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September 5th, 2017 – Full Steam Ahead!

Good Morning Families!

I hope you all had a restful, relaxing Labor Day weekend!  Mine went too fast, as usual, but I am ready to go for a new week!

This week, your child’s classroom will officially be in full swing.  We are in Unit 1, Week 3 of our reading series, which is the halfway point of our first Unit.  All our preliminary assessments have taken place, and Guided Reading groups will be up and running for all students.  Guided Reading groups will take place every day of the week leading up to our weekly assessments on Fridays.  Guided groups are where instruction can really be individualized to meet the needs of each student, while still working under the umbrella of the week’s whole group reading objectives.  I love them, because they give me a great opportunity to work closer with each child, and do all I can to help them learn each week’s skills.

We’ll also begin our first Intervention rotation of the year this week.  Our topic, Genre, is one that is very prevalent on the NeSA reading exams in the spring, and a topic we put a great deal of time and effort into mastering.  During this Intervention, your child will either practice the genre’s they have yet to master (based on a pre-test), or enrich their knowledge by delving deeper into a variety of genres.  This is one of our “Power Standards” for the year in Literacy, and we’ve set our goal at 92% of all kids showing proficiency in the subject.  Our initial pre-test results showed 64% of kids were proficient, so we have some gaps to close in the next few weeks.  You can help at home by quizzing your child on the genre of book he/she is reading, and helping them understand the meaning of each.

In Math, we’ll keep adding more numbers to master in multiplication and division.  This week we’ll explore 3s and 4s, as well as review 2s, 5s, 9s and 10s.  Any practice at home with Math Facts is always beneficial and appreciated.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Eric Wachter


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