Friday, February 28, 2014

Highlight of the Week
Wonderful Writers
Our students’ writing continues to amaze me!  The Lucy Calkin’s writing program that we are implementing is challenging students to develop themselves as writers.  As you recall, students across grades K-5 are currently working on informational writing, or writing about nonfiction topics.  This week first graders were writing chapter books on topics that they have expertise on.  They were elaborating on their ideas by writing additional details, or drafting twin sentences.  Our second graders were writing like scientists.  This week Mrs. Wilson’s class created different roller coasters and students recorded their results and drew conclusions based on how far the marble rolled (see pictures below).  In third grade students are studying how paragraphing can help their reader understand their nonfiction topic.  We are all impressed with students’ writing abilities and look forward to sharing their work with you at conferences.

TCAP Testing
Our third through fifth grade students begin the state testing next week.  The Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) will measure students achievement and growth in the area of reading, writing and math.  Please make sure your child has a good breakfast and a good night sleep.  We ask that you see the schedule below and schedule outside appointments around these times. 

March 4, 5, 6, 11 & 12 -  3rd Grade Writing & Math
March 4, 5,  6, 11 & 12-  4th & 5th Grade Reading, Writing & Math

Mark Your Calendar
March 13th – Parent Teacher Conferences
March 13th -20th – Book Fair
March 18th – Parent Teacher Conferences
March 21st – No School
March 24-April 4th – No School - Spring Break

·      Click here to sign up for your parent teacher conference on either March 13th or March 18th We look forward to talking about your child’s progress at this time!

·      If you haven’t ordered your yearbook, it is available to purchase online until March 15. Click here to order today. Yearbook pictures can be sent to or put onto a CD and left in the PTO mailbox located in the office.