Friday, September 18, 2015

Circle Letter 9/18/15

September 18, 2015

Dear Families,
       Our first full week together has been great!  Students are doing well with the new routines, remembering red folder and completing the weekly homework assignments. We start our mornings in circle with a handshake greeting and everyone is getting comfortable with student names. This is important in fostering a supportive, caring classroom climate.
       We have started lots of things this week… word work, writing workshop (a personal narrative unit) read aloud (get the scoop from your kiddo…) reading workshop and even a little geography Continent review.  The day’s schedule is becoming familiar to the kids.  Our first math unit has been review of second grade concepts, as you can see from the weekly homelinks coming home.  In computer on Thursday each student logged onto the EveryDay Math on-line site.  Passwords will come home so students can use this at home.  There are interesting tools and games, as well as access to the Student Reference Book (SRB) which is a good resource when doing homework.  You will find the site via the Mitchell Student Links on our web site.
Our Helping Hands” job-board has been colorfully designed, thanks to the help of  Makili’s Mom! Each week new jobs are assigned.  Some of the jobs require a bit of at-home work and planning, but most are jobs that help the class run more smoothly while getting everyone involved.  Be sure to check in with your student to see what job they had this week.

And lastly, don’t forget about the PTA sponsored four-mile road race Sunday at Fort Foster.   Race time starts at 8:30.  It is a great fundraiser for our fantastic PTA. The money they earn is directly spent on opportunities for Mitchell School Kids!              Enjoy the weekend~