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Dec
14
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-News from Mrs. ModerFRIday, December 15, 2017

 

The Upcoming Week

 

Upcoming Events

Mon

Quarterly Assessment-Writing

Colored or white lights?

 

Jan 3

Students Return

Tues

Quarterly Assessment-Reading

Wear something Grinch or green

 

Jan 8/Feb 9

PTO Meeting 3:30 pm

Wed

Quarterly Assessment-Social Studies

Christmas socks with hats/antlers

 

Jan 12/Feb 9

PTO Movie Night 6 pm

Thurs

Quarterly Assessment-Math

Wear your favorite PJs

 

Jan 17/Feb 14

Early Dismissal

Feb 14 - Valentine Exchange

Fri

AR points due

Warm & Cozy gift exchange

Party 2 pm - Last day before break

Favorite holiday clothes

 

Feb 19

No School - Snow Make-up

 

Feb 26

ISTEP Part 1

 

May 4

Fernald Field Trip

 

Reading

Christmas Around the World

 

MATH

Long Division

Spelling

No Test this week

 

SCIENCE

Energy

Grammar

Writing

Adjectives & Adverbs

Narrative Writing

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Review



CHRISTMAS PARTY

Thank you, Mrs. Timons, for offering to organize the party.

Salty Snack - Jill Timon

Sweet Snacks - Jessica Schweinefus

Drinks - Lynn Robbins

Paper Products - Tina Welage

Treat Bags - Carrie Wilson

Craft - Effy Euson

 

Attending:

Lynn Robbins

Jill Timon

Effy Euson

Emily Tucker

Holly Noel

 

Holiday Wear Next Week

12/18 - “Light up the night” - colored or white lights? Let it be known by your outfit that day.  

12/19 - Wear something Grinch or green

12/20 - Wear your favorite Christmas socks with hats/antlers

12/21 - Polar Express Day - Wear your favorite PJs

12/22 - Wear your favorite holiday clothes

 

Happy Holidays

I wish each and everyone of you and your families the happiest of holidays.  I hope you have time to relax and spend time with family.  I know I am REALLY looking forward to spending time with my precious grandchildren and the naps I will need during that visit.



Thoughts for Next Quarter

Science & Social Studies - We are going to start checking the questions in the lesson as we read.  I will be taking a completion only grade on this, 1 point per question.  When we do the end of chapter review, I will take a grade for accuracy on that assignment.  I will also take a grade on worksheets that go along with the lessons.  I have not been giving tests on these subjects, but will begin to next quarter for Science, since students are tested on that for ISTEP.  Social Studies is covered in the quarterly assessments.

Grammar - I am going to start offering Part C as extra credit rather than for a grade in the Grammar workbook. I will take a grade on Part B, since we grade/correct Part A before I assign Part B.

Reading - We will start off next quarter with a novel, probably Hatchet and My Side of the Mountain.  These tend to be high interest books, especially for the boys.

Pace - I know some of your children find the pace gruelling or feel that I move too fast.  Yes, the pace is fast, I have no control over what I am expected to teach in a quarter. I cannot slow down and cover what needs to be completed.  Most days your child should have enough time to complete most of their work in class.  If they are not, they are not following along as we read the lesson, they are not working as hard as they could, they work slowly, or they have weaknesses in some subjects.  I do see some students wasting time that could be used for classwork.  I think for these students, if you are checking the amount of time they spend on a set amount of homework that you may be seeing why their work is taking them so long. Reminder: 60 minutes of homework policy only applies to that day’s work and not absent work.

 

Absence Policy

 As we move into the flu season, I want to remind you of the district absence policy.  Parents are given 5 parent excused days.  Beyond these days, students will be given zeros for grades. Medical days do not count toward the 5 parent excused days.  It is a good idea to send in a medical excuse any time you visit the doctor, clinic, dentist, etc.

 

School Fundraiser

From the office: If parents have any problem with their order they can call the following number: 1-800-251-1542.



