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Weekly Newsletter 4/7 ~ 4/11
Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Important Dates:

4/11: Progress Reports go home

4/15: Donations bags for Clare House due

4/16: McTeacher Night @ 5-7pm

4/18: Good Friday – No School

4/24 and 4/25: Biography Presentations

4/25: Box Tops for Education ends

4/30: Late Start @ 9:40am

Notes:

-Reading: We are continuing to work on our biography projects. These projects involve reading a biography of a famous person in history, taking notes, creating a poster, and presenting to the class. Presentations are scheduled for 4/24 and 4/25. Your child will need to dress up and act like their chosen person as they present to the class. Students will complete the poster in class but will be encouraged to practice their presentation at home.

-Grove School Supply Kits: Order forms were sent home (1 per family) and can be submitted until June 2nd. This is a great way to get all of your child’s school supply shopping done before the end of the school year!

-The Five Essentials Survey: Beginning March 17 thru April 25, teachers, parents, and students across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the environment at your child’s school. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

To take the survey:

Visit Illinois.5-essentials.org

Click on the “Take the Survey” button at the top of the page

Select “Parent Survey”

One person per household should take the survey. Please take a separate survey for each school where you have a child enrolled. For those parents who would prefer, the survey will also be available online at your child's school. Please go to the office to be directed to the survey location. The Illinois 5Essentials gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes.

 For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view sample school reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

This Week’s Learning Targets:

Math:

-I can convert mixed numbers and improper fractions.

-I can represent improper fractions with visual models.

-I can list multiple names for fractions.  

Reading:

-I can critique fiction and non-fiction texts by analyzing and asking questions.

-I can use text evidence to support my critiquing.

Writing:

-I can identify verbs in a text.

-I can use vivid verbs in my writing to enhance the piece.

-I can write verbs in past and present tense.

Science:

-I can identify and describe the characteristics and uses of natural resources.

Social Studies:

-I can identify the states and capitals in the Midwest region.


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Weekly Newsletter 3/31 - 4/4
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Important Dates:

4/7: Spring Pictures

4/9: Late Start @ 9:40am

4/11: Progress Reports go home

4/16: McTeacher Night @ 5-7pm

4/18: Good Friday – No School

4/25: Box Tops for Education ends

4/30: Late Start @ 9:40am

Notes:

-Reading: The Snapshot Projects are going very well. Thank you for supporting your students at home with this activity. We are beginning our biography projects. These projects involve reading a biography of a famous person in history, taking notes, creating a poster, and presenting to the class. Students are beginning to read the biographies in class this week. The majority of this project will be completed in class.

-Math: We have moved on to Part Two of the fractions unit, which involves addition, subtraction, and multiplication with fractions in number form and in word problems.

-Social Studies: We are finishing up our study of the Southeast and will move to the Midwest next week! We will have a test on the Southeast on Tuesday.

-Science: We are wrapping up our study of Natural Resources with an experiment and project (in place of a test) this week and then begin studying animals next week.

-Grove School Supply Kits: Order forms were sent home and can be submitted until June 2nd.

-The Five Essentials Survey: Beginning March 17 thru April 25, teachers, parents, and students across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the environment at your child’s school. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

To take the survey:

Visit Illinois.5-essentials.org

Click on the “Take the Survey” button at the top of the page

Select “Parent Survey”

One person per household should take the survey. Please take a separate survey for each school where you have a child enrolled. For those parents who would prefer, the survey will also be available online at your child's school. Please go to the office to be directed to the survey location. The Illinois 5Essentials gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes.

 For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view sample school reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

This Week’s Learning Targets:

Math:

-I can decompose fractions.

-I can add and subtract mixed numbers with common denominators.

-I can add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators.

Reading:

-I can make inferences based on my prior knowledge and what the text says.

-I can use text evidence to support my inference.

Writing:

-I can type the final draft of my realistic fiction piece and implement the suggested changes from Miss Pocic.

-I can write a non-fiction piece about a topic I am an expert in (independent writing assessment).

Science:

-I can identify the characteristics of fossil fuels.

-I can describe the importance of recycling and conservation.

Social Studies:

-I can describe the lives of settlers and Native Americans in the Southeast.

-I can describe why the Civil War started.

-I can identify the effects of the civil war.


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