Friday, November 21, 2014

Circle Letter 11/21/14

November 21, 2014

    Dear Families,
    We will finish our read aloud Matilda today!  An outlandishly crazy book with strong characters both likeable and not!  It has been fun “stepping into the shoes” of Matilda, Ms. Honey or Mrs. Trunchbull.  All in all we are quite glad we don’t have her for our principal (big fans of Mr. Foster!)  and we do wish Matilda went to our school J
    In math we have focused on the fact families with multiplication and observed that knowing your multiplication helps with division facts.  We continue to do games and activities to help learn the facts.  It would be great if your kiddo would practice multiplication facts and/or play multiplication games on the computer over Thanksgiving.  Remember the Everyday Math on-line games.  There are some good one. And also the Math Reflex site that came home last week.
    Writing this week has us thinking about all sorts of ideas, opinions and reasons to help persuade.  I look forward to reading the students Finish –It responses… should schools assign homework? We will continue persuasive writing after the Thanksgiving Break.
    We continue our weather unit and have done some investigations this week with water, fans, sunlight and clotheslines.  Today we got the opportunity to design, craft and build model windmills, as an enrichment project.  Anytime students get a hands-on creative project to do… fun is bound to be had!  Be sure to get the scoop from your child!
    And lastly, we are sad to say goodbye to Caden and will miss her.  Of course we wish her well with her move!  Happy Travels Caden J
    And… Happy Thanksgiving to you all.  I hope the food will be delicious and plentiful with good company to share it with.  Enjoy the time away from homework, red folders and lunch boxes!