Snack Information - School District Website

 

 

Dec
08
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-News from Mrs. ModerFRIday, December 8, 2017

 

The Upcoming Week

 

Upcoming Events

Mon

Boy Age 7 gifts due

 

Dec 18-22

Quarterly Assessments

Tues

   

Dec. 22

AR points due

Wed

Santa’s Workshop 8:30-9:00

 

Dec. 22

Warm & Cozy gift exchange

Wed

Early Dismissal

 

Dec. 22

Party 2 pm - Last day before break

Thurs

   

May 4

Fernald Field Trip

Fri

Santa’s Workshop 8:30-9:00 (money bearers only)

     

 

Reading

Tuesday of the Other June

Junior Great Books

 

MATH

Area & Perimeter

Spelling

Lesson 14: plurals - tested skill

 

SCIENCE

Energy

Grammar

Writing

Adjectives

Writing Narratives

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Chpt. 3 Civil War

 

Communication from Corporation

You should have gotten 2 e-notify messages recently.  This afternoon a test for school closings was sent out. A few weeks ago a message was sent out about the school treats policy.  If you did not receive either of these messages, please contact the office to check your contact information.  Please remember that if you send in a treat for birthdays or parties, it must adhere to the new policy. You can get more information at the Corporation website under the Food Services link.  I will attach a pdf of the approved snacks to the Newsletter email.

 

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Salty Snack - Jill Timon

Sweet Snacks - Jessica Schweinefus

Drinks - Lynn Robbins

Paper Products - Tina Welage

Treat Bags - Carrie Wilson

Craft - Effy Euson

 

Attending:

Lynn Robbins

Jill Timon

Effy Euson

Emily Tucker

Holly Noel

Absence Policy

 As we move into the flu season, I want to remind you of the district absence policy.  Parents are given 5 parent excused days.  Beyond these days, students will be given zeros for grades. Medical days do not count toward the 5 parent excused days.  It is a good idea to send in a medical excuse any time you visit the doctor, clinic, dentist, etc.

 

Indiana’s Birthday

I hope your child came home and told you about our Indiana birthday celebration.  We rotated classes; each of the teachers took a topic.  We had state symbols (cardinal ornament), geography (cookies); famous Hoosiers (bio-bingo) , and computer games on Indiana.

Personal Update

I just wanted to give you an update on some things happening recently.  A few weeks ago I took a fall and had some nasty bruising and hurt my arm.  It’s better, but.... I may be visiting the doctor for this.  Also my sister-in-law in Chicago has pancreatic cancer and is under Hospice care.  I may be out a few days, just not sure how soon.

With all this going on and the Craft Show, I have gotten a little behind on grading.  I am hoping to catch up this weekend on all papers.  I will work on the workbooks during the coming week.

 

Dec
03
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-News from Mrs. ModerSUNday, December 3, 2017

 

The Upcoming Week

 

Upcoming Events

Mon

   

Dec. 13

Santa’s Workshop 8:30-9:00

Tues

Think Smart, Stay Safe - last week

 

Dec. 13

Early Dismissal

Wed

Verb Test

 

Dec 15

Santa’s Workshop 8:30-9:00

Thurs

   

Dec 18-22

Quarterly Assessments

Fri

Indiana’s birthday activities;

 

Dec. 22

AR points due

Fri

PTO Movie Night

 

Dec. 22

Warm & Cozy gift exchange

     

Dec. 22

Party 2 pm - Last day before break

     

May 4

Fernald Field Trip

 

Reading

Coming Distractions

 

MATH

Double Digit Multiplication Chapter 5

Spelling

Lesson 13: suffixes - tested skill

 

SCIENCE

Matter - Chapter 8 -

Grammar

Writing

Verbs

Writing Narratives

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Chpt. 3 Civil War

 

Classwork, Homework, and Classroom Seating

Students should not be bringing home a lot of homework every night.  There may be some nights that are heavier.  Honestly this group spends a lot of time off task and talking.

If students are regularly, I would like them to do no more than 1 hour.  So that we will know how much time they are spending, I would like you to mark how much time they are spending on each assignment.  Divide the time by the number of assignment. (If they have 4 subjects, then they should spend 15 minutes on each subject.)  Write the time next to where they start the assignment, and the time next to where they stop.  If you do this I will not send them to Study Hall the next day.  I will grade the assignment on what they have finished.

I think this will also give you a good idea of how long it is taking your child to complete work both in and out of class.

I’ve had several parents ask me about sitting their child near my desk.  I do not sit at my desk exclusively.  I split my time between my desk and the table, depending on what the class is doing. These two places are on opposite sides of the room.

