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OUTSTANDING

Two more students received an Outstanding Award for our class. 

Congratulations to Bradley and Skyla!! 

Thank you for all of the hard work you do!

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Electronics Day

Our class has earned another reward and they have chosen electronics day!  They can bring in an electronic device on Friday.  I will keep them locked up in my cupboard when we are not using them.  Please download any apps they would like to use before coming to school.  The internet doesn’t always work well with the outside devices.

Also remember, Friday is an early release day!  Students are dismissed at 12:15.

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Homework

This week for homework students will need to read the article, Year-Round School, and gather people’s opinion on the topic.  Please help your child complete it and send it back to school by Friday.

Also, a paper for the biography project was sent home last Friday.  If you did not see a copy, please check your child’s folder.  Our biography presentations will be on Monday, June 4.

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MSTEP

Your child did FANTASTIC on the MSTEP today.  I am so very proud of them.  They worked hard, read the questions, and gave their very best effort.  Today was the ELA portion.  On Thursday we will take the math portion.  I know they will do great!  Please give your child an extra hug tonight!

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Updates from Room 201

MSTEP Next Week:

We will be taking the MSTEP next week Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  What you can do to help your child is get them to bed on time next week as well as have them eat a good breakfast in the morning.  We have prepared and talked about this many times as a class to help ease nerves of the unknown.  This test will be very similar to Study Island and so things should look familiar to them in that way.

Upcoming Tests

Our math, science, and social studies units are all coming to an end.  We could do a unit test on all three next week, but WE ARE NOT! 🙂  So we are slowing down, going a little deeper, and reviewing a little more.  We will have a math test on fractions next week Wednesday, April 25.  There really isn’t any studying to be done at home.  A review sheet will come home on Monday that you can look over with them, but no true “studying” needs to be done.

Our science test on Animal Adaptations will be Monday, April 30The social studies test on Michigan Government will be on Tuesday, May 1.  I will send a reminder home at the end of next week along with review sheets.

There will be no homework and no spelling next week!  We will focus on grammar in class.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the sunshine!!

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More OUTSTANDING students

We’ve had three more students caught being OUTSTANDING this week! 

Summer, Irelyn, and Tessa. . .

nice job representing your class and school!

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Outstanding Students

We have TWO students who received Outstanding Awards from Mrs. Reagan.  Abby and Elliot have demonstrated great leadership in working hard, learning well, and doing the right thing!  Way to go!

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Updates in Room 201

We are down to a four day week next week!  The kids have been buzzing about their spring break plans!  I hope you all have so much fun!! 

 

Next week there will be no spelling words and no homework.

When we get back from break, M-STEP will begin for 5th grade.  We will be taking the 3rd grade M-STEP on April 24 and 26.  April 25 will be used for a make-up day.  Students will be taking one test per day, one ELA and one Math.

We will be having the Unit 6 math test on Wednesday of next week.  Some things you can practice at home are the vocabulary words and go over the review that will come home on Tuesday night.

If you are leaving early for spring break, will you please send me an email?

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Area and Perimeter Song

We learned a new song today to help us remember area and perimeter!

Click here to listen and watch!

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Updates in Room 201

It was a great couple of nights being able to see all of you and talk about your child.  I really do like that part about my job.  It’s important to take a moment to reflex and share out on their progress and what the rest of the year looks like.  Thank you for taking the time to come in!

Personal Safety Lesson

Tonight a letter is coming home giving information on a personal safety lesson called, People, Problems and Protection. This 50-minute presentation is designed to teach your child the skills to help keep his/her body safe from abuse.  

Writing

We made folders today and all of their narrative writing is coming home.  I know many of you wanted to read their fantastic stories.  Why not send them home now!!  There is no need to keep them until the end of school.  So enjoy reading about their adventures!!!  

After spring break their opinion writings will come home.  Then in May, the informational.

Pizza Lunch

The next reward they have chosen is a pizza lunch in the classroom.  I think they will earn it before spring break.  I’ll send an email later, but I was hoping to collect $1.50 – $2.00 from each family to help buy the pizza.  It will be fun to have this time together in the classroom!

 

Math

We will most likely have a Unit 6 math test before spring break.  Please use the vocabulary pages that I sent home with the homework for guidance and practice!

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