Hey Parents! A few things...

posted Jan 16, 2018, 12:56 PM by Jamie Kellogg

Hi there, everyone. I hope you had a lovely break. It sure felt nice, long and refreshing!! May 2018 be good to us all.

A few things going on in our classroom...

Report cards went home yesterday along with your child's MAP test scores. If needed and as always, please feel free to touch base with any questions.

Hard to think about Spring with all the snow and freezing temps lately...but looking ahead student-led conferences are Feb 27 & March 1st so you'll be seeing notes about scheduling those coming home in the next few weeks.

Since we are literally mid-year, the work load and expectations for quality work and deeper understandings are much higher than they were at the beginning of the year. Students should definitely not be overwhelmed with homework by any means but many students will have some homework here and there to keep up. 

This is especially true when we work on things over time, especially for kids this age as this is often a new skill for many of them. An example is our ELA IXL. We started working with verbs a couple of weeks before break. This Friday D1-D7 are due completed. The children have had more than enough time to complete these in class and we have had several discussions over time about the consequences of procrastinating until the last minute for a long term assignment, but it would be great if the kids hear it again at home as a pep talk for 2nd semester. 

Learning to manage their time and tasks most effectively and efficiently is something we discuss----daily, all the time, a lot :)

But often kids need additional support from home with this. Often just reminders are enough. We have lots of chats about how we can work smarter---what order should we do our tasks and how to keep track. Time and task management practiced now will make life lots easier as they transition into secondary school and have 6 different teachers and classes to keep track of.  Thanks for help on this one at home. Students should still be checking their planner nightly to be sure they are prepared for the next day and for upcoming assignments. 

We've also got Junior Achievement going on (Tuesday and Thursday of this week and last). Mrs. Pratt, our JA teacher, has been exposing the kids to ideas related to business and careers. The lessons have been excellent exposure and experiences for the children.

Mrs. Holwerda, our school counselor, is organizing support groups for students with excessive worries/anxiety and/or students with changing family situations. Please contact me asap if interested in either group.

Our class spelling bee is this Friday. There is no preparing that can be done and participation is optional; however, I encourage all kids to try! The winner will represent our class in the upcoming school spelling bee which I will have study sheet for. Please encourage your child to give the class bee a try.

And finally, your kids are participating in "The Circle of Giving Program" with high school students from the Barry County Youth Advisory Council. The kids are learning about philanthropy and giving back. Students will be participating in giving back by donating their time, treasure and talent. The time and talent portion we will take care of here at school; but the treasure component is done as a class by raising money to donate to a local shelter of their choice. So you might find your child asking if he or she can have the change on the counter or maybe they will ask if they can do a chore to earn a couple of bucks to donate to the jar. They set a minimum goal of 2$ per kid but of course participation is optional and all donations are appreciated. The charity representative will come and speak our class so the students will learn where their money is going an how it will help. This is a great for youth by youth program. 

Okay, think that's it. Have a good one!

Class Christmas Party

posted Dec 11, 2017, 12:33 PM by Jamie Kellogg   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 12:47 PM ]

Our class Christmas party will be next Thursday, Dec 21st, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. We will be having a breakfast party so please send your kid to school hungry that morning. And you are all welcome to attend.

Thanks to LeAnn Pratt and Emily Lambert for organizing and planning. If you signed up at the beginning of the year to help send in food and/or supplies for parties, the sign up list  is being sent out tonight via email. If you don't receive it, please let me know and I'll be sure it finds your inbox so we can feed and entertain 27 kids. The kids and I appreciate your donations! 

They are so excited for Christmas and their last class Christmas party. Thanks again for volunteering to send in goodies.

See many of you at the party next week!


posted Dec 5, 2017, 12:49 PM by Jamie Kellogg

Tomorrow is sports apparel day & last day to order holiday popcorn, $1.50 a bag. 

Also, please be sure kids have their coats, gloves, hats and what-not. Kids have recess twice a day. They may choose to go out or stay in for lunch recess, but all students go outside for afternoon break. Thank you!

