Parent Newsletter January 9, 2015

Parent Newsletter January 9, 2015
Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the holiday vacation!  The children came back refreshed and ready to get back into the swing of things.  Thank you so much for the incredible gifts and thoughts for the holidays, it was incredibly sweet of your families to think of us.   

In math we reviewed our work with fractions and took the Unit Assessment on Wednesday. We began the multiplication unit in math. Going forward in the year, nights that the students do not work on Spelling City, they will be required to work on a math website for fifteen minutes. Unless they have a perfect score on their multiplication test, they will need to work on multiplication.com. This will facilitate their success in this unit on multiplication and will be necessary for future success in math.

We started our new Science Kit on Electric Circuits. Students are first introduced to the basic properties of electricity as they learn about electric circuits and the parts of a light bulb. Next, students learn about conductors and insulators and about the symbols used to represent the parts of a circuit in circuit diagrams. Students also explore different kinds of circuits, learn about switches, construct a flashlight, and investigate the properties of diodes. Finally, students apply their knowledge and skills to wire a cardboard house.

Our historical fiction unit is coming to an end next week.  The students are currently working to think about and compare themes across texts in a time period.  They will write an essay independently to show their ideas on this teaching point across the texts Number the Stars, Rose Blanche, and Cats in Krasinski Square next week.  

Important dates to remember:
  • January 11th- Homework Club starts again
  • January 19th –Martin Luther King Jr. Day -No School
  • January 27th- Quarter Ends
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