Friday, November 14, 2014

Circle Letter 11/14/14

November 14, 2014

    Dear Families,
         Early in the week we shared our “small moment” writing with Ms. Peternell’s class.  An important part of the writing process is to share with an “audience” and it has been a lot of fun.  The listeners comment on strong leads, endings, and strong details, make connections… and certainly offer lots of compliments!  Each student will bring home his/her personal narrative today to share with you.  Enjoy!  If you could please bring the narratives back to school, on Monday, we will put them into the student portfolio.  We are now working on persuasive writing…! Forming opinions, crafting a thesis statement and giving reasons why we hold this opinion. Wow!
            We have had an interesting week weather wise.  Our focus has been on the atmosphere and what goes on 4 miles up, 8 miles up, 12 miles up and so forth.   We discovered that most weather happens just a few miles up.  Also, we have investigated with water in the air using humidity strips. (lots of fun!)  In fact, your child can show you when they bring home a humidity strip today.  Lastly, the kids have figured out the “mystery object” that we have been taking measurement readings from… curious?  Ask your budding meteorologist more about it.
            Our multiplication unit has begun as you have seen from the home links.  We will introduce easy, fun games to play that help with fact recall.  Please make the time to play them at home as well. Also, information on Reflex Math came home yesterday, along with your child’s password.  This is a useful resource to practice addition and multiplication facts.  Check it out!
            Lastly, I am in need of some “behind-the-scene” help cutting and gluing student poetry books.  If you have a few hours to spare and like this sort of activity please send word!  Thank you for considering this in advance!   
            Tonight at 7 pm the Court Jesters play a basketball game at Traip Academy… this is a great fundraiser for our Kittery Rec Department and it is guaranteed good time fun for the whole family if you are looking to get out! 
            Lastly, our annual Food Drive has begun.  Food items can be brought to the front office all next week.  Thank you for your support.

            Enjoy the weekend~