March has arrived, but it looks like winter is going to hang on for a while. Please make sure you continue to send your child with snow clothes and boots so they are prepared to go outside for their recesses.
Parent/Teacher conferences: will take place on Monday March 11 and Wednesday March 13. You should have received an email indicating the day and time of your conference. Please let me know right away if you are not certain of your conference appointment day and time.
Classroom Management Change: I made a slight change in classroom management last week. Although the kids have received tally marks whenever they broke a classroom rule all year, I felt they needed to be held accountable for behaving in a way that disrupts the class by making it hard for themselves and/or others to learn. Therefore, for each tally they receive, the student has to fill out a behavior contract slip and recite it to me before they go outside for recess. This usually only involves 2-3 minutes of their time, but lets them know the seriousness of their behavior. I let the kids know that if they receive 4 or fewer tallies during the week, I will simply throw the slips away at the end of the week for them to have a fresh start the following week. However, when a student receives five or more tallies during the week then they receive a note for parents to sign attached to the behavior slips. If you have any further questions about this change please contact me. Below are the forms I am using.
Time to Think Behavior Contract Name: _________
I apologize for my behavior because it makes it hard for my classmates and me to learn well.
From now on I will remember to
so my classmates and I are able to learn well.
You are receiving this note attached to your child’s weekly behavior contract slips because your child has received five or more behavior contracts this week. Please talk to your child about remembering to follow the classroom rules.
Please sign this slip and have your child return it to school on Monday.
Parent signature: _____________________________________________
Rule #1: follow directions quickly
Rule #2: Raise your hand to speak
Rule #3: Raise your hand to leave your seat.
Rule #4: Make smart choices.
Math: We will test on unit 4 on Monday and then move into unit 6 which is our geometry unit. This is a more difficult unit, so we thought we would complete this unit first to make sure the kids understand all of the geometry vocabulary and how to determine area and perimeter before we head off to spring break.
Writing: We have been working hard learning how to write a literary essay. We completed one together and next the kids will work in pairs to read a book, determine the character traits, and write a literary essay together.
Spelling: Your child should have brought home the Unit 18 words on Friday. This week’s focus is on the consonant digraphs (gh,ph, and f) Below is the Unit 18 list of words.
Social Studies: Your child will test on the British in Michigan on Monday and then we will move on to the pioneers that started making their way to Michigan to settle here and build a home for their family.
Reading: This week we will start our biography unit. The kids will be reading several biography books and eventually choosing the person who most interested them to write a biography report about.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. It is best to contact me via email. I check that frequently, so will be able to respond in a more timely manner. email@example.com