Math test coming up

posted Dec 4, 2017, 10:05 AM by Jamie Kellogg

The kids and I are wrapping up our huge, foundational unit covering multiplication and division. We will be testing division fact fluency; multiplying by one, two, and three digits; dividing by one and two digits, and interpreting the remainder. 

We have practiced these skills extensively, in addition to understanding the relationship between multiplying and dividing. We will continue to review/practice throughout the week. The students have grown leaps and bounds in their abilities in mathematics since the beginning of the year. Their multiplication and division skills will carry over as we flow through our remaining math concepts this year and be used as a solid base to build upon.

The kids will get study guide problems midweek and test on Friday. 

Can & Gift Card Drive...

posted Dec 1, 2017, 12:03 PM by Jamie Kellogg

*Can Drive---All canned goods are due by Friday, Dec 8 at 9:15 am. 

*Our gift card drive will continue through December 19th. Gift cards go to the office.

*Wed, Dec 6th  - College or sports apparel day (MSU, U of M, Lions, Cubs)

*Student council will be selling Smencils for the last time before Christmas, Friday, December 8th.

Reminders for next week

posted Nov 17, 2017, 11:57 AM by Jamie Kellogg

Monday-Kids are having their ice-cream party in art class. Please send in toppings donations.

Tuesday-PJ Day...but I'm requesting the kids wear their class shirt as their PJ shirt b/c we have a field trip in the afternoon.

Students will be going bowling with Mrs. Cross, their PE teacher. They will depart Page at 1:35 and return at 3:20...helpful info in case any of you are planning to pick up early for the holiday break. 

Wednesday-No school. Break begins. Enjoy!!

Few things...

posted Nov 10, 2017, 12:47 PM by Jamie Kellogg   [ updated Nov 10, 2017, 12:48 PM ]

Thank you so much for hand sanitizer donations!!!

FYI---The kids received their class shirts today and should be bringing them home. They look great!

Coming up....
1. Ice-cream party in art class on Monday, November 20th. Ms. Bailey sent home a note about this. Kids should begin to bring in donations next week and I can collect them in the room until their class party.

2. There is a note in the Friday Folder about the upcoming bowling field trip. It's scheduled for Tuesday, November 21st from 2-3:30 p.m. All info is on the note.

Math Facts---We took our math facts fluency test today. Scores are coming home with  your child. Students that would like to retest may see me any day next week to try again. 

Lastly, we are studying the solar system right now in science. It would be great if the sky cooperates and you find a cloudless night, for your child to step outside and look for the man in the moon and to identify any constellations, notably the Big Dipper. 

If interested, you can download Google Sky Map app or The Night Sky app onto any apple or android device and explore with your child. It's pretty cool and the kids (and adults) usually really enjoy it. This usually proves to be pretty fun (optional) homework.

Have a great weekend everyone. I can't believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

3 quick things

posted Nov 2, 2017, 9:26 AM by Jamie Kellogg   [ updated Nov 2, 2017, 10:21 AM ]

1. Please have your child return his or her signed goal sheet tomorrow. Thanks for the conversations about goals at home.

2. Popcorn tomorrow, buck a bag.

3. We are desperate for hand sanitizer. If you have a bottle at home, even half empty, please consider donating it to the class. All donations for hand sanitizer welcome and appreciated. We will need several bottles to get us through the year. We are out. Thank you!!

Goal sheets coming home today

posted Nov 1, 2017, 8:46 AM by Jamie Kellogg   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 10:59 AM ]

The kids have begun drafting their goals. We discussed setting short-term goals that are short, specific, realistic and achievable, as well as action steps that can be taken to help them grow.

Some kids need to finish this up at home while others have them already written out. I have not looked at these yet. I'm asking the kids to bring these home to discuss with parents first before meeting with me next week.

Please discuss your child's goals with him or her and if needed, feel free to help your child fix up their goal statements and rewrite them. The sheet they are bringing home is their rough draft. 

I'm asking the kids to get them signed so I know the children have followed through and had these discussions with parents at home. Please have your child return their goal sheet by Friday. 

Thanks so much,

1/2 day tomorrow

posted Nov 1, 2017, 8:34 AM by Jamie Kellogg

Kids will dismiss at 12:15 on Thursday, November 2nd.

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