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Leslie Collins Locker

Leslie Collins

November/December Newsletter - Room 203

September and October have come and gone in the blink of an eye!  Thank you for attending your child’s conference, it was a pleasure meeting with all of you and discussing your child’s progress and goals.  It has been a very busy time at school with our Fall Carnival, Halloween Parade, Fall Book Fair, the many VG Pride Events: canned food drive, One Warm Coat, Pennies for Leukemia, Toy Drive for Foster Children and more.  Thank you for your continued time and generosity, it makes all the difference in the world.  As we move into November and December, we have much more learning ahead, as well as many school events and of course the time off for holidays to spend with our family and friends.

 

Turkey Trot and Grandparent’s Day:

Vista Grande’s Turkey Trot and Grandparent’s Day is quickly approaching and will be held on Friday, November 17h. The Turkey Trot is a fun activity that the kids love that raises money for our classroom aides. If every child gathers $30 in pledges we will surpass our goal. We are counting on you to help get your child excited about the day. Students are encouraged to wear Falcon wear or “Turkey themed attire”. All of our classes will take the field at from 12:00 - 12:40.  Come out and help count laps and cheer on the students.

Grandparent’s Day will also be on November 17th.  Grandparents are invited into the classrooms from 8:40 – 10:00A.M.  A flyer/invitation explaining the details of Grandparent’s Day was sent home this past week.

 

Math:

We are finishing up multi-digit whole number and decimal fraction operations. The next unit is addition and subtraction of fractions and will continue until the winter break.  Some students really need to continue to memorize their multiplication facts and slow down. Please encourage your child to read, and reread math problems. Often times students  understand the computation but are making silly errors. Also please encourage your child to explain in detail their math thinking when asked to do so. The more practice they have in doing this, the better problem solvers they will become.

 

Writing:

Students have been working hard the past couple of months.  We started off the year using different techniques to generate ideas for our Personal Narrative Writing Unit; Memory Maps, Five-Finger Emotions, Heart Maps, First Times/Last Times, and much more.  A series of mini-lessons and strategies were introduced over the past couple months.  I’m so proud of the students for taking risks by using the various strategies taught in class.  Be sure to ask your child about his/her writing and what “small moment” they chose.

After finishing our Personal Narrative papers, the students will be introduced to the picture book, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, which elicits some intriguing fiction writing ideas.  Before writing their fiction stories, students will use story maps to outline their ideas. They will complete their stories.  Some of the stories are sad, happy, mysterious, scary… it’s amazing what sorts of ideas and storylines prior to winter break. Ask your child to share their work.    

Next up in writing:  Argumentative/Opinion writing.

 

Reading:

We are still working on our narrative unit in reading.  Students will begin their book clubs next week. I am looking forward  to their enthusiasm and level of discussion within their book clubs.  Ask your child to explain book clubs to you as we start.  Our non-fiction unit will begin after book clubs.

Please continue to remind your child to fill out their reading log everyday and fit in their reading minutes. There is nothing more important to becoming a better reader than getting plenty of reading minutes in.  Some students may want to up their minutes to 40 minutes per day.  

As always thank you for sharing your children with me! I feel so lucky to be working with them and doing what I love to do. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Email is the quickest way to get a response.

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Collins