It has been a busy week as we are returning from fall break. We are reading and discussing various versions of “Cinderella,” and we worked on our final line art project.
AWARD ASSEMBLY - Today we attended our quarterly school award assembly. Congratulations to Shamayeeta, the Academic Hero Award recipient for this first term! Congratulations also to Santiago, who was awarded the Citizenship Award for our class. We are also very proud of Itzae and James for their perfect attendance during the first quarter.
VOYAGER TIME - I want to tell you about some changes in our “voyager” class time that have begun this week. For the remainder of this school year we will be learning and practicing sight words. Each week the students will have four new words to practice. The students are expected to use the new sight word to write their own sentences each day, and there will be a daily poem for them to practice reading. Each day the students will bring home a sight word worksheet. It may not be stamped, but it does not need to be returned for a grade.
We are also beginning a new “Six Minute Solution” reading fluency program schoolwide. The students will work with a partner to practice smooth, quick, accurate reading each day.
In two weeks we will also begin dividing into guided reading groups for daily skill practice and intervention. I will tell you more about this as we go.
CLASSICAL CHARACTER PARADE & Book Reports - Next Thursday, October 31st, our students will participate in a “Classical Characters” costume parade at 8:45 a.m. Please be sure that book reports are completed and turned in before this day. There is some flexibility in your historical fiction book selection this month, but please be sure that your child is reading about a real event or historic figure.
We will have our class party in the afternoon on the 31st. Special thanks to our room parents, Camille Mullen and Melanie Hutchings for their efforts in organizing our party!
I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with your children! I am so proud of the way that our students have been focused and ready to learn each day. I am proud of the ways that I see them showing kindness to one another. I am very appreciative of the support and help that I have received from you all. Thank you.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
This week we have been reading similar stories from different lands, and comparing the essential story elements. This week we read Little Red Riding Hood by Jerry Pinkney, Lon Po Po by Ed Young, and Pretty Salma by Niki Daly. We imitated the work of Henri Matisse (“The Swan”), and made watercolor pumpkin line art.
BOOK REPORTS - October genre is historical fiction. Book reports will be due Wednesday, October 30th.
READING CALENDAR - Please keep track of October reading minutes. Your child should be reading 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week (400 minutes per month). You can record reading times on your October calendar.
CLASSICAL CHARACTER PARADE - Today I sent home the classical character parade information and permission form. Please let us know what character your child would like to portray, and return the form by October 22. If you have any questions, please send an email, and I will direct them to Debbie Gulledge, our parade coordinator.
END OF TERM - October 22nd is the end of the first term of school. Please have any missing assignments turned in by Monday, October 21st.
I still have a few grades to enter, but ASPIRE should be fully updated by the end of day tomorrow. .
HOME LUNCH NEXT WEEK - Next week will be a short week, with 2 full days and Wednesday early out. Please plan to send a home lunch with your child each day, as there will be no school lunch provided.
Have a great weekend!
This week we completed our studies on the human body, and we learned about germs, and the contributions of Dr. Edward Jenner and scientist Louis Pasteur.
Our class had so much fun today with their human body C.E.T. activities! Thank you SO MUCH to all who volunteered their time and/or donated supplies for our day. You all are awesome!
OCTOBER BOOK REPORTS - I sent home a copy of the October reading calendars, and the October book report forms this week. Our genre for October is Historical Fiction. A historical fiction book will have fictional characters and a fictional story, but will be set in a historical time period, involve real people who were a part of history, or convey a historical event. Please refer to our OCS book list, but know that there are a plethora of other options. You can look up historical fiction ideas for kids online, or talk with the librarian at your local library for recommendations. Please let me know if you have any questions.
CLASSICAL CHARACTER PARADE - I want to give you a heads up if you are new to Odyssey about the way that we celebrate Halloween. Each year, we have a “Classical Characters” parade, and all Odyssey students are invited to dress up as historical figures, or characters from classical literature (no superheroes or comic book figures). I will attach a brochure for you to read so that you can plan accordingly for Halloween costumes. October book reports will need to be turned in if students want to participate in dressing up for the parade.
CONGRATULATIONS to Ellie, our October Ambassador of LOYALTY! Ellie is a very kind, friendly person, and she has a way of making others feel welcome. She is also very quick to stand up for her classmates or help out whenever there is a need. It is a pleasure to have Ellie in our class!
Congratulations also to the kids in our class who go out of their way to include their classmates, or do small acts of service, or to stand up for and show loyalty to their friends. Here is a list of our “honorable mentions”: Ayden, Santi, Jarom, James, and Sydney.
FALL BREAK - Our fall break is coming up Thursday and Friday, October 17 - 19. The school will be closed on Monday, October 21st as well for Professional Development. I hope you can plan a nice time of rest or vacationing during this time. There will be NO SCHOOL LUNCH service during the week of October 14th-16th. Please be prepared to send a lunch to school with your child.
BOX TOPS - If you are collecting any Box Tops for Education, Holly Patino will be collecting them next Friday, October 11th. If you have not yet collected any Box Tops, please look for them on these products: https://www.boxtops4education.com/Participating-Products-Page
They are a great way for our school to earn money toward free school supplies and equipment.
Thank you for all of your support. I am so grateful to be working with all of you, and I love teaching your children each day!
Have a great weekend.
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