I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful fall weather and colors.  Please
remember to send jackets as some of these days have been crisp and cool, but
the kids go out for recess daily unless it is raining. students are forgetting
snacks as well.  Please remember to send these  daily as they all really enjoy
that snack break.
  We are wrapping up several units.  The first is our Unit 1 of math.  We will
soon be reviewing the many concepts we have covered so far of multiplication
and division.  We have learned many strategies for problem solving and for
selecting which operation to use.  They are becoming better at reading and
taking the time to take word problems step by step to solve.  Morning work is
often a problem solving problem of puzzle type.  Those who were giving up
quickly out of frustration are now sticking with this a little longer and
using what they know to make headway toward solving.  I see progress.  Yay!
  The children are in process of publishing their personal narratives after
many lessons on beginnings, endings, planning events, powerful verbs and using
strong adjectives.  All of the student writings are kept at school, even after
scoring, and are kept in writing portfolios.  This is so they may compare work
and set writing goals. If at any time you are interested in reading their
writing, please let me know and you may come in to read some of their pieces
or I will be happy to send them home over a weekend.
  We are completing our first unit of science on plants.  The children have
enjoyed the exploration of seeds, selection and opportunities to taste
varieties of apples along the way.  They have learned a lot about selection
and how new plant varieties are developed.  They were asked to consider what
science fruit they would change and why.  Ask your child what they said.  
  Ms. Knoedler is teaching my class about Michigan geography, directions and
relative location.  They enjoy the "switches" and chances to go next door for
a few lessons each week.  
  Learning Notebooks have been started.  These are ongoing notebooks where
each child gathers and logs data gathered in regard to their learning.  Scores
from tests, academic and behavioral goals, time spent reading and reflections
on their progress are some of the things they track.  These will be shared
with you at home later in the year.  The kids take pride in these and learn to
use these as a tool.  More to come later.
  Please be sure you see the Halloween note sent home on Monday, October 24
with details regarding our classroom celebration.  There are details about
costumes, the parade and the prior Friday too.
  Thank you to the moms who popped popcorn for our class on our designated
day.  It was a busy one and it took quite a bit of time! I appreciate all of
the help so far, donations for our upcoming party and offers to help.  There
will be lots of opportunities if I missed you this time.  You are all the best!
Mrs. Teskey