Monday, November 10, 2008

Time is Flying!

I can hardly believe it is already November! The 15/20 Reading Challenge is going smoothly. Please continue to encourage your child to read each night and fill in their log sheets. We've read 110 books so far this year! Wow! Very Impressive!

Please look for information coming home about our 2nd Annual Christmas gift drive. Last year, the Lizards collected nearly 100 new gifts to give to families at Every Woman's Place.

Wednesday we will be taking the SRI, a reading inventory that gives each child a reading lexile. Please look for those reading levels to come home with your student this week.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

15/20 Reading Challenge

As most parents are already aware, students will be involved in the 15/20 Reading Challenge for the rest of the year. Students who read a pre-approved book for 15 minutes a night for twenty nights a month will have met the challenge. This program is designed to encourage students to read books that interest them on a regular basis. Students seem very excited to be a part of this challenge as they check out books from me and the library. I strongly encourage parents to talk with their students each night about what is going on with their books. This will be a good opportunity for a comprehension check. I will be collecting the first 15/20 Reading Challenge sheets on Wednesday of this week. Students who meet the challenge each month not only receive an A for the challenge but also a coupon for a Pizza Hut pan pizza. Good luck and keep on reading!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

It seems that most are catching on to the routine quite nicely this second week of school. Choir starts next Monday and Band starts on the 22nd of September. There is an informational meeting for parents about band on the 16th. Please check your child's planner for details.

In Social Studies, we've been working on learning our continents. We've just started introducing the Constitution as a build up to next week's Constitution Day. The first grades for Social Studies will be posted on Parent Viewer this weekend.

In Language Arts, we've started Writers' Workshop (quite successfully, I might add). Students have a lot to say and we're working on getting in down on paper in a coherent and interesting way. We're adding Sparkle Words wherever we can to make our writing more precise.

The Lizards are off to a great start!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A Great First Week

Wow! What a great group of kids we have this year! From our initial impressions (oooh alliteration!), our students are geniunely interested in learning about the world around them. Many come in with valuable experiences that add to our discussions! What a fun year this is going to be!

We've dished out a lot of procedural information this week in an effort to set students up for success. Don't worry if your child is still uncertain about the way things work. The next couple of weeks will provide the experience they need to make their transition to fifth grade smooth.

In Language Arts, we've been writing Limericks to enter into a contest that the Chronicle is running for the Irish Music Festival. Students' final drafts are due at the end of the hour on Friday. I will then be mailing them out after school in an effort to meet the entry deadline. I was very impressed as I read through the rough drafts! We have a real shot at winning those cash prizes!

In Social Studies, we have started learning where the seven continents are. This information is critical background knowledge as we start to talk about explorers, colonization and government. Also, please make sure that your child has the designated supplies (1 inch binder, colored pencils and pencil pouch). We have already started to use these in class.

Next week, we have fall pictures on Wednesday. Keep your eyes open for picture package information to come home. I haven't seen any yet; but I would imagine something would be forthcoming.

Feel free to call, email or just stop by with any questions or concerns that you might have. I look forward to a fun-filled year of learning with your child. Thank you for all of your support!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Start to Another Fabulous Year!

Welcome to the Leapin' Lizards! I can't believe that the 08-09 school year is just around the corner! I am so excited to meet all of you at our Fifth Grade Orientation at the end of August. Reeths-Puffer Intermediate is a exciting building in which to teach and learn. We have planned a year packed with fun experiences and lasting memories!

This blog is where I will attempt to chronicle what we are doing in class and post reminders about upcoming events. Please visit often as I plan to update a couple of times a week. I also have a brief webpage on the Reeths-Puffer district website:

I look forward to meeting each of you as the school year starts! This will be the best year ever!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Time Is My Nemesis (Ooooh Sparkle!)

Okay, so time is not always my friend. I have been ultra busy and apologize for neglecting my blog. School has been crazy with recent visits to the county jail, courthouse and 911 dispatch. We saw our judicial system in action! It was very interesting to actually see the criminal process and see how what we are studying is actually implemented.

Today, we migrated to the high school to watch the dress rehearsal of Cinderella. Wow, was that jam-packed with figurative language! My kids who are obsessed with vocabulary were have a hay day! We'll just have schedule some more appointments with their vocabulary therapists!

As a matter of fact, we will be diving into the Unit 5 words starting on Friday. Look out! You never know where they might be hiding in the real world.

In Social Studies, as we continue to learn about the 13 British colonies, we will begin to thread in information about federal, state and local governments. Please take time to talk to your kids about these different levels and how they affect our everyday lives.

Remember Friday of next week is no school (for kids, not adults!). It is also the end of the third marking period. Oh my! Only one more marking period to go and so much to cover! Yikes!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Jobs in the Real World

Students brought home a career survey today. They are to interview an adult that is employed full time. Most were talking about interviewing their parents. Please take this opportunity to talk to your kids about the realities of the working world. Later this week, I will be showing students the ugly world of the adult finances. Why is it important to have a job with health insurance? How much money do you really take home after taxes? And what bills are reality when it comes to juggling your money? I think this will be an eye-opening experience for them. It shall be interesting!

Remember that conferences are Wednesday and Thursday. Further, Thursday and Friday are half days (for students, not us!) I look forward to seeing all of you this week.