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April 2012

Week at a Glance:

Tuesday is Drama Club! Friday is boat shop and the Darling Center for 7/8.

Upcoming Events:

Two weeks from today, 8th grade will be in DC and 7th grade will be at Kieve!

In the Classroom:

Retakes for the comma quiz and extra credit for social studies (5/6) must be done no later than Friday, April 27th.

Round of Applause:

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the coin jars for Boston Children’s Hospital.

The Homestretch...

Now that we’re on the other side of April vacation, the end of the school year is within sight.

Ok, so I won’t admit how nervous the weeks following April vacation make me. As both a student and a teacher, these weeks have always been full of added pressure to accomplish what can be accomplished and to come to terms with what won’t be.  This pressure, mixed with the excitement of the approaching warm weather is enough to make anyone anxious. Now that the countdown’s begun, I am determined to make sure we all continue to give our personal best and balance the need to get work done with the desire to let loose and have a little fun.

As far as accomplishing what can be accomplished, I am hoping to work in two more chapters in social studies for 5/6 and 7/8. The 5/6 grade class has been working hard to learn the finer points of our nation’s Constitution. In class, students are asking insightful and thoughtful questions that demonstrate how far their critical thinking skills have come. Although there is a lot of information to remember and many had difficulty on the last test, students are working through their confusion in class and are creating their own informational books on the Constitution using the iPads. In 7/8 grade, our readings about communism and civil rights are matching up perfectly with our unit on persuasive writing. In class this week, we will listen to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s powerful speeches and discuss how the words of one man were able to move a nation to reconsider its ways. By integrating social studies and language arts more closely in these last weeks, we will be able to discuss more in history while still honoring the writing process.

 As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas, please feel free to email me at ldeangelis@aos93.org.

Reading Reminder:

Please keep in mind that students should be reading approximately 40-45 minutes EACH NIGHT. Reading at home is not graded on a daily basis, but progress is demonstrated and monitored through weekly journal entries. By June 4th, 5/6 grade students should have read a total of 400 pages, and 7/8 a total of 500 pages. At least three hundred pages should be coming from the class’s assigned genres.