October 7, 2016

      October has arrived and brought fall weather with it. The change in season presented an opportunity for the class to learn more about the equinoxes and solstices, and what those terms mean. Children will also need to be prepared daily for changing conditions as we try to go outside every day. They are welcome to keep a pair of hard soled, inside shoes here at school to wear in the classroom.

     We are looking forward to our HIstorical Halloween celebration on Friday, October 28. We ask students to pick a person from history or from a classic novel to dress as, research and present to the class. Classmates will have the chance to guess who their peers are dressed as. Teachers and the other lower elementary classes participate as well. A form for children to use in their research preparation has been included in their Friday folder. We encourage kids to use materials and clothing that they can find around home rather than shopping for elaborate costumes!

      Our October reading focus has led many children to ask about and/or create reading logs for home. To support this effort we have included an October calendar in the Friday folder that children can fill in with daily reading minutes, and return on October 31.

Studies show that children who read 20 minutes per day will read:

                                                           3,600 minutes per school year

                                                           1,800,000 words per year

                                                           and score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests.

                            Chilrdren who read 5 minutes per day will read: 

                                                           900 minutes per school year 

                                                           282,000 words per year

                                                           and score in the 50th percentile on standardized tests.

                            Children who read 1 minute per day will read:

                                                           180 minutes per school year

                                                           8,000 words per year

                                                           and score in the 10th percentile on standardized tests.

                               Let's read!


     We have enjoyed seeing many of you for conferences and look forward to seeing the rest of you next week. Students have had a very successful week and are looking forward to the fall break. Remember there is no school Thursday, Friday or Monday, October 13, 14 or 17. Enjoy the lovely fall weather and colors!