idea!)
Notes to be signed: Students got many notes this week. Please read through and return them to school this week, by Friday at the latest.
Reading: All students on Friday had a reading book. I’ve explained that students always have reading homework: to read a minimum of 20 minutes a night. Many students said they read more than that, and many said they read 20 minutes most nights. Hopefully 20 minutes is an achievable goal that isn’t too onerous for students who do not yet read regularly. I find this image interesting to visualize the benefits of frequent reading- click on it to enlarge it.
Going out for lunch: Students in grade 6, 7 and 8 are permitted to go out for lunch second break with parents’ permission. Students can bring in a dated note for permission and show the office when they sign out. Students going out for lunch should sign out and leave at the start of lunch break, return and sign in again after 1:40 and be in class on time at 1:45. Food should be finished before returning to school.
We had a busy first week! Students had many opportunities to work together and I could learn how everyone likes to work through many collaborative activities. Our class will continue to review virtues, routines, and skills that will make collaborative work productive and successful.
Language: Students will be introduced to reading and writing workshops this week. Students will have time to read and write every day.
Science: Our first unit is Biodiversity. We are exploring characteristics of living things, and how scientists classify living things.
Math: Large Numbers (into millions) and place value.