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  • Weekly update September 24th

    Dear Parents,

    Thank you for taking time out from your busy schedule to attend Back to School Night last week.  I added the sign up sheet for the Native American Trail quite late in the evening therefore I am still looking for cori’d volunteers.  We will be on the trail during the afternoon of October 25th.  Please let me know if you can help out during this important event. We have 3 parents on the list so far.  I hope we have more volunteers from our class to make the Native American Trail afternoon a success.

    Topic test 1 will be coming home with your child today.  We started Topic 2 Addition Strategies today. Half of the class was able to go onto Extramath and the other half of the students will be able to go on tomorrow.  A new reading log and spelling list will be found in your child’s folder today. I am happy to have your children in class for 5 days in a row this week!


    Posted by Natasha Merten
  • Weekly update September 17th

    Dear Parents,


    Back to School Night is on Thursday from 6:30-8:00 for parents. The night begins in the cafeteria.  You will have an opportunity to sign up for a conference when in room 215 so please bring your calendar with you.  

    Picture day is Monday, September 24th.  The forms will be sent home later in the week.  If you choose to pay for the pictures online just send me an email so I am don’t bother looking for your child’s envelope. Please contact guidance if you need financial support for pictures.

    Today your child is bringing home Scholastic Book order forms.  If you would like to order books please return the slip and check written out to Scholastic Book Club on or before Friday, September 21st.  You can also place your order online for books. Another reading log is coming home today. The class was able to return 7 logs so far. I bet that number increases as the week goes on. The new log is due back to school on Monday.  The students had their spelling pretest today and the test is on Friday. The kids did a great job on their spelling tests last week! I can tell that you are helping your child study at home. Thank you for your support.

    On Friday the students were able to use an inquiry based approach to create urban, rural, and suburban communities in the classroom.  We took a guided playful approach that used structure and choice. I took photographs of the students creating the environments using wooden blocks (urban), lincoln logs (rural), and legos (suburban). The kids did a fine job cooperating in their small groups. Next the students will view the photographs and interpret what was happening and what he or she was thinking during that phase of the construction. Ask your child about this activity to find out more.

        It is a busy week in room 215. We will continue with Topic 1 and the students will have their first math topic test at the end of the week. The students have written about the picture he or she brought to school.  Tomorrow your child will be rewriting their paragraph. During Open Circle we will find out ways we are the same and ways we are different. We will discuss how much you can learn from people who are different from us. In Reading Street  we will be traveling into space by reading Exploring Space with an Astronaut.  The kids are excited to learn more about space.
    Posted Sep 17, 2018, 11:31 AM by Natasha Merten
  • Weekly Update September 11th

    Dear Parents,


    The students have been working hard in room 215 and adjusting to the new routines nicely.


    Thank you for returning the Scholastic News sheet and check.  If you have not had a chance to send it back please do so by Friday.


    Today your child is coming home with a Reading Log.  The Reading Log is due back to school on Monday, September 17th. Please use the reading questions on the back of the log to ask your child questions about their reading. The Placentino library is getting the books organized for the students.  Our class will visit the library on September 26th.


    Our first spelling test will be on Friday.  You can find the list of 12 spelling words on the back of the Family Times sheet and the 3 Amazing words at the bottom are optional.


    The students have learned how to choose a “Just Right Book” to put in their book bin to later read. The students will go book shopping in the classroom once a week to change their books. We discussed the 3 ways to read a book: 1. Read the pictures. 2. Read the words. 3. Retell the story.  We practiced “Read to Self” and the students are working on their reading stamina.


    In Math we will continue in Topic 1 -Understanding Addition and Subtraction. I am checking to see how fluent the students are with their addition and subtractions facts also.  


    In Social Studies the students are learning about urban, suburban and rural communities. Try to discuss these communities with your child and tell them which ones he or she visited over the summer.  


    I am looking forward to meeting you Thursday, September 20th at Back To School Night. The evening begins at 6:30 in the cafeteria. After the presentation in the cafeteria has concluded the parents will visit their child's classrooms. (Room 215) I am planning on sharing a short picture slideshow of the students at that time.  Please let me know if you would prefer your child’s picture to not be included in the slideshow. The slideshow will be shared in the classroom on the 20th only.



    Posted Sep 11, 2018, 11:35 AM by Natasha Merten
  • Weekly Update September 5th

    We are have been busy reviewing what CARE ( C-Cooperation A-Acceptance R-Responsibility E-Effort) looks like at Placentino School. The students made a We CARE in room 215 booklet that will be shared with you on September 20th at Back To School Night.  Our class rules to show we CARE were made from the students ideas and are now posted in the classroom. Tomorrow is our CARE assembly in the cafeteria! It should be great.


    It is another warm week so continue to send your child to school with a water bottle to help him or her stay hydrated. Thank you for sending your child with so many supplies. Placentino will have a Patriots Spirit day on Friday. Remind your child to show their spirit!  


    Read below to find out what is happening in room 215.

    Math- Topic 1- Understanding Addition and Subtraction was started yesterday.

    Spelling- A list will be sent home on Tuesday, on the back of Family Times. The first spelling test will be on Friday, September 14th.

    Social Studies- Communities

    Writing- Weekend News began this week and on Tuesday the students will write about the picture that he or she brought to school.  If you have not sent a picture of your child doing a summer activity, please try to before Tuesday.


    *We will begin Reading Street and Reading Logs to be done at home next week.


    Please ask your child questions about this information and discuss corrected papers that are brought home to get your child’s feedback.


    Posted Sep 5, 2018, 8:06 AM by Natasha Merten
  • August 15, 2018
    Dear Student,

    I'm so happy to have you in my class this year!  We are going to have a great year full of learning and fun.  

    The first day of school is Tuesday, August 28th.  You should bring your lunch or plan to buy one at school.  Please bring a nut free snack and drink that you can have during morning snack.  I like when my students bring a camelbak style water bottle to school because if the bottle tips over by mistake it doesn't make a puddle of water.  If you are not riding your regular bus home after school please be sure to have a note for me with the details, that way we will both know the dismissal plan.  

    Back to School Night for the Parents/Guardians is on September 20th from 6:30 PM -8:00 PM.  
        
    I bet you started shopping for your school supplies already.  On the back of the letter that came to your house is a list of supplies needed.  Please label your crayon box and colored pencils box before you bring them to school on the first day.  Place your headphones in a ziplock bag marked with your name.  In addition, as a courtesy please DO NOT bring in mini pencil sharpeners, staplers, or anything else that can be a distraction to you or other students. 

    I hope you are as excited about our year together as I am.  Enjoy the rest of your vacation. 

    Posted Aug 15, 2018, 3:16 PM by Natasha Merten
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