Friday, November 14, 2014

Students in Grades 2-5 Justify Their Opinions
Is has been exciting to see students in grades 2-5 support their own opinions using reasons and, in the older grades, evidence from multiple sources, research and experts.  Students are learning the structure of opinion writing and drafting opinions of a wide variety of topics.  Our second graders are convincing their classmates to read their favorite book.  Third and fourth graders are writing about why a certain person in their life deserves to be recognized.  Firth graders are researching the pros and cons of having chocolate milk in schools.  This work is the second unit from Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study writing program and it aligns to our school improvement goal that focuses on implementing more targeted writing practices in three genres.  I look forward to sharing our kindergarten and first grade students work on informational writing, or writing about nonfiction topics after break. 

We are celebrating the upcoming holiday with our own Gold Rush Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, November 20! Please make your reservations for adults and siblings and pre pay online.  Click here to log on to RevTrak.  Choose Field Trips and then select Thanksgiving Feast to purchase tickets for family members.  ***GRE students MUST use their lunch accounts

11:00-11:20    Steckler, Murray-Close, & Pearne
11:10-11:30    Graham & Woolums
11:25-11:45    M. Lewis & McMillan
11:35-11:55    Martino & Rossi
11:55-12:15    Poli (in the Art room)
12:05-12:25    Kindie Enrichment 
12:10-12:30    Cieply, Shepperd, & Meredith
12:20-12:40    Nolan & Castro
12:30-12:50    Gray, A. Lewis, & Wilson
12:40-1:00     VanDerVeen & Kramer
12:55-1:15     Dalcerri & Hawk
1:00-1:20      Holtzer, Lautenbach, & Rayens

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Click here to help during the feast. You can sign up before or after your child's scheduled lunchtime.

Math Nights
We hope you are able to join us for our primary and intermediate family math nights next week.  The goal of both evenings is for families to play games associated with the five primary math strands so that you can practice these concepts at home.   See the flyer below for additional information. We hope to see you there!

Winter Weather Reminders & Guidelines
The cold weather is upon us! This is just a reminder to drop students off no earlier than 8:55AM and be sure they leave for school with proper clothing. Remember that our weather can change during the day so be prepared for the forecast.

You may want to know the criteria we use to determine conditions suitable for children to participate in recess.  We take temperature and wind chill factor into effect, as well as the sun. Adults are on the playground monitoring conditions and making sure your children are safe.

Student Directory
Our student directory is now available on our website.  The user name and password are the following:
Username: GREDirectory
Password:  digger

Box Tops for Education – Class Contest
Be sure to send in your box tops with your student(s) between now and December 5th.  The class that collects the most Box Tops will win!

THANK You PTO for a wonderful book fair!