Julia Scalzo, Gifted Resource Specialist

julia_scalzo@ipsd.org

(630) 375-3426

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Week of September 19-23

3PA- Students are working on the construction of their "Magnificent Things". They will then be shared with partners and presented to the class.

4PA and 5PA- "Magnificent Things" were shared with partners and as a whole group. We all really enjoyed listening to the inventions designed to help us with everyday problems based on our own personal needs. We really have a great bunch of caring, creative kiddos!

We also began our grammar unit in 4PA and 5PA. The focus this week and into next week is on identifying and applying knowledge of the 8 parts of speech. We are using Michael Clay Thompson's Grammar Town in 4PA, and Grammar Voyage in 5PA.

Week of September 12-16

AIMSweb plus testing is still going on for grade 1. Testing will be done after Tuesday, September 13, so PA will start up again Wednesday, September 14. "Found art" supplies are due to class on the 14th so the students can begin their "Magnificent Thing" prototypes.

Looking forward to PA Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 14.

We will have 2 sessions:

6:00-6:30

6:30-7:00

If you can not make either session, just let me know. I am happy to get you up to speed on the "goings on" in PA this year.

Welcome Back, PA Families!

It was great seeing you and your children at the meet and greet! Already kids were asking, "When does PA start?" which makes me even more excited to get started laughing and learning with your children.

PA started on Thursday, 8/25 for grades 3, 4, and 5. We went over classroom procedures, reinforced Mustang Pride, and did some creative brainstorming. Please remember to bring back the signed form that has your most recent contact information. I will be updating distribution lists so we can be in contact.