2017…here we go!

Hello families,

I hope you are all bouncing back from the vacation transition week. I know it was a challenge for me too! Our first week back was a challenge in the classroom, but we are working together to get back to an environment of respect, high effort, and quality learning experiences.

This week, I introduced the students to our analogy work. This will take the place of Wordly Wise for the month of January. Analogies are made when two or more items are compared with a common relationship. Learning analogies can help students make connections between concepts that are new by using concepts that are familiar. For example, The Declaration of Independence is to Thomas Jefferson as Common Sense is to Thomas Paine. Most students recognize Thomas Jefferson as the main author of the Declaration of Independence, so that would mean Thomas Paine must be the author of Common Sense. In the workbooks, the students work with analogies in all subject areas including math, history, geography, and language arts. Just like Wordly Wise, the students will have the option to work on their analogies in class, but if they do not complete them by the end of the day it will need to come home for homework.

Speaking of homework, your child will now be bringing home a math assignment on Monday – Thursday. This work is to provide extra practice outside of the classroom in preparation for our testing this Spring. The homework will be to help practice certain concepts like operations and place value, as well as letting me know if there are any areas in which your child needs further lessons. This is not meant to be long, time consuming work. My rule has always been that if your child is working more than 30 minutes on the day’s assignment, please stop and have them speak to me the next day in class. All homework should come into class on Friday morning to be reviewed by myself or Ms. Jo. If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Important Dates and Events

**MAP Testing window opens tomorrow. Dr. Hunt will be letting us know when the students will be testing. All my students will take the Math test as a progress check this January. If a student was not meeting grade-level expectations on the Reading test in the fall, they will take that test as well to check progress.**

Friday, January 13th: Half Day with dismissal at 11:25 a.m.

Monday, January 16th: No School for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 18th: MMUN Dollar Dress Day 

Saturday, January 21st: Academic Fair at Georgetown Middle School. All students should report by 7 a.m.

Saturday, January 28th: MMUN Fun Fair at CMCS (11- 3 p.m.) Come out and have fun while helping the 6th years raise money for their trip. Detailed flyers coming home this week!

January 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th: Play Practice for UE. Any student with a speaking part will need to attend practices!

***Save the date for our annual Eat, Play, Love Gala event on Saturday, February 11th at 6 p.m! Our class will once again be creating a unique auction item that will be up for bid. Hope to see you all there!***

Have a fabulous week!

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