Classroom News

Good Afternoon,

It’s been a great first week of school. Mr. Siegel and I are enjoying getting to know your student. As a class, we continue to learn and practice classroom expectations such as following directions, listening to teachers, and voice levels. Please review these expectations at home with your student as well. We discuss our daily classroom goals at our morning meeting and reflect on our day at our closing meeting. This is a great opportunity for us to come together as a whole.

Third grade Math takes place in Mrs. Larson’s room. Fourth graders stay in my room for Math. We are off and running reviewing skills from last year and adding new skills as we begin our math journey this year. We are working on multiplication, number lines, ratio tables, and arrays. Please encourage your student to practice their multiplication facts at home.

In Science/SS we began this year by exploring the Prairie. Students participated in a Prairie Sweep, where we caught bugs and insects living within the Prairie. They also learned about the different types of plants and grasses within the Prairie. Additionally, students learned that much of Illinois was Prairie land years ago. We will continue with our Prairie unit as we head into Fall.

Spelling groups will be established next week. I will be sending a “Words Your Way” letter home to you in the near future that reviews our spelling/vocabulary curriculum. In writing, students are writing paragraphs using prompts and classroom discussions.

In reading, we are building stamina practicing “Read to Self” as a part of our Daily 5 curriculum. We have a class full of active readers. Please feel free to allow your student to bring books from home that interest them. We have a classroom library, but I have had students inquire about bringing books from home. Absolutely! Please try and have your student read 20 minutes a day.

Ms. Naomi came into our classroom for Phenology. We will rotate Phenology and Solo Spots each week. This is such a fun experience for all.

We have NWEA testing on Wednesday, August 29th (Math) and Thursday, August 30th (Reading).

I encourage you to check our Classroom Homework Calendar daily with your student. This is also available on my webpage. Students should bring home their assignment notebooks each day, even when there is no homework, to get into a habit of it traveling back and forth to school.  Please feel free to email me mottavaini@pccharterschool.org with any questions or concerns. I look forward to a wonderful year of learning with your student!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. O