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10/24/16 Newsletter & Homework

Dawn’s and Kristin’s Class Newsletter

Clara Barton Open School    October 24, 2016


Dear Families,

Next Monday will be a really big day!  We’ve collected an important story from each child, and this week our authors will become illustrators!  I know you are so excited to hear all the kids read their fairytales at:

Once Upon a Time

Author’s Tea

October 31 7:45-8:45

In the afternoon, that same day, we will have a celebration of our learning at our

Happily Ever After Party

October 31, 12:30-1:30

Students are welcome to dress up as fairytale characters for the day, or to wear regular clothes as they prefer.  We will need some volunteers to run the party too!  Let us know if you are available.

Handwriting Without Tears

We started handwriting last week, and it’s going great.  HWT is the best handwriting curriculum out there, and really helps kids become fluent in the easiest, safest way to form each letter.  This frees up the child to put effort into writing what’s in their minds, rather than the mechanics of each letter.  Unfortunately, MPS does not provide this curriculum, so we have to collect $8.00 for each book.  Look for a form in your BEE books.

Advanced Learner Testing

All second graders in MPS are screened with an instrument called the CoGat7 to see if they might qualify to be “advanced learners.”  This test is 20-30 minutes long.  The “advanced learner” designation lets teachers know that the child may need extra depth or complexity in their work, and is one of the factors we consider when creating balanced classrooms.  All students are screened in second grade, but parents can request that their child be tested in grades K, 1,3 and 4.  This test is more extensive, and takes 3-4 hours to work through.  Let us know if you want your 1st grader tested, or if you don’t want your second grader screened. The testing window is Nov,28-Dec. 6.

All School Morning Meeting and Ordway on Friday October 28!

Thanks, Dawn, Kristin and Missy

102 and 104 Homework

October 24, 2016   You know what to do!  Make a few homework choices and be ready to share homework and take a spelling test on Friday.


Spelling Words
























Homework Ideas

*Read some fairy tales with a family member.  Talk about  beginning, middle, end, setting, characters, the problem and the lesson in the story.

*Invite your family to our Author’s Tea on October 31.

*Think about how you could dress up as a fairy tale character.  Be creative!

*Sing “five green and speckled frogs” to a family member.

*Read for pleasure and practice!  If you haven’t tried RAZ KIDS yet, give it a go!

*Practice drawing a frog.  You can find great directions on the internet.

*Rhyming words are fun, and you know a lot of them.  Can you write a rhyming frog poem with the spelling list

*Do your own thing!

*Practice counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. 

*Play “compare” at home!  If you are ready, try “double compare. “ (parents- it’s just the same as “war.”