Friday, October 21, 2016

Week of October 24 - 28, 2016

Week of October 24-28th
Here’s a peek at next week!

Phonics Family Words: we, clean, tree, seen, these, most, new, only, after, happy
Phonics- long e (Diagraph ea & ee)
Reading: Daily 5 implementation with emphasis on asking and answering questions about details in texts (main idea, supporting details, sequencing). Focus on comparing fiction and non-fiction texts about the same topic. What is alike and different between the two types of texts?
L. Arts: Fix it upSentence correction (capitalization, punctuation, plural/possessive noun, personal pronouns) 
Writing Workshop: Working on teaching booklets about things we are 'experts' at. We teach with our pictures by adding details, labels and words. We will visit editing our writing and how to make a table of contents.
Math: Combining 3 addends, number bonds, making a number different ways, turn around facts, doubles, adding using a number line, addition fluency with mixed strategies. 
STEM: Using the Engineering Design Process to create a corn maze prototype – integrating magnet unit
Positive Discipline: What does it look like to show contribution? What are solutions to solve problems?
1. Study Phonics Family words! (Try out Spelling City) 
2. Practice your sight words lists
3. Math sheet on number bonds
4. Reading passage about spiders
5. READ!

At Rocky Branch our focus is on finding solutions to our problems. We have been learning some techniques: ignore it, walk away, count to 10, lazy 8 breathing, talk it over respectfully with the person, try to agree on a win-win solution, or get help from the teacher. We are working to be problem solvers by using a wheel of choice that we are creating as a class and to share our thoughts with each other during class meetings. We have created bonds by sharing strategies that have worked in the past.

Book Character Parade
Your child may dress up as his or her favorite book character on Friday, October 28th. Students who dress up will be invited to participate in our school’s Book Character Parade. Students who do not dress up will be part of our parade’s audience. We ask that you please keep in mind that some book characters may be offensive or scary to other children. If students come to school with scary or inappropriate costumes, we will have to have them change. I can’t wait to see what the kids come up with!
Keep up the cute book character projects! They are due Monday, October 24th. We will work on our speaking and listening standards as we present next week.
We are off to a great start with conferences. Thank you for your partnership in your child’s learning!
Snack Reminders
-Please send a healthy snack {low in sugar} to school with your child every day (no nuts, please).
-Due to having 5 minutes for snack time, please send in only one snack.
-Please only send a small water bottle for your child to have with his/her snack.

The Oconee County BOE has submitted, to the voters, a renewal of the Education SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) at the November 8th election. ESPLOST IV expires in December 2017. The continuation of the ESPLOST V, should it be approved by the voters, will be in effect 2018 – 2022. For more information please visit

Upcoming Events
DA$H (run and sponsor cards due) – October 21st
All Pro Dad Breakfast (3rd-5th grade dads) – October 24th
Book Character Fair (Students and Staff) – October 28th
Daylight Savings Time Ends – November 6th
Teacher Workday and Election Day (No School for Students) – November 8th
Can-a-Thon – October 31–November 11
Thanksgiving Feast – November 11

Have a great weekend!

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