ELL Newsletter – Dec. 2010
This has been a busy 2nd quarter for both students and ELL teachers, we had Holidays approach quickly in the month of December. As it was approaching, we were invited by the Bryan Hospital to sing some holiday American songs. We walked over to the hospital on December 15, 2010. We sang Merry Christmas, Rudolph the Red –Nosed Reindeer and Old St. Nick to the Bryan Staff. The ELL second graders and Level One students were thrilled to learn the songs and show their talents to an audience. Their teachers, Mrs. Karr, Mrs. Lamberson, and Miss Peterson, introduced the students. The students grinned with pride as they represented their country as well as Holmes School.
Miss Wilcox has been preparing our ELL third graders with academic vocabulary to enhance their learning and to prepare the students for the state assessments. We would love to have parents keep reinforcing this at home. Ask your children what new words they have learned in the ELL classroom. Also have them write the word for you and ask them to tell you in your own language as well. This enables them to remember the word and definition.
Mrs. Corona is teaching our students frequency words that they are expected to know in First grade. The First grade teachers would like them to be practicing at home. I also am sending books home so they can practice their reading. When they return the books signed by an adult back to school the students are able to pick a prize out of the secret mailbox. They really like to practice reading with adults.
In writing we are working on digital- story telling. Mrs. Laura Bartels is helping with technology in the classroom, and photo booth.
Miss Peterson has started a blog in her ELL classrooms. Parents will be able to respond to the blogs. She and her students are having an adventure as they use their reading and writing skills with using such fun activities.
The Kindergarten class and Level one students have been learning about community. Miss Wilcox and Mrs., Corona are working with Kindergarten and Level One students to develop vocabulary of Community helpers and their Community. Miss Wilcox has used technology to get up to date community pictures to develop student’s own community books.
Mrs. Lamberson has created digital story telling stories for her ELL second graders. Check out the stories on our Holmes web page.
We are starting a New Year 2011 and we have some upcoming events to mark on your calendar:
Karen Parents: Parent/teacher conferences 6:30-7:30 Jan.27,2011
Math Night Bug Bash!!!! January 27, 2011 5:30-7:00
Report cards January 26, 2011 check those Wednesday Folders
Parent/teacher conferences February 8 and February 10. Notes will be coming home with your children for times.
Thank you so very much for helping our students this quarter in all their learning endeavors.
The Holmes ELL team