Weekly Update

 Week of  June 5, 2017

I wanted to express my sincere 'thank you' to all of the families in both classes for a wonderful school year! This year has been an easy transition to a new school, thanks to all of you! I could not have asked for nicer, more hardworking, and respectful students. I am so proud of all of them for their dedication to their schoolwork, their ability to rise to the challenges I presented to them, and for giving their best each day. I wish all of you a restful and relaxing summer!

Important Dates:

June 6 - Storybook parade; 2nd grade picnic (student only event)
    ** Please wear a storybook character costume, bring a beach towel and consider packing a lunch from home
June 7 - 2 hrs early dismissal
June 8 - 2 hrs early dismissal; last day of school

12 Weeks of Summer

Looking forward to a 12 week summer is very exciting! But I would like to remind each student that is more important than ever to continue reading throughout the summer this year. The students have worked so hard to build their independent reading endurance and fluency this year and the best way to hold on to these skills is to continue to practice regularly. 

What is the best way to do this without creating stress and still having fun?
  • In my opinion, the most important part about independent reading is that the students are reading what they are interested in and on their level.
  • Creating a regular routine of independent reading that is built into the day for 10-15 minutes makes it easier for the students to accomplish this task.
  • Consider participating in the Calvert County Library program, it's easy and fun! The game boards typically are low maintenance, engaging for the students, and include a variety of reading types. Mrs. Remington is in the process of entering the students into the program. Please stay tuned for your child's login information.
  • There are many rewards available in the community as well to congratulate the students on a job well done:
    • Barnes and Noble -

      Kids Earn a Free Book:

      The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

      1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
      2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017. Find a Store
      3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Reading Comprehension- 
This week we are completing a final chapter book for the year! Your child is either reading Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball or Henry and Mudge

For my homeroom parents:
I am happy to announce the start of Mystery Readers! Mystery Readers are scheduled for Fridays 2:30 - 3:00. We have some openings left! If you or someone you know is interested, please return the form and I will add you to the schedule. I have attached a copy to the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Weekly / Monthly Reading Calendar:
Please be sure to return your child's reading calendar at the end of each month! I am saving these as proof that the students have been doing their weekly /monthly reading. At the end of May, I will be giving a FREE Six Flags ticket (worth $65) to all students who have kept up with their reading throughout the year. Thank you!

Did you know that your child has a FREE Epic account? GetEpic is a database of thousands of books that are colorful, interesting, and can be read aloud. If your child would like to read on their own, you can simply turn the volume off. Currently, the students have the ability to use this account at school. But they may also read for free at home! At this time, each student has a bookshelf of read alouds that fit our current unit, Biographies. It's easy! All you have to do is:

1. Go to getepic.com
2. My Homeroom: Sign in using my email address and password: sobotkas@calvertnet.k12.md.us      password: reading

Mrs. Turner's homeroom: Sign in using her email address and password:
turnerl@calvertnet.k12.md.us      password: turner

3. Students can search for books based on topics they are interested in, or they can read the books that I have assigned. These can be found in their mailbox. 

4. All students: Feel free to share your reading with me using this Google Form.

Accelerated Reader (AR)
  •  From now on, all students have access to AR quizzes during their morning work time, dismissal time, and targeted instruction. Each month, a report will  be printed to make sure each child is taking advantage of AR and their ability to comprehend what they are reading. Students will also be rewarded with Ledo's pizza certificates as an incentive for taking and passing the quizzes.
  • Please help your child record the title of the books they are reading at home on their calendar so they can spell it independently when they are ready for a quiz. 
  • A phonics and spelling study guide was sent home with your child during the first week of school. The study guide has many example words for the unit we are on. Please keep this study guide handy to review as needed.
  • The Fundations intervention has begun and will meet every day beginning at 8:20. If your child is participating in one of the groups, it is beneficial to them to be at school earlier than 8:20 to sign up for lunch, write their homework down, and be ready for the day without feeling rushed. Thank you very much for your help with this.

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