I have also tried splitting up “talkers”, but honestly there are too many to split up.  With 29 students there is not enough space in the classroom to split everyone up.

 

Nov
17

-News from Mrs. ModerFriday, November 17, 2017

 

The Upcoming Week

 

Upcoming Events

Mon

   

Nov. 28

Book Order due

Tues

Think Smart, Stay Safe

 

Dec 2

PTO Craft Show; Chorus 10:30

Wed

Science - Test - Open Book

 

Dec 8

Indiana’s birthday activities;

PTO Movie Night

Thurs

NO SCHOOL

 

Dec. 13

Early Dismissal

Fri.

NO SCHOOL

 

Dec. 22

AR points due

Party 2 pm - Last day before break

Warm & Cozy gift exchange

 
     

Jan. 3

Students return to school

     

May 4

Fernald Field Trip

 

Reading

Poetry, Drama and Prose

No test this week.

 

MATH

Double Digit Multiplication Chapter 5

Spelling

No test this week

 

SCIENCE

Matter - Chapter 7 - Lessons 1-3 only

Grammar

Verbs

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Chpt. 3 American Revolution

Writing

Folktale - choice Fairy tale or Tall tale

     

 

Happy Thanksgiving

I want to tell you all how thankful I am for the support you have given me this year.  You have all been amazing!  This has been a challenging year.  29 students is a large class, and we have a number of learning needs.  I am trying my best to help your children become lifelong learners and responsible citizens.  

I hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable holiday.  I will be spending the time with my mom and brother, and of course my husband.

 

PowerSchool Comments

I have been entering a comment, Didn’t follow directions, with grades.  I thought you might like to know why a grade was marked down.  Three common mistakes are didn’t check for reasonableness on Math papers, didn’t do a UPSC chart when required, didn’t follow extra directions I gave as part of the assignment.  When I change or add to the directions, I write the information on the board and tell the class to write it down as well.

Suggestion

Have your child bring home any Science and Social Studies work to look over a second time.  Some of these questions are difficult.

A Warm and Cozy Gift Exchange

I gave information to the class about the Warm and Cozy Gift Exchange.  This has worked really well in the past.  I hope you like the idea.

Mark Your Calendar

If you didn’t get to go to Governor Bebb or you just like field trips, put Friday, May 4th on your calendar.  That is the tentative date for our field trip to Fernald Preserve.  I went for the first time last year and thought it was a great learning experience.  It fits in well with our life science unit that we do in the spring.  

If you don’t have an expanded background check, please don’t wait until the last minute.  These take time.

                                                             

 

 

Nov
10

-News from Mrs. ModerFriday, November 10, 2017

 

The Upcoming Week

 

Upcoming Events

Mon

PTO Mtg 3:30 pm

     

Tues

Think Smart, Stay Safe begins

 

Nov. 23-24

Thanksgiving Break

Wed

Early Dismissal

 

Dec 6

PTO Movie Night

Thurs

   

Dec 2

PTO Craft Show; Chorus 10:30

Fri.

Reading Quizzes

Spelling Test

Math Test Chapter 4

 

Dec. 13

Early Dismissal

 

Dec. 22

AR points due

Party 2 pm - Last day before break

Warm & Cozy gift exchange

     

 

Reading

Me and Uncle Romie

 

MATH

Single Digit Multiplication Chapter 4

Spelling

Unit 11 Skill: Contractions

 

SCIENCE

Matter - Chapter 7

Grammar

Verbs

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Chpt. 3 American Revolution

Writing

Folktale - choice Fairy tale or Tall tale

     

 

A Warm and Cozy Gift Exchange

Our Classroom Christmas party is Friday, December 22nd.  The students may exchange gifts that day.  This is optional- you do not have to participate.  If it is a hardship, please let me know.  I will be sure your child has something to exchange.

 

Our theme for the gift exchange is something warm and cozy.  For example: gloves, mittens, hat, earmuffs, blanket, scarf, hot chocolate and mug.  Be creative! Please do not spend more than $8.00.  Girls will buy for girls and boys will buy for boys – students do NOT choose who will get these; it is random.

 

You can bring in your gift any time between December 18th and 22nd and place the gift under the tree.  Please wrap the gift and put who it is from and who it is for: either boy or girl.  See example below.

To: GIRL

From: Sharon

 

                                                             

 

 
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