Newsletter of March 16, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Yesterday was beautiful! Let’s hope for more of the same. This week the student’s will be taking the PARCC Math Assessment. The test will last two days. There is really no prior preparation for the test. The focus should be on instructing student’s to do their best, no stress and think about what they have learned throughout the year. Please remember for all learning, a good night’s rest and a sufficient breakfast supports thinking. I am confident the children will do just fine.

We will be going on a field trip on March 26, 2015. We will visit the Museum of Science and Industry. There is no cost for the trip however the children should bring their lunch. Please make certain your child has returned the permission slip. They cannot attend if there is no permission slip on file. Thank you.

This week we will be working on the following:

Language Arts: We will be reading non-fiction articles in our SCOPE magazines and complete accompanying comprehension pages. We will also begin reading a science fiction selection, LAFF, in our Journey’s books. The target skill is to examine details about characters, setting and plot. We will also practice making inferences about what the author means and predicting what might happen in the future. I thought this would be a nice diversion from testing.:)-

Math: On Tuesday and Wednesday we will be taking the PARCC Assessment in math. Again, the children know to do their best and to apply their thinking in a critical and thoughtful way. We will take Unit 7 test on Friday.

Homework: Unit 7, review, (Study Link), Math Box 8.1, 8.2

Social Science: We haven’t been able to read, “TheThirteen Colonies in our text however we will begin the chapter this week.

Civics: I have changed the due date of the Woman’s History Project to March 27, 2015. I will give the children a rubric and another explanation of what should be included. They have received a copy of notable women they could choose from and a copy of a thoughtful interview with Mae Jemison. I have instructed the children to select a short book if one is available in our school library. I have also listed websites for them to visit for information related to their selected person. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at


Ms. Jack


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