Friday, October 30, 2015


Hi Families,

For the months of November and December, we are going to have a book challenge in our classroom. The purpose will be for students to expand their love for books, to talk more about books, and to read new books that they may not typically choose. This is an optional challenge, but there will be a reward in it (connected with our classroom economy)!

Please feel free to encourage your child to try to get BINGO before our winter break!

Happy reading!!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Leo the Rabbit

Today is math, I was so pleased with ALL of the great math talk around a task students completed in groups.  Here was the problem:

When they reported out at the end and we reflected, students noticed they did at least 6 out of the 8 mathematical practices. They had very engaged, focused conversations. As I was floating around helping groups, I heard things such as, "How about..." "Okay guys, what if..." "Oh, nice idea!" "What if we changed the pattern?" Kids also used representations and mathematical tools to help them with the work. Such great job today from these mathematicians!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Hi all,

We have started our new two week cycle for spelling. Students have a copy of their words in their homework folder. Many of you asked for this at open house. It can STAY at home. They have another copy at school that will stay at school.  Students are welcome to and encouraged to practice at home over the next two weeks, but no formal homework will be collected.

Let me know if you have questions! Happy spelling :)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fall Conferences

Dear Families of Room 306,

You are invited to sign up for Fall Student-Led Conferences.

DATE: November 4th and 10th
PLACE: Room 306 – our classroom
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: End of day 2 days before each conference day

To pick a time slot, enter this link in your internet browser:

In addition, conference slots are 15 minutes. However, when you arrive AT your scheduled time, you will spend the first 15 minutes with your child in the hallways, looking over their portfolio and other work they have to share. After those 15 minutes, you will scoot in the classroom to further the conversation for another 15 minutes.

If you have trouble accessing this online, please let me know. Also, if you do not see times available that fit your needs, let me know, so we can find a time